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  • Blog Post: Say “Hello” to BlendInsider

    Hi everyone, If you have watched the BUILD keynotes and sessions , you may have seen some exciting things about Expression Blend’s support for Metro-style applications. For all future news and updates concerning Expression Blend, please visit our new team blog called BlendInsider . The BlendInsider blog...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Themed Videos

    As you can imagine, shortly after a major release like we had, most of us shift our focus slightly towards talking about and sharing how to use some of the cool new features we released. In this first of a two-part series, I hope to make up for the long period of inactivity on this blog by sharing two...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Developer Tools Released!

    Today, we have released the final version of the Windows Phone Developer Tools. You can download it below:First, download everything you need below: Windows Phone Developer Tools This installer will automatically install free, phone-flavored versions of Expression Blend, Visual Studio 2010, and XNA Game...
  • Blog Post: Expression Blend Sessions from TechEd

    A few weeks ago, a couple of Expression Blend team members presented at the TechEd conference held in New Orleans this year! You can view those sessions given by Unni/Alan and Dave below: You can browse through all of the sessions by clicking here . Cheers, Kirupa =)
  • Blog Post: Check Out The New Pattern (XAML+CS) Library!

    Creating great looking and functioning applications is tough. It requires having a good eye for design, but it also requires some technical knowledge about how to make the design functional. As you can probably guess, it is our goal to help you use Expression Blend, Visual Studio, and our related tools...
  • Blog Post: Expression Studio 4 Launches

    Today at Internet Week in NYC, we announced the availability of Expression Studio 4 . You can download the trial of Expression Studio 4 Ultimate that includes Expression Blend 4 and SketchFlow by clicking below: Expression Studio 4 Ultimate Keep watching this blog for more news, updates, and in-depth...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Carousel with the PathListBoxUtils Sample

    While the PathListBox control provides an easy way to lay out items along a path, creating a carousel control that appears 3 dimensional and has smooth scrolling requires additional functionality that we did not have time to do in Expression Blend 4. I’ve created the PathListBoxUtils sample available...
  • Blog Post: Control Storyboards Easily using Behaviors

    It’s been a while since the last article where I promised to write about all of the behaviors that ship with Expression Blend in greater detail. I’ll try to be more prompt in the future. Today, let’s look at the ControlStoryboardAction and the StoryboardCompletedTrigger. Storyboards are one of the primary...
  • Blog Post: How to add mockup controls to your Expression Blend library

    In Expression Blend 4, one of the new samples we added is called MockupDemonstration. If you haven’t had a chance to use it yet, you can open MockupDemonstration from the Welcome screen, which is available when you first start Expression Blend or when you click Help and then click Welcome Screen. In...
  • Blog Post: Updated Components for Windows Phone 7 Development

    At MIX, we released an early preview of our support for building applications for Windows Phone 7 that only ran on a pre-release version of the .NET Framework. If you have been holding off on upgrading to the latest versions of Expression Blend, Visual Studio, or .NET 4, wait no more! Today, we (along...
  • Blog Post: Minor Update to The Expression Blend 4 Release Candidate

    As most of you know, last week we released the release candidate version of Expression Blend 4. Shortly after many of you had a chance to play with it, some of you reported that Expression Blend crashes during launch. If you are one of those people whose Expression Blend crashes after launch, please...
  • Blog Post: Expression Blend Sessions at MIX10

    If you haven’t had a chance to check out the sessions from MIX10 that showcased Expression Blend 4, the links below should help you out: Authoring for Windows Phone, Silverlight 4 and WPF 4 with Expression Blend by Christian Schormann and Pete Blois   Dynamic Layout and Transitions for Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Dynamic Layout and Transitions in Expression Blend 4

    Click here to watch Kenny’s MIX 2010 session that covers a lot of the topics that you see in this post. - Kirupa In Expression Blend, we’ve been thinking for a loooong time about how to make it ever easier to create great animated visual effects quickly on top of the Silverlight and...
  • Blog Post: Switching Visual States Easily using GoToStateAction

    Over the next couple of weeks, it seems like a good idea to go over some of the behaviors we shipped as a part of Expression Blend 3. Many of you have mentioned that you would like to learn more about the stock behaviors we ship and how they are used, so this blog will be a good interim solution for...
  • Blog Post: Try to Define Visuals in XAML

    Ok, pop-quiz time. Below, you will find two screenshots I took from two different applications: [ Screenshot 1 ] [ Screenshot 2 ] Can you tell what is different between those two images? If you said that the button in the second image seems a few pixels off from the image on the top (or something similar...
  • Blog Post: Download Expression Blend Preview for .NET 4

    Today at PDC, we made a few announcements that would be of interest to you! First, Scott Guthrie announced the availability of the Silverlight 4 Beta . This version of Silverlight contains some cool new features that many of you have asked for, so read the What’s New document to get an overview of some...
  • Blog Post: Working with Layout when DataContexts are Involved

    Hi everyone, When using Expression Blend, a common task you probably engage in is working with layout. Tasks I commonly associate with “working with layout” involve moving things around, rearranging the order of elements, ensuring everything flows when resized, changing your layout container, etc. For...
  • Blog Post: Storyboards, Visual States and SketchFlow Animations

    What are these things – are they different ways of doing the same task? When would I use one in preference to another? Do they all work in all project types? This post will try to answer those questions by describing the animation and control customization tools that are available to you in Expression...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Control Styling Tips Articles

    We’ve published eleven new articles on the blog and they all contain information and tips that you’ll find useful when styling common Silverlight 3 controls. First there’s an article with some general tips: it discusses template binding, different ways of binding Content in your template, some of the...
  • Blog Post: Keyframe Marquee Selection, and other Timeline Tips

    With Blend 3 it’s now possible to draw a marquee (or lasso) around keyframes to select all the keyframes that fall within it. Hold down the CTRL key then drag out a marquee with the mouse pointer as shown below. You can even begin your drag operation when the mouse pointer is over a keyframe or an animation...
  • Blog Post: Using Custom Value Editors for Behaviors

    Ok, Jeff Kelly is back with Part IV of his coverage on behaviors-related topics. This one talks about some of the built-in value editors we provide to make it easier for your users to use behaviors that you create - Kirupa In Expression Blend 3, we’ve provided a number of custom ValueEditors in the property...
  • Blog Post: Blend 3 Samples Deconstructed

    In my previous post, I mentioned that most of the samples from previous versions of Expression Blend have been uploaded to our gallery. One thing that is common with all of the samples is that Celso Gomes had a hand in making them. Recently, Celso started deconstructing how many of the samples work at...
  • Blog Post: All Expression Blend Samples Posted to the Expression Gallery!

    Hi everyone, As many of you probably already know, the Expression Community site is where you go to learn more about how to use Expression Blend. One of the big components of the Community site is the Expression Gallery where you can download and share all kinds of content with the rest of the world...
  • Blog Post: The States Pane and WPF Controls

    Last October I described how to use the States pane in a WPF project with Blend 2 Service Pack 1 . Things are even simpler with Expression Blend 3 so in this post I’ll remind you how to use the States pane with WPF controls. As you may know, when you create a template for a Silverlight control, the States...
  • Blog Post: Expression Blend 3 – Secrets of Working With Data

    Evgeny is back with a great blog post describing some cool features related to the new Sample Data feature we introduced in Expression Blend 3. Visit his blog post to go read it: http://etvorun.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!6054141F335D00D3!130.entry Cheers! Kirupa :)
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