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  • Blog Post: Samples and Tutorials Gallery - Expression Blend

    For Expression Blend tutorials, there are a lot of great resources on the web you can visit: Google , Live . On the team itself, we have quite a few people who write tutorials on Expression Blend / Silverlight / WPF: NibblesTutorials (Celso Gomes) kirupa.com - Blend / WPF Tutorials (Kirupa...
  • Blog Post: Generating key splines from a Path drawn in Blend

    In Blend you can author keyframes with ease out and ease in interpolation to give your animations acceleration and deceleration: in other words, life. You can also draw a motion path and animate an element along it. A value curve is a graph of the change in a property value over time, and the combination...
  • Blog Post: Keyframe easing and key splines

    An animation authored in Blend contains keyframes. The animation defines which element/property to affect and each keyframe defines a key time at which a value should be in effect. The process of animating the property values between successive key times is called interpolation . Let’s say you’re...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Microsoft Expression Blend Beta 1

    Thanks for being patient! The previous CTP of Expression Interactive Designer was back in September. Since then the team has been focused on some major changes to the product ready for today’s announcement of our first beta. A list of all the new features is given below but something you'll notice immediately...
  • Blog Post: Expression Blend goes Beta, Big Changes to Expression Design CTP

    Today we are going public with beta 1 of Expression Blend, and a new CTP for Expression Design. Before you ask – these are the new product names for what previously was known as Expression Interactive Designer and Expression Graphic Designer. Much more importantly, these new versions are not just...
  • Blog Post: Expression Web Beta 1, EGD and EID Sept. CTPs (target .NET 3.0 RC1)

    We are pleased to announce that the Beta 1 release of Expression Web (formerly Expression Web Designer) is now available! For more insight into Expression Web Beta 1, please see the Expression Web team blog . Additionally, September CTPs of Expression Graphic Designer and Expression Interactive Designer...
  • Blog Post: Webcast: Introduction to Microsoft Expression

    This webcast describes the powerful features and capabilities of Microsoft Expression Graphic Designer, Microsoft Expression Interactive Designer, and Microsoft Expression Web Designer, and includes a 40 minute demonstration of Expression Web Designer. The first twenty minutes cover concepts of user...
  • Blog Post: July CTPs of EGD and EID available - target July CTP of .NET Framework 3.0

    The July CTPs of Expression Graphic Designer and Expression Interactive Designer are now available. Both of these CTPs target the July CTP of .NET Framework 3.0 (formerly known as WinFX). Download Expression Graphic Designer July 2006 CTP Download Expression Interactive Designer July 2006 CTP For...
  • Blog Post: June CTPs of EGD and EID now available!

    After overcoming some obstacles with our publishing tools these past few days, we finally are able to share with you the June 2006 CTPs for both Expression Graphic Designer and Expression Interactive Designer. Our latest CTPs target the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 June 2006 CTP (formerly known as WinFX...
  • Blog Post: Binding media to playback controls

    Software Test Engineer, Dante Gagne, takes us through a tutorial of how to bind media to playback controls in Expression Interactive Designer. For more tips and tricks like this, check out Dante's blog . After you've completed Dante's tutorial, try using Expression Graphic Designer to style your...
  • Blog Post: Bind media to playback controls

    Building a basic media viewer with controls for volume, balance and interacting with the playback Contents Overview Creating the application Task 1: Creating the components for the PlayPause button Task 2: Set up the states and triggers on PlayPause Task 3: Add the media, and define how PlayPause...
  • Blog Post: Switch “the look” of your app on the fly

    Test Lead Jen Rowe shows you how you can theme your applications using Resource Dictionaries in Expression Interactive Designer . The application can switch the theme at run time by loading and unloading respective resource dictionaries. This allows you to give your apps custom looks or to simply enable...
  • Blog Post: New CTPs available for Expression Graphic Designer AND Expression Interactive Designer!

    We are pleased to present new CTPs of Expression Graphic Designer and Expression Interactive Designer that target Microsoft WinFX Runtime Components Beta 2--the latest release of WinFX. Follow the links below to start downloading the May CTPs... Remember , you will need to install WinFX Beta 2...
  • Blog Post: New Training Videos Available!

    Just a quick post to let you know 5 new training videos are now available for viewing and download at http://www.microsoft.com/products/expression/en/demos.mspx . Simply click the Interactive Designer tab near the bottom of the page, and then click one of the video links under Training Videos . Enjoy...
  • Blog Post: Dante's Integer-to-Roman-Numeral ValueConverter

    Dante Gagne, a Software Design Engineer in Test in the Expression Interactive Designer team, has published a blog entry demonstrating how to write a ValueConverter (a great utility for data binding) and he also explains how to use it in Expression Interactive Designer. [1] http://blogs.msdn.com/danteg...
  • Blog Post: ZAM 3D March CTP Now Available For Download!

    ZAM 3D ™ from Electric Rain is a new 3D XAML Tool for Microsoft Windows Vista application development, and the March CTP is available for download [1]. ZAM 3D fits into the designer-side workflow by complementing Microsoft Expression Interactive Designer. The idea is that a designer uses ZAM 3D to...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting Issues Installing WPF and/or Expression Interactive Designer

    Tim Sneath has written an excellent blog post [1] about what to do if you're having any issues installing WPF or EID. [1] http://blogs.msdn.com/tims/archive/2006/03/13/550600.aspx
  • Blog Post: Expression Interactive Designer March 2006 CTP is now available from the Expression Web Site

    The previous download instructions involved using the Microsoft Connect web site. We're happy to announce that you can now download the EID March CTP [1] from the Microsoft Expression web site. [1] http://www.microsoft.com/products/expression/en/interactive_designer/id_free_trial.aspx
  • Blog Post: Announcing the availability of the March 2006 CTP of Expression Interactive Designer

    If you've been using the January Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Expression Interactive Designer (EID) and you've been waiting for the March CTP that we mentioned in a previous post [1] then you'll be glad to hear that your wait is over! We're pleased to present the March 2006 CTP of EID that targets...
  • Blog Post: Expression Interactive Designer: Three Discoveries

    Our evangelist Karsten Januszewski has blogged about his discovery of three time-saving features of Expression Interactive Designer [1]. [1] http://blogs.msdn.com/karstenj/archive/2006/02/10/529742.aspx
  • Blog Post: WPF-WinForms interoperability functionality (codename "Crossbow") will be in v1 of WPF

    This will be of interest to those of you with an investment in Windows Forms. Originally, Microsoft had planned to ship this functionality in the Visual Studio "Orcas" timeframe. However, customers have asked us to release it earlier so that's exactly what we'll be doing now: providing this functionality...
  • Blog Post: Where can I go to learn about WPF?

    Tim Sneath, a technical evangelist for Windows Vista, is often asked, "Where can I go to learn about WPF?" He enumerates some great resources to answer that question in his blog post [1]. [1] http://blogs.msdn.com/tims/archive/2006/02/16/533301.aspx
  • Blog Post: Designers and developers are essentially doing the same thing...

    ...they're solving business problems. In their latest Channel 9 video [1], Kevin Moore and Robert Ingebretsen talk about how Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) affords the beauty and visual flexibility of the Web but with the richness of the Windows platform rolled in. They also talk about designer...
  • Blog Post: How do I choose between ASP.NET, Atlas, Windows Forms and WPF?

    In his blog post [1], Tim Sneath answers the following questions about considering when and where to use the most appropriate presentation layer technology: How do Windows Presentation Foundation, XAML and ASP.NET fit together? I've heard you can build web applications using XAML - does that mean...
  • Blog Post: Top Ten UI Development Breakthroughs In Windows Presentation Foundation

    Ian Griffiths and Chris Sells (the authors of Programming Windows Presentation Foundation [1]) have published an excellent MSDN Magazine article called Top Ten UI Development Breakthroughs In Windows Presentation Foundation [2]. Well worth a read. [1] http://www.sellsbrothers.com/writing/avbook/ [2]...
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