Expression Blend and Design

The team blog of the Expression Blend and Design products.

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    Designers and developers are essentially doing the same thing...

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    ...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-developer workflow. Robert makes the point expressed in this post's title and goes on to say that WPF lets designers and developers "work in the same space," yet solve problems in the way each is used to.

    [1]
    http://channel9.msdn.com/Showpost.aspx?postid=163511
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    WPF-WinForms interoperability functionality (codename "Crossbow") will be in v1 of WPF

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    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 in the WinFX v1 release itself. This will empower customers to leverage their existing Windows Forms code base (hosting WPF controls in WinForms and vice-versa), and to embrace WPF incrementally without ripping-and-replacing. Mike Henderlight has more details in his blog post [1] and on MSDN TV [2].

    [1]
    http://blogs.msdn.com/mhendersblog/archive/2006/03/01/541422.aspx
    [2] http://msdn.microsoft.com/msdntv/episode.aspx?xml=episodes/en/20060216CrossbowMH/manifest.xml
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    Americo's tutorials about 3D in WPF

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    Americo Damasceno has built some demonstration applications showing 3D virtual worlds in a fun and colorful building-brick style. He's also published tutorials [1] showing how he build the applications and you can download and run them directly from his website as ClickOnce applications.

    [1] http://www.dmu.com/avalon3D/a3d0.html

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    Correctly parenting new and existing elements in EID

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    In a previous post [1] we talked about creating a new element by double-clicking in the Library palette (View > Library), and how to indicate the new element's intended parent.

    The other way to create a new element is to select the element type in the Library palette and then draw it onto the artboard. When drawing, the parenting rules are different. If a container element is selected and the mouse down gesture of the draw happens inside its bounds, then the selected container becomes the parent. Otherwise the activated element becomes the parent.

    That covers how new elements are parented. But what about dragging an existing element to another parent? In Windows Forms, when you drag an element to a new location the design surface re-parents the element inside the front-most container at the mouse pointer. Expression Interactive Designer doesn't assume that you wish to re-parent an element when you drag it to a new position. This is mainly due to (partially) transparent elements. I may want to drag an element from one cell of a Grid to another cell which happens to be behind part of a Canvas with an opacity mask. In this case I don't want to have my element re-parented just because the Canvas is in front of the Grid, and EID leaves the element under its current parent (at the new position) unless I indicate otherwise. Whenever I drag an element into the boundary of a candidate parent container, EID offers the tip: Alt-drag to place into [container_type]. Only if I hold down ALT while completing the drag is the element re-parented.

    [1] http://blogs.msdn.com/expression/archive/2006/01/29/518986.aspx

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    A taste of Cider

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    The next version of Visual Studio is codenamed Orcas. Just as Visual Studio does today, Orcas will continue to integrate well with Expression for teams building applications in the Windows Vista time-frame. The disciplines in such a team include developers and designers, hence the specialization in toolsets. Cider is the codename for Orcas' Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) design-time features. If you'd like to know more about Cider, a great stepping-off point is the Cider Wiki on the Channel 9 web site [1].

    [1] http://channel9.msdn.com/wiki/default.aspx/Cider.HomePage

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    Welcome to the Expression team blog!

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    Hi, we’re glad to have you visit the Expression team’s blog - we hope you’ll like the resources and information you find here and we hope you’ll return often to see what’s new.

    This introductory post will talk about what the Expression family of products is. It will also talk about the blog itself, what it’s for, and what kinds of things you can expect to find here over the coming months.

    So, first, what is Expression? Microsoft Expression is a suite consisting of three products each intended for use mainly by the professional designer community. Expression Graphic Designer is a visual arts package equally at home with vector or with bitmap graphics. Expression Interactive Designer gives interaction designers the environment in which to build Windows applications for the Windows Presentation Foundation platform - in other words, to build the new Vista-wave generation of Windows user experiences. Expression Web Designer is the product which offers all the tools you’ll need to produce high-quality, standards-based Web sites.

    For lots more information, videos and downloads about Expression, please see the Microsoft Expression product website.

    Now, about the blog. The blog’s scope embraces all three Expression products so there will be a great diversity of resources to be found here, all brought together with the intention of being of interest to designers and to the designer sensibility. Although we expect professional designers to be our main audience, if you’re a design dilettante or a Windows or Web developer, please feel free to dive in and experience and enjoy Expression too!

    In the Article Categories section of the blog, you will find up-to-date directories of sample applications, tutorials and visual artwork. As the names indicate, these samples are targeted at particular pre-release or Community Technology Preview (CTP) versions of the Expression products.

    In the same section there are also articles which contain the ‘readme’ files for particular pre-release or CTP versions of the Expression products.

    The types of blog posts you can expect to see include these:

    • Posts announcing a new sample application or tutorial. By way of documentation, samples will include an overview document if not a tutorial, and any code will have explanatory comments. The overview document might talk about the sample’s purpose and use, how it was written, the design behind the user experience, and any interesting techniques or designer-developer workflow which was experienced whilst producing it.
    • Posts containing a piece of visual artwork.
    • Posts showing a tip or trick or relating an interesting experience around using an Expression product.
    • Posts discussing features of Expression products and gauging interest in them or feedback about them.
    • Posts containing videos of an Expression product or feature demonstration.

    Happy designing!

    - the Expression team

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    Important 'Readme' item for the Expression Interactive Designer Jan 06 CTP

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    We thought it was worth calling out this item as it may be an issue some of you encounter.

    If you are trying to test build a project (Project | Test Project) immediately after installing WinFX and Expression Interactive Designer, but Expression Interactive Designer was never launched before, your build attempt might fail with the following message: “Error MC1000: Unknown build error”. If this occurs, you will need to close Expression Interactive Designer and launch it again.

    Quite painless, hopefully, but worth knowing.

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    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). For more information about the name change of WinFX to .NET Framework 3.0, please read this.

    .NET Framework 3.0 June 2006 CTP can be installed on any of the following systems:

    • Windows XP SP2
    • Windows Vista June 2006 CTP (build 5456 - limited release)
      • Alert! Windows Vista June 2006 CTP includes .NET Framework 3.0. There is no separate installation package required. The standalone .NET Framework 3.0 packages are not supported on Windows Vista.

    Those who are using Windows Vista Beta 2—the current public pre-release version of Windows Vista—are strongly encouraged to use our May CTPs to avoid compatibility issues. If you are only installing Expression Graphic Designer on Windows Vista Beta 2 and do not plan to use the XAML Export feature, then you will not encounter any compatibility issues. 

    Install on Windows Vista Beta 2

    Install on Windows XP SP2 or Windows Vista June 2006 CTP (build 5456 - limited release)

    For more late-breaking changes and information in Expression Interactive Designer, please see the Readme.

    Found a bug? Report it to us.

    Have something to say about the CTPs? Join a discussion group.

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    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 more late-breaking changes in Expression Interactive Designer, please see the Readme.

    Found a bug? Report it to us.

    Have something to say about the CTPs? Join a discussion group.

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    Virtual MIX

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    Missed the action at MIX06? Check out Virtual MIX to catch up on the keynote speeches, video recaps, streamed sessions (forthcoming), and more from this year's conference.

    http://blog.mix06.com/virtualmix

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    Switch “the look” of your app on the fly

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    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 users to select their own themes while using your apps.

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    Troubleshooting Issues Installing WPF and/or Expression Interactive Designer

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    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
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    Counting Crows - Miguetelo's Art Created With Expression Graphic Designer

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    On his blog Instrucciones Para Mirar [1], Miguetelo has published some beautiful artwork which he created with Expression Graphic Designer [2]. The pieces created with EGD are Corvo [3] and Corvo 2 [4]. I'm sure you'll be aware that corvo is Spanish for crow (or raven). We hope you enjoy looking at Miguetelo's art as much as the Expression team has.

    [1]
    http://miguetelo.blogspot.com/
    [2] http://blogs.msdn.com/expression/archive/2006/03/10/549181.aspx
    [3] http://photos1.blogger.com/hello/188/2667/640/corvoweb.jpg
    [4] http://photos1.blogger.com/hello/188/2667/640/gallosycuervoweb.jpg
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    ZAM 3D March CTP Now Available For Download!

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    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 easily create 3D interface elements, models, controls, styles or layouts. Then the designer exports the 3D assets to XAML markup with a single click without any need to write, or even understand, the complex markup that goes into building a WPF 3D scene. Now the 3D assets are easily added to an Expression Interactive Designer project using the Project > Add Item... command.

    [1] http://erain.com/Products/ZAM3D/DefaultPDC.asp

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    Dante's Integer-to-Roman-Numeral ValueConverter

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    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/archive/2006/03/22/558450.aspx

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    Expression Blend 2 August Preview has been refreshed

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    Based on your feedback, we have published a new build of Expression Blend 2 August Preview that addresses two issues:

    a) Expression Blend 2 August Preview will not require a license key to work. The software is designed to stop working on January 1st, 2008, no matter when you install it. If you had issues with the trial licenses expiring, you should un-install the previous August Preview build and install our refreshed bits.

    b) You can create Silverlight 1.1 projects inside Expression Blend 2 August Preview again. This functionality was broken with the update to the Silverlight 1.1 Alpha Refresh bits.

    You should un-install the previous August Preview build, before installing the refreshed bits. Instructions for downloading and installing the refreshed Expression Blend 2 August Preview build can be found here.

    Thanks,
    The Expression Blend team

     

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    Expression Studio RTM & Silverlight news!

    That’s right, we're very pleased to announce that version 1 of our team's suite of end-to-end tools for creative designers is done! The process is now underway to manufacture and distribute the product. For more details on the suite and how you will be able to purchase it, see the Expression Web Site [1].

    The Expression Studio suite consists of four products – Expression Web, Expression Blend, Expression Design and Expression Media.

    There’s yet more exciting news today regarding Silverlight [2], Microsoft’s cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of .NET based media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web. Silverlight was announced recently at the at the 2007 National Association of Broadcasters conference (NAB2007). Today, at the MIX07 [3] conference, Ray Ozzie and Scott Guthrie placed Silverlight in its longer-term context as part of the .NET platform and tools story. And Blend fits into the Silverlight tools story, too – today we have made available the Expression Blend 2 May Preview [4] which allows you to create Silverlight-based applications (either JavaScript or .NET).

    [1] http://www.microsoft.com/expression

    [2] http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/

    [3] http://visitmix.com/

    [4] http://www.microsoft.com/expression/products/download.aspx?key=blend2maypreview

     

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