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  • Blog Post: How to: Make Innerglows with Expression Blend.

    I'm knee deep in a WPF project i'm writing for my team. I had the need today to have an innerglow, and noticed that we seem to have forgotten this little BitmapEffect of goodness (which I'll be promptly hassling Jon tomorrow for in the next revision). That being said, as stubborn as I am I decided to...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight: VisualState Manager, Storyboards and why designers should care about them both.

    I've seen a lot of talk around VisualState Manager online and it mostly covers button states and so on. What I want to do here in this post is illustrate why VisualState Manager is a handy tool for the average interactive designer out there and how it can kind of short-cut a lot of animation transition...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Experiment: Create a PullDown Menu using Storyboards.

    This is a basic example of how to create a "PullDown Menu" using Silverlight and Expression Blend. The Objectives The GUI will have a PullDown Menu (UserControl) under the main outer chrome. It's intended that when a user clicks on the "MainMenu" it will not only change state, but...
  • Blog Post: Voice Activated Commands in Blend.

    Most folks whom know me would agree I am quite lazy at times. This being true, I've discovered a product which will help me out to become even lazier. Voice Activated Commands is a product which retails for $18 USD and what it enables you to do is type in a text like "mossyblog" and then assign...
  • Blog Post: RIA, building your control framework.

    Silverlight 1.0 is around the corner, and it won't have controls assigned to it upon official release. Yet, this is something very important to the success of Silverlight going forward, as without a control framework there is really no point right? This is where Silverlight 1.1 will come through strong...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft UX.Artu.Tv

    Arturo Toledo , Product Manager for UX Platform & Tools (Silverlight, WPF, Expression...) has spun up his own blog found over at http://www.ux.artu.tv/ . Arturo is a classic artistic soul and he has some interesting insights once you get to know him - hint: subscribe to his blog as you will see one...
  • Blog Post: RIA is a belief, Silverlight is the execution.

    I interact a lot around discussions in the Rich Interactive/Internet Application (RIA) space. I read as much as I can on it and keep tabs on what I find interesting around theories associated to RIA. I also engage folks whom never have even heard the acronym RIA and it's interesting conversation to have...
  • Blog Post: Some minor Silverlight assumptions/queries.

    It's been an interesting couple of days for me, as I've meet some developers in both business meeting setting and via social setting (aka WebJam ). In my chats with these developers, they all seem very keen to learn more about Silverlight but have hesitations on it that range from "Isn't it bleeding...
  • Blog Post: Vista's doing well, which means WPF = Good.

    Paul Sakuma/Associated Press - Image Link to New York Times I see a lot of hype, street talk around Windows Vista and how it's doing world-wide. It usually ends up in a Apple conversation and it gets noisy from there. At any rate, Microsoft announced yesterday that we are essentially growing the Windows...
  • Blog Post: I love electric Rain Standout.

    In my role, Powerpoint Presentations is usually a must and while I don't mind all the new bells and whistles in Office 2007 Powerpoint, it's still not as good as if I would build in say Flash Professional (like I've done in the past). Never fear, for Electric Rain have come to the resource and put together...
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