Combining Software in Amazing Ways

May, 2007

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About Synergist

Synergist is about Michael Scherotter's passion: combining technology in interesting ways and about the convergence of technologies. 

Michael S. Scherotter is a Media Experience Evangelist at Microsoft

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    Why Microsoft Expression Studio?

    I love design tools. In architecture school, I loved the design process so much that instead of becoming an architect like my classmates, I decided to specialize my study in the field of design tool development, specifically understanding how to build...
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    Adding a VBA Macro to Outlook

    Silly me. When I posted the macros to create Outlook appointments based on email messages and to schedule your drive time , I failed to explain how to add VBA Macros to Outlook. Well here's how: For the macro that you want to add, like NewMeetingRequest...
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    Why XML in Silverlight is Significant

    I have been working with XML for most of my career, from developing a CAD application to my roles at Mindjet to my new role at Microsoft talking about Silverlight . In this career, I have given numerous talks about the relevance of XML and to be susinct...
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    Scheduling your Drive Time in Outlook

    When I posted the simple macro to create an appointment from an email message , I got a message from a colleague, Kurt Shintaku, who came up with an idea for a time-saving Outlook macro when working with one of his customers: create a "Drive Time" appointment...
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    Mindjet Recommends Bloggers

    In an interesting twist on a blogroll , Gaelen at Mindjet posted a map of MindManager Bloggers on the Mindjet Blog. This works because Mindjet has built a passionate following of individuals who cannot do without their flagship software, MindManager....
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    Using Expression Blend to Build Windows Applications

    Just when you get really good at a tool, you find something better. This happened to me when I moved from C++ to C# for desktop application development. I see it happening again with Expression Blend which you can use to design windows user interfaces...
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    Creating an Outlook Appointment based on an Email Message

    I've always wanted to do this: I get an email message and I want to create an appointment from the the message. It's a simple task and I found that this was one of the goals of Chandler in the book that I'm reading right now, Dreaming in Code by Scott...
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    Just Got the Twitter Bug

    Last week I went to Scoble's Geek/Blogger Dinner in San Francisco and I realized that I was in the minority because I didn't use Twitter yet. For the uninitiated, Twitter let's you answers the simple question "what are you doing now?" I didn't understand...
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    New Groove Workspace for Silverlight Map Project

    I have just setup a Groove Workspace for the Silverlight Map demo that I have been working on. If you want to participate and help grow the demo, please send me a message and I'll invite you to the space.
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    Ian Blackburn's Map of Silverlight Resources

    Ian Blackburn posted a great MindManager Map on his blog of Silverlight Resource. I wanted to see if my MindManager to Silverlight converter could handle it and with some small modifications, it can! I uploaded it to my Silverlight Streaming Service so...
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    Creating a Silverlight Application with MindManager

    As I mentioned in an earlier post , I have been playing around with Silverlight and trying to see how it could work with Mindjet MindManager maps. Because both MindManager and Silverlight are based in XML, it is fairly straightforward to transform the...
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