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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework Updated

    We have just released an update to the Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework to include the following new features: Support for Windows Phone 7 Support for the Microsoft Silverlight Media Framework 2.0 Support for Webtrends for Silverlight 4, WPF, and Windows Phone 7 Added support for Google Analytics...
  • Blog Post: Word to XAML Converter Updated

    I have just updated the Word to XAML Converter application to support Word 2010, WPF 4, and Silverlight 4.  You would use this converter if you have documentation or text in Word that you want to integrate into WPF or Silverlight applications. The Add-in is now surfaced in the Word 2010 Backstage...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 Sensor Trigger for WPF Applications

    One of the cool new features of Windows 7 is a sensor platform that unifies the way that Windows 7 applications work with sensors. For .NET developers, we’ve released a Windows API Code Pack that makes it easy to create .NET applications that use the sensor platform. The Sensor Platform supports biometric...
  • Blog Post: New York Times WPF Kit

    If you browse the source code for the New York Times Silverlight Kit , you’ll notice that there are two project that are not for Silverlight but for WPF applications.  It turns out that most of the code that will work in Silverlight will work in WPF applications as well so it took me about 20 minutes...
  • Blog Post: WPF for Line of Business Apps Free Training

    My colleague Jaime Rodriguez asked me to tell you about this great opportunity for learning about building WPF Line-of-Business applications.  It’s a free two-day workshop held in Los Angeles, London, New York, Chicago, and Phoenix. Go to Jaime’s Blog to read about it and register today: http:/...
  • Blog Post: Whitespace in XAML

    I just ran into a problem with XAML (WPF and Silverlight) and wanted to share my solution with you.  In my Word to XAML converter application , I was noticing that sometimes extraneous spaces were being seen in Paragraph elements in WPF and TextBlock elements in Silverlight. The problem was caused...
  • Blog Post: Updating Word to XAML Converter

    I have done a bit of work lately on my Word 2007 to XAML converter application to give it a bit more functionality in the following areas: Table VML Graphics Correctly handling default styles and character styles Tables (WPF) I have implemented rudimentary conversion from Word 2007 tables to WPF <Table>...
  • Blog Post: Added Silverlight 2 Text to WordToXaml (formerly WordFlowDocumentCreator)

    Last year I created and uploaded a demonstration project to Popfly that converted a Word 2007 Document to a WPF FlowDocument.  The best example of a FlowDocument can be seen in the New York Times Reader , an instance of Syndicated Client Starter Kit .  I used this demo to create an online version...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight and WPF Workshop in NYC 9/3/2008

    Next week I will be in New York City meeting customers and I will be holding a free half-day mini-workshop  at the Microsoft office on 6th Avenue to teach people about building Silverlight and WPF applications with Expression Studio and Visual Studio.  I've put together an ambitious agenda...
  • Blog Post: Talking About Expression Blend at SDForum Windows SIG in Mtn. View 8/28/2008

    I love using Expression Blend.  With both a design education (architecture) and a career in software development, I've become somewhat of an expert on using Microsoft's Expression Blend for designing WPF and Silverlight user experiences.  Over the past year, watching (and participating in)...
  • Blog Post: Lenovo Uses WPF for Laptop Power Manager applet

    I have been using a Lenovo T60p computer with Windows Vista since I joined Microsoft last year.  Lenovo has a great System update utility that keeps the service packs and applets up to date.  Recently the update utility installed a new version of the Power Manager application - this one has...
  • Blog Post: Webinar Recording Available: Better Online Technical Documents - Building a Word 2007 Add-in to create WPF Flow Documents

    I just posted the recording of the webinar that I did today showing a Word 2007 Add-in that creates WPF Flow Documents (using the FlowDocument class): https://www112.livemeeting.com/cc/microsoft/view?id=74SMQS Here's an example of where I've used it to create a FlowDocument of a Whitepaper . Here's what...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Webinar: Better Online Documentation: Creating WPF FlowDocuments from Word 2007

    One of the challenges with creating online documentation is readability, especially with long documents. Most of the time, we end up printing out documents instead of attempting to read them online. One we print them out we lose the ability to easily search for text, one of the great aspects of online...
  • Blog Post: More Detail on When to use Which Presentation Technology

    Back in July, I created a simple grid of when to use which Microsoft presentation technology. I did this in response to a workshop I ran at one of my customer's offices. David Chappell just wrote a whitepaper, Introducing WPF explaining WPF and as part of it he also explains when to use which presentation...
  • Blog Post: Mindjet Should Hire These Guys!

    Four guys out of Bulgaria just built this .Net application for mind mapping . It looks really cool with a very fresh look! It was built with WPF and all our latest technology like Silverlight. I can't wait to try it out when it goes beta on November 1st. What amazing things could happen if Mindjet would...
  • Blog Post: Expression Blend in Software Development Lifecycle

    I was having dinner with a friend yesterday (non-Microsoft) who manages a software development team and he told me that he was excited about the potential of Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Expression Blend for his company's products. With that excitement also came some questions about how...
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