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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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    POV Hackathon Prototype: Aerial Viewing

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    This past weekend, I participated in the most interesting hackathon:  Sponsored by the PBS Documentary Series POV , this hackathon paired media makers with technologists, challenging the teams to experiment with adding interactivity to the documentary...
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    Kinetic Typography: a New Design Tool

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    If you know my background , you know that I have a passion for building tools for creative design.  Recently I’ve had a fascination with Kinetic Typography and saw the convergence of a few key technologies.  This inspired me to create a new...
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    Time-Lapse: Crowdsourcing Time-Lapse Photography

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    I’ve always loved seeing time-lapse photographs and knowing a bit about photography and videography, I can really appreciate the fact that to do one well, you need to devote a considerable amount of time to the task.  I did one almost ten years ago...
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    Updating Windows Store Apps for Windows 8.1

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    I’ve recently updated four of the apps that I had published for Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 and it was really easy.  For each of these apps, my main goal was to make them work in the new 500px minimum width and possibly take advantage of some of the...
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    Can this be my Next Journal?

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    As many of you know, I have been keeping physical journals for years   – using them for drawing, taking notes, water coloring, collage -  all sorts of things.  I even found my favorite vendor in Iona Handcrafted Books out of Austin, Texas...
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    Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 is an Animation Studios

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    I’ve tried out the new Microsoft Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 machines in the Windows Store and I really like the new kickstand design – with its secondary position at 55 degrees, it makes the Surface even better as a movie studio with my Zoetrope app...
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    Using New Windowing Feature in Windows 8.1

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    I’ve just updated my Windows Store app, Zoetrope to take advantage of the new Windows 8.1 feature where apps can span across multiple windows. With this new feature, your app can create new windows to accomplish tasks.  If you are looking to understand...
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    Windows 8 FlipView Looping Sample

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    One of my customers asked me how to make a Windows 8 Xaml FlipView control that automatically loops.  After figuring out a technique that worked (adding duplicate items to be beginning and end of the FlipView.ItemsSource list).  I wanted to...
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    South By Southwest Panel & Workshop Proposals

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    Today the Panel Picker for South by Southwest 2014 goes live.  For those of you who haven’t heard of South by Southwest (or SXSW), it is an annual music, film, and interactive conference in Austin, Texas in March.  In 2014 it will be March 7...
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    How Zoetrope can Create Movies from other Apps

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    When I was creating Zoetrope , I wanted to make it easy for other apps that work with images to take advantage of Zoetrope’s capabilities and create videos from those images.  There are two easy ways to do this with Zoetrope: using the file picker...
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    Zoetrope: Create Motion from Pictures on Windows 8

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    I just published Zoetrope a Windows Store app that makes it super easy to create movies from still photographs.  My inspiration for this app is seeing my boys build and play with LEGO and create adventures with their creations.  I wanted to...
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    Authentic: a Connected Media Experience Player

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    For the past year I have been working with the record labels (Sony Music, Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group) on building a new way of creating digital connected albums, called Connected Media Experience , or CME.    It is based...
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    Windows Store App Xaml GridView with Variable Templates

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    One of the useful controls to use when creating a Windows Store app for Windows 8 is the GridView which can use a VariableSizeWrapGrid to support item templates of varying size.  Using this in conjunction with an DataTemplateSelector makes it possible...
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    Making a Great Snapped View for your Web Site on IE10 on Windows 8

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    One of the great features of Windows 8 Metro Applications is the Snapped View where app developers create a 320px wide view of their app.  When the user snaps their app to the left or the right of the screen they can continue using their primary...
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    My Favorite New Features of Windows Phone 7 Mango

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    A few days ago I got a notice over my phone that an update was ready to be installed and I should connect it to my computer.  Mango had arrived for my Dell Venue Pro on T-Mobile’s network.  I connected my phone to my computer and proceeded to...
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    Teaching Computer Programming at Home

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    This past week I had a great time teaching my 9-year-old son Alex and 9 of his friends computer programming in my home.  I used Kodu Game Lab and Small Basic , two free tools created for kids to learn programming. I wrote a series of blog posts about...
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    I’m About to Start Teaching Ten 9-Year Olds Computer Programming

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    Next week, the Fairfax Computer Camp will open in my home.  As I work from home, I have a bit of flexibility in scheduling my working hours, so I’m attempting an exciting new challenge – how to teach my son Alex computer programming in a fun environment...
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    Converting SVG to XAML with IE9 and the Microsoft XPS Document Writer

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    There is a growing library of content on the internet in SVG, especially with sites like The Noun Project . With a Windows Phone project that I am working on I wanted to use a graphic from the Noun Project. To do this I needed to convert the SVG file...
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    Silverlight UI Developer Job at Check Six Training Systems

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    Immediate Opening with one of the fasting growing U.S. companies.  What?  You haven't heard of Check Six Training Systems?  Oh, you will!  Even sooner if you are the right fit for our totally unique, rapidly growing company. ...
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    Why I Chose the Dell Venue Pro

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    After more than a month of waiting, I am the proud owner of a new Dell Venue Pro Windows Phone .  As a Microsoft employee I had my choice on phones and carriers and I wanted to share the reasoning behind my choice. The T-Mobile network has great...
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    C# Silverlight Developer Jobs at Inviso in Bellevue, WA

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    Subscribe to this Silverlight Jobs Feed . Inviso builds world class software solutions specializing in business intelligence, web applications, and service oriented solutions.  Inviso works with a steady stream of new Microsoft technologies and prides...
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    Updated SMF Thumbnail Scrubbing Sample Code

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    I just posted an update to the code I wrote almost a year ago for showing thumbnail images of a video while scrubbing (moving the play slider) in Silverlight.  This is similar to the experience that you get when scrubbing on Netflix Watch Instantly...
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    Silverlight Designer/Developer Job in Orange County, CA

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    This person will be the pivotal person in the development and design of the "new" GUI. The current environment is PowerBuilder and they are asking this person to be the go to person for the new web based application. They require a strong coder...
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    Silverlight Engineer/Architect Jobs at Netflix

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    I have just heard that Netflix has two job openings for Silverlight Architect/Engineers in Los Gatos, California.  As a Netflix subscriber, I use the Silverlight-based Watch Instantly feature on my computer and on my Windows Phone 7 device. ...
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    Dotfuscator for Windows Phone Released

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    One of the great partners that I have worked with on the Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework  (MSAF) has been PreEmptive Solutions.  For Windows Phone 7, Microsoft is partnering with PreEmptive to provide application reporting for phone...
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