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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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    Upcoming Webinar: Better Online Documentation: Creating WPF FlowDocuments from Word 2007

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    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...
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    Posted SilverlightMap code to SkyDrive and Popfly

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    I've decided to share the source code for my SilverlightMap project that converts Mindjet MindManager maps to Silverlight application in two venues: Windows Live SkyDrive and Popfly . Windows Live SkyDrive Microsoft Popfly If you want to contribute and...
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    Contributing to MSDN Documentation

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    This Friday I will be giving a web presentation on building a Silverlight-based Windows Vista gadget for Radio & TV Stations. When you build a Windows Vista Sidebar Gadget, you can package it as either a .zip archive or a .cab archive and then change...
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    Who Can Train My Team on Silverlight & Expression Studio?

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    I get asked this question too often. Here are three great resources - in no particular order: Wintellect : ( http://wintellect.com ) provides consulting, debugging, and training services Pluralsight ( http://www.pluralsight.com/ ) provides community,...
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    Should I put the Silverlight Map code on CodePlex or SkyDrive?

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    One of the first things that I created at Microsoft built on my previous experience at Mindjet, the creators of MindManager , a mind mapping software. I built a small converter application that transformed a MindManager map into a Silverlight application...
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    Updated Groove Workspace with Virtual Earth 6

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    Virtual Earth has just been updated to Version 6 with a much cooler user interface. I downloaded the latest JavaScript from http://dev.virtualearth.net/mapcontrol/mapcontrol.ashx?v=6 , updated the script file in the workspace, and this is what I got:...
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    Recording of Silverlight & Web Analytics Webinar

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    Here is a link to the recording of the webinar that I just hosted on Silverlight and Web Analytics . https://www112.livemeeting.com/cc/microsoft1/view?id=3F6QCW Recording Key: F=n3_sjpb You can also download the slide decks from my SkyDrive...
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    Whitepaper on Silverlight and Web Analytics

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    As many of you may know, I have been working to understand how Silverlight applications can best integrate with Web Analytics services. Web analytics is the field of understanding and quantifying how people interact with web sites in order to align the...
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    Heading to Tulsa TechFest

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    Having never been to Tulsa, I was excited when David Walker invited me to talk about Silverlight at the Tulsa TechFest next weekend. I'll be there Thursday through Saturday giving these presentations/workshops: From MindManager to Silverlight: How to...
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    Silverlight Application Architecture

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    One thing that I find very refreshing is that people with software development backgrounds are gravitating to Silverlight development. With that, you can get great application architecture on top of great interaction! Take a look how my colleague, Bob...
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    More Detail on When to use Which Presentation Technology

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    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...
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    Who Knows Silverlight?

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    Fixing Memory Leaks in Silverlight Code

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    I did something bad. I put some sample code for a Silverlight application on my blog that ate memory at a rate of about 2 MB every three seconds . As soon as I realized it, I fixed the application that I had posted to the Silverlight streaming service...
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    Mindjet Should Hire These Guys!

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    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...
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    Using Tags for Simple Hyperlinks in Silverlight 1.0

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    One of the features that I was glad to see added to Silverlight 1.0 was the Tag attribute which can be used to add any metadata (hidden) text to any visual element. I have been using it to add hyperlink features to my applications. Here's how I do it...
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    A Simple Buffering Progress Indicator for Silverlight

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    A customer of mine is creating a cool video sharing site with Silverlight and wanted to see some code for a simple buffering progress indicator to show the user that the video is loading. This is actually pretty easy with Silverlight so I thought that...
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    Other Silverlight SEO Techniques

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    The technique described in my previous post will work for Silverlight solutions that generate XAML on the server side as well as solutions that have multiple static XAML files that are composited at runtime: < div id ="SLHost"> < asp : Xml ID...
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    Simple Silverlight SEO with ASP.Net and XSLT

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    A common practice with Rich Interactive Applications (RIAs) is to expose the text as hidden DIV section in on the same page as the Silverlight control. I have crafted a page with a Silverlight application that has a unique word on it that is picked up...
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    Upcoming Webinar: Using Web Analytics with Silverlight

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    Rich Interactive Applications (RIAs) and media players built with Microsoft Silverlight are easily integrated with web analytics services like WebTrends On Demand . Web Analytics services collect data about web usage behavior and allow businesses to measure...
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    Matrix Falling Characters in Silverlight

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    Once you start working with a good design tool enough, it changes the way you think and see the world. Learning to draw nude figures gave me an appreciation for drawing and then seeing shade and shadow. With demonstrating and using Microsoft Expression...
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    Using LINQ to Query Data in a Mindjet MindManager Map

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    As most of you may know by now, earlier this year I left Mindjet to join Microsoft. Mindjet is a Microsoft Gold Certified partner who makes the mind mapping software MindManager. Since I have been at Microsoft, I've been "drinking from the fire hose"...
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    Upcoming Webinar: Creating a Windows Vista Gadget &amp; Web Player for your Radio/TV Station

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    Now that many radio and television stations are streaming their content over the web, there are now multiple venues to let users listen to and watch that content. This live webinar will demonstrate how to build a single Silverlight application to playback...
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    A Free Typeface for Silverlight

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    When I was in architecture school at the University of Arizona, my first drawing teacher was Kirby Lockard . He taught me how to see, how to draw, and how to print, essential skills that an aspiring architect must master. Now that almost all architectural...
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    Silverlight for Web Hosting Companies

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    I’d like to announce an upcoming Webcast session that I’ll be presenting on Silverlight for Web Hosting Companies: What: Microsoft Silverlight For Web Hosting Companies When: Friday, September 28th, 2007, 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM Pacific Time Where: Microsoft...
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    Mindjet Labs Surpasses 10,000 Members!

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    One of my proudest accomplishments at Mindjet was the creation of the Mindjet Labs , a community site that I created to show the power of MindManager as a solution platform. I still use MindManager for my work, especially when I am outlining and explaining...
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