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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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    Created HTML Help Documentation with Sandcastle

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    I just used Sandcastle and the HTML Help Workshop to build the documentation for the New York Times Silverlight Kit .  It took a little hacking to get it working but it turned out some pretty cool docs.  You can download the .CHM file here ...
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    Alpha Video with Silverlight 3 Pixel Shaders

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    One of the requests that I hear quite often for Silverlight is support for Alpha Video where video has transparent regions to ease compositing.  By adding GPU-Accelerated Pixel Shaders to Silverlight 3, that capability will now be possible. One of...
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    New York Times Silverlight Kit Now Open Source

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    We are excited to announce that the New York Times Silverlight Kit is now an Open Source project distributed under the MS-PL license .  There are some pretty cool techniques here that you might want to look at as you build your own Silverlight kits...
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    Silverlight, Video, and SketchFlow at MGFest in Austin Next Week

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    Next week I will be teaching two full-day workshops at the Motion Graphics Festival in Austin, Texas.  If you want to learn about Silverlight and Video Distribution and Encoding, then register for the Motion Graphics Festival today. Introduction...
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    The New York Times Silverlight Kit

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    Today we are excited to announce a new alliance with the New York Times around a new Silverlight Kit for the New York Times APIs.  The New York Times has made a number of services freely available to software developers as REST services at their...
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    Meet Me at the MySpace SF devJam 5/26/2009

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    Next month I’ll be going to the MySpace San Francisco devJam , a free all-day event at the MySpace San Francisco headquarters.  I’ll be there learning more about the MySpace Developer Platform and hopefully I’ll see you there too.  Our commitment...
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    Viewstream’s Silverlight Gets Social Event (5/14 in San Francisco)

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    Viewstream , a Microsoft Silverlight partner is hosting an event in San Francisco on Thursday, May 14th and asked me to talk briefly about my work with the Silverlight Kit for MySpace and what interesting synergies that the combination of Silverlight...
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    Creating Activities with the Silverlight Kit for MySpace

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    We’ve just checked in code on the Silverlight Kit for MySpace that enables Silverlight applications to take advantage of the Activities framework and templates in MySpace Developer Platform . This will enable your Silverlight application on MySpace to...
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    MTV Asset Management using Silverlight 3

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    My colleague Jit Ghosh just wrote about the very cool Silverlight 3 application that a team from MTV, Vertigo, and Microsoft is building.  The application is for  MTV’s Digital Asset Management Workflow managing millions of physical and digital...
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    Meet Me at NAB

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    Next week I will be at the NAB Show in Las Vegas (NAB=National Association of Broadcasters).  If you are in the broadcast industry, I look forward to seeing you at the Show – I’ll be spending most of my time at the Microsoft booth but I hope to have...
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    Topics to Blog About

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    I have so many blog topics/whitepapers/projects to complete (in no specific order): Silverlight 2/3 Web Analytics (Whitepaper) Building Silverlight Kits for Web 2.0 APIs (Whitepaper and blog posts) Blog about workflow for creating Semblio applications...
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    WPF for Line of Business Apps Free Training

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    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...
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    Silverlight for MySpace on Channel 9

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    Laura Foy from Channel 9 sent me a few questions last week about Silverlight on MySpace .  Watch here for my answers:
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    My Artist Explorer Wins at the Circus Mashimus Mashup Contest!

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    I just heard that my entry into the Circus Mashimus contest was just selected as Best In Show winner.  My entry was about a week’s worth of effort (including a few long nights) using Expression Blend and Visual Studio.  In that week, I learned...
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    Silverlight Kit for MySpace is Live on CodePlex!

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    The session at Web 2.0 expo went well.  Before I retire for the night I wanted to post a link to the Silverlight Kit for MySpace on CodePlex. http://myspacesilverlight.codeplex.com/ I’ll write more about it and would love to hear any feedback that...
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    My First Silverlight 2 Application on MySpace

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    If you go to my profile page on MySpace today, you’ll see a Silverlight application that I built to demonstrate some of the features of the Silverlight Kit for MySpace that we will release on Thursday.  In this demo, I’ve mashed up some services...
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    Silverlight for the MySpace Developer Platform

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    Now you can build Silverlight applications for the MySpace Developer Platform !  I have been working with MySpace for months on this initiative and now we have some exciting results: MySpace has just announced support for Silverlight on MySpace’s...
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    Data Binding with the Virtual Earth Control

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    I was very excited to hear that the Virtual Earth (VE) team was creating a Silverlight control and that they announced at Mix a CTP (Community Technology Preview). I promptly downloaded it and started playing with it. From the Circus Mashimus contest...
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    Artist Explorer – a Silverlight 2 Mashup

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    At the South by Southwest Interactive Conferece in Austin, Texas this past week, Mashery hosted a contest, Circus Mashimus to encourage people to create mash-up applications using their customers' web services.  I learned about it a week before and...
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    Today’s Links

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    Internet Explorer: Why it Crashes and How to Fix It 10 Useful Internet Explorer Accelerators Feedback and Engineering Windows 7 Smooth Streaming FAQ Beta Release of Smooth Streaming
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    Extending the Silverlight DataGrid Class with a Custom Attached Property

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    One of my customers has been using the Silverlight 2 DataGrid and came to me with a request:  How do you make a column take up all of the rest of the available space (like the Grid * column width)?  If I were doing this in MFC or Windows forms...
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    Silverlight and Expression Blend for E-Learning Applications

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    One of my publishing customers is going to start building a series of E-Learning application in Silverlight and we will be starting off with a two-day LiveMeeting web conference workshop on February 25 and 27 (9:00 AM – 2:00 PM PDT).  On the second...
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    Come to the PhizzPop Design Challenge in Los Angeles on 2/20/2009

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    I’ve been involved with the planning of this very cool event next week but unfortunately I’ll won’t be able to attend (I’ll be in Tahoe Skiing with my family).  If you are interested in seeing what creative agencies can do with Microsoft technology...
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    A Silverlight 2 Ad Rotator

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    I’ve been learning how to build Silverlight 2 Custom Controls and wanted to share my first one.  Since I work with a number of creative agencies, I thought that an Ad Rotator would be relevant; this one can rotate ads that are images, video, or XAML...
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    Blown away by Quince

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    Infragistics, one of the top-notch control vendors for Silverlight, just launched, Quince , a User Experience Pattern Explorer.  I have been a fan of design patterns ever since my undergraduate days studying Christopher Alexander ’s Pattern Language...
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