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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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    Creating an Outlook Appointment based on an Email Message

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    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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    Adding a VBA Macro to Outlook

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    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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    Scrubbing with Thumbnails with the SMF Player

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    One of the developers from one of my media customers asked me how they would implement the thumbnail preview while scrubbing in a Silverlight video player. He was turned onto the idea from seeing that feature in the Netflix Watch Instantly Silverlight...
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    Picture-in-Picture Screencasts with Silverlight

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    In a post I just made, I wanted to show a picture-in-picture screencast of what I did with Groove and Virtual Earth . I created a Silverlight application (that you can steal)with Expression Blend to host two parallel video streams in a picture-in-picture...
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    How IE8 Enables Silverlight Deep Linking and Browser Back/Forward Navigation

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    One of new features in the next version of Internet Explorer (IE8) was created specifically for AJAX applications and can add significant functionality to Silverlight applications as well. Here is the description of the feature (from Better AJAX Development...
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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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    IE8 Forward/Back in a Silverlight 2 (Beta 2) Application

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    Yesterday I posted here , an application , with source code about how to do forward/back navigation with IE8 and a Silverlight 1.0 application and said that I would be coming up with a Silverlight 2 (Beta 2) application that does the same type of thing...
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    Using Silverlight Toolkit WrapPanel in your Listbox

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    I love the Silverlight Toolkit – it’s a great set of free Silverlight extensions that you can use in your Silverlight project.  Source code and unit tests are included: everything you’d want in an extension library.  I am playing around with...
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    Beauty with Silverlight

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    I created something cool that I'd like to share with you.  Imagine if your company had a beautiful luxury product that had intricate workings and you wanted to show how it worked as well as have a way for the product's owners and fans to show it...
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    Using a ConverterParameter in a Silverlight 2 Value Converter

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    In building a Silverlight 2 application with data binding, you often need to convert between data types and many of the data types that you use already have built-in converter.  One type that does have a built-in converter is the DateTime type. ...
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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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    Ice Cube's UVNTV.com Goes Live with Silverlight

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    Two weeks ago, I went down to Hollywood to meet with a very exciting team who is creating a TV experience on the web using Silverlight. Musician/Actor Ice Cube and his team talk about the web site in a short video that I recorded at Ice Cube's CubeVision...
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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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    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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    My Facebook Friends who are Also on Twitter

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    Lauren Cooney at IBM came up with this idea on her blog : What I'd like to see? An app that utilizes the Open APIs that Facebook and Twitter have so that I can figure out which of my 500 FB friends use Twitter. Anyone interested in building this for Web...
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    Updated Outlook Macro for Creating Appointments

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    Last year I created a simple macro for Microsoft Outlook 2007 that automatically created an appointment from an email , adding the recipients to the appointment invite. Apparently there has been quite a bit of interest in this, most recently someone asked...
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    Silverlight and Web Analytics – the Next Generation

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      Ever since I wrote about Silverlight and Web Analytics (and PDF here ) with Silverlight 1, I have been meaning to update the document and guidance for Silverlight 2 and now Silverlight 3.  There are some new features in Silverlight 3 and Expression...
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    Microsoft Gives away Mona Lisa with Silverlight!

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    If you're a software developer and not a graphic artist, you might be a bit overwhelmed when you start using Expression Studio to build your Silverlight applications. With all of that control, how do create high quality graphics? The folks in marketing...
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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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    Added High DPI Support to my Silverlight Photobucket Demonstration Application

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    I just changed my Windows Vista to use 120 DPI fonts and I really like the look of applications and the Windows interface.  The added detail is very easy on my eyes.  One side-effect of this is that my code to insert Flash videos from Photobucket...
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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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    Need Help with my Chroma Key Pixel Shader Algorithm

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    I’ve just uploaded a simple demo application that shows the Silverlight 3 Chroma Key Effect in action.  If you don’t have the Silverlight 3 beta installed you will need to install it from here (the install link in the application will not work). ...
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    Using Expression Blend to Build Windows Applications

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    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 Cool Effects with Expression Blend and Silverlight

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    If you want to see some great graphic effects in Silverlight and learn how to do them, you've got to go over to this website and see a tutorial on how to do this effect in Expression Blend and Silverlight.
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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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