• Tim Sneath

    Speeding up Adobe Acrobat Startup

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    I'm very fond of the concept of Adobe Acrobat - being able to share a single PDF file that contains a non-volatile representation of a document, that you can view on-screen or via a printer without worrying about formatting issues caused by different...
  • Tim Sneath

    And So It Starts Again... Avalon Community Technical Preview Released

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    The documentation is complete and the bits are signed off and uploaded to MSDN Subscriber Downloads . Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the first Community Technical Preview release of "Avalon"! Avalon is the new graphics display subsystem that we...
  • Tim Sneath

    Differentiating Avalon, XAML and Aero

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    One of the areas that I've seen cause a bit of confusion in the newsgroups and on blogs is the difference between three technologies that will ship with Longhorn: Avalon, XAML and Aero. I wanted to address this quickly in the hope that it helps us all...
  • Tim Sneath

    Avalon 3D Class Changes Between WinHEC and Nov CTP

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    In the second developer preview release of Longhorn, distributed in May at WinHEC (build 4074) , the Avalon team included a whole bunch of new 3D functionality . For the first time, Avalon surfaces could contain not just 2D shapes and brushes, but also...
  • Tim Sneath

    From Multitasking DOS to Windows Media: Larry Osterman on Microsoft Life

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    I've actually never come across Larry Osterman before, but he's got a whole lifetime of experiences at Microsoft. He joined in 1984 in the heady days of MS-DOS, and has progressed through most of the teams. He has an infectious sense of enthusiasm and...
  • Tim Sneath

    Getting to Know Avalon - A Guided Tour of the SDK

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    For those of you who are starting to experiment with Avalon for the first time as a result of the recent Community Technology Preview release , I thought it would be helpful to put together a quick guided tour of the SDK reference documentation and overviews...
  • Tim Sneath

    Calling Win32 APIs from the .NET Framework - The Easy Way

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    Although the .NET Framework contains a comprehensive catalog of classes that encapsulate much of the operating system, real-world applications often need to go beyond the Base Class Libraries and interact directly with the underlying Win32 APIs, either...
  • Tim Sneath

    Thanksgiving

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    Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the US, a day of commemoration of the first Pilgrims giving thanks to God for their successful harvest and settlement and the fact that they hadn't been eaten by the natives. 383 years later we're celebrating our first...
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