• Tim Sneath

    New York Times Reader

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    I posted in June about the wonderful New York Times reader application, written entirely in WPF. I'm delighted that this is now available for public download . Scott Hanselman calls it WPF's first killer app . Ryan Stewart from ZDNet says it shows off...
  • Tim Sneath

    Windows Vista Secret #8: Zoom in Explorer

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    The awesome guys from the Windows Vista Magazine revealed a great Windows Vista secret recently that I wanted to bring to a broader audience. When you're browsing around the file system in Explorer, it's often useful to be able to quickly switch between...
  • Tim Sneath

    Preparing for Windows Vista

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    On a more practical note than my last blog posting , I want to encourage everyone to check out the Windows Vista compatibility cookbook . Despite our best efforts, there will always be some breaking changes between releases of an operating system, particularly...
  • Tim Sneath

    Windows Vista Secret #7: The Oldest Component in Windows?

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    We go to fairly extreme lengths to try to maintain compatibility with older applications, as Raymond Chen's blog often demonstrates in vivid fashion. As an example of this, some of you may remember seeing Jim Allchin's demonstration of Visicalc (the earliest...
  • Tim Sneath

    Windows Vista Secret #6: Running a Command Prompt During Setup

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    If you're doing a fresh install of Windows Vista, you'll probably use a bootable DVD so that you're able to reformat the system partition. But sometimes you might find yourself in a situation where you could really use a command prompt as you go through...
  • Tim Sneath

    Windows Vista Secret #5: Running Quick Launch Items

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    Saw this posted on one of the internal forums today, and I thought this was something that was worth sharing. If you're a keyboard junkie, you'll love this. Do you have a few applications that you're always firing up? Would you like a system-wide keyboard...
  • Tim Sneath

    Windows Vista Secret #4: Disabling UAC

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    If you're a reader of this blog, I'm going to take a low-risk gamble and assert that you probably consider yourself a power user. You pride yourself in the responsibility of having full and absolute control over your machine environment and anything that...
  • Tim Sneath

    Windows Presentation Foundation: Live on YouTube

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    Over the last week or so, I've had a couple of people point out some cool videos of WPF that have been posted up, so I thought I'd collate these for your interest and entertainment. If you want to be wowed by some of the cool things people are doing with...
  • Tim Sneath

    Windows Vista Secret #3: Bringing Back Start / Run

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    The Start menu got a big overhaul in Windows Vista, with a number of significant changes made as a result of usability testing and research. One of the nicest innovations to my mind is the search bar at the bottom, which searches through your programs...
  • Tim Sneath

    Windows Vista Secret #2: Copy as Path

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    Ever wanted to copy a link from a network file share into an email, and wound up having to traverse the path, click on the address bar, copy the details out, paste it in and then type the filename itself (with the appropriate quotation marks? With Windows...
  • Tim Sneath

    Windows Vista Secret #1: Open Command Prompt Here

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    I don't know about your workflow as a developer, but I often find myself switching back and forward between an Explorer window and the command shell. For example, sometimes I'm looking around the filesystem for a project that I created a while back and...
  • Tim Sneath

    The Coolest Command-Line Tool in Windows Vista

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    Perhaps this is ironic for someone who has a heavy focus on beautiful client interfaces, but I've always been a bit of a command-line junkie. Maybe it's a fetish, maybe it's just a legacy of the early DOS, VAX/VMS and UNIX systems that I used in my formative...
  • Tim Sneath

    Windows Vista RC1 - Tools Ready...

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    It took a couple of extra days, but the Visual Studio and Expression tools are now ready with compatible versions available for Windows Vista RC1 and .NET Framework 3.0 RC1. For ease of access, I'm posting the full set of URLs here. Download these and...
  • Tim Sneath

    On the Glidepath to RTM

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    In large software development projects, the end-game is often compared to the act of landing a plane. Specifically, the number of active bugs (those that haven't been fixed or closed as by design) is usually relatively flat during the early beta stages...
  • Tim Sneath

    Registering as Charles Petzold's #2 Fan

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    I received a box through the internal mail today containing ten copies of Charles Petzold's new WPF book: Applications = Code + Markup . I've barely had time to do more than riffle through the pages, but I'm looking forward to spending time with it. He...
  • Tim Sneath

    The Power of the One Line Demo

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    Sometimes the simplest demos can be the best. Catherine Heller is our team expert on the myriad of new Windows Vista unmanaged APIs, but she also knows how to get people excited about WPF with less than 100 bytes of code. This is what she typed into a...
  • Tim Sneath

    Print Your Outlook Calendar in Style: with WPF...

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    I'm often asked for examples of how Microsoft are using WPF in our own applications. We're building up quite a nice little list of teams who are taking advantage of the technology, but inevitably (and unfortunately) most of them aren't ready for public...
  • Tim Sneath

    WPF State of the Nation

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    We're in the home stretch after five long years of development. As we close in on the RC1 release of WPF, I figured I should put together a few quick notes on where we stand as of today. One of the counter-intuitive things about large-scale software development...
  • Tim Sneath

    A New Look and Feel for Windows?

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    In an attempt to add some light-hearted humour to our series of interviews with the WPF team on Channel 9, I got together with Kevin Moore and Robby Ingebretsen to discuss some of the styles and theming work they've been responsible for. This video was...
  • Tim Sneath

    I Don't Have Windows Vista Beta 2 Product Keys!

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    I do my best to keep up with the comments and direct mail that this blog generates; I'm not perfect and sometimes things slip through the cracks, but I do enjoy reading others' comments and often learning something new myself. (I should also mention that...
  • Tim Sneath

    Hot Off the Presses: WinFX June CTP Is Here...

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    So I'm glad to announce that the WinFX June CTP has just arrived; you can find the download for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 here (the next Windows Vista CTP, due imminently, will also include this same release). As you may have heard at TechEd...
  • Tim Sneath

    This is Not The WPF Blog...

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    ... this is . I'm in awe of the cool demo visualizations that Lee Brimelow (author of the well-regarded TheFlashBlog ) has put together since he started to experiment with WPF. If you've got Windows Vista Beta 2 or just the WinFX Runtime Components...
  • Tim Sneath

    Twenty of the First Windows Vista Applications - Is Yours Ready?

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    Check out See Windows Vista if you haven't already to see twenty applications that give a glimpse of the new wave of rich client applications that Windows Vista will enable, built on top of the Windows Presentation Foundation. One of the first of these...
  • Tim Sneath

    Read the New York Times with Windows Presentation Foundation

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    I wanted to link to this on10 video , which shows Kevin Gjerstad demonstrating the New York Times reader application. This is a great example of the transformative power of WPF for content sites: the flow content features allow adaptive columnar layout...
  • Tim Sneath

    Which Colour Is Darker in WPF - Gray or DarkGray?

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    The answer might not be what you'd expect. In XAML, you can express colours in a number of different ways. One option is to use the 24-bit hexadecimal RGB notation that is common in the web, for example: < Ellipse Width = " 300 " Height = " 100...
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