QuarkPromote incorporates Windows 7 light up features for its Rich Internet Application (RIA). Users customize promotional material, business cards, and fliers using the QuarkPromote. You get the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) client that from the QuarkPromote.com website. The thick clients allows users to view and customize templates and then print the materials with printer quality at nearby print shops.

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John Heal, Sr. Software Developer at Quark, talks with me about how he and his team added jump lists, task bar, and progress bar to the application. He explains that it took a half day effort for his team.

Video link: QuarkPromote Lights Up Windows 7 with RIA Web Application on Windows Azure

And with the new versions of the code pack, you no longer provide code that figures out if it should work in a previous operating system. So without code changes, the applicatoin runs on XP, Vista, and Windows 7.

  • One member on his team told me it was literally five lines of code to add support for the progress bar.
  • Jump list items that John shows directs the user to various features on the website. items that John shows directs the user to various features on the website.
  • Thumbnails show the content user is editing rather than the entire screen, which is the default thumbnail in Windows 7 that shows the entire application window.

John shows the features in action in the latest version of QuarkPromote.

QuarkPromote on Windows Azure

QuarkPromote application is hosted in Windows Azure. For an overview of the project, see the Microsoft Showcase: Quark/Sir Speedy Azure Case Study.

 

Bruce D. Kyle
ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation

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