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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Upcoming Webinar: Creating a Windows Workflow Activity for Expression Encoder

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    If you have been using Microsoft Expression Encoder to create Silverlight video applications, you might have heard that it had a command-line interface for automation. I took this interface and wrapped it in a Windows Workflow Activity so you can easily...
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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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    Creating a Silverlight Application with MindManager

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    As I mentioned in an earlier post , I have been playing around with Silverlight and trying to see how it could work with Mindjet MindManager maps. Because both MindManager and Silverlight are based in XML, it is fairly straightforward to transform the...
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    Ian Blackburn's Map of Silverlight Resources

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    Ian Blackburn posted a great MindManager Map on his blog of Silverlight Resource. I wanted to see if my MindManager to Silverlight converter could handle it and with some small modifications, it can! I uploaded it to my Silverlight Streaming Service so...
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    Journal: A Silverlight 1.1 Application

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    A Silverlight 1.1 Application for sharing my sketches. This requires the Silverlight 1.1 plug-in that you can install from here : Download the source code here: http://blogs.msdn.com/Synergist/pages/journal.aspx More to come....
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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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    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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    Adapted Page Turn Sample for my Journals

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    With a little work, I turned the Page Turn Sample in the Silverlight.net gallery into a viewer for my Journals. You can get to the page turner for the journal by clicking on the journal picture from my new Journalist podcast page . I've also added a few...
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    My Son Alex’s Leapster 2

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    If you smiled when you read this title, then you’re in on the secret.  We gave our son Alex, age 6 1/2 a Leapfrog Leapster 2 for Hanukkah this year and he was very excited.  Once you put the batteries in the device and turn it on, you select...
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    When to Use Which Microsoft Presentation Technology

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    Yesterday I was visiting an IT department of a media company that was developing internal applications for their internal network users. They asked a great question about when to use which presentation technologies, now that Microsoft has WPF, WPF XBAP...
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    Zoetrope: Create Motion from Pictures on Windows 8

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    I just published Zoetrope a Windows Store app that makes it super easy to create movies from still photographs.  My inspiration for this app is seeing my boys build and play with LEGO and create adventures with their creations.  I wanted to...
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    Mindjet MindManager and Silverlight

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    It seems that Microsoft's Sliverlight (formerly WPF/e) is the topic of the day. Since I first learned about WPF/e last year, I started thinking of ways in which Mindjet MindManager could work with it. I started playing around with it and the most exciting...
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    Upcoming Webinar: Using a VideoBrush in Silverlight for a Media Magnifying Glass

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    I've been working on a Silverlight 1.0 sample that I'd like to share with you for two reasons: I think it's a great application of the VideoBrush feature in Silverlight which enables you to route video to any shape's stroke or fill. I need a little bit...
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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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    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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    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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    Just Finished a Silverlight and Expression Blend Workshop in Los Angeles

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    This week, I invited designers and developers in my Media and Entertainment accounts and creative agencies that work with them to a workshop in Los Angeles where they learned about Expression Blend and Silverlight. It was a great mix of designers and...
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    Silverlight on Mac Install Experience

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    Mike Downey, Group Manager of Platform Evangelism at Adobe Systems, wrote a comment to my blog post about Ice Cube's UVNTV.com about the Silverlight install experience that he experienced on his Mac: Also, in order to view the video I had to leave your...
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