[Mini-Tutorial] Create Your Own Video Play Experience

In my last mini-tutorial, I showed you how to publish Silverlight video experience to Silverlight streaming using Expression Encoder. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create your own video player template and reuse it on your blogs or websites. The process is very straight forward and you can leverage a lot of exciting…

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[Podcast] CanUX 2007: Accessible User Experience Design

Imagine you listen to a webpage rather than view it in order to decide how to interact with it. How different is it? How fast should the webpage be read to you by a screen reader? What’s the logical order should the screen reader read the page so that it makes sense to you? If…

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[Guest Blogger] MVP Award Program – What is it all about (part 2 of 2)

Sasha Krsmanovic , MVP Lead, Microsoft Canada In my previous guest blog entry I touched on some “MVP Program Basics”. I received a few notes from people who read it and thought they are a good match. I look forward to receiving more and possibly getting a few new MVPs out of all those contacts…

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Popfly Your Blog

If you haven’t played with Popfly yet, it’s time to! I created he following simple photo mash-up in less then 30 seconds. I took the CanUX 2007 photos on flickr mashed up with the carousel display. I set it to extract 8 photos from Flickr that have the tag “CanUX 2007.”   Popfly team has…

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[Mini-Tutorial] Publishing Video Experience to Silverlight Streaming

I had an early tutorial on how to embed podcasts and screencasts in blog posts using Silverlight Streaming service. At that time, there was no publishing features in Expression Encoder to allow direct publishing of your video/audio experience once you encode them. Since then, our Encoder team has added a Silverlight Streaming Publishing Plug-In to…

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Blend 2 December Preview and Blend SP1 are Available!

With the recent release of Visual Studio 2008, the December Preview of Expression Blend 2 is available now to better integrate with VS2008 and support designers and developers working together. Also, just last week, the Expression Blend team released Blend (i.e. Blend 1) Service Pack 1 to enhance its integration with VS2008 and update Blend…

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[Podcast] CanUX 2007: The Process of Innovation

“Everyone is creative to certain extent. There are different levels of creativity. … An innovation process is like a roadmap.” Kes Sampanthar, the creator of ThinkCube, said to me in our chat following he and his wife’s presentation on innovation tools and techniques. This is one of my favorite presentations at CanUX07 because I love…

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[Podcast] CanUX 2007: The Business of Experience

During CanUX, I had a chance to chat with Jess McMullin from nFrom about his presentation on “The Business of Experience.” The 10-minute podcast below we chatted about the essence of the presentation, which is Value-Centered Design (VCD).  In the conversation, Jess told me a real-life story of how critical VCD is and recommended designers…

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CanUX 2007: Intimate and Interactive

I just finished my two-day CanUX conference in Banff. What a great time! I really enjoyed the intimate and interactive style of the conference.        Interactive: Design Slam: create a comprehensive shopping experience for Mobey`s (a food store) to promote healthy eating and improve customer loyalty. Working with other UX Professionals on creative…

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Silverlight Training in Toronto

  NTG is offering Silverlight training in Toronto. The course is scheduled December 17-19, 2007 at CTC TrainCanada in Mississauga. This is a 3-day introductory course taught by Shawn Wildermuth, a leading Silverlight trainer, consultant, and writer (author of recent Silverlight article in CIO magazine). For course details, visit http://www.newyyz.com/NtgSite/?Category=Microsoft%20Silverlight&CourseID=115 The Silverlight Workshop is a soup-to-nuts…

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