The next page!

Well, the link isn’t QUITE active yet, but if you go to http://expression.microsoft.com/en-us/dd565875.aspx you will see the Overview information for Blend 3, and there’s a link to download the Blend 3 RC. Now, at *THIS* particular moment, it doesn’t seem like it’s up there, but the link on that page should go live very shortly. I’ve…

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The longevity of a console

I am very passionate about Blend, there’s no question there. But, I’m also a gamer… both board games and computer (PC/Console) games.I was having a conversation with a good friend yesterday, and the more I think about it, the more I just can’t accept his argument. Please keep in mind that these are *MY* opinions,…

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Working with Drawing Brushes

Ok folks, I’ve got a few minutes, and I’ve been seeing some discussion on our internal lists about Drawing Brushes, how to use them, what they’re good for, etc… Sounds like a good time for a Blog post. First off, what is a DrawingBrush? It’s one of the three kinds of TileBrushes that WPF recognizes…

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Cre8 and ZAAZ

This is particularly overdue, but now that I’ve been featured on the Expression community site, I really need to get back to posting again :). Last month ago, I got the opportunity to present at the Cre8 summit in Orlando. I gave two presentations, one on Sketchflow in Expression Blend and one on Blend in general….

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A Silverlight TextBlock with Tracking? Surely you jest!

Well, I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted… although I’m going to be paying a LOT more attention to this moving forward. I’m hoping though that my first post back will be worth it. We’ve been talking a lot to designers about what they want, and one thing I keep hearing is a…

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Featured!

Well, I just had it pointed out to me, that my blog is now listed on http://expression.microsoft.com. I’m actually pretty excited to see myself up there. It does, however, make me realize that I should spend a little time sprucing up the look of my blog. The current theme is something like “Fire”, which I…

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Moving objects around interactively

I was playing around with Blend today, and decided that I wanted to write a function to allow my user to drag the shapes around on my artboard. Granted, this could use a bit of polish, since there are some tweaks that would make it a bit better, but the overall sense should work. For…

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MIX ’08

Well, it’s official, I’m going to be presenting at the MIX convention! I’m really excited for this, although it’s going to be busy for a little while. We need to do dry runs and such. The tentative title is “Unlocking the Creative Genome”, but that title may change. I don’t know how many folks who…

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Getting the ‘Vista’ minimize with Windowless applications

Here’s the problem. Launch Blend, and create a window that has AllowsTransparency set to true (which sets the WindowStyle to None). Looks good, yes? Now, add a button, and in the Click handler, set the WindowState property to Minimized. Run the application on Vista, and click your minimize button. You’ll notice that the window just…

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Transparent Windows and how to Resize them

A teammate came to talk to me, because he’s working with a semi-transparent window, with no Border, and he wants to be able to resize it. Allowing a user to move, minimize, maximize and close it are easy, but how to resize? Well, this is actually pretty easy. There is a property on the Window…

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