The next page!

Well, the link isn’t QUITE active yet, but if you go to 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…


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…


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….



Well, I just had it pointed out to me, that my blog is now listed on 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…


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…


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…


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…


XBox 360 Live Gamertags in Blend!

The honorable Major Nelson just posted that someone created a Vista Gadget that will display the GamerTag information for your friends on XBox Live. Well, for those who don’t know, if I’m not mistaken, Vista Gadgets are generally written in Silverlight (Please correct me if someone knows better). But, how to get that information? Well,…


Changing the selection color in a ListBox

I just worked through figuring this out today, and since it was sufficiently irritating, I thought I’d post it here. Plus, I don’t want all my ‘loyal readers’ to think I’ve disappeared :). Anyway, in the application I’m working on, I have a ListBox with specific elements in it. If it were databound, I know…


Repeating an animation

It may not be a huge revelation for other folks, but with some of the testing I’ve been doing, I really started getting frustrated with some stuff. Specifically, I’ve got a fairly complex animation, and I want it to repeat forever. However, setting the repeat count on each and every property that I’m animating is…