Creating Falling Snow in Silverlight!

Exactly a year ago (plus one day…but who’s counting?!), I posted a sample WPF application that simulates falling snow. Since Silverlight 2 was released since then, below you will find a Silverlight version of a similar falling snow effect: Just click on the Let It Snow banner to cause 200 snowflakes to start falling. Feel…

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Holiday Savings – Add Expression Blend 2 to Your Design Tool Set

Hi everyone. The following post is written by Renee Yong, Marketing Manager for Expression. I hope you find the content interesting! — Kirupa For a limited time, customers in the United States can shop the Microsoft Online Store for Microsoft Expression Blend,  Expression Studio and Expression Web and get 50% off. Expression Blend Upgrade $49.95…

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Deep Zoom Composer has been Updated: Documentation and Bug Fixes!

Yesterday, we released another update to Deep Zoom Composer, and you can download it from the following location: Download Deep Zoom Composer NOTE: Please uninstall any older versions of Deep Zoom Composer prior to installing this new version. This release was really about fixing the bugs that many of you have found as well as…

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Hello DeepZoomTools.DLL : Deep Zoom Image Tile Generation Made Easy

In our most recent release of Deep Zoom Composer, one of the major changes we made was to change how we generated the image tiles both for designing as well as exporting your Deep Zoom Content. In the past, ever since our first release at MIX, our image encoding was done using a combination of…

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Deep Zoom Composer Updated: Seadragon Ajax Support, New API, and more!

Today, we released another update to Deep Zoom Composer, and you can download it from the following location: Download Deep Zoom Composer NOTE: Be sure to uninstall any earlier versions of Deep Zoom Composer before attempting to install our new version. Most of the work in this release has been under the hood to fix…

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2.5D UserControl for Silverlight 2

2.5D (two-and-a-half D) is a way of using 2D objects to give a very convincing illusion of 3D. I’ve provided an implementation that has no lighting, materials, lines or polygons. But it does enable you to locate 2D (that is, flat) objects at x,y,z coordinates and place the camera where you want it. The implementation…

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PDC 2008 Session – Microsoft Expression Blend: Tips and Tricks

If you were unable to attend the PDC this year, don’t worry! Because all of the sessions have been recorded and posted online for you to view at your leisure, you won’t miss out on much. One session that my be of particular interest to you is Pete Blois’s and Doug Olson’s talk about Expression…

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Blend 2 SP1 + WPF Toolkit = Visual State Manager for WPF

The Blend 2 Service Pack 1 contains a secret ingredient that can be activated by installing the WPF Toolkit and then setting a Registry value. In a nutshell, this ingredient is Visual State Manager support for Windows Presentation Foundation projects. As you know, Visual State Manager is built into Silverlight 2 but the WPF Toolkit…

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Simulating Sample Data in Blend 2 SP1

Using sample data can make designing your Silverlight 2 applications more predictable. Given some data, you have a lot of flexibility in designing around this data in Expression Blend. The challenge is that there are are many cases where you simply won’t be able to see your data on the design surface. Think of an…

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Deep Zoom Composer Updated for Silverlight 2 (And More!)

Yesterday was a busy day, for we released an updated version of Deep Zoom Composer as well! You can download the updated version from the following link: Download Deep Zoom Composer This version of Deep Zoom Composer presents several under-the-hood changes to improve reliability. We are getting close to wrapping up work on version 1…

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