Limited Time: 30% Discount on Expression Studio 3

Hi everyone, For a limited time, there is a 30% discount on all Microsoft Expression 3 products (Microsoft Expression Studio + Expression Web, both full and upgrade versions) through the Microsoft Online Store for US-based customers: No promo code required at all – just go to the store and add to the shopping cart! Cheers,…

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Try to Define Visuals in XAML

Ok, pop-quiz time. Below, you will find two screenshots I took from two different applications: [ Screenshot 1 ] [ Screenshot 2 ] Can you tell what is different between those two images? If you said that the button in the second image seems a few pixels off from the image on the top (or…

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Download Expression Blend Preview for .NET 4

Today at PDC, we made a few announcements that would be of interest to you! First, Scott Guthrie announced the availability of the Silverlight 4 Beta. This version of Silverlight contains some cool new features that many of you have asked for, so read the What’s New document to get an overview of some of…

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Working with Layout when DataContexts are Involved

Hi everyone, When using Expression Blend, a common task you probably engage in is working with layout. Tasks I commonly associate with “working with layout” involve moving things around, rearranging the order of elements, ensuring everything flows when resized, changing your layout container, etc. For the most part, the changes you make to the layout…

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Simple Cartoon Animation using Visual States

One of the goals of Silverlight’s Visual State Manager technology is to let you do quite a bit of control customization without needing to use Blend’s Timeline, nor even having to know what a Storyboard is! Feel free to test-drive the Silverlight Button below, and then read on for a run-down of how easily it…

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Storyboards, Visual States and SketchFlow Animations

What are these things – are they different ways of doing the same task? When would I use one in preference to another? Do they all work in all project types? This post will try to answer those questions by describing the animation and control customization tools that are available to you in Expression Blend…

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Visual State Manager tips for design and authoring

As you probably know, Silverlight and WPF have a runtime piece called the Visual State Manager (or VSM for short). As I’ll describe in this post, VSM and the Expression Blend tooling support for VSM lend a nice clean mental model to the business of visual states and visual state changes for both custom controls…

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Styling Tips for Silverlight and WPF Controls

In this article I’ve collected together some information and advice that you’ll find useful when creating controls templates. These topics apply generally, no matter what control you’re creating a template for. Here you’ll learn how to bind the look of your template to properties on the control instance, about some of the smart make-into-control workflows,…

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Styling Tips for Silverlight and WPF Controls

In this article I’ve collected together some information and advice that you’ll find useful when creating controls templates. These topics apply generally, no matter what control you’re creating a template for. Here you’ll learn how to bind the look of your template to properties on the control instance, about some of the smart make-into-control workflows,…

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Expression Blend 3 Survey- Win a free zune HD!!!

Hello! The Expression Blend team is currently planning features for future versions of Expression Blend. We encourage everyone to take our Blend 3 Survey and send us your feedback. All eligible participants will be able to enter a drawing to win a FREE Zune HD!  As the winner you will be able to customize your…

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