Say “Hello” to BlendInsider

Hi everyone, If you have watched the BUILD keynotes and sessions, you may have seen some exciting things about Expression Blend’s support for Metro-style applications. For all future news and updates concerning Expression Blend, please visit our new team blog called BlendInsider. The BlendInsider blog will provide you with the types of content you found…


Windows Phone 7 Themed Videos

As you can imagine, shortly after a major release like we had, most of us shift our focus slightly towards talking about and sharing how to use some of the cool new features we released. In this first of a two-part series, I hope to make up for the long period of inactivity on this…


Windows Phone Developer Tools Released!

Today, we have released the final version of the Windows Phone Developer Tools. You can download it below:First, download everything you need below: Windows Phone Developer Tools This installer will automatically install free, phone-flavored versions of Expression Blend, Visual Studio 2010, and XNA Game Studio. If you already have Expression Blend 4 installed, unlike earlier…


Expression Blend Sessions from TechEd

A few weeks ago, a couple of Expression Blend team members presented at the TechEd conference held in New Orleans this year! You can view those sessions given by Unni/Alan and Dave below: You can browse through all of the sessions by clicking here. Cheers, Kirupa =)


Check Out The New Pattern (XAML+CS) Library!

Creating great looking and functioning applications is tough. It requires having a good eye for design, but it also requires some technical knowledge about how to make the design functional. As you can probably guess, it is our goal to help you use Expression Blend, Visual Studio, and our related tools to create those great…


Expression Studio 4 Launches

Today at Internet Week in NYC, we announced the availability of Expression Studio 4. You can download the trial of Expression Studio 4 Ultimate that includes Expression Blend 4 and SketchFlow by clicking below: Expression Studio 4 Ultimate Keep watching this blog for more news, updates, and in-depth looks at some of the new features…


Creating a Carousel with the PathListBoxUtils Sample

While the PathListBox control provides an easy way to lay out items along a path, creating a carousel control that appears 3 dimensional and has smooth scrolling requires additional functionality that we did not have time to do in Expression Blend 4. I’ve created the PathListBoxUtils sample available on CodePlex to provide the tools that…


Control Storyboards Easily using Behaviors

It’s been a while since the last article where I promised to write about all of the behaviors that ship with Expression Blend in greater detail. I’ll try to be more prompt in the future. Today, let’s look at the ControlStoryboardAction and the StoryboardCompletedTrigger. Storyboards are one of the primary ways you create animations in…


How to add mockup controls to your Expression Blend library

In Expression Blend 4, one of the new samples we added is called MockupDemonstration. If you haven’t had a chance to use it yet, you can open MockupDemonstration from the Welcome screen, which is available when you first start Expression Blend or when you click Help and then click Welcome Screen. In the Welcome screen,…


Updated Components for Windows Phone 7 Development

At MIX, we released an early preview of our support for building applications for Windows Phone 7 that only ran on a pre-release version of the .NET Framework. If you have been holding off on upgrading to the latest versions of Expression Blend, Visual Studio, or .NET 4, wait no more! Today, we (along with…