Design-time data in Expression Blend

Well- behaved, unobtrusive design-time data is essential for designers to create high-fidelity data templates and get a comprehensive view of the scene they are designing. If you agree, here is a must read on the common approaches to implementing design-time data inside blend (and Cider); the write-up covers: The common ways to use ObjectDataProvider for…

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Using Uris in Expression Blend

Last week, Unni and Pete explained to me how Blend resolves Uris. In this post, I will attempt to explain the details and the possible solution.   Details: We already knew that at design-time, Blend loads your window, usercontrols, or what every you are designing, in its main process (and main AppDomain).  In the default scenario,…

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"The New iteration" a paper on designer/developer collaboration using XAML…

Karl (of mole fame) emails me about “The new iteration” article that Karsten and I wrote a while ago… The paper attempts to do a lot in a few pages:   Introduce XAML ( in the context of HTML, SVG and the likes) for those not familiar with WPF. Introduce the workflow you can get when…

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Expression Blend2 Sept Preview released.. a must ‘upgrade’ for WPF and silverlighters .

Blend2  Sept Preview was released last friday to the public…   An overview of the new features is in the Expression team’s blog…   Please do not miss the link to the videos that showcase the new features; watching all the videos takes approx 20 mins and you will get a lot out of them. My experience so…

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Getting Expression Blend May Preview to launch Visual Studio when you click on a JS file..

When working on Silverlight 1.0 projects.. it kind of annoyed me that  Blend launches notepad to edit my JS file…    I tried going into Windows and tell it to always “open” JS files with Visual Studio…   (via OpenWith in the shell ) … but Blend kept launching notepad..  why?? The shell associates the “open” command…

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Expression Design tips…

Expression Design tips I learned while at the  Express Yourself contest in San Fran last week.. : The list of features that design does not support when importing Adobe illustrator files is in the readme … It is here..  To use the Clipboard ( Cut  & Paste ) between Design with Expression Blend, you should…

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tool to create motion path animations for silverlight…

One animation that is in WPF and not silverlight is  AnimationUsingPath ..   [you create a path, and have an element animate following  that path] ..   For quick prototypes, I thought it would be handy to fake path animations by capturing the keyframes and replaying them in silverlight…  I can do it all with out code…

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Interesting posts for week of 6/4 to 6/10 …

I traveled most of the week so did not blog … from the blogs, I read here are some of my ‘faves’ for the week.. Glenn Plock shares details on the future or Smart Client Software factory and migration to Acropolis Jon galloway shares his thoughts on SVG and XAML …   Only addition to his thoughts/concerns…

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Desktop matters conference report ..

Tim Sneath ( my work boss)  emailed me asking how it went , and since I am typing if for my team I thought: “what the heck … just publish it…” I had the pleasure of attending and presenting at Desktop Matters last Friday .. It is the “hard-corest” Java conference I have ever attended (disclaimer, I…

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tweaking your wpf code to run in Expression Blend…

beta 1 of Expression Blend ( aka Expression Interactive Designer, codename Sparkle)  went out  a month ago…     I hope you are using it now..  I have used it for a while beforexe it went out, it has been very useful for creating animations, templates, styles, etc..  If you have tried to use Blend with existing…

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