A prototype WPF/Silverlight layout designer

I’ve been thinking recently about how would I write a WPF UI designer that would specifically highlight the new WPF layout paradigm, and not try to mimic the old WinForms paradigm. The old VB6/WinForms designer was built around absolute positioning. It allowed for rapid WYSIWYG prototyping of interfaces, and the Dock/Anchor functionality provided a relatively…

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Creating images with XAML

In comments to my previous post Benjamin had asked how did I create an image like this: I used standard PowerPoint SmartArt graphics – it offers rich possibilities and is easy enough to use. But it suddenly occurred to me that it should be relatively straightforward to use XAML to create a graphic like this…

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Saving images (.bmp, .png, etc) in WPF/Silverlight

I’ve recently added a new feature to Live Geometry that allows users to save the current drawing as a bitmap or a .png file. Just push the save button and pick the desired image format in the Save dialog: Fortunately, both WPF and Silverlight support saving full visual contents of any visual into a file…

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Visual Studio 2010 New Editor screenshot

I’m very happy with how the Visual Studio editor improved since Beta1: This is all WPF and includes the WPF 4.0 text rendering changes (DWrite integration). Note the new Zoom combobox in the bottom-left (which is the visual counterpart of Ctrl+ScrollWheel). Also the cross to close the tab is now located ON the tab, and…

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