New Expression Tools and WPF/E…Wow!

Today is a great day! If you’re a professional designer or developer looking to create a next-generation user experience, clean out your network cable, and make way for some really cool downloads. To start with, this morning we announced Microsoft Expression Studio, a complete set of professional design tools for creating rich user experiences. Among the…


More WPF Conversion Tools, Including VB6 to XAML

I wish I still had a copy of VB6 installed to try this one out (seems like it’s been forever since I’ve fired up VB6). I received an e-mail from “Davide” pointing me to his VB6 to XAML conversion tool. I can’t read Italian (here’s the Babel Fish translation in broken English), but I like…


SWF2XAML: A Tool to Convert Flash Files to XAML

Finally! After months of tinkering around in my spare time, I’ve managed to assemble a relatively useful tool called SWF2XAML. The first version of this tool allows you to open a Flash/SWF file and advance through the frames one-by-one. When you’ve found a frame that you like, you can easily export it to a file…


.NET Framework 3.0 and SDK Final Versions Released

Yes, it’s true. The final, RTM version of the .NET Framework 3.0 and associated SDK were released today. And there was much rejoicing! .NET Framework 3.0 Runtime – note that you do not need to install this if you’re running Windows Vista, because it’s installed by default. You will, however, need to install it on the other…


Another Adobe Illustrator to XAML Exporter

When it rains, it pours. If you’re following along, you’ll remember that the WPF/XAML Conversion Tool Contest officially ended this past Friday at midnight. And while I haven’t yet had the time to review the submissions (which doesn’t include a couple that were sent in via e-mail), a friend of mine mentioned that he had heard about “another…


SyncToy v1.4 Released

With over 33,000 total views, my August 9, 2005 announcement about the release of SyncToy is one of my more popular posts. According to Sean Kelley, your comments to that post helped drive some of the fixes, features, and enhancements that have gone into more recent versions. If you ask me, this is a great…


Example C# Code for Reading Flash (SWF) Files

Wow! it’s been about 2 1/2 weeks since I last posted, and it seems like forever. In the meantime, I’ve upgraded my machines to Windows Vista RC2, and I’m not looking back. I had to do some work on my wife’s computer the other day, and she’s still running Windows XP. Well, not for long….


Experience with Windows Vista RC1

Since I’ve been running Windows Vista RC1 (build 5600 for x86) on all of my primary machines, I figured I’d share a few more tidbits of information about some of the programs I run: Adobe Creative Suite 2 – I only use Photoshop CS2 and Illustrator CS2, and so far, they both work fine. DxO Optics…


Inside the Chocolate Factory

What would you like to know about Microsoft? I mean, is there anything about what we do that seems mysterious? Or really stupid? Have you ever asked yourself: “How the heck do they do that?” Or: “Why did they do it that way?” Maybe: “What’s a typical interview like?” Are you curious about how we gather…


Nikon Scan 4.0.2, Windows Vista RC1, and Slide Jamming

A few weeks ago, I purchased a Nikon Super COOLSCAN 5000 ED and the SF-210 slide feeder accessory. My dad has somewhere around 2,000 old 35mm slides that I’d like to help him get into a digital format. It’s been years and years since I’ve seen most of the photos, and there are many that I’ve…