Watercoloring, 3D Printing, CAD, Hour of Code, Windows Apps, and The Creative Process

If you know me, you know that I like creating stuff and the creative process.  Having studied architecture and then design tool development, I have added many tools over the years to my creative palette and have even created some videos demonstrating them.  While I have spent my career in software development and technical evangelism,…


3D Printing in Windows 10

If you know me, you know that I have always been interested in design tools: devices and processes that aid in the creative design process.  Today I work for a company, Microsoft, that makes both a creative tool with a pen, the Surface, and 3D Builder, software for designing and printing 3D models.  When I…


Having Fun with the Neon API

One of the exciting things that got to do at South by Southwest last month in Austin was help with a hackathon where developers got to experiment with building new music apps and experiences.  As part of this hackathon, I helped a newly-independent artist, Neon Hitch release her own API in her own voice and…


APIs as Artistic Expression: the Neon API

Musicians take care to craft so many of the ways that they express themselves beyond the music that they release: their outfits, their videos, album covers, the typography used in the liner notes, the palette of the website, the mood of the images, the style of the logos, the tour busses, and most recently their…


Using the Multilingual App Toolkit with WPF Applications

One of the toolkits available to app developers enabling them to reach new audiences is the Multilingual App Toolkit (MAT).  Using this toolkit, you can easily add multiple language support to Store apps on Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 as well as WPF applications on Windows.  The toolkit can also use the Microsoft Translator…


Xaml Generator – a New App for Office

A few years ago I build and shared the source code for a Word to Xaml Converter, a Word 2007 add-in that developers could use to convert Microsoft Office Word documents to Xaml for WPF and Silverlight applications.  Since it was originally published, the solution has been downloaded more than 3,000 times and I’ve received…


Pausing Video when a Companion Ad is Clicked

When building a media app on Windows Phone 8.1, it is very popular for developers to use the Microsoft Media Platform Player Framework, and open source media player framework for both Windows and Windows Phone.   The framework is made up of a number of components which enable developers to include just the component that they…


Surface Pro 3 + Adobe Photoshop CC 2014

The past two days, I have had an amazing time helping attendees at the Adobe MAX conference setup their new Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablets.   For most of the attendees that I had met, this was their first experience with Windows or their first experience with Windows on a tablet.  In partnership with Microsoft, Adobe…


POV Hackathon Prototype: Aerial Viewing

This past weekend, I participated in the most interesting hackathon:  Sponsored by the PBS Documentary Series POV, this hackathon paired media makers with technologists, challenging the teams to experiment with adding interactivity to the documentary process.  My colleague Greg Prentice and I were paired with Kelly Sears, an animator and film maker and our challenge…


Kinetic Typography: a New Design Tool

If you know my background, you know that I have a passion for building tools for creative design.  Recently I’ve had a fascination with Kinetic Typography and saw the convergence of a few key technologies.  This inspired me to create a new touch-based app for Windows 8.1, Kinetic Typography, a design tool for Kinetic Typography….