Deep Discounts on Microsoft Expression until January 31

When I joined Microsoft, I was a Visual Studio user having spent my career developing, designing, and crafting software.  I could build a Windows forms application very quickly – and it had a beautiful gray background with buttons arranged in a boring grid layout.  Then, as I started working with Microsoft Expression Blend and Expression…

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Beauty with Silverlight

I created something cool that I’d like to share with you.  Imagine if your company had a beautiful luxury product that had intricate workings and you wanted to show how it worked as well as have a way for the product’s owners and fans to show it off as well – on the web.  I…

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Encoding Formats for Silverlight Video

As you can see, I have been experimenting with posting video on my blog now that I have a HD Video Camera (JVC GZ-HD7U).  I have been trying various encoding formats in Expression Encoder to get a good balance of bit-rate and quality.  Here is my workflow: I shoot the video at 1080p I connect…

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Fixes for Expression Design to Silverlight Workflow

I have run into two small glitches when creating Silverlight designs in Expression Design and I got the fixes from the Product Team.  When you export a design to Silverlight XAML you may run into these problems: Viewport attributes are added to ImageBrushes elements.  Since Viewports are not supported in Silverlight, you should remove Viewport…

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