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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Updating Windows Store Apps for Windows 8.1

I’ve recently updated four of the apps that I had published for Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 and it was really easy.  For each of these apps, my main goal was to make them work in the new 500px minimum width and possibly take advantage of some of the new APIs.  The process to update…

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Can this be my Next Journal?

As many of you know, I have been keeping physical journals for years – using them for drawing, taking notes, water coloring, collage -  all sorts of things.  I even found my favorite vendor in Iona Handcrafted Books out of Austin, Texas.  I started my career in computers with the vision of a pen-based architectural design…

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Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 is an Animation Studios

I’ve tried out the new Microsoft Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 machines in the Windows Store and I really like the new kickstand design – with its secondary position at 55 degrees, it makes the Surface even better as a movie studio with my Zoetrope app.  I no longer have to use books under…

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Using New Windowing Feature in Windows 8.1

I’ve just updated my Windows Store app, Zoetrope to take advantage of the new Windows 8.1 feature where apps can span across multiple windows. With this new feature, your app can create new windows to accomplish tasks.  If you are looking to understand how to design this feature in your app, take a look at…

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