Embed Huge Pictures Using Seadragon

Huge images on the web just haven’t been fun in the past. Microsoft Live Labs has released tools to make it easier for huge images on the Web. Between the downloading, the snapping from scaled to full-size, and navigating around, it’s just not the experience that high def images should have. Microsoft Live Labs has…

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Deep Zoom Composer Updated, Supports Silverlight 3

Deep Zoom Composer has been updated and is now available to download.  Deep Zoon Composer prepares images for use with the Deep Zoom feature in Silverlight 3. Deep Zoom in Silverlight allows your users to see images on the Web like they never have before. The smooth in-place zooming and panning that Deep Zoom allows…


Expression 3 Ships For Designers, Developers

 Expression 3 has launched; see Expression Web site and and download the 60 day trial. Expression 3 supports the new version of Silverlight and incorporates SketchFlow. Microsoft Expression Studio opens up a new world of creative possibility. Its professional design tools give you the freedom to make your vision real—whether you’re designing for standards-based Web…

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Win Windows 7 Coding Contest

You could win a free trip to Los Angeles and a free ticket to Professional Developers Conference (PDC 2009) plus $17,777. Code7 Contest is where your application design ingenuity gives you the opportunity to get millions of eyes on your work. Build an original, consumer-oriented client application prototype that runs natively on Windows 7 and…


Silverlight 3, Expression Blend 3 Offer New Features for Your Rich Internet Applications

S. Somasegar, Senior Vice President, Developer Division, announced the availability of Silverlight 3 and the Release Candidate of Expression Blend 3 and SketchFlow.  In addition, the full family of Expression 3 products will be available within thirty days. Silverlight3 has launched with some great features for ISVs. Silverlight enables rapid creation of sophisticated Rich Applications…


Learn Better Design with Expression Videos

Arturo Toledo on the Expression team has developed a series of videos to help you with better user experience design. The first of 13 videos has been published to the Silverlight blog at Principles of Design Series: Learning about Balance using Expression Design. In this video Arturo demonstrates Balance, a principle of design that will…


Clean Prototyping with Compositions

By now you’ve hopefully seen SketchFlow and how it can help you conceptualize your projects before turning them into reality. If not, I highly recommend you check out the Mix ‘09 session Sketch Flow: From Concept to Production. One of the tasks common to prototyping and actual development is planning navigation between pages (or screens)….


The Role of Sketching in Software Development

It only been since 2006 that we seriously started to drive WPF adoption, and Silverlight 2 hit the web just a scant 11 months ago. Still, in such short time ISVs have created some amazing things with these platforms. Unfortunately, though the platforms themselves have seen some serious adoption, inclusion of design in the software…