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Resolution vs Raster

February 29th, 2008 | Posted by William Dasilva in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

This conversation is making the rounds again…

http://stephendeken.net/index.cgi/2006/11/15/Vector_Vs_Raster_The_Fools_Game

Most of the conversation isnt working WPF into the picture. Using things like DrawingImage really changes the whole game.

What I think it all boils down to is use the right tool for the right job.  If you are only doing a 16×16 icon and targeting only fixed resolution devices… then vectors might be more expensive than necessary. If you are targeting multi resolution devices vectors can be very beneficial. Creating iconography with mixed media (vectors/rasters together) is where its at though… DrawingImage supports this nicely. One thing that I think is really hot is embedding DrawingImages in DrawingImages… I tried it out the other day and it worked great. You can have reusable elements in your icons being shared across icons.

Photosynth Oh my gosh!

February 29th, 2008 | Posted by William Dasilva in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

Im officially dumbstruck… This now is the coolest thing I have ever done on a computer! And that is saying alot since I get to play with some pretty dang cool stuff doing what I do.

Unbelievable peak into the future of how to organize information… I think this means alot more than just photo browsing.. Libraries, Amazon.com, historical data sets, etc.

This experience really proves out the importance of animations to provide feedback to the users… Visually the experience is very abstract and confusing but you quickly learn the experience because so much is communicated via animation. Bravo!

http://labs.live.com/photosynth

Microsoft is on a roll this week! .NET 3.0, 3D Virtual Earth, Vista, Xbox360 HD marketplace, Zune is fast approaching.

Google seems to be sleeping lately. They must have some amazing tricks up their sleeve, but for now MSFT is on top in my book… Its amazing how that works. We judge a companies capabilities by eye candy and whiz these days. Google releases cool simplicity and solves the user problems elegantly. Then they do something amazing like Google Earth and they are the new shizzy.

Microsoft volleys back with whiz like this and all of a sudden they regain my crown of the coolest kid in town.

Further proves that distinct UI is going to be the arms race of the future. Mmmmmm… Job security :-)

Goodbye Beta! Hello .NET FX 3.0

February 29th, 2008 | Posted by William Dasilva in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

Wow! Im sad Im not there… There has to be some serious celebrating going on. And there should be. This is an amazing milestone. This is the beginning of a new era of user interface design and software development.

Congratulations everyone!

Download the quick installer

Readme for .NET Framework 3.0

Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 CTP Extensions for .NET Framework 3.0 (WCF & WPF)

Microsoft Windows SDK for .NET Framework 3.0

Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Extensions for Windows WorkFlow Foundation

Internet Explorer 7.0 is released!

February 29th, 2008 | Posted by William Dasilva in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

Happy day to see the IE team get this sucker out the door.

Congratulations to the whole team!

http://www.microsoft.com/ie Â