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At Mix ground zero

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

Well here we are… Mix 08. My third year here and it is feeling routine to be in Vegas every spring. Pretty exciting to see everybody. Laurent has already been here for the pre-sessions and has been blogging like crazy.  I’ve already run intoWaltMike and JoeDarren and William… I know that Than and Grant are running around here somewhere.

Really excited about the keynote tomorrow. Since a lot has already been announced Im really curious as to what kind of stuff we will hear about tomorrow.

Network is slow… That’s because every nerd in the hotel is in his room surfing the web or at the blogzone party. (which now that Ive blogged I think I can officially go get a free drink…) Let the party begin! Oh wait… still gotta work on our talk too.

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Terrific news! We’ve just announced our next two Blendables Mix products. 3D and Layout.

Check them out at http://www.blendables.com

It seems like there are 2 holy grail pieces to really getting 3D to come into its own in WPF… The first piece, Interactive 2D on 3D has a pretty cool solution on codeplex.

The second piece, for me has been taking the simplicity of the WPF layout system and making it easy to create rich experiences using 3D as a tool for data visualization and interactivity. The Blendables 3D Mix does just that for me… Now I can stack objects in 3D space, lay them out in 3D grids, and more… This is very cool stuff… You really need to check it out.

The Layouts Mix is amazing too. It’s all about SwitchPanel for me…With this panel you can automatically “switch” from one layout to another and get “layout to layout” animations. This is a really effective technique for feedback animations when filtering on content or looking for pattern recognition when animation from one view of data to another view.  You have a ton of control over the animations in this panel including variables like force and resistance. As well these include “Penner Animations” so you can tweak the easing to your hearts delight.

Also in the layouts Mix is CameraPanel and PerspectivePanel… You gotta see these ones to really understand them. But you can do some really cool stuff with them. I’m already plotting how I am going to take over the world using CameraPanel and RandomPanel together to create a cool visualization for Flotzam… (Karsten: Im about halfway done with a Blendables Flotzam skin… was too busy to get it done for the design contest)

It’s pretty exciting to see the Mixes coming online!

Expression Community at Microsoft.com

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

“Express Yourself! Create and share your work with other members of the Expression Community. Get inspired. Get creative. Get noticed.”

http://expression.microsoft.com/en-us/default.aspx

Also check out ScottGu’s demo of Expression Blend working with Silverlight 2.0.

http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2008/02/28/first-look-at-using-expression-blend-with-silverlight-2.aspx

PI Reader Available in Subscription Center Beta

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

You would probably only know this if you had installed the Syndicated Client Experiences starter kit or recently downloaded the latest version of the Seattle PI Reader but now the two are integrated.

Now that there is more than just the MSDN Reader in the list you can start to really see the value of this experience. I just finished rebooting after installing SP1 and noticed the little orange icon in the task tray updating. When i clicked on it to open the Subscription Center I saw that the PI had been updated and I was able to browse the most recent stories without having to commit to opening up the whole app. Clicking a title reveals a bit more information and double clicking launches the reader.

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If you haven’t used the PI reader, its a great app and there are some really notable new features. For instance now you can drag articles into a “reading list” and then you can twitch navigate through that reading list… Its a very cool scenario. Spend a few minutes browsing the section fronts and add articles to the reading list (hint: you can flick them into the reading list very cool metaphor that has very low dexterity required). After you have built your reading list grab a cup of coffee and kick back and really read… I mean really read. We don’t do that very much anymore.

 

Interactive 3D

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

Whoohoo! Its what I was hoping for.

And the best part? It works great in Blend!

The TrackBallDecorator is sweet!

The suspense is killing me

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

Somebody is good at “apple” style marketing…“Oh and one other thing…”

Some 3D goodness is coming… So keep your eye on the wpf3d teams blog. I have my suspicions on what it is. There are a few key things that will totally change the landscape if they happen and Im hoping that its what I think it is.

Oh and PDC 2007 is announced… Hope I can go to it again… Been to the last two and it would be tradition if I can make it 3 in a row.

Oh and Mix ’07 is coming… It was a killer event last year. Can only be better this year.

UnivRSS a 3D Vista RSS reader

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

Man today is fun! So many posts from the community.

Havent seen this hit the WPF posts quite yet (or I am not reading closely enough)

http://www.microsoft.com/emea/msdn/thepanel/featured/universs.aspx

UniveRSS is a 3D RSS feed reader for Windows Vista. It leverages the Windows Presentation Foundation and provides a stunning way of visualizing RSS feeds and their content. It introduces a full-screen 3D universe where galaxies represent the folders of your RSS feed directory, and the stars are represented by the spinning cubes that hold the feed information. Size and position of the feed cubes indicate how many unread items they contain.

Expression updates!

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

New public CTP of “Design” and new public Beta 1 of “Blend” (aka Interactive Designer)…

Check out the Expression Blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/expression/default.aspx

Download it and start blending things :)

WPF/E available!

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

Whoohooo!!! Now its gonna get fun!

http://blogs.msdn.com/jstegman/archive/2006/12/04/in-with-the-new.aspx

Grant has a great article on Adobe Dev Center…
http://www.adobe.com/devnet/fireworks/articles/fw_xaml_exporter.html

Check it out… The Fireworks to XAML exporter is a fantastic tool!