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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.”


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


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.




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)


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!


Grant has a great article on Adobe Dev Center…

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

Resolution vs Raster

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

This conversation is making the rounds again…


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!


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 :-)