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!