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Archive for February, 2009

What type of application would you create if your target device is a 30 inch table?  Did I mention that it has a hardened top that can take some serious abuse?

Would you have considered a bean bag game?

The clever folks at Razorfish are churning out some interesting Surface apps.  Check out their video archive for more applications.

 


Mastering Microsoft Surface Development with WPF

Learn to program the Microsoft Surface today.
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A multi-faceted course that delivers loads of content in an instructor-led format. You get lots of lab time and thousands of lines of sample code to take back to work with you. Best of all we bundle the Microsoft Surface™ and WPF content into to one convenient package, so you can learn everything you need in one information packed week.

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There never seems to be enough screen space when working with Expression Blend or Visual Studio.   Sometimes in Blend the Artboard gets a little off center and you need to move it to see what you are working on.

In this screen shot the right edge of the button and window are not visible.

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Scrollbars are so ’90’s

Are you tempted to grab the bottom scroll bar and move the artboard back into the center?

Before you do I’d like to point out another option.

Blend also has ‘the Hand”.

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Click the Hand (or press the H key) and you can mouse drag anywhere on the artboard.

Now here is the tip.

You don’t have to actually have to select the hand in the toolbar or with the H key.  The secret is to hold down the Spacebar and mouse drag.  The benefit to this approach is that the Hand is only toggled on as long as you hold the spacebar.  Once you release the spacebar Blend returns to the previously selected tool.

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MS Demos Surface Physics Engine

James Wood has been quietly hacking away on a new Surface physics engine.  His job is to visualize and create proof of concept applications for Microsoft UK and this is his latest project.

A couple weeks ago James released some videos of his latest research.  Take a look, what do you think?  There are more videos on his site.

In the last couple months there have been  number of excellent Microsoft Surface applications released.  Vertigo, IdentityMine , RazorFish and InterKnowlogy are just a few of the companies creating fascinating Surface applications.  Most of these apps are written in WPF and show how beautiful a WPF interface can be.

 


Mastering Microsoft Surface Development with WPF

Learn to program the Microsoft Surface today.
Take our intensive five day course

 

A multi-faceted course that delivers loads of content in an instructor-led format. You get lots of lab time and thousands of lines of sample code to take back to work with you. Best of all we bundle the Microsoft Surface™ and WPF content into to one convenient package, so you can learn everything you need in one information packed week.

Next class:

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If you have ever been frustrated with the mutli-monitor support in Visual Studio 2008  you’ll be pleased to see what’s coming in VS 2010.

VS 2010 will sport a new WPF IDE.  Since the IDE is getting a complete rewrite it allows Microsoft to rethink multi-monitor.  Every window in VS will be ‘tear-off’.  Drag the properties window to mon2, drag the thread window to mon3.  Total freedom and very useful.

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WPF has been out for a couple years.  That’s long enough that new releases of Microsoft products are sprouting WPF interfaces. 

Last year at PDC Microsoft announced that the code editor in Visual Studio would be re-written in WPF.   Microsoft didn’t stop at the code editor though.  Today Jason Zander, GM for Visual Studio, revealed the new WPF based IDE

My first impression;  very clean look, pleasant to work with.  No, it’s not dark and moody like the Expression Blend interface.

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See Jason’s blog for more screen shots.

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Ever week a new crop of Silverlight/WPF tools crosses my desk. It’s hard to keep up with the steady flow.    You can’t beat Silverlight Cream for a daily list of what’s new.

The latest item that caught my eye is SilverlightContrib.  This open source Silverlight library just shipped v 1.0.

Silverlight Contrib is a continuously evolving collection of open source Silverlight Controls and API enhancements built for and by the Silverlight developer community.  The goal of this project is to complement Silverlight and make the lives of Silverlight developers easier.

Partial Tool List

Color Picker

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Cool menu

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Sliders

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Star Selector (Rating)

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Plus

  • Tweening tools
  • Convert to XAML
  • Convert from RTF
  • Many more

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Kinetic typography is a form of animation that uses fonts and words as the main actors.  This style of animation, also known as moving type, can create complex animations mostly on moving text.


See the entire Reflecting on Design series.

The point is to find beauty elsewhere; photographs, typography, architecture, fine art, industrial design. Just maybe they’ll help wake up your inner designer.

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