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Archive for November, 2006

Tuesday
Nov 21,2006

Devin recently blogged about the Infragistics DataPresenter being featured in Eric Rudder’s keynote at TechEd Europe. I’ve been working with the WPF Dev Team on this control from the beginning, so it’s fun to see it featured so prominently.

SWF to XAML Converter

Tuesday
Nov 21,2006

Mike Swanson just posted an early build of SWF2XAML, a tool that converts Adobe Flash SWFs to XAML artwork. Nice work Mike! Mike created the first Adobe Illustrator to XAML Converter used by practically everyone working in the WPF space and has compiled a WPF Tools and Controls page that is an excellent resource for WPFers.

Monday
Nov 20,2006

NetAdvantage 2006.3 was released earlier this month with great new features for those of us in the design community. Specifically, we’ve added some really nice touches to AppStylist, mostly revolving around resources. Resource previews are now everywhere resources are used; resources can be selectively imported and exported from library to library, which makes reuse across ISLs much more accessible. The color dialog has been updated to support an eyedropper tool and we’ve also added a Ribbon preview canvas.

We’re already working on updates for the next release, but I’ll have to wait a while longer before I share. Really cool stuff though!

 I was recently demoing AppStyling to existing customers who had yet to use the technology. They were amazed. They were smiling and nodding their heads in approval as I demoed skinning the live running app using AppStylist Runtime support. When you work with this stuff it’s easy to forget how cool it is.

 Check out NetAdvantage AppStylist and the AppStylist New Features page.

Two New Windows XP Themes

  • Filed under: General
Monday
Nov 20,2006

I read about these at the first of the month and never posted links. So, for those of you unaware of the recent XP themes that have been released, check these out:

I learned of these via Robby Ingebretsen. Here’s a direct link to the article.

Microsoft Photosynth

  • Filed under: General
Monday
Nov 20,2006

I watched a video preview for this either on Channel9 (http://channel9.msdn.com) or YouTube, I can’t remember now. If I find the link I’ll post it. When you watch the video, you just assume it’s one of those technologies you won’t see for a while, or will never see. Something crazy tucked away in a lab somewhere… well, there’s now a sample online that you can play with, and I must say it’s pretty amazing. I’ll reserve my final judgement for the release that lets me upload my own photos. Until then, check out the Photosynth preview: http://labs.live.com/photosynth.

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