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Archive for April, 2007

Mix Wristbands

Apr 29,2007

Lee just posted pics of the Mix Swag Bag contents, so I won’t do the same. I just want to note that I’m disappointed the Design wristbands are yellow. I really want to lay claim to those green wristbands. After all, the IKEA leaves living atop many a designer’s cubes are green. I’m just sayin…

IKEA Green Leaf
Mix Wristbands

Firefox ClickOnce Plugin

Apr 26,2007

From the download page at…

“Allows Firefox to run a .NET ClickOnce application…

Allows Firefox to run a .NET ClickOnce application.
ClickOnce is an application deployment technology developed by Microsoft. (See

Please find more information at the FFClickOnce homepage,

There is also a testing guide available at:

Download here:

I just tested with the WPF Twitter app and it worked great.

Apr 23,2007

xamDataPresenter -- NetAdvantage for WPF The wait is officially over! NetAdvantage for WPF 2007.1 is available today and is packed with all kinds of goodness. The suite ships with the xamDataGrid, xamDataPresenter, xamCarouselPanel, xamCarouselListbox, xamDataCarousel and a collection of xamEditors. It’s xamTastic… xamAmazing… xamCreateYourOwnXamAdjective!

These controls (in their various stages) have been featured in Microsoft Keynotes the past three years and were featured in Vista launch events around the country/globe. The xamCarouselPanel-based controls are truly amazing — they allow you to present data along any arbitrary path you can create and provide automatic transition animations. You can define Opacity, Scaling, Skewing and ZOrder effect stops to get an infinite range of visual results.

Download the trial and check out the xamShowcase to get an idea of what can be achieved.

Fireworks to XAML Converter Update

Apr 17,2007

Fireworks to XAML ExporterI’ve released an updated version of the Fireworks to XAML panel along with a new article at the Fireworks Developer Center at The article provides a nice overview of the panel, the features it offers, and how you can tailor the settings to meet your specific needs. The latest version includes a number of bug fixes, support for textures and patterns (ahh yeah!) and replaces the current masking implementation with clipping paths. You can download the latest version from the article posting.

The article is featured in the all new Fireworks Developer Center, updated along with the new CS3 launch. Fireworks CS3 has a ton of great new features that you definitely need to check out. There are lots of great new articles and walkthroughs in both the Developer Center and the Design Center.

Fireworks Gradient Panel

Apr 17,2007

Fireworks Gradient PanelJust in time for the CS3 Launch – my Fireworks Gradient Panel that I wrote about in January now has a nice new face and a handful of additional features — the ability to change the fill mode to solid, linear gradient or radial gradient and set the orientation on gradients. I also added the ability to synchronize the color and opacity nodes, a requirement by gradients in Flash. I’ve added a slider to the opacity stops so you can quickly set their value as well. I’m using this panel all the time and find it really streamlines my work.

I have a new article at the Fireworks Developer Center that digs a little deeper into the features — you can download it from there.

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