.NET General Styling WPF XAML

Microsoft Expression Suite Updates + WPF/E

Microsoft Expression BlendWow — lots of big updates available from Microsoft today. At the top of my list is Microsoft Expression Blend. This is the latest version of what was formerly known as Microsoft Expression Interactive Designer. Lots of “under the hood” changes have been made in this release, but the first thing that everyone will notice is the updated UI. Check out the Expression Blog for more details on the public beta. A new version of Expression Design is now also available for download. It has undergone the same UI treatment as Blend. It’s UI has actually been implemented using WPF, so you’ll see the same collapsible panels, styling and icons in both applications. I just fired up Design briefly, so I’ll post more thoughts once I’ve spent a little time using the tool.

In addition to the Expression releases, Microsoft has release the first CTP of “WPF/E”, which stands for Windows Presentation Foundation/Everywhere. Learn more via Mike Swanson’s post.

.NET General WPF

DataPresenter featured at TechEd Europe and DevConnections

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.

.NET Flash General WPF XAML

SWF to XAML Converter

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.

.NET General Skinning Styling

NetAdvantage 2006.3 and App Styling

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.