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Last Week Silverlight-Related Releases

Several Silverlight-related releases were being published during the last week. Expression Launch The last released product in line of 2010 releases is the Expression set. Microsoft is going to announce it on June, 7th at Information Week in New York. The product will contain updated version of Express Blend and Sketchflow. The trial version can be downloaded from the official web site. This release does not include any update for Windows Phone 7 add-in and is not suitable for Windows Phone 7 development. Continue using Expression Blend 4 and WP7 Developer Tools. See details here. Silverlight...

Wizards. Prototype of sketching Wizard for WPF – 2

In the previous part of this article I described sketchflow map for the wizard prototype and started describing wizard screens. In this article I continue describing screens, animation and transition approaches. Confirm options screen   The Confirm Options screen allows to review all options a user has selected. A multi-line textbox is used for that purposes. The user can go back (by clicking the button ‘Previous’), start processing data (by clicking the button ‘Start’) and close the wizard (the button ‘Cancel’). Progress screen   This screen displays progress of data...

Wizards. Prototype of sketching Wizard for WPF - 1

See the second part of the article here. Intro Developers implement wizards very often. This sort of application is required when customers should get simple and reliable tool to process, transform, convert, setup, transfer etc. Also, this tool should have a nice, clean, uncomplicated interface, shouldn’t it? It is especially important if users are going to use the wizard on a daily basis. So, developers should get exact and detailed information about user interface of the wizard and provide a prototype to discuss it with customers. That means, developers have to use Microsoft Expression Blend SketchFlow framework which is...

GroupBox Sketching Control for WPF applications Using Blend

Microsoft Expression Blend 3 has a great feature – SketchFlow. It allows creating gorgeous prototypes for Silverlight and WPF applications. But it has some disadvantages like shortage of controls. For example, there are no sketching GroupBox controls in Silverlight and WPF sets, sketching DataGrid (Silverlight and WPF) etc. So, I am going to create a sketching GroupBox control WPF. Every WPF Sketch Screens application has got the SketchStyles.xaml file. This file contains styles for all sketching controls. I am going to add a new style here. Initially, I create a stub for the GroupBox control there: ...