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  • 3 comments  /  posted by  Miroslav Miroslavov  on  Apr 22, 2010 (2 months ago)

    This is part 1 of the series "Silverlight in Action". Here we’re sharing our experience from the amazing CompletIT web site.

    Let's suppose we want our visual objects to "watch" and "follow with eyes" the mouse cursor while it moves around. The idea is simply to define our visuals to be somehow on a different Z coordinate than the actual screen is. This way while moving the cursor around, the visual objects will look and follow the mouse. We'll use a simple PlaneProjection to achieve this.

    This is very important part of the actual “look and feel” of the web site.

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Apr 21, 2010 (2 months ago)
    In this post Corrina Barber talks about the cool new capabilities that Blend provides for easily creating transitions, animations, and effects.

    Recently, I was invited to speak at a Portland Silverlight user group meeting about designing great application experiences using Silverlight and Blend, and in doing so I demonstrated a lot of the cool new capabilities that Blend provides for easily creating transitions, animations, and effects. The meeting was a lot of fun, and I covered a lot, so I thought I would review some of what was discussed at the meeting on my blog. I'm breaking the post into two parts; the first part will address application themes, simple page transitions, Blend shapes, and master-details transitions, and the second part will address path ListBox, built in Blend pixel shaders for use in state changes, and fluid layout.

  • Artefact Animator – Live and Open Source for Silverlight and WPF

    1 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Apr 16, 2010 (2 months ago)
    Tags: Animations , frameworks , Tools , Open Source , WPF , Jesse Graupmann
    Jesse Graupmann presents Artefact Animator - live and open source for Silverlight and WPF, like Tweener for Flash. 

    ImageArtefact Animator provides an easy to use framework for procedural time-based animations in Silverlight and WPF. Download the latest version from

    Inspired by the Flash community and forged out of frustration, Artefact Animator brings to WPF and Silverlight what Tweener has done for Flash. If you’ve ever tried to get into animation in C# you’ll soon realize there are way too many steps to get you where you need to be. The consequences are that developers don’t love to animate UI and designers are limited by what they can animate when working with dynamic content. 

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Apr 08, 2010 (2 months ago)
    Tags: Animations , Frameworks , WPF , Siyamand Ayubi
    Siyamand Ayubi has developed a plug and play framework to animate page entrance and page exit in the WPF and Silverlight applications similar to the Powerpoint slides.

    Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) supports browser-style navigation that can be used in two types of applications: standalone applications and XAML browser applications (XBAPs). To package content for navigation, WPF provides the Page class [MSDN]. The WPF support of page navigation is very similar to the page navigation in the web. Each page has its own content and each page can contain hyperlinks to point to other pages similar to the web. But unlike the web, WPF has great build in support for animations.

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Apr 07, 2010 (2 months ago)
    In this post Alex van Beek demonstrates how to use the VisualStateManager to start an animation and incorporate it in the MVVM pattern, without keeping a reference from the ViewModel to the View. 

    A recurring problem with MVVM is how to incorporate animations in a nice MVVM way. The problem is that StoryBoards need to be started from the view, since they are usually configured in XAML. This means that the ViewModel needs a reference to the view, in order to tell it when the animation should start. Keeping a reference from the ViewModel to the View is obviously “not done” in the MVVM pattern.

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Mar 30, 2010 (2 months ago)
    Jeremy Likness is going to deviate from his typical "line of business" blog posts to discuss how to simplify animations with clones by using WriteableBitmap.

    I've had a few projects where it's been necessary to use animations to transition between "screens" in the application. While I use the visual state manager as often as I can for this, sometimes the transitions aren't really changing the state of the control itself, but simply animating the change of underlying data.

  • 0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Mar 19, 2010 (3 months ago)
    Andy Beaulieu demonstrates how to use PathListBox for some interesting effects.

    The PathListBox control is a cool new addition to the Blend 4 SDK, and allows the elements inside a ListBox to lay out along any Path control shape. You’ll need to install the Blend 4 SDK to get access to the PathListBox control, but note that this is available outside of Expression Blend 4 (you don’t need to purchase or install Blend 4).

    One of the neat bonus features of the PathListBox is that you can animate the Path that it is bound to, and the items will follow the animation! This gives Silverlight functionality similar to the AnimationUsingPath class that WPF has had since .NET 3.0, and provides basic Motion Path Animation.

  • Syncing Audio, Video and Animations in Silverlight

    0 comments  /  posted by  Silverlight Show  on  Mar 16, 2010 (3 months ago)
    In his talk at MIX10 Dan Wahlin discussed empty storyboards, using markers, animating custom attached properties and creating a MediaTimeline behavior. Now you can download the code demonstrating these techniques from his blog.

    Silverlight provides a flexible animation engine that can be used to transform and manipulate objects in a timeline. While you can do nearly anything you’d like to objects using Storyboards things get a little tricky when you want to synchronize storyboards with audio or video files. There are several different approaches that can be taken to keep things in sync.

  • Turning a round button into a rounded panel

    0 comments  /  posted by  Phil Middlemiss  on  Mar 15, 2010 (3 months ago)
    Tags: Expression Blend , Animations , Panels , Vector , Buttons
    Phil Middlemiss has created a round button design that is then adapted to create a rounded, resizeable panel.

    Panel and Button screenshot

    The round button design is used here as both a scalable, vector, glassy orb button - and a resizeable panel that has the same appearance as the button around it's edges.
  • author  Jeff Paries  /  released on  Aug 27, 2009
    Foundation Silverlight 3 Animation Product Description

    Silverlight is Microsoft's breakthrough technology for creating rich experiences on the web. This book illustrates the power of Silverlight as a graphics, animation, and game-creation tool. It teaches the fundamentals of computer animation, using trigonometry and vector movement before moving on to more advanced topics such as physics modeling and particle systems.

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