Archive for December, 2006

WPF/E preview and new Expression designers released

Microsoft released the first CTP for WPF/E, short for Windows Presentation Foundation/Everywhere, a WPF subset to run in browsers (Firefox and IE on Windows, Firefox and Safari on the Mac). Broadly available for customers in the first half of 2007, “WPF/E” experiences will require a lightweight browser plug-in made freely available by Microsoft.

Just in case you haven’t figured out yet who they are competing against, Michael Swanson released a free Macromedia Flash to WPF/E converter

Also this week, Microsoft released Expression Blend Beta 1 (formerly known as Expression Interactive Designer, a graphical WPF XAML editor) and Expression Design December 2006 CTP (formerly known as Expression Graphic Designer).

Expression Blend looks good, though the first thing I did was change the default dark theme to the light theme, and decrease the workspace zoom to 90%. I need a bigger screen…

Paint.NET V3 Beta 1 available

Rick released the first beta for Paint.NET V3. This version is now feature complete, and all known bugs have been fixed. The coolest new feature in this release is a Perlin noise based clouds renderer, with – as usual – a very easy to use configuration panel.

I’d say it’s about time you uninstall that cracked Photoshop!