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Microsoft Expression Blend Unleashed is about learning a new tool for designers, but also learning a new mindset for developers. Expression Blend enables the delivery of rich interactive applications, for the web as well as the desktop, allowing you to take graphical assets and blend them with functional .NET code through the power of XAML and the WPF platform. Microsoft Expression Blend Unleashed also features a C# Primer, introducing designers to the .NET Framework. .NET allows the reader to extend the functionality of many of the WPF elements used in Expression Blend. The most important concept for the reader to grasp is that Blend and Visual Studio together are about facilitating the kind of user experience everyone wants from the applications they use. This book will give you the skill set whether you are a designer or developer; from there, you just need to use a little imagination.
Detailed information on how to…
Part I Overview
1 Introduction to Expression Blend . . . 3
2 Welcome to the New World . . . 31
3 Expression Blend Panels . . . 63
4 XAML for Beginners . . . 91
Part II Going with the Flow
5 UIElement: Control Embedding . . . 105
6 Panel-Based Containers . . . 131
Part III Using All the New Stuff
7 Using the Blend Toolbox: Tools and Common Controls. . . 147
8 An Example Control Using Just the Tools Palette . . . 175
9 Using the Blend Asset Library . . . 209
10 Visual Studio: C# Primer. . . 269
Part IV Extended Graphic Tools
11 Graphic Items. . . 323
Part V Templates and Data
12 Templates. . . 359
13 Data Binding . . . 391
Part VI Controlling Controls
14 Animations with Storyboards . . . 415
15 Commands . . . 437
16 Using Resources for Skins. . . 459
17 Working with Windows. . . 475
Part VII Advanced Topics
18 Creating a Custom Control . . . 489
19 Using 3D in Blend . . . 511
20 Controlling Media (Music or Video) . . . 523
Index . . . 555