While it’s easy to create little demos of Avalon (Windows Presentation Foundation – WPF) using an editor and XAML, it has cried out for a visual designer. MSDNTV has just posted a video titled Introducing “Cider”: The Visual Studio Designer for WPF (“Avalon”) featuring Product Managers Mark Boulter and Mike Harsh giving an overview of “Cider”, the visual designer for Windows Presentation Foundation that will be part of the future Orcas version of Visual Studio.
Cider is intended for development of line of business applications and is the equivalent of today’s Windows Forms designer but for Avalon with XAML as the underlying language. They also show adding fancy styling with the Sparkle graphics designer.
(Note: To see the actual demo, you’ll have to download it here.)