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October 22, 2005

Introducing the Cider visual designer for Avalon

Posted by David Hunter at 11:20 AM ET.

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.)

Filed under Cider, Expression Blend, Expression Studio, OS - Client, Technologies, Tools, Visual Studio 2008, WPF, Windows Vista, XAML

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2 Responses to “Introducing the Cider visual designer for Avalon”

  1. Microsoft News Tracker » WinFX January CTP Update Says:

    [...] Worthy of special note is the optional Microsoft Visual Studio Code Name “Orcas” Community Technology Preview – Development Tools for WinFX which includes “Cider,” a visual designer for the new Windows Presentation Foundation (formerly Avalon). Orcas, of course, is the next version of Visual Studio which will only be available sometime after WinFX ships with Vista and for prior operating systems. Filed under Tools, Technologies, Avalon, Indigo, Beta and CTP, WinFX, Workflow, Orcas, Cider Listen to this article   [Permalink] [...]

  2. Microsoft releases March Orcas CTP -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Inclusion of the Cider Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) visual designer to support all that rich Vista UI goodness [...]

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