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Create amazing interfaces that encourage visitors

The impact of an aesthetically pleasing user interface is remarkable. Web site visitors respond eagerly to attractive, easy-to-use designs, and Blend allows you to create these with much less effort. This A-to-Z guide shows you how to design a new generation of applications that make the most of digital media, including animation, 3D, audio and video, sophisticated typography, and other stunning visual effects—all without bogging down in code. Here's everything you need to succeed with Blend.

  • Apply principles of interactive design, graphic design, and animation
  • Create and transform vector graphics

  • Explore animated transparencies and opacity masks

  • Use ready-made Windows® Presentation Foundation controls, or create your own

  • Connect your applications to data sources

Companion Web site

At www.blendtips.com, you can download files to use while working on the examples presented in the book and modify them to create your own features. The site also includes full-color figures from the book and late-breaking news about Blend.

About the Author

Gurdy and Mary Leete are authors and coauthors of several top-selling books on Flash technology. Gurdy is an instructor of interactive media design and an award-winning user interface designer.
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Product Details

  • Series: Bible (Book 441)
  • Paperback: 734 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (June 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470055030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470055038
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,957,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is easy to read and easy to use.
Douglas Wadsworth
All the screenshots included are so small (and full screen) so you can't even make out what they are talking about.
K. Erickson
I would say that this book is better than nothing (which is your alternative right now).
K. Rule

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By K. Rule VINE VOICE on June 11, 2007
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I've been using Blend/Design and WPF for awhile and I've been relying on Adam Nathan's "Window's Presentation Foundation" book for a reference. Nathan's book is very good, but is lacking advice for using Blend (which isn't surprising since his book was released in Dec 06 and Blend wasn't commercially available until May 07). I was looking to fill the gap with this book.

The "Microsoft Expression Blend Bible" is the first of a slew of Blend books that are coming. I bought it the day it was available on Amazon and have read through it. Frankly I'm a bit disappointed. I guess I shouldn't be, usually the first book to market is a bit rushed. There is good stuff in the book, but the first 3 chapters are just filler and have little information related to Blend. The rest of the book is a very shallow tour of a large number of features supported by Blend.

I would say that this book is better than nothing (which is your alternative right now). But I suspect books that are coming out late this summer and in the fall will replace this book in my library. The bottom line is if you need to get started now, get this book and Adam Nathan's book. If you can wait, then check out then reviews of Blend related books in the fall. I'm sure something better will come along.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. LEW on June 15, 2007
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Lots of filler information to make this book big. Very little information on how to accomplish things in Blend.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Erickson on July 4, 2007
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This is a terrible book, obviously rushed to print that is all over the map. It tries (and fails) to be a book on user interface, WPF, Expression Blend, elementary C# programming, and most bizarrely how to tell a story (to give an example of how they filled this book they spend one page summarizing Aristole's De Poetica). The examples of using Blend itself are so convoluted and poorly explained that I couldn't figure out how to do half of them, and since Blend is a relatively radical change from standard Microsoft Designer and Programmer UI's walking through the steps more clearly would have been the minimum one would have expected. All the screenshots included are so small (and full screen) so you can't even make out what they are talking about. As I am not a graphics designer, this may have some appeal to that crowd (though I can't imagine why), this is not the book to use to learn Expression Blend from a programmers perspective. The code in here is also TERRIBLE (for example they create XML by creating XML strings one at a time and then appending that to a file?? If you are going to create XML with a string at least use the StringBuilder class but really this should have been done with XMLWriter or at worst the XmlDocument.) Avoid this book at all costs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Damon L. Russel on December 25, 2007
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I had very high hopes for this book, considering its title. I think a more appropriate title would have been something like "Designing Next Generation User Interfaces". The book only breifly discusses Microsoft Blend. Instead, it speaks more about designing rich user interfaces in general. I expected a feature-by-feature explanation and maybe some sample programs, but was sorely disappointed.

If you want to know how to use Blend, I would not recommend this book. If you want to know all about the theory behind designing rich UIs, then perhaps this book will be useful. It does talk you through a few things in Blend, but uses illustrations and screenshots very sparingly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 2, 2008
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I'm disappointed in this book. I was looking for a good introductory text with tutorials on how to use Blend. I couldn't follow the tutorials in the first few chapters of the book--not because they were too technical, but because they were poorly written. I'm guessing the tutorials weren't tested with real users before publication. The reference material is only so-so, and it duplicates a lot of what can be found in other sources on the web. I'm afraid I couldn't recommend this book as a learning or reference resource for Blend.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Wadsworth on July 15, 2007
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This is a good book to learn Blend. It presents lots of material on how to use Blend to create user interfaces that make heavy use of graphics, animation, 3D, and video, and it presents principles of user interface design, too. The book is easy to read and easy to use.
It could have gone into more depth on coding details, so the title "Bible" may be a misnomer.
The chapters of the book that contain code seem pretty basic, so this book is probably better for someone who wants to use the graphics features of Blend (which are very extensive) rather than do programming. The book's Web site [...] is useful, too.
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