- 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: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,020,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
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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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.
The writing is clear, the examples are well chosen, and I appreciated the authors' including material on what makes a good UI and how to use Blend to produce one. Some reviewers called that padding, and I suppose if one is a UI expert, they could be. But to me, they were interesting and suggested ways that I can employ the Blend techniques that the book is teaching me.
I agree with one of the other reviewers that the book is lite (actually quite lite) on coding. Because I come from a coding and not UI background that was OK with me.
The only real problem I see with this book is its title. A true Blend Bible would be 10,000 pages long. I'd say this book is more like a mid-depth, practical, well-written introduction to the major graphical features of a product with a huge feature set.
It's a book I'll keep, too. Lots to come back for reference.
If you are a developer, you have WPF skills, and you want to take a very first approach to Microsoft Expression Blend, this book will help you.
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Too basic for my personal liking. I do have experience in both developing (using mainly VS) and graphical design (using...Read more