ScreenCaptures in Mac

The last two weeks I have been adapting to my new MacBook Pro.  I am running Vista x64 Ultimate in BootCamp and VMWare Fusion 2.  I run it in Unity, so I run my MacOS applications next to my Vista applications such as Visual Studio 2008 and Microsoft Word 2007.  (I use 2007 instead of Mac’s version of Word, because Word 2008 for the Mac SUCKS royally).  Anyway, for my book I need to be able to take screencaptures.  I can either take screencaptures from the PC, but I figured, why not just take screencaptures through MacOS.  So I learned that you can take a screenshot of a given window by pressing: COMMAND + SHIFT + 4, then SPACE, then click on the window to capture.  That saves the windows screencapture to the desktop.  However, it saves it as a PNG, which will not do for publishing. So needed to save as TIFF instead.  To do that, from a Terminal window in MacOS I type the following command:

defaults write com.apple.screencapture type tiff
killall SystemUIServer

Now, when it saves the screencaptures it saves them in TIFF format.  Pretty nice!

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Silverlight 2 Released Today? … Ok… TOMORROW!

Quite a bit of rumors out there that indicate that today is the day that Silverlight 2 will be released.

http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=1634

Update: The announcement was that it will be released tomorrow.  🙂

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2008/oct08/10-13Silverlight2PR.mspx

Chrome Fixes for Silverlight Coming Soon

There is a developer build out there now of Google Chrome that fixes the support for Silverlight.  This is good news.

http://jonas.follesoe.no/DeveloperBuildOfChrome1251FixesSilverlight2Bugs.aspx

Santa IPhone… Here is my Christmas List

With the IPhone, there is not that much that I really want.  However, there are two things that I REALLY want.  First… I WANT TO DEVELOP FREAKIN’ IPHONE APPS ON MY PC!  I would love to be able to write IPhone apps, but I make my living as a Microsoft .NET developer, there is no way in heck that they are going to “convert” me using the IPhone.  They should be jumping in joy in my first ever Apple purchase.  Now support me in my desire to build applications for THEIR PHONE, helping them get MORE users of THEIR PHONE.

Secondly… I want Silverlight to run on the IPhone.  If they give me this, then I will be fine with not having the first one.  🙂  Because I will just write my apps in Silverlight.  The issue I see here is that they like their little monopoly called the AppStore, and if they enable Silverlight, then that will allow applications to be built outside the AppStore.

I don’t think I will get either for Christmas… oh well.  🙂  I still can ask eh?

Expression Blend 2.5 is now Blend 2.0 SP1

With the release of RCO of Silverlight 2, there has been many questions as to Expression Blend.  In the past, we have been using Expression Blend 2.5 Preview June 2008.  However, with the release of Silverlight 2 RCO, we are indicated to download Blend 2.0 RC1.  The question then arises, “what happened to 2.5?”  Here is the response from Scottgu:

“Rather than give it a new version string (and force existing users to upgrade to a new version), we decided to release the functionality using a service pack for the existing shipping product. All the functionality that was in previous Blend 2.5 builds is now included in SP1.”

So there you have it, Blend 2.5 is no more, and instead you should be using Blend 2.0 SP1 to build your Silverlight 2 apps!

Now go light up your web.

Multi-Line TextBox in Silverlight 2

Yes, you can have a multiline TextBox in Silverlight 2.  Naturally you would look for the Multiline property, but it in Silverlight 2 it is AcceptsReturn.  Here is an example:

<TextBox
VerticalScrollBarVisibility=”Visible”
HorizontalScrollBarVisibility=”Auto”
AcceptsReturn=”True”
BorderBrush=”Black”
BorderThickness=”2″
Margin=”5″>
</TextBox>