Monthly Archives: October 2012

Learning about new shapes isn’t just for your kids

Mitt Romney may think learning about new shapes is silly, but the Visual Studio team doesn’t. If you don’t know, the new storyboarding feature is essentially a plug-in to PowerPoint that allows a user to quickly draw up user interfaces. Right from PowerPoint, a user can associate these storyboards with one or more work items in TFS and collaborate across the team.

The plug-in provides a number of built-in shapes for developing desktop apps, web apps, Windows 8 apps, Windows Phone apps, and some collaboration shapes. Combined with the built-in PowerPoint shapes, drawing, and animation tools; you’ve already got the ability to draw up the most common user interfaces. You can even create, save, and share your own shapes specific to your applications.

But wait, there’s more! Act now and you can get several more shape libraries from Microsoft and others. This page lists several storyboard shape libraries that you can easily import into your shapes library. Most recently, Microsoft released shapes and icons for the iOS. Now you can sketch out the desired UI before you have to fumble through Xcode and Objective-C! Winking smile


MS Holiday Store

I can’t wait to buy a Microsoft Surface, but where do I get one on launch date (Oct. 26th)? Well, if you live in a city that already has a Microsoft retail store, then you can go there. Several other cities (e.g. St. Louis) will be getting a holiday store.

Find a store near you here.

My most anticipated game of the year!

I’ve been a HUGE fan of the Assassin’s Creed series since the beginning! While I love the action + role-playing concepts, the backdrop of a massive, history-spanning conspiracy involving religious groups, governments, and “aliens” is just a perfect mix for me.

Assassin’s Creed III will be available at the end of October and it looks to be Ubisoft’s most ambitious venture to date. (Official site).

The DLC content of the previous series hasn’t been especially compelling to me. I haven’t cared much for the multiplayer aspects of the game and the other DLC seems like just really small missions and don’t add much story. I have to say I’m really intrigued about this new announcement though. An alternative where it seems “absolute power corrupts absolutely”. After turning back the most powerful nation on the planet, General Washington sets himself up as King!