locked
Acropolis and Expression Blend RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have just started having a look at Acropolis, and the early signs are great.  I was wondering if there are any plans to integrate the Acropolis framework with Expression Blend, and how these will fit together.
    Tuesday, June 5, 2007 9:28 AM

Answers

  • Hi Steve,

     

    We are talking closely with the Blend team to make sure that there is a clean story here.  Since one of the key benefits of Acropolis is the clean UI / Logic separation (they are in different files) having the UI be created in Blend while the Logic is created in Visual Studio is a probable scenario.  Also, since our PartView class inherits from Grid, and is at its core a WPF control, you should be able to open existing PartViews today in Blend.  What we are looking into in the future is ways that we might be able to further integrate Acropolis into the Blend design experience beyond just the opening and editing PartViews that we have today.

     

    Let me know if this helps! 

     

    Thanks,

     

    Scott Morrison

    Program Manager

    Acropolis Design-Time

    Wednesday, June 13, 2007 10:34 PM

All replies

  • My thinking is that the Acropolis controls are really more like containers for WPF elements. Therefore, if you're being good and most of your visuals are resources in resource dictionaries, you can easily import those into your Acropolis app. I am hoping that the integration gets better, but considering Expression Blend can't do half the stuff WPF can do with XAML in an XML editor,  I wouldn't hold your breath waiting for Acropolis integration.
    Tuesday, June 5, 2007 1:17 PM
  • We do have some early thinking to integrate with Expression Blend.

     

    Thanks,
        Kathy

    Tuesday, June 5, 2007 3:16 PM
  • Hi Steve,

     

    We are talking closely with the Blend team to make sure that there is a clean story here.  Since one of the key benefits of Acropolis is the clean UI / Logic separation (they are in different files) having the UI be created in Blend while the Logic is created in Visual Studio is a probable scenario.  Also, since our PartView class inherits from Grid, and is at its core a WPF control, you should be able to open existing PartViews today in Blend.  What we are looking into in the future is ways that we might be able to further integrate Acropolis into the Blend design experience beyond just the opening and editing PartViews that we have today.

     

    Let me know if this helps! 

     

    Thanks,

     

    Scott Morrison

    Program Manager

    Acropolis Design-Time

    Wednesday, June 13, 2007 10:34 PM