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Today is Vista launch day.  You may be excited by the prospect of running Vista on your computer or you may think it’s a ho-hum moment.  I’m excited though.  Every computer shipping with Vista installed is gaining a powerful new UI rendering engine, whether the consumer knows it or not.

I’m even more excited that Tim Sneath is publishing a series called ‘Great WPF Applications’.  He’s planning on showing all the interesting WPF applications that have crossed his path during the last  year.

Many of these WPF applications have been in stealth mode during development.  The result of this cone of silence is a skewed perception that WPF  is not ready for prime time or that no one is using WPF to build rich UI applications.  That’s unfortunate, but I think the perception is about to change.

Tim’s first article in the series features a beautiful book viewing platform written for the British Library.  Read Tim’s article, he explains a lot about the application, who wrote it, what unique problems they had to solve, the benefits provide by WPF and so on.  BTW the complete app was written in 3 months.

Take me to the Turn the Page application

-Walt

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2 Responses to “Turn the pages on British Library archives – WPF showcase”

  1. Lee Van Doren says:

    I can’t get Turning the Pages to work. I am on a work machine: XP SP2, installed .NET 3.0 and then .NET 3.5, upgraded my display drivers…. am running fast machine but get this error:

    System.Windows.Markup.XamlParseException: Cannot convert string ‘Images\searchBack.wdp’ in attribute ‘ImageSource’ to object of type ‘System.Windows.Media.ImageSource’.
    No imaging component suitable to complete this operation was found.
    Error at object ‘System.Windows.Media.ImageBrush’ in markup file ‘RemoteApp;component/ttpapp.xaml’. —> System.NotSupportedException: No imaging component suitable to complete this operation was found. —> System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException (0x88982F50): Exception from HRESULT: 0x88982F50

  2. CHris says:

    I also get the exact same errors on another XBAP, seems like XP only so far, assigning a PNG image to the ImageSource. So far haven’t found anything on the net how to solve this, if you come across a solution, please let everyone know..