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Microsoft Expression Blend 2 for Windows: Visual QuickStart Guide by Robert Reinhardt, Corey Schuman

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Chapter 6. Creating Basic Animations

The inclusion of the animation engine to Silverlight 2 and WPF enables you to add motion graphics to your application without using third-party plug-ins. More important, because the animation engine is native to Silverlight/WPF, Blend can provide a rich animation workspace.

Blend uses keyframes to structure animations. Keyframes are frames in the timeline that contain information about an object’s value at that given time. The animation system interpolates values over time, meaning you do not have to create frame-by-frame animations. You simply create keyframes to define a range of motion or values, and the animation system does the heavy lifting for you.

Properties such as color, position, scale, and rotation ...

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