An updated version of the Windows Media Center Software Development Kit is now available for download from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=a43ea0b7-b85f-4612-aa08-3bf128c5873e&displaylang=en. This is the same link as before so no need to change your bookmarks. These links also persist in the navigation section at http://blog.mediacentersandbox.com/.
Here is a list of what's new or changed with this release...
MCML Preview Tool Automation Model
An improved automation model allows a tools developer to load an MCML file, refresh the current view, and close or get the position and size of the current instance. New command-line switches specify a folder to watch and automatically refresh when any resource in the folder changes.
Changes to the MCML Preview Tool Launcher
The improved MCML Preview Tool Launcher takes advantage of the new MCML Preview Tool automation model and command-line switches.
Additional Documentation on Animations in MCML
Check out the new or improved documentation on these topics:
- Working with Animations in MCML
- Using Keyframes in Animation
- Applying Interpolations to Keyframes
- Setting the Weight on Interpolations
- Playing Different Types of Animations in Response to Events
MCML Animation Explorer
MCML Animation Explorer is a new tool that helps developers learn animation in MCML. Instead of writing XML you can work with a bunch of knobs and switches in a graphical user interface and see the resulting MCML as well as the visuals in the MCML Preview Tool.
New Visual Studio Templates
The following templates have been added for C#:
- The Windows Media Center Application – Background template creates a project for a Windows Media Center background application.
- The Windows Media Center Application – Fundamental template creates a project that provides a basic framework for creating a Windows Media Center application.
Visual Studio 2008 Support
The application templates now work with Visual Studio 2008.
The following platform features have been deprecated with this release:
- Hosting for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML) browser applications (XBAPs).
- The Triple-tap / Soft-keyboard ActiveX control for hosted HTML applications.
- Support for using alternative shells to run and host HTML applications.