Aurora 8.3 is now available for download
New in Aurora 8.3:
Animation is now available. It currently has functionality for basic shapes,
controls, and Clip Art. Paths, 3D and the ability to rotate elements will
be available in future versions. Animation will not be serialized out with
this version due to a required change to how Aurora serializes the code out
with the February WinFX CTP release. To learn how to use animation in
Aurora, please refer to 'Animation' in the Aurora 'Tools & Features' section
of the help menu.
With Animation fresh out of the box, please let us know if you have any
suggestions for improvement by emailing email@example.com.
Resources You can now add an entire resource dictionary, XAML objects,
images and media to the Resources section of your document and have Aurora
refer to it later in the document.
Image and Media Elements These two elements are now serialized as relative
Linear and Radial Gradient Brushes options You can now Flip, Mirror, Repeat,
Blend, and sharpen your gradients to quickly build repetitive and intricate
a.. Currently Aurora cannot be maximized to the size of your screen.
b.. Animations cannot be serialized.
c.. Integration has had to be disabled and we are working to have this
Opening XAML documents made with the January WinFX CTP
There are a number of breaking changes in the API between the January and
February releases. Changes made to the namespace and Grid are the most
significant for they likely affect all the documents you have created over
the past month. The two biggest changes are the namespace(s) and a stricter
format to defining the columns and rows of a Grid is now required.
Namespace URIs require the following updates to the February CTP release
format before opening them in Aurora.
Grids now have a stricter structure and require you to define all the
columns and rows.
After making the above mentioned changes, more often than not your document
will open in Aurora. If additional changes are required, Aurora will point
to the line needing the update.
To learn more about the API changes in the February CTP
refer to the Readme file included with the February CTP download
Karsten Januszewski has a detailed list of the changes on his Blog
Note: Expect subsequent upgrades to this build within the next week