Going through Victor’s book – chapter 2 is fairly short, but the “lab” at the end of it, the typical “Hello World” which is seen, as he mentions in his book, in most every book or introductory guide to programming, application development, and other types – is already a bit obsolete with the releases of later versions and updates to Blend.
Please note: His “Hello World” is not anywhere nearly as boring as many. He goes through a lot of the basic orientational-use of Blend including gradients, modifying colors, color stop properties, application window resizing, key-frame animations, quick-key uses, and more. Its more than worth going through.
In his book, he indicates that gradients start out left-to-right, and instead modifies things to go top to bottom. Unless I’ve modified my default settings (which I don’t recall doing), mine is set exactly the opposite. The “Gradient Brush” on mine starts from top to bottom, so several parts of the tutorial, including the very eye… catching *cringe* Christmas colored “Hello World”, which gradients from Red to White to Neon Green, will require you to rotate the gradient angle. Remember, much like Adobe products, holding the shift-key down will maintain true-angles, which assists in obtaining an accurate rotation of exact 90¤.
I have to note that earlier, I asked the “Why?!” of the C: drive for locatino of projects. I’m beginning to see why he has that as his choice. For the purpose of this book, having everything held within a root “Projects” directory makes guiding those reading the book, quite easy. Most who will be using this book who have different preferences will just place things wherever they want anyway, so it really doesn’t matter except for the use of guidance within the book where a person puts items, so long as they know where the file was placed. Typical document saving 101.