Silverlight 5 Release Candidate (RC) Build 5.0.60818.0 went live on Sep 2, now after a month, Microsoft has also released an updated version of the Silverlight 5 Toolkit.
According to the official description of the update, the September 2011 Silverlight 5 Toolkit is now equipped with new controls designed to let developers target Silverlight 5's new 3D features.
David Catuhe, developer evangelist, Microsoft France, offered a range of details about Silverlight 5 Toolkit September 2011, including insight into how devs can make the best out of the new 3D features introduced into Silverlight 5.
"All these new additions to the Silverlight Toolkit are made to make it easy to get started with new Silverlight 3D features by providing developer tools to improve usability and productivity," Catuhe said.
"You can now easily start a new project that leverages both concepts of XNA and Silverlight. It becomes easy to work with 3D concepts and resources like shaders, model, sprites, effects, etc... We also try to reduce the effort to port existing 3D applications to Silverlight. So now it's up to you to discover the wonderful world of 3D using Silverlight 5!"
Here is how the Toolkit enhances Silverlight 5 with the following features:
- Seamless integration of 3D models and other assets with the Content Pipeline
- New Visual Studio templates for creating:
- Silverlight 3D Application
- Silverlight 3D Library
- Silverlight Effect
- New samples to demo these features
Developers can download Silverlight Toolkit September 2011 from CodePlex.