Tools to add a symbol

Feb 22, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Could you describe which tools you use to add new symbols or modify them?

Feb 24, 2011 at 12:47 AM

That's a difficult question to answer. The appendix files are so large that using either Expression Blend or Visual Studio on them is problematic. The appendices were originally built up from a series of smaller files that were easier to edit. Editing changes at this time are usually done textually via search and replace. If a group of symbols need to be edited graphically, the best approach seems to be to re-extract those symbols into a smaller custom Expression Blend project. Another approach is to use other tools like Visio or Adobe Illustrator. Visio was used on most of the original individual files because of its really good edit/draw capabilities. However, going back and forth from Visio used to be messy - not sure of the current state to go into and out of XAML. Haven't tested the free tools like Kaxaml in a while. Once the bound properties are set on a symbol, converting that symbol back into a graphically editable state is difficult and not a high priority. So the process is mostly one way.