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Expression Web

Microsoft Expression Web, code-named Quartz, is a WYSIWYG HTML editor and general web design program by Microsoft, replacing Microsoft FrontPage. It is part of the Expression Studio suite.

Expression Web allows authoring of web pages integrating XML, CSS 2.1, ASP.NET 2.0, XHTML, XSLT and JavaScript into sites. It requires the .NET Framework 2.0 to operate. Its sibling is Microsoft SharePoint Designer. The second version, Expression Web 2, has full native support for PHP and Silverlight. Editing classic ASP is supported but not on the same page with ASP.NET and there is no classic ASP IntelliSense support. Expression Web uses its own standards-based rendering engine, different from Internet Explorer’s Trident engine. On May 14, 2006, Microsoft released the first public preview version of Expression Web on their web site. On Sept 5, 2006, Microsoft released Beta 1. The major changes from CTP 1 are that nearly all of the old FrontPage bots, parts, functions and non-standard features such as themes have been removed. On December 4, 2006 Microsoft released the final version, which can be found on the Expression Web homepage. The MSRP price is $299USD new or $99USD for upgrade.

Microsoft Expression Web provides the ability to install add-ins from third-party developers, extending the capabilities of Expression Web.

The program received a four-star rating from PC Magazine, which labeled it as a more cost-effective option compared to the main competitor, Adobe Dreamweaver. “Even if money is no object, Expression Web 2 might be your better choice,” Editor Edward Mendelson wrote.

March 28, 2009 Posted by | Expression Web, Technology | | Leave a comment

Expression Blend

Microsoft Expression Blend is a user interface design tool developed and sold by Microsoft for creating graphical interfaces for web and desktop applications that blend the features of these two types of applications. It is an interactive, WYSIWYG front-end for designing XAML-based interfaces for Windows Presentation Foundation and Silverlight applications. It is one of the applications in the Microsoft Expression Studio suite.

Expression Blend supports the WPF text engine with advanced OpenType typography and ClearType, vector-based 2D widgets, and 3D widgets with hardware acceleration via DirectX.

March 28, 2009 Posted by | Expression Blend, Technology | | Leave a comment