This will put the shwizzle on the kibizzle.
I’m probably not saying that right (I’m old), but today’s release of the CTP editions of the Expression line of tools for Web Designers and Illustrators is welcome news. Not so much that Microsoft is offering products into an already crowded web industry, but that Microsoft Is Offering Products To Better Enable The Creation and Production Of Web Sites!!!
If you have 3:25 minutes, watch the video tour of the below three products. Where did all of those cool user interfaces come from that we’ve seen in teh Windows Vista demos? Hmmm…
Expression Interactive Designer — the web page says this is a work in progress, because it’s more of an Alpha release. Get your bugs reported now! This app is designed to allow you to build user interactive elements combining graphics, text, and animation. Note: this builds user interfaces for the web AND the desktop.
Expression Graphic Designer — This one had an earlier release, code-named “Acrylic”, last year. This is the vector-based and pixel-based graphics editor for illustrations, painting, and graphic design.
Expression Web Designer – This is the product that I’ve been waiting for. This is the high-quality, standards-based web designer that is compatible with the aspects of ASP.NET v2.0, such as Master Pages, and that hopefully will make everyone forget about BackPage. Where’s the CTP for this one?