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 Microsoft Expression Studio


Free Software for Students Including Microsoft Expression Studio


Microsoft Expression Studio Vision 


Microsoft Expression Community


Learn Microsoft Expression


Expression Web


  • Understanding the Benefits of Standards-Based Design with Expression Web
  • Styling Text using CSS with Expression Web
  • Understanding CSS Pseudo Classes for Styling Links using CSS with Expression Web
  • Understanding CSS Margins and Padding with Expression Web
  • Using CSS Positioning for Layout with Expression Web
  • Adding Background Images using CSS with Expression Web
  • Using CSS Floats to Create Flexible Page Layouts with Expression Web
  • Clearing CSS Floats with Expression Web
  • Adding JavaSript to Your Site with Expression Web
  • Using External CSS Stylesheets with Expression Web 

    Microsoft Expression Fundamentals: Web


    Get an introduction to Expression Web and Web standards in this overview session. Topics include a brief backround on web standards, HTML, Cascading Style Sheets, XML, and ASP.NET.


    Expression Web Tutorial – Checklist -set up empty web site – For Beginners


    Expression Web Tutorial – Set up a Web Site


    Expression Web Tutorial for Beginners – Make a Web Page


    CSS Selectors and Expression Web Tutorials


    Expression Web Tutorial -Center a Web Page (or a div)


    Insert Flash with Expression Web- Tutorial 


     Expression Blend


    Microsoft Expression Blend


    Microsoft Expression Fundamentals: Blend


    Get an introduction to the Microsoft Expression Blend tools that help create rich applications and help you improve your workflow in this detailed web seminar with trainer Joshua Eklund.


    Movie Trailer for Microsoft Expression Blend Training


    Movie Trailer for Microsoft Expression Blend Training


    Creating Glass Buttons in Blend


    JUXtapose Episode 1: Simple Animation Using Expression Blend


    Expression Design


    Microsoft Expression Suit


    Microsoft Expression Fundamentals: Design

    Get an introduction to the Microsoft Expression Blend tools that help create rich applications and help you improve your workflow in this detailed web seminar with trainer Joshua Eklund.


    Expression Media

    Interactive Media in Education


    ClickView is a small solution provider that delivers online education videos and tools for creating online video libraries to schools throughout Australia. One of its customers is the private girls’ school Abbotsleigh. The school wanted to give its students more creative learning opportunities that would support their high academic standards. Using Microsoft’s Silverlight, ClickView developed a product that makes thousands of videos available to students that supplement their lectures and activities—and it was a perfect fit for Abbotsleigh’s objectives.


    Background Articles and Videos


    Microsoft Expression Studio

    Microsoft Expression Studio is a suite of design and media applications from Microsoft aimed at developers and designers. It consists of:

    • Microsoft Expression Web (code-named Quartz) – WYSIWYG website designer and HTML editor.
    • Microsoft Expression Blend (code-named Sparkle) – Visual user interface builder for Windows Presentation Foundation and Silverlight applications.
    • Microsoft Expression Design (code-named Acrylic) – Raster and vector graphics editor.
    • Microsoft Expression Media – Digital asset and media manager.
    • Microsoft Expression Encoder – VC-1 content professional encoder.



    Of these products, Expression Blend, Expression Design and Expression Encoder have themselves been written using Windows Presentation Foundation[citation needed]. Expression Web (and Sharepoint Designer) is the successor to Microsoft FrontPage, however it features significant differences from FrontPage, such as using its own rendering engine, rather than Internet Explorer’s Trident layout engine. All the FrontPage bots and functions have also been removed. Expression Media is largely based on its predecessor iView Media which Microsoft acquired in June 2006. The technology from Expression Design is also based on a previously acquired product, Creature House Expression, however, Expression Design has been entirely rewritten in WPF.

    Microsoft introduced Expression on 16 September 2005 at Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles. Expression Encoder was introduced at NAB 2007. Microsoft Expression Studio was released to manufacturing on 30th April, 2007. The RTM news was announced at Microsoft’s MIX 07 conference for web developers and designers.[2] Expression Web, Expression Blend and Expression Media can also be purchased individually. Expression Design is only available as part of Expression Studio. Expression Encoder is only available for Windows. It was released to manufacturing on September 6, 2007.

    Version 2 was released on May 1, 2008, which also included a graphical makeover for the suite to an inverse of the previous a white on black theme. This release brings all products in the suite to version 2, and now also includes Visual Studio Standard 2008. Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition as well as Expression Studio is also available to students as downloads via Microsoft’s DreamSpark program. …” 


    Microsoft 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.[1] 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.

    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 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.[2] …”“…Ratings

    Both PC Magazine’s Edward Mendelson and PC Pro’s Tom Arah gave Expression Web 2 four stars. “It largely succeeded by concentrating on providing standards-compliant support for the web’s core markup languages, (X)HTML and CSS,” Arah concluded.[3]

    PC Magazine criticized a lack of Secure FTP upload and Safari-rendering options, but agreed that it was as good or better choice to Adobe Dreamweaver.[4]



    Microsoft 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.


    Expression Blend was code-named Sparkle, and originally the product was announced as Microsoft Expression Interactive Designer, before it was renamed Expression Blend in December 2006.

    On January 24, 2007, Microsoft released the first public Community Technology Preview of Expression Blend as a free download on their web site. The final version was released to manufacturing along with other Expression products on 30th April, 2007. The RTM news was announced at Microsoft’s MIX 07 conference for web developers and designers. [1] Expression Blend required .NET Framework 3.0. Expression Blend and Expression Web are also available as part of the MSDN Premium subscription. Expression Blend Service Pack 1 was released in November 2007. [2]

    The latest version, Expression Blend 2.0 is available which supports developing Microsoft Silverlight browser-based Rich Internet Applications providing animation, vector graphics, interactivity and video playback capabilities.

    A trial version of Expression Blend is available. [3]

    Version 2.5 has been in preview but is now obsolete. The features of 2.5 have been added to Blend 2 Service Pack 1. …”


    Microsoft Expression Design

    “Microsoft Expression Design is Microsoft’s commercial professional illustration vector and raster graphic design tool based on Creature House Expression, which was acquired by Microsoft in 2003. It is part of the Microsoft Expression Studio suite and is written using Windows Presentation Foundation.

    Expression Design was codenamed Acrylic and was originally announced as Expression Graphic Designer until the current name was adopted in December 2006.


    The final version of Expression Design was released to manufacturing along with other Expression products on 30 April, 2007. The RTM news was announced at Microsoft’s MIX 07 conference for web developers and designers.[1] Expression Design requires the .NET Framework 3.0 as it uses Windows Presentation Foundation. Expression Design is not available as an individual product, but rather only as part of the Expression Studio suite. Originally Expression Studio was not included in any MSDN subscription, but in 2007 Microsoft added it to the highest level MSDN Subscription. (see the MSDN Subscription information page for more information.

    Expression Design is available for Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Vista on the Windows platform.

    A trial version of Expression Design is available.[2] Service Pack 1 for Expression Design was released on October 17th, 2007.[3]


    Microsoft Expression Media

    Microsoft Expression Media is a commercial digital asset management (DAM) cataloging program for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating systems. It is the next version of iView MediaPro (also see iView Media) which Microsoft acquired in June 2006, and is available as:

    • Standalone
    • As part of the Expression Studio suite of design applications
    • As part of Office 2008 for Mac Media Edition

    Expression Media’s key function is cataloguing digital assets. Professional and amateur photographers use the program to display and manage a wide range of formats from high resolution raw image formats to complex multi-layered Photoshop files and more common formats such as JPEG and GIF. It can also catalogue a wider range of other media formats including music and video, Adobe PDF, fonts, and rich media formats like Adobe Flash. The user is able to efficiently organize and categorize without being limited to assets’ actual folder locations, can add metadata including IPTC annotations, and locate assets which may spread over multiple folder and drive locations, including offline discs.

    As well as cataloguing, Expression Media has a range of output functions:

    • Print – formats include contact sheets, lists
    • Web gallery output
    • Conversion to other formats – eg raw files can be resized, output as JPEG, and attached to emails
    • Slideshow

    Expression Media was released to manufacturing along with other Expression products on 30th April, 2007. The RTM news was announced at Microsoft’s MIX 07 conference for web developers and designers.[1] In September 2007, Microsoft released Expression Media Service Pack 1 for Windows and Mac which adds support for HD Photo.[2]

    Trial versions of Expression Media and Expression Encoder are available.[3] 


    Microsoft Expression Encoder

    “Microsoft Expression Encoder (formerly Expression Media Encoder) is a Windows-based program for encoding digital and video media. It has a modern user interface and a command line interface. Expression Encoder can be used to create video compressed VC-1 targeting Microsoft Silverlight. Version 1.0 was released to manufacturing on September 6, 2007. A beta of version 2.0 was released in March 2008 which includes new VC-1 codecs and better Silverlight support.

    Expression Encoder is a replacement for the becoming obsolete Windows Media Encoder. …”


    Microsoft Expression Web 2 


    Microsoft Silverlight


    Microsoft Silverlight


    Microsoft Silverlight

    Microsoft Silverlight is a programmable web browser plugin that enables features such as animation, vector graphics and audio-video playback that characterise rich Internet applications. Version 2.0, released October 2008, brings additional interactivity features and support for .NET languages and development tools. It is compatible with multiple web browser products used on Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating systems. Mobile devices, starting with Windows Mobile 6 and Symbian (Series 60) phones, will also be supported.[1] A third-party free software implementation named Moonlight is under development to bring compatible functionality to GNU/Linux.

    Silverlight provides a retained mode graphics system similar to Windows Presentation Foundation, and integrates multimedia, graphics, animations and interactivity into a single runtime environment. It is being designed to work in conjunction with XAML and is scriptable with JavaScript. XAML can be used for marking up the vector graphics and animations. Textual content created with Silverlight is searchable and indexable by search engines as it is not compiled, but represented as text (XAML).[2] Silverlight can also be used to create Windows Sidebar gadgets for Windows Vista.[3]

    Silverlight supports playback of WMV, WMA and MP3 media content[4] across all supported browsers without requiring Windows Media Player, the Windows Media Player ActiveX control or Windows Media browser plugins. Because Windows Media Video 9 is an implementation of the SMPTE VC-1 standard, Silverlight also supports VC-1 video, though still only in an ASF container format. Furthermore, the Software license agreement says VC-1 is only licensed for the “personal and non-commercial use of a consumer”.[5] Silverlight does not support playback of H.264 video, though support in future versions has been officially announced.[6] Silverlight makes it possible to dynamically load XML content that can be manipulated through a DOM interface, a technique that is consistent with conventional Ajax techniques. Silverlight exposes a Downloader object which can be used to download content, like scripts, media assets or other data, as may be required by the application.[7] With version 2.0, the programming logic can be written in any .NET language, including some derivatives of common dynamic programming languages like Iron Ruby and Iron Python.[8] …”


    Serious business behind Microsoft’s Silverlight-3 tease

    Game faces on this month

    People sound impressed by what they’ve seen in Silverlight 3. The chances are that’s because it could finally mean parity with Flash on basic features, removing a barrier to switching from Flash to Silverlight and doubling down on .NET, while then going several steps further on workflow, data, and search. These latter steps could take content built in Silverlight into areas important to the vast majority of Microsoft’s core constituents: partners that serve business customers.

    If that is the case, then Silverlight 3 could finally give Microsoft a shot at Flash, hence the excitement emanating from Redmond, and the enthusiasm from those who’ve seen behind the veil. ® …”


    Microsoft Silverlight


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