Microsoft announced Thursday the release of its Expression 2 Studio designing tools, which supply application designing capabilities
to complement application development capablenesses of the company's Ocular Studio toolset.
Leveraging XAML, the merchandises in Expression Studio can be used to construct standards-based and Microsoft Web experiences. Windows View and .Net Model 3.5 client applications also can be designed.
Featured in the Expression Studio are the followers products:
* Expression Web 2, a Web designing tool that adds support for PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor) and Adobe Photoshop. * Expression Blend 2, an synergistic designing tool featuring Silverlight support, vertex animation, and an improved user interface
with a split design/XAML view. * Expression Design 2, a graphical designing tool supporting exporting functionality, including the ability to export slices. * Expresssion Media 2, a digital plus direction merchandise for photographers and other professionals. Support is added for
data file formattings like Raw. Geotagging functionality also is featured, as is support by Microsoft Office 2007 and Microsoft Office
for Macintosh 2008. * Expression Encoder 2, a picture encoding tool that have go portion of the core suite.
"The release of Expression Studio 2 flies in formation with the up-to-the-minute platform releases, such as as Silverlight and Windows
Presentation Foundation and is a very exciting milepost for the industry," said , general director for Expression Studio at Microsoft, in a statement released by the company. "Great user experience is at
the bosom and psyche of our Expression household of tools and is cardinal to enabling developers and interior designers to collaborate
on edifice and delivering dynamic, connected applications that aid clients accomplish results."
The full suite can be purchased from retail merchants like Amazon.com Oregon Best Buy starting in mid-May for an estimated retail price
of $699. All merchandises except Exression Design 2 also are available as standalone products. Alice Paul Krill is editor at big at InfoWorld.