Keeping a secret is hard… but now Microsoft Expression “Quartz Web Designer” is not a secret :)
I’ve never been the best at keeping secrets, especially the kind of secrets that everyone should really know about… but I’ve been forced to make some compromises lately. I’m incredibly excited to begin talking about “Quartz Web Designer” because it just simply rocks. Yes, clearly I’m biased, but not as much as you might think. This software is just amazing – check out the details that are online here: http://www.microsoft.com/products/expression/en/web_designer/default.aspx
Doing the keynote demo today of “Acrylic Graphic Designer” and “Quartz Web Designer” working in concert was a ton of fun, especially the “Quartz” part! It was a high level demo but there is a session tomorrow (TLN315 ASP.NET: A Sneak Peek at Future Directions in Web Development and Designer Tools) at 2:15-3:30 that will go into a lot of depth, so be sure to check it out. I’ll hope to post some in depth posts, but let me stand up on a soap box and say the CSS support is out of this world, the XSLT/XML pieces are really easy to use and quite powerful, the design surface is incredibly accurate (when you get to touch it you can start to believe me J) and the deep ASP.NET integration rocks! Yes I know, lots of stuff coming from my mouth, but rest assured at some point you will be able to try it and I want to hear your feedback at that point. In the mean time, just know we have some very cool stuff in the pipe!