What's new in Expression Web 2 ?
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Open up your PHP websites to the visual world of standards-based design by using advanced code editing features and effortless browser previewing. Microsoft Expression Web 2 enables you to preview PHP pages in your web browser without installing a separate development server or having to upload your website to a server. Just click the Preview in Browser button and you're done. Code view provides customizable color coding to help you identify the different components in your PHP syntax, and also provides PHP IntelliSense (auto complete), which lets you quickly look up and insert code. PHP IntelliSense options let you control the amount of IntelliSense that is provided. You can efficiently insert common PHP code snippets in eitherDesign view or Code view from the Insert menu. When you want to reuse content on multiple PHP pages, such as for a header or navigation menu, you can use a PHP include and preview it in Design view. Formatting marks in Design view identify your PHP script and enable you to modify the script outside Code view.
Microsoft Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross–platform plug-in for delivering rich interactive applications for the web. You can use Expression Web 2 to either modify the HTML file that was generated by your Silverlight-authoring program or insert a Silverlight-based application into a web page.
Flash and Windows Media
Expression Web 2 lets you insert Flash SWF and Windows Media files into your pages, edit their properties, and preview your Flash files in Design view. In addition, you can insert and run any other type of ActiveX control, such as QuickTime or RealPlayer.
Expression Web 2 enables you to generate a .png, .gif, or .jpeg file from a Photoshop .psd file and select the Photoshop layers you want to include or exclude from the image. After using Expression Web 2 to generate a web-optimized image, you can quickly start Adobe Photoshop to modify the original .psd file and then update the image that you generated with Expression Web.
Expression Web 2 provides you with ASP.NET AJAX server controls that enable you to quickly create web pages that include a rich user experience with responsive and familiar user interface (UI) elements. By using AJAX features, you can improve the user experience with web pages that are richer, that are more responsive to user actions, and that behave like traditional client applications.
Expression Web 2 enables you to set the FTP publishing mode to Passive FTP or normal FTP, and save your FTP user name and password.