Expression Graphic Designer & Expression Interactive Designer... go get it!
Following closely on the shoes of Twelve New WPF Hands-On Labs Available for Download January 24th marks the first public CTP of Expression Interactive Designer. This build runs on either the December or January CTP releases of the WinFX runtime components.
So what is the big deal about EID? Well it is the first product that Microsoft has created that is built completely on .NET & WinFX. That's right it has been built using WPF to be used to design WPF applications! Because EID was built against what was effectively a moving target EID shaped the development of XAML and vica-versa.
In addition to EID we have also released the 4th public CTP of Expression Graphic Designer.
This is our first step in vastly improving the designer/developer team productivity... think of Expression and Visual Studio as the beginning of a new era of an improved software user experience on Windows and with standards based web applications.
One more thing I'd like to reinforce Tim's words...
Experiment and have fun! Just two points to remember:
- Firstly, this is an early build of Expression - there are known bugs that could cause the app to crash. Save often and make backups if you're doing anything beyond basic experimentation;
- Secondly, this is a designer tool, not a developer tool - as such, this isn't intended to look or feel like Visual Studio. If you have colleagues that are in to graphical design, share it with them and get their verdict too - perhaps you can rope some new colleagues into your latest coding project!
N.b. There are issues present in the January 2006 CTP of WinFX that may keep WPF from running correctly on processors other than an Intel Pentium 4. You may experience erratic behavior while running Expression Interactive Designer or other WPF applications on an older Intel (Pentium 3 or older) or AMD processor. These issues have been resolved, and the fixes will be included in the next CTP of WinFX.