Announcing the availability of the March 2006 CTP of Expression Interactive Designer

If you've been using the January Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Expression Interactive Designer (EID) and you've been waiting for the March CTP that we mentioned in a previous post [1] then you'll be glad to hear that your wait is over!

We're pleased to present the March 2006 CTP of EID that targets the February 2006 CTP of Microsoft WinFX Runtime Components (RTC). We have had an opportunity to make incremental improvements to various features of the product as well as to incorporate some of your feedback.

To install this build of Expression Interactive Designer download it from the Microsoft Expression web site at

To help us make a better product, please send your feedback to us via our discussion forum [2] or our product feedback center on the Microsoft Expression Web site [3].

Highlights in this CTP include:

  • Compatibility with latest WinFX CTP. The March 2006 CTP is fully compatible with the February 2006 CTP of Microsoft WinFX Runtime Components.

  • Improved grouping for elements. Elements can now be grouped in all containers instead of just within a Canvas panel.

  • Drag and drop. Elements within the structure view of the Timeline palette can now be reordered and drag and dropped into other controls and containers.

  • Improved binding to objects. Properties on objects inside a DataTemplate can now be bound-to directly.

  • Design-time visualization of data. Sample data is automatically generated for you if real data is not available at design time.

  • Improved URI support. Relative project references for URIs are now fully supported.

  • Enhanced clipboard interactivity. An element, as well as all its linked resources, are now copied when pasting that element into a different scene.

A gallery of samples and tutorials updated for this CTP [4] can be found in the Article Categories section to the right of the blog.

Very importantly, please also take a moment to read the Readme file for the March CTP [5] which contains known issues and workarounds.


Comments (12)

  1. Your wait is over! The March CTP version of Microsoft Expression Interactive Designer is available for…

  2. Eirik says:

    The downloads seems unavailable… ๐Ÿ™

  3. When you get to the step 4 (the page with the setup instructions) you need to click on the "Downloads" link on the left navigation pane to download Expression Interactive Designer.

    Indeed, it is a little bit confusing that the link is not placed in the same table as the links to Windows Presentation Framework and Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Express.

    Please let us know if that doesn’t work for you.


    – Adrian

  4. We’ve just finish our March CTP, check out directions as to how to get it on the expression blog…

  5. Eirik says:

    Terribly sorry…. I had applied for the Graphic Designer program. I’ve got it under control now… ๐Ÿ˜‰ thanks!

  6. Deanh says:

    A bit of a convoluted user experience on the site, but Iโ€™ve got the March CTP up and running. Thanks guys.

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