Limited Time: 30% Discount on Expression Studio 3

Hi everyone, For a limited time, there is a 30% discount on all Microsoft Expression 3 products (Microsoft Expression Studio + Expression Web, both full and upgrade versions) through the Microsoft Online Store for US-based customers: No promo code required at all – just go to the store and add to the shopping cart! Cheers,…

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Expression Studio 3 LAUNCHED TODAY!

Today we announced the official launch of Expression® Studio 3, a suite of professional design tools for creating Rich Internet Applications. This announcement comes shortly after the July 10th Silverlight 3 launch and the availability of the release candidate for Expression Blend 3 + SketchFlow. It is super exciting for us on the Expression Web,…

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Meet Members of the Expression Blend, Design, and DZC Teams at Mix 09!

Mix 09 this year is going to be pretty interesting – especially if you are an Expression Blend aficionado. You can see the full session information for all Expression Sessions here: https://content.visitmix.com/2009/sessions/?categories=Expression The following are just the Expression Blend sessions chosen from the above list:   Besides the speakers listed above, Lutz Roeder and I…

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Meet Members of the Blend and Design Teams at MIX

As many of you know, MIX is Microsoft’s design-focused conference held in Las Vegas near the beginning of each year. Last year, the focus was all about Silverlight 2. Looking through the list of sessions posted so far, the buzz seems to be around Silverlight 3. A group of us from the Expression Blend and…

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Cutting Shapes in Expression Blend

Currently, Expression Blend does not have a scissor tool which allows you to cut shapes like you can in Expression Design. Instead, what you do have are geometric operations that allow you to not only achieve a similar result as “cutting a shape” but also do much more. Christian Schormann wrote a nice post outlining…

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Expression Blend 2 and Expression Design 2 Released!

In case you missed our announcements and 3rd party coverage, we shipped Expression Studio 2 yesterday! You can download trial versions of all our applications by visiting our Downloads Page! This post will focus more on Expression Blend and Design, and since Expression Blend ships in its own box as well, check out our cool…

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Creating your Own Vista "Chrome" Style Button

In this blog post I’d like to show a way to create your own “chrome” like button template that can be easily modified and used over and over again using Expression Design.  This post is targeted for the absolute beginner, so if you’ve never tried using Expression Design before, this post should help you become…

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Silverlight 2.0, Sprawl, and a Dash of Snoop!

Last week, the plans for Silverlight 2.0 were announced with a number of features that can be expected including layout, databinding, controls and templating. On the Blend team we’re extremely excited about the features arriving in Silverlight 2.0 and are very busy building some excellent tooling for it. We don’t have too much information right…

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Game Graphics Created in Expression Design

Today I wanted to share some game prototyping graphics created in Expression Design.   These are useful for would-be game developers who happen to be missing a set of quality graphics and/or people who want sample files that can help them understand basic vector drawing techniques. For example, the following is something I created using Design:…

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Creating a Vista Style Button Template

Vista UI designs for buttons have a very distinct look.  With the gradient and shine effects that compose this style it would be useful to be able to create buttons with this style and provide an easy way to change just the base background color so that you can create different colored buttons such as:…

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