Expression Blend 2 August Preview Live!

You can get to the preview either through the Expression website or the Download Center:   Expression site:   Download Center:   Also available is the Update for the Expression Media Encoder Preview…this update ensures templates work properly with the latest Silverlight bits:  


Generating key splines from a Path drawn in Blend

In Blend you can author keyframes with ease out and ease in interpolation to give your animations acceleration and deceleration: in other words, life. You can also draw a motion path and animate an element along it. A value curve is a graph of the change in a property value over time, and the combination…


Keyframe easing and key splines

An animation authored in Blend contains keyframes. The animation defines which element/property to affect and each keyframe defines a key time at which a value should be in effect. The process of animating the property values between successive key times is called interpolation. Let’s say you’re translating an element from the top of a Grid…


Expression Blend — What Is That?

Expression Blend is an authoring system for professional designers to build user experiences that target the .NET 3.0 platform, and more specifically, WPF, or Windows Presentation Foundation. WPF provides the platform to bring rich, animated, skin-able, UX envelope-pushing applications to the desktop. Applications that blend content, media and user interface into real user experiences. WPF…


Announcing the Microsoft Expression Blend Beta 1

Thanks for being patient! The previous CTP of Expression Interactive Designer was back in September. Since then the team has been focused on some major changes to the product ready for today’s announcement of our first beta. A list of all the new features is given below but something you’ll notice immediately is that the…


Webcast: Introduction to Microsoft Expression

This webcast describes the powerful features and capabilities of Microsoft Expression Graphic Designer, Microsoft Expression Interactive Designer, and Microsoft Expression Web Designer, and includes a 40 minute demonstration of Expression Web Designer. The first twenty minutes cover concepts of user experience, the .NET 3.0 and WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation) platforms and how they enable the next generation…


July CTPs of EGD and EID available – target July CTP of .NET Framework 3.0

The July CTPs of Expression Graphic Designer and Expression Interactive Designer are now available. Both of these CTPs target the July CTP of .NET Framework 3.0 (formerly known as WinFX). Download Expression Graphic Designer July 2006 CTPDownload Expression Interactive Designer July 2006 CTP For more late-breaking changes in Expression Interactive Designer, please see the Readme….

June CTPs of EGD and EID now available!

After overcoming some obstacles with our publishing tools these past few days, we finally are able to share with you the June 2006 CTPs for both Expression Graphic Designer and Expression Interactive Designer. Our latest CTPs target the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 June 2006 CTP (formerly known as WinFX). For more information about the name…

Binding media to playback controls

Software Test Engineer, Dante Gagne, takes us through a tutorial of how to bind media to playback controls in Expression Interactive Designer. For more tips and tricks like this, check out Dante’s blog. After you’ve completed Dante’s tutorial, try using Expression Graphic Designer to style your PlayPause button just like the cool new gel buttons in Windows Media Player 11 Beta….


Switch “the look” of your app on the fly

Test Lead Jen Rowe shows you how you can theme your applications using Resource Dictionaries in Expression Interactive Designer. The application can switch the theme at run time by loading and unloading respective resource dictionaries. This allows you to give your apps custom looks or to simply enable users to select their own themes while using your apps.