-by Jeff Greene /
What's New in Expression Media 2.0 ?
Support of new file formats
Expression Media 2 supports the Microsoft Office 2007/2008 file formats DOCX, DOTX, PPTX, POTX, XLSX and XLT.
On Windows, Expression Media 2 also supports XAML, Expression Design, CSS, JS, and VBS file formats.
A new catalog locking feature enables multiple users to share a single catalog. A single catalog can be opened and edited by one user, while others can access and view the same catalog.
Updates to the Info and Organize panels
The "Info" and "Organize" panels contain new menus in the annotation fields that include options for sorting media using either a union or an intersection of keywords.
With the new Keyword finder display in the Organize panel, users can create and view hierarchies of keywords for their media files. For example, when describing the properties of a photograph, you can create a keyword hierarchy that specifies the country, the city, the street, and even the physical location of the scene (for example, "upstairs and to the right"). Or, instead of tagging a photograph "dogs," you can create a keyword hierarchy that specifies animals, mammals, and even specific breeds. The Keyword finder provides many options for clearly and accurately categorizing your media files.
Common tasks such as importing media, building catalogs, creating thumbnails and accessing networked file shares are now faster. Also, 'smart' importing functionality prevents corrupted files from hindering import. Expression Media 2 will continue the import even when it encounters corrupt files and will report any problematic files once the import is complete.
Geo-tagging with Windows Live Virtual Earth
Using Windows Live Virtual Earth technology, you can locate the origin of any photograph that includes GPS information. Expression Media 2 displays the location on a virtual world map.
Multi-monitor Light Table
Use two monitors with the Light Table open on one monitor andyour catalog and tools are open on another.
Changed QuickTime Functionality (Windows only)
Expression Media 2 no longer requires QuickTime, however, a "QT" logo will appear next to features that depend on QuickTime in order to run properly. These include:
Slideshow as movie
Convert sound files
Convert movie files
Windows Imaging Components (WIC)
On the Windows operating system, Expression Media 2 uses the new Windows Imaging Component (WIC) for image encoding, decoding, and transformation, functions that were formerly perforrmed by QuickTime. For certain file types, you will need to install the manufacturers individual codecs. For more information, go to Codecs for Windows. You can still install QuickTime for extended file support.
Catalog media from storage devices using Autoplay (Windows only)
You can place your files in a catalog directly from portable storage devices, such as USB drives and flash memory cards. When you insert storage devices that contain your media files, the resulting AutoPlay dialog box will offer you the choice of importing and cataloging those files immediately.
Quick Look support on Leopard (Mac only)
With Expression Media 2, you can use Quick Look to see thumbnails and previews of documents without opening the document in its original application. You can preview media items that are in a catalog without having to open the catalog.
A new image uploader enables you to post your images to professional stock photo services such as Alamy, Corbis, Digital Railroad and Getty Images without leaving the Expression Media workspace.
For more information, video tutorials, and trial downloads of Expression Media 2.0; visit the Microsoft Pro Photo website at www.microsoft.com/ProPhoto.