NEW UPDATED PREVIEW! Microsoft Expression Interactive Designer January 2006 Community Technology Preview (CTP) Formerly code named "Sparkle," this is a professional design tool used to create engaging, rich user interfaces for desktop and Web applications.
This unfinished product requires some knowledge of WinFX (see the Windows Presentation Foundation section — 12 Windows Presentation Foundation Hands-on Labs) and .NET programming will help you when working with this CTP. Get a free copy of Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Express.
Thanks to Microsoft’s Tim Sneath for a quick set of steps showing=off one nice feature of Expression:
- Create a new scene
- Make sure the Data tool window is open (View / Data)
- Select Add XML Data Source . . .
- For the URL, add http://spaces.msn.com/members/bhandler/feed.rss (or a blog RSS feed of your choice)
- Now drill down the treeview in the data window: rss -> channel -> item[n]
- Drag item[n] to the main window and choose ListBox as the style
- Use ItemsSource as the binding
- In the dialog that appears, choose to create a new data template and deselect everything except item[n] and title
- Click OK
- You’ve created a data-bound listbox that connects to a live RSS feed without writing a line of code!
- NEW! Expression Team Blog
- Channel 9 "Expression" Video
- Samples and Tutorials Gallery
- Article from Publish.Com Hands On with "Sparkle," Microsoft’s Expression Interactive Designer
- FreeCell done using Expression tools!
- Meet the Team (Picture)
NEW PREVIEW! Microsoft Expression Graphic Designer January 2006 Community Technology Preview (CTP) – Formerly code named "Acrylic," this is a professional illustration, painting, and graphic design product brings together the best of vector-based and pixel-based capabilities, letting you explore new creative and cutting-edge possibilities.