Two New Microsoft Software Public Previews

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:

  1. Create a new scene
  2. Make sure the Data tool window is open (View / Data)
  3. Select Add XML Data Source . . .
  4. For the URL, add (or a blog RSS feed of your choice)
  5. Now drill down the treeview in the data window: rss -> channel -> item[n]
  6. Drag item[n] to the main window and choose ListBox as the style
  7. Use ItemsSource as the binding
  8. In the dialog that appears, choose to create a new data template and deselect everything except item[n] and title
  9. Click OK
  10. You’ve created a data-bound listbox that connects to a live RSS feed without writing a line of code!


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. 

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BLAKE was a Microsoft MVP and award winning programmer with over 20+ years experience providing complete Windows and networking support for small to medium sized businesses. BLAKE is also Jazz Musician and Instructor for residential clients on the Los Angeles West Side.
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