Microsoft Expression studio is a suite of professional tools for designing and building windows client applications and rich internet applications.
1) Expression Blend
2) Expression Web
3) Expression Design
4) Expression Encoder
- Expression Blend is a tool for interaction design applications for silverlight and .net platforms. It allows to create complex, highly interactive experiences with ease. This is the sample GUI application that we can make in expression blends. Its highly interactive and very eye catching.
- We have various types of tools such as listbox, textbox, pathlistbox, frame etc. It allows the two way workflow between expression blend and visual studio i.e it allows designing and coding in the single workflow throughout the entire project which has eliminated the need of repeated creation and conversion of graphics in code and hence it saves a lot of time of the developer.
- This also provides data binding feature to bind value of one property to the value of the another property.
- In the latest versions of Blends, Microsoft introduces a exclusive feature of”SketchFlow” which allows rapid prototyping and analyzation of different ideas before moving onto the actual solution.
- Expression web has the new feature of super-preview which is basically a cross-browser technique in which the same site is viewed on different browsers to check the compatibility. This is very useful as the developer doesnt have to go outside to see the view of the site. Everything is inside the expression web only.
- Expression web also has the feature of importing the silverlight videos and deep zoom generated videos. Similarly one more feature is one can directly import the psd file as an png image which helps a lot.
- Expression Design is the designing tool for vector graphic content creation. It is a great compliment to expression web and expression blend as the design can be exported in xaml code which is targeted towards WPF, silverlight based projects in expression blends.
- Expression encoder is the encoding tool which simplifies publishing the videos for microsoft silverlight. It supports large number of video formats for importing. You can also use it in a live encoding mode. It also have screen capturing facility to capture the contents of the screen.
Microsoft Expression studio truely lives upto to its name as it provides great collection of powerful tools to express and project your concepts in design and visualization into virtual reality.