09 July 2014

Expression Blend

Welcome to Expression Blend:

Expression Blend 2.0
Introducing Microsoft Expression Blend 2, a full-featured professional design tool for creating engaging and sophisticated user interfaces for Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Microsoft Silverlight applications. Expression Blend lets designers focus on creativity while letting developers focus on programming.
In Expression Blend, you design your application visually, drawing shapes, paths, and controls on the artboard, and then modifying their appearance and behavior. You can import images, video, and sound. In Windows-based applications, you can also import and change 3D objects.
Silverlight 2 is supported in Expression Blend 2 with Service Pack 1 installed.
You can import graphics and Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML) resources that are generated by Microsoft Expression Design 2 into your Expression Blend 2 project. You can also import Silverlight media projects that were created in Microsoft Expression Encoder 2, to add new features or visual elements to the project, or to modify the media player template that can be reused in Expression Encoder 2.
In Microsoft Expression Web 2, you can import Silverlight 1.0 websites and compiled Silverlight 2 application files into an existing or new project, and then publish your work.
Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 works seamlessly with Expression Blend 2 to automatically update code-behind files in your project when you specify events to listen for. From the Project panel in Expression Blend 2, you can open individual code-behind files or your whole project. You can also use the deployment tools of Visual Studio 2008 to deploy your applications.
Expression Blend produces Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) applications, Silverlight 1.0 websites, and Silverlight 2 user controls (.xap and supporting files). Your visual design is represented by XAML. Just as HTML is the markup language for web applications, XAML is the markup language for WPF.
Blend is mainly Focused on Creating High Quality UI. where as Visual Studio for WPF/Silverlight is Mainly Focused on EventHandlers / Coding.

Advantages of Expression Blend:

  • DRAWING vector art, paths, etc
  • Data binding dialogs with properties and complex options
  • Re-templating

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