these tools have been in testing for quite a bit, but just recently available to the general public. microsoft expression studio (web / blend / design / media) are a suite of applications directly competing against adobe’s creative suite. gone are the days of Paint and Publisher, now are the days of microsoft’s designer tools, aka expression studio.
this software suite goes above and beyond the adobe suite in regards to the capabilities of a single application. for example, with expression blend, one can edit code and graphics simultaneously to make a very clean and simple interface together. expression media can handle digital pictures, images, AND video, allowing for seamless editing, publishing and presentation capabilities. expression web has the ability to create standards-based web sites, css editing, rich data presentation, build web applications, and integration into server technology.
simply put, it’s a very impressive and competent design suite for the masses.
Microsoft Expression Studio
Better Designer Tools for Better End-User Experiences
Microsoft Expression takes your creative possibilities to a new level. The professional design tools and innovative technologies in Expression give you the flexibility and freedom to bring your vision to reality—whether you are designing standards-based Web sites, rich user experiences on the desktop, or managing digital assets and content. Expression Studio includes the following products:
Expression Web is a professional design tool to create modern, standards-based sites which deliver superior quality on the Web.
Expression Blend is the professional design tool to create engaging, Web-connected, user experiences for Windows.
Expression Design is a professional illustration and graphic design tool that lets you build compelling elements for both Web and desktop application user interfaces.
Expression Media is a professional asset management tool to visually catalog and organize all your digital assets for effortless retrieval and presentation.
Microsoft Expression – Designer Tools – Homepage
Microsoft Expression – Designer Tools – Examples (Customer Spotlight)