Expression Blend and Design

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What Would You Like to See in the Next Versions of Blend and Design?

What Would You Like to See in the Next Versions of Blend and Design?

Even though we just shipped Expression Blend and Design 2, we are already busy planning what to do for future releases. To better help us with our planning, we'd like to hear from you.

What are some things that you would like to see in Blend and Design? What are some of the things that you wish were done differently? Also, what are some of the things in our products that you like?

Let us know by posting in the comments below! We take your feedback very seriously, and your input goes a long way in helping us improve our products.


(On a related note, based on feedback from many of you, this blog has been restyled. A big thanks to Tim Sneath for the help.)

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  • I'd really like to be able to use custom strokes created in Design to be available in the strokes brush in Blend. Better yet would be the ability to create custom strokes (bitmap or vector) in Blend.


  • I'm in Redmond, WA (Redwest campus).

    Where can I get one-on-one help from someone who knows their way around Blend?  

    I have work stoppages in so many directions at this point and things are not intuitive from Design to Blend.

  • In Blend I'd like to be able to format the xaml. It's a pain to do a bunch of messy coding in Blend for hours and constantly opening it up in VS to format it so that it looks proper and isn't messy looking. Make that also able to format a selection as well. Blend ought to have a more simplified mode for the purely design phase when all the more developer kind of stuff is hidden so that a design and more easily concentrate on designing. All of our designers feel terribly challenged trying to design in Blend. Oh, and add some way to save out a png or something to show clients. It's a real pain grabbing screenshots to show clients how parts of a Blend project looks.

    Fix the color shift from Design to Blend!!! It's awful when designers create stuff in Design and freak when the see the color shift after importing it into Blend, requiring them to rework all the colors.

    Fix the xaml export! The xaml Design creates is useless unless it's a simple graphic that you want as a path. We use grids, stackpanels, etc, not canvases. And text, why does Design insist in making every letter of text into a run??? Did you ever have to extra letter by letter multiple paragraphs of text out of runs wrapping every individual letters. Not fun.

    The Visual State Manager could use some improvement. In the older implementation of triggers it was easy to add a trigger to anything to make it interactive. I haven't out, or it's not readily apparent, how to add states to make xaml that is not a control behave interactively with the new Visual State manager.

  • In Blend:

    - XAML intellisense

    - Solution folders support

    - Remember expanded/collapsed projects

    - Ability to ignore a project without having to remove it from solution (eg: a visual studio test project will make it impossible for the designers to work on the solution)


  • Also, forgot to mention:

    - Express version of Blend

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  • Features in Blend:

    - XAML editor intellisense

    - Adorners support (respectively VS Studio like extensibility support)

    - Plugin architecture

    - The possibility to LINK a source code file to the project, without the worrying that this will be locally copied at compile time

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  • Dear Expression Design team,

    I am just learning Microsoft Expression Design.  I really like it.  I think that it could fully replace Adobe Illustrator and Corel Draw, and in some respects it may also supplant the great Microsoft product, Visio.

    However, I have one serious issue -- and that is the fact that Expression Design does not support WMF files.

    I use MathType, and I need to be able to import the equations from MathType.  GIF files are not an option, because they get rasterized and thus are not presentable when enlarged.  Also, EPS files are inconvenient to use (and in any case Expression Design does not support EPS).  I only wish that Expression Design supported WMF.  This would be tremendously helpful to me.

    Thank you for listening.


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