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Expression Studio 3 LAUNCHED TODAY!

Expression Studio 3 LAUNCHED TODAY!

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US_Prd_Bx_Tilt_L_Expression_Studio_3 Today we announced the official launch of Expression® Studio 3, a suite of professional design tools for creating Rich Internet Applications. This announcement comes shortly after the July 10th Silverlight 3 launch and the availability of the release candidate for Expression Blend 3 + SketchFlow. It is super exciting for us on the Expression Web, Expression Design, Expression Blend + SketchFlow, and Expression Encoder teams to showcase the final versions for the 3rd release of the Studio. Below are various links to the trials, blog posts and other info from the Expression Studio 3 site, community site,  team blogs, and forums. Stay tuned for upcoming related blog posts! 

 
    Expression Studio 3 Overview Video 
    The Visual Kitchen Video 
    Soma’s blog about Silverlight 3
    Download the Expression Studio 3 60 day trial!

 

Expression Web 3 Expression Web 3
Microsoft Expression Web 3 gives you the tools you need – PHP, HTML/XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, ASP.NET, ASP.NET AJAX, visual diagnostics and sophisticated CSS design capability – to produce high-quality, standards-based Web sites. Includes SuperPreview.

Useful Links:
Expression Web 3 Overview + Video + 60 day trial
Expression Web Community Site
Expression Web Forums

Blog Posts:
Expression Web Blog
Soma’s Expression Web 3 blog post
Blog posts on the xWeb blog related to SuperPreview


Expression Blend 3

Expression Blend 3 + SketchFlow

Microsoft Expression Blend 3 revolutionizes the speed and efficiency with which you can take your ideas from initial concept to completed project on the Silverlight and .NET platforms. Includes SketchFlow.


Expression Design 3

Expression Design 3

Microsoft Expression Design 3 is the perfect companion to Expression Blend or Expression Web. Create sophisticated assets with their fidelity maintained throughout the entire designer-developer workflow.


Expression Encoder 3  

Expression Encoder 3
With Microsoft Expression Encoder, you can import and encode video files, produce live webcasts, enhance media with watermarks and advertising, and publish with Microsoft Silverlight.

Useful Links:
Expression Encoder Overview + Video + 60 day trial
Expression Encoder Community Site
Expression Encoder Forums

Blog Posts:
Expression Encoder Blog
What’s new in Expression Encoder 3 blog post by the Encoder Team

Cheers!
The Expression Blend Team

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  • Any idea when this will be on msdn?

  • I have fought with the issue below with Design 2, and anxiously downloaded Design 3, hoping it would be fixed.  No dice!

    The problem is when I am exporting selected objects to jpg (or png, for that matter).  Their combined dimension when selected is 291x200, as shown at the bottom left of the Design app.  However, when I choose Export... Selected Objects, it shows the dimensions as 292x201.  Why???  Why can't my dimensions when exporting be exactly the same as when designing them?  I thought maybe it was antialiasing, but unchecking that made no difference.  I also made sure my X and Y locations were integers, thinking there was some kind of rounding problem.  Still no difference.

    This has happened with multiple images.  I create banners of different sizes for various things, and have had this problem with most of them.  I struggle through it, manually forcing different sizes here and there.  But this just won't cut it.  If I can't get jpgs dimensions that match my design surfact dimensions, I simply can't use this product.

    Thoughts?  I'm glad to help troubleshoot in whatever way I can.  I did help the Deepzoom team troubleshoot a bug with their DLL; I'm glad to help here any way I can as well.

    John

    ps.  I'm sure there are things I can do by creating slices, or setting canvas size, etc.  I'm not looking for workarounds, though.  Because of how I work, I need this problem solved.

    pss.  The submit button wasn't working on IE8.  I am copying this to Firefox.  We'll see if the submit button works now... if you see this, it worked on Firefox, not on IE.

  • I blogged an example of my problem for you to get a better understanding of what's happening.

    http://johnwest.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!EBA860160D5F5D75!1133.entry

  • Hi John,

    The problem you are seeing is not with the export. The design surface selection doesn't take into account the stroke width. Draw something on the artboard, select it, and then adjust the stroke width. You'll see that it never changes the height and width you are referring to, because those values are for the path, not the path and the stroke applied to the path.

    When you export, it calculates the entire rendered region, including the stroke, to get the correct boundary for the entire object.  Because strokes are not uniform, one stroke can add 10px, but another stroke of the same px size can add only 5px. What you see in the export dialog is the actual, and correct, export size.

    If you want to something a specific size, draw a transparent rectangle to the size you want, keep the stroke width zero, and then draw within that rect, keeping the stroke of paths within that bound. Or, set the canvas size to the dimensions you are aiming for, and remember to keep your stroke width within the boundaries.

  • When will it be available on DreamSpark?

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