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The other way to create a new element is to select the element type in the Library palette and then draw it onto the artboard. When drawing, the parenting rules are different. If a container element is selected and the mouse down gesture of the draw happens inside its bounds, then the selected container becomes the parent. Otherwise the activated element becomes the parent.
That covers how new elements are parented. But what about dragging an existing element to another parent? In Windows Forms, when you drag an element to a new location the design surface re-parents the element inside the front-most container at the mouse pointer. Expression Interactive Designer doesn't assume that you wish to re-parent an element when you drag it to a new position. This is mainly due to (partially) transparent elements. I may want to drag an element from one cell of a Grid to another cell which happens to be behind part of a Canvas with an opacity mask. In this case I don't want to have my element re-parented just because the Canvas is in front of the Grid, and EID leaves the element under its current parent (at the new position) unless I indicate otherwise. Whenever I drag an element into the boundary of a candidate parent container, EID offers the tip: Alt-drag to place into [container_type]. Only if I hold down ALT while completing the drag is the element re-parented.
Hi, we’re glad to have you visit the Expression team’s blog - we hope you’ll like the resources and information you find here and we hope you’ll return often to see what’s new.
This introductory post will talk about what the Expression family of products is. It will also talk about the blog itself, what it’s for, and what kinds of things you can expect to find here over the coming months.
So, first, what is Expression? Microsoft Expression is a suite consisting of three products each intended for use mainly by the professional designer community. Expression Graphic Designer is a visual arts package equally at home with vector or with bitmap graphics. Expression Interactive Designer gives interaction designers the environment in which to build Windows applications for the Windows Presentation Foundation platform - in other words, to build the new Vista-wave generation of Windows user experiences. Expression Web Designer is the product which offers all the tools you’ll need to produce high-quality, standards-based Web sites.
For lots more information, videos and downloads about Expression, please see the Microsoft Expression product website.
Now, about the blog. The blog’s scope embraces all three Expression products so there will be a great diversity of resources to be found here, all brought together with the intention of being of interest to designers and to the designer sensibility. Although we expect professional designers to be our main audience, if you’re a design dilettante or a Windows or Web developer, please feel free to dive in and experience and enjoy Expression too!
In the Article Categories section of the blog, you will find up-to-date directories of sample applications, tutorials and visual artwork. As the names indicate, these samples are targeted at particular pre-release or Community Technology Preview (CTP) versions of the Expression products.
In the same section there are also articles which contain the ‘readme’ files for particular pre-release or CTP versions of the Expression products.
The types of blog posts you can expect to see include these:
- the Expression team
We thought it was worth calling out this item as it may be an issue some of you encounter.
If you are trying to test build a project (Project | Test Project) immediately after installing WinFX and Expression Interactive Designer, but Expression Interactive Designer was never launched before, your build attempt might fail with the following message: “Error MC1000: Unknown build error”. If this occurs, you will need to close Expression Interactive Designer and launch it again.
Quite painless, hopefully, but worth knowing.
After overcoming some obstacles with our publishing tools these past few days, we finally are able to share with you the June 2006 CTPs for both Expression Graphic Designer and Expression Interactive Designer. Our latest CTPs target the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 June 2006 CTP (formerly known as WinFX). For more information about the name change of WinFX to .NET Framework 3.0, please read this.
.NET Framework 3.0 June 2006 CTP can be installed on any of the following systems:
Those who are using Windows Vista Beta 2—the current public pre-release version of Windows Vista—are strongly encouraged to use our May CTPs to avoid compatibility issues. If you are only installing Expression Graphic Designer on Windows Vista Beta 2 and do not plan to use the XAML Export feature, then you will not encounter any compatibility issues.
Install on Windows Vista Beta 2
Install on Windows XP SP2 or Windows Vista June 2006 CTP (build 5456 - limited release)
For more late-breaking changes and information in Expression Interactive Designer, please see the Readme.
Found a bug? Report it to us.
Have something to say about the CTPs? Join a discussion group.
The July CTPs of Expression Graphic Designer and Expression Interactive Designer are now available. Both of these CTPs target the July CTP of .NET Framework 3.0 (formerly known as WinFX).
Download Expression Graphic Designer July 2006 CTPDownload Expression Interactive Designer July 2006 CTP
For more late-breaking changes in Expression Interactive Designer, please see the Readme.
Missed the action at MIX06? Check out Virtual MIX to catch up on the keynote speeches, video recaps, streamed sessions (forthcoming), and more from this year's conference.
Test Lead Jen Rowe shows you how you can theme your applications using Resource Dictionaries in Expression Interactive Designer. The application can switch the theme at run time by loading and unloading respective resource dictionaries. This allows you to give your apps custom looks or to simply enable users to select their own themes while using your apps.
ZAM 3D ™ from Electric Rain is a new 3D XAML Tool for Microsoft Windows Vista application development, and the March CTP is available for download .
ZAM 3D fits into the designer-side workflow by complementing Microsoft Expression Interactive Designer. The idea is that a designer uses ZAM 3D to easily create 3D interface elements, models, controls, styles or layouts. Then the designer exports the 3D assets to XAML markup with a single click without any need to write, or even understand, the complex markup that goes into building a WPF 3D scene. Now the 3D assets are easily added to an Expression Interactive Designer project using the Project > Add Item... command.
Based on your feedback, we have published a new build of Expression Blend 2 August Preview that addresses two issues:
a) Expression Blend 2 August Preview will not require a license key to work. The software is designed to stop working on January 1st, 2008, no matter when you install it. If you had issues with the trial licenses expiring, you should un-install the previous August Preview build and install our refreshed bits.
b) You can create Silverlight 1.1 projects inside Expression Blend 2 August Preview again. This functionality was broken with the update to the Silverlight 1.1 Alpha Refresh bits.
You should un-install the previous August Preview build, before installing the refreshed bits. Instructions for downloading and installing the refreshed Expression Blend 2 August Preview build can be found here.
Thanks,The Expression Blend team
That’s right, we're very pleased to announce that version 1 of our team's suite of end-to-end tools for creative designers is done! The process is now underway to manufacture and distribute the product. For more details on the suite and how you will be able to purchase it, see the Expression Web Site .
The Expression Studio suite consists of four products – Expression Web, Expression Blend, Expression Design and Expression Media.