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Here is a table for your justification to purchase Expression Blend 3 by your company when it comes out, you have time to make sure it gets in the fiscal year end budget. If you are student employee or intern, start talking to your boss, just because you get it for free from Dreamspark or MSDNAA doesn’t mean your company can use it for free.
Useful to justify purchase
Importing Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator files
Great that the Expression tool will tell you the features that are not supported!
Support for WPF and Silverlight graphic effects
Gradient tool improvements
Actually works, I thought the previous version required to much coordiation
Not useful, do the bean counters understand what this means?
Layout operation improvements
Fixed annoying alignment problem
Seems like a bug fix, certainly a reason to buy it, but keep it short for the bean counters
Looks like they are doing cut and paste from existing code, good idea!
Useful, makes work more efficient
Put an improved skin in an image in the justification
Creating templates from artwork
Useful, saves time, time is money
Improved support for VSM
OMG, the state manager makes more sense to me now
Useful, tell the bean counters that this is a NEEDED tool, will make your stuff better, stronger!
Bean counters might not get it and it could confuse them. I wouldn’t mention it
Editing state transitions
YES! YES! OMG YES
Make a video for the bean counters, they might get it. If it is written justifications, could be confusing
Drawing into state
Put it in the video, in fact just do the whole justification as a video, a short video
Makes life easier for the developers
XAML, C#, and Visual Basic Code Editing
Umm, many people thought you could already do this, I just used Visual Web developer which was free and easy to transit to
For the bean counters tell them this will make you and the (Graphic Artists or developers, pick the one you aren’t) work better together
Nice very nice
Using sample data
Good for both graphics and developer
Show this to the bean counter by using data they understand, steal one of their spreadsheets.
Bind object properties
Drag and drop data items
Master/Detail list/detail views
Improved Data Context binding
Create hierarchical data connected application
Use the stolen spreadsheet from the cell above (don’t take anything with social security numbers on it, they aren’t interesting anyway)
Silverlight 3 support
Modify Silverlight APPS in Expression
Useful, put it in the video you are making. If written, keep it short.
Web site support
Now I am getting bored
Expression 3, Silverlight and Web site combine as one
Put this in the efficiency column
Source file version control
NICE! But boring for most
OMG! Tell the bean counter you will be able to show status and costs easily, if they spend a few more dollars for TFS
Ok, now we need the help files to be in sync with the Expression 3, cause they aren’t in Expression 2
More properties available to animate
Up to use to use for justification
Better support for easing in Silverlight
I like it
You may have to explain this to the bean counters
Animating to resource values
This is just confusing to most bean counters, if this makes a difference you’re stuck with Expression Blend 2
Improved embedding of fonts and subsets of fonts
See Cell above
Extensible Asset Library
Take time to explain this to the bean counters
This means that you can make a tool to solve that hard problem you hate to have to do all of those keystrokes or whatever
Take the time to explain this one, it is critical
Extensible project templates
Templates = Efficiency
Make sure the bean counter uses real template files that end with a t
Docking and workspace configuration
This will speed up bringing in temps and so forth
Definitely mention this in the justification
Direct selection improvements
Design fix in my opinion
Could be confusing, why didn’t Microsoft do this from the beginning?
Marquee selection of points
If you haven’t run over 5 minutes in your justification video
Auto-scroll and zoom improvements
Not a big deal for the bean counters, might be confusing
Keyboard shortcuts and modifier keys
Great, needed it earler
Do you really think the bean counters who live in excel really care about this? Since this has been in Excel for awhile they may not understand the big deal.