Expression Studio 4Expression Studio 4 was announced this week!  There are some incredible new capabilities in this release, and I’ve bulleted the big ones below.  There are other places that will talk more about each in detail, but this should give you a start.  (One of my favorite features – native TFS support!)

There are three (3) different product sets for Expression Studio:

  • Expression Studio 4 Ultimate
    • Expression Web + SuperPreview
    • Expression Blend
    • SketchFlow
    • Expression Design
    • Expression Encoder Pro
  • Expression Studio 4 Web Professional
    • Expression Web + SuperPreview
    • Expression Design
    • Expression Encoder
  • Expression Encoder 4 Pro

(Technically, there is a fourth edition, Expression Studio 4 Premium, but that is not available via retail)

Here’s the experience you get with xStudio 4 as told in an elevator:

Expression Blend, Visual Studio, Silverlight and .NET provide the most compelling design and development workflow on the market today. Seamlessly working on user experience and core architecture enables you to deliver visual and interaction design and underlying code that is both unique and innovative. The speed and flexibility with which ideas are taken from concept to completion gives you and your team the ability to push the envelope of your skills throughout the project, challenging you to deliver sophisticated and compelling applications for your customers, while still enabling you to deliver the final project on time and within budget.

Here’s what I say:

Expression Studio 4 allows you to conceptualize, design, and create compelling user experiences while easily collaborating with development and test teams.  Map your thoughts, communicate ideas, design the next “wow” experience.

Think about it in a few major focus areas, and their supporting capabilities:

Compelling Experiences

  • SketchFlow
  • Adobe Photoshop Import
  • Adobe Illustrator Import
  • Behaviors
  • Control Styling
  • Visual State Manager
  • Custom controls
  • Easing Animation
  • Path Layout
  • Pixel Effects

Powerful Technology

  • Silverlight 4, Silverlight 3, .NET 4, .NET 3.5
  • Code Editor
  • XAML IntelliSense
  • C#/VB IntelliSense
  • Sample Data
  • TFS support (yeah, baby!)
  • Behaviors
  • Extensibility (UI adorners on custom controls)
  • Expression Blend and Visual Studio integration
  • Eco-system – utilizing and leveraging skills that are in place today

 Accelerated Results

  • Behaviors
  • SketchFlow / Microsoft Word export
  • Adobe Photoshop Import
  • Adobe Illustrator Import
  • Sample Data
  • Code Editor
  • XAML IntelliSense
  • C#/VB IntelliSense
  • Control Skinning
  • Visual State Manager – State animation / Effects
  • Custom controls / Convert Graphics to control parts
  • Superior workflow design/development workflow

Take it for a test drive today!