Expression 3 Trials Now Available

by cdwise 23. July 2009 02:54

For those who don’t follow me on twitter I figured I better post here what I posted there a couple of hours ago: Expression Web 3 trial now available http://bit.ly/bKJf3

The full studio as well as individual trials of all the programs are available at http://www.microsoft.com/expression/try-it/Default.aspx#PageTop

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Meta Data

by cdwise 22. July 2009 23:14

Today in my Google Alert on web design topics I saw reference to a post that made me think how clueless some “so called” experts can be. There was a post that lead me to a thread where one of the “experts” was ranting

“If the external css file already exists, you don't have to worry about it. I created one for him and he doesn't change it. He used Dreamweaver in the past and it added style code in the head of the page that was not consistent with other pages and would override the external css files. We got annoyed with that. Microsoft Expressions is just another Front Page with extra files that are not necessary. I still edit his files in Notepad and they work fine.”

The person hasn’t a clue, especially since the issue I see in this comment isn’t the application whether Dreamweaver or Expression Web but in failing to educate the person about how to use CSS – both external stylesheets and when to use head section or even inline styles.

The reason people use a program like Dreamweaver or Expression Web is so that they are more productive. One really good example of this is that when you change the name or file path of a page, image or other file in the site all of the links in the site are updated to reflect this change without you having to do a find/replace (and make sure that what you do doesn’t mess up any document relative paths. To do this both of the programs use meta data. Neither will publish the meta data to your server by default.  If you don’t use meta data (which you can choose not to do but is a dumb thing to do) then those links won’t update. You lose the advantage of using DWTs (Dreamweaver Web Templates or Dynamic Web Templates depending on which program you are using) so why would you want to turn off meta data?

Oh and another reason to use Dreamweaver, Expression Web or TopStyle – you write the CSS and choose where it goes BUT you get code completion/intellisense and you don’t get typos like you do (if you are anything like me) with notepad. Think about it.

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July Live Meeting – v3

by cdwise 14. July 2009 01:41

On Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at 10:30 CDT (-6GMT) we will be hosting a live meeting on Expression Web v3. During this live meeting I will have Expression Web 3 running and will answer questions on it and demo the new features.

If you submit questions in advanced they will have priority over questions asked during the meeting. Connect using the following information:

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XHTML

by cdwise 13. July 2009 01:42

Today I was reading the articles related to the Expression Studio launch last Friday. So far my favorite is from InfoWorld:

Expression 3 features the $599 Expression Studio 3 suite, with  tools including Expression Blend, for interactive design and including SketchFlow; Expression Web, for Web design and supporting CSS and the soon-to-be-discontinued XHTML standard; Expression Encoder, for video encoding; and Expression Design, for illustration and design.
http://www.infoworld.com/d/developer-world/update-microsoft-silverlight-3-unveiled-925

I love the “soon-to-be-discontinued” part in regard to XHTL. Realistically there is no browser support for HTML 5 and will not be decent support for a number of years assuming that InfoWorld is correct and it will be published as a recommendation (what we loosely call a standard is actually just a published recommendation) by September 2010.

Heck, the XHTML 1.0 was published Jan. 26, 2000 and last revised Aug. 1, 2002 has only received decent support by the browsers used by the majority of web users in the last year or two. Even with the push for web standards support in browser I really don’t see decent enough support by in use browser for at least 5 years. Don’t get me wrong I would love to see support sooner since there are some very nice features in it and CSS 3 that I wou

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ld love to use but not until until the recommendation is actually finalized AND there is browser support in more than just an experimental form (as there is in Firefox 3.5 currently.)

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Expression Web Launch Breakout

by cdwise 11. July 2009 07:52

Ed Meadows started by showing how you can encode videos, put them in a player and insert them in your web page. I showed a few static screenshots of the process in my review but you can it the encoding on the video of this breakout session when it is released on http://seethelight.com 

Ed ended with the Photoshop import improvement before handing off to Eric Saltwell who walks through the designer/developer workflow improvements. Eric started off with the current version of SuperPreview (I do have screenshots of the new SuperPreview versionb in Expression Web in my review.)  Eric is showing using your Photoshop comp to compare with your work in progress page not just comparing how the page renders in different browsers. I must admit that I hadn’t really though of using SuperPreview that way. He segwayed to showing some PHP to render tweets in his page that he will be using in SuperPreview. The demo gods struck briefly when Eric put the php include snippet in twice for his twitter feed <g> which showed up with previewed in the testing server. To show speed things up when you have dynamic content such as the twitter feed mentioned Eric demoed snapshot mode to see how you could speed up previewing. (Not quite sure I followed this one so you and I may both want to review the video when it appears.) Eric then went on to show what most people will use SuperPreview for – cross browser testing. The version that ships with Expression Web includes support for locally installed browsers like Firefox and whatever version of IE you have installed, plus IE 6.

The next bit that Eric talks about is the entire rewrite of FTP publishing adding support for sFTP and FTPS for secure publishing. The result is that the speed issues are gone and there is now multi-thread FTP connections for faster publishing. If you hosting does not support multiple FTP upload threads you can set the threads used down to one if necessary.

What wasn’t mentioned is the integration with Team Foundation Server. The update to use it is available on the web so why wasn’t it mentioned during the presentations,.

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