Editor Comparison

by cdwise 16. June 2009 05:07

In just under a month Expression Web v3 will be coming out. I am thinking of doing an editor comparison between Expression Web 3 and Dreamweaver CS 4 once v3 is available. What I would like to know is what sort of things should I compare the two programs and whether or not I should include Expression Web v2 in the comparison.

What do you think?

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More on Expression Web v3

by cdwise 8. June 2009 13:08

Somasegar posted on his blog today some of the new things in EW v3. He's got more on the version of SuperPreview that will be in EW v3, sftp/ftps, something called "snapshot preview", Silverlight video and Photoshop integration see:  http://blogs.msdn.com/somasegar/archive/2009/06/05/expression-web-3.aspx

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Why the Rush?

by cdwise 30. May 2009 22:44

According to eWeek.com  Microsoft has set the launch date for Expression Studio v3 at July 10, 2009 in the Bay Area of California.

Unfortunately, the article is sketchy on details about new features mentioning only Sketchflow in Blend v3 and Silverlight 3 both of which are in public betas. What this means for Expression Design and Expression Media is anyone’s guess. Granted my interest in these programs is somewhat limited but I am extremely interested in what is happening with Expression Web v3.

We saw little bits of Expression Web v3 in the background of Eric’s presentation of Super Preview at MIX 09 but that’s the only feature or change we have any information on. There was a preview release of the standalone version of Super Preview released at that time but nothing since. Eric indicated that the version of Super Preview that will be included with Expression Web v3 will have more features than the standalone version. It will support Safari, Firefox and I believe he said other browsers physically installed on your computer not just IE 6 and whatever other version you have of IE installed. (Not sure if you will be able to run both IE 7 and IE 8 as separate browsers in it as opposed to IE 8 with compatibility mode for IE 7, something I’d like more information on.) No information on any other changes or features for Expression Web v3 is available. I will admit to being somewhat concerned about this lack of information.

Months ago in February we talked about bugs in Expression Web v2, some of which had been carried over from v1 that came up in our November 2008 Live Meeting. In March and April during our MIX 09 Live Meetings we discussed SuperPreview, Seadragon and other stuff from MIX. We have been waiting more or less patiently for a CTP or beta of Expression Web to see which of our top bugs have been fixed, what features besides Super Preview are being added. It has been over 2.5 months since MIX 09 and we are still waiting.

Though now it appears there will be no CTP of Expression Web, Media or Design given the short time between this announcement and the launch date given in the eweek article. This is a departure from the previous versions where there was a long CTP/Beta of Expression Design v1 (over a year) and a shorter preview between two (v2) and five months (v1) of Expression Web. I don’t know about you but I’d like more information on what to expect in each of the Expression products in the version three release which is coming much earlier than I for one had expected. (I expected a November-December time frame based on the time between version 1-2 and the relatively little information provided on version 3 at MIX 09.)

What do you think?

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CSS Based Menus

by cdwise 23. April 2009 23:34

Today’s live meeting on CSS menus:

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This is the zip file for the menus discussed and created during the April 22, 2009 Live Meeting on CSS menus. All of the code as well as a text based tutorial on using the images and code to create three types of menus are included in the zip file. Download it and extract to your hard drive.

Types of menus:

  1. Simple horizontal CSS menu with image based rollovers
  2. Simple vertical (suitable for sidebar or floated) CSS menu with image based rollovers
  3. Tutorial on using the Project Seven CSS Express Menus with Expression Web

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April Live Meeting- Menus

by cdwise 3. April 2009 08:10

The next webcast we will be sponsoring will be on CSS Based Menus

When: Thursday, April 23, 2009

Start Time: Thursday, Apr 23, 2009 10:30 AM CDT
End Time: Thursday, Apr 23, 2009 11:30 AM CDT

Attendee URL: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/mvp/join?id=BS7CG2&role=attend&pw=g%27nRQ%3BP8k

More information will be posted later this month, We are hoping to be able to record this meeting and have it as a tutorial on our site.

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