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Expression Design is Microsoft’s professional-level editing program for vector and bitmap graphics. It was based on a 2003 Microsoft acquisition, Creature House Expression.
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• SuperPreview tool permits the user to see their website or page in multiple browsers simultaneously • Powerful composing tools: B-Spline, Bezier and polyline • Slice tool can isolate, hide and select parts of an image • Bitmap export options • Superb tools for customized brush strokes • Freehand tool for sketching • Pressure-sensitive pen support
Small (<50 employees), Medium (50 to 1000 Enterprise (>1001 employees)
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• SuperPreview tool permits the user to see their website or page in multiple browsers simultaneously • Powerful composing tools: B-Spline, Bezier and polyline • Slice tool can isolate, hide and select parts of an image • Bitmap export options
What are the benefits?
• Easy-to-use: User has the option to create a personalized workplace for each project • Transparent: Commands are accessed through menus and sub-menus • Import projects created in Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop • Flexible preview functions help target pages to browsers
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Expression Design is a tool for creative professionals and developers who want to build graphics for application user interfaces, the web, or any other medium.
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Expression Design is Microsoft’s professional-level editing program for vector and bitmap graphics. It was based on a 2003 Microsoft acquisition, Creature House Expression. The program only runs on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 environments. Expression Design enables the user to create and manipulate sophisticated vector graphics.
It was designed to work seamlessly with Microsoft’s Expression Blend or Expression Web for website development. While the program works best with Windows Metafile (WMF), Enhanced Metafile (EMF), and Enhanced Metafile Plus (EMF+) files, it can also import projects created in Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. Other supported file formats are .psd, ai, .jpg, .bmp, .png, .gif, .tif, .ico and .wdp files.
Expression Design exports in .psd, .jpg, .bmp, .png, .gif, .tif, wdp, .pdf, and .xaml formats. It also supports copy and paste functions to Microsoft Office and can copy and paste XAML to Expression Blend and other XAML editors. Expression Design is packed with powerful composing tools with full curve control like B-Spline, Bezier and polyline.
It offers full layer support so the user can slice and blend between Microsoft images and Adobe Photoshop. Expression Design also permits easy editing of non-destructive live effects like flashing or morphing. Vector paths retain their flexibility with both hard-edged and organic strokes. The software is user-friendly and easy to learn if the user has a background in web design and understands the ins and outs of graphic editing.
The workplace is set up in a very simple open fashion, giving the user the option to create a personalized workplace for each project. Commands are accessed through menus and sub-menus as opposed to drop-down tool bars. The personalized workplaces can be saved for future use with varying work conditions like wide-screen monitors, small monitors or multiple monitors, as desired.
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