Scott Hanselman

Microsoft Expression Graphic Designer and Microsoft Expression Interactive Designer - Whew!

January 25, '06 Comments [1] Posted in Musings
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Noticed via MikeG that Microsoft Expression Graphic Designer (CTP) and Microsoft Expression Interactive Designer  (CTP) were out today. I was a smidge confused about which was which and for what, so I asked a smartie involved with the project what was the difference. Here's (paraphrased) what he said if you're confused as well.

Interactive Designer Sparkle New 100% managed WPF (Avalon) codebase for making XAM & animations UI Design
Graphic Designer Acrylic 100% unmanaged and acquired codebase for doing vector/bitmap graphics and export to xaml Graphics

You'll likely remember that Microsoft bought Creature House Expression 3 back in 2003 and that was code-named Acrylic and that is the father of the Expression Graphic Designer. Vector-based art is tantamount to voodoo if you ask me. I can barely make icons.

There's some nice videos and demos to check out.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Friday, January 27, 2006 1:55:47 AM UTC
Yay! Now I get to feel even worse when I see an application with a spiffy interface that I wouldnt be able to do if my life depended on it!!
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