This will help get you started with Expression Blend (and to a lesser extent, Expression Design).
There is no shortage of training materials and samples to get you started using Expression Web. Microsoft also has an Expression Web Quick Start Guide to add to the mix in information and tutorials.
“Get creative in Expression Web now! Download this hands-on lab-including a step-by-step guide, video tutorial and full assets–and start building a standards-based website immediately.”
The download gives me a step by step guide and asset files for the basic sample site it introduces, but there no video tutorials included in the download. It may be refering to the video tutorials elsewhere at the Microsoft Expression site. The author of this quick start guide is also a presenter for Total Training, including video training for Expression Web.
Microsoft has two Expression Web Starter Kits that users can download to jumpstart their training on Expression Web.
- Design Portfolio Starter Kit
- Partner Portal Starter Kit
Both kits leverage ASP.Net 2.0 to demonstrate the power of Expression Web. FWIW, both starter kits also work in Microsoft Office Sharepoint Designer 2007.
Back in June 2006, Microsoft acquired iView Multimedia, the UK company that produces iVew Media Pro. Media Pro is a popular digital asset catalog application, which is evolving into Expression Media.
Tame Your Media
Imagine how much more you’d get done if you could just find what you’re looking for. Expression Media makes digital asset management easy—just drag and drop to import more than 100 different media formats, including digital RAW files. Even when your originals are offline, Expression Media’s visual catalogs allow you to browse, search, and annotate your assets.
Your Workflow Enhanced
Handle lots of files, fast, with the professional’s choice. Rename, convert, or tag hundreds of files at a time with sophisticated batch processing; or use powerful search features to instantly find and retrieve your digital media assets. Edit images and keep track of your changes with version control, while folder watching keeps your catalogs up to date.
Presentation is Everything
Impress your audience with slide shows, videos, and Web galleries. When it’s time to deliver, Expression Media can export your assets in exactly the format and size your clients need, with dozens of professionally designed presentation templates. With Expression Media Encoder, you can convert and publish video to reach a broad, cross-platform audience.
Based on the Expression Media FAQ, it looks like Microsoft will continue with a Mac version of the product.
It is a big day for the Expression people at Microsoft. Today, as announced in this press release, Microsoft Expression Web has been released. A free trial of Expression Web is available for download through the revamped Expression site. Can a software application look good on paper?
New Era, New Tool
Reduce complexity and ease data integration by using powerful design tools and task panes to quickly incorporate XML data. Seamlessly integrate Web design and development teams with Expression Web and Visual Studio’s superior support for XML, ASP.NET and XHTML.
Beautiful Inside and Out
Unleash your creative ideas and bring your Web sites to life with sophisticated CSS design features. Visual designers, specialized task panes, and tool bars give you precise control of page layout and formatting.
Passionate about Standards
Build dynamic, interactive pages that harness the power of the Web to deliver superior quality. Built-in support for today’s modern Web standards makes it easy to optimize your sites for accessibility and cross-browser compatibility
Amazon.com currently shows Expression Web at $299 less 10% with a sell price of $269.10. There is also an upgrade version of Expression Web which is valid from any version of Front Page. The upgrade version sells for $99.95 less 10% at Amazon.com for a sell price of $89.96.
I was able to find a new box of Front Page 2002 at amazon.com for $129.00. Putting 2 and 2 together, you could get Front Page 2002 and Expression Web upgrade version for $129 + 89.96 = $218.96. That is more than $50 off the full version sell price. You could probably do better than my 2 minute effort.
Microsoft has added an Expression Web Reference Help file for download to use from within Expression Web. It replaces the one that is installed with Expression Web.
It is in Help 2.0 format, so if you do not have Expression Web or another application installed to view .HxS files, you might need an .HxS file converter to read it.
In beta, products go through lots of changes, including names. It would seem that Microsoft Expression Interactive Designer will now become Expression Blend. The name is going through the trademark process. An additional product appears to be forthcoming by the name Expression Media.
Update (Dec 4): Hours later, the Microsoft Expression site is updated to show the new offerings.