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SharePoint Designer 2007 Licensing Changes

What does this mean for FrontPage and Expression Web users?

This is no belated April Fool’s joke its a listening to your customers and providing a solution. Something I hope Microsoft will do with similar software.

What is it Microsoft have changed about the licensing for SharePoint Designer 2007?

A key aspect of SharePoint is its ability to support customised solutions, and Microsoft want to support that facility to allow customers to make the most of the SharePoint platform and make dynamic web sites.

So they are making SharePoint Designer 2007 as of the 1st April, 2009 a free download.
Future versions of SharePoint Designer will also be available as a free download. The next version of SharePoint Designer will ship simultaneously with the next version of SharePoint.
For those customers who have software assurance benefits (this means they bought SharePoint) they will be giving those customers rights to Expression Web (though they don’t say which version).

What are SharePoint customisations and why are they important to MS?

Content management and enterprise search, support for shared business process and workflows, information sharing and better business insight across intranet, extranet and internet facing applications are all provided within one platform for better organisational effectiveness. Customer feedback to Microsoft feels that a significant part of the capabilities of SharePoint Designer are seen as just an extension of what SharePoint already does. Customers write their own customisations for SharePoint because they need customized solutions and this is what Microsoft want to support, hence the change.

Expression Web does not currently support SharePoint sites. When will that change?

Expression Web does not currently support SharePoint sites directly. However, it will be available in a future version of Expression Web. Future investments in this area are to be focused on ensuring that each relevant role within your organization has the right tools to work on SharePoint while allowing different roles to collaborate. To this end, Expression Web and the full Expression Suite will empower professional designers with page customization capabilities on SharePoint, while SharePoint users can continue to use SharePoint Designer. The goal of Microsoft is to continue helping customers just like you use SharePoint to deliver custom portal solutions, extranets, intranets, internet-facing sites, collaboration solutions, social networking sites, and internal applications on top of the extensive capabilities of SharePoint.

What about support for SharePoint Designer 2007?

Customer support policies for SharePoint Designer 2007 remain unchanged. Microsoft will continue to support all SharePoint Designer customers per their existing support policy.

What does this mean for FrontPage users?

It means that if you want to experience something very similar to Expression Web 1.0 but which ALSO contains working FrontPage Bots and for FREE, then SharePoint Designer 2007 is what you should move to.

My host is still dropping FPSE (FrontPage Server Extensions) what should I do?

Use SharePoint Designer 2007 as a transition between FrontPage and Expression Web, gradually dropping each of the bots one by one. In the meantime

What if I still can’t afford Expression Web but don’t want to use the FrontPage bots?

Simple you obtain your free download of SharePoint Designer 2007 and merely ignore the fp bots along with the SharePoint features.

Where can I find help on migrating from FrontPage to SharePoint Designer or Expression Web?

Start or expand your own FrontPage/Expression Addin software company

eMagine Studios (formerly known as XZAKT Media) is taking an opportunity to steer some of it’s focus into the development of Educational Software.  Before doing so (and they won’t until the time is appropriate) the company has decided to put out for tender all current addins and software (excluding Elementz 1 and 2 which will remain with eMagine Studios and continued to be developed).

The former XZAKT Media, now eMagine Studios, has been involved in the web development software and addin (for MS FrontPage, Powerpoint and Expression) industry for 10 years and will continue to support and develop all products until such time as a new owner of the listed software and addins is transitioned.  This is an opportunity for any skilled Visual Basic programmer to take on an already established software base with initial and ongoing negotiated support from the original developers.

Products Included in this offer :InstantFX Basic Flash Tools

  • InstantFX Frontpage Edition (Now replaced by InstantFX SE Versions)
  • InstantFX SE Flash Navigation Maker Version 2beta –  (Win,EWD 1 & 2)
  • InstantFX SE Flash Media Player Maker (Win,EWD 1 & 2)
  • InstantFX SE Flash Browser Basic  (Win,EWD 1 & 2)
  • InstantFX SE Flash Transformer (Win,EWD 1 & 2)
  • InstantFX SE SlideShow Maker (Win,EWD 1 & 2)
  • InstantFX ToolTip Maker for FrontPage (HTML and Flash Tooltips)
  • InstantFX SE SiteSeal Win
  • InstantFX Tables Tool
  • InstantFX Picture Splitter
  • InstantFX Case Change (EWD 1 & 2)
  • InstantFX Flash Slide Puzzle Maker Win
  • FrontFX PowerTag+ 2006
  • InstantFX SE SiteSeal Win
  • Cool Cursors

(Win : Windows executable with addin support )
(EWD 1 and 2 : Expression Web Support)

What Will You Get?

  • All Rights For Sales and Development
  • Established Customer Base
  • All associated Visual Basic 6 Source Code
  • All associated .FLA (Flash) Source Code
  • All Website Databases and ASP Code For Selling With PayPal Interfacing
  • All Rights For The Use Of Licensed Controls Where Possible
  • Assistance in transferring the associated website Databases and ASP Code.
  • Assistance in re-branding within Source Code.
  • 6 Months Website Redirection and continued promotion.

All bidding and enquiries should be sent by email to by March 31st 2009.  Only serious bidders and enquires will be responded to.

eMagine Studios thank all our ongoing users for your support and the decision made to put this offer out has been made for the further growth of the software.  In any case, as already mentioned, eMagine Studios WILL CONTINUE TO DEVELOP AND SUUPORT ALL SOFTARE UNTIL SUCH A TIME THAT A FULL TRANSITION IS MADE.

Is this the end of eMagine Studios?

No, not at all!  This offer is simply being placed out there as we expand on some of our other researched work and we will be continuing to develop and release Web Development addins with Elementz for Expression Web.

We thankyou for your ongoing support and interest in this offer.

Expression Web Christmas Offers

Expression Web Christmas Offers

I have done a round up of all the Expression Web and related offers for Christmas. Great for gifts or just to treat yourself.

Expression Web upgrade 2.0

50% OFF – Limited Time Offer
Microsoft Online Store


Expression Web Class

10% OFF – Coupon: TCfriends
Migrating from FrontPage to Expression Web Ebook and Class


Expression Web Ebook

Xmas Offer: Was $55 Now $22
FrontPage to Expression Web


Expression Web Addon

Xmas Offer: Was $49.99 Now $34.99 Expires Dec 31st
Eric Meyer’s CSS Sculptor for Expression Web 
(affiliate link)


Expression Web Tips Ebooks

Each ebook is $7 bundled they are $13
Bonus includes EW Regular Expression Query
Expression Web Tips Ebooks Vol l and Vol ll




Interview with Karey Cummins – Microsoft MVP – FrontPage

Our latest  Expression Web Interview is with Karey Cummins – Microsoft MVP – FrontPage

Karey has long been known in the FrontPage world for her themes and templates. Karey has always produced the best colour co-ordinated web templates and they have the web standards to match. She now produces Expression Web dwts and web templates and has a help center for FrontPage and Expression users.

We will continue to publish our series of Expression Web Interviews with the luminaries of the Expression Web Community, you can also read our past interviews and find out what the leaders of the community are thinking about Expression Web.

Migrating from FrontPage to Expression Web Ebook V1

Migrating from FrontPage to Expression Web Ebook V1 is now available for $45. This launch price will not be available for long, so take advantage of the offer before the price increases to the normal price of $55

If your looking to transition from FrontPage to Expression Web and do not know how to go about cleaning your code, then this ebook is the one for you. Filled to the brim with techniques designed to save you time, set out in a step by step formula, designed to lead you by the hand so that each step follows on from the other. Covering a multitude of scenerio’s and providing you with further help in using the seven free dwt’s made by Pat Geary which are available on the website for ebook owners only in the password protected area. Details of which are in the ebook

This is something you should not miss out on and could prove the turning point in your design experience. Pat and I look forward to ebook owners feedback.

Target Lawsuit and what Accessibility standards could mean to you

Web Standards Project member Matt May had this to say about the recent Target lawsuit, which saw Target paying 6 million in an interest-bearing account to be paid to members of the California class who submit valid claims

“The question that’s on our minds today–whether ADA applies or not–ultimately doesn’t make much difference. In fact, it’s a major distraction from the heart of the matter. People of all kinds want to participate in all the activities the web has to offer. And many disability advocacy groups are reaching out to site admins to raise awareness of the barriers they face. The best thing you can do is to prepare yourself and your site with a little education and some fine tuning. When you’re in a lawyer’s office talking about the ADA, or any other accessibility statute, chances are you’ve already missed out on the most important part of the conversation. And that’s going to cost you, whether you win or lose”

So what does this mean to your site?

It means you should implement changes now, not only will it bring your website up to standards, your SEO will improve which means your sales and visitors will improve, all else being equal.

There is not a better time to clean your code and provide yourself with more time by using better maintenance methods which go hand in hand with cleaner code. The folks on xweb think so to, they would love to know what accessbility tools you want to see in Expression web.

It is not too late to take part in our Migrating from FrontPage to Expression Web Class whereby you will not only have the hand holding of two Microsoft MVPs, but also be in with a chance to win Expression Web Tips ebooks. The ebook comes with the class and will be available a week after the start of class, it contains much more material and you have a choice of six free templates too.

Register now at: For half price at  $79.95 $39.50

What are you waiting for? Indulge yourself and treat your website. The best time to work on a ever growing site is always RIGHT NOW.


FPCleaner Update

Have you been wishing that FPCleaner would clean your MRU lists at the drop of a hat? Well wish no more, with the recent FPCleaner v. now available, you can do just that. It is deemed best if you uninstall FPCleaner first from the Add/Remove panel.

Have you been thinking about working on your site so you can Migrate from FrontPage to Expression Web? Then getting FPCleaner is an essential part of your toolbox in your preperation for getting stuck into your messy code.

It’s not just FrontPage that is included in FPCleaner despite the name, Expression Web 1.0, 2.0 and Sharepoint Designer are also available.

Migrating from FrontPage to Expression Web

Migrating from FrontPage to Expression Web class and ebook will be available 30th August. Register now for the half price introductory course, never has there been a better time to take the plunge.

Are you getting increasingly frustrated at your efforts to effect a change in moving from FrontPage to Expression Web? Do you struggle to understand how to make Expression Web work for you? Do you want to know the tricks and tips to doing things The Right Way? Are you wondering how to replace your Themes, shared borders, navigation bots and all the other FrontPage component bots?

Then this is the course for you. With Tina Clarke and Pat Geary both Microsoft MVPs – FrontPage as your instructors, you will be able to ask questions, not only that the ebook complete with five choices of templates comes along in the price. We welcome your feedback during the session of the course and who knows there might be one or two surprises during this first session.

Why wait? This is the best time ever to take the plunge and migrate from FrontPage to Expression Web, sign up and register for 30th August, what are you waiting for?

Prerequisites for Migrating from FrontPage to Expression Web Class

  • Expression Web 1.0 or 2.0 – You may download the 60 day trial version of EW 2.0 from the MS Expression Web Site. If you are using the trial version make sure that you obtain and use the registration key or your trial will end before the full trial period. or Installed Expression Web 1.0 or 2.0
  • Firefox 3 with html tidy extension
  • Backed up your Website twice
  • Completed the Introductory Questionnaire
  • installed Steve Easton’s FPCleaner

Prior Experience:

A website made with FrontPage (any version) with a local copy on your hard drive to use in the class.
Have read and implemented either EW 1.0 or EW 2.0 Setting up Ebooks
Chosen your template from the five choices provided

$79.95 Introductory special $39.50

Course Details:


  • Installing EW
  • Backing up

Cleanup Preparations

  • Making CU Toolbar
  • Making Queries

Removal Preparations

  • Redundant graphics
  • Save Navigation
  • Remove Themes…
  • DL Web Package
  • Preserve Regions
  • Insert DocType
  • Remove bots

Pages Preparation

  • Import Web Package
  • Use Cleanup Toolbar
    • Compatibility
    • Clean Tables
    • Accessible Tables
    • Apply XHTML
  • Run Queries

Revising Pages

  • Preview in browser
  • Replace Bots
  • Compatibility Reports
  • Accessibility Reports
  • CSS Reports
  • Navigation
    • Accessible Nav
    • Make Include Pages
    • Insert Include Pages
  • Forms
  • Add Semantic Markup
    • Heading Tags
  • Add Metas Tags
  • Validation
  • Robots File
  • About DWTs
  • Use Site Summary

Expression Web Book Review – Foundations of Expression Web

Foundations of Expression Web: The Basics and Beyond By Cheryl D Wise

I recently wrote a review on the latest Expression Web book by Apress, Foundations of Expression Web : The Basics and Beyond  by Cheryl D Wise at Amazon. It should appear there pretty soon. I highly recommend getting Cheryl’s book to help you get started with using Expression Web. If you have any questions you can always either join her Expression Web classes or ask a question a her By Expression Forum