Designing Tips for Developers in Expression Blend

by Parvez 24. December 2010 15:47

WPF has changed the way we design & develop our applications. Prior to WPF it was not that easy to change the look of the application. WPF gives the power of designing simple yet powerful applications which are user friendly. Visual Studio 2010 is a great tool for developing WPF applications, but Microsoft Expression Blend gives you the precise design control over the interface of your application.

It is also great to see how Blend has progressed to the current version. It was introduced as Microsoft Expression Interactive Designer(EID) code-named “Sparkle”. It was renamed to Expression Blend in December 2006. Since then many new features have been added to Blend to support the new .NET framework as they are made available. Along with designing for WPF, It is also a great tool for designing Silverlight and Windows phone 7 applications. Current version of Expression Blend is 4 which was released in June 2010.

Below is the screenshot of the earlier version of EID.

Expression Interactive Designer

next screenshot shows the “Objects and Timeline” in Blend 4.

Expression Blend

In next couple of articles I intend to share some of my experiences of working with Blend. I would share my tips and tricks to get the maximum out of Blend.

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