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In this article you will find out why Expression Web is setting a new standard for Web design and next generation Web Application development. What is the “gap” Expression Web is filling? In 2006 Microsoft began releasing a series of designer focused tools. The big question was: Why? Adobe has the best tools, doesn’t it? There is no doubt that Adobe’s tools are very good, what is clear, however, is that Microsoft is taking design seriously for this to be accomplished Microsoft does need tools that work well with their own tools. An immediate designer’s pain point for Microsoft is the millions of ASP.NET developers who have only Visual Studio 2005/2008 to design their Web applications with. If you have used Visual Studio as a design tool, then you know what I mean. The focus, for the Expression tools, and specifically Expression Web, is to deliver the best tool for des... (more)

Adding Rounded Corners to HTML with CSS

As the name implies, a Cascading Style Sheet, or CSS, is a document that describes the visual style of your content. Web designers have been leveraging Cascading Styles Sheets as a tool to control content placement and text presentation in web pages for over ten years. With the advent of Web 2.0 applications, it is even more important to add control to your designs. The Webkit open source project, used in Apple’s Safari and Google’s Chrome, and Mozilla’s FireFox, recognize that CSS must be flexible enough to meet your design needs. To this end, there is now included in the lates... (more)

Apple TV Drops in Price

Sunday night Apple dropped the price of the Apple TV by $100 for the 160Gb model - this brings it down to $229. The smaller 40Gb model is now MIA - so long, little white Apple TV. The Apple TV area as a whole is an odd one for Apple. When you hear Tim Cook and Phil Schiller talk about the Apple TV you get the feeling that Apple wants to do more with this device, but are not sure how. My gut feeling is that the Apple TV is exactly what Steve Jobs has declared it to be - an experiment. It will likely be a couple more years before we find out what Apple wants to do with the Apple T... (more)

Using Electric Rain's Swift 3D 4.5 With Macromedia Flash. It Rocks!

It may only be a point release but that doesn't mean that Electric Rain, makers of the #1 3D modeling software tool for Flash animators hasn't come out swinging. What you'll find with this new release is a tight focus on the rendering options in Swift 3D. Quick Run Down on Swift 3D First I have to admit I'm partial to Electric Rain's Swift 3D. To me, it has always been the small product that stood shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Soft Image, Max and the other big 3D boys. Swift 3D isn't the only Flash 4D design product on the market. It's simple the one outselling its comp... (more)

Pushing Data Out to the Flash Client with XMLSockets

If you've upgraded to Flash MX 2004 Professional or you purchased the FireFly Data Connection Kit for Flash MX, then you've probably read a lot about how easy it is to have Flash pull data into a Flash Movie. The only problem is that this is not how applications work in the real world. In the real world there has to be a constant conversation between the client and the server application. I am going to use e-mail as an example. If you have a traditional POP3 e-mail client (one you get through your ISP or Web hosting company) you have to actively connect to it and check if you have ... (more)