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)
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)
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)
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
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)