This morning at the PDC Microsoft announced the new Expression Designer line of products. Included as part of the Expression suite is the new product currently codenamed Microsoft Expression “Quartz Web Designer”.
It provides a really rich designer focused web authoring tool that has full support for ASP.NET 2.0 – including rich support for ASP.NET Controls, Data-binding, Templates, Master Pages, Themes, Localization, etc. It will be a great tool for designers to use when working on ASP.NET 2.0 solutions (developers use VS, designers use Expression – with the ability for both tools to edit the same web projects together).
You can learn more about it here: http://www.microsoft.com/products/expression/en/web_designer/default.aspx. If you are at the PDC there is a session this afternoon that will include a 50 minute demo of it that will really show off its capabilities.
In the Visual Studio Orcas timeframe we will also be upgrading the VS Whidbey WYSIWYG web designer to use the Quartz design surface so that we can take advantage of its richer CSS and layout editing support. If you attend the PDC session this afternoon you’ll also see a demo of a VS Orcas build showing this richer support off.
Fun times ahead,