Expression Blend 4 Beta Feature Overview available for download
Expression Blend 4 Beta is out in the wild and available for download! As a companion whitepaper, check out the Expression Blend 4 Beta Feature Overview which provides a walkthrough of the new features. Here’s where we begin:
Expression Blend 4 Beta adds support for Silverlight 4 and Windows Presentation Foundation 4, while maintaining the ability to create and edit Silverlight 3 and WPF 3.5 with Service Pack 1(SP1) applications. Interoperability with Visual Studio 2010 has been added, maintaining the seamless workflow between the two tools.
In response to customers’ desires to do more without code, new features in SketchFlow enable more dynamic prototypes to be created and provide an enhanced player experience. Additionally, Expression Blend 4 Beta adds powerful new behaviors for all application types and makes them configurable with conditional statements.
Expression Blend 4 Beta introduces new features that support the Model-View-ViewModel (MVVM) pattern for business application development. New design-time data and resource features, along with behaviors such as CallMethodAction and InvokeCommandAction greatly increase the capability and experience for design tasks while building these applications.
Along with these three areas of focus, other additions include: new controls, such as the PathListBox, new pixel shader effects, transition effects and helpful tooling improvements.
Expression Blend 4 Beta is an exciting update that continues to revolutionize the speed and efficiency with which you can take your ideas from concept to completion on the Silverlight and .NET platforms.
The rest of the paper is divided into the following topics:
- SketchFlow Improvements for Better Prototypes
- Enabling Business Application Development with MVVM
- New Controls and Effects for Dynamic Interfaces
- More Interactivity and Less Code with New Behaviors
- Editor and Tooling Improvements
- and Expression Blend Resources
I hope you find the Expression Blend 4 Beta Feature Overview useful and that you share your feedback. We want to make sure the overview for the final release is even better!