Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Microsoft Releases Pilot of GUI Design Tool For Windows Vista Apps

Microsoft released previews of interface-design tools for developing on Vista...

"Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday launched a test version of its upcoming graphical user interface-design tool for applications built for the upcoming Windows Vista operating system.

Microsoft Expression Interactive Designer is available as a download. The Community Technology Preview is not a production tool, but is meant to give GUI designers the chance to try some of the new tool's "innovative features," such as 2D and 3D graphics, animation, dynamic layout, data binding, style and template editing and resource management, the Redmond, Wash., company said.

In addition, Microsoft released an update of Expression Graphic Designer, which is used to create graphics and export them to Interactive Designer for deployment within a user interface.

Both tools are meant for developing Windows applications that run on WinFX, which is the Vista presentation platform for displaying the user interfaces of Windows software. Vista is scheduled to ship later this year, but no timetable has been released for the production versions of the design tools.

The WinFX runtime components are also available for download to Windows XP computers, or they can be packaged with third-party software for XP. The components equal 40 megabytes."   continued ...   (Via InformationWeek)


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