Microsoft Expression Design
's commercial professional illustration vector
graphic design tool based on Creature House Expression
, which was acquired by Microsoft
in 2003. It is part of the Microsoft Expression Studio
suite and is written using Windows Presentation Foundation
Expression Design was codenamed Acrylic and was originally announced as Expression Graphic Designer until the current name was adopted in December 2006.
The final version of Expression Design was released to manufacturing along with other Expression products on 30 April, 2007. The RTM news was announced at Microsoft's MIX
07 conference for web developers and designers. Expression Design requires the .NET Framework 3.0
as it uses Windows Presentation Foundation. Expression Design is not available as an individual product, but rather only as part of the Expression Studio
suite. Originally Expression Studio was not included in any MSDN
subscription, but in 2007 Microsoft added it to the highest level MSDN Subscription. (see the MSDN Subscription information page
for more information.
Expression Design is available for Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Vista on the Windows platform.
A trial version of Expression Design is available. Service Pack 1 for Expression Design was released on October 17th, 2007.
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