Well as promised the new Expression Blend v2 September release is *now live*. This is fully available for you to download an try out. This is still an early release so you might find some issues here and there but it’s pretty robust. You can find a detailed list of new features here. Thanks to Unni, PM in the Blend team for providing the info.
I’m particularly excited about this release because the team incorporated new features that make workflow and productivity much better. For example you can now quickly drag and drop rich assets from anywhere in Windows. This means you no longer have to go to the Project panel, right click, Add Existing Item, look for the item, say ok etc… now you simply drag and drop. Other cool thing is the new Breadcrumb bar which will help you navigate into WPF controls much easier. We now also have a Split view which allows you to see both XAML and Design views at the same time. The new Animation capabilities are awesome… WPF and Silverlight have always supported a very rich animation system and there were two capabilities in these platforms that had not been exposed previously in Expression Blend: Vertex Animation and Spline Animation. Vertex animation allows you to animate individual vertices in a shape which helps you create organic/natural looking animations. Spline animation allows you to control the interpolation of the movement of an object on the scene. It helps you produce effects similar to what mcTween does in Flash. Both of these new animation features are available for both WPF and Silverligth apps.
We’ve created some videos and a landing page for Expression Blend v2 for you to watch and see how the new features work. Celso Gomes, Design in the Expression Blend team (www.nibblestutorials.net) and Dante Gagne, SDET in the Expression Blend team (presenter for Total Training) will show us some of the new features in Blend. You can download the videos here:
Animation- Check out some of the new and exciting Animation features!
Breadcrumb - Discover how easy it is tocustomize WPF Controls with the new Breadcrumb navigation.
DragAndDrop - You can now simply drag and drop assets into Expression Blend to add the to your project.
UserControl - Draw Graphics on the art board, convert them to a User Control later.