April 2010 - Posts
On April 16, 2010, the release candidate version of Expression Blend 4 was released. Shortly after the release, some users reported that Expression Blend crashes during launch.
If you are one of those people whose Expression Blend crashes after launch, please download this minor revision of the release candidate:
Expression Blend 4 Release Candidate (Updated)
If you aren’t having any problems launching Blend, you do not have to upgrade. There are no new features or changes besides some changes to make sure Expression Blend runs properly on launch.
More at: Expression Blend and Design : Minor Update to The Expression Blend 4 Release Candidate
Ed Hickey has written a great post on his MSDN blog called “How to post effectively in Forums.” It’s about how to get the right answer to the right question. He makes several suggestions on how to frame your question to get the best answer. I would rank Number 3 at the top: “Be descriptive – the more detail you give, the better the chance you have of getting an answer. Include things such as the OS you are using, what version of the product you are using, error messages you might be getting, and exactly what you are trying to do. This is not easy sometimes, as you have all the context of your project in your head 24/7, but we don’t, so help us to help you as much as possible.”
Ed also suggests that “if you know the answer to something you see while waiting for an answer, why not take the ‘next step’ and answer a question yourself?” That’s how I got my start in the newsgroups – I went there looking for answers about Microsoft FrontPage and found that I could answer other people's questions while I was waiting for mine to be answered.
More at: Ed's Getting Started Blog : How to post effectively in Forums
Expression Blend 4 enables you to create websites and applications based on Silverlight 3 and Silverlight 4, and desktop applications based on Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) 3.5 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) and WPF 4.
Expression Blend provides support for prototyping, interactivity through behaviors, special Silverlight functionality, and on-the-fly sample data generation.
Expression Blend includes new behaviors that are quickly and easily configured. To support the development of line-of-business (LOB) applications, Expression Blend introduces support for Views and ViewModels.
More at: Download details: Expression Blend 4 RC
Microsoft Expression Web 3 Service Pack 2 (SP2) contains general improvements to the application and in SuperPreview.
Issues resolved in this service pack
- When editing PHP, files you may have been asked to update related hyperlinks on the page. If you did so, some PHP tags may have been removed. PHP tags are no longer removed when you update related hyperlinks.
- When you renamed a PDF file from the Folder List, the PDF file became corrupted and could not be opened. PDF files now save normally.
- Expression Web 3 would crash if the list-style-image property was used in a CSS file. Using the list-style-image property in a CSS file no longer causes Expression Web to crash.
- SuperPreview sometimes crashed while launching because of a problem that occurred when locating Firefox on your computer. SuperPreview no longer crashes while locating Firefox.
Improvements provided by this service pack
SuperPreview now supports Firefox 3.6. If Firefox 3.6 is installed on your computer, then it should be available in SuperPreview.
How to obtain and install Expression Web 3 SP2
Expression Web 3 SP2 is available on the Microsoft Download Center.
More at: Description of Expression Web 3 SP2