Graphics & Photo Software Editing Microsoft Expression Design

Microsoft Expression Design 8.0.20112.1 January 2011 Preview for Windows

by Microsoft Corp.

Avg. Rating 3.8 (64 votes)

File Details

File Size 45.9 MB
License Commercial Demo
Operating System Windows XP
Date Added
Total Downloads 13,515
Publisher Microsoft Corp.
Homepage Microsoft Expression Design

Publisher's Description

Microsoft Expression Design (formerly Microsoft Expression Graphic Designer) brings together the best of vector- and pixel-based capabilities, letting you explore new creative and cutting edge possibilities. Produce a variety of graphic visual effects using innovative styles and graphic properties such as textures, fringes, and dimensionality. Add blurs, drop shadows, color corrections, and other image effects and filters using nondestructive, editable Live Effects.

Bring together the best of vector-based and pixel-based design with a flexible hybrid graphics environment. Incorporate graphics from other applications, and export design elements to a variety of software tools and formats including the Windows® Presentation Foundation (formerly code named "Avalon") coming in Windows Vista. Achieve professional results with a varied collection of highly customizable vector and pixel tools which provide powerful creative options for drawing, painting, and editing both new and existing content.

Latest Reviews

halc

halc reviewed v8.0.20112.1 January 2011 Preview on Dec 28, 2012

Expression Design is now 100% free from Microsoft.

Why? Because the software is EOL. No more updates, just EOL support.

You can download it here:

http://www.microsoft.com/expression/

Also, it's TONS better than any of the freeware crap out there.

For free, it's hard to beat.

madmike007

madmike007 reviewed v2.0.18.0 Beta on Mar 6, 2008

This program has a looonnnggg way to go to topple Photoshop or even Paint.net. Bulky download, Net 3.0 paind in the butt etc. Doesnt cater for all your creative needs despite the ms blurb implying it does. You can obtain the same level of creativity using GIMP and other tool without spending a penny.

TwinsDad

TwinsDad reviewed v1.0 on Apr 30, 2007

Umm. This is not freeware. According to the Micvrosoft to which the link redirected me it is a 60 day trial version.

Pretty good program though. Easy to use and as is sometimes the case with Microsoft products of this type it is quite easy to find how to do thing. Discoverable as the Microsofties like to put it.

gerbick

gerbick reviewed v1.0 on Apr 30, 2007

The fact that this needs to have .NET 3.0 on WinXP drops it down a notch for me. Still a shadow of the Creature House Expression tool though.

Oh... I have to drop this. Not freeware, you can't buy just the upgrade to Design without buying the entire Expression Suite... and you can't upgrade from Creature House version(s) either.

Simply put, I had to drop my 4 down to a 2.

The interface is light years ahead of the Avalon and CTP versions though.

twosheds

twosheds reviewed vBeta 1 on Feb 1, 2007

Registration, Hotmail etc now seems to be optional, I chose not to register and was allowed to the download page.

molumen

molumen reviewed vBeta 1 on Jan 31, 2007

Igive it a 4 because IMO the usability could be better... Microsoft tried in certain cases to reinvent the wheel, but it is not as bad as it seems the fist time. 30 minutes working in this program made me quite happy about it, it has several functions that are VERY interesting (specially the interation between vectors and bitmaps).
Not a must have, but a good product that may be very usefull in the professional environment...

Kabak

Kabak reviewed vDecember 2006 CTP on Dec 5, 2006

you got right urbanriot! Rating a program a zero because you can't download it, without trying it, is ignorant and childish - and imo stupid!

i havent rate this product. only a review of the first unwisely comment

dvferret

dvferret reviewed vDecember 2006 CTP on Dec 5, 2006

I would also have to disagree with what that darkmana said.

Its coming along nicely.

bufftbone

bufftbone reviewed vDecember 2006 CTP on Dec 4, 2006

i didnt try it but i'm rating it a 5 to offset DarkMana's low score. don't ever say no one will use a microsoft product. For lots of different reasons, even a bunch you're incapable of thinking of, people WILL use it. Me personally, I'll probably stick with my Adobe products but I'm always willing to try something different.

landfish

landfish reviewed vMay 2006 CTP on Jul 1, 2006

I agree with 'urbanriot' in the previous post.
'DarkMana' if your a graphic designer I'll walk naked down the High Street, don't you just love ignorance. Oh yeah, I bet your father is a policeman too.

Avg. Rating 3.8 (64 votes)
Your Rating
halc

halc reviewed v8.0.20112.1 January 2011 Preview on Dec 28, 2012

Expression Design is now 100% free from Microsoft.

Why? Because the software is EOL. No more updates, just EOL support.

You can download it here:

http://www.microsoft.com/expression/

Also, it's TONS better than any of the freeware crap out there.

For free, it's hard to beat.

madmike007

madmike007 reviewed v2.0.18.0 Beta on Mar 6, 2008

This program has a looonnnggg way to go to topple Photoshop or even Paint.net. Bulky download, Net 3.0 paind in the butt etc. Doesnt cater for all your creative needs despite the ms blurb implying it does. You can obtain the same level of creativity using GIMP and other tool without spending a penny.

TwinsDad

TwinsDad reviewed v1.0 on Apr 30, 2007

Umm. This is not freeware. According to the Micvrosoft to which the link redirected me it is a 60 day trial version.

Pretty good program though. Easy to use and as is sometimes the case with Microsoft products of this type it is quite easy to find how to do thing. Discoverable as the Microsofties like to put it.

gerbick

gerbick reviewed v1.0 on Apr 30, 2007

The fact that this needs to have .NET 3.0 on WinXP drops it down a notch for me. Still a shadow of the Creature House Expression tool though.

Oh... I have to drop this. Not freeware, you can't buy just the upgrade to Design without buying the entire Expression Suite... and you can't upgrade from Creature House version(s) either.

Simply put, I had to drop my 4 down to a 2.

The interface is light years ahead of the Avalon and CTP versions though.

twosheds

twosheds reviewed vBeta 1 on Feb 1, 2007

Registration, Hotmail etc now seems to be optional, I chose not to register and was allowed to the download page.

molumen

molumen reviewed vBeta 1 on Jan 31, 2007

Igive it a 4 because IMO the usability could be better... Microsoft tried in certain cases to reinvent the wheel, but it is not as bad as it seems the fist time. 30 minutes working in this program made me quite happy about it, it has several functions that are VERY interesting (specially the interation between vectors and bitmaps).
Not a must have, but a good product that may be very usefull in the professional environment...

Kabak

Kabak reviewed vDecember 2006 CTP on Dec 5, 2006

you got right urbanriot! Rating a program a zero because you can't download it, without trying it, is ignorant and childish - and imo stupid!

i havent rate this product. only a review of the first unwisely comment

dvferret

dvferret reviewed vDecember 2006 CTP on Dec 5, 2006

I would also have to disagree with what that darkmana said.

Its coming along nicely.

bufftbone

bufftbone reviewed vDecember 2006 CTP on Dec 4, 2006

i didnt try it but i'm rating it a 5 to offset DarkMana's low score. don't ever say no one will use a microsoft product. For lots of different reasons, even a bunch you're incapable of thinking of, people WILL use it. Me personally, I'll probably stick with my Adobe products but I'm always willing to try something different.

landfish

landfish reviewed vMay 2006 CTP on Jul 1, 2006

I agree with 'urbanriot' in the previous post.
'DarkMana' if your a graphic designer I'll walk naked down the High Street, don't you just love ignorance. Oh yeah, I bet your father is a policeman too.

urbanriot

urbanriot reviewed vMay 2006 CTP on Jun 30, 2006

Rating a program a zero because you can't download it, without trying it, is ignorant and childish.

Very interesting program and runs very well.

DarkMana

DarkMana reviewed vMarch 2006 CTP on Apr 22, 2006

I would try it and then rate it, but microsoft's horrendous machine (passport) doesnt work; it sits there playing with itself like the piece of crap it is. And I do remember Acrylic, it was pure crap; as a graphic designer i can attest that no one will EVER use microsoft in the professional realm of design. Period.

sn1p34

sn1p34 reviewed vMarch 2006 CTP on Mar 13, 2006

So you’re rating a product because you have to register on a site... Adobe wants you to pay 400 sum dollars, and all they ask you to do is register man.... Don't rate a product unless you actually try it. I think this program has a very good potential.

twosheds

twosheds reviewed vMarch 2006 CTP on Mar 13, 2006

Now requires registration and an MSN passport - not in this life! Soon will require (no doubt)Windows Genuine Advantage just to try it. Not that interested. They took a great program from Creaturehouse, stripped it of Flash functionality (trying to protect Sparkle I suppose)and ruined the interface.

EDIT: sn1p34 - I have the last beta of this software installed, I have used it and noted the horrendous interface changes, and I own the pre-Microsoft version, so think twice yourself before criticising. As for MSN registration, I make no apologies for hating it, and I know I am not alone.

mjm01010101

mjm01010101 reviewed vMarch 2006 CTP on Mar 13, 2006

Microsoft doesn't make shareware. It's a CTP so it's freeware, who knows what the final product will be charged. You can bet it'll require Vista or work best on Vista.

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