• Price When Reviewed: 448.21 . 284.68

  • Pros: SketchFlow prototyping tool; Behaviors; Silverlight 3 effects; wider PSD support; enhanced interface; improved States and Assets; sample data.

  • Cons: No Mac version; Expression Media component removed; fairly steep learning curve with Web; UK version overpriced in comparison to US.

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Express yourself on the web

The biggest of Expression Web’s add-ons is the SuperPreview feature.

This allows you to see how your site pages will render in various browsers.

You can select up to eight at a time, including multiple browser resolutions and versions of Internet Explorer (Web 3 fully supports IE 8, so you can update older sites to be compliant with the new Microsoft browser technology). You can view rough comp layouts in an Image View mode, while ASP.NET and PHP web pages are supported by the Expression Development Server, which is installed with Expression Web.

Another add-in is Encoder Express, which allows you to convert video to Silverlight and then simply use Insert > Media > Silverlight to encode it into your page.

The new dockable panels and colour scheme brings Web into line with Design and Blend, while the Snapshot panel replicates the SuperPreview effect in miniature within a docked panel. There’s also support for adding media types such as Deep Zoom (though you have to download Deep Zoom Composer separately) and better support for Adobe image formats.

It does need some serious configuration, but the SuperPreview feature is a real timesaver.