Microsoft Expression Studio 4 Premium

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The biggest and most powerful app isn't always the one that works best for you—and the app that proves that point for me is ($149 direct; upgrade $79). In the small field of website editors, Adobe's Dreamweaver continues to hold the lead in its range of features and power, and ($399.99; upgrade $199.00, direct, 4 stars) is the first Web editor that's fully at home in a world where cutting-edge designers need to build sites for phones, tablets, laptops, and desktops.

How Tall Is Nascar Driver Danica Patrick. But, for me, Expression Web is still the app I choose for editing websites. Laptop Friendly I don't design enterprise-level sites, the kind that Dreamweaver is ideal for—and that Expression Web can also build—but I want a flexible and straightforward set of tools for working with current Web technologies, and Expression Web offers exactly that. With all its strengths, Dreamweaver sometimes seems sprawling and muscle-bound, and it works well only when you give it more screen space than you have on a laptop. Expression Web feels at home on both a desktop monitor and a cramped laptop. I also like the fact that Expression Web costs less than half the price of Dreamweaver. Expression Web 4 is one of three components in a package called Expression Studio 4 Web Professional, which also includes Expression Encoder (also available as a free download), a limited tool for encoding AVI and QuickTime video into Windows Media format, and Expression Design, a vector-graphics program that can import Photoshop assets. This review covers Expression Web 4 only. Ez Flash Driver Download on this page.

Features I sometimes think Expression Web is Microsoft's best-kept secret. Its feature set is smaller than Dreamweaver's, but everything is easy to find and intuitively easy to use. The main editing screen, as in Dreamweaver, can display a code view or editable WYSIWYG view of your page, or it can split to show both views side by side. A separate, uneditable 'snapshot' view displays the current page as it will appear in a browser. A terrific fine-tuning feature is the SuperPreview window that lets you preview your site in multiple browsers at once, including any browsers on your disk and multiple browser versions hosted at Microsoft. SuperPreview includes an optional tree-style view of the elements in your page, so you can navigate through the page elements to find the one that causes layout problems in specific browsers.