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Microsoft unveils Vista graphics tools

Microsoft has launched a test version of its forthcoming graphical user interface (GUI) design tool for applications built for its new Windows Vista operating system.

Microsoft has launched a test version of its forthcoming graphical user interface (GUI) design tool for applications built for its new Windows Vista operating system.

Microsoft Expression Interactive Designer is a Microsoft Community Technology Preview (CTP) for GUI designers.

Using the tool, they can try out 2D and 3D graphics, animation, dynamic layout, data binding, style and template editing, and resource management, said Microsoft.

Microsoft has also released an update of Expression Graphic Designer, which can be used to create graphics before they are exported to Interactive Designer for deployment within a GUI.

The tools are designed for developing Windows applications that run on WinFX. WinFX is the Vista presentation platform for displaying the user interfaces of Windows software.

Vista is expected to be commercially launched in the second-half of this year.

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