Microsoft has unveiled a suite of website design and graphics software that gives .net developers a set of tools that rival those available from companies such as Adobe and Macromedia.
Sparkle Interactive Designer, which is a tool for building 3D animation and graphics, forms part of the new Microsoft Expression suite. A pre-release version of Sparkle was unveiled at this week’s Microsoft Professional developers Conference in Los Angeles, California.
The Expression suite also includes Acrylic Graphic Designer for painting and illustration, and Quartz Web Designer for layout and design when building websites.
Microsoft Expression is currently available to developers as a community technology preview (CTP), with the suite expected to ship in 2006.
Expression is designed to give Windows designers an alternative to tools such as Adobe Photoshop, Macromedia Flash and Macromedia Dreamweaver, which are more commonly used on the Apple Macintosh platform.
Adobe is in the process of acquiring Macromedia.
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