Microsoft Expression Design September 2011 Preview now provides new features, bug fixes, and stability enhancements for Expression Design 4.
The following four new features further expand and refine your workflow:
- Import EPS files
- Make multiple selection in the Layers palette
- Retain the adjusted position of an object’s registration point.
- Export documents to the SVG format
Import Encapsulated Postscript (EPS) files: To import EPS files, on the File menu, click Import Encapsulated Postscript File.
Make multiple selections in the Layers palette, as well as a range of groups and objects, by pressing Shift and clicking in the palette to select a range, or by pressing Ctrl and clicking in the palette to select non-contiguous layers. This feature functions just as multiple selection functions in Windows Explorer.
Retain the adjusted registration point
“The registration point is the point where an object is anchored on the document. The registration point becomes visible when you select an object and, by default, it’s located at the center of the object, represented by a diamond shape. When you rotate an object, the object rotates around the registration point.
You can change the location of the registration point by dragging it to another location in the object, thereby enabling the object to pivot around that new location. However, previously, if you changed the location of the registration point, rotated the image, and then cancelled the selection, the registration point returned to its default position in the center of the object. Now, in the Design Preview Release, once you change the registration point, perform a rotation, and then cancel the selection, the registration point remains in its new position.
To return the registration point to its default position, select the object and then click the center of the Registration point icon at the bottom left of the application window,” explains Microsoft.
To Export in SVG format:
- If you plan on only exporting particular slices or objects, then select the elements that you want to export.
- On the File menu, click Export.
- Under Items to Export, select one of the following options:
- Whole document Select this option to automatically export all the artwork in your Expression Design document as a single SVG document.
- Selected objects Select this option to export only those objects that you selected before you open the Export dialog box. Expression Design exports the objects as a single SVG document.
- Slices Select this option to export slices of your artwork, in multiple output files and formats. Slices are configured before you open the Export dialog box. The preview window changes to display each slice individually so that you can select different export settings for each. You can also use the Slice contents drop-down box to show or hide objects in the slice.
- Slice name Type a name for each slice in this box. You can only name a single slice at a time, so this option is unavailable if you have selected multiple slices.
- Slice contents If you want to hide or show a particular object in your slices, clear or select the box corresponding to the object that you want to hide or show.
- Always name objects Select this check box to name all objects that are converted from your artwork.
- Place grouped objects in an SVG group Select this option to place any grouped objects in your document into SVG groups that your application design program will recognize.
- Editable TextBlock Select this option to convert text to TextBlock objects that will be editable after you import the document into Expression Blend. Note that you may lose some formatting because SVG does not support all text properties.
- Paths Select this option to convert all text to path objects.
- Rasterize all Select this option to have Expression Design rasterize live effects applied to your document.
- Convert to SVG effects Select this option to convert the Drop Shadow and Gaussian Blur effects to SVG effects. These are the only two effects that SVG supports.
- Location Next to Location, browse to or enter the path for the location where you want the output file to be saved.
- Export All Click Export All to export the file or files. If you are exporting slices and you want to export only some of them, you can select multiple slices in the preview window (hold the Shift key), click the drop-down arrow next to Export All, and then click Export Selected Slice(s). Alternatively, if you want to save any changes that you made to the export properties for individual slices without actually exporting the slices, click the drop-down arrow next to Export All and select Save Settings and Close.
You can download Expression Design September 2011 Preview here.