I've been reading up on some Microsoft tutorials getting ready to start teaching myself WPF programming, having been a longtime Windows Forms and Webforms programmer and trainer. The way I understand it, WPF interfaces are basically created by producing underlying xaml, that can be produced by a designer using Microsoft Expression products. My question is geared toward other professional .net developers who either themselves, or through their company, use the services of professional designers. If you or your company already have a relationship with a good designer, and that designer's experience is primarily with adobe tools such as dreamweaver, illustrator, and photoshop - can they still use their own tools to create WPF-compatible xaml that will work with Visual Studio? Or do they have to learn Expression tools instead? Does anyone know of an upcoming Dreamweaver plugin, or one that already exists that allows this?
09-22-2008, 01:26 PM
If you Google for "photoshop xaml" you'll see that there are tools for converting Photoshop and Illustrator files to XAML.
09-22-2008, 01:29 PM
Read the last paragraph here. I find that quite an interesting statement.
(The paragraph that starts: "Expression Studio is a harder sell.")
09-22-2008, 02:47 PM
It was that thought that prompted my question in the first place - I have a feeling that with Dreamweaver's extensive plug-in developer community, it's a lot more likely that Dreamweaver designers will wait for a WPF xaml plugin than to bother learning a new tool that's way different than what they are currently very proficient with. I really don't think Microsoft has enough time to pull this off -- they might be better suited to start the initiative to create an officially sanctioned plugin movement, or some effort to meet adobe half way proactively.