Expression Web 4, Service Pack 2 released
Microsoft has just released the anticipated Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Microsoft Expression Web, the company’s web authoring software package.
Whilst Expression Web 2.0 will be distributed to licensed users through Windows Updates (Vista and 7), you can download the SP2 file from the Microsoft website via:
http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=26699 (the file is confusingly named “WebSP2_Trial_en.exe”)
If you’re unsure whether SP2 has already been installed, you can check the version number which will be 4.0.1303.0 if Expression Web has been successfully upgraded to SP2.
You can also read a complete list of the updates and improvements via Microsoft Help & Support :
For me, installation was completed in 10 seconds. Immediately noticible for me was the new-look and much improved CSS styles panel. Instead of trying to apply CSS styles to the list of styles within the panel (white text became invisible), Microsoft has opted for a plain list with radio buttons indicating an element’s use of any style, with a preview shown below.
To preview the CSS code for a style, simply hover the mouse over it. Old “modify style” (and related functions) can still be accessed by right-clicking on the style name.
In order to customise menus (a much-requested and overdue feature), right-click on the menu and choose “custom”. A small “Edit…” panel will emerge on the menu as shown below:
Click on “Edit…” to bring up a dialogue box with menu customisation options. Users with “add-ons” (such as Ajatix menus) may need to right-click on the menu and re-activate the associated icons which will disappear after the upgrade to SP2.
A useful introductory video to SP2 is is available from Microsoft here.