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  • Question

  • Hi To All,

    What are the significant differences between "Cider - Visual designer for WPF" and Microsoft Expression products ( Acrylic, Sparkle and Quartz that also targets WPF ) (Other than that cider may be a designer tool built within Orcas )?

    Thanks,
    Ganesan Krishnamurthy.
    Saturday, December 10, 2005 4:49 AM

Answers

  • Hi Ganesan,

    The spirit of the differences between the various tools can be summed up in the customer they're each trying to address.  The Expression products are aimed at professional designers -- people who specialize in 3D, animation, rich vector graphics, textures, etc.  Cider, as part of Visual Studio, is aimed at professional developers -- people who are creating, say, line-of-business applications, vertical applications, utilities, hobbyist tools, and so on.  As part of Visual Studio, Cider helps you create UI for applications and also integrate all the other pieces of application development such as debugging, databinding, and, well, writing code!

    I would encourage you to review other forums for other material related to Sparkle, and you can also view a couple of interesting online resources that talk about Cider and how it's different from Sparkle (in particular):

    Cider talk by Mark Boulter & Brian Pepin at the PDC
    The Cider & Sparkle keynote demo at the PDC
    The MSDN demo video of Cider

    Hope this helps,
    chad
    Monday, December 12, 2005 4:44 PM

All replies

  • Hi Ganesan,

    The spirit of the differences between the various tools can be summed up in the customer they're each trying to address.  The Expression products are aimed at professional designers -- people who specialize in 3D, animation, rich vector graphics, textures, etc.  Cider, as part of Visual Studio, is aimed at professional developers -- people who are creating, say, line-of-business applications, vertical applications, utilities, hobbyist tools, and so on.  As part of Visual Studio, Cider helps you create UI for applications and also integrate all the other pieces of application development such as debugging, databinding, and, well, writing code!

    I would encourage you to review other forums for other material related to Sparkle, and you can also view a couple of interesting online resources that talk about Cider and how it's different from Sparkle (in particular):

    Cider talk by Mark Boulter & Brian Pepin at the PDC
    The Cider & Sparkle keynote demo at the PDC
    The MSDN demo video of Cider

    Hope this helps,
    chad
    Monday, December 12, 2005 4:44 PM
  • Thanks, chad.

    Wednesday, December 14, 2005 5:20 AM