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Expression Studio 2.0

New features in Microsoft Expression Media now make it possible for you to work in tandem with the Phase One Capture One raw image processing program. You can process your images in Capture One, and then import them directly into an Expression Media catalog. Conversely, you can catalog your raw images in Expression Media and then export them to Capture One for further processing.

For more information, see Working with Phase One Capture One.

Expression Media can now partially or fully restore damaged and corrupt catalogs. Upon failing to open a catalog, Expression Media will scan the catalog in order to locate salvageable catalog content. If any undamaged content is available, Expression Media will create a new catalog containing the restored elements.

For more information, see Recover damaged catalogs.

The Global Positioning System (GPS) features in Expression Media allow you to read GPS information, or "geotags," in your images, and locate your images on the included Microsoft Virtual Earth map. Expression Media has enhanced geotag handling options that include the ability to enter and alter your geotag information, export your geotag information, and to manually, and precisely, plot your image directly on the Virtual Earth map.

For more information, see Working with GPS information in your images.

Expression Media now gives you a choice of decoding and displaying your raw images using either an installed manufacturer engine, or by using Windows Imaging Components codecs.

For more information, see Setting preferences.

Expression Media now supports importing files or folders from WebDAV-enabled network locations, such as Microsoft SharePoint sites.

For more information, see Import items from files and folders.

Expression Media now supports the Microsoft Office 2007 and 2008 file formats DOCX, DOTX, PPTX, POTX, XLSX, and XLTX. Expression Media also now supports XAML, Design, XEJ (Expression Encoder Job), CSS, JS, and VBS file formats.

For more information, see Supported file formats.

Expression Media now performs much more quickly across networks. It also enables catalog locking so multiple users can access and view a catalog from a shared location when someone has it open and is editing it.

Each panel contains new menus in annotation fields that include options for sorting images using either a union or an intersection of keywords.

For more information, see Handling hierarchical items in the Catalog Folders.

With the new Hierarchical Keywords section in the Organize panel, you can create and view hierarchies of keywords for your media files. For example, you can describe all the layers in a photograph file. Instead of just tagging your photograph "Europe," you can create a keyword hierarchy that specifies the country, the city, the street, and even the physical location of the scene (for example, "upstairs and to the right"). Or, instead of tagging a photograph "dogs," your keyword hierarchy could specify animals, mammals, and even specific breeds. The Hierarchical Keywords section works in tandem with your flat keywords to give you many options for clearly and accurately categorizing your media files.

For more information, see Create hierarchical keywords.

Common tasks such as importing media, building catalogs, and creating thumbnails are now faster. Also, smart importing functionality prevents corrupted files from hindering import. Expression Media will continue the import process even when it encounters corrupted files and will report any problematic files when the import is finished.

You can increase your productivity by having the Light Table open on one monitor when your catalog and tools are open on another. You no longer have to switch back and forth between views.

For more information, see The Light Table.

You can present your image collections in dynamic, rich, cross-platform Silverlight web galleries by using the templates included in Expression Media.

For more information, see HTML galleries.

Although Expression Media no longer requires that you have QuickTime installed, you will see a "QT" logo next to features that require QuickTime to run correctly. These include the following:

  • Slideshow as movie (Windows XP only)

  • Convert sound files

  • Convert movie files

  • Image Editor

  • PDF Maker

If you already have QuickTime installed, the "QT" logo will disappear and all features will work as expected.

Expression Media uses the new Windows Imaging Component (WIC) to perform image encoding, decoding, and transformation operations. In some cases, for WIC to work with raw file types, you must install individual codecs.

For more information on WIC codecs, visit http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=110292. For more information on raw rendering options, see Setting preferences.

You can put files in a catalog directly from portable storage devices, such as USB drives and flash memory cards. When you insert storage devices that contain your media files, the resulting AutoPlay dialog box will offer you the choice of importing and cataloging those files immediately.

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