Snapshot Panel in Microsoft Expression Web 3

Posted by: Minal Agarwal , on 8/15/2009, in Category Expression Web
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Abstract: Microsoft Expression Web 3 has replaced the task panes with compact panels. In this article we will explore one such new panel in Microsoft Expression Web 3 called Snapshot Panel.
Snapshot Panel in Microsoft Expression Web 3
In my earlier article, What’s new in Microsoft Expression Web 3, I shared the new features of Microsoft Expression Web 3. While I am still exploring Expression Web 3, I found out a useful ‘Snapshot’ feature that gives you a snapshot of your document while you are working with it. Let us learn more about it.
‘Snapshot’ is one new feature that has been added to Microsoft Expression Web 3. As the name suggests, it takes a snapshot of your page in any given browser (you can choose from the list of installed browsers) and displays it in the main workspace. Now this is one handy feature. It lets you get an instant preview while you are still working on your page. Of course you still have the ‘Preview in Browser’ option that you had in Expression Web 2 and the newly added ‘SuperPreview’ (we will cover that in detail soon) that gives you a better experience with previewing your document. The Snapshot panel displays browser rendering of HTML, PHP, ASP and ASPX pages and is updated every time you save your current page. If ‘Preview in Browser’ solved the purpose, why am I calling this tool handy? Snapshot tool generates a real time screenshot of your page as and when you save your work. And since it is displayed inside Expression Web you do not have to preview your page in your browser every time you make any change to it and keep switching between sessions. This is a kind of shortcut where you can also choose the browser for the snapshot.
Go to ‘Panels’ menu and choose ‘Snapshot’.
Notice the new green color, to highlight menu items as you scroll over them. Though I think the color could have been better, had it been a fresher shade of green.
If you do not have any document open, the panel would not display anything.
If your document is open, it would take some time before showing you a snapshot.
When the snapshot is generated, the window would look like:
The Snapshot panel is docked below the main workspace window, though you can pin it anywhere else you like or just float it around.
The Snapshot Panel has following options:
1.    Browser: Use this drop down list to choose from a list of installed browsers.
2.    Browser window size: Use this drop down list to select a screen size or create a custom size.
3.    Always Preview Active Document: If you have multiple files open in your session, enabling this feature will display a snapshot of the active document. That means as you switch between the documents the corresponding snapshot will be generated. If this option is disabled, you always have to save the active page to generate the snapshot.

Interesting features like these make it fun to work with Microsoft Expression Web 3. I hope you enjoyed reading this article and I thank you for viewing it.

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This article has been editorially reviewed by Suprotim Agarwal.

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Minal Agarwal, Expression Web MVP, MCDST, works as a freelance web designer (SaffronStroke) working on Expression Web, Photoshop and other Graphical tools. As a hobby, she also runs a famous Food site called Follow her on twitter @ saffronstroke

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