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Tool to help with design of website layout

I use c# .net 4 via Visual Studio 2010 to design web applications.  Typically I am given a some sample html forms from my clients which I slice and dice and wedge my code behind their html and css.

I am having to design pages from scratch more and more and doing it by hand in the aspx design view is time consuming.  Are there inexpensive tools out there to assist graphically-challenged developers like me?
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Ess KayEntrapenuerCommented:
Does it have to be .net?  php has way more and free resources
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dlacoste81Commented:
My recommendation would be Microsoft Expression Web 4: http://www.microsoft.com/expression/products/Web_Overview.aspx

It's more graphically oriented than Visual Web Developer so it's definintely easier to use for the graphically challenged (I include myself in that category). The way I use it is to design a new webpage in Expression and then do the coding in Visual Web Developer.

Microsoft offers a free trial and the license is only $149. If you have a MSDN subscription with your Visual Studio you can download it for free.
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Ess KayEntrapenuerCommented:
expressions is actually very good, i should of though of that
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Ess KayEntrapenuerCommented:
there are also other nice ui enchancements you can use

we here use Infragistics

www.Infragistics.com i think

its very robust and versatile addons to .net and visual studio for graphic user interfaces
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Ess KayEntrapenuerCommented:
Another alternative would be to use WPF

Windows Presentation Foundation,

or silverlight, but for silverlight the user has to install it, WPF i think works standalone but they share features.

If you want sick graphics and a quick rendering of data and UI i would switch the system to WPF

You can code it in vb or c# just like any other .net web application


check out some demos online, the usages of it are graphically amazing
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canuckconsultingAuthor Commented:
I do have msdn so this is definitely the right answer for me.

Do you design your pages here and then manually chop it into master pages etc?
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