Tool to help with design of website layout

Posted on 2012-08-13
Last Modified: 2012-08-14
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?
Question by:canuckconsulting
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    by:Ess Kay
    Does it have to be .net?  php has way more and free resources
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    My recommendation would be Microsoft Expression Web 4:

    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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    by:Ess Kay
    expressions is actually very good, i should of though of that
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    there are also other nice ui enchancements you can use

    we here use Infragistics i think

    its very robust and versatile addons to .net and visual studio for graphic user interfaces
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    by:Ess Kay
    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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    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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