I put review in quotes b/c well, I didn't look at the entire application and
review everything it can do. What I did do was report back on my training
experience I recently went through as part of a project I'm working on.
It is a bit long to post directly to the list, but I know that some people
are interested in Blend but haven't made the plunge yet.
Summary: don't tread lightly ... This is not an application for the faint of
heart. It is a powerful pre-programming tool and when used with Visual
Studio and a great architect can be very good. I do NOT think this is a
designer's tool in the sense that we as interaction designers are hoping
for. Most of us who don't know VB or C# won't be able to use it for rapid
prototyping as it is exceedingly more complicated than even Flash.
I think MS put features in here that are completely useless to me while
missing the big opportunity for the IxD community.