Jim Cheshire of JimcoSoftware is the author of a number of books on Expression Web including Expression Web 3 In Depth which is due to be released in October. Jim is also the author of Spawn, an addon for Expression Web 1.0 and 2.0 that allows you to create hyperlinks that will open in a new popup window with the window being a specific size or positioned at a specific place on the screen. Spawn will also allow you to create a link that will open in a new window BUT does not have certain features (such as the address bar, bookmarks bar, etc.). The window can also be locked to a certain size.
With the release of Expression Web 3.0, the underlying code was changed. Therefore, NONE of the addons for EW 1 or EW 2 will work with Expression Web 3. This includes Spawn. We HOPE that whenever the first service pack is released or V4 of EW is released, addons will once again work with Expression Web.
Spawn is available for the low price of $5. and you get both versions that will work with Expression Web 1.0 or 2.0. If you purchase Spawn now, you will receive a free upgrade to the EW 3.0 version once it becomes available.
Installing Spawn: Once downloaded (to my desktop where it is easy to find) I clicked on the exe file and the User Account Control for Windows Vista pops up. Once I clicked the Allow button, Spawn installed with no problem. You may have to right click on the exe file and choose Run as Administrator. I also had no trouble running Expression Web 2.0 once the addon was installed. Again, if you do have a problem, you may have to run Expression Web 2.0 as an administrator the first time. If you do not have a shortcut for the EW 2.0 on your desktop, the path to the program file is under Windows Vista Ultimate is C: > Program Files > Microsoft Expression > Web 2 > WebDesigner > Exprwd.exe
Launching Spawn: Once you have installed Spawn, you will find a Jimco Software menu item on the Insert menu in Expression Web 2.0. When you hover over it, you’ll see a menu of any of the Jimco Software add-ins that you have installed. Select Spawn Popup from the menu (shown below) to open Spawn.
Once Spawn has been launched, the only information you are required to enter in order to create a Spawn popup is:
- The URL for the popup (what you want to appear in the popup window)
- The size of the popup window