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Microsoft has acquired the development team and rights to the software Expression, (formerly known as Creature House Expression, which they are offering for download from their site. I used this product quite extensively a few years ago, and it was superb for producing vector based illustrations with full control over the stroke sensitivity and a wide variety of brushes (similar to Painter

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