Windows Live Writer

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Microsoft is releasing the first of many 2008 products. Not only Visual Studio and SQL Server will become 2008, also Windows Live Writer.

Windows Live Writer

You can download Windows Live Writer from here. Use this link http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=d2baeda0-aa9a-4080-9202-1f23902d1169&DisplayLang=en so you can chose which language user interface you want to use.

Here a some of the Highlights

  • Vista x64
    x64 is becoming more popular every day. So a wise decision.
  • WYSIWYG editing
    Writer knows your blog’s visual theme. So you can see exactly what your posts will look like as you write them, before you publish. No more wasting time previewing your posts online.
  • Support for more spell checking languages.
    Still not nearly as many as possible, but it’s a start. English spell checking is now available in all builds.

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  • Localized versions for lots of new languages/markets.
    Select your own on the above link
  • Powerful editing features
    Creating compelling blog posts is much easier with the ability to insert and edit tables, check spelling as you type, and format and hyperlink content at your fingertips.
  • Rich media publishing
    Writer makes publishing rich media as easy as sending e-mail. Insert and customize photos, videos, maps, tags, and lots of other cool content—then click the “Publish” button. It’s that easy.
  • Offline editing
    Now you can blog anytime, from anywhere. Writer synchronizes drafts on your blog with changes you make when you’re offline, so you don’t have to worry about reconciling different versions.
  • <pre> handling in XHTML mode is fixed.
    Beta 3 would collapse whitespace in all tags, including <pre>, in XHTML mode.
  • Print / Print Preview -
    You can print blog posts directly from WLW just like you would do inside Microsoft Word or any word processor.

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  • Embed YouTube Videos in Blogs - Earlier you had to download a separate Insert Video plugin to embed web videos in your blog posts but now that feature is inbuilt - just type the video URL and WLW will automatically generate the embed code. Pretty handy. More Windows Live Writer Plugins.

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Windows Live Writer supports YouTube, Splashcast, Brightcove, Google Video, MySpace, Revver and MSN Soapbox.

Summary
Another great product from Microsoft and it's free as well. Besides its own features, you can also download dozens of plug-ins. So start blogging!

 

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