Windows Live Writer CTP Released

By ScottIsAFool | In Featured, News | Posted June 2, 2008 11 comments

On the Windows Live Writer Blog today, they announced the availability of the Windows Live Writer CTP. With this new build comes a lot of new features, which I will discuss in this blog post. So why is this a CTP and not just a normal beta? Well the main reason is that it features a new set of plugin APIs (version 1.1) and the whole Technical Preview is more intended for developers rather than consumers. Nonetheless, there are still some nice new additions for consumers.


In this blog post, I will go through the main changes that have happened in this release, and in my next blog post, I will go through some of the new APIs that are now available. More details after the jump.


So what’s changed:

  • Everything from Windows Live Writer 2008 plus:
  • New and improved category control (you can now search through your categories)
  • Image cropping (from the Advanced tab when you have an image selected)
  • Word Count
  • Tabbed view switching
  • Alignment commands in toolbar work on images (not just text)
  • Typographic replacement (characters like ©, TM, en-dash, em-dash), also works with “…”
  • Automatic linking to terms in your link glossary (eg, LiveSide)
  • User-interface updates in the menus and command bars (notice the blog has moved to the top right, rather than next to the other buttons on the toolbar.
  • Video Upload to Soapbox 
  • Improved Image Publishing
  • Lightbox support (doesn’t work if you don’t have Lightbox installed on your blog)
  • Additional Border Effects 
    WriterSplash (reflection) WriterSplash (rounded corners)
    Plus others.
  • Image tilting
    WriterSplash image
  • GIF Support
  • Technical Preview Installer UI
  • Product Instrumentation Support
  • Check For Updates / Update Notification
  • Writer SDK 1.1 (which I’ll cover in a separate post).

So go on, give it a try, you won’t regret it!


Posted June 2nd, 2008 at 4:27 am
Category: Featured, News
Tags: Writer
  • Khristopher

    Windows Live Spaces blog is saying that it’s US only, but I downloaded it with the link provided on the Windows Live Writer blog with no problems.
    Also installed with no problems.
    I use only EN-CA settings on my computer too. That’s English Canada for you non Canadians who don’t know what EN-CA means.

    As for the software… well the first thing I looked for is UI changes.
    Don’t really see much right away. In fact it looks almost identical except for the tabs.
    Major disappointment on that front as it STILL doesn’t match the UI of Messenger and Mail.
    If they can have the Vista-like minimize/maximize/close buttons on those programs in XP, then why not in Writer?

  • beckypezely

    A repsponse to Khristopher’s comments:

    To clarify the statement made on Space Craft: the technical preview of Writer is not supporting other languages and markets at this time – and the download is only available (to everyone) in English (United States). So you, and everyone else in the world, should be able to download the technical preview – it’s just going to use the “US flavor” of English for things like spell checking and language in the controls of the product.

    The changes to the user-interface were made to be un-noticed and, hopefully, make some features more fluid/convenient in the flow of using Writer. If anyone out there is kicking the product around and senses otherwise, we’d love to hear from you on our forum:


  • Nick

    Wow, the additions are really cool. Though they should make it use Vista’s Menu’s and other controls where they can be used. The Office XP style menu’s are a bit ugly in vista.

  • Avatar X

    Now what i want to know scott is your point of view on how this improves WLW plugin development, etc.

    or do we go to your blog for that? you didn`t stated nothing on that.

  • Chris

    Avatar: There’s a 2nd post coming up today with more details on the developer side.

  • Avatar X



  • ScottIsAFool

    Come back in an hour or so ;)

  • John OBrien

    Just installed from the MSI, didn’t need to uninstall the old version, it simply upgraded keeping all my old connections and plug-in’s. Just the way it should be!
    Looking forward to more on Writer from you Scott!

  • lituus

    WLW is so mature now, it might even be possible to make it a Google Docs (Writely) off-line editor. Docs essentially uses HTML to format documents, and if the correct Google Data API calls were available/used, and with some work on the WLW front, it might be able to publish documents to Docs or “sync” those documents (posts) that were created offline.

  • tophtucker

    Awesome–I especially like “Automatic linking to terms in your link glossary.”

    And including a screenshot, using Writer, of you writing this post in Writer… haha… well, it made me smile.

  • tophtucker

    And lituus, that’s a pretty interesting idea.