Windows Live Writer CTP Released

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.

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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.

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So what’s changed:

  • Everything from Windows Live Writer 2008 plus:
  • New and improved category control (you can now search through your categories)
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  • Image cropping (from the Advanced tab when you have an image selected)
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  • Word Count
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  • Tabbed view switching
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  • 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)
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  • 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 
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  • Improved Image Publishing
  • Lightbox support (doesn’t work if you don’t have Lightbox installed on your blog)
  • Additional Border Effects 
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    Plus others.
  • Image tilting
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  • 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!

SL