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Windows Live Writer 2008 finally released!

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Aye, that’s right open source fans, your favorite blogging tool is no longer beta testing! Live Writer 2008 was released earlier this month and is finally out of beta testing (I’m using it as of this post!) at version 12.0.1366.1026. I’ve been posting here almost exclusively using WLW, and contrary to the regular ultra-hilarious jokes about Microsoft Beta softwarez, it’s been a pleasant and stable experience for me in Vista.

Apart from supporting Live Spaces (which I haven’t tried as of yet), it supports publishing to WordPress and Blogger.com, among others. It has a nice and non-intrusive WYSIWYG editor with toolbars, supports easy inserting of pictures, tables, and videos. WLW lets you set up multiple accounts, which is handy if you are a real lifeless dork and find yourself tending multiple blogs.

Recently I set up a SharePoint MySite blog server at work, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that it integrated as seamlessly as they boast. It’s a matter of putting in the URL to your own blog as a SharePoint blog account in WLW, and after you authenticate, it’s more or less ready to go. Uploading content attached to your entry is also handled well, allowing you to link or upload content to the web host.

imageWLW 2008 supports different views, so you can more or less edit your entry as it would appear formatted using your blog’s CSS styles. Then again, you could not, and turn it off too–pick your poison. And when you feel like wearing a black trench coat and putting on your Matrix-style sunglasses, you can switch into HTML editing mode too. Nifty.

It also allows you to create categories inside the editor, as well as select existing categories, and set the publishing date.

It’s worth a try if you’re using Windows, it’s still free.

Written by art

November 15th, 2007 at 5:49 pm

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