Sunday, June 15, 2008

New version of Live Writer

I use Live Writer, a free download from Microsoft, to create my blog posts and upload then to my blog. Live Writer works really well with Sharepoint but there have been a few issues, such as embedding YouTube videos. Microsoft have released an updated version of Live Writer, that is still in beta but is claimed to fix this and add a swag of new features.

 

Find all the information about the update and a link to download the software here. Here’s a summary of the fixes and improvements:

 

Video and Image Publishing Enhancements
  • - Upload videos to Soapbox
  • - Image cropping and tilting
  • - Additional border styles
  • - Support for LightBox and other image previewing effects (like Slimbox, Smoothbox, and others)
  • - Support for centering images
 
Editing Enhancements
  • - Auto Linking
  • - Smart quotes/typographic characters
  • - Word count
 
UI Improvements
  • - Revised main toolbar
  • - Tabs for view switching
  • - Improved category control with search/filtering

 

I have thus downloaded it and installed it over the top of the previous version and am now composing this first blog post with it. So if you are now reading this you know that I have been able to at least post updates to my blog with the new version. With that sorted I’ll try some other stuff shortly and let you know the improvements.