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EXCLUSIVE: New Version Of Windows Live Writer, with Screenshots

I got my hand on a recent internal build of Windows Live Writer, and I’m happy to bring you guys screenshots and info.  First off, the new features/changes:

  • Updated to the Windows Live look and feel, including the Live flair, hidden File menu, and overall more polished look
  • Windows Live “Me” blog switching control
  • Inline Spell Checking
  • Post Synchronization / Roundtrip Post Editing
  • Paste Special
  • Table Editing
  • Extended Entry Support (on blogs that have this feature)
  • SharePoint Support
  • Preferences for Window Behavior
  • Insert Image Improvements: UI consolidation, easier linking to web images.
  • Insert Hyperlink Improvements: Link to Previous Posts, Link Glossary
  • WYSIWYG Template Robustness: No temporary post on many blogs, including WordPress

Now for the screenshots, which will run through most of the new features:

First off, the new interface:

 1 - new interface

Note the blue flair design seen on everything Windows Live, the lack of the File/Edit/… menu, and the new Insert Table and Insert Tags links in the Sidebar and new toolbar buttons.  The View button replaces the old button that listed the current view status, and Tools takes you to preferences or spell checking.  The paintbrush icon is to customize the window color, and that folder icon reveals the File Menu (hitting ALT does it, too).

Here are the other interface elements (File menu and publishing options) expanded:

2 - expanded interface

Here you have the insert image dialog, which has a tab for inserting an image from the web, including previewing it, seeing the dimensions, and setting link options:

 3 - insert image from web

The tag editing UI:

 4 - tag editing

Inserting a Windows Live Map into posts (you can even set and customize pushpins!):

 5 - insert map

Here’s what the map looks like in Writer:

 6 - Maps in post

And here’s the map I created:

The Split Post button, which uses a blog’s “More” or “extended entry” feature:

 7 - Extended entries

The category picker:

 8 - category picker

It’s been moved to the bottom with the other publishing tools (including a way to set the publish date without opening the entire publish pane).  It doesn’t do categories the way WordPress does (where a category can be nested underneath another one), it is improved.

The interface in black, thanks to the color picker:

 9 - in black

I wish Windows Live software would speak to each other, and all use the same colors I choose, but at least they let me choose it in the first  place, which is nice.

I like the new blog picker button, which includes the logo for your blogging service:

 10 - Pick blog

Also, I like switching between post drafts easily:

 11 - Draft switching

It’s not quite tabs, but it works well.

 

Inline spell checking:

 12 - inline spell checking

And tons of options for tables:

 13 - tables

And finally, the image editing options:

14 - Image options

Verdict:  They’ve gone and taken what might be the best blog editing tool out there and made it better.  It looks better, has a few good new features, works better connecting to your blog (no more Temporary Post For Style Detection), has an even easier and better organized interface.  Great work!

I don’t know when this will be available, or if the next version you see is a somewhat different later build, but it should be great either way.

This entire post was written in the new version of Windows Live Writer.

February 28th, 2007 Posted by | Live, Windows, Writer | 19 comments



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19 Comments »

  1. I want! Nice review.

    Comment by Bob | February 28, 2007

  2. Nathan just a FYI, this build was first shown at the beginning of February at http://www.live-writer.de/

    Comment by Chris Overd | February 28, 2007

  3. [...] InsideMicrosoft, אחד הבלוגים החביבים עליי, מפרסם היום פרטים על הגרסא החדשה של כלי עריכת הבלוגים של MS (גם אתם שונאים את כל כתבי הטכנולוגיה שמתמשים בביטוי ”הענק מרדמונד“? בכלל, כל ביטויי ”הענק מ…“ הם כל כך 2001. שגם ×–×”, להגיד על משהו שהוא ”כל כך xxx“ ×–×” כל כך 2003). בשורה התחתונה החברים טוענים שהכלי ×”×›×™ טוב בשוק לכתיבת פוסטים × ×”×™×” הרבה יותר טוב. אז אין לי את הגרסא שלהם יש, אבל ננסה לעשות השוואה בכל זאת. ×”× ×” הקריטריונים: [...]

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  4. [...] There’s now a new version of Windows Live Writer being developed and the Inside Microsoft blog got their hands on a copy of it and played with it a bit. Verdict:  They’ve gone and taken what might be the best blog editing tool out there and made it better.  It looks better, has a few good new features, works better connecting to your blog (no more Temporary Post For Style Detection), has an even easier and better organized interface.  Great work! [...]

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  5. Looks like a great update to the software. Any ideas when it will be available for public download?

    Comment by Jason | February 28, 2007

  6. [...] WLW并没有死,而且它的新版本应该不久就快出现了,因为像我一样的用户们等不急了,因为这篇新版的截图及功能说明日志也已经有一个多月了。 [...]

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  7. [...] might remember that back at the start of March, Nathan Weinberg put a post up showing off the current internal build of Windows Live Writer. Well, since then, there was been nothing new that has been shown by anyone, until now. The [...]

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  8. [...] Março, Nathan Weinberg publicou algumas imagens mostrando o atual build interno do Windows Live Writer na época. Desde então, não apareceram novidades que valessem ser mostradas para todos, até [...]

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  9. 为什么还没有提供下载

    Comment by hookle | April 30, 2007

  10. [...] 05月01日消息:你可能记得3月刚开始的时候,Nathan Weinberg发布了一篇泄漏Windows Live Writer内部版本截图的文章。自从那时开始,再也没有任何的新消息透露。澳大利亚MSDN博客 [...]

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  11. [...] for new features aren’t going to be addressed in this release. Heck, I even know what it looks like so in my mind it’s time to stop dangling the word soon in front of us hard-working bloggers [...]

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  12. Look very good! It is possible add Polish spell check?

    Comment by Robert Stuczynski (Noise) | May 4, 2007

  13. [...] para todo bloguero.  Mientras sale la nueva versión de este editor, podemos disfrutar algunas capturas de lo que será el WLW [...]

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  14. [...] much(Windows Live Writer rocks as well!). Oh, and btw, they’re teasing us with a lot of yummy screenshots, but holding back for some reason they won’t [...]

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  15. Is anyone else wondering what to do with that big search box at the top?????

    Comment by Ioannus de Verani | May 23, 2007

  16. Who can give us a weblink to download this new edition.Who can share with us. Hope the new edition will give us many surprises and available as soon as possible,we are waiting so long time

    Comment by Nimrod_Yuan | May 29, 2007

  17. [...] we get the first view of the new UI, and if you haven’t seen any of the previous screenshots (here, here), the new UI is quite different to the original [...]

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  18. [...] program has loaded we get the first view of the new UI, and if you haven’t seen any of the previous screenshots, the new UI is quite different to the original [...]

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  19. [...] 程序加载后的全新UI可以看之前的截图(这里和这里),新UI与之前的Beta版本具有很大的不同。(点击可以看全图) [...]

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