Showing posts with label WindowsLiveWriter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label WindowsLiveWriter. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Eight tips for the Windows Live Writer Power Blogger...

Jon Galloway - 8 Windows Live Writer tips

Windows Live Writer really is an amazing application. It does one job really, really well. I've been using it on several blogs including this one (running on Community Server, Herding Code podcast (running on Wordpress). I've also used it to manage content in a variety of ways, including posting content to "hidden" blogs which were really content repositories for consumer facing sites.

Scott Hansleman's post last week (Download Windows Live Writer 2012) reminded me that I've been meaning to post some of my favorite tips I've picked up along the way.

1. Change Editor Font Size with a Simple CSS Edit

2. Sync Your Drafts With SkyDrive

3. Export Your Settings as a Reg File

4. Look Up Your Blog Password Using the WLW API

5. Enable HTML5 Features

6. Use (And Write) Plug-Ins

7. Post Drafts To Your Blog

8. Installers

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Some awesome tips from Jon on using our favorite Blogging tool...

 

Related Past Post XRef:
One way to avoid Windows Live Writer "Temporary Post" spam - Use Scott Lovegrove's WLWBackup
Windows Live Writer Backup v3 Released – Don’t leave your WLW without it…

Scott's "Type what I mean and not what I type" (aka AutoReplace/Correct) Windows Live Writer Plugin is back...
Cool Windows Live Writer Tip of the [whatever] - Changing the location where your drafts and recent posts are stored with one click...

A story about the web tech used to get a nonprofit up, running, online and all free

Get a little more Live... QFE Windows Live Essentials 2011 update released

Love Windows Live Writer? Wish it did more? Then write a plugin… and here’s some tips for doing just that… (with even some VB in there for flavor :)
Writing Windows Live Writer Plugins, or want too? Then Scott has written an article just for you!
Guide to Writing a Windows Live Writer Plugin in C#

Snag Rick's updated SnagIt Windows Live Writer plugin

Windows Live Writer Twitter Notify URL Shortner Setting Utility OR How to tweak the URL Shortner used by the Twitter Notify plugin without edit your registry
Windows Live Writer, Twitter Notify and bit.ly? Yep, here’s how…
Windows Live Writer, the Twitter plugin and changing its URL Shorter
Scott, Mr Windows Live Writer Plugin, has released the source to his Insert Video Plugin

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Get a little more Live... QFE Windows Live Essentials 2011 update released

Aaron's Live Writer Blog - An update for Windows Live Writer–Wave 4 is now available

" While I am no longer working on Windows Live Writer I still talk with that team and today we announced that there is an update to the Windows Live Essentials suite — http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/windowsexperience/archive/2012/03/20/update-for-windows-live-essentials-2011-now-available.aspx.

When talking with the Writer team they said they just made QFE level bug fixes and did not add new features to the product. As always I would recommend updating as things should be more stable than what you have today. You can get the new version from http://get.live.com

As an aside working on the Photo Gallery team we did make some improvements when working with web services in that users of flickr, Facebook, or Geo-tagging will enjoy and that should be reason enough to update your build" [GD: Post leached in full]

While the future of WLE is very much up in the air, I'm glad it's not totally dead...

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Snag Rick's updated SnagIt Windows Live Writer plugin

Rick Strahl's Web Log - SnagIt Live Writer Plug-in Updated

"Ah, I love SnagIt from TechSmith and I use the heck out of it almost every day. So no surprise that I've decided some time ago to integrate SnagIt into a few applications that require screen shots extensively. It's been a while since I've posted an update to my small SnagIt Windows Live Writer plug-in. There have been a few nagging issues that have crept up with recent changes in the way SnagIt handles captures in recent versions and they have been addressed in this update of SnagIt.

Personally I love SnagIt and use it extensively mostly for blogging, but also for writing documentation and articles etc. While there are many other (and also free) tools out there to do basic screen captures, SnagIt continues to be the most convenient tool for me with its nice built in capture and effects editor that makes creating professional looking captures childishly simple. And maybe even more importantly: SnagIt has a COM interface that can be automated and makes it super easy to embed into other applications. I've built plugins for SnagIt as well as for one of my company's own tools, Html Help Builder.

If you use the Windows Live Writer offline WebLog Editor to write blog posts and have a copy of SnagIt it's probably worth your while to check this out if you haven't already.

In case you haven't, this plugin integrates SnagIt with Live Writer so you can easily capture and edit content and embed it into a post. Captures are shown in the SnagIt Preview editor where you can edit the image and apply image markup or effects, before selecting Finish (or Cancel). The final image can then be pasted directly into your Live Writer post

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I'm a somewhat recent SnagIt convert, using it every day, throughout the day. Also I'm a heavy WLW user (No! Yes! Really! ;) and also have an interest in WLW Plugins (having written a couple myself that I use every day too). So needless to say I think this is cool.

And the coolest thing? Rick released his source too...

Monday, September 19, 2011

A story about the web tech used to get a nonprofit up, running, online and all free

Microsoft Unlimited Potential Blog - Getting a nonprofit up and running with free online tools

In May 2010 I decided I wanted to involve myself more into the broader French and French speaking community of Puget Sound in Washington State. I reached out to a nonprofit called l’Union des Fran├žais de l’Etranger (UFE), to see how I could help and to my surprise I discovered that nothing was really happening locally; even more surprisingly they ended up asking me whether I would be interested in launching the local chapter myself. It was quite more than what I was bargaining for but after r reaching out a handful of equally motivated French people, we officially launch the UFE Seattle chapter in February 2011.

From the onset it was clear that our little team had to find a way to be as productive as possible. All our board members were already busy with full time jobs, studies, children, or a combination! We also knew that to scale we needed to find an infrastructure that could not only be started quickly but also that would be free as we had limited funding.. I spent the few first weeks looking around to see what kind of online tools were available to help us get started and grow. We knew that we wanted to be present on the social networking sites (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter) and have a blog, a website, and a newsletter.

Setting up our presence on web was fairly simple. We utilized social networking sites, a Wordpress blog ,a newsletter, email, and a simple website. That was the easy part.

The hard part was finding a way to securely and easily communicate and collaborate with the board members including keeping track of emails, sharing photos, and documents such as our non-profit charter, promotional materials and graphic assets. We also wanted to create an online repository of local French services such as French speaking doctors and businesses (especially bakeries!) that would be easier to maintain than a webpage given how much we expected the volume of information to grow over time. So how could we do all of this and be able to share information with our members in the same scalable way? How could we separate which information we would share with the broad public, and which would be held for members only?

After discovering the latest Windows Live tools I finally found a way to achieve all of this, easily, for free and in a way that will scale for the future by combining several tools:

  • Windows Live Group to create groups for our board and for our members
  • Hotmail, to be our email address
  • SkyDrive to store board, members or public information
  • Office online to share and edit information
  • Windows Live Writer-to easily update our WordPress blog to blog and use the subscription function to have a newsletter generated for us.

How did we implement this?

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I dug this post in how it showed how you can bring a number of Microsoft and other services together to do stuff that in the past has required some kind of infrastructure in the past. We live in amazing times...

Friday, April 15, 2011

Cool Windows Live Writer Tip of the [whatever] - Changing the location where your drafts and recent posts are stored with one click...

LEHSYS - How to change the Drafts and Recent Posts folder in Windows Live Writer 2011

"Windows Live Writer is a fantastic offline blogging tool with a WYSIWYG editor. It interfaces with just about any blog service [Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad, WordPress, etc.] If you're a blogger you'll find this tool incredibly helpful- and it's refreshingly free from Microsoft.

One of the things that’s a hindrance to the application; it doesn’t let you choose where you want to put your drafts and recent posts.

But ah-ha! Seems after years of asking, there’s a registry hack for Windows Live Writer that’ll allow you to save your Drafts and Recent posts anywhere you’d like you…

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But WAIT, if you act now… you can get— this!

Microsoft is lazy. They know how to fix it and they could code it really quick, but they like watching people squirm throughout registry, hoping they’ll muck something up. That’s just wrong…

So, I wrote this; it performs the same functions you’ve seen there, to add the alternate location to the registry. You can do the previous steps manually, or do them with this… it’s up to you.

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Nice! I love developers... Whereas some would be happy with the a reghack, we instead take the extra time and effort to make something that's hidden or hard, easy and simple.

This can be used to make your Windows Live Writer usage easier and consistant. Think mapping WLW on multiple machines to a single network share for these files (which Scott (@scottisafool) and the Larry Henry, the author (@lehsys), have recently tweeted about doing), or sync'ing/mesh'ing/cloud'ing the files, etc.

Hat tip to Scott (@scottisafool) for the tip about this.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Scott's "Type what I mean and not what I type" (aka AutoReplace/Correct) Windows Live Writer Plugin is back...

InsertableContentSource - AutoReplace In Live Writer Makes Triumphant Return

"Ages and ages and ages and ages (ok, you get the point) ago I told you of a hidden feature within Live Writer called AutoReplace. At the time, I mentioned that as it was unsupported/hidden, it could go at any moment, and guess what, it did. So I removed the plugin from my SkyDrive area, no point it being there if nothing is gonna happen, right.

But as the philosopher Schwarzenegger once said, “I’ll be back.” And it was. So I’m re-introducing my original plugin for this unofficial feature but with some extra value awesomesauce. As you can see from my original post, you can add what you want to replace and with what, but you have to enter them all manually. Really, Scott? Really?! Manually? So I listened to all the feedback (me!) and decided that entering it all manually is painful, especially as MS Word has one or two you could use from there. And while I’m at it, why not add some preset options that aren’t in Word.

So I did.

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There’s even a handy search thing as Word has 925 default things to replace! Oh, and if you add others to Word and want them in Live Writer, just do another import, it only imports all the ones it doesn’t already have.

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Been a while since I've blogged about a WLW Plugin from Scott so when mentioned that he just released this...

I've got it installed and am using it as I write this. Can you tell?...  :|

 

Related Past Post XRef:
One way to avoid Windows Live Writer "Temporary Post" spam - Use Scott Lovegrove's WLWBackup
Windows Live Writer Backup v3 Released – Don’t leave your WLW without it…

Love Windows Live Writer? Wish it did more? Then write a plugin… and here’s some tips for doing just that… (with even some VB in there for flavor :)
Writing Windows Live Writer Plugins, or want too? Then Scott has written an article just for you!
Guide to Writing a Windows Live Writer Plugin in C#

Windows Live Writer Twitter Notify URL Shortner Setting Utility OR How to tweak the URL Shortner used by the Twitter Notify plugin without edit your registry
Windows Live Writer, Twitter Notify and bit.ly? Yep, here’s how…
Windows Live Writer, the Twitter plugin and changing its URL Shorter
Scott, Mr Windows Live Writer Plugin, has released the source to his Insert Video Plugin

Saturday, February 19, 2011

One way to avoid Windows Live Writer "Temporary Post" spam - Use Scott Lovegrove's WLWBackup

Scott's Windows Live Ramblings - Prevent Those Annoying “Temporary Posts” From Live Writer

"So you’ve just bought a new laptop and installed all your usual programs, you now need to configure Live Writer to point to your blog. Great. Only, for Live Writer to get a good grasp of your blog’s theme, it has to publish a temporary post from which it can get all the desired information. Ok, fair enough. But, a lot of times, those posts will get picked up on your RSS feed, will then get tweeted for the world to see, or at the very least, your gran on facebook. You don’t want that. As much as you might think it doesn’t matter, you will get replies, mostly questioning ones (“WTF?!”).

So what can you do?

Well, if you have Live Writer configured on any other computer, then you can always bring those settings (including blog themes) over to the new computer. And it’s as easy as 1..2..3. There is a program called WLWBackup, which you can download from CodePlex (Shameless disclosure: it’s my app!). You will need to install this on both your other/old computer and your new computer.

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Seeing the below WLW post spam in my morning feeds reminded me that to blog about Scott's post above.

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There's really no easier way to backup and restore WLW settings, information, posts and plugins than Scott's WLWBackup utility (cough... until we get some kind of mesh/cloud sync built into WLW... cough... Hey a boy can dream, right? ;)

His utility "just works" and if anyone knows the ins and outs of WLW it's Scott. It really is as easy as 1..2...3...

 

Related Past Post XRef:
Windows Live Writer Backup v3 Released – Don’t leave your WLW without it…

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Plugins.Live.com is now… (i.e. the new Movie Maker, Photo Gallery and Windows Live Writer Plugin gallery)

meraTechPort - Windows Live Plug-ins site launched !

“The plug-ins are one of the most useful additions to various Windows Live products. These enhances the usefulness immensely. Now a new , neat , clean  site has been created featuring these plug-ins.

http://plugins.live.com/” [GD:Post leached in full]

Windows Live Plug-ins (plugins.live.com)

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I have to thank Microsoft, and the team behind this, for not forcing all plugin authors to resubmit our plugins… THANK YOU! :)

Also thank you for keeping the plugin download statics. For example, on my Text Template WLW Plugin , found here Text Template, you can see the 9K downloads from when it was on the gallery.live.com.

I do like the clean UI and presentation. It does feel simpler, cleaner and easier than the old gallery implementation. I still like the Visual Studio Gallery and VS2010 Extension Manager better, but this is a good step forward.

Thoughts (in random order):

  • Search?
  • Plugin Author Submission editing (i.e. I’d like to edit the description for my plugin)
  • Online submission form (instead of the email)
  • RSS Feed
  • More Team Transparency (I’d really like to hear more from the Windows Live/WLW team. What they are working on, plans, etc, etc… something maybe like the CodePlex team?)

In any case, this is MUCH better than I originally feared. Thank you again MSFT/team for listening :)

 

Related Past Post XRef:
Goodbye Windows Live Writer - To its Gallery as the first step…but next?

Sunday, November 28, 2010

CodePlex project owner/contributor/doc writer? Don’t like the wiki web UI/markup/etc? What if I were to tell you you can use Windows Live Writer to edit your CodePlex wiki…?

Gunnar Peipman's ASP.NET blog - CodePlex supports Windows Live Writer!

“I am documenting local community portal that is hosted in CodePlex. Wikis have always been annoying for me when it comes to creating a good content. So, I was preparing for boring evening full of wiki mark-up and messing with good format, manual image uploads etc. But CodePlex surprised me today – it’s wiki supports Windows Live Writer!

As tonight is not the last night when I am documenting my work I was specially glad I got this heavy boost to my documenting action. I will save a lot of time I think as I am pretty quick when I’m using Windows Live Writer. Take a look at the following screenshot.

Conclusion

After couple of documentation pages I was amazed how fast I can move on with documenting when I don’t have to use this weird wiki mark-up and manual image uploads. Windows Live Writer is my killer tool when it goes to writing something for web. Now I can do also my CodePlex writing with Windows Live Writer and I can focus more on the quality of my documents. And this IS cool!

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CodePlex Information and DiscussionUsing Windows Live Writer

“Getting started using Windows Live Writer with your CodePlex project is fairly simple.  …

Windows Live Writer Q&A

Q: Can I add images to my wiki pages through Windows Live Writer?
A: Yes, images will be uploaded to CodePlex and attached to the wiki page.

Q: Can I add code samples to my wiki pages through Windows Live Writer?
A: Yes, you can use one of the many plugins to insert code. We recommend using Insert Code for Windows Live Writer, Source Code Formatter, or PreCode.

Q: Do I have to use Windows Live Writer?
A: No. Since we implement the MetaWeblog API, you can use any tool that uses this same API.

Q: Can I embed videos or Silverlight applications using Windows Live Writer?
A: No. Similarly to the web based editor, we will ignore this content. We are looking into supporting this in the future, however.

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Editing of existing pages? Yep

Image support? Yep

Awesome? Yep!

Anyone writing CodePlex wiki pages/doc’s and also use WLW will understand just how cool this is (been there, done that, got the t-shirt… ;) And it’s been available since at least August 2010.

Note #1: The screenshots and instructions are for the previous version of Windows Live Writer, but the capability works fine in WLW 2011. Adding a CodePlex Project to WLW is just as easy and simple as adding any other “other” blog.

Note #2: Use your main project CodePlex UserID and Password and NOT your CodePlex Version Control UserID/Password (ie NOT your “SND\*_cp” UserID/Password)

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Windows Live Writer Twitter Notify Plugin updated to work with the Twitter OAuth rollout

Aaron's Live Writer Blog - I can’t Log in to Twitter with Twitter Notify

“Today Twitter changed the way that you sign into Twitter.  Over the last few months you might not have even know that your favorite Twitter application had been updated with this change.  You were prompted to take a new version and you just updated.  In the case of the Windows Live Writer plug-in Twitter Notify there was no way to notify that you needed to update.  What you would see is that you tried to log in with your user name and password and you would just see a dialog that your user name or password was incorrect as you went to post your blog post. 

Have no fear there is a new version of Twitter Notify in the Live Writer plug-in gallery that works with the changes that Twitter has made.  You just need to install it from the gallery.  Here is a link.

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Glad I saw Aaron’s post. I didn’t even think about checking for an update for this plugin (which I use with every post).

 

Related Past Post XRef:
Windows Live Writer Twitter Notify URL Shortner Setting Utility OR How to tweak the URL Shortner used by the Twitter Notify plugin without edit your registry
Windows Live Writer, Twitter Notify and bit.ly? Yep, here’s how…
Windows Live Writer, the Twitter plugin and changing its URL Shorter
And you thought Windows Live Writer Development had stalled... NOPE! A new WLW CTP is now available, with some cool new features and plugin goodness

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Goodbye Windows Live Writer - To its Gallery as the first step…but next?

<rant alert> This post is a rant. I’m going to bitch, moan, groan and whine about something that upsets me. It’s not meant to start any flame wars, battles or anything like that. I just feel the need to vent and since this is my blog… ;)  </rant alert>

Windows Live Writer (WLW) has a huge following as one of the best blog writing tools around. But recent versions has had people, including myself, wondering at its future. The Wave 4 (aka Windows Live Essentials 2011 version) feature set is anemic, at best. We get the ribbon and a change in the shortcut keys. That feels like about it. And from my seat, worse there’s nothing for developers.

Now the Writer Gallery is being killed.

The WLW plug-ins are one of the main draws, one of the major reasons WLW is so darn good. As the iPhone has taught us, it’s the app’s, stupid. In WLW’s case, it’s the plug ins, stupid! Now the Gallery as we knew it is being replaced with the below process;

Dear Windows Live Writer plug-in authors,

On behalf of the Windows Live Writer team and all of our customers, thank you for the valuable contributions your plug-ins have made to the Writer experience.

We’re writing to let you know that Writer’s plug-in hosting and submission processes are changing.  Note: Existing plug-ins currently hosted on Windows Live Gallery will need to be resubmitted using the new process outlined below.  In the future, should you wish to provide additional plug-ins for Writer, we request that you also submit your plug-ins using this process.

We hope that you find the new plug-in submission process and hosting solution simple and lightweight.

New plug-in submission process:

1.       Author uploads plug-in MSI installer to Windows Live SkyDrive using his/her Windows Live ID (email address).

2.       Author emails wleplugins@microsoft.com (Windows Live Essentials Plug-ins) including the following information:

·         Author name

·         Author Windows Live ID (that will host the plug-in MSI)

·         Author contact email address

·         Plug-in name

·         Plug-in description

·         Plug-in category (pick only one):

·   Formatting/clipboard

·   Post publishing

·   Pictures

·   Buttons

·   Other content

·   Miscellaneous

·         URL to plug-in MSI on SkyDrive

3.       Writer team verifies that the plug-in works as described.

4.       Writer team updates public list of Writer plug-ins that will include information on the plug-in and a link to the installer that is hosted on the author’s SkyDrive.

5.       Writer team notifies plug-in author that plug-in has been listed.

We value your efforts and want to ensure that your plug-ins will continue to be accessible for the many people interested in them.  In order to do this, we need you to resubmit any existing plug-ins on Windows Live Gallery using this new process by September 10, 2010. You will be able to add more plug-ins after this date, but we need you to move existing plug-ins by then.

Please email us with any questions or concerns about the new plug-in submission process at wleplugins@microsoft.com. Other support requests should be directed to the Windows Live Solution Center.

Thanks,

The Windows Live Writer Team

Are you kidding me? We have to self-host our plug ins (gee, talk about future link management, breaking, “department of what could go wrong” etc, issues)? The submission process is email based? The Gallery, with it’s review, stats, searching, etc, is being replaced with some kind of “public list”? Wow, welcome to the 90’s

Come on, I hate to say this, but this is lame. If this were from a single person or small company, then sure, this might be okay. But from Microsoft I really expect much more. The funny thing is the Gallery killed a number of WLW Plug-in listing sites. Now this move takes us back a half decade…

As a developer of a top 20 WLW plugin, Text Template, (okay, so it only has 8k downloads, but still it’s in the top 20! :) I do not see this as any kind of improvement. At this point I don’t see any benefits to WLW users or developers. Am I going to resubmit my free plugin? I really doubt it.

VS2010’s Extension Manager and VSIX is the model to beat. THAT would help everyone. That would seriously rock. This? meh…

 

Given the lack of real love being given to WLW and now this move… I truly wonder at the long term life span for WLW. Unless I hear good news soon, I believe it’s time to add WLW to the Death Watch List.  And that really makes me kind of sad…

Friday, July 16, 2010

Love Windows Live Writer? Wish it did more? Then write a plugin… and here’s some tips for doing just that… (with even some VB in there for flavor :)

InsertableContentSource - Top Tips For Live Writer Plug-in Developers

“Whether you’ve written Live Writer plug-ins before, or if you’re just thinking about writing your first, hopefully this post will give you some good tips that will help you build that new plug-in.

Use A Visual Studio Template

I would highly recommend downloading a Visual Studio template. The template can be downloaded for machines running x86 or x64 flavours of Windows (for VB.NET devs, downloads are x86 and x64). The reason I have done ones for both architectures is because otherwise you have to remove and then re-add the reference to WindowsLive.Writer.Api.dll as it will be looking in the wrong Program Files folder. The template itself is based on a combination of templates written by myself and Ben Hall. …

Make Sure The Plug-in Copies Automatically To The Plugin Folder

If you’re using the template from above, then you can skip this tip. …

Run Live Writer When Debugging Plug-ins

Because Live Writer plug-ins are just dlls, it makes it somewhat more difficult to actually debug them, however, with just a simple change to the project’s properties (again), we can make this oh so easy. …

Add Plug-in Options to the QAT (Wave 4 and newer)

With the latest beta of Live Writer, we have been given the Ribbon UI that has been present in Office for a few years now. …

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Scott provides a number of handy, don’t re-invent the wheel, time saving tips for your Windows Live Writer development. These are things you’ll likely figure out on your own after time, but why waste that time figuring this out when it could be better spent working on your uber plugin! ;)

And a huge thanks to Scott for taking the time to provide VB templates too. (This is his first time doing VB… Welcome to the Dark Side Scott! lol)

 

Related Past Post XRef:
Writing Windows Live Writer Plugins, or want too? Then Scott has written an article just for you!
Guide to Writing a Windows Live Writer Plugin in C#

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Windows Live Writer 2011, aka Wave 4, shortcut keys (No you’re not going crazy, some have changed)

Aaron's Live Writer Blog - Keyboard shortcuts for Windows Live Writer Wave 4 beta

“Adding the Ribbon UI to Windows Live Writer gave us a chance to also look at the keyboard shortcuts for the product as a whole.  Here is a list of keyboard shortcuts that you can use in the Live Writer beta.  We tried to match the same shortcuts used in Office applications looking specifically at Word since it is the most common to Live Writer.  I should note that these are for the English build. Some may be localized for a specific language or locale.

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For a while there, using the new Windows Live Writer 2011 (wave 4) I thought it a little busted. A few of the keyboard shortcuts I used in nearly every post didn’t work anymore. (like CTRL-L to insert a photo, CTLR-SHIFT-V for the past dialog, etc).

But nope, not borked, just changed.

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This bugs me a bit… My main whine (yeah, yeah, I know this is beta… that’s why it’s just a whine) is that the keyboard shortcuts are not easily discoverable. Without the above post, how would I have known what they were? I like the Ribbon UI in general, and hope WLW’s implementation is still very beta and improves. For example I would REALLY like to editing/customizing, keyboard shortcuts in the tooltips, i.e. a more complete and full Ribbon UI implementation. </whine>

(via Windows Observer - Windows Live Writer Wave 4 Keyboard Shortcuts)

Windows Live Writer Twitter Notify URL Shortner Setting Utility OR How to tweak the URL Shortner used by the Twitter Notify plugin without edit your registry

InsertableContentSource - Twitter Notify, Because No-one Should Be Hacking The Registry

“Anyone who uses the Twitter Notify plug-in for Live Writer will know that it gives you a tinyURL.com url to tweet your link with, but sometimes, tinyURL isn’t what you want to be using, perhaps you prefer is.gd, or you have your own bit.ly account and want to use your own user details. Joe Cheng, when he was on the Writer team, wrote a blog post detailing how to go about changing this. Then, again, today Aaron Bregel, the Test Lead on the Writer team, wrote another post on how to go one step further and use the bit.ly API key.

Now, both of these posts are fine, and give you good instructions on how to change the setting, but it involves a registry change. The registry is not a place people should really be changing stuff by themselves, no matter how good the instructions, someone will screw it up.

So I decided what was needed was a little tweaker utility, so I quickly wrote one:

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Scott (who is no fool no matter his domain name) has come through again, seeing a pain point for the Windows Live Writer community and delivered. Today’s output from his big brain is a simple utility that makes it drop dead easy to switch what URL shortner is used by the Windows Live Writer Twitter Notify plugin.

In short, no more reg hacking!

Downloading, unzip it, run it (assuming you have the .Net framework installed), set it and you’re done.

Thanks Scott.

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Related Past Post XRef:
Windows Live Writer, Twitter Notify and bit.ly? Yep, here’s how…
Windows Live Writer, the Twitter plugin and changing its URL Shorter

Friday, July 02, 2010

Windows Live Writer, Twitter Notify and bit.ly? Yep, here’s how…

Aaron's Live Writer Blog - Using bit.ly with The Twitter Notify plug-in for Live Writer

“One of my favorite plug-ins for Windows Live Writer is Twitter Notify which will give you the option to create a tweet on Twitter as part of publishing your blog post.  By default it uses TinyURL as the URL shortener.  The “problem” with TinyURL is that it uses 20 characters whereas newer shorteners use 17 or less characters and with the 140 character limit of Twitter every character counts.

Joe Cheng wrote a blog post, Using alternative URL shorteners with Twitter Notify plugin, and in the main article he explains how to configure the plug-in to use shorteners like is.gd, snipr.com, snurl.com, and cli.gs but I found in the comments of that post that Max Paulousky has explained how to configure it for bit.ly.  What follows are the instructions on how to setup the Twitter Notify plug-in for bit.ly.

First make sure you have the latest version of Twitter Notify.  You can download and install it from the gallery.  http://gallery.live.com/liveItemDetail.aspx?li=6b2b5ffe-936a-4cb3-869c-c01de29de176&bt=9

Second you need to know your username and API Key from bit.ly.  …

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I had tried this, using bit.ly, when I did my original post about URL Shorteners and Windows Live Writer, but only very half-heartily and when it didn’t work the first time, because I didn’t know how to setup the URL correctly, I got lazy and gave up.

Luckily Aaron didn’t. He figured it out and better yet shared it with us. :)

So now my Twitter Notify short links should now be using bit.ly. Let’s publish this and see…

 

Related Past Post XRef:
Windows Live Writer, the Twitter plugin and changing its URL Shorter

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Windows Live Essentials 2011 (aka Wave 4) Direct Download Links

Liveside.net - Windows Live Wave 4: Direct Download Links

Wave 4 is here (!!) and we’re all about saving time here at Liveside, so we’ve compiled a list of all the available languages for the the Wave 4 beta and their associated downloads, both web and full.

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The crew at Liveside.Net, doing their normal outstanding work, have provided us the direct download links for today’s release of Windows Live Essentials 2010 (aka Wave 4 or WLE11)…

(BTW, this is my first post with WLE11’s Live Writer… interesting. Going to take a bit to get used to it….)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Windows Live Writer Facebook “Like” Plug-in

Guy Burstein's Blog - Facebook Like Button Windows Live Writer Plugin

“With all the Buzz around Facebook Like Button, I wanted to include it in my blog posts using a Windows Live Writer Plugin. Since I didn’t find any, I decided to create my own Facebook Like Button Windows Live Writer Plugin.

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Interesting… I’m not sure I’m going to jump in on this plugin for my posts, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think it isn’t cool… :)

(Why am I not? I’ve run into page load performance issues with with some plugins like this. Were due to the number of posts on my home page, with each one calling home for each post on the page… well it wasn’t pretty.)

(via .NYC - LiveWriter Likes Facebook Like – See the pretty faces of who likes you!)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Windows Live Writer, the Twitter plugin and changing its URL Shorter

whateverblog - Using alternative URL shorteners with Twitter Notify plugin

“Hopefully, folks who use both Windows Live Writer and Twitter know about the Twitter Notify plugin we released in December. Out of the box, it uses the venerable (but still awesome) TinyURL service to shorten the URL to your blog post.

However, if you prefer a different URL shortening service, like is.gd or snipr, you might be able to get the plugin to use that instead, with a simple registry tweak.

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It’s an somewhat of an oldie, but that doesn’t make it any less valuable.

I have my Windows Live Writer hooked to automatically tweet when I post via the Twitter Notify plugin. I like this approach because I can very easily modify the tweet before it goes out and the tweet happens immediately.

Yet I was considering moving to a different approach because I thought that it was tied to tinyurl and some of my tweeps are blocked from that service.

That was until Scott Lovegrove let me know (via twitter…lol) that I was being a lamer and the Twitter Notify plugin does indeed support different services.

I’ve followed the instructions above and am now using bit.ly is.gd (bit.ly didn’t work out so well) Now lets see if it works… ;)

(via @scottisafooltweet)

Friday, March 20, 2009

Windows Live Writer Backup v3 Released – Don’t leave your WLW without it…

Liveside.net - Live Writer Backup Released

“… However, this is something that could benefit all you bloggers out there. …

But then I started to get emails and reports that there were a couple of problems with the program, most notably from people who were using XP Service Pack 3 or Vista x64. The backup functionality stopped working for them completely, which posed somewhat of a problem. So I decided that it was probably time for a full rewrite of the program (it was needed). So that’s what I did.

The latest version (now 3.0!) was fully rewritten from scratch. The only code still in the program from previous versions is the code that makes it backward compatible with the wlwbackup files from earlier versions. The UI whilst still looking similar is now done in WPF, which means it has some nice little touches to it. Having had a pretty successful [private] beta period and an even more successful Release Candidate, I am now happy to release the final version.

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Scott Lovegrove, the WLW Ninja Master, was released v3 (Windows Live Writer Backup - Version 3.0 Final) of his very cool WLW Backup utility.

As you add all those very cool WLW plug-ins, as you create all those posts, as you tweak the settings, think about what a pain it would be to have to do all of that over again. Yeah, icky…  Well WLW Backup utility to the rescue! Backup your WLW stuff and it will keep it all safe for you.

Oh yeah, and the C# source is available if you’re interested in seeing the magic behind the curtain.  :)

Friday, February 20, 2009

Auto Twitterise your blog posts with the new Twitter Rename Windows Live Writer Plug-in

Steve Clayton - Auto Twitterise Your Blog Posts

“Another simple but very effective and very useful Windows Live Writer plugin from the plugin god Scott.

Very simply, this plugin will turn an @name in to a URL at the point of publishing. So if all works well @stevecla will magically have a URL added when I hit post on this!

This saves me about 10 seconds per post which probably equates to….well, a lot of time.

You can grab it from Scott’s Skydrive. Simply unpack the zip to c:\program files\windows live\writer\plugins and then open Writer and go to tools, options, plugins and enable it by selecting and clicking on options …”

Scott Lovegrove, @scottisafool , the WLW Plug-in Master Ninja, has release the binaries for a new twitter-rific WLW plugin. Nice!

(BTW, I’m @gduncan411 )

 

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