I have been a big fan of Windows Live Writer since it was first available, and that continues with the latest CTP release. There have been a lot of changes between the last beta and this CTP, including some much needed UI improvements and new features, including:
- 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
- Auto Linking
- Smart quotes/typographic characters
- Word count
- Tabs for view switching
- Improved category control with search/filtering
There are also some SDK updates that will provide a lot of flexibility for plug-ins, including a new set of experimental API hooks for pre- and post-publish events. For more details about the SDK, check out the blog post on Windows Live Dev.
I’ll be updating my XFN Link Editor shortly to work with the new SDK.