Windows LiveWriter released a new update this week with some cool new features for advanced blog authoring. Jon Udell of InfoWeek did a podcast/screencast with JJ Allaire and Jack Ozzie where they demo the new features and talk about future plans.
The demo runs about 30 minutes and covers; microformats, Live Clipboard, events, integration with Eventful, pictures, tagging, inserting live maps, gallery of plugins, Windows Live content, and details on how Live Writer uses your CSS templates to render true fidelity WYSIWYG. This is not a marketing demo. The demo covers most of the features but goes beyond what it does, and really gets into how it works. These guys are super smart geeks, so be prepared for a technical deep dive.
Here is a complete list of the changes in the Writer 1.0 (Beta) Update:
- Tagging support
- Support for Blogger Beta
- Categories are sorted by name and support scrolling, plus improved support for reading categories from your blog
- Improved startup performance
- Paste is enabled for Title region and TAB/SHIFT+TAB navigation between title and body supported
- Insert hyperlink added to context menu when text is selected
- Title attribute in Insert Link dialog
- Custom date support for Community Server
- Improved keyboard shortcuts for switching views
- Change spell-check shortcut key to F7
- Add ‘png’ to insert image dialog file type filter
- More robust image posting to Live Spaces
- Improved style detection for blogs
- Fixed issues with pasting URLs and links
- Remember last window size and position when opening a new post
- Open post dialog retrieves more than 25 old posts
I did a quick review of the first release of LiveWriter here.