Windows Live Writer Manifest For Subtext

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View Microsoft recently released Windows Live Writer Beta 2, the long awaited next version of their blog editing tool. Although there are a few quirks with WLW, I find the user interface and usability to be really nice. They make great use of the right sidebar panel.

In their latest release, they’ve introduced a few more extensibility points including a Manifest, which allows you to have a branded weblog panel. More than just for cosmetic reasons, this will help those who manage more than one blog see in an instant which blog they are editing.

It looks like WLW is positioning to be the rich client interface into your blog, a direction I like.

Barry Dorrans just posted a manifest on his blog for Subtext based on the one Tim Heuer deployed to his own blog.

You can download the manifest from Barry’s blog. He also committed it to our Subversion repository, so it will be included in the next version of Subtext.

Subtext remains committed to providing a great experience when using Windows Live Writer with a Subtext blog. We were quick to support Really Simple Discovery (RSD) and the newMediaObject method of the MetaWeblog API. We’ll work hard on providing first class support for adding and deleting categories.

I have an open question for the WLW team. Is there a community officer I should be in communications with to get a heads up on future features that might require changes to the Subtext in order to provide first class support? I am wondering if this information was available somewhere and maybe I just missed it somehow. I would love to provide advanced feedback and that sort of thing if you are interested. Consider it an open offer. ;)

Now if we could just get WLW to support search and replace in their HTML editor, I’d be much happier.

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6 responses

  1. Avatar for Simone Chiaretta
    Simone Chiaretta June 3rd, 2007

    Seems like you are not alone:
    Scott Watermasysk asked the same question:
    "why does Wordpress and Typepad already had this feature released together with WLWb2 while Community Server, which also used by many MS blog sites didn't know anything about that?"
    and there is an email to contact of a pm of the writer team

  2. Avatar for Scott Watermasysk
    Scott Watermasysk June 3rd, 2007

    Hey Phil,
    Drop me a line and I will introduce you.
    I have never had a problem finding someone to contact, I just was not able to get access early enough to allow our users to take advantage of the new features.

  3. Avatar for tod hilton
    tod hilton June 5th, 2007

    Phil - ping me if Scott doesn't get you hooked up with the WLW folks. I've dealt with them before [helping out another blogger] and they're more than willing to speak directly with you.

  4. Avatar for Joe Cheng [MSFT]
    Joe Cheng [MSFT] June 9th, 2007

    We didn't/don't have anything formal in place, basically just off-the-cuff conversations between our developers and whomever they happened to run across. It's pretty clear to us now that we need to be more intentional in the way we communicate with server implementers as a community.
    Thanks for reaching out. We forwarding to working with you in the future!

  5. Avatar for Anonymous
    Anonymous June 28th, 2008

    I cannot get Live Writer to regognize my LIVE blog url. I can get it to recognize localhost when I was testing live writer with Subtext locally. But now, I have moved the blog to project using Visual Studio's built-in Publish function in the Build menu. The blog runs fine, however I can't get Live Writer to regognize the Subtext provider after putting in my live blog URL, username and password in the Live Writer account setup. Same thing I did before but just changed my localhost url in the account setup to the live blog url that's hosting my blog.
    Any hints to get Live Writer working here?

  6. Avatar for abendkleider
    abendkleider December 6th, 2010

    I read this windows Live Writer Manifest for subtext information and i am really glad after reading this. Thanks for providing this news.