Internet Explorer 9 Breaks Windows Live Writer 2011

Windows Live Writer 2011With the release of Internet Explorer 9, there was a little bit of blogger news that came with it; Windows Live Writer 2011 is in beta right now and ironically so is Internet Explorer 9 [thank goodness] because the latest release of Internet Explorer 9 breaks Windows Live Writer 2011.

The Windows Live Writer team is advising people who have upgraded to Internet Explorer 9 and that are using Windows Live Writer 2011 to downgrade, back to Internet Explorer 8 if it’s necessary.

Call me crazy, but we’re talking about Microsoft here, and with issues like this you start to understand how compartmentalized they are.

But betas are betas and natively meant to be prone to bugs; thus they’re beta. They need people to beta test to find these issues and correct them.

How to: Get MORE tag with Blogger

imageWindows Live Writer is a strange beast sometimes.

While its highly regarded as the best offline blogging tool, it misses simple and obvious functions. It throws new people who want to use it for a loop, and then they come to the forum searching for answers.

Things like having the option of a MORE option to break a post in to two parts for Blogger.

It's asked in the forums a lot; why it doesn't get resolved? I don’t know.

The break/MORE for WordPress is the same for Blogger. Go figure, but you do have some options.

Here's what your available options are...

How to: Create A Bookmark HTML In A Blog Post

imageSo the question comes up in the Windows Live Writer forum, can you establish bookmarks [HTML] in a blog to link to specific parts of a blog with Windows Live Writer?

The answer is NO- not natively, but you can do it other ways.

But if you know a little HTML code, you can do it. Or if you've a HTML WYSIWYG editor it’s not real hard.

You can do this with Kompozer; a free HTML WYSIWYG editor you can download. Very easy to use and portable. Great for quick HTML edits.

If you're looking to something special/specific with the layout of your site/blog, you can make an attempt establish/compose a blog, edit it with an outside HTML editor to have more HTML control. I suggest trying Kompozer [it's free and open source]


Here’s my example…


Windows Live Writer 2011: Getting BANNED from PING Servers?

Blah, blog, Blogger Account, Canned Responses, Crap Load, Microsoft, options, people, Ping Function, Ping Servers, Private Messages, Risk, Support Forum, Support Forums, Support Resource, Windows Support, wordpress, Writer SupportIf you’re using the PING SERVERS function in Windows Live Writer; the question is, will Windows Live Writer 2011 get you banned from a social ping servers?

I’ve been able to help out plenty of people in the Windows Live Writer support forum, and while Microsoft techs are visiting the support forums for Windows Live Writer a bit more regularly than the old one, they aren’t really providing a great deal of assistance- not from what I’ve observed. Or maybe there’s just a crap load of private messages from Microsoft to the users… I don’t know.

I believe I’ve been fairly reasonable with Windows Live Writer, in the support forums, but since I can’t get an answer from the official support resource, I’d guess I can ask the Internet; why not?

Zemanta crashing Windows Live Writer 2011 - videos

Image representing Zemanta as depicted in Crun...This is a couple of videos I did for Zemanta.
I was trying to explain to them the flashing of the sidebar, so videos do that pretty well. And I knew the sidebar plug-in crashed right around 500 words, so I just did some rambling and filled in some stuff.
I know it sounds weird if you read it, but I was just trying to produce the error.
So this what I wrote and the videos I created…
Enjoy. [laughing]

Problem: Dragon NaturallySpeaking and Windows Live Writer 2011

blog, Capitalization, Checkbox, Composition, Dragon, Dragon NaturallySpeaking, guess, phrase, Plug Ins, previous versions, Related Articles, Shiny Ribbon, Spelling Mistakes, Spelling Options, Stupid, Windows BetaIf you're using Dragon NaturallySpeaking and Windows Live Writer 2011 you'll notice a new problem with the latest release of the Windows Live Writer beta.

The specific problem is that with every new sentence, every new phrase, in every new set of words or corrections that you make; everything begins with the capitalization. this wasn't a problem in the previous versions of Windows Live Writer, but I guess with the introduction of version 2011- it's a problem now.

It's not a major issue, the problem can be resolved with a simple checkbox...

Windows Live Writer 2011: Setting Default Image Behavior

imageSince Windows Live Writer doesn’t come with a operations manual some people may not know about the ability to set default image behaviors.

For instance if you are writing articles for a particular blog and you always want the images that are imported into the blog to have a drop shadow, or to be a certain size, or to look a certain way; you can set the default behavior of that image when it’s pasted into Windows Live Writer.

This is how you do that…

New Zemanta Plug-in Crashes/Breaks Windows Live Writer 2011

blog, Blogger, Close Windows, Composition, crashes, Definitive Moment, Error Message, Flashing, Initial Startup, Live Assist, New Windows, Related Articles, sidebar, Suggestion, Suggestive Images, Windows Beta, Writer ApplicationI've been attempting to use the Zemanta in Windows Live Writer for the past couple of weeks and everything seems be going fairly okay, but recently I've been experiencing problems with Zemanta.

Zemanta provides a plug-in for Windows live writer to assist the blog author in the composition of their new post. It offers suggestive, images, selected links/supporting articles and links to similar articles.

Zemanta recently updated their plug-in to work with Windows live writer 2011 [beta].

Here's what I've got thus far...

Windows Live Spaces: No MORE tags?

imageOne of the things that’s pretty interesting about Windows live spaces, that’s actually uncommon, is that Windows live spaces does not have the option for a MORE tag.

If you take just about any blogging service [Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad, WordPress, Etc.] that’s on the Internet right now, or that’s commonly used, most of those blogging services are going to have the option to split the blog post into multiple sections, so that you can give the readers a snapshot view of the content that you’re presenting.

At that point, the reader can decide whether or not they want to continue reading, if it’s interesting enough, or they just want to continue on and ‘bounce’ to the next website.

Ironically enough Windows live spaces does not offer this option…

How to: Add Digsby to Windows Live Writer 2011

Everyone wants to make their blog posts more interactive, and while sharing links may get you more popularity, some people are looking for more direct response from the readers.

One of the most popular instant messaging applications is Digsby. Digsby is a powerful instant messaging application that’s compatible with just about every instant messaging protocol that’s available on the Internet.

In addition to being able to interface with all these instant messaging protocols, Digsby also offers a widget; HTML code that can be placed into the post of your article, where readers can communicate with you directly.

How to: Add plug-ins to 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 free from Microsoft.

What makes the application even better is that the program has extensibility through plug-ins. The overall function of the application can be increased greatly by simply adding plug-ins through the application.

How To: Setup PING services with Windows Live Writer

Windows Live Writer has the ability to pain social networks when new articles are posted/published. Normally blog services, like WordPress, and take care of these small tasks for you, especially when you’re scheduling your posts.

A Windows Live Writer has an option in the application settings to allow you to designate which ping services at you’d like to use.

Here’s how you would set that up…

How to: Delete An Account From Windows Live Writer 2010

Windows Live Writer is very simple when you’re adding your first blog account to the application; it has an account wizard when you’re first starting off, but the process is not so simple, and straightforward if you’re adding ancillary accounts.

It seems like a very simple function, but apparently the people get confused on what to do on how to add or delete accounts for Windows Live Writer [...]
This post covers only the removal of a blog account.

Blogger: Google Picasa Storage Test

Blogger stores all my images on my Google Picasa account; it’s not like my WordPress account. So the question is, what happens when the storage on Google Picasa runs out?

I’d speculate I would need to more to another image host... But that’s really not too convenient for a blogger to go from one image host to another.

I’ll have to keep looking for options.

Windows Live 2011: RC distribution September 9th

Based on a post on this website it reports that [via leak] that Microsoft plans to go with the RC on September 9th.

I believe Microsoft has a serious problems with leaks in general.

I’m only listing the highlights...

Windows Live Writer 2011: Updates Twitter Plugin

imageIf you utilize Windows Live Writer, there's a very good probability you also have Twitter Notify plug-in installed.

Don’t get overly animated, as Twitter notify plug-in begins asking for sign-in credentials from today and it doesn’t work even if you provide with ID and password.

The reason behind that is Twitter today has made altered the process on how you sign-in to Twitter. And it doesn't provide notification that you'd need to update.

Windows Live Writer 2011: Image Properties

imageWindows Live Writer is a great program. One of the things that users don’t know about Windows Live Writer is that the images that are inserted can be changed from what your clicking on to what you get after you click on an image.

Based on this request:

Here’s how...


How to setup and use Windows Live Writer with WordPress

imagePeople are always wondering what Windows Live Writer is, what it does, and how to use it.

Windows Live Writer is an 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.

This is a good video on how to get started with Windows Live Writer.

If not already, download the beta...

Windows Live Writer Gallery Overhaul Coming

Author Name, authors, Clipboard, Email Address, firefox, Formatting, Hosting Solution, Microsoft, Microsoft Windows, Msi Installer, New Windows, Plug Ins, Post Publishing, Submission Processes, Team Updates, Windows Live IdIt’s all about the plug-ins. If Microsoft has learned nothing else from Mozilla Firefox and Chrome, it’s the fact that plug-ins make or break an application.

I received an email several days ago and it said that all existing plug-ins and NEW plug-ins are going to have to go through a new process to post plug-ins to the new upcoming Windows Live Writer gallery [or just Windows Live gallery]. Either way, right now, it’s deplorable.

But I seriously doubt this is the way to get this ball started.


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