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Live Writer is now Open Source

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imageWindows Live Writer is/was a great blogging tool but Microsoft haven’t really supported it for some time now, so thanks to them for allowing it to become open source so it can be developed by the large community of users who love it to bits.

This is my first post using Open Live Writer on FlatPress and it was relatively easy to set up, but not so straightforward as it could have been… so here’s what FlatPress users may* need to know in order to get it working.

* a later test adding an additional FlatPress blog account to Open Live Writer worked flawlessly!

First off, when you run set up (which seemed blisteringly fast compared to the old version) it will ask you for your blog’s web address so it can configure itself. In my case I typed in my blog address but then it complained that it couldn’t determine what type of blog I had. Fortunately I was an early adopter of the remote posting plugin for FlatPress so I knew a thing or two, and the type of blog to choose at this point is the metaweblog type.

The next thing it will ask you for is your blog’s remote posting “hook” address (for want of a better term). You can find this in your blog’s source code so just add /?xmlrpc after your blog’s web address and all should be well.

Want to add pictures? You just do it the same way you would in the original Live Writer – either post them to your blog (the default setting) or get Live Write to upload all the images to an FTP folder… which is better as the resulting image urls are much cleaner that way.

See my next post for details on how to set OLW to publish your pictures to an FTP folder.

Inserting videos seem to work just as well… just remember to remove the “s” from the “https” (so it’s just “http”) in your YouTube video address otherwise you’ll get an “Unknown Provider” error, exactly as it does in the Microsoft version (Windows Live Writer).

The second goal here was a cracker by Darlington’s Stephen Thompson

First thoughts? Apart from the teething troubles with the set up it looks and feels just like the version I’m used to (well, it should) and I’m looking forward to seeing what those clever folks in the community can do with it now they have it all to themselves.

You can download and enjoy using Open Live Writer here:

http://openlivewriter.org/

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If you found anything on this site of use, interesting, or even mildly amusing then please consider dropping a few pennies in the jar to help us to take care of our disabled son who contracted encephalitis in 2007 at the age of 6 and who is now confined to a wheelchair. He is getting bigger as his mother and I get older, imagine that, please. Every penny we collect goes towards his upkeep, and towards his future care requirements.

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