New CTP for Live Writer – now with hooks for pre and post-publish

Via Keith Combs

I love Live Writer, I especially love the extensiblility hooks. However, up until now, the SDK hasn’t allowed you to take action before or after publishing a post. I wanted to write an auto-twitter plugin to notify people who follow my twitter feed that I’d posted something new on my blog. Well, the latest CTP of Live Writer now has pre- and post-publish events you can hook. Even better, the samples that come with the SDK include a Dig This and a Twitter This plugin, saving me the hassle of doing it myself. Please note the warning on the SDK post from the team:

PLEASE NOTE: These updates are experimental and the APIs are not final--we may make changes based on your feedback that break plug-ins that use these new methods. Further, you will not be able to upload plugins that use the updated SDK to Windows Live Gallery.

From the main post announcing the CTP

New Features in this iteration

Video and Image Publishing Enhancements

  • 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

Editing Enhancements

  • Auto Linking
  • Smart quotes/typographic characters
  • Word count

UI Improvements

  • Revised main toolbar
  • Tabs for view switching
  • Improved category control with search/filtering

Go crazy I say!