What To Do When Windows Movie Maker 2012 Stops Responding During Saving A Movie


If you have Windows movie maker, you're probably visiting this blog post because you having problems with being able to save your movie. Windows movie maker has a systemic problem with being able to render movies. Unfortunately, Microsoft doesn't have an answer for you.

If you visit the Microsoft windows movie maker support forums and look up issues where users are not able to save their movies because Windows movie maker becomes nonresponsive; the most the technicians will do in the support forums is ask users to supply activity logs, from which they submit those to an escalation, from which, you never get a response.

It's a ploy to make them look like they're getting your issue the attention and importance that it needs, in the meantime, it's backup 5 yards and punt…

Windows Live Writer 2012: Problems with authenticating to Blogger [solved]

As of December 11th, Google/Blogger no longer works with Windows Live Writer 2012. This isn't Google's fault; they had extended support for Windows Live Writer for many months before shutting it down. Microsoft simply has failed to update their software. The good news is that Windows Live Writer has been open sourced; Open Live Writer. The devs with Open Live Writer are actively working on fixing this issue, and many others. You'll have to edit your Blogger/pages manually/online until Open Live Writer updates. Visit the Open Live Writer page and show your support for the new open source effort.

Ever since Google started using two-step authentication, and people started using it, people using Windows Live Writer and Blogger have been running into problems with authentication. The base problem being that their normal Google email address and password are not working with Windows Live Writer.

Sadly, if you go to the Windows Live Writer support forum, the Microsoft technical support reps simply orientate you in the direction of Google. This always kind of makes me irritated. Microsoft knows what the problem is, and they know how to fix the problem.
People are coming to them with problems having to do with their software. They could take the time to explain what the problem is and then try to point them to the appropriate knowledge base support forum or something, but they blindly point people in the direction of Google and give them best wishes in fixing the problem. I think that's poor support.

Microsoft Finally does something about their support for Windows Live Writer 2012


Microsoft has finally got off their laurels and brought some organization to the support forums. As anybody knows that has visited the ' Windows live' support forms before, there was a dedicated support forum just for Windows Live Writer, but then Microsoft discontinued the ' Windows live' brand of products. So they transitioned all the support forums from that brand over to the answers.Microsoft.com to be more in line with everything else they offer.

Transitioning everything over to the new support form was the right thing to do, but what they didn't do was create a specific category for the ' Windows live' products, they simply through  them into ' outlook.com, sky Drive' category.

In a feat of complete laziness, Microsoft didn't even bother to give products to own category for support. So questions for Windows Live Writer were mixed in with questions with the new Outlook.com; which is stupid.

Why is Microsoft torturing Windows Live Writer users?

As an user of Windows Live Writer since December of 2008, I think Microsoft is outright torturing Windows Live Writer users. For reasons I truly don't understand, Microsoft acquired Onfolio Writer made only a few minor updates and then stopped doing anything with Windows Live Writer.

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 refreshingly free from Microsoft.

When Microsoft was fighting the stupidity of having to deal with the 'live' product line, pretty much all the applications got updates and naming updates— BUT NOT Windows Live Writer.

Windows Live Writer 2012 now has PAGE ZOOM IN/OUT ability during composition


Windows Live Writer is the definitive tool for most bloggers who want to compose blog posts off-line. It's one of the few applications for Microsoft that's truly embraced for what it is, what it can do and for the fact it's free.

One of the bigger questions about Windows Live Writer over the past couple of years has been that it doesn't have the ability to zoom in and zoom out during the course of the composition phase. Like Microsoft office WORD, you can zoom in and zoom out of a document making the appearance of the document larger, but you're not actually changing the font size of any of the text.

Unfortunately, the updates to Windows Live Writer are few and far between. Even more so, when Windows Live Writer is updated, when the version numbers change, Microsoft doesn't disclose what improvements or corrections is made in the application. People have no idea what changes have been made to the application except for the developers for the application.

I did a search on this today, and I couldn't find anything on it, but Windows Live Writer 2012 now has the option to zoom in and zoom out in the composition phase.

Windows Live Writer: How to Change the Default Theme Appearance [editing with no theme]


Windows Live Writer has the ability to allow users to see their blog as it'd be posted as they are composing, but what if you were having problems with that; what if you didn't want to see the theme, or if your theme preview wasn't working correctly?

The standard editor for Windows Live Writer; editing with no theme means there's no fancy theme background, no fancy fonts and the width of the composition area.

Forget the graphics of creating a post. What most bloggers need is to roughly see the fonts, the links, images and at the width the post is going to be published. And this applies to any of the Blogging services [Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad, WordPress, Etc.] that Windows Live Writer supports.

Windows Live Writer: Working with the Default and Theme Templates


At times it's hard to explain the issues of why Windows Live Writer can't display a theme correctly. It's multifaceted, but it can be explained with a little effort.

The support forums for Windows Live Writer ask these questions from time to time and it's good to have an example to draw from. In this post I provide the location of the default theme in Windows Live Writer and the location of where the dynamic themes are stored.

Depending on what the sore spot is, the average person should be able to read this and then make some small adjustments, or just create a BASIC theme for themselves.

Windows Live Writer 2012: Exploring the Registry Entries

Windows Live Writer is one of the most popular off-line blog editors the bloggers use. Blog authors love the ease-of-use and the ability to copy and paste images directly into a post and then be able to keep those off-line for reference and do lots of other stuff.

I've noticed over the past couple of years people are always asking about changing this setting or changing that setting, and it really just requires people to jump into the Windows registry, by the Windows Live Writer entry and start making a few changes.

Some people are nervous about getting into the Windows registry but in actuality there's no harm in simply viewing the Windows registry. I've gone into my Windows registry and poked around and take a bunch of screenshots of the settings for Windows Live Writer so people can see what it's settings look like before they start poking around.

Windows Live Writer: How to Add Images/Pictures to a Post

Windows_Live_Writer_how_to_add_images_picturesThe other day the question came up in the Windows Live Writer support forum about adding an image to a post. Adding a post to Windows Live Writer is very simple and easy; it's one of the key points of Windows Live Writer that makes it so favored to use.

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 refreshingly free from Microsoft.

But for the point of adding images to Windows Live Writer, I thought I would do a quick post on it.

Windows Live Writer 2012: Fast and Easy Image Editing with the Sharper Photo Plug-in


When you're working on a post in Windows Live Writer it's important not to be slowed down by having to mess with a bunch of arduous graphic programs to try to point out highlight and draw attention to certain features and functions.

Windows Live Writer has some basic functions as far as editing goes, but if you really want to get detailed with image markup, resizing and adjusting the quality of the images that are being inserted, and ultimately posted to your blog, being able to edit those images quickly is going to be almost invaluable.

So while Windows Live Writer does have some basic image editing options it actually works better if you have the option to edit the image, while you're in the composition phase, using your own choice graphic editor.

Windows Live Writer 2012: How To Return The Plug-in Sidebar


If you were among the many that were using Windows Live Writer 2009, you probably remember having a plug-in bar on the right hand side of the composition window; having direct access to the plug-ins that you have installed for Windows Live Writer. When Windows Live Writer got updated with the new user interface, Microsoft removed the sidebar. A completely asinine thing to do, considering how useful the sidebar was. Additionally, it left a ton of free/open space in the composition window that's holistically wasted.

One of the very first things that popped up in the Windows Live Writer support forums with the redesign of the GUI, was a request to reinstate the sidebar. Of course Microsoft never answered and the loyal users that use Windows Live Writer on a regular basis have been left in the dark ever since.

But you really have to have respect for those independent developers out there that recognize that something is wrong, but it can be fixed with some additional code. Enter JoseNet.

Auto-link Plug-in: SEO Smart Links [free]

SEO Auto Linker

I added a new plug-in to my website the other day called SEO Smart Links to help me with linking to external resources. During the composition phase of an article you sometimes miss an opportunity to insert a hyper-link to a resource. Windows Live Writer has an auto-link feature, but the truth is, it's better to make the change on the server so all the previous posts get the update too. You can't do that with Windows Live Writer.

Windows Live Writer 2012: How To Add 500 Top Domain Names To Your Auto-link LinkGlossary.XML [easy]


I was thinking the other day that I keep running across all these new domains that I've never heard of, and I have to keep putting in the new links into Windows Live Writer because I want to build a link to them in the future and utilizing the auto linking function in Windows Live Writer is actually very convenient.

I was able to go out to a website and grab a listing of the top 500 websites in the world. I grabbed only the name of the website and the URL to link to that website, and then I wrote a script to convert the names of those websites and the URLs to the matching XML of the Windows Live Writer linkglossary.XML that uses for the auto linking.

The result is that I now have a listing of top 500 websites in the world, auto linking into Windows Live Writer, and hopefully I won't have to and very many more auto linking entries.

But for your convenience, I want to add that information here; you can add it to your own linkglossary.XML in Windows Live Writer, if you want to.

Windows Live Writer 2012: Continuing To Use An App That Microsoft Has Forgotten


I continue to be a little bit disappointed with Microsoft's progress on any development with Windows Live Writer.  It seems that Microsoft has all but forgotten about Windows Live Writer.  there hasn't been any updates to Windows Live Writer in quite some time in the program still lacks the basic ability for a find and replace function.

Having to come to the realization that Windows Live Writer may actually be a dead product to Microsoft, you have to start thinking about what application you're going to move to next.  Such a concept is fairly depressing because Windows Live Writer has been such a well received application in the blogging community.  It makes the overall blogging process so much easier,  if for nothing more than being able to drag-and-drop images into the blog posts and to be able to see generally, what the blog post is going to look like before it's actually published.


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