Friday, 22 June 2007

Windows Live Writer

by Charles Pooter

I'm writing this article using Windows Live Writer, Microsoft's free blog writing tool. It seems pretty good and is apparently compatible with WordPress, Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad, Moveable Type and Community Server, as well as Microsoft's own Live Spaces and Sharepoint blogs. The advantage of using a tool like this is that you can save drafts locally as well as to the Blogger web site. The Blogger editor is OK but it does have its idiosyncrasies, so hopefully this will be better. Here's some more about it from a review (primarily to test block-quoting):

“When you fire Writer up for the first time, it will show you a new, blank post ready for your WYSIWYG tinkering right within your blog style. That is, it downloaded your CSS and recreated a virtual version of your site so you can blog within it. However, I quickly learned that it was based on Internet Explorer rendering and the title was sucked up way too high and other IE bugs that I haven’t cared to address yet. If your site looks good or somewhat decent in Internet Explorer you shouldn’t have a problem with this - otherwise you might be confined to the Normal or HTML Code views.”

Ah, I've just tried to insert an image, which worked fine, but it won't let me upload the image as it doesn't support this with Blogger. I think I'll wait until the next version.

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