I'm Now A Windows Live Writer User

posted on 09/09/07 at 09:07:17 pm by Joel Ross

I've resisted using Windows Live Writer for a while. Why did I resist? Because I couldn't get it to work with b2evolution, and without that, it was pretty much useless.

With the release of the Window Live unified installer, I decided to give it a try again. Lo and behold, beta 3 works with my blog. Still, I wasn't sure it was what I wanted to use - I'd already rolled my own posting tool, although lately, I've been working up a list of features that I wanted to add to it. It's getting long, and most of them are satisfied by Windows Live Writer's plug in system. And if one isn't, then I can add functionality through writing my own plug ins.

I also like that it can pull down my blog skin, so when I write posts, it actually looks like my blog. That's key, because when I post code snippets, I can ensure they fit in my width, and if not, adjust them accordingly. It's ability to save and track drafts is also nice, as I like to jot down ideas for blog posts when I think of them, and then come back later to finish the post off.

Anyway, if you're not using an offline blogging client because you can't find a good one, then Windows Live Writer might be for you. It works with most blogging platforms (any that support the MetaWeblog API), and it (in my opinion) makes blogging easier.

Categories: Blogging, Software