Testing out the latest Windows Live Writer

I’m playing around with Windows Live Writer, here’s their blog where you can download it from.

They released a new version last week and it’s a very nice way to edit your blog (it’s an offline editor that lets you write and edit your blog without using a browser). Hooked up to my blog very quickly. Presents me with a much nicer user interface than WordPress.com has. Doesn’t rely on the browser, so I can open and close the browser as much as I want (since I’m playing with an early version of Firefox that crashes a lot on my system that’s a huge advantage). I’ll have to get Maryam using this for her blog, since it’s a lot nicer. Of course it always takes me about a year to convince her to do anything. If you read her blog (I’m her husband) you’d know why.

One more test, I want to see if I can copy and paste accurately from FriendFeed. I’m using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8.0, beta 2, and copied this item, and am just pasting it in here:

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OK, it did just about the same as copying an item out of Google Chrome and into WordPress.com’s browser-based editor does. Cool.

Anyway, looking good. You should try it with your blog and let us know how it goes.

Why haven’t I always used it? Because I was using a bunch of different computers and didn’t like having a great UI on one, but not on the others (Windows Live Writer doesn’t work on an iPhone, for instance) and I wanted to know WordPress.com like the back of my hand so I could post faster. Now I don’t need that anymore because all my fast posting is done on Twitter or FriendFeed, and also because I’m consolidating my blogging into one computer, so an offline editor makes more sense.

Thanks Microsoft, very nice job!

61 thoughts on “Testing out the latest Windows Live Writer

  1. Allen Harkleroad,

    I’m on the Windows Live Writer team and am interested in your feedback. Can you elaborate on the tweaking that you would like to see in the formatting tools? Thanks!

  2. Allen Harkleroad,

    I’m on the Windows Live Writer team and am interested in your feedback. Can you elaborate on the tweaking that you would like to see in the formatting tools? Thanks!

  3. The latest version of LiveWriter is slick, I am so liking it. The formatting tools could use a bit of tweaking, however LW 2009 is definitely a great tool and keeps getting better. Has anyone else tried the Twitter plugin? Good stuff!

  4. The latest version of LiveWriter is slick, I am so liking it. The formatting tools could use a bit of tweaking, however LW 2009 is definitely a great tool and keeps getting better. Has anyone else tried the Twitter plugin? Good stuff!

  5. I have been using LW for about 6 months and love it. Off-line capability and instant integration with MOSS is great. My only wish is that it would handle pics better. Derezzes too much. There are options, but I want to upload the full deal.

  6. I have been using LW for about 6 months and love it. Off-line capability and instant integration with MOSS is great. My only wish is that it would handle pics better. Derezzes too much. There are options, but I want to upload the full deal.

  7. i was a die hard user of Windows Live Writer and that little software along with Outlook 2007 kept me from switching to Mac for a couple of months. now i’ve been working with a MacBook pro for over a month and I can say I found a perfect replacement for Outlook 2007: Mail for emails and NtNewsWire for Feeds.

    unfortunately, it was pretty hard to find a good replacement for WLW. I tried Mars Edit for a while but it’s not even close. No i’m using Ecto and I’m pretty happy with it. It;s the best offline blog editor for Mac out there. With Custom HTML Tags you can extend it’s capabilities. And the fact that is downloading all my posts for safe keeping makes it even better than Windows Live Writer.

    Of course, if there will be a Mac version of WLW, I would gladly use it. I still cannot believe it was done by Microsoft and it’s free. :)

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