I’ve just updated Windows Live Messenger to version 2009. It also offered to install other Windows Live tools, which I did. And you know what – Windows Live Writer rocks! Before I was using Microsoft Office 2007 Word for writing and publishing blogposts and it was doing it job, but now I’ve got a lightweight and really easy-to-use tool to manage my blog. And it’s free so I can install it on my laptop (which has got only Outlook 2007 on it). It can save any post as a draft, edit it later, it’s got live preview tool (which works amazingly fast), you can either work with wysiwyg or with plain html code – and I bet this is the cleanest wysiwyg I’ve ever seen. I really mean it – it generates absolutely clean HTML, and it uses my blog visual theme!
And the configuration process was great as well – I just entered my blog url, username and password, it fetched the theme information and that’s all – I’m writing, previewing and publishing posts!
So, the key features of Windows Live Writer (for me) are:
- it’s kerfuffle-free:
- it works fine with my wordpress blog
- wysiwyg generates really clean code so I don’t have to edit the code manually after I finished writing the blogpost
- it’s got good spellchecking mechanism
- it has a nice twitter plugin that puts a twit with a link to the new blogpost
- it contains most often used photo editing functions – so I don’t need to install anything else on my netbook to post to my blog when I’m travelling.
- it automatically fetches all the categories from the blog – you just need to set them, plus you can add categories if you want
- it can save drafts both to local storage and to the blog – so if I’m writing a huge blogpost, I can proceed editing it when I’m travelling or finish it at home.
- it’s lightweight and really fast
- it’s completely free
- and it’s got plugin architecture so we’ll see more interesting stuff coming!
Good stuff, Live Team, thanks!
P.S. for more information, read this blogpost.