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Thanks to Chris, I stumbled upon Windows LiveWriter. Till date, I’ve used a variety of blogging clients like wbloggar, ecto, Performancing for Firefox (the current one) and almost everything else that supports the Metaweblog API. And I have to say I am quite impressed. The only weak point I can see is that it does not allow easy Technorati tagging like how Performancing does. Now, for the positives:

 

 

  • WYSISWYG authoring with non-MS Office mangled HTML source.
  • “Web Preview” that allows you to see the post within your blog’s layout without having to publish it.
  • Multiple account support (meaning that you can post to Blogger, WordPress, Windows Live Spaces etc).
  • Spell check (ahem, one feature that’s badly needed for most bloggers).
  • SDK to integrate other services (that should take care of my tagging complaint).
  • Support for RSD, Metaweblog API and Movable Type API (in layman lingo that means it would support most of the blogging services out of the box without forcing you to wade into the ugly tech details).
  • Absolutely spanking support for embedding images.

So the verdict for now is that it is really a non-Microsoft product in terms of being usable and irritation factor. There are downsides like being based on .Net and a standalone application. But for most Average Joes, this would really be a great addition to the regular blogging toolbox.

p.s: The spell checker does not have the word ‘blogging’ in its default dictionary. Now, that’s really hilarious.

Update: Tim Heuer, as promised, has made the Flickr and Tagging plugins.
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Written by shyam

August 14, 2006 at 7:50 am

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  1. Isn’t anyone else getting tired of those “Windows Live” names for MS products? :) I do think it’s a great addition, although I’d rather see people taking more of an interest in the technology behind the product instead of the “always easy ready to go plug ‘n play” approach which makes you very dependent on software.

    newmw

    August 14, 2006 at 10:00 am

  2. Yep, branding for Microsoft is a concept that would make for a good book – Branding Disasters 101. I can only imagine what a nightmare the internal groups would be having, tying to keep up with what’s what every other week.

    90% of users are dependent on software and can’t be assed to figure out the why and the wherefores, which is the way it should be too, otherwise we’d be writing our own tiny apps in PHP/Python/Ruby and trying to figure out the inconsistencies of the different APIs.

    shyam

    August 14, 2006 at 10:47 am

  3. Yea, for most people WYSIWYG seems to be the deal on computers.

    newmw

    August 15, 2006 at 9:12 am


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