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Testing Microsoft’s Live Writer Blog Tool

John on August 18, 2006 at 12:25 am

I wrote this post using Microsoft’s new tool call Live Writer. Basically, this is a WYSIWIG editor that allows you to write a post from a program running on your computer, rather than entering the backend of your site through a browser.

I have to say this is pretty nifty. It’s quite a bit more responsive than the Tiny MCE editor that comes with WordPress 2.0.4. Also, you have a much larger window to look at without having to constantly scroll back up to find your javascript buttons at the top. Consider me impressed.

The tool is available here. It’s still in beta (just released this week) so I’m sure there are a few bugs running around in it. [Yep, just confirmed that when I tried to drag-select the title above and strange things happened].

That said, setup was painless and it seems to be working. Plus this baby has a spellchecker. A spellchecker! Lord knows I have been in need of one for some time!

Downsides so far: I think I’m not going to be able to set this to FTP pictures where I want them. That’s a problem. It’s not worth the effort if I have to open an FTP progam to upload those seperately. I haven’t tried it yet so I’m not sure. I’m also missing a couple customized options I added to tiny MCE. Not sure how I could access the CSS for those from this window.

Still, this is really fluid, just like writing in Word. It’s a big improvement over the Wordpress editor. For instance, so far I haven’t gotten break tags where I wanted paragraph tags. I seem to have to correct those on about 70% of my posts.

I don’t know for sure yet, but I think Microsoft (really the company they bought out) has done good. I could really get used to this.

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