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.
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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