Windows Live Writer

This is a test post really... I'm just trying out the new Windows Live Writer application (now in Beta and available for download) which apparently makes blogging oh-so-that-much-easier.

So far it's not too bad. One really ultra cool feature is the Web Preview function which lets you view your post as it will appear when posted to your blog - without posting it to your blog! That's pretty rad. Also, fortunately, it lets you edit in "normal" mode, which removes all of the wacky style-sheet goodness. I'm all for WYSIWYG, but you can take it a bit too far (IMHO). You can also edit the raw HTML if you so desire.

A huge plus (and why I'm using it), is that it'll post to Blogger sites, which is the front-end I use to drive my blog (even though it's actually hosted elsewhere). So far I'm pretty impressed. It may even completely divert me from using OneNote 2007 to blog, which was my original plan.

Download it, give it a try.

Of course, I just tried posting this to my blog, and, erm, it didn't actually post. Looks like it may need more work. You may get better mileage if you post to a real blog with it, instead of doing the personal hosting thing.

Hmm... looks like I just needed to wait for the post to propogate - looks like it went through fine :)

About the author

Simon Cooke is an occasional video game developer, ex-freelance journalist, screenwriter, film-maker, musician, and software engineer in Seattle, WA.

The views posted on this blog are his and his alone, and have no relation to anything he's working on, his employer, or anything else and are not an official statement of any kind by them (and barely even one by him most of the time).

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