I spent much of Thursday with the charming Andy Piper (whose blog you should all be reading). I’m very glad I did. Not only did he help me out by sitting in on a customer presentation (chipping in some useful comments and insights) he also gave me a demo of both Mugshot and Windows Live Writer.
Now, I must say I’m not entirely convinced by Live Writer yet, but I’m trying it out for this post. Surreal self-referential image coming up…
On the plus side:
- The plugin list is pretty interesting, and suggests there is an active community developing behind the tool.
- The HTML it generates is pretty good.
- I like the offline editing, spellcheck and preview features.
- Integration with WordPress (and many others) is deep. I can pick from my category list, upload an image to my blog and embed it in the psst, preview what the post will look like in my blog, and do all of that while offline (as I am now, on a train, and later on a plane).
On the downside:
- It continues the series of meaningless “Windows Live” product names. Live Local? Live Writer? Please.
- Although the dialogue box to add a hyperlink handily offers URL history (theoretically very nice and would save me having to copy and paste from a browser), it only works for URLs I’ve visited in IE, which I never use.
- Autosave is not on by default. Minor niggle, but it would sort of make sense for that to be on out of the box, wouldn’t it?
- While the image upload is nice, I’d rather not have them hanging off some /WindowsLiveWriter/LiveWriter_[foo] directory of wp-content. Perhaps that’s tweakable?
The downsides are pretty flimsy really. I shall probably end up using it, until something better comes along. It’s already more pleasing than direct online blogging. Thanks for the tip Andy.