So during the conversation with Joe last night some other things came up including Windows Live Writer. My blogging lately has been a little lighter than usual because I’ve gotten tired of fighting Word 2007 and getting my images and video embedded. Often this would result in me doing A LOT of work by hand. It’s not difficult but time consuming. Well, as late as I got home last night I went and grabbed Windows Live writer.
Setup was a breeze, for the most part. My issue was a bunch of features I know my blog supports, but Writer doesn’t see them? Quick search of the internet reveals there’s a Windows Live Writer plugin for Drupal. Drop it in, enable, BAM everything is working.
I must say this is the ultimate is WYSIWYG editing, even more than that, it doesn’t do the weird formatting problems that word would do when posting through the BlogAPI. Both of the previous posts today have been through WLW however I didn’t let it go fully hog wild. I normally would post a draft and then do a final review before sending a post live. The one thing I have discovered that doesn’t seem to be working correctly yet is the meta words that I tie into every post. Categories are working correctly, but alas the important tags for the search engines are not. At least that is a very simple and easy thing to take care of.
One thing I absolutely love is how easy it is to use pictures from online, including from other services such as flicker. I however have a photography blog where I post hobby pictures I’ve done. Tied to that site I run a Gallery for putting my pictures on. To make life easy I prefer to just upload all my pictures there. WLW makes that cake to do so.
Hopefully this wonderful little tool will allow me to write more blog posts in the evenings now. If you haven’t tried Windows Live Writer I highly suggest you give it a spin.
Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.
He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.