Sunday, November 16, 2008

Windows Live Writer - your offline blogging tool

windows live writer Recently I tested this software and have a trial post to one of my blogs and as of now, I am very pleased with what this blogging tool has to offer. If you are looking for a tool that you can use to write your blog post offline and have them posted instantly or later then this Windows Live Writer is a "must have" for you.

I would like to thank Ruchir Chawdhry for posting up the 16 Essential PC Applications for Bloggers through Darren's Problogger site and Windows Live Writer is one application that I should be using since I started to have multiple blogs. In my opinion, I think this tool is great to enhance productivity because I don't have to go online and log in to my blog account to write as I can do so using this cool software. In fact, I am writing this post within Windows Live Writer itself. Once again, thanks to you guys. I am relatively new to blogging so this is a good discovery that is worth sharing with new bloggers.

I think it is best if you try out the tool yourself then decide of whether to stick with it or otherwise. For now, this tool is great to use as I find really easy to get the whole blogging thing up and running. I have quickly learned the shortcuts F12 to preview what this post would look like in my blog and F11 to return to the post text editing window. I could easily put a picture or even copy and paste YouTube's code for embedding video on any post.

The alignment feature work very well too. It is as simple as selecting all texts with CTRL + A and right-clicking and selecting align - justify to get the entire document presented in a justified format. Other features include inserting hyperlinks, pictures, tables, maps, tags and videos.

The only thing that I noticed missing is the thesaurus feature although the spell checker would help as well. Thesaurus works better if you're tired of using the same word over and over. It should help you to learn new vocabularies too. I hope future releases of this free to use tool would have a built-in thesaurus feature. Or maybe I should get those writing enhancement software from White Smoke or others that can be used almost anywhere - within your favorite text editor or a chat window.

Try the Windows Live Writer yourself. Maybe you will like it too. Get it from