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windows live writer (21 posts)

  1. abisel
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    this is from microsoft. i read one or two favorable comments. though still beta. its available for download at ms site, "ms live" section

    seems recognize wp and takes care of the required setup chores.

    i d like to hear voices from the forum before going for it

    anyone tried it

    thanks

  2. Nicki Faulk
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I haven't tried it yet, but will be doing so hopefully in the next day or so, if not this weekend.

  3. abisel
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    i ll hold my breath then.

    thanks again nitallica

  4. Nicki Faulk
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Hi! Sorry I didn't get back on here 'til now.

    My test machine had a lot of problems running Live Writer, but my personal box ran it fine. (test: 1.4XP AMD, 512Mb ram, personal: 1.6XP AMD, 1Gb ram) *shrug* Go figure.

    However, in my search for support info and reviews, I ran across a blog talking about a plugin for Firefox which basically did the same thing, except it's for Firefox. :) It's called Performancing for Firefox (PFF).

    Personally, I favor PFF over Live Writer. However, if Microsoft gets their collective snark together, I may give it another go someday.

  5. febwa1976
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I installed it (together with IE7) and blogged about a web page I was reading and it worked great.

    It handled highlighting, blockquotes and source references, spell check really well.

    Only one test though.

  6. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I've used it several days now. It's nice, but as Nicki posts above, Performancing is much better for the Firefox user. I didn't have any problems at all with WLW (other than the fact that posts with maps or graphics won't validate unless you tweak the code through the html window first); but I'll just keep it to use when I'm forced to use IE.

    The things that REALLY annoyed me were:

    1. In order to provide feedback, I had to get a hotmail addy or do MS's stupid passport insecure crap. So I now have a totally useless hotmail addy.

    2. In order to provide feedback, I HAD to do so using IE. Stupid.

  7. JeremyVisser
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    The cool thing about Windows Live Writer is that it downloads the CSS for your blog and lets you edit your post in a WYSIWYG that perfectly mimics the environment that your blog frontend lives in.

  8. Chris_K
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I've been using Performancing's Firefox thingy for quite some time. In general, I've been a big fan.

    However, if I was going to get my mom blogging, I'd give her this Windows Live Writer thing if only because it is probably the easiest way I've seen yet to work with images. Mom won't even have to worry about how they get to the blog. It just happens...

  9. yosemite
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    The last post to my blog I used Performancing and just about died when I saw it was written with non-xhtml tags (<i><b>) and tag-balancing seemed to fall apart while editing/moving things. This experience was limited to one post, so take it with a grain of salt...

    HandySolo said he'd kick my a$$ if I didn't try Live Writer so I'm using that currently for an article (not published yet) and a quick html-view shows some nice, clean xhtml code ;')

  10. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Yes, to several above posts:

    Performancing needs some help in the "tag soup" department, as I fedback to its devs. I don't know if they are paying any attention - I haven't received a reply;

    The "visual" is great for those who need that sort of thing. I never use it, but as Handy said, for a new blog user, it would probably be in the neighborhood of "perfect";

    The code is clean until you add a map or graphic. Then you have to clean it up through the html screen. I did feedback about that too, but people just post to the dev blog, they never get answers (not unusual, this is MS after all - the only place in all its years MS has EVER replied publicly is the IE7 blog....)

  11. Nicki Faulk
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    /me is a stubborn git who wants to do everything within Firefox

    lol

    Re: PFF devs - they have been good so far about taking notice of feedback/advice, even if they don't always reply. If anything, I'll watch for the next release of their extension in the Mozilla Addons queue and test it (and give feedback from that).

  12. yosemite
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Well, Live Writer appeared to do good code. Then I woke up.

    Actually it was still better then Performancing, but it doesn't do <img> well, and dropped off some </li>'s inappropriately.

    It also changed the date on my post to 12/31/1969 ;') Ahh, Free Love....

    It did look great though.

    HandySolo tells me now (with his impeccable timing): "Oh, I don't publish with Live Writer, I just post-as-draft and clean it up before publishing..." aaiiiieeeeeeee

  13. Chris_K
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    well... I gotta add them UTW tags, doncha know...

  14. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Handy, don't you use the in-built tech tags input with PFF?

  15. Chris_K
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Vkaryl,
    Ya know? I don't. I'm selfish, so I use the UTW tags as links to my site, not technorati.

    And just to drift topic a bit...

    Frankly, I'm reconsidering that notion though. Lately, I've noticed nobody actually clicks those tags anymore. And search works. So maybe this thread is the kick in the pants I need to flip my tags back to technowhozits tags. Which then gives me some more flexibility when using the blog clients.

  16. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Well, except for the above-noted caveats in re validation....

  17. Chris_K
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Oh yeah, and for PFF: Go to Settings. On the "General" tab, go down to "Format Settings" and check "Use CSS for content style" and no more <i> elements. Instead, you get <span style="font-style: italic;">

    In windows live writer, that equates to <em>

  18. jwurster
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I tried to install WLW but I don't seem to be able to get it to connect to my blog. Has anyone else had this problem?

  19. mpgeorge
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Nope, works brilliantly at my end.

    I don't use Firefox (I'm an Opera man), so WLW is pretty tasty from my point of view.

    For some reason, I have to add a class="alignright" to images in order to activate the CSS in the blog - simply selecting the right alignment in WLW won't do it. Not sure how to fix that one.

    Other than that, excellent.

  20. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    There's an update to WLW today: http://windowslivewriter.spaces.live.com/?_c11_BlogPart_FullView=1&_c11_BlogPart_blogpart=blogview&_c=BlogPart&partqs=amonth%3d9%26ayear%3d2006

    I still am liking it better than Performancing - which is good, because Performancing doesn't work with SeaMonkey.

  21. lizplummer
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I started using Livewriter about a week ago and really like it. The only trouble is, since then none of my comments have been emailed to me, despite going to options and making sure it is set for that. Anyone else had this problem?

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