Windows Live Writer

Just trying out this software – though it’s not new with Windows 7, I’m pretty sure I used it once a year or so ago. Perhaps after Microsoft New Zealand Evangelist Nigel Parker demonstrated it?

It’s pretty clever, just give it your blog address, username, and password and it goes from there. Detecting the type of blog system you use, working out how to upload media files, and even goes so far as to scrape your homepage with and without a quick test post* it generates, in order to be able to render out a preview of your page with your blog theme faked up locally.

* Looked like this:


It’s a very tidy system. (Entirely unnecessary of course, I’ve never had any trouble using WordPress’s built-in editor, and that has the advantage of being the same everywhere I go.)