Posting from Windows Live Writer

17. August 2006 04:56

Late last week, a beta version of Windows Live Writer was released to the general public.  Since it appears to be getting quite a bit of attention from blogs all over the web, I decided to download it myself and give it a try.  In case you don't have a clue what I am talking about, Windows Live Writer is essentially a desktop application used to compose blog posts.  It is capable of interfacing with lots of different blogging services.  For me, Community Server is of greatest interest since I use it for hosting my blog.

I won't go into a detailed review of the software since a lot of other bloggers have already done so.  There is a good one here and here.  If you have any trouble setting it up for use with a Community Server blog, then this post will probably be useful.

Overall, I think it is a very cool piece of software.  The user interface seems to be relatively simple to use and intuitive.  It isn't overloaded with too many features, which is a good thing in my opinion.  However, I am sure others will disagree.  Fortunately, there is an entire SDK avaiable to develop plug-ins for all of those that want more. 

My only complaint is the lack of tag support for Community Server 2.1.  There is already a plug-in available to support Technorati tags, but I haven't found one for Community Server.  As long as the tags have already been created, you can select one or more to associate to your blog post.  They are shown as categories in a dropdown list in the upper right corner of the screen.  However, I haven't found a way to create new tags for Community Server from within Windows Live Writer.  This could simply be an oversight of mine.  If not, I am sure it is only a matter of time until someone creates a plug-in to provide support.

I definitely like the software and expect that I will continue to work with it more extensively.  Download it and see what you think.  You might just like it.

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