I’m currently typing this blog from a software that came with Windows Vista. It’s looks pretty handy since everything is available offline and the major parts that I need are available to me. There’s a good chance that I’ll be using this software instead of WordPress. I’ll still be using WordPress as the platform but I’ll be using Windows Live Writer to write my blog.
The cool thing about Windows Live Writer is that I no longer need to preview my post anymore because I’m basically typing this post in the blog itself so I see exactly what it’ll look like when I publish it. When you start up the software, it asks for your credentials and then downloads and bunch of stuff, the style sheet being one of them. For this site, it even posted a temporary post and then deleted it so it has done a nice job at integrating with the online platform.
A nice little feature is the plug-ins which you can download and add extra features to the software. For example, there’s a Polaroid Picture plug-in that turns your picture into a Polaroid. You can make minor adjusts to the picture like adding a caption and tilting the image ever so slightly. I find this a nice little feature because it saves me from having to resize the image in Photoshop.
There’s a bunch of other plug-ins available as well, about six pages worth as of now. The default things that you can do ranges from adding a hyperlink, images, tables, maps, tags or even videos. All of this stuff is available in WordPress but since the latest update to WordPress 2.7, I found it to be a little slow. Sometimes, it’s gotten so slow that every time I press a key, it would take about a second before it shows up.
Although it has some nice plug-ins, I’m not sure how compatible those plug-ins will be with WordPress. I’m hoping that it’ll do everything offline so that when this post gets publish, there won’t be a lot to do online. The Polaroid plug-in is simple enough since it’s just an image but from what I can see, I don’t think there’ll be a problem.