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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

March 13, 2007 at 5:29 PM

Trying out Windows Live Writer

This post is sort of an experiment to see how Microsoft’s Windows Live Writer works.

It’s an application that lets you compose and upload entries to various blogging services, using an Office-like interface on a PC.

So far it’s had a fairly good reception from the in-crowd bloggers, and Microsoft’s letting people use the trial version for free. I’ll bet we’ll hear more about it — perhaps a new version and launch date? — at Microsoft’s Mix Web conference next month in Las Vegas.

Among its tricks is a tool for inserting maps, like this one of The Seattle Times (I’m sitting behind those trees on the upper left side):

It also has a nifty tool for inserting photos. I’m probably not supposed to use it, since we have a system for routing images through the photo department.

I did try the tool and posted a picture of my dog. The tool was nice for sizing and watermarking the image, but the image bled over into the previous blog entry.

It’s funny, the layout looked fine in the “preview” Live Writer provided, but it came out wrong on the blog. I’m not sure if it’s the Live Writer or the blogging software we use. I know we’ve had challenges placing photos with the latter, and the former is still beta. But the most likely explanation is operator error.

So, my first impression: Nice tool for writing blog entries. I’m looking forward to trying different features and seeing if I can get the image thing right. If this was my personal blog and not a product of the Times, I’d be all over this one. 

UPDATE: Thanks for the tips, commenters. I gave it another shot this morning and it worked fine when I placed the photo higher in the posting, as I did with the Netgear entry above. The problem I had yesterday was with an image at the bottom of the post.

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