Tricking out my Windows Live Writer

8 Oct

Zemanta snap in Windows Live Writer

One requirement (OK, maybe a strong suggestion) to blog at Blorge is to use Windows Live Writer. At first, I found the tool rather unwieldy but after a while, the tool’s rather grown on me.

Think a stripped down version of Microsoft Word, but optimised for blogging. It also takes the pains of uploading via Movable Type’s sluggish image upload interface away, allowing you to preview how images look on your page. I’ve grown so fond of WLW that I now use it to update my personal blogs as well as Blorge.

I’ve only recently discovered the joys of adding plugins to WLW and one of my favorites is Zemanta.

Zeman-huh? It’s this cool app that suggests pictures, tags or links to add to your blogposts.There are even plugins for WordPress, Drupal and of course, add-ons for your favourite browsers. I think Zemanta’s a work of genius, frankly. It saves you time Googling the Web for links and helps round out your posts by letting you see related links.

Besides the coolness of Zemanta, I’ve added video and Twitter plugins too. WLW comes with built-in support for tags as well and as far as blogging tools go, I haven’t seen anything that comes quite close to what WLW can do and for the best price: free.

*Note: the image I used in the post is actually snipped with Windows Vista’s handy Snip tool. I can’t believe I haven’t been aware it existed. *

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2 Responses to “Tricking out my Windows Live Writer”

  1. Lainie October 8, 2008 at 4:31 am #

    hmmm…i don’t know..took me forever to even use rich text editor in emails.

  2. Jure Cuhalev October 13, 2008 at 8:07 pm #

    Welcome to the Zemanta community 🙂 Hopefully your blogging experience will be a good one, but if you have any problems or questions I’m happy to help out. My email is jure@zemanta.com or you can visit our forums getsatisfaction.com/zemanta
    Jure Cuhalev, Zemanta

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