I recently downloaded Windows Live Writer, which is still currently in beta. I was curious to know how Microsoft’s free desktop blogging application compares to w.bloggar, the popular free weblog client by Marcelo Cabral, which I have been using.
I had previously added xmlrpc extension for Textpattern, but as expected Live Writer did not come with built in support for Textpattern. However I was able to set it up to work fairly easily, thanks to this helpful post on kember.net. You will need to specify the movabletype api for it to work.
Live Writer works very much like w.bloggar in its function as a desktop blogging application but it does offer some additional features.
- It offers native support for Windows Live Spaces.
- It has a nifty web preview feature which allows the user to view how the post looks like using the actual blog style template, without actually having to publish the post. It is similar to the live preview feature which WordPress has but which is sorely lacking in Textpattern.
- In web layout mode the draft post is formatted using the blog style template and live editing is possible.
While the above features are nice to have, they are not compelling reasons to switch over to Windows Live Writer. I will have to test Live Writer for a longer period before making any decisions to adopt is as my default weblog client. Having said that I would recommend any blogger who is looking for a weblog client to at least try out this interesting application from Microsoft. To help you decide there’s a very good review of Windows Live Writer here.