I have downloaded Windows Live Writer (Beta) from Windows Live Ideas website to test it’s capabilities because I’m interested about reading the information provided in their website and one of the best things is that it’s free. Here are some previews:
- it’s a FREE downloadable program that can help you to use rich content in your blog and also a preview of your post before publishing it to the internet.
- it’s a WYSIWYG editing program which you can use style of your blog, fonts, colors, spacing and other things.
- it provides OFFLINE Editing wherein you can compose and edit your drafts even if you are not connected to the internet.
- it has smart image publishing which you can add images or picture to your post which automatically appears as a thumbnail that links to the larger images with more information to it.
- it has spell checking capability
- it automatically create a link on a website that you will input
- it is compatible to mostly used blog program around like Blogger, WordPress, Live
- Journal, TypePad, Windows Live Spaces and other blog services.
As my test continues, I have also things which I don’t like about this program:
- the spell checker did not automatically show the misspelled words which I found to be inconvenient because you still have to click the spell check button before you know that you have already misspelled a word. A more effective way to this approach is like the MS Word spell check function in which you do not have to click the spell check to show you that you have a misspelled word by showing a red underline on the word.
- no grammar check functionality. For me, I thinks it’s better to include this function so that you can know that you have a grammar error. To sum up these two observations, I would love to have the same function as the MS Word Spell and Grammar Check function.
- No frame split between code and preview. Not all blogger don’t have any idea of the html codes. I like to insert video, animation or things that I want to show to the web but clicking the view menu and selecting html code layout is not helpful in writing a blog. For me, I would like to have an option wherein you can split frame between code and web layout which the user can choose if they want to see the code or just web format for those who do not have enough knowledge or don’t want to see the code.
- It automatically converts a carriage return or when you press enter to a 1.5 line spacing. I would rather want to make it as a single space or a break function.
- No Font type and Font size function making changing fonts more inconvenient because you have to click Format on the Menu bar and choose Font and Font size.
- No “justify” choice in the align selection. It only has left, right and center align selections.
- The Map is not that accurate in the Philippines which misses most of the streets and roads. Although it has include other major roads, many streets and important roads are missing. I don’t know if the United States map is more accurate than the one in the Philippines.
This post is a proof of Windows Live Writer (Beta). I wonder how this will look after publishing in my blogsite. For more information about this program, you can visit Windows Live Ideas website: http://ideas.live.com. Try it for yourself!