Windows Live Writer is a fantastic offline blogging tool with a WYSIWYG editor. It interfaces with just about any blog service [Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad, WordPress, etc.] If you're a blogger you'll find this tool incredibly helpful- and it's refreshingly free from Microsoft.
A large number of bloggers use Windows and use Windows Live Writer to post to their blogs from virtually anywhere. Windows Live Writer is considered the bar at which all other offline blog editors are judged.
One of the things that makes Windows Live Writer so popular is the ability to edit and compose your articles in a WYSIWYG editor. So as you are composing, what you are looking at is exactly how it's going to look one the information has been published. But another reason is the fact that the application has the ability to extend it's abilities to do other things not natively covered; allowing outside developers to generate plug-ins that'll enrich the overall experience and functionality of Windows Live Writer.
I have compiled a list of uber-useful plug-ins that are the most common and suggested plug-ins from the Windows Live Writer support forum from this year 2011 [and going on to 2012].
Here they are…
1. Attaching Files
If you are searching for the ability to attach a file to a blog post with Windows Live Writer, this ability can be added with a plug-in from the Windows Live Writer gallery.
But there are others:
2. Inserting templates
If you're looking to generate a template, canned response or a simple signature to your blog post, I would suggest this plug-in from the Windows Live Writer gallery; it's called SNIPPETS.
3. Special Templates
You can use a nice little tool called Dynamic Templates.
I really suggest you go to the website and watch the videos to get the real idea of the plug-in. It can help/do many things.
It's quite configurable to various things Windows Live Writer doesn't do by default. Ensure to watch the VIDEOS on its abilities...
4. Pasting HTML and IMAGES
If you are having issues with pasting information from other applications, or just need a more robust option when pasting information, you should visit the Windows Live Writer plug-in gallery.
As a suggestion, you should try CLIPBOARD LIVE.
This has some options for when you copy and paste information. Don't forget to check the options for the plug-in. It's very useful.
But there are others:
5. Updating Twitter
Windows Live Writer can update your Twitter account when you post by using a plug-in from the gallery. If you need it, the TWITTER NOTIFY from Windows Live Writer, you can download the plug-in from the Windows Live gallery.
If you want want Windows Live Writer to work with Posterous, there's a plug-in from the gallery you can download that'll give you this ability.
7. Inserting Symbols/Special Characters'
The Insert Symbol plugin allows users to insert em-dashes, en-dashes, fraction marks, curly quotes, and more into your blog posts.'
8. Inserting Google Maps
If you are searching for the ability to insert a Google map into a blog post with Windows Live Writer, you can find this option in the Windows Live Writer plug-in gallery.
9. Inserting CODE
If you need to be able to insert direct code in to Windows Live Writer, You can check out this plug-in:
<html> <head> <title> PHP Info</title> </head> <body> <?php phpinfo( ); ?> </body> </html>
10. Using Windows Live Writer and WordPress with special/custom fields
Windows Live Writer can handle custom fields in Wordpress, but it requires a plug-in.
Windows Live Writer 2011 now has Spell Checking and Grammar checking - via a plug-in
There's now a plug-in for Windows Live Writer that'll check you posts for spelling and grammar. I can hear the sounds of cheers, and others woe'ing as they realized they never liked taking English in high school.
The plug-in was released on June 4th, 2011, and it's hosted on CodePlex.
Grammar and Spell Checking Plug-in for Windows Live Writer
You download the file and install it…
I hope this helps...
Larry Henry Jr.
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