A test of MS Livewriter
I've been using the MS Word plugin to create posts here on blogger. It works OK but has some quirks. The biggest quirk recently has been the inability to post directly from Word - rather, I have to save as draft and then log into blogger and 'publish' the entry after adding the hard to read code (like they use for comments). Another long standing issue was the Word plugins annoying feature whereby it would lose the #<tag name> in a URL - meaning it was hard to point "inside a page" like this test link.
Well, I was reading this weekend about Livewriter - a currently "for free" blogging tool. In theory it should ease linking to pictures:
Which so far seems to be true (we'll see what happens when I upload this blog entry). Using the word plugin, I had to save as draft, log into blogger, go into HTML edit mode and paste in the flickr information. This tool let me just go into HTML edit mode and paste in the flickr stuff (I'm wondering why the tools don't have easier to use interfaces to the various photo upload sites..)
It has a spell checker which is important. Just wish the spell check ran as you were typing rather than as a "batch process" at the end.
What it doesn't have is the look and feel of a MS user interface - or maybe it has been so long since I've upgraded (I still use office 2000) that I don't know what a current MS interface looks like. The UI looks familiar though.
The real question for me is - can it "do code":
SQL*Plus: Release 10.2.0.2.0 - Production on Mon Aug 14 07:49:28 2006
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Oracle Database 10g Enterprise Edition Release 10.2.0.2.0 - Production
With the Partitioning, OLAP and Data Mining options
ops$tkyte%ORA10GR2> select * from dual;
so far, so good - we'll see how it works out.
Updated right before posting
Ok, Livewriter has already justified its existence. The word plugin would just say "I failed" when it failed to post. Livewriter says "I failed for this reason". In this case, the reason was:Server Error 0 Occurred
com.google.blogger.exceptions.AutospamException: Your post has been saved as a draft instead of published. You must go to Blogger.com to publish your post. To prevent these errors in the future, request a review at:
Sorry for the inconvenience
Nice, now I understand why I couldn't post directly from my machine anymore - but rather had to log into blogger and release it. That really confused me since I do a couple of other blogs (nothing of interest, for the boy scouts and a girls soccer team). Those let me post directly without doing the word verification.
Hopefully they'll "review" my blog to verify it isn't a spam blog and let me post directly again. That would be nice.