Leave it to Tim Heuer to be on the ball with adding functionality to Windows Live Writer, with not one, but two plugins. Flickr4Writer adds an interface to insert images from Flickr into your blog postings, as seen below:
The other app, Tag4Writer adds tagging functionality to WLW, linking to Technorati, del.icio.us, 43 Things, Flickr, etc. A sample output of Technorati tags is below:
tags: Windows Live Writer, plugins, Tag4Writer, Flickr4Writer
In a very recent post, I mentioned that W.Bloggar’s site is down, and may be gone forever. So I went on a quick search to find a replacement, and I came up with two options: BlogDesk, and Windows Live Writer.
Now, I know what you’re thinking, Microsoft made an offline blog writing tool? Yes they did, and even though it’s in Beta (which would account for some sluggishness in posting and retreiving recent posts for editing), it rocks. I’m currently writing this via Windows Live Writer and posting to my MovableType blog. Yes, they supported third party blogging platforms (not just Live Spaces) too. The editing interface looks like my blog, with the title editable in the proper stylesheet, as well as the context in the posting.
BlogDesk looks promising as well as a good backup tool, as it gives me just as much functionality as W.Bloggar and some extras. I would recommend either item for offline composing of posts.
It looks like the guys at last.fm changed something in their chart structure that it didn’t display the chart on the blog. Well now it’s fixed, and when I listen to something on my PC, you’ll see the listing 🙂
For those in the Windows blogging world, W.Bloggar is arguably the most popular freeware blogging utility out there, providing offline posting, recent posts, manage multiple blogs, etc. I just noticed that the W.Bloggar site ( http://www.wbloggar.com ) is down due to someone not paying the hosting bill. According to other reports, the site has been down since the 4th of August, and the contact emails all go to a wbloggar.com address. If this is permanent, it’s sad to see a good project like this go, and also speaks of a good lesson about hosting: Make sure you have contact information somewhere that does not direct through your domain (i.e. a shared service such as Hotmail, GMail, Yahoo Mail, etc.), or through an ISP, etc. not associated with that domain. If the project’s managers would have such a contact, perhaps the site would be back up.
Now off to find a new blogging client.