Skip to main content

Using Windows Live Writer

Microsoft has created an offline blogging tool: Windows Live Writer. Connect to internet (even to install it!), register your blog account, it will download the template settings of your blog and done! You can compose your post, save it as draft if you don't want to publish it right away and publish it when you want/have connectivity. Simple!

Yesterday in IndiBlogger meet they gave demo of this software and here I am; trying my hands on it. And I believe at least 50 of the 70 odd bloggers shall try it out. Cost involved: 70 odd pizzas!

You can add your blogs from,,, (obviously!) and some others. I could not find any documentation about what all it supports.

They say you can insert maps. You surely can, but only US maps! So I will insert one of Texas where the all important 4th March primaries have to be held!

Map image

It said 'Update Weblog Style'. I tried doing that and nothing has happened so I guess that works with Windows Live Spaces only.

A good feature is that you can add tags. Both external tags (Technorati, etc.) and internal ( or tags). For the latter use 'Set categories' at the bottom of screen.

You can add plug-ins. There are quite a few on Windows Live Gallery. At least more than the gadgets available for and most of them were unimpressive and useless. However developers have created nifty plug-ins that interface with other sites like Picasa and Flickr. I downloaded 'Flickr4Writer' and inserted following Flickr picture using this.


One good thing is that you can add multiple ping servers (like and each time you publish a post the server will be notified.

Live Writer is pretty nifty tool. However with Microsoft you can expect some kind of lockin! There is no Linux or Mac version (Well these guys said that you can't even run it on Windows NT Server!) and the posts are saved in proprietary '.wpost' format.

Give it a try. It is good.


Vaibhav said…
What I like is the name :) Windows Live Writer .. sounds good !

Popular posts from this blog

How to upload to Google Cloud Storage buckets using CURL

Signed URLs are pretty nifty feature given by Google Cloud Platform to let anyone access your cloud storage (bucket or any file in the bucket) without need to sign in.

Official documentation gives step by step details as to how to read/write to the bucket using gsutil or through a program. This article will tell you how to upload a file to the bucket using curl so that any client which doesn't have cloud SDK installed can do this using a simple script. This command creates a signed PUT URL for your bucket. gsutil signurl -c 'text/plain' -m PUT serviceAccount.json gs://test_bucket_location
Here is my URL:…

File upload problem: UTF-8 encoding not honored when form has multipart/form-data

The problem that I was facing was something like this. I was using Apache Commons File Upload library to upload and download some file.

I had a form in which user can upload a file and another field 'name' in which she can give any name to the file being loaded.

When I submitted the form, the file was uploaded fine but the value in name field was garbled. I followed all the possible suggestions I found:

<%@page pageEncoding="UTF-8"%> set. <%@page contentType="text/html;charset=UTF-8"%gt; set after the first directive. <meta equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html;charset=UTF-8"> in the head. enctype="multipart/form-data" attribute in the form. accept-charset="UTF-8" attribute in the form.
in the Servlet:
before doing any operations on request object: request.setCharacterEncoding("UTF-8"); For accessing the value

FileItem item = (FileItem);

if (item.isFormField()) {

//For regular…

Uploading and Retrieving images on Google Cloud Storage

You would already be aware that there are multiple options given by Google Cloud Platform to store data. Here is Google documentation on when to use which option: Google recommends using Google Cloud Storage (GCS) to store static content like files/videos etc. There is something called 'Blobstore' as well which is also used to store such content but it is on the way to being deprecated. This page talks about using GCS to store images. Look at this page to understand basic requirements for setup of GCS. In the Cloud Store Browser below following buckets are already available. If you select any bucket, you would be able to see the objects created in it.  Here you can see the image file in the '' bucket. You won't be able to add/delete files or folder from the browser if you don't have proper access but through code (running with the service account) it should not be a problem. Objects on GCS are immutable so you can't edit an ob…