Friday, July 25, 2008

Attention All Bloggers

I'm composing this using a free piece of Microsoft software called Windows Live Writer. It's a standalone editor that can post to most major blog platforms (I use Blogger) and I'm pretty sure it's awesome (not as awesome Henry, built still pretty awesome). Here's just a few bells and whistles: It supports drag and drop pictures and allows you to resize them intelligently. You can customize the border width. And, when you grab an image that's a link, like from Amazon or your dear publisher's web site, it grabs2009 Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market (Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market) the link, too (click the CWIM cover image). All of this with no coding. The editor detects your blog's layout, so the layout you see as you compose is what you get--you can even preview it in full context. It's got a tool for tables, video, maps, and people are writing plugins for it, so it's expanding all the time. Basically, it seems like Word, but for blogging. If you're running Windows and you blog, then I'm pretty sure this will save you time. Get it free.

4 comments:

Debbie said...

Thanks, Andrew, for the great tip!I've been having mad trouble with my blog's teeny photos. I sound like I'm stuck in a bad commercial, but Live Writer solved that problemo. Yay! :-)

Kim Kasch said...

Love the baby pic!

What a cutey.

Maggie Stiefvater said...

That baby's laughing! Daddy must've been reading him some of the inane YA articles in mainstream papers!

carriejones said...

Oh wow. I love that picture.

You would be very good at commercials, Mr. Karre.