Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,

This is disturbing

...but I had to do it.


I'm testing out Microsoft's new browser-integrated blogging client, Live Writer Beta. Just because. It actually integrates with LJ. Scary, indeed.

And adding a picture, too. Looks like they allow you to do drop shadows.

They also allow you to add a photopaper effect. Hm.

It's supposed to be WYSIWYG, but I'm withholding judgement on that one until after I post this. That said, there are some things that it does do correctly that LJ doesn't... such as creating numbered and bulleted lists. Sure, the functionality technically exists in LJ's web client, but it sucks.




From what I can tell, I don't think their integration with Microsoft's Virtual Earth works all that well. It's supposed to display a picture of the house we're in, but despite the fact that I cented my house dead-on in the editing tool, its preview is wrong, wrong, wrong... and there is no obvious way to correct it. 


While the idea of being able to blog maps -- both roadmaps and actual satellite pictures -- interests me, Virtual Earth isn't my favorite app for this. Frankly, I would rather have a more independent tool to use, that allowed me to plug in widgets giving me the same functionality with my favorite web apps, rather than being shackled to Microsoft.

Sorry, MSFT, but giving me a choice between Insert Link, Insert Picture, and Insert Map just doesn't cut it. Maps are nice, but they barely rate on the top ten list of things that people want to insert into their blogs, much less in the top three. Personally, I'd like to see the other seven choices I wasn't given.

So far, I've seen a handful of obvious bugs, several design elements which were far from intuitive, and one unexpected error message which threatened to -- but somehow avoided -- crashing the app entirely. Admittedly, this is beta software, but I guess I expected a little better beta. It feels alpha to me, frankly. I also didn't want all the intrusive cruft on my browser window -- my intent was only to install one simple bit of functionality, but instead, MSFT threw in the entire kitchen sink. Shame, shame, shame.

Ah well... time to deinstall. I wonder when they'll have a version that works on Firefox? ;-)  

UPDATE: So, is it WYSIWYG? Nope. The extra, unwanted spaces between lines are a good clue there. I see that Virtual Earth works just as previewed, however. (i.e. It doesn't work.)    

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