I don't normally pimp software, but this was something I want to try out. It just so happens that Windows Live Writer lets me update this here blog. In fact, the purpose of this post is to try out the new toy.
So far I'm not impressed. The editing area is small, though it does pick up on the color scheme of my blog and mimics it. It does have spell checker and it looks like it will log me in automatically which I've had trouble getting blogger to do that.
The controls are familiar with the normal functions. It can keep track of multiple accounts which is good, even though I only use this one account. It will also work with other programs to blog content (very un-Microsoft like). Actually, the fact that MLW works with blogger is a minor miracle.
Here is a recent picture (testing the photo options):
This is Falstaff in a summer production of Hamlet.
The photo editing features are crude compared to Photoshop, but are great compared to the blogger interface. WLW let me add the border and gave me good control over the link, alt text and other effects. Link options (like the one to Falstaff's page above) are improved over blogger as well.
Oh, did I mention that Windows Live Writer is free from http://www.live.com/. Very cool.
From what I've seen tonight, I'm going to keep using this, assuming that it uploads what I want from this post.
Hitting the "publish" button now.