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windows live writer alternativeWindows Live Writer’s future is uncertain at best. Microsoft recently announced the end of the Windows Live brand What You Get & Don't Get With Windows Live Essentials - & How To Customize What You Get & Don't Get With Windows Live Essentials - & How To Customize In the past, Microsoft has bundled quite a bit of software with Windows to give users the best experience. With Windows 7 however, the company changed tact and moved some useful but non-essential software into... Read More , and Windows Live Writer was noticeably absent from the list of Windows Live products that would be renamed. In response to concerns, all Microsoft is saying about Windows Live Writer is it will “work great on Windows 8 8 YouTube Videos Of People Testing Windows 8 8 YouTube Videos Of People Testing Windows 8 At the time of writing Windows 8 is almost ready for public consumption, with an expected release date of October 2012. The Windows 8 Release Preview is now available to download for those in need... Read More ” – not whether development is being halted or not. With such an uncertain future, you might be wondering what alternatives are out there.

One thing that became clear to me while writing this post is how few alternatives there really are – many older blog editors have had their websites shut down and have vanished from the Internet. Windows Live Writer was (and still is) the best desktop blogging client out there. It’s a shame they seem to be moving to kill it after cornering the market.

WordPress Built-In Editor

While many of us here at MakeUseOf are Windows Live Writer fans The Top 5 Free Microsoft Products & Why They Are The Best The Top 5 Free Microsoft Products & Why They Are The Best Read More  – personally, I think the easy addition of images without going through WordPress’s upload form is a killer feature – quite a few of us think that WordPress DOWNLOAD Set Up Your Blog With WordPress: Your Ultimate Guide DOWNLOAD Set Up Your Blog With WordPress: Your Ultimate Guide Read More has become good enough. If you haven’t recently tried the built-in editor in WordPress, you might be surprised just how slick it’s gotten.

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If you’re using a modern browser (not Internet Explorer 9 7 Useful Tips & Tricks For Internet Explorer 9 Users 7 Useful Tips & Tricks For Internet Explorer 9 Users Tech websites write a lot about Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, so it’s easy to feel a bit left out if you use Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer 9 is easily the best version of Internet... Read More , which doesn’t implement the file upload API), you can drag and drop images directly onto the file upload pane to quickly upload them. This saves some time, although it’s not quite as convenient as drag and dropping images directly into Windows Live Writer without accessing any dialogs.

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The built-in editor is a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor, just like Windows Live Writer, so writing and formatting your posts is pretty easy. One feature that it lacks is automatic recovery of the post you’re writing if your browser crashes. For this, you’ll want to try the Lazarus extension – available for both Chrome and Firefox — which restores text if your browser crashes. You’ll also want to manually create back up copies of the posts you submit, just to be safe – when you write a post in Windows Live Writer, you get a local backup on your computer.

Zoundry Raven

Zoundry Raven seems to be one of the most popular desktop blogging clients after Windows Live Writer. It’s a pretty decent application, although it isn’t quite as slick as Windows Live Writer. As a tech blogger who works with screenshots How To Take Awesome Screenshots In Windows 7 How To Take Awesome Screenshots In Windows 7 In principle, taking a screenshot is very simple. With the right technique however, you can save yourself a lot of time and hassle and greatly improve the look of your screenshots. In this article I... Read More a lot, I was disappointed that you can’t drag-and-drop image files directly onto Zoundry Raven’s editing window. You have to use the Insert Image File option and browse to the image file on your system.

Zoundry Raven has some features Windows Live Writer doesn’t. It can be installed as a portable app, for convenient on-the-go use. It also includes a media storage wizard that allows you to upload images to a different location – including Flickr, Picasa Web Albums, ImageShack, or even a custom FTP server How To Set Up Your Own FTP Server With Core FTP How To Set Up Your Own FTP Server With Core FTP Read More . For more information about Zoundry Raven, check out our in-depth review Zoundry Raven - Another Good Alternative to Windows Live Writer Zoundry Raven - Another Good Alternative to Windows Live Writer Read More .

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BlogDesk

BlogDesk is another decent option – in fact, Tina’s used it Take A Look At Tina's Mobile Work Setup [Show & Tell] Take A Look At Tina's Mobile Work Setup [Show & Tell] A couple of months ago, James revealed his home setup and challenged the rest of the MakeUseOf team to do the same. I don't work from a static location, so I don't have a home... Read More to write posts here. BlogDesk has a focus on simplicity and distraction-free writing. Unfortunately, this might make it a bit limited if you want to format posts with more complicated formatting. For example, I couldn’t find an easy way to format certain lines as headers without inserting the HTML by hand. BlogDesk also failed the drag-and-drop-an-image-file test. You have to use the Insert Image option here, too – although BlogDesk does provide some image-editing options, allowing you to crop and resize the image when inserting it.

For more information about BlogDesk, check out our BlogDesk walkthrough How To Blog Exclusively From Your Desktop (Windows) How To Blog Exclusively From Your Desktop (Windows) Read More .

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ScribeFire

ScribeFire is an extension for Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera. It allows you to blog right from your browser, a feature which Ryan enjoyed in his review How To Blog Better From Your Browser With Scribefire How To Blog Better From Your Browser With Scribefire Read More . ScribeFire’s split-pane interface is particularly useful if you blog about things you find online – just select some text on a web page, right click, and select Blog This. You can add your take on the subject and easily send a post straight to your blog. If you want to blog more often, ScribeFire is a great way to reduce the friction.

Ryan’s also written about using ScribeFire to create blog post templates and write quick blog posts How To Use ScribeFire To Write Quick Preformatted Blog Posts How To Use ScribeFire To Write Quick Preformatted Blog Posts Read More .

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Should You Switch?

The best solution may be to stick with Windows Live Writer itself for the moment. In fact, I wrote this post in Windows Live Writer – it still works fine, and Microsoft assures us that it will even work fine in Windows 8. Still, it seems like Windows Live Writer has come to the end of the road – it will likely become increasingly dated and stale from here on out. What a shame.

Don’t discount the built-in editor if you use WordPress, though – it’s surprisingly good.

How do you blog? Do you use the built-in editor, are you a Windows Live Writer fan, or do you prefer another editor?

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