Posting to Windows Live Writer from FeedDemon

Update: This is now redundant as the new release of FeedDemon detects Live Writer as a blogging client natively.

Microsoft have released a beta of their new blogging client ap, Windows Live WriterHaacked likes it, as does Hanselman, even if it does look a lot lke BlogJet.  For myself, I think it’s great, especially as, while it was designed for Spaces, it works with pretty much any blogging system.

The only annoying thing about it is that, unlike BlogJet, if you setup an ‘Blog this News Item’ command in FeedDemon to point to the writer executable, it doesn’t pick up the content from FeedDemon.  This is a pain, and hopefully will be fixed in a later release.  But if not Nick has said he will be sorting this out in the next release. Until then, I’ve got a little application that will act as a proxy between FeedDemon & Live Writer.

You can download it here it’s just a 5KB zip file containing a folder with the executable & the Live Writer COM DLL.  Extract it and save it somewhere on your computer.  Then go into FeedDemon & right-click on any news item and select ‘Send Item’, then ‘Blog this News Item’ then ‘Configure Blog Publishing Tools’.

Then add a new tool, call it LiveWriter or something like that, and set the command line or URL field to the location of the ‘FeedDemonToLiveWriter.exe‘ executable (e.g. ‘C:\Program Files\FeedDemonToLiveWriter\FeedDemonToLiveWriter.exe‘).  Set it as default if you want to and you’re done.

Hope this helps someone else.

How it works

It’s a small C# program that uses the Writer COM object to re-format the ~bbX.post temp file into the Writer. I’m hoping I can re-write it as an actual plugin for Writer to make things simpler. Alternatively I could redo the BlogThis.dat file in FeedDemon to be in the XML format the Writer expects, but it would need to create a file with the .bloginfo extension, and then Blog this would stop working for anything else that expected the original format (ie BlogJet). Hmm, maybe I’ll dig around a bit more with the Writer source code and see what I can find.

35 thoughts on “Posting to Windows Live Writer from FeedDemon

  1. Very nice! Found this blog via Google and it solved the Feeddemon to LiveWriter problem for me.

    It’s odd that you can’t even configure Live Writer properly from Onfolio, considering it’s by the same people.

  2. Very nice! Found this blog via Google and it solved the Feeddemon to LiveWriter problem for me. It’s odd that you can’t even configure Live Writer properly from Onfolio, considering it’s by the same people.

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  7. Post to Live Writer from FeedDemon…Glenn Slaven has written a handy tool which enables posting to Windows Live Writer from FeedDemon. Glenn, thanks for sharing this! PS: I’m planning to add native Live Writer support to the next version of FeedDemon….

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  9. Thank you for your tool very much
    Now I encounter a problem.
    I want to send a snippet to live writer.I don’t know how to config the tokens.
    Does the FeedDemonToLiveWriter.exe accept any parameter?

    I am really confused since I have never config the blog this before.

    Can you help me?

  10. ken, unfortunately I can’t pass parameters to live writer, and I don’t think feed demon supports sending snippets anyway, you’ll just need to send the whole news item to live writer & trim it to what you want there I’m afraid.

  11. Thank you for your tool very muchNow I encounter a problem.I want to send a snippet to live writer.I don’t know how to config the tokens.Does the FeedDemonToLiveWriter.exe accept any parameter?I am really confused since I have never config the blog this before.Can you help me?

  12. ken, unfortunately I can’t pass parameters to live writer, and I don’t think feed demon supports sending snippets anyway, you’ll just need to send the whole news item to live writer & trim it to what you want there I’m afraid.

  13. Ken, it does send them. The title of the post is set to the title of the news item & the link is sent to the body of the editor as an anchor tag with the text ‘Link to <title>’.</title>

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