I have been using Windows Live Writer to post content to the blog, and love it for providing me with a wonderful desktop environment to post content to the blog. The primary reason for me visiting the WordPress dashboard has been to moderate and reply to comments most of the time. Quite some time ago I had written a plugin that provided a API for anyone, to write applications for managing comments from the desktop, but I did not promote it as much as I would have liked.
Of late I have been following a very interesting Adobe Air being developed by Daniel Dura called WordPress Comments Moderator, which allows users to manage comments, including moderating it, spamming comments, deleting comments and replying to them all from the comfort of the desktop.
The developer of the application has posted a promising screenshot, which definitely has the looks of a truly useful application.
I am not sure if this application is using any APIs as of now but it can be surely updated in future when WordPress 2.7 adds in the official API support for comments management, which I had also discussed in the features that may be included in WordPress 2.7 at Weblog Tools Collection
The latest update from the developer was on September 12th where he promised to release the application within a week, but sadly there has been no official release as of yet.
Quite sometime back How-To-Geek had released WordPress Comment Moderation Notifier a windows application to alert users when a comment was queued for moderation. Though the application is definitely useful, for me the Adobe Air app is something I would love to have, since it would let me manage comments from the comfort of the desktop without having to login into the admin dashboard every-time a comment has been posted to the blog.
What are you thoughts of this application? Do you think it will benefit you? If you think so, do go and comment on the author’s website to release it soon. It would definitely be a great application and cut down on a bloggers work, while communicating with readers. Just like Better Comments Manager managed to do :-)