If you want a little more control or flexibility with your blogging, using a desktop blogging client is a good choice. Not to stereotype, but those creative blogging types usually come fitted with their own Macs. They want a blogging tool that will let them be who they are without forcing them into the constraints of templates and standard front ends.
Yet, of all the hip, savvy software preloaded onto Macs, none really include a true blogging client (iWeb doesn't count).
If you crave a desktop blogging tool rather than a broswer-based interface to help you write your cool posts, CMSWire offers a few suggestions.
Brainjuice just released version 1.2 of Blogo, a blog editor for the Mac. The updated software now supports all major blogging platforms like TypePad, Blogger, WordPress, Typo, Movable Type, Drupal and Expression Engine. You can even use it for micro-blogging on Twitter and cross-posting from Ping.fm.
Blogo gives users the option to moderate comments (WordPress 2.7 or higher). It also comes with improved Safari integration and offline editing.
Figure 1. Blogo editor
- Intuitive interface
- Editor that works in both rich text and HTML
- Offline editing mode
- Ability to layout, edit and post photos
- Preview mode ability to post videos, widgets and other media
- Ability to ping news sites
- Supports multiple sites
Blogo is available for 21-day trial. Cost is US$ 25.
Ecto is a feature-rich desktop blogging client for MacOSX. It supports a wide range of weblog systems, such as Blogger, Blojsom, Drupal, Movable Type, Nucleus, SquareSpace, TypePad and WordPress.
With Ecto you can write, manage entries, compose entries offline, and it puts considerable emphasis on getting users from A to B to Z as quickly as possible.
Presently in Version 3, Ecto is made by InfiniteSushi, the same company who gave us Endo and Flickr1000. After a simple download and installation, Ecto can be set up to work with the blog platform of your choice.
Figure 2. Ecto 3 edit window
You can compose your blog entries, tag them and assign catagories in the editor view.
- Intuitive interface for creating and editing weblog entries
- Full local control of recently posted entries and drafts (with search function)
- Support for all available remote control options of MovableType API
- Convert, scale images and create thumbnails, create poster movies or create thumbnails from movie frames
- Support for multiple weblogs and servers
- Embedded debug console to troubleshoot server connections
- Full-featured HTML-rendered preview of entries using Safari's WebKit
- Localized in six languages (English, Dutch, French, German, Spanish and Japanese)
- Ability to send email notifications
- Insertion of iTunes details of the song currently playing in your entry
- File and media upload with iPhoto import
A copy of Ecto costs US$ 17.95. Volume discounts are available.
While technically a browser (its foundation is the Mozilla platform), Flock capitalizes on its dedication to the social web. Users can network, access, create and share videos, photos, blogs, feeds and comments across social communities, media providers, and popular websites and blogs.
Bloggers can set up Flock with login information for their LiveJournal, TypePad, WordPress or Blogger accounts, and then write and post entries directly from the browser.
Figure 3. Flock blog editor
Dragging and dropping text, links and images to the Web Clipboard will save them for you for later use.
- Available in 14 languages (Catalan, Chinese, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Polish Russian, Slovak, and Spanish)
- Add photos from the Media Bar or from local computer
- Upload photos to Flickr, Photobucket, Picasa and Piczo with the Photo Uploader tools, up to 1,000 photos at a time
- Media Bar allows you to search for photos and videos on Facebook, Flickr, Photobucket, Picasa, Truveo or YouTube
- Feed reader
- Favorites manager
- Integrates with Yahoo! Mail, Gmail and AOL Mail
Flock downloads and extensions are free.
Fluid is a desktop app creator designed for use with Mac OS10x. Fluid gives any WebApp a home on your Mac OS X desktop complete with dock icon, standard menu bar, logical separation from your other web browsing activity.
When launched, Fluid displays a window where the URL off a WebApp can be run in a Site Specific Browser. Provide an application name, specify a location and an Icon, click 'Create' and you'll be prompted to launch the new native Mac app you've just created.
Users can use Fluid to run YouTube, GTalk, Flickr, Basecamp, Delicious, Mac webmail or any other WebApp as a separate Mac desktop application.
- Tabbed browsing
- Built-in Userscripting (aka Greasemonkey)
- URL pattern matching for browsing whitelists and blacklists
- Auto-software updates via the Sparkle Update framework
- Custom SSB icons
- Growl notifications
- The Fluid Thumbnail Plug-in allows you to browse the web with CoverFlow or iPhoto-like thumbnail previews for links on the current page.
Fluid is available for free.
Qumana allows users to join an ad network for your blog. Qumana has a built-in ad network (Qads) that allows you to insert ads into your post.
You can use Qumana when you are offline, save your blog posts to your hard drive and upload whenever you like --quite handy for bloggers on the go. Stand out features include DropPad, which adds drag-n-drop capability to snag links, pictures and text to a desktop pad.
Figure 5. Qumana Blog Editor
- Text formatting and image insertion
- Technorati tagging
- Advertising insertion with Q Ads
- Cross posting
- Supports a plethora of blog platforms including Blogger, LiveJournal, Drupal, MovableType, TypePad and Wordpress
- Offline editing
- Multi-window editing
Qumana is available for free.
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