Offline Blog Editors Reviews

Updated March 18, 2010
Offline Blog Editors Reviews

Using an off-line blog editor, rather than posting directly into the editor on any blogging platform provides advantages. It’s the best Disaster Planning: Backups for Bloggers choice that we can make.

  1. You can avoid all the woes that come with losing your post after you press “publish” or “save” and find that the post did not make it into the database as you will have a back-up copy.
  2. You can avoid the woes that result from accidental deletion as well.
  3. And you can avoid all the woes that come with copying and pasting text laden with “unique” formatting code like those found in Microsoft Word.Special note for wordpress.com bloggers – see icon 5 – in the second row Visual Editor.

I have used BlogDesk and WindowsLiveWriter. I can recommend them both. WindowsLiveWriter has more features and it is my personal preference.

Please note that most listed are freeware but not all.

BlogDesk

As an offline weblog client, BlogDesk lets you comfortably write and effortlessly publish new entries to your blog.No need to use those annoying HTML Tags in the WYSIWYG editor. Images can be directly inserted and are automatically uploaded. Even publishing simultaneously to multiple blogs is a matter of a click. BlogDesk
With the ImageWizard you can not only insert images to your posts – it’s possible to edit them as well (crop, resize, rotate, shadow etc., see Examples). Even Thumbnails can be created – the preview will be shown in the blog and a click on the image will open it in its original size (just like here in the right column). Linking and uploading those images is automatically done by BlogDesk. ImageWizard
The reduced view leaves more space for the actual post and helps to focus on the content. Especially inexperienced users appreciate a clean workspace without to much distraction. Reduced GUI

ecto
What is ecto?

ecto overview

ecto is a feature-rich desktop blogging client for MacOSX and Windows, supporting a wide range of weblog systems, such as Blogger, Blojsom, Drupal, MovableType, Nucleus, SquareSpace, TypePad, WordPress, and more. ecto is the successor of the wildly popular Kung-Log, which has been in use by thousands of Mac users and which earned a 4.5 mice rating in the MacWorld July 2003 issue as well as high ratings at VersionTracker.com and MacUpdate.com.

With ecto you can write and manage entries for your weblog(s). The advantage over using your weblog’s control panel is that you can compose entries offline and use the extra features ecto offers, such as spellcheck, creating links, attachments, and much more. ecto is designed to make blogging much more easier and yet give the users as much power as possible to manage their weblogs.

Flock Blog Plus
Flock is a social network browser. Flock Blog Plus is an extension that’s hard to sum up in one nice paragraph as it is a collection of many small tools that come together to make your Flock blogging experience a little better IMHO. It can be divided into the following main sections: Additional Scribefire-like ‘lowerblog’, 5 new sidebars, 1 New tab, numerous new toolbar buttons, 2 new dialogs, html/bbcode autocomplete, microformats keywords and 1 contextual toolbar (Windows only for now MAC/LINUX users in particular please read known issues). Please view the Blogplus Features page to get a better understanding of this extension.

Journeler Mac OS X Tiger
Elegant, beautiful, powerful. Journler is a place for your thoughts and everything they touch. Featuring iLife integration, audio and video entries, extensive document importing and instantaneous searching and filtering, not to mention Mail, iWeb and Address Book integration, a dash of blogging and AppleScript and Spotlight support.

Journler is a daily notebook and entry based information manager. Scholars, teachers, students, professors, scientists, thinkers, the business minded and writers of every persuasion use it on a daily basis to connect the written word with the media most important to them.

As of the latest beta of Journler (2.5.4b6), Journler no longer supports direct blogging. Instead, it is recommended that MarsEdit be used and an AppleScript (found in the Journler Forum) be used to integrate MarsEdit with Journler.

 

Mars edit
Free Trial – Mac OS X 10.4 required. Purchase for only $29.95. Upgrade for $9.95.

Intuitive Interface
MarsEdit’s no-nonsense interface works just like email. Edit your drafts in a convenient text editor, spell-check, and publish.
Flickr Powered
Quickly scan your entire Flickr library, then insert an image into your blog post with the click of a button.
Wildly Compatible
Works with WordPress, Blogger, TypePad, Movable Type, LiveJournal, Drupal, and Vox. And that’s just to name a few.
Easy Uploads
Upload images and files directly to your weblog. When you want to reuse an item, just select it from the media catalog.
Perfect Previews
Build a template to match your blog, then let MarsEdit’s live preview show you how your posts will look before you publish them.
Re-Blog It!
Add a “Blog This” bookmarklet to your browser, and start new MarsEdit posts with the click of a button.
Powerful Markup Macros
Tired of typing the same things again and again? Set up macros with MarsEdit to easily insert commonly used snippets.
Offline Freedom
Write when you want to, without an internet connection. Fine-tune your masterpiece on the plane, and publish when you get home.
Use Your Favorite Editor
Combine the power of MarsEdit with your favorite editor. Integrates cleanly with BBEdit, SubEthaEdit, TextMate, or TextWrangler.
Custom Features
Extensive AppleScript support makes it possible to add features we haven’t even thought of. The sky is the limit

QTM
Screenshots
QTM is a blogging client which is presently capable of composing, formatting and submitting blog entries to a weblog. QTM will work with blogs based on most of the major blogging systems available today: WordPress (including wordpress.com), Movable Type, Drupal and so on. QTM, as the name implies, is based on the Qt graphical user interface toolkit. It requires at least version 4.1 of the toolkit (not version 3.3 which is used in the current version of KDE). The toolkit, and thus QTM itself, is available for Windows and all Unix-based operating systems including Mac OS X; in fact, it is supplied with most GNU/Linux distributions including SUSE, Fedora, Mandriva, Ubuntu and Debian. The downloadable version of QTM for the Mac includes the latest version of Qt.

ScribeFire – firefox addon
Screenshots
ScribeFire (previously Performancing for Firefox) is a full-featured blog editor that integrates with your browser and lets you easily post to your blog. You can drag and drop formatted text from pages you are browsing, take notes, and post to your blog.

SubEthaEdit
Universal BinarySubEthaEdit includes various advanced features: A UNIX command line utility to enable complex and interactive pipe workflows with your terminal. Overhauled printing, including all bells and whistles, even with collaborative metadata. Exporting to HTML, again with metadata. Completely user customizable syntax highlighting through styles. Support for editing files as administrator. Improved AppleScript support to allow control of sharing features.

Looking for a text editor that is designed by people actually caring about Human Interface Guidelines? A nice way to edit your HTML files? Or a way to work together on code, texts or notes? Be sure to check out SubEthaEdit. While originally designed for coding together, its collaboration features have also proven to be quite useful for teaching, note-taking (e.g. at conferences) and co-writing text. Imagine meetings with collaborative minute taking or writing your TV/film script or book together with your co-authors.

SubEthaEdit is not bloated – ScreenshotWhile being a full fledged editor, we promise that SubEthaEdit will never become a bloated piece of software like other text editors. Our goal is a high performance, sleek editor, with features that make your work even faster. This is possible due to Mac OS X’s Aqua interface, which allows tools to get out of the way, while enabling you to do what you want to do.

Windows Live Writer
Windows Live Writer from Microsoft is probably one of the best and most popular blog editing software around for Windows platform. Have you explored all the features, tips and tricks of using Windows Live Writer? If not, here’s a windows live writer and wordpress YouTube tutorial.

Reviews you may wish to read:
The top 10 free off-line blog editors for windows
What’s the best offline blog editor for the Mac? ecto? (and some issues I’ve had with ecto)
MarsEdit is outstanding – but there is one reason why it doesn’t (yet) work for me for offline blog editing

 

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Free Plain Text Editors

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  8. @fencepost
    Can you use BlogDesk if your blog is hosted by WordPress.com? Yes. I used it on my free hosted wordpress.com blogs for months until I switched to windowslivewriter. There is no FTP upload to wordpress.com blogs. The instructions are simple. The best approach is to learn by doing. :)

  9. I apologise in a advance if this is a dumb question. Can you use BlogDesk if your blog is hosted by WordPress.com? If so, how do you configure BlogDesk for a wordpress.com blog? All the talk about FTP and server name is a bit confusing when you know your blog is hosted by wordpress.com. It made me think you can only use BlogDesk if you’ve got the WordPress 2.n application on your own server (external to wordpress.com). Thanks in adavance.

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