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 6 – in the second row [paste from Word].

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.

w.bloggar
Screenshots
Main Features
Post and Publish on most blogs/cms tools and services
Edit Posts and Templates
Save Posts locally for further publishing
Import Text files
Add links and images
Format text font and alignment
Multiple accounts and blogs
Post preview
Colorized HTML code
HTML tags menu
Find/Replace option
Post to many blogs
Title and Category Fields
Spell Checking
File and Image Upload
Custom Tags Menu
Toolbar Icons Skin
Supports Windows XP
Support to the advanced MovableType
options New! – Add Account Wizard New!
Support to Multiple Categories New!
Option to XHTML compliance New! – Import and Export Settings
New! – Ping to Weblogs.Com, blo.gs, Technorati and ping-o-matic
New! No Spyware! No Nag Screens!

Windows Live Writer
Windows Live Writer from Microsoft is probably one of the best and most popular blog editing software around for Windows platform. [poll results]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.

writetomyblog.com
WriteToMyBlog is a free web based word processor for your Blog. Create Post Entries for your Blog from right here, completely free, no membership required, can Post to multiple Blogs simultaneously, manage your Posts, works with all major Blog programs, and is easy-peasy!

zoundry http://www.zoundry.com/
Zoundry is a service that enables word-of-mouth marketing by passionate writers on the Web. Using one of our free Zoundry Blog Writer posting editors, you can easily place special affiliate links, called product links, in your posts and publish to your weblog. When a reader clicks on a product link and purchases the recommended product, you earn a commission on the sale.

Reviews you may wish to read:
The top 10 free off-line blog editors for windows
A review of the review of 10-desktop-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
Blog editor quest continues

Related blog post:
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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  11. It was pretty simple. I went to the bottom of my draft post and hit the ‘return’ key a few times to give it some space at the bottom. Duh!
    The spacing between the lines still differs between the ‘web preview’ and the actual published post. I’ve just been pulling the post back into WLE and tinkering with the spacing. Is there a way to set the web preview so it exactly matches the live post?

    I was having the spacing between lines prob in a visually complex post where I was inserting images to line up w/ text in an aesthetic way. I’ll come back and post the link when I publish that post.

    Other than that I like WLE. Gotta love a learning curve :D

  12. @Schwakhofer
    Hello there,
    I’m sorry about the delayed response. I have had a number of appointments this week and have been offline. Thanks for keeping us posted. Will you please share with us how you got around the WLE problem so others can benefit from your experience?

  13. Hi,
    Great review. I just tried Windows Live Editor, Windows XP w/ Firefox. I like the ease of use, but my post was ‘off kilter’ eg the spacing between lines was incorrect and spilled down into the post below it when I published it.
    I’m going to try Qumana, but any suggestions for the WLE?
    Thanks

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  15. I’m glad to hear that you worked out all your problems while I was getting my eye examinations, Teck. :-)

    P.S. I don’t use the “press this” feature so I can’t help you with it.

  16. I found a work around on fire fox ext. name Colt 2.3.0 this add on allows me to copy a link as a html hyper link. after I saw your comment that your A big time fire fan of Fire Fox, I decide to check it out I like Fire Fox, allot better. Than IE7, (Fire Fox, has enhanced my blogging experience.)
    and fire fox works better with “Windows Live Writer”. (Faster uploading time when I post to blog)

    Teck :)

  17. Hello, time thief, I downloaded Firefox , i’m having trouble with the press this feature on wp.com the fancy text link will not show up when I click press this but when I use IE7,
    it works fine do I need a ext. for fire fox for this feature to work.
    (First time using fire fox) :)

    Teck

  18. Hey, timethief, I see you got my trackback :) I’am going to add a update to my new blog for mac users thanks again timethief,

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  20. The WLW is a powerful blogging tool, for sure. The ability to compose and tag blog posts offline and have backups of every post at both the draft and published stage is a great bonus. And although TinyMCE (the visual rich text editor that wp uses) has been upgraded in 2.5 I believe many bloggers will continue to use offline blog editors to post to their blogs. Thanks for the compliment. I’m glad you continue to find useful information in my blog. :-)

  21. Wow I download the windows live writer tonight I like it alot better than wordpress editor gives a blogger more ability and options to post content i’am very happy I found this post. Thank you again timethief and keep up the great work your doing here on your blog. :)

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  23. timethief,
    that’s a very informative review <:^}

    I currently using Windows Live Writer for all my blog needs though it yet to be fully stable. For example
    If one try to do image transformation, it will crash. Heading editing doesn’t work properly.

    But issue aside, if everyone has a powerful machine to run, Windows Live Writer is a excellent choice because of its powerful features that blogging easier and enjoyable.

    Contrary in my review in [my blog], I realize that smiley support is available from its plug-in which is downloaded separately. Its similey feature is second to none. However, it is could be slow to display the smiley dialog.

    To see what the editor can, take a look at my site.
    I have been using the editor for quite sometimes.

  24. @netty gritty
    hanks for passing on this tip. I hope future readers will find it to be useful.

    Let me confess that I’m a BIGTIME firefox fan and I would never consider (in a million years) installing anything into my browser that is not a firefox addon or extension. Because I use Windows Live Writer I do have a “blog this page” with firefox icon on my toolbar that I can use with ease.

    IMHO When it comes to offline blogeditors Windows Live Writer has it all, including tags, yuotubes and images, etc. So, fiddling around with anything else does make sense for me because Windows Live Writer does it all. :)

  25. tt,
    thanks for the pep talk!

    btw, have you ever tried diigo? it’s not exactly a blog editor. if you install the diigo toolbar in your browser, you have the option to blog anything by selecting a portion of a site. when you right-click “blog anything” a blog editor opens! and it has all the regular features of a regular blog editor, say flock. you can even paste images (via an image url). :D

    doesn’t have the option to add tags though. :(

  26. 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.

  27. @justjennifer
    I have used BlogDesk quite a lot but now I’ve using Windows Live Writer and it’s definitely superior.

    @Richard
    I’m not always perfectly polite and like you there are times when I’m forgetful but, I do see the same trend that you see. It seems that common courtesy and grace are subjects that have fallen off the curriculum. What a pity.

    @netty gritty
    Hang in there you are doing terrific. And there will be better days to come. I will link to your posts as often as I can and I expect other volunteers and friends will do the same. :)

    Navel gazing
    (1) I need to do a better job of publicly acknowledging the contributions that other forum volunteers make. :(
    (2) I need to put more time and energy into my blogs and less into answering questions on the forum

  28. i know what you mean. i have three posts that almost always occupy the first three spots,although not in the same order.

    but i don’t get too much appreciation :(

    my stats show that people click the links provided. so, most people just like to take what they need and leave, without saying thanks or something!

    oh well, maybe better days are yet to come!

  29. @adam bell
    Thank you so much for sharing this important information with me and my readers. I’ll be editing now and integrating it into my post. :)

  30. Sadly this seems to be the way of the world right now (or at least a good portion of it) and you run into more often than you expect. People are so wrapped up in their own little worlds and problems that they just don’t even think of taking the time to say thanks. At least that is my take on it.

    From time to time I forget to say thanks when I’m in a hurry or have a lot on my mind. I shouldn’t, and I always scold myself when realize it. Thankfully for me it happens less often now than it used to so I’m not sending myself to the corner as often. :)

  31. Just as an interesting point, during WordCamp Israel there were quite a number of people live blogging, to the point where the wifi connection just couldn’t handle the load. But I know of one person who said that with Window LiveWriter they were still able to post to their blog. (BTW, your site has been in my blogroll for at least a month. If I had any readership, it might actually mean something.) ;-)

  32. Thanks you all for your words of appreciation. They mean a lot to me and this is why.

    My stats show that many people are using the resources and the click throughs indicate they are using the download links I posted. That’s great. On the other hand, few are saying “thanks” and giving my blog links. The same is true of the color selection tools post I wrote. That post one alone has a very healthy hit rate.

    I know it’s an ego thing but I feel peeved. :(

  33. I feel like a bit of a Luddite saying this, but up to now I haven’t really even looked at using this type of editor because editpad lite is so convenient. But, now I’m going to. :) Thanks for posting your reviews.

  34. That’s a very detailed and informative post!
    I have been using WORD so far as here in India the internet is not that reliable and at any time (often just when you are about to hit the Publish Button) the internet can fail. Broadband here is very bad. Dial-up is better but now I have switched to broadband and now I always write my post in Word and then paste it. I have adjusted the font so it fits exactly.
    I guess these editors are better and I need to try them out.
    Thanks.

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