Sometimes wordpress by itself just isn’t enough. Well, actually, wordpress is great. Part of the greatness of wordpress is it’s versatility to adapt and be customized by plugins, however, one of the few areas that I wanted to improve in wordpress is it’s blog post editing area.
Before I came to wordpress, I was using a mac WYSIWYG (“What You See is What You Get”), desktop program called iweb. The best thing about iweb was it’s easily customizable drag and drop interface. However, it was just terrible as a complete blogging platform. So I switched to wordpress.
WordPress has just about every feature that I wanted. The only thing I wanted beyond wordpress was a more customizable blog editor.
Last week I stumbled upon the world of desktop blog publishing programs. I started doing some research and found a few that I liked last night.
A desktop blog publishing program is basically a word processor specific to blogging. This allows you to do all your editing on your computer and then just upload the finished blog post to your blog.
There are several advantages to using a desktop editor:
- More powerful editing options
- Automatically saves a copy of your post to your computer
- Faster interface than working online
- drag and drop editing (depending on the program)
- built in advertising networks (depending on the program)
- offline blogging
I’m on a Mac, so my search was specific to finding a good program for the mac. There are plenty of good, mature editors for windows platforms, but there are fewer for the mac. The good news is that I only need to find one good program.
In particular, I was looking for a low cost (preferably free) solution that was easy to use and feature rich.
Here are several cross platform desktop blogging programs that I ran across:
This is an easy to use desktop blog editor. It allows for offline blogging and then simple one button publishing to your blog.
Here are some of the features that I like about Qumana:
- Offline Blogging
- Works with many blogging platforms (If I ever leave WordPress)
- Easy drag and drop interface for images. ( Love that I can just drop an image into the post!)
- Spell check. (No more typos in my posts!)
- Built in advertising. (I may not use this, but they have a build in contextual advertising service, so you can insert contextual ads right into the post. Happy monetization!)
- It’s free!
So far, Qumana seems to have all the features that I like in a blog editor. I will try this out for a bit and see how it goes.
You can Download Qumana here.
This is a free program that works as a firefox or chrome extension. This program works similarly to Qumana.
Here are some of the features of ScribeFire:
- Extension for both Firefox and Chrome (I use both browsers)
- Preview how your posts look with your theme
- Drag and drop images into editor (firefox)
- Easily switch between html and visual editor
I will test this one out for a bit as well, however some of the features seem to work better in firefox than in chrome. This is a little dissapointing to me because chrome is a much faster browser in my computer, whereas firefox seems slower, especially when using plugins.
You can download ScribeFire here.
This is another free blogging client that is cross platform. When I was doing my research, I found many blogs recommending this program. I downloaded a copy to try out. Overall, it seemed like a program that is a bit older and perhaps not as supported as the more recent software.
Here are some of the features of Bleezer:
- WYSIWYG Editing
- Image Uploading
- Category Support
- Adding tags
- Spell Checking
I had some problems connecting to my blog for this one, so I don’t know if I’ll get a chance to test it out. Overall, it appeared to be pretty standard. So, if anyone is using it, you can leave a comment about how you like it compared to some of these other platforms.
Get Bleezer here. (NOTE: It looks like the official Bleezer site is down. So I had to download it from a third party site.)
These are the free programs that I found for desktop publishing. There are also a few paid programs available. While, I’m sure that the paid programs have features that are above and beyond the free software, so far the free programs appear to have everything I need for desktop publishing.
If anyone is interested in the paid software, I did find two that were recommended almost universally:
This program is $19.95. It’s supposed to be easy to use and feature rich. It’s compatible with all the major blogging platforms.
This is a blogging software that appears to be specifically written for the Mac. The interface is decidedly Mac-like. It looks almost identical to the mac Mail program. It’s also compatible with the major platforms, easy to use and has a feature rich editing interface. This program is pricier, with a pricetag of $39.95.
This blog post is more specific to Mac blogging software mainly because that is the computer that I use. However, Windows also has a number of blogging platforms including several on this list which are cross platform. So, for all the windows users out there, you can also use the programs on this list and let me know what you think.
As I write this, I am using Qumana. I will try and rotate through the list and see which program I like the most. Can you see any difference in this post? Do you use a desktop blogging platform that you like? Let me know what you think.