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Writing new entries online using your weblog’s control panel can be complicated and time-consuming, especially if you want to format your text or insert many images. Even though most modern blogging and cms systems have great WYSIWYG editors they are simply not as responsive and efficient to work with as a good old desktop style application. This post provides a list of desktop client blogging tools that have potential to make your blogging easier, more fun and faster. If you’re serious about blogging and haven’t checked out any desktop clients yet this is the time to do it!


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Windows Live Writer

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Live Writer is awesome, free and really can speed up your blogging. The interface is simple and user friendly and the program even supports downloading themes from your blog for providing instant realistic preview on the desktop. (I had problems making this work though…). Still I have to say that this tool is well integrated with WordPress that I tested with. It is easy to format the text with headings, insert images etc. You can copy paste text with links etc. from web pages. This is important and not all blogging clients allow this. You can also manage multiple blogs, and it is clear if you simply upload or upload and publish…while testing other clients I found out the hard way that this is not always clear. Spelling support also seams to work very well. Thispost was created entirely in Live Writer (My first desktop edited post. I really enjoyed working this way!).

  • Platform: Windows Price: Free
  • Supports: Windows Live Spaces, Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad, WordPress Type
  • Website | Download

BlogDesk

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BlogDesk is free and really simple and easy to use but it does far from offer the same number of features found in Live writer. BlogDesk does not support pasting text where html markup is preserved. This is a feature I could not live without. It also seams to be lacking a feature to allow authors set style on text like headings.

  • Platform: Windows
  • Price: Free
  • Supports:WordPress, MovableType, Drupal, Serendipity and ExpressionEngine
  • Website | Download

Ecto

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Ecto is a commercial tool with a good editing interface, except for the html view that I experienced didn’t format the html very well. Blog management is a bit slow in my opinion. It seams like it downloads all posts fully every time you refresh. This makes it impossible to have a list of all posts downloaded for finding a existing post fast.

  • Platform: Windows, Mac
  • Price: Free Trial / $17.95
  • Supports: Blogger, Blojsom, Drupal, MovableType, Nucleus, SquareSpace, TypePad, WordPress, and more
  • Website | Download

BlogJet

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A popular Windows blog client for your WordPress, TypePad, Blogger, Drupal, etc. blogs. This tool is commercial but price is acceptable for most people if they like it. Post and page management seams good and you can easily filter on names to locate a post. Unfortunately it only allows you to download 100 posts making it hard to manage old posts. The tools supports pasting in text keeping markup. On the other hand I have not been able to find a way to set style on text like headings. Going into the code view to add h2 tags is not efficient.

  • Platform: Windows only
  • Price: Free trial / €29.95
  • Supports: WordPress, TypePad, Movable Type, Blogger, MSN Live Spaces, Blogware, BlogHarbor, Squarespace, Drupal, Community Server, etc.
  • Website | Download

RocketPost2

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RocketPost2 is commercial if you want to use it with most blogging platforms. This tool is really feature rich easy to work with. The blog administration window is good and gives good control of downloading posts, and actually support updating multiple posts in batch (did try this though..). The editor has many features but I miss good support for pasting from web pages. You can do basic styling like adding headers. The tool also allow you to do a lot of additional styling but normally you will not change color or text size directly but use CSS…

  • Platform: Windows
  • Price: Free Trial / $29-49 (free for use with Blogger and Live Space.
  • Supports: Tightly integrated with Blogger, Movable Type, WordPress, TypePad, MSN Spaces, BlogHarbor, Drupal, dasBlog, BlogEngine.NET, .Text and SquareSpace
  • Website | Download

Deepest Sender

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Deepest Sender is running in your browser and it is as simple as it gets. There’s not a lot of features and blog management in the box but you can use this for creating fast posts as you surf around. It is actually quite simple to drag stuff from a web page into a post.

  • Platform: Firefox, SeaMoney, XULRunner
  • Price: Free
  • Supports: LiveJournal, Blogger, WordPress, MSN Live Spaces, meta Weblog
  • Website | Download

Flock Blog Editor

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Flock Blog Editor is like Deepest Sender a program that is bound to a browser. Flock Blog Editor is part the Flock Browser. I never used Flock Browser before but having played with it for a few minutes makes me think it is worth investigating further.

  • Platform: Windows, Mac, Linux
  • Price: Free
  • Supports: Blogger, Blogsome, LiveJournal, WordPress, Xanga, Moveable Type
  • Website | Download

ThingamaBlog

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Thingamablog is a cross-platform, standalone blogging application that makes authoring and publishing your weblogs almost effortless. Unlike most blogging solutions, Thingamablog does NOT require a third-party blogging host, a cgi/php enabled web host, or a MySQL database. In fact, all you need to setup, and manage, a blog with Thingamablog is FTP, SFTP, or network access to a web server.

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