Testing Out Blogging Clients

Testing out Ecto

So I’ve decided (once again, I’ve done this before and reverted) that I might want to use a “blogging client” to create some posts. This way, I can write up thoughts “offline” (as we say in the biz) and post when I’m ready. So often I think of something when I’m on the train, etc. about a post and then forget about it or lose the “killer” quote that I though up by the time I’m “online”.
The big question for me right now is to go with Ecto or MarsEdit… I’m using Ecto as we speak and so far it seems to be pretty slick. My next step is to download MarsEdit and do the compare/contrast.

Does anyone have any strong opinions on using Ecto vs. MarsEdit for a local blogging client? Any info would be great!

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8 Responses to “Testing Out Blogging Clients”

  1. Josh Bancroft Says:

    A vote for Performancing for Firefox (performancing.com/firefox). Works great, and I love it since it’s cross platform (a Firefox extension). Always there when I need it, since I practically live in Firefox.

  2. mike Says:

    I have heard good things about Perfomancing and actually played with a very early incarnation of it. I\’ll have to check it out again. Is there any \”offline\” aspect to it at all? (I guess i\”ll have to answer my own question and go check it out!) :)

  3. Matt Says:

    I’ll suggest a third option: [TextMate's blogging bundle](http://flickr.com/photos/matthewgifford/208474720/). I write all of my posts this way now.

    There’s a [screencast](http://macromates.com/screencast/blogging_take_two.mov) of the bundle in action. It’s not nearly as complicated as it seems. Here’s how I have it set up to work:

    1. Hit command-control-n to open a new post.
    2. Type the post.
    3. Hit command-control-p to send the post to my site.

    Of course, if you’re offline, you can just write the post, save it as a regular text file, then open and post it when you’re back online.

    No, it’s not as fancy as the GUI editors. But it’s a dream come true for a text-editor-lover such as myself.

  4. Matt Says:

    Oh man. It doesn’t look like you have Markdown enabled.

  5. Robert Says:

    This week I have been trying to work this out myself.

    I like the MarsEdit interface, and was using it happily until I realized that I’d be helping someone who does not have a Mac.

    So I downloaded ecto. I found that there were some significant features in ecto that were not there in MarsEdit. Read about them here…
    http://howesound.wordpress.com/2006/11/30/blog-features-learned-using-ecto/

    I have found that both programs seem to lack some HTML niceties. And so to make a post look the way I want, I sometimes have to do some hand finishing to the HTML code.

  6. Eddy Young Says:

    I tried both ecto2 and MarsEdit today, but preferred MarsEdit. The UI is much cleaner than ecto2 which seems to contain everything but the kitchen sink. But, the killer feature of MarsEdit for me is the live preview.

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