Been trying a few blogging tools on Mac OS X. Currently trying out ecto, posted the previous entry through MarsEdit, played around with Flock, downloaded MacJournal, Dossier, blogworkz, looked at pages for other tools (like Performancing).
Still haven’t found the ideal tool.
Would like the following features:
- Free (as in beer) or really inexpensive.
- Spell as you type through Cocoa Services or multi-lingual dictionaries.
- WYSIWYG with a toggle for HTML.
- On-the-fly categories and (technorati) tags.
- Browser integration (Firefox, Safari, Flock).
- Easily enter URLs from bookmarks and history.
- Manage posts.
- Batch application of categories and tags.
- Basic outlining (move lines up/down, left/right).
- Crossplatform (OSX/XP)
- Statistics (wordcount, etc.)
At this point, ecto seems almost like a winner as it has most of these features. What’s missing, though, are the on-the-fly categories which WordPress.com has in its Web interface.
Another option would be to use Safari or another browser which does “spell as you type.” In fact, Cocoa Services available in Safari also include many interesting features, including text tools from Devon and integration with several applications. But the Scrapbook in Firefox is almost addictive and it doesn’t work in either Flock or Safari. (Flock doesn’t do spell as you type.)