Overview: 5 blogging clients for Windows and OS X

The following overview lists the supported blogging platforms, features, license (4/5 are free), a summary and screenshots for 5 blogging clients. I should also mention, 3/5 work in Linux too.

In my never-ending quest to find a blogging client that I really like, I’ve downloaded, installed and used the following 5 blogging clients: Qumana, ecto, Flock, WriteToMyBlog and ScribeFire. Because I’m very picky, none of them will replace Homesite+ (via CrossOver for OS X), but you may find one you love.

If you use and love a different blogging client, please let me know which one (and if it works in OS X) via the comments.
 


Qumana

Platforms: Windows XP, OS X
Download: http://www.qumana.com/download.htm
Supports: WordPress, Movable Type, Drupal, Blogger, LiveJournal, Serendipity, Xaraya, GeekLog and others.
License: free
Features: Of all the blogging clients I’ve tried so far, Qumana is the one most likely to replace Homesite+ (via CrossOver for OS X). Some of its many features include:

  • WYSIWYG editor, as easy as email
  • Clean interface with easy-to-understand buttons
  • Spell check with ‘as you type’ option
  • Insert keyword ads in one click (but only with Qumana’s ad program)
  • Technorati tagging
  • Customize ad design
  • Source view option to edit HTML
  • Save posts as drafts, or edit old posts, from the Blog Manager
  • Easy image uploads and image alignment
  • DropPad – gather links, text, and pictures by dragging them to a desktop pad
  • Offline editing
  • Multi-window editing
  • Seamless posting and cross-posting
  • Trackback & pinging
  • Thoughts: I’ll admit it, the first thing I thought when using Qumana was “ah – this is just an app that they’ve developed to get people to use their ad system”. And that may be the case, but Qumana is actually a very solid blogging client. Again, the source view keeps me from wanting to use this regularly, but if you’re a WYSIWYG fan, you should seriously considering checking out Qumana. And the cost is certainly right.

    Screenshots:

    Qumana
    Blog posts display
    Qumana
    Create a new post
       
    Qumana
    Preferences
    Qumana
    Upload and/or insert images
       
    Qumana
    WYSIWYG post view
    Qumana
    Source post view

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    ecto

    Platforms: Windows, OS X
    Download: http://ecto.kung-foo.tv/
    Supports: Blogger, BlogHarbor, BlogWare, Blojsom, Blosxom, Cocolog, Conversant, Drupal, GeekLog, IlohaBlog, LiveJournal, MovableType, Nucleus, pMachine, pyblosxom, Serendipity, SquareSpace, TypePad, WordPress.
    License: 21 day fully functional trial, $17.95 after that
    Features: There are too many to list here, but some of the highlights of the OS X version include:

  • support for multiple weblogs and servers (with easy-to-use Account Manager)
  • full local control of recently posted entries and drafts (with search function)
  • a Rich Text and an HTML editor with spellcheck and search/replace
  • syntax-coloring in the HTML editor
  • quick access menu with HTML tag templates and keyboard shortcuts for the HTML editor (fully customizable)
  • full-featured HTML-rendered preview of entries using Safari’s WebKit
  • powerful file and media upload with iPhoto import via attachments
  • convert, scale images and create thumbnails
  • create poster movies or create thumbnails from movie frames
  • save settings on a per-blog basis
  • send notifications by email (with Address Book support)
  • insert details of the currently playing iTunes song in your entry
  • hate the metal and icons? Set the window texture via the Preferences window and change icons with the supplied switcher!
  • support for del.icio.us, the social bookmarks manager
  • Thoughts: Of all the blogging clients reviewed here, this is the only one that isn’t free. With that said, there’s a 21 day fully functional demo available, so you can certainly try it before you buy it. And $17.95 is very reasonable. For me, the syntax-coloring in the HTML editor is a major selling point.

    Screenshots:

    ecto
    Default View
    ecto
    Create/edit a post
       
    ecto
    Preferences
    ecto
    Source View
       
    ecto
    WYSIWYG view
     

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    Flock

    Platforms: Windows, OS X, Linux
    Download: http://flock.com/download/
    Support: LiveJournal, recommended: WordPress, TypePad, Blogger
    License: open source (free)
    Features: Flock isn’t just a blogging client, it’s a web browser built on the fast and secure Mozilla technologies. Some of its many features include:

  • The photobar allows you to mark photostreams as a favorite and find out when they have new photos.
  • Integrated Photobucket sub-album and Flickr set browsing and uploading. Allow users to refine photos displayed in photobar by album.
  • Photo uploading now supports multiple operations such as cropping and rotating.
  • Search now includes live web results.
  • My News allows you to subscribe to RSS feeds, be notified when they have new articles, and read them quickly, including saving them for later.
  • The blog editor uses the native Mozilla editor, and has better support for various blog platforms.
  • The Star button also allows you to mark photostreams as favorites and add RSS feeds to your news. Favorites can be shared and Flock supports the syncing favorites.
  • Thoughts: Flocks user base is rapidly growing, and the recent updates have added a much higher level of stability. I tried it out a few versions ago and wasn’t entirely impressed. The new features and increased stability make this a browser/blogging client to be reckoned with. If I used Flickr for my blog I would seriously consider using this as my primary blogging client.

    Screenshots:

    flock
    Default browsing view
    flock
    Image clipboard
       
    flock
    Blogging settings
    flock
    WYSIWYG view
       
    flock
    Source view
    flock
    My News (RSS) view

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    WriteToMyBlog

    Platforms: all that support IE or Firefox
    Homepage: http://writetomyblog.com/
    Download: n/a
    Supports: Blogger.com, TypePad, WordPress.com, WordPress and Movable Type. Also supports the MetaWeblog and Atom API protocols
    License: free
    Features: WriteToMyBlog is a web based blog “client”. Its features include:

  • Creating Post entries with an advanced word processor (TinyMCE based) and have them published directly to your Blog
  • Advanced text styling.
  • Easily insert your Flickr photos.
  • Easily insert YouTube videos.
  • Customize the word processor toolbar.
  • Add tables to your Posts.
  • Easy tagging.
  • Multilingual AJAX spellchecker.
  • Thoughts: It’s a pretty cool idea. The ability to post to multiple blogs is cool – but since I don’t do that, it’s not a ‘stand-out’ feature for me. Since there’s a TinyMCE plugin for WordPress that turns the default WordPress editor into pretty much the same thing as WriteToMyBlog (and I use WordPress) – this isn’t a “client” that I’ll be using.

    Screenshots:

    writetomyblog
    Create a new post
    writetomyblog
    Unrequested feature
       
    writetomyblog
    Flickr integration
    writetomyblog
    Retrieve recent posts

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    ScribeFire

    Platforms: all that support Firefox
    Download: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1730
    Supports: WordPress, Movable Type, Drupal, Blogger, LiveJournal, Windows Live Spaces, Jeeran and others.
    License: free
    Features: ScribeFire (previously Performancing) is a full-featured blog editor that integrates with your browser (Firefox) 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.
    Thoughts: ScribeFire is actually pretty feature-rich, once you go looking for them. Built in FTP support is excellent, and opening in a Tab vs. sharing a window is very helpful. It’s the source editor that I don’t like. Formatting gets altered (for me) when publishing. But it’s very popular, and since it’s a Firefox plugin (easy to install/uninstall) you may want to give it a shot.

    Screenshots:

    ScribeFire
    Launch ScribeFire button
    ScribeFire
    Default editor view
       
    ScribeFire
    Insert image
    ScribeFire
    WYSIWYG view
       
    ScribeFire
    Settings
    ScribeFire
    Source view

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