Office Lady or High school girl?
One of the things I find it difficult to do on a Mac or on OSX itself is blogging.
No, it’s not that I started to dislike blogging or find it a chore, but having used Windows Live Writer (first introduced to me by icie) for almost 3/4 of my blogging life, it’s hard to find an alternative to it.
While WordPress has it’s own built in blog composition tool, I find that it is much more useful for blogs that are more text heavy, which mine, is more of the image heavy side. Watermarking, uploading followed by inserting photos into each post is pretty much a pain in the butt and time wasting which could have been spent on finding for more moe pictures.
Windows Live Writer (WLW) is probably one of the better products by Microsoft of the late I would say (Surprisingly) . It’s a really fantastic piece of tool for offline blogging. That is creating and managing a blog without having to use your web browser nor having to need to be connected to the internets till you are really to upload your post.
The alternative of WLW on OS X is most probably Ecto, a Mac blog composition tool. I haven’t really used Ecto, but taking a look at it’s differences with Live Writer, I still prefer WLW.
Ecto has some pretty handy features, one being the ability to use iPhoto and iTunes in synchronization with it. Meaning you can add in your iPhoto galleries and then resize it in the properties windows. You can also style the photos by specifying the margin and padding of the photo’s position. Pretty handy but not really applicable for me, and I don’t use iPhoto to organize my photos ^^;
Looking through previous posts (post browser) in ecto is easier compared to Windows Live Writer as it is done email style (Post ID, title and the timestamp), while WLW shows a small excerpt and title of the post, though handy, is rather frustrating to navigate through as the fonts of the title and excerpt are the same. ORZ
Another amazing feature in Ecto is the support for Amazon Associates Program links which allows you to publish posts with Amazon Associate links. Tad handy if you’re using the Amazon’s Associate program. I should try this sometime ^^;
Windows Live Writer
I generally prefer both ^^;
Windows Live Writer, has more image manupilation capabilites as compared to Ecto in my opinion. First of all, the ability to upload your embedded photos/moe pictures to an FTP server (if you have one) and also allowing image watermarking (which is a huge time saver) when I need to watermark my images.
WLW also has a simpler interface as compared to Ecto in my opinion, as most of the “Insert into post” tools are located at the right-hand corner, allowing faster interaction and blogging micro-management.
While Ecto has some pretty handy features, I still prefer WLW as stated at the start of my post. Reasons might be that WLW is much more user-friendly in my opinion, and the image manipulation is really a time saver as you can concentrate more on delivering the content to the readers instead of preparing it.
Another reason is that WLW is free while you are entitled to a 21-days trial for Ecto, before having to fork out US$17.95 (or S$26.40), which I find pretty ridiculous.
Too bad I have to run WLW via Parallels. Not too bad anyway as I get to test out some eroge.. And oh, this post has been written using WLW ^^;
What kind of blogging tools do you use?