Blogs are the perfect forum to express your opinions about anything and everything. The best part is that it doesn’t need tons of knowledge on the internet to tart a blog. All you need is to choose a desktop blogging tool. These tools speed up the blogging process. They let you write a blog offline and then publish it later at a more convenient time
Many of these blogging softwares have a scheduled post feature which lets you define what time you would like to publish your articles. Some of the other features provided by these tools include a spell checker, drafts saver, remote publishing etc. These tools are available for all the three OS: – Windows, Mac, and Linux. So you just have to choose the right tool and then go ahead and blog away!
1. Windows Live Writer
Windows Live Writer is one of the cleanest desktop blogging tools. It is equipped with the familiar user interface that other Microsoft applications come provide. You can use the rich text editor, and spell checker and can also add images and other media. However the USP of this software is that you can add plug-ins to the editor. Some of these plug-ins integrate with Flickr and Facebook photos. If all you want to do is write a blog post then this is the perfect tool since you don’t have to get into the complications of messing up with the HTML code.
BlogDesk is a multi-language blog editor that can support all the popular blogging platforms except Blogger. It is filled with unique and intuitive features. You can upload and edit pictures using the Image Wizard directly without tampering with the images using an image processing editor. It also lets you easily insert and edit inks. Links can be easily inserted and edited.
Post2Blog might seem to be a simple blogging tool on the surface however f you dig deeper you will recognize some of its pretty nifty features. It supports plugins, and can integrate with RSS Bandit and Sharp Reader. However it is not as intuitive as the other tools mentioned here and it is not also supported by the developers.
BlogJet is the perfect tool for professional bloggers although it comes with a heavy price tag of $60. It combines a number of useful tools in one clean, intuitive interface. It also supports RSS Readers and other regular blogging services. The tool also has Flickr and YouTube support, Spell Checker, Word Counter and Blog Statistics, Post Management and Searching.
w.bloggar is desktop blogging tool which is suited for only professional bloggers. It has lot more advanced features than Live Writer. However Live Writer has better interface. Other features include saving posts locally, importing text files, posting to many blogs.
6. Zoundry Raven
Zoundry Raven is a free advanced WYSIWYG-blog editor with XHTML editing, drag and drop from browser-functionality. It has an integrated HTML validator which is built into the code view. It also provides the Unicode (UTF-8) support, quicklinks and a template-based preview. Using this tools you can manage multiple blogs online and offline and use a built-in indexer that allows to see posts by blogs, links, tags and images.
This is another desktop blogging tool for windows that has the basic features and even certain advanced features. It supports image upload, plugins, online draft editing. It has tabbed browser interface which makes it easy to use. It also supports WYSIWYG editing style.
This is a blogging client which is customized for news feeds. It is a tool that integrates RSS feeder and Blogging client. It will let you read news from various sources, browse actual news articles, compose messages in WYSIWYG style, organize news channels etc. It is one of the best tools for reading the news and keeping a tab on it.
It boasts of a wonderful interface which is very easy to use. It also has tons of features that make blogging a pleasant experience. It has WYSIWYG editor and auto image upload to speed up the uploading process. It has multiple skins to give an enhanced appearance. You can also upload all your existing posts using the auto blog upload and start off in less than five minutes.
10. GNOME Blog Entry Poster
Although this tool lacks in features it guarantees efficiency. If all you want to do is a quick post then this is the tool that would do it really fast. To make a blog entry, you have to just click the Blog button, enter its contents add it the Post Entry button. The basic formattiong options like adding links, format to bold and italics etc are available.
QTM is an open source blogging client that lets you compose, format and submit blog entries to a web blog. It is compatible with WordPress, Drupal etc. However ti requires the Qt graphical user interface toolkit.
12. Drivel Journal Editor
This tool really makes your life easy if you are also a LiveJournal user. It has tons of very useful features for LiveJournal bloggers. It lets you select a mood, set the custom security and million other things while you are simultaneously making a post to LiveJournal.
13. BloGTK Blog Editor
This tool is equipped with a sufficient nuber of features. It supports many popular blogging engines and has good number of formatting option. It lets you create custom tags for HTML tags. To post blog entries you have to first go to Edit -> Accounts and Settings, enter the details about your blog, and click OK. Then you have to go to the File menu and click the Connect menu item. You are now ready to publish to your blog.
Flock is a web browser that comes along with blogging tool. It lets you blog directly from the page. It is similar to Scribefire but it provides better features and better integration. It is the perfect tool for simple bloggers who just want to work with a simple and easy to use tool.
MarsEdit¡¯s USP lies in its ability ot integrate with other text editors like BBEdit, SubEthaEdit, TextMate, or TextWrangler. It provides you with a simple and robust user interface. You can insert photos from your Flick library by the click of a button. Another attractive feature of the tool is its live preview feature. It will display how your blog will exactly look like before you post it. Price: $29.95.
Ecto is one of the most popular blog editors used in Macs. It encompasses all the typicall features like Rich text editor, spell check, draft saving, etc. and allows you to extend their functionality by sing plugins. It also provides support for Flickr and del.icio.us. It also lists lists down the tags that you have used with del.icio.us and Flickr. Price: $17.95
Qumana is distinct from all the other blogging tools. It has built in ad network which lets you insert ads into your post. It is a very useful tool for bloggers on the move. It has unique feature called the Drop Pad which adds drag-n-drop capability to snag links, pictures and text to a desktop pad.
Bleezer works with every blogging service. It has all the standard features and even sports some advanced functions. It is quick and efficient. It is a tool that suits advanced blogers more.
It is a hybrid of a blog editor and RSS-feed reader. It has some advanced features that are vary from all the other text editors. You can import RSS feeds. You can blog and read the RSS feeds simultaneously. The editor also allows publishing remotely to your blog via email and saving entries as drafts. Thingamablog is released under the terms of the GPL.
Blogo is compatible with WordPress, Blogger, Typepad, Typo, Drupal, Joomla, and Expression Engine. It can easily publish images, videos, slideshows etc. It has an intuitive interface. It also provides youwith a preview of how your blog page would be before it is published. It has a powerful editor that lets you work with Rich Text and edit HTML.er of formatting option. It lets you create custom tags for HTML tags. To post blog entries you have to first go to Edit -> Accounts and Settings, enter the details about your blog, and click OK. Then you have to go to the File menu and click the Connect menu item. You are now ready to publish to your blog.