Blogging Software (Mostly) for the Mac

Conclusion

All of these applications would serve bloggers well. How well depends on the need of the blogger.

When I first started this I thought I would end up using MarsEdit, which has a spectacularly simple and comfortable interface that’s hard to beat. After a few tests, that changed, and I thought I’d end up going with Ecto (even though the bulk of this set of reviews was written using MarsEdit) because of its features. While Ecto is the most feature rich out of the box, the stability problems I encountered were bothersome enough to steer me away. MacJournal, too, is a spectacular tool, but its lack of focus on blogging means some of the tools I’d like to have aren’t available, at least not comfortably. Still, this one’s under strong consideration.

For the moment, I’ve settled on using Flock with the ScribeFire plugin installed. I’ve always liked Flock, at least after getting used to its interface, and ScribeFire is good enough to give any of the paid applications a run for their money in many respects. The combination also means almost by-default integration with the social web. Since I’m looking to be more productive, and also better connected, I think this combination will serve me best. Nevertheless, as a writer, I’m also still strongly considering MacJournal due to its interface. It overlaps in certain ways with applications like Scrivener and ScribeFire, but it does so because it serves as such a great writing platform.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this set of reviews and found them useful. If you have any questions or comments on these applications (especially if you’ve been using them) or if you know of other applications I might be interested in trying, please take a minute to comment.

4 thoughts on “Blogging Software (Mostly) for the Mac

  1. Hey there, i read about your switch from Linux to mac os x.
    How is it going, are you still happy with you macbook?
    I am considering the purchase of a macbook too.
    Since 2003 i used Llinux for all my home-purposes, i tried different distributions, started with Slackware, switched to gentoo, ended up in Kubuntu since i like the advantages of Ubuntu/Debian and the KDE environment.

    Have you ever regret buying the macbook, did you switch back to ubuntu for some reasons?

    Would be nice to get your opinion on that .-)

    BR – Jens

  2. Hey Jens,
    If I were any happier with my MacBook my wife would be jealous. I highly recommend it if you do a lot of typing: they keyboard is wonderful. As far as software is concerned, it’s nice to have your system get out of your way, and the Mac does that better than any system I’ve ever tried. Ubuntu gets close, though and I might instal it on this system to see how it goes: the fact is that, philosophically, I’m still attached to the Free Software and Open Source movements, although I’m far more interested in simply working than spending time evangelizing for it, and on that front the Mac just can’t be beat. (I will tell you, I miss working on the command line: I still haven’t gotten used to the Darwin file structure.)

    I will tell you, after a short while, you start seeing some of the flaws, and as great as Mac OS X is, you realize there’s no such thing as a perfect system.

  3. Mac OSX is built over the code base of FreeBSD,but FreeBSD still scores mightily as a suitable free (as in freedom)OS, and closer to Unix than Linux. My favourite FreeBSD variant is GhostBSD, but my favourite BSD is OpenBSD, which must surely be the most secure OS on the planet. You might take a look as these too.

    If you want a Linux variant that run on a Mac (ppc type) you’d be better off with Debian than Ubuntu. I’ve had it running on my Linux box for over 10 years. I COULD get a more efficient (for older machines) distro but this has served me well, as have my BSD boxes.

    Good luck!

    Graham Todd

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