Tag Archives: WYSIWYG

What Goes Around…

I’m belatedly playing with Microsoft’s new Windows Live Writer. I like it, but then I’ve always been a fan of blog writing tools. Here’s a list of them I started keeping, although I’m pretty sure it’s out of date by now.

But does it not strike you as somewhat strange that we’ve gotten to this point? I mean, those blog writing tools were available nearly three years ago, doing pretty much what Windows Live Writer does now — WYSIWYG authoring, HTML source code editing, Web preview mode, adding photos, compatibility with different blog services, some weird formatting and error messages, etc etc. In fact the only thing it’s got the others don’t have, map publishing, doesn’t yet work. Oh, it’s free. But otherwise Dmitry Chestnykh of BlogJet seems to have a point when he claims Microsoft has ripped off his software.

So is this where Web 2.0 has taken us? All the way back to a small software tool that lets us write our blog postings offline so we can upload them later?

What Goes Around…

I’m belatedly playing with Microsoft’s new Windows Live Writer. I like it, but then I’ve always been a fan of blog writing tools. Here’s a list of them I started keeping, although I’m pretty sure it’s out of date by now.

But does it not strike you as somewhat strange that we’ve gotten to this point? I mean, those blog writing tools were available nearly three years ago, doing pretty much what Windows Live Writer does now — WYSIWYG authoring, HTML source code editing, Web preview mode, adding photos, compatibility with different blog services, some weird formatting and error messages, etc etc. In fact the only thing it’s got the others don’t have, map publishing, doesn’t yet work. Oh, it’s free. But otherwise Dmitry Chestnykh of BlogJet seems to have a point when he says Microsoft has ripped off his software.

So is this where Web 2.0 has taken us? All the way back to a small software tool that lets us write our blog postings offline so we can upload them later?

Right on the Board

Another great, simple product from the folks at 37 Signals: Writeboard is live :

Writeboard is a web-based writing tool. It lets you simply write, share, revise, and compare text. With Writeboard you can write solo or collaborate with as many people as you’d like. Writeboard isn’t about heavy text formatting, or WYSIWYG, it’s about the text itself. The words on the page. If you care about design and layout, you’re best bet is to take the finalized text from a writeboard and import it into a page layout program. Make your magic in the right tool.

Nice.

BlogJet Goes Commercial, But Is It Ready?

BlogJet, one of a handful of programs designed to make editing and posting to blogs easier, is now officially out of beta. BlogJet 1.0 works with Blogger, TypePad, LiveJournal, Blogware, MovableType, b2, .Text, pMachine, DasBlog and others.

It uses a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor that “enables users to insert bullets, numeration, change font size, color and type just like in MS Word”. You can also easily insert pictures or even own speech fragments. Old posts can be obtained and updated. It costs $20 from DiFolders Software.

I’ve enjoyed using BlogJet but I wonder whether it’s ready for primetime. I’ve preferred it over bloggar and Zempt, the other main blog editors out there, but it’s not without its problems, none of which have been fixed in the most recent version I used. The editor, though WYSIWYG, has some significant quirks to it, meaning you quite often have to delve into the HTML to fix copied text, and I have found that posting to TypePad has created as many as failed attempts as successes.

My tupennies’ worth: I think these kind of things should be fixed before a commercial release.