I’ve completed my tests of the Mac blog clients that I’ve managed to dig up. As a refresher, they are these:
- WordPress built-in web client
Blogo and Flock are definitely not for me, for reasons I’ve hinted at before.
MarsEdit certainly looks nice, but it lacks a word count widget and it does not work with rich text; it works in markup land only, which is not what I want out of a blog client.
Ecto works quite well with WordPress (but not so much with Blogger, but I don’t care about that), and the price is right: $18. The word count widget is modal, not modeless, so it interrupts my writing when I want to check my word count. It features a rich text editor that’s appropriate for a strict blogging app.
MacJournal is gorgeous. It looks good, it works well (I’m writing with it now, in fact). I has a nice, live word count widget. It features the full-up Mac rich text editor I’d hope for. The price ($35) is a little steep for me for a blogging client, but that’s because it’s not a blogging client. It’s a journaling app with blogging capability. Unfortunately, its management of WordPress’s categories and tags leaves a lot to be desired. Although it uses categories perfectly well, it doesn’t allow you to create your own in the app itself. And although it uses the standard Mac tagging system for metadata, those tags are apparently not shipped back up to the blog.
The WordPress built-in web client is also gorgeous. It has a mostly live word count that’s modeless. It has an appropriate rich text editor, albeit with non-Mac shortcuts for formatting. The price is perfect, though, and it’s obviously 100% compatible with WordPress. It’s not an offline editor, of course, which puts it out of the scope of this testing, strictly speaking, but still, it’s quite good.
I’ll probably use the built-in client for most things, resorting to one of my existing text editors (Journler or Scrivener) for offline work. MacJournal looks really nice, though. Really nice.
And of course, these tests might all go to hell when I try to add images to posts…