Windows Live Writer happens to be my favorite tool for publishing posts on this blog. I use it everyday and blogging is way more easier with it. If you are a long time Dailyapps reader you might have noticed that a lot of my posts contain considerable number of screenshots of apps and software’s.
I normally use Snagit for all my needs of taking screenshots, but today thanks to Amit Agarwal I found a cool new plugin written by a Microsoft employee Joe Cheng that allows me to take screenshots more easily than ever.
This morning New York Times is running an interesting post titled “In Web World of 24/7 Stress, Writers Blog Till They Drop“. The moment I read it, I was pretty sure that it is going to be the food for thought for the whole of the blogosphere weekend. Bloggers from everywhere are sure to post their opinions on the issues raised by Matt Richtel on New York Times.
Matt believes that bloggers everywhere are on the edge of nervous breakdown, or a heart attack (points at Om Malik) or probably even death (referring to Russell Shaw). The claims made by Matt are sensational alright, but it does raise some important questions that we bloggers need to answer.
I can’t really speak for bloggers in niches other than Technology simply because I myself am an Tech Blogger. The Tech blogosphere at the moment is extremely competitive and just about everyone including me are hunting for the next big scoop. Things are rapidly changing in our world and even while we sleep there is a lot happening.
With WordPress 2.5 to be scheduled to be released today (I’m not sure if it will make it today or not) the whole blogosphere is going to go crazy with reviews of the latest version of WordPress. Many users would invariably encounter problems while upgrading, so here’s a check list by Lorelle Van Fossen to make sure that the upgrading to WordPress 2.5 goes off smoothly.
Let me cut out all the stuff and just list out the points here for a quick scan. You can read the full list over here.
- Check Plugin and Theme Compatibilities
- Update Themes and Plugins
- Do a PreFlight Test
- Disable and/or Remove Old Plugins
- Backup your Database
- Relax and Read (The finer print is what matters)
If you are a regular WordPress user, then you must check out AirPress, the Slick Adobe AIR App that allows you to post from your desktop. With its super sexy design, you are sure to be sucked into it. AirPress is a minimalist blogging client in terms of features. But one of the coolest things that AIrPress offers is videoblogging directly from its interface.
Through its Interface you will be able to post :
- Sound (mp3)
- Video (flv)
- Webcam streaming (directly from AirPress!!)
- Webcam snapshot
- Flash animation (alpha version)
Here are some screenshots of AirPress in action :
Blogging from the Online Editors of your blog softwares can be quite tedious and time consuming. Using Offline editors is something that can really boost your online productivity. If you are a Mac user look no further than MarsEdit the best offline Blogging software for the Mac.
Mars Edit is one of the most popular desktop blogging applications out there and here is a rundown into its features :
- Intuitive Interface
MarsEdit’s no-nonsense interface works just like email. Edit your drafts in a convenient text editor, spell-check, and publish.
- Wildly Compatible
Works with WordPress, Blogger, TypePad, Movable Type, LiveJournal, Drupal, and Vox. And that’s just to name a few.
- Perfect Previews
Build a template to match your blog, then let MarsEdit’s live preview show you how your posts will look before you publish them.
- Powerful Markup Macros
Tired of typing the same things again and again? Set up macros with MarsEdit to easily insert commonly used snippets.
- Use Your Favorite Editor
Combine the power of MarsEdit with your favorite editor. Integrates cleanly with BBEdit, SubEthaEdit, TextMate, or TextWrangler.
- Flickr Powered
Quickly scan your entire Flickr library, then insert an image into your blog post with the click of a button.
- Easy Uploads
Upload images and files directly to your weblog. When you want to reuse an item, just select it from the media catalog.
- Re-Blog It!
Add a “Blog This” bookmarklet to your browser, and start new MarsEdit posts with the click of a button.
- Offline Freedom
Write when you want to, without an internet connection. Fine-tune your masterpiece on the plane, and publish when you get home.
- Custom Features
Extensive AppleScript support makes it possible to add features we haven’t even thought of. The sky is the limit!
So go ahead and try out MarsEdit Today.