I just want to blog...
Image via Wikipedia... from my desktop!
I recently became the owner of a Mac mini. I'm trying to make the transition, but a lot of things that I can do easily on a Windows machine are becoming problematical on a Mac. Ok, well, so far just blogging (and adding music to my mp3 player, but that will be discussed in another post). I didn't realize how many web apps I used, so some things like email and document creation don't matter as much (thank you Google Docs).
I do run VMWare with Windows so I can run programs like Windows Live Writer but I thought I would look for something similar on the Mac side. I love Darren of Problogger who has a post covering just this topic:
14 Essential Mac OS X Applications for Bloggers: "A number of blogging friends have recently made the switch from using PCs to using Macs as their primary blogging machines.but after looking at the blogging tools, nothing compares really to Windows Live Writer. Not to mention the cost, free.
Each time that one of them makes the move I tend to get an email or call a day or two later asking for advice on different applications to help with their blogging. Lately I’ve been saving my recommendations and have compiled them into a single email. I thought that I’d share it here on the blog also as I know many of you are Mac users.
Of course some of these 14 applications (not listed in any particular order) are not exclusive to Mac users – but hopefully it’ll give a little insight into the type of tools that I’m using.
A quick post to twitter brought the response BlogMate, which is a free plug-in for yet another paid app. I started this post using the BlogThis Chrome extension (luckily Chrome also runs on Mac), but I want something more robust and flexible. Windows Live Writer does much more than let me write posts on my desktop, I can add photos from my flickr account, save drafts, post drafts to my blog, have it connect to all of my blogs in one place (very nice for cross-posting), it imports my blog template so I will know exactly what the post looks like, allows much more flexibility of adding photos, videos, maps ... and so much more. Yes, I can do this all by hand, but Writer makes it so much easier.
So, if someone out there knows of a Mac equivalent of WLW, let me know. Please!
-- transitioning PC user ...