Found a great offline blog editor

I’m working on the next issue of the ICCTE Journal,¬†which I recently moved from Plone to WordPress. We generally have our copy ready articles in either RTF or Word format. To prepare them for production in a web environment, I have relied upon a number of methods in the past from hand coding to using the HTML editor in Moodle to purge Word’s HTML cruft before posting the production ready copy into my CMS.

This will be our second issue in WordPress so I was rethinking my workflow and how I could most efficiently convert from Word and RTF format into WordPress. After a quick Google search for offline blog editors, I found a reference to the fact that Word 2007 can be used as an offline blog editor to post directly to your blog (it supports WordPress and a number of other blog engines).

Now, I know what your thinking–Word as offline HTML/blog editor? What is that going to do to my HTML? Well, surprisingly enough, with careful use of the Clear Formatting tool in Word, you can achieve extremely clean HTML in your postings.

So far, I’m very happy and very greatful that I can prepare a document directly in Word and then use the Publsh command to upload it to WordPress. Unfortunately, right now it doesn’t let me specifiy whether I want it to create a page or a post, but I can live with that.

Compared to my experience before with offline blog editors, Word 2007 is an excellent option, particularly if it’s already part of your workflow.

Experimenting with offline blog editors

A favorite topic in a previous post that I had made on EdTechnology some time ago…offline blog editors seem to be an interesting way to stay on top of developing ideas without having to go to the web. Currently I’m experimenting with two different apps: ekto, and MarsEdit. After 10 minutes with ekto, I’m giving up. The application spawned so many windows you’d think you were working with an X11 application. It’s confusing as it has one window for managing connections, another for viewing posts, and yet another for creating posts. Contrast that with MarsEdit…the interface in MarsEdit is elegant, like NewsFire, and very easy to use. After adding my blog account to MarsEdit, I just had to click on the “New Post” button at the top of the window. One click and I was editing this entry.

I think I’ll keep MarsEdit around for a while…