Offline Blog Tools in Linux
As you can probably tell based on the test posts below, I am testing out 3 different options for Offline Blog Tools. Why 3? Well, Synaptic only seemed to list 3 when I searched it so while there may be other tools available (please leave comments!) I have installed 3 and here are my immediate thoughts:
- First Up is Gnome-Blog which sits in the taskbar as an applet.
- Sits in the taskbar -great for quick posts
- I was able to immediately connect to this blog. Didn’t need to read a help file/man page or google search
- Doesn’t seem very full featured
- Formatting appears limited to Bold and Italic
- Next is BloGTK 1.1
- Most features readily available
- Major format choices support
- Ability to insert links, images
- Not as straightforward to connect to WordPress -need to use Movable Type API
- After creating my test post with it, the test post is still in the window even after publishing.
- Spell Check doesn’t appear to be automatic
- Last up is Drivel
- Great name – that’s worth a lot
- Gets the most recent posts to the blog
- After posting sets up a new blank window for another post
- Spell check as you type
- No toolbar that I can find – everything is in a menu
- Had to read the help to configure – plus, the help wasn’t complete so I had to go to the developer’s website and read through archived posts to figure out how to make it work.
So, now I guess I need a verdict. My verdict is: Needs more testing. Sorry for the lack of conclusion but I think I need to play with all three a bit more. I’m leaning towards BloGTK and I think it would be the winner if it “reset” after posting so that I could create a new entry. Perhaps it’s user error so far.