An offline blog editor is an amazing tool for bloggers, because it allows you to create blog posts without an Internet connection. Instead of waiting for Web pages to load and worrying that you could lose your online connection and all your work, you can work offline to create, format, and publish posts to your blog using an offline blog editor.
There are many reasons to use an offline blog editor and many features you should look for in selecting an offline blog editor. Following are 5 of the best offline blog editors for both Windows and Mac users for you to try.
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Windows Live Writer is Windows-compatible and owned by Microsoft. It works seamlessly with most blogging applications, including Wordpress, Blogger, TypePad, Movable Type, LiveJournal, and more. You can download and use Windows Live Writer for free. It's feature-rich and very easy to use, and you can even add enhanced functionality with free Windows Live Writer plug-ins
. Check out the Windows Live Writer tutorial
to get started with Windows Live Writer as your offline blog editor.
BlogDesk is Windows-compatible and free to download and use. It works with Wordpress, Movable Type, ExpressionEngine, Drupal and Serendipity blogging applications. You can get started using BlogDesk with this BlogDesk tutorial
Qumana is both Windows and Mac-compatible, and it works with most common blogging applications such as Wordpress, Blogger, TypePad, MovableType, LiveJournal, and more. What sets Qumana apart from other offline blog editors is the integrated feature that makes it very easy to add advertising to your blog posts.
MarsEdit is Mac-compatible and a free 30-day trial is available, but once that trial period is over, you have to pay a fee to continue using MarsEdit. The price isn't going to break the bank, but do test MarsEdit as well as a free alternative before you commit to paying anything. Overall, MarsEdit is one of the most comprehensive offline blog editors for Mac users.
Ecto is Mac-compatible and comes with a price tag. It's easy to use and offers a lot of features, but the price deters some bloggers from using it, particularly when there are less expensive options available that offer similar functionality. However, Ecto is a good and reliable tool.