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Ecto Desktop Blogging Software

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The Ecto blogging software logo

I'm still in the process of deciding what software to use on my machine since my transition back to using a Mac.

Today, I installed ecto, a desktop/offline blog editor. If you blog and you haven't tried this type of software, you really should. As nice as the browser editors in blogging software has gotten, the desktop experience for creating blog posts is even better.

A few of the high points:

While there are other advantages, those are the main ones I've in the short time I've been using desktop blogging software.

Ecto is the second piece of desktop blogging software I'm trying out. The first one was Mars Edit. The biggest difference right off the back is that ecto has a What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get edit window. Mars Edit is a basically an HTML editor. While I'm a geek and can easily move around in code, when I'm making blog posts I much prefer a W.Y.S.I.W.Y.G. editor.

Writing and thinking about code are two different mental modes. Even if you are really good at both, having to switch gears imposes a state change cost on your mental processing. It's a great way to break concentration and kill a thought before you get it out.

Both Ecto and Mars Edit are commercial pieces of software which cost $19.95 and $29.95, respectively. While I'm a huge fan of Free and Open Source Software, I've got no problem paying a reasonable price for good software. Especially when there isn't a viable Open Source alternative. Just based on the W.Y.S.I.W.Y.G editor in ecto, I'm probably going to purchase it after the trail expires. It's well worth $20 to gain the benefits of as desktop blog editor.

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Ecto Desktop Blogging Software

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The Ecto blogging software logo

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I'm still in the process of deciding what software 
to use on my machine since my transition back to 
using a Mac.

Today, I installed <<link|ecto|https://illuminex.com/ecto/>>, 
a desktop/offline blog editor. If you blog and you haven't 
tried this type of software, you really should. As nice as 
the browser editors in blogging software has gotten, the 
desktop experience for creating blog posts is even better.

A few of the high points:

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- You don't have to be online - Posts are created and 
edited "locally" on your computer with no need for an 
internet connection. While you could do this type of 
offline editing with a word processor that would mean 
having to jump through additional hoops later. With 
software like ecto, you simply hit a "Publish" button 
when you have a connection and are ready to send the 
post to your blog.

- Software on your computer move faster - Browser 
based editors are decently fast but they have to 
communicate with a remote server which causes latency. 
These delays are usually minimal, but compared to 
software that is running directly on your computer 
it's a dramatic difference.  

- Software on your computer behaves better - The 
online edit pages for blogs try their best to 
prevent you from doing stupid things, but they are 
limited by the the functionality that's built into 
the browser they are running in. It's all too easy 
to select and delete text that you can't get back 
via "Undo" or to navigate away from a page and 
loose an entire post. The safeguards protecting 
you from yourself from this kind of behavior are 
more robust when using local software. They can't 
entirely prevent you from doing something stupid 
and loosing a bunch of work, but they are better 
at preventing it.

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While there are other advantages, those are the main 
ones I've in the short time I've been using desktop 
blogging software.

Ecto is the second piece of desktop blogging software 
I'm trying out. The first one was 
<<link|Mars Edit|https://redsweater.com/marsedit/>>. 
The biggest difference right off the back is that ecto 
has a What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get edit window. Mars Edit 
is a basically an HTML editor. While I'm a geek and can 
easily move around in code, when I'm making blog posts 
I much prefer a W.Y.S.I.W.Y.G. editor.

Writing and thinking about code are two different mental 
modes. Even if you are really good at both, having to 
switch gears imposes a state change cost on your mental 
processing. It's a great way to break concentration and 
kill a thought before you get it out.

Both Ecto and Mars Edit are commercial pieces of 
software which cost $19.95 and $29.95, respectively. 
While I'm a huge fan of Free and Open Source Software, 
I've got no problem paying a reasonable price for 
good software. Especially when there isn't a viable 
Open Source alternative. Just based on the W.Y.S.I.W.Y.G 
editor in ecto, I'm probably going to purchase it after 
the trail expires. It's well worth $20 to gain the benefits 
of as desktop blog editor.


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