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Essential Blogging Tools Part I

Hi folks. Sorry for the silence the past couple weeks but after all it is the holiday season. Unfortunately I don’t have staff at my beckoned call like Chris Pirillo at Lockergnome ;-) so when I’m unavailable the presses grind to a halt. And speaking of Chris be sure to check out his terrific one-stop website for everything about RSS (aka Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication). This is a much needed resource that I know I will be perusing regularly.

Actually I have been caught in the throes of technology checking out new software to make my blogging world all the more better. No I haven’t forgotten that we’re dealing with computers and murphy’s law prevails, but being the geek that I am I’m always on the prowl for new software to rock my world. So without further adiue the following software has made it to my preferred list (make that my essential list) for bloggers:

1. wbloggar: Blogging-On-The-Cheap. This has become an essential part of my software repertoire. For those of you who have ever used blogging environments such as blogger.com you know that its’ interface is, shall we say, not exactly user-friendly. Well, wblogger fixes all that by giving you an easy to use GUI environment with a plethora of html tools and everything else you need to post and tweak your masterpiece to your heart’s content. Besides its’ cool coding capabilities, what I really like about this software is the control it gives me. I happen to use the free blogspot service as my publishing environment and wbloggar allows me to work offline and backup all my posts and templates onto my hard drive. My supporting graphics and files go onto my ISP’s free webspace that comes with my internet service and voilà - I have the best of all worlds. So if you are a cheapskate like me you too can have a free blogging service with most of the bells and whistles plus a backup system to boot - without any of the hassles of running your own webserver! Now if I could just figure out how to set up trackback I’ll really have something to gloat about. For advanced users wbloggar is compatible with most weblog systems allowing you to work with one interface for different publishing systems. Whoah! And to make the pot even sweeter the software is completely free! It is so good in fact that software creator extraordinaire Nick Bradbury has enabled support for it in his latest masterpiece - FeedDemon.

2. FeedDemon: Which brings me to my next honorable mention (pant, pant). It’s been a while since I have seen so much anticipation over the release of software but this one sure looks like a winner. Although I haven’t used it myself (I’m waiting for the final release) the reviews are raving about this news aggregator. Check with me later for a full review when the final release becomes available.

3. xmlspy Very cool! Until now I used to hand code my RSS files in notepad. But not any more! Now I can create and edit xml documents using multiple views such as text view, enhanced grid view, schema/WSDL design view, and browser view. It validates XML documents against DTD/XML Schema, transforms XSL, includes code-completion and sytax help, DTD Editor, Graphical XML Schema Editor, Stylesheet support, built in XSLT processor, and more. Xmlspy comes in three flavors - Home, Pro and Enterprise editions. I’m impressed and it’s certainly worth checking out.

Stay tuned for Part II and be sure to give us your opinion in ’speakers corner’..

Written August 14th, 2003 by | Filed under: Miscellaneous Blog Tips

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Essential Blogging Tools Part I

Hi folks. Sorry for the silence the past couple weeks but after all it is the holiday season. Unfortunately I don’t have staff at my beckoned call like Chris Pirillo at Lockergnome ;-) so when I’m unavailable the presses grind to a halt. And speaking of Chris be sure to check out his terrific one-stop website for everything about RSS (aka Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication). This is a much needed resource that I know I will be perusing regularly.

Actually I have been caught in the throes of technology checking out new software to make my blogging world all the more better. No I haven’t forgotten that we’re dealing with computers and murphy’s law prevails, but being the geek that I am I’m always on the prowl for new software to rock my world. So without further adiue the following software has made it to my preferred list (make that my essential list) for bloggers:

1. wbloggar: Blogging-On-The-Cheap. This has become an essential part of my software repertoire. For those of you who have ever used blogging environments such as blogger.com you know that its’ interface is, shall we say, not exactly user-friendly. Well, wblogger fixes all that by giving you an easy to use GUI environment with a plethora of html tools and everything else you need to post and tweak your masterpiece to your heart’s content. Besides its’ cool coding capabilities, what I really like about this software is the control it gives me. I happen to use the free blogspot service as my publishing environment and wbloggar allows me to work offline and backup all my posts and templates onto my hard drive. My supporting graphics and files go onto my ISP’s free webspace that comes with my internet service and voilà - I have the best of all worlds. So if you are a cheapskate like me you too can have a free blogging service with most of the bells and whistles plus a backup system to boot - without any of the hassles of running your own webserver! Now if I could just figure out how to set up trackback I’ll really have something to gloat about. For advanced users wbloggar is compatible with most weblog systems allowing you to work with one interface for different publishing systems. Whoah! And to make the pot even sweeter the software is completely free! It is so good in fact that software creator extraordinaire Nick Bradbury has enabled support for it in his latest masterpiece - FeedDemon.

2. FeedDemon: Which brings me to my next honorable mention (pant, pant). It’s been a while since I have seen so much anticipation over the release of software but this one sure looks like a winner. Although I haven’t used it myself (I’m waiting for the final release) the reviews are raving about this news aggregator. Check with me later for a full review when the final release becomes available.

3. xmlspy Very cool! Until now I used to hand code my RSS files in notepad. But not any more! Now I can create and edit xml documents using multiple views such as text view, enhanced grid view, schema/WSDL design view, and browser view. It validates XML documents against DTD/XML Schema, transforms XSL, includes code-completion and sytax help, DTD Editor, Graphical XML Schema Editor, Stylesheet support, built in XSLT processor, and more. Xmlspy comes in three flavors - Home, Pro and Enterprise editions. I’m impressed and it’s certainly worth checking out.

Stay tuned for Part II and be sure to give us your opinion in ’speakers corner’..

Written August 14th, 2003 by | Filed under: Miscellaneous Blog Tips

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