While it looks like I’ve already found the software I need for off-line blogging , I had already installed BlogDesk and was checking it out. It seemed only fair to continue to review it.
It has your typical WYSIWYG functions: bold, italic, underline, strikethrough, indent/quote, insert picture, insert link, and so on. A spell checker, of course, although it’s default dictionary seemed to be missing some rather common English words. Since the author’s native language is not English, and it is simple enough to add them to the dictionary, this is forgivable. It also has checkboxes for blog-specific settings, such as whether to allow comments/pings. You can also set whether it publishes on upload or saves as draft and can modify the date/time of the article.
It can interact with many of the more popular blog systems, but notably not Blogger. It doesn’t use a “discovery” system to configure blog accounts, but that has the advantage of allowing you to configure a blog while being disconnected. You can switch between the normal and HTML view with a simple hotkey, and also offers a “Preview” mode which, honestly, only looks like normal mode with most of the toolbar buttons turned off. I suppose it might be helpful with some unusual HTML in the article.
BlogDesk offers a number of nice “Extras” that distinguish it from other editors in this space. There is a “Notebook” feature that lets you write multiple unformatted notes for later reference. There is also a “frequently-used phrases” tool that you can use to, well, save frequently-used phrases. This is not limited to text, either. You can use HTML tags. Useful for those who manually add links to social bookmark sites or advertising in each of their posts. There is even a tool to assist in generating Technorati-specific tag links.
Posts can be saved as Templates which then appear in the “New” menu. Also useful for people whose posts are often a particular format or in order to help enforce a particular style. BlogDesk can also download and allow you to edit posts from your blog that have already been published, but obviously that will only be useful if you’re on-line.
All-in-all, this is a solid tool and I’m surprised it isn’t more popular in this niche. This was originally going to be a quickie review so that I could hurry and uninstall it (since I seem to have made my decision) but now I’m not so sure. I think I’ll be holding on to this one a bit longer and using it at least part-time.