10 Excellent and Free Blog Editors for the Desktop

Sep 27 2009 by John Urban | 40 Comments

It’s often convenient to have an offline blog editor if you often work in places without ready access to the internet. Even if you do have an internet connection, desktop blogging apps can give you a host of features that the normal UI of your blogging platform simply can’t offer.

In this article, we briefly review some top-notch free desktop blog editors for you to consider.

1. Thingamablog

Thingamablog

Thingamablog is an open source blogging application that has a wide array of features such as an RSS feed import function that allows you to import blog entries into the application. It has the capability to post to blogs via email and tools to set-up and install a weblogging platform onto your server in minutes. In addition, it has built-in wizards to aid you in accomplishing your blogging tasks.

Screenshots of Thingamablog | Download Thingamablog

2. Windows Live Writer

Windows Live Writer

Surprisingly (to many), Microsoft has a very good offline desktop blogging application called Windows Liver Writer that’s regarded by seasoned bloggers as the best one out there (for Windows users). It has a characteristic MS Office look and feel that will be familiar to most Windows users. A key feature of this blog editor is its ability to post maps, videos and other types of media easily.

Download Windows Live Writer

3. BlogDesk

BlogDesk

Among the many things that makes BlogDesk a favorite amongst bloggers is the handy ability to publish posts to multiple blogs at once. BlogDesk comes with an ImageWizard feature that allows you to prepare your images for the web. Its spellchecker has a built-in dictionary that supports 14 languages. It even has a notebook that serves as a scratch pad that you can use to keep track of your post ideas.  It also has a feature called Tag-generator that remembers previously used keywords to help you tag your posts quicker.

Screenshots of BlogDesk | Download BlogDesk

4. Bleezer

Bleezer

The main advantage that Bleezer has is its cross-platform support for Linux, Windows and the Mac OS. It’s compatible with most blogging and content management platforms such as Drupal, WordPress and Blogger. Features that will appeal to you in Bleezer include image uploads to a server of your choice, a good spellchecker to avoid typos, the ability to add keyword tags to your posts, and a WYSIWIG interface. Bleezer can also work while you are logged into your account for real-time posting.

Download Bleezer

5. Post2Blog

Post2Blog

Post2Blog is a freeware desktop blogging application that is portable, giving you the opportunity to carry it around on a USB stick for use in any computer. It also has a robust image uploader that supports services such as Flickr and imageshack.us. It has a "Live" spellchecking feature that evaluates your spelling and grammar on the fly.

Download Post2Blog

6. w.Bloggar

w.Bloggar

w.Bloggar is quite a nice blogging application that’s portable onto a USB drive. It has a file upload function that is able to interface with most of the popular blog platforms such as Typepad, Drupal and WordPress. Its hot-key combination feature can be set up for keyboard shortcuts to make blogging quicker.

Download w.Bloggar

7. Flock

Flock

This is actually a web browser that has a built-in weblog editor. Flock allows you to work online or offline. The browser comes with other features such as a web clipboard, image uploader, tight social media integration, and a nifty feed reader that can help you get some blog post ideas.

Download Flock

8. ScribeFire

ScribeFire

This Mozilla add-on takes the form of an icon on your Firefox browser. It’s uniquely convenient as you can post to your blog directly from your browser instead of having to start an editor while your idea is still hot in your mind. It also comes with the usual features such as HTML tags, image uploadm and multiple posting to several weblogs. ScribeFire has a vibrant support forum where you can with get help and chat fellow ScribeFire users.

Download ScribeFire

9. Qumana

Qumana

This excellent desktop weblog editor has an interesting and useful feature called DropPad, an area where you can drag and drop items such as photos for instant posting to your blog.

Download Quamana

10. Zoundry

Zoundry

Zoundry is a terrific blogging application that has a feature to help you recommend products and services to your readers (and get paid for it). In addition to this feature, it also has the usual blog editor features like spellchecking and a WYSIWYG interface.

Download Zoundry

What’s your blogging editor of choice (and why)? Share your thoughts and opinion on this topic in the comments.

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John Urban is a student at UCLA majoring in computer science. He is a writer for an online magazine StyleCeo, which deals with fashion. In his spare time, he enjoys sports, being with his girl, or just doing some freelance work. If you like his work on here and you’d like for him to work as a freelancer for you, you can contact him on Twitter.

40 Comments

Andy Feliciotti

September 27th, 2009

Just sticking to the default editor that came with your blog makes the most sense because the layout will be correct when you post it

Richard

September 27th, 2009

This is a very useful post. I was unaware of most of these.

I use Windows Live Writer. There are things about it that make want to look for something better. I have tried ScribeFire but the rest are new me. Thanks.

choen

September 27th, 2009

thanks, i wanna try, btw this editor can Encode / Decode HTML ?

Mars

September 27th, 2009

that was cool, i am currently using live writer

TraXim

September 27th, 2009

i need a Blog Editor that can use Custom Fields. Only Blogdesk can do it or?

smallway

September 27th, 2009

I will try all…then select my favorite…

Connor

September 27th, 2009

I use Windows Live Writer and Scribefire and these are far and away the best blogging tools that I have ever used. Both have Live Preview, and I would never use another tool that doesn’t have that, it is just so useful when planning your post and adding pictures.

I hate to say it though, but Windows Live Writer easily the best blogging software available, if you use that, don’t bother looking for something else, you’re just wasting your time.

Rahul Chowdhury

September 27th, 2009

Great post, I like, and I use Flock sometimes.

cssah

September 27th, 2009

Nice collection
Windows Live Writer really useful for me

ruthless bookie

September 27th, 2009

these tools seem redundant to me

erkasoft web tasarim

September 27th, 2009

I use liver writer. some plugins usefull.

Rick

September 27th, 2009

Andy, not necessarily. Example: Although WordPress is an outstanding blogging platform, it’s native editor is still clunky. Blogger’s is even worse. Plus, you may need to work on a post some time when you don’t have internet access, hence the need for stand-alone blog editors.

I have personally used WLW and ScribeFire, and recommend them both. Since I’m using Windows less and less these days, however, I don’t use WLW as much as I used to. ScribeFire has made some great improvements over the last few years, and their community support is growing by leaps and bounds.

I’ve used the Flock editor in the past, but was unimpressed with the browser as a whole, so I just don’t use it much. Still, it’s an ok option if you’re using that browser.

You didn’t mention which OS formats these editors are available for (except WLW, of course).

Christian

September 27th, 2009

Good post!!! Thanks, I will recommend this article

Jim

September 27th, 2009

I’m surprised to see MarsEdit for the Mac left off the list. It’s by far the best editor for OS X.

That being said, I agree with Andy, using the built-in input method from WordPress or Drupal is the best. It offers the best end-to-end experience, and you get exactly what you see/expect.

Paul L'Acosta

September 27th, 2009

This is a great list John. Wish I’d have found it before as it’s a horrible journey trying to find a one-in-all blog editor. Too bad the ones for Mac don’t support custom fields like @TraXim pointed out. Guess I’d have to stick with ecto’s ugly UI for now.

Valdecir Carvalho

September 27th, 2009

I’ve used Blogdesk for a long time, and then Windows Live Writer. Now, I’ve stop to use such applications, because “to me” they have such a bug with WordPress that make my post look strange.

Valdecir

Reza

September 28th, 2009

Also
1.http://choqok.gnufolks.org/ is a Free/Open Source micro blogging desktop client
2.http://bilbo.gnufolks.org/ Blogilo is a Free/Open Source Blogging client, focused on simplicity and usability.

arfandia

September 28th, 2009

thanks i will try this some, nice info..

Ivan

September 28th, 2009

Nice collection

Web 2.0

September 28th, 2009

This article was very useful for me, I had no idea that there are blog editors for the desktop, thanks…

Harsh Agrawal

September 28th, 2009

@Andy
You should try windows live writer,, it will also download your theme, so when you will write a post on desktop ..you will feel like, as if you are writing inside your blog…

Barbara Ling, Virtual Coach

September 28th, 2009

Never knew these existed – will see about including them in my work online. Thanks for the share!

Jean-Christophe

September 28th, 2009

Excellent post covering a wide range of tools, I learned about some of them. Offline mode is a real advantage of these tools. Has anybody an answer about using custom fileds in your template in order to add an image for instance ? Using these tools, are you able to upload an image file to your server and add the URL to the file as a custom field value ? Some designs -like Mimbo with WordPress) require these feature ?

Kylie

September 28th, 2009

What a great article, very useful resources that I intend to use immediately! I’ve learned more from this article than all the books on blogging I’ve read to date.

Thank you!

Haroun

September 28th, 2009

I’ve used ScribeFire successfully but happy to see other options, I’ll try some of them out :-)

Erin

September 28th, 2009

I have used ScribeFire. I find that it slows the launch of Firefox significantly. In the last several years, I’ve installed it twice and wound up uninstalling it because any benefits to using it were outweighed by how it weighed down the browser.

Erin

Nick Cammarata

September 28th, 2009

Personally, I think the best blog editor is notepad++, maybe it’s just me, but I think wysiwyg is the worst thing since mayonnaise*

footnotes:
* I hate mayonnaise

Keith Dsouza

September 28th, 2009

Windows Live Writer all the way it is simply one of the most useful Microsoft software I have ever used

Akhil Sasidharan

September 28th, 2009

To me, nothing is as good as the Windows Live Writer! The best!! :)

Karen

September 28th, 2009

Interesting – nice post. I normally compose in Google documents and then just finalize in WordPress. I’ll have to give one of these a try. It’s not normally an issue for me of writing where I have no internet access.

Shane

September 28th, 2009

Great post!

I have just started using Windows Live Writer but I wasn’t aware of the others.

seezer

October 1st, 2009

Semagic, which was originally for LiveJournal, but can work with WordPress w/no problems isn’t mentioned.

le0pard13

October 1st, 2009

Good overview of the tools at hand. You can do some combinations, too. Since Flock is based on Mozilla, you can make use of the Firefox extensions for ScribeFire and Zemanta along with its built-in social networking tools. I’m going to play around more with Live Writer soon on my Mac now that I have VM Fusion installed. Thanks for the post.

MR

October 5th, 2009

To me, nothing is as good as the Windows Live Writer! The best!! :)

Brad Davis

October 13th, 2009

Live Writer has been the best application for sometime, but I will test out a few of the others that I didn’t know about to see how they go. Thanks for the info!

josh91

October 29th, 2009

Windows-97 has a write, edit and post to blog feature. which is good, considering writing is a natural phenomenon as we’re used to word since we know Microsoft windows !

barunang

May 15th, 2010

I love live writer. but I’ll try other

Techfudge

September 22nd, 2010

Do all of these work with wordpress 3.0…I hope they do.
Would love to get my hands on them.

Fayaz

May 28th, 2011

Great list, very helpful software…

Nand

August 24th, 2011

I am using live writer. It was user friendly tool.

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