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Should software be native or web-based?

How many of the applications you use on a daily basis are web-based as opposed to locally installed native applications? For me, the answer is way more than I ever would have expected. Had you asked me this question a few years ago, I would have vehemently denied that the future of development is on the web. As much as I could see and understand the value of a ubiquitously available web-based app...

Head-to-head smackdown: Live Writer versus Ecto

There are two fantastic options for offline blogging (that is, managing a blog without using the web-based browser interface the blogging service provides). The first is Windows Live Writer Beta, which, as the name would suggest is a Windows app, but one that's so useful it might compel Mac users to invest in Parallels Desktop just to run it. The second is Ecto, a Mac-native blog composition to...

ecto3 alpha revealed

If you're a blogger, the chances are you've heard of ecto - the multi-platform-supporting blogging client for Mac OS X and Windows. Today, however, sees the unveiling of an entirely new, from-the-ground-up, re-write of the Mac OS X version of ecto in alpha form. Apart from the shiny new icon (shown right) a new rich text editor that leverages the WebKit engine and a plugin-based architecture where...

NetNewsWire 3.0 released

As RSS becomes more and more of a vital tool for online media consumption and production with each passing day, the need for efficient and well-integrated RSS clients rings loud and true. NetNewsWire for Mac OS X is just such a client. Originally borne of (and still written and managed by) indie Mac dev Brent Simmons, it was purchased after v2.x in 2005 by NewsGator to help round out their empi...

Dev Chair : Web 2.0 and future of desktop blogging clients

With all the new and shiny Web 2.0 applications coming out, one may easily be convinced that desktop applications are breathing their last breath. At least that's what Google would like you to think about Google Apps, and its chances against rival Microsoft Office. On the blogging front, most of the popular blogging systems (Blogger, Vox, TypePad, WordPress, etc.) have incorporated some degree ...

Dev Chair : First love

As the senior manager of the software development team, part of my duty is to interview job candidates. One thing that jumped out to me a while ago as I was going through a resume is that a lot of candidates have more interesting jobs at the beginning of their career than their latest employment. My own experience is very similar. The first job I got after finishing college was with a software eng...

ecto for Windows 2.2

We've asked you which blog editor you prefer (and so has Lifehacker), but for my money you simply can't beat ecto, at least on Mac OS X (I've honestly never used it on Windows). It's a powerful editor with strong integration with other tools and software, and Adriaan Tijsseling has just updated it to version 2.2 with quite a few new features and fixes, including: Flickr Search support for imag...

Ecto blogging tool for Windows

Ecto is a handy, fast, and powerful (but easy-to-use) blogging tool. Unfortunately, it's only been available for Macs- until now. The developers finally released the much-anticipated version 2.0 of ecto, now with Windows compatibility. It requires the .NET framework, and costs just under $18. What's so great about ecto? For me, aside from support for almost every major blogging service out there, ...

Wordpress 2.0 and a fix for file uploads

Back in November I posted about how much I was enjoying a WordPress 2.0 beta, and today I'm happy to say it has fortunately gone official. WordPress 2.0 is now available for your blogging pleasure, but there's just one problem for those of you who use external blogging clients like Ecto: WordPress 2.0 breaks file uploads. A post at Ecto's blog explains the whole situation, including good news for ...