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Bloggers, there are lots of things you’ve to keep an eye on, and most of the time, you’ll need the help of different programs for different needs. Sure, there are more web tools for the job, but nothing can get to give you the convenience and speed that desktop applications offer. So, here goes a list of over 30 handpicked application, that can possibly increase a blogger’s productivity.

Desktop Blogging Clients

Post to your blog straigth from the desktop.

Free Blogging Clients

Windows Live Writer – One of the best. Plugins can be added to increase its power.
w.bloggar (Windows only) – Available as a full and portable version (can run from USB thumbdrive).
AIRPress (Windows, Mac) – Adobe AIR based blog editor for WordPress blogs. AIRPress requires [NO LONGER WORKS] Adobe AIR beta 2 to work. If it’s not installed already, it will be auto installed with AIRPress.
Thingamablog (Window, Mac, Linux)
Qumana (Windows, Mac)
BlogDesk (Windows) – Optimized for WordPress, MovableType, Drupal, Serendipity and ExpressionEngine.

Statistics Tools

Monitor websites traffic and other stats.

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Google Analytics (AIR) – Check detailed traffic stats from the desktop. Works both on Mac and Windows PCs. Google Analytics account required.
Snoop (Mac, Win) – Track website visitors in real time staight from the desktop. Stats provided by
SERPs Finder (Win) – Find where your page lists for a particular keyword on Google, Live and Yahoo! Search.

Screen Capturing Tools

Snippy (Windows) – System Tray Tool for screen capturing. Mark out the region of the screen that you want to copy “” and Snipp it.
Clip2Net (Windows) – Take screenshots, add notes and arrows, and save them online.
WebShot (Windows) – One more screesnhot grabber, free version is quite limited, but still does the job.
Camstudio (Windows) – Capture screen activity (vide+audio) and save it in AVI or SWF format.
Windows Media Encoder – Capture audio and video content and encode video captures to WMV format.
SnagIt 7 GIVEAWAY: Ahhh..."must-have" FREE Software Downloads! GIVEAWAY: Ahhh..."must-have" FREE Software Downloads! Read More (Windows) – Powerful screenshot capture and editing tool. Normally it costs $29 but version 7 is available for free. Unfortunately, the promotion period is over.

Image Editing Programs

Free Image Editing Tools for Bloggers

GIMP (Win, Linux) – Free Photoshop alternative. Also see Gimpshop which even looks like Photopshop.
Paint.NET (Win) – Another open source software tool for your image editing needs.
IrfanView (Win) – Worth a mention here, it’s an image viewer with a few editing capabilities.

FTP Programs

Filezilla (Win, Mac, Linux) – Open Source FTP Client. Read MakeUseOf review here Transfer Files by FTP with FileZilla Transfer Files by FTP with FileZilla Read More .
FireFTP (Win, Mac, Linux) – FTP extension for your Firefox browser.

Keyword Research

Good Keywords (Win) – Excellent too for finding suitable keywords for your article titles. MakeUseOf review: Get Your Keywords Right 'Good Keywords': Get Your Keywords Right 'Good Keywords': Get Your Keywords Right Read More .

Microblogging Tools

Pwytter (Win, Mac, Linux) – Cross-platofrm Twitter client.
Twitbin – Firefox Extension for Twittering
OutTwit – Twitter client for Outlook.
Pownce Client – Official Pownce clients for Mac and Windows.

Task Management

Rainlendar Stay Organized with Rainlendar Calendar Stay Organized with Rainlendar Calendar Read More (Win) – One of the best desktop calendar apps for Windows.
Essential PIM (Win) – A free personal information manager.

Offline HTML editors

Free HTML editor for offline use.

First Page Write & Develop HTML Offline with First Page Write & Develop HTML Offline with First Page Read More (Win) – Two paned windows HTML editor.
KomPozer (Win, Mac, Linux) – Extremely easy to use and ideal for non-technical users.


WordPress Comment Moderation Notifier – Get notifications when there are comments that need to be moderated.

That’s about it. Do you have a must-see program that’s not on the above list? Let us know in comments.

  1. ramesh
    November 10, 2009 at 2:24 am

    SnagIT offer has expired….!!

  2. MK
    February 4, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    Thanks for the share. Windows Live Writer is my favorite one.

  3. fadern
    January 17, 2008 at 7:51 am


  4. Gareth
    January 16, 2008 at 7:09 am

    SnagIT offer has expired....!!

  5. Syahid A.
    January 14, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    Nice one Shankar. Take a look at Photoscape and Alleycode HTML Editor. Two good freewares too.

  6. udi
    January 14, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    Great post, and great tools not just for bloggers but for all around web geeks.
    I'd love to see see Drupal related tools.
    - Udi

  7. Chris Christensen
    January 14, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    As a Mac blogger I would also recommend ImageWell, Cyberduck and maybe Flock.


    Chris Christensen
    Amateur Traveler podcast -
    Tripinator - Travel 2.0 -

  8. kip
    January 14, 2008 at 3:15 am

    Snagit offer is no longer available.

    • Shankar Ganesh
      January 14, 2008 at 8:34 am

      Uh Oh! If that's the case, I'll update the post. This article was drafted sometime ago so missed it.

  9. lankapo
    January 13, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    thanks my friend,
    a lot of info here

  10. 禾草唐楷
    January 13, 2008 at 10:04 pm


  11. Rick
    January 13, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Is GimpShop stable now? I downloaded it and tried to use it a couple of years ago, but it kept crashing on me. I have just been using Gimp since then and I'm quite happy with it.

    • Shankar Ganesh
      January 14, 2008 at 8:27 am

      Well, nobody can say that it's cent percent stable, but sure OSS is getting better by the day. :)

  12. 7leads
    January 13, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    good stuff and I am gaining some great information.

  13. Adrian
    January 14, 2008 at 2:15 am

    You forgot about a good backup tool. I've already lost my work once and I learned my lesson. I use

    • Shankar Ganesh
      January 14, 2008 at 8:35 am

      Oh! That's an important thing that every serious blogger should consider.

      Thanks for informing us about that very useful service.

  14. Troy
    January 13, 2008 at 7:48 am

    Hi, I thought I would add another screen capture application - Screen shot captor ( I use it and find it remarkable full featured. It is free but the author asks for a donation which entitles you to a life time license to it and many other pieces of software on that site.

  15. Alisha
    January 13, 2008 at 11:52 am

    For an FTP program, I actually use SmartFTP, because I couldn't stand FileZilla. SmartFTP lets me edit a file from the server and then upload when I'm done (must-have feature). I don't remember if FileZilla has that feature or not, but SmartFTP is another good one.

    • Shankar Ganesh
      January 14, 2008 at 8:25 am

      My bad.. I missed this program.... I've heard of it before.

      Will add it as well :) Thanks for the heads-up.

  16. kuros
    January 13, 2008 at 10:11 am

    what about scribefire?

    • Shankar Ganesh
      January 14, 2008 at 8:23 am

      I didn't bother to include Firefox Extensions, but ScribeFire is a nice tool nonetheless.

  17. Paulo Brabo
    January 13, 2008 at 4:27 am

    You forgot to mention Adobe's Bee, which is in many ways more polished than AIRPress:

    • Shankar Ganesh
      January 14, 2008 at 8:23 am

      Thanks for the add! We'll update the post soon with that tool.

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