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One thing I’ve noticed Windows switchers complain about about is a lack of a solid OS X blogging client. Sure, there’s Mars Edit Write, Edit & Manage Blog Posts Faster With MarsEdit for OS X Write, Edit & Manage Blog Posts Faster With MarsEdit for OS X While WordPress is the quintessential blogging service, writing blogs directly in its text editor is not always user friendly. That's why I use MarsEdit for composing and uploading all of my blog posts. Read More , but it’s ugly, expensive, and lacks the finesse and polish of Windows Live Writer Windows Live Writer: The Easiest Way To Blog, Right From Your Desktop Windows Live Writer: The Easiest Way To Blog, Right From Your Desktop There is something nice about being able to blog from your desktop and simply clicking “submit” and then having it appear on your blog. Of course since you are creating it locally on your computer... Read More . But that’s all about to change – Blogo 2 is out, and it’s very, very good.

Produced by a Rio-based team, Blogo 2 runs on OS X 10.8 or later, and costs $29.99 from the Mac app store.

I first got my hands on Blogo 2 two months ago, when it was first released. It was glitchy and unfinished, and I left it alone for a bit. It’s now on version 2.0.4 and most problems seem to have been fixed, so let’s revisit this app and see if it’s worth your hard-earned money.

Who Can Use Blogo 2

At the time of writing, Blogo 2 only works with WordPress. Tumblr and Blogger users shouldn’t despair though, as they’ve promised support for these platforms are in the pipeline.

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Blogo 2 supports multiple blogs, which is handy for those of us who write on multiple WordPress-based sites. While there isn’t a Blogo 2 mobile app, it does come with support for Evernote baked in.

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This is handy, since it allows you to synchronize your drafts with the note-taking app, and access them anywhere. Given Evernote has near-ubiquitous mobile support and given that the mobile editing experience for WordPress is horrendous, this is incredibly welcome.

What’s It Like to Write With Blogo 2

Writers are incredibly picky about the tools they use to write with. Game Of Thrones writer insists on using a DOS-era text editor. My colleagues at MakeUseOf use a variety of apps to write, ranging from the complex VIM text editor The Top 7 Reasons To Give The Vim Text Editor A Chance The Top 7 Reasons To Give The Vim Text Editor A Chance For years, I've tried one text editor after another. You name it, I tried it. I used each and every one of these editors for over two months as my primary day-to-day editor. Somehow, I... Read More (it’s not just for coding), to the austere, markdown-driven iA Writer iA Writer for Mac & iOS: The Best Word Processor You've Never Used iA Writer for Mac & iOS: The Best Word Processor You've Never Used Be it a school paper or a blog post, all of us at some point find ourselves in the position of having to dump a bunch of characters into a text file. While cell phone... Read More .

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Well, Blogo 2 comes with a lot of bells and whistles, meaning it won’t appeal to everyone. There’s a lot going on when you launch the app, as both drafts and scheduled posts occupy the same eye-space as the area you have to write in. It’s certainly a lot cleaner than Pages or Microsoft Office, but at the same time might be a bit too overwhelming for others.

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For some, the typography of a text editor is a compelling selling point. Take, for example, iA Writer iA Writer for Mac & iOS: The Best Word Processor You've Never Used iA Writer for Mac & iOS: The Best Word Processor You've Never Used Be it a school paper or a blog post, all of us at some point find ourselves in the position of having to dump a bunch of characters into a text file. While cell phone... Read More , which is characterized by its usage of the monospaced and (some might say) severe Nitti font.

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I’m torn with how I feel about the default font used by Blogo 2 in the editor. On one hand, black text on a gray background is hard to read. On the other hand, it’s well spaced, and looks just as readable on an expensive, high-end monitor as it does on the screen of my MacBook Pro.

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Formatting text is a lot easier in Blogo than it is in the standard WordPress editor. Just select what you want to edit, and a small bubble will pop up over it containing all the formatting options you could ever reasonably want to use.

Working With Media In Blogo

Blog posts aren’t just words on a screen. For many sites, it’s all about media. Blogo 2 effectively removes the need for many to bother learning Photoshop An Idiot's Guide to Photoshop, Part 1: Easy Photoshop An Idiot's Guide to Photoshop, Part 1: Easy Photoshop At first glance Photoshop is confusing, but you can quickly be on your way to becoming a Photoshop guru. This is our introductory guide on how to do basic functions in Photoshop. Read More  or similar since it comes built in with a suite of image editing tools.

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Drag a photo in to the pane, and you’ll be presented with a dizzying array of options for editing. You can crop, enlarge, scale images, as well as apply filters that are strongly reminiscent of those found in Instagram.

Blogo 2 also allows you to insert a video into a post from what’s currently playing in Safari. At least, in theory. The latest update to OS X Yosemite, and the update to Safari that came with it broke this functionality for me.

Handling Comments

Comments are an essential foundation of most blogs. For many authors, comments are the cornerstone of their interactions with their readers.

Blogo comes with built-in integration for handling comments, and allows you to see approved, pending and spam comments, and to approve and decline any you see fit.

Should You Download Blogo 2?

Well, that depends. If you’re a VIM user deeply set in your ways, there won’t be much here for you. But for everyone else, Blogo 2 is an app worthy of consideration.

It allows you to write, edit and post, while avoiding the worst of WordPress’ idiosyncrasies. Blogo 2 is a reliable workhorse, and does everything it promises to do – regardless of how customized your WordPress install is. And editing images in it? Joyous.

What’s your preferred blogging client?

  1. Timothy Myers
    May 23, 2016 at 7:29 am

    I am having all kinds of problems with this app. When I add an image it just pops to the top even if i drag it to the middle of the post it still goes to the top. The Read More doesnt work, it show up in the editor but when I upload it it isnt there. I really like this app, i just want it to work.

  2. Timothy Myers
    May 23, 2016 at 7:27 am

    How?

  3. Tomcat
    November 18, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    I bought this app and really regret it. This app is just too basic. Basic text formatting, like aligning text, changing text font size or color are missing. Embedded images can't be aligned. Basic html formatting is missing, like adding a line with . This app is only good is you plan to write some entries and not bother with text alignment or formatting. I had to go back with the online WordPress editor.

  4. elpheal he
    August 10, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    I recently tried and purchased blogo and feel very disappointed for an app so expensive. I had to purchase it because i had 2 entries written in the app and I couldn't publish. I also couldn't get it to save out to evernote or blogger. it was just stuck. Every time I try to save, it just takes so long to do it with no clear indication of the process. I just finished a blog entry and tried publishing it but it wouldn't. Since the only saving options were to evernote and blogger (my blogging platform of choice), it's natural to assume the app automatically saves the entry. SO I quit the app to restart the publishing only to find my blog entry was not saved from the last edit.

    This app is very inadequate and frustrating and for a new mac user who has been comfortable with Windows live writer, this is far from it in terms of capabilities. The purchase really felt unworthy.

  5. David W
    May 2, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    Might be dumb question, but how's text wrapping around pictures work for Blogo 2? I've changed column widths, so instead of centering pictures, I'd like to align them left with text on the right. It's something I've given up on in MarsEdit.

  6. Stephan List
    October 31, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Hi,
    obviously it's impossible to embed videos from youtube. A no-go.

    CU,
    Stephan

    • Gisele
      March 6, 2015 at 4:05 pm

      Of course you can embed videos from YouTube, Stephan!

      Actually there are two ways of doing that! I'd love to help you.

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