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, but it’s ugly, expensive, and lacks the finesse and polish of Windows Live Writer. 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.
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.
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 (it’s not just for coding), to the austere, markdown-driven iA Writer.
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.
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.
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 or similar since it comes built in with a suite of image editing tools.
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.
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?