As you know I have been very fond of Blogo the blogging software. What I like best is the way I can use it with Ping.FM. The way it deals with other blogging sites is OK but perhaps a little unconventional. I had looked at before but decided that since I had bought Blogo I would stick with it and its foibles with regards the actual blogging on the WordPres sites.
Lately though I have been getting a bit miffed with the way it handles putting more than one image into the post. I have to say that MarsEdit does a far better job of handling images and where they are placed in the text. So I bit the bullet and bought the MarsEdit software. I like the way that the Categories and Tags are separated. The Options panel which slides in and out as a panel is handy for setting up the post.
Then there is the drop down list in the top right corner of the application where I can choose the make text bold or headline and do some of the basic formatting. Just noticed also that it is possible to add some more markup macros. So I will be setting one up that will put in images with a bit of spacing around it. This option actually takes the software that one big step to total flexibility, which I am really impressed with.
Would it be too much to ask for to have the ability to post to Ping.fm also.
So there you go I give a big thumbs up to MarsEdit and I will be using Blogo for the Ping thing.
This month I will not be able to make as many podcasts seeing as I am going to be about a week without power in the house. No power means no electric for running the computers of course but as I get the internet that needs power supplied to the antennae on top of the hill, it could be some more time to get the internet back.
At least if I get the power back and I can use my computers again I will be able to make some more screencasts showing how to do some things with various software. I have to finish one I started already about using MarsEdit. This will be a bit of a comparison with using Blogo for which I made 2 screencasts last week. I am using Blogo to make this post by the way. Also coming, when I am able to is the interview with Ben from DrinkBrainJuice, the developers of Blogo. He has told me that he will give Mac20Q a copy of Blogo to be won by the listeners.
I have a mind to make some more screencasts about Scrivener the writers software. I only scratched the surface with what it can do in the previous screencasts. I was using Scrivener the other day with a project I am writing at the moment. It is a comedy story which I will first make as a story and when I have finished I will turn it into a screen play. Right from the off I see it as a short movie and I have actors in mind to play the parts. Can’t say more about it right now except that ladies underwear is involved.
When I do the screenwriting part of the job I may give Celtx a bit of a run. Celtx is specialist screenwriting software which gives FinalDraft a run for its money. It read the FinalDraft format and the only downside that there is is that sometimes the output does do such a good job of representing the time in a script. Maybe I should see if I can get a test copy of the software to do a proper comparison. There is another screencast possible out of that.
Thanks to Paul Shadwell for telling me about the Sony AX2000 video camera which looks very good. It is 500 dollars cheaper than the similar Pro version NX5 and has the same lens and many other of the same specs. I think I could live without the GPS and the time code and the ability to add a memory pack to be able to record for up to 11 hours. Mind you with only 500 dollars being the difference it may be worth saving the pennies for a while longer.
I was also interested in looking at the Canon 7D or 5D for video. There are some advantages and some drawbacks to using a DSLR rather than a video camera, but quite a few videographers are very impressed with the video shooting DSLR cameras. With a video camera you will get better, smoother zooming features and much better audio. Getting around the audio is possible though with recording it separately
Here is the second instalment of the Blogo tips. The Blogging software is a joy to use and I am pleased to be able to tell you how easy it is to get blog posts on to your blogs using Blogo. In this screencast I show you how to set up an account with a Blog and also with a Twitter account.
I mention that there are keyboard shortcuts and menu items to be able to format your text in the post and do things like add lists. Of course very important to me is ability to publish a podcast in the blog post with Blogo. I show you how it is done with Blog.
Still in testing mode with the blogging softwares. I got an email from the developer of Blogo telling me how to add a podcast to the post. It was quite simple – Go to the menu Post > Edit Custom Fields and type in ‘enclosure’ in the Field Name and in Value you paste in the url to the podcast.
It worked and So I come back to Mars Edit to see if I can do something similar to get a Podcast into a post from a url. You can click on Media and do an upload to the blog of your media. But what I wanted is to continue using Libsyn because I like the stats from Libsyn.
So same as with Blogo you have to go to the menu Post and click on Edit Enclosure. In the dialog that comes up you can paste in the url and even cick on a button that will fetch the type and the length of the podcast in bytes from the url.
For the fact that MarsEdit has the box ready to past in the url and that fetch details functionality it gets the nod on that side of the job.
I have also noticed that in the edit window there is a field especially for Tags or Keywords and a separate area to the right for Categories. In Blogo you have to put in a hash symbol to say if it is a category and it all goes in one place. I think I prefer the MarsEdit way.
I am still waiting to find out if Marsedit can post to Ping.fm. I use that a lot and it is a deal breaker for me. I have the paid version of Blogo and I like its ease of use and the Ping thing. Will not pay out extra money for MarEdit when Blogo does all but is a little more fiddly for some things.
I met through Twitter and it seems that the is where we met all of our new friends these days. As Paul was saying about Mac’s and is also a bit true of Twitter, there is a cameraderie between the users of certain software, or hardware or hogs.
Seesmic is a site I have not mentioned on here yet but it is well worth a look it a site for video social networking. too.
Apple Quick Tips (It’s a video podcasts from Apple only a minute or 2 each but quite useful)
Buzz Out Loud
Car Tech Video
The Disciplined Investor
Friday Night Comedy Podcast (Hillarious Comedy shows from the BBC)
International Mac Podcast
Mac OS Ken
Mac OS Ken Day 6
Mac Round Table Podcast
Robert Llewellyn’s Machine of the Week
Stephen Fry’s PODGRAMS
This Week in Photography
This Week in Tech
Tiki Bar TV
The Totally Rad Show
Typical Mac User Podcast
Wine Library TV
You look Nice Today
Your Mac Life
Adium for Chat
Adobe Photoshop CS4
Adobe Dreamweaver CS4
Adobe Flash CS4
Final Cut Studio 2
Microsoft Office 2007 via VMware Fusion
Microsoft Office 2008
iPhone Developers Kit
Internet Explorer via VMware Fusion
Rhode Podcaster Microphone
AKG K77 Monitor headphones
Drobo and Droboshare
2002 Harley Davidson V-Rod
2005 Harley Davidson Roadking
What a long list of playthings, After all of that I am thinking I don’t have enough toys. I will have to go and get some gadget therapy.
Had a good chat with Eric in the interview, the serious problem he has like many of us Mac users is “Toy Addiction” That’s obviously going to be a problem when Apple keep bringing new and sexy goodies.
He has a large iMac and is waiting on delivery of the new MacBook Pro 17in. Eric was telling me about Mint.com which is an online way of looking after your finances. More use to US users though due to the limited list of banking sites connected to it. I think I prefer to keep my money info with the bank directly.
Eric is a photographer with a Nikon and is interested in doing some HDR High Dynamic Range photos and we mentioned the applications and one called . Photomatix is my preferred HDR software. I asked if he had, had the urge to get a book of photos printed using the Apple service but was unsure about the quality of the printing, so if any of you have knowledge of that please leave a comment belao.
He has available if he has to run a Windows program but rarely uses it since changing job. Eric recomends adblock and the translator plug ins for Firefox. He says that is worth looking at for us social networking types. I countered with my choice, which is and lately using with
Soul music is a passion for Eric and he contributes to a blog called . An excellent resource if you are into soul music.