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Photography is a Passion not a Profession
Not too dissimilar to MarsEdit in it's look and feel. It was initially a little more complicated to set up the accounts, certainly for Blogspot, but not too bad.
I have noticed that occasionally it seems to do funny things in formatting, but that might just be me. It also seems to have issues with categories, doesn't always retrieve them from the blogs or create new ones when asked to.
It is pretty good at formatting text, for instance this bit of text is in Comic Sans MS, whereas the rest is in Arial. In MarsEdit you can't seem to mark individual portions of text just the complete article.
Inserting pictures from Flickr is pretty simple, or so I thought, you just use the Flickr Helper addon, however today that doesn't appear to be working, in that it is not allowing me to get to any of my photos even though it is displaying their names (not the thumbs though). None of the editor toolbar formatting buttons appear to be working anymore either, maybe the demo license has expired, it certainly hasn't nagged me and formatting from the menu still appears to work!
The more I test these applications the more holes I appear to find! This post, without a photo was posted using Ecto.
OK, I can put a Flickr picture in by hand, so here is one of Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire.
Well, I'm testing various blogging software for the Mac to see which one will be the one I end up using on a permanent basis.
At present I am trying 3 different ones:
I have been using Ecto for a few days and it isn't too bad though it does have a few quirks, but then I think all of them will have. I also tried iBlog but gave up more or less straight away when I couldn't find where to define the blog site! Might be that it does not support direct connection.
This is the first post using Blogo. The initial setup was very easy just clicked on the Blogspot icon, changed 'mysite' to 'photolouis', entered the user ID and password and that was it.
The editor is pretty simple and uncluttered, though fairly basic. There appears to be no HTML Tag highlighting when in HTML edit mode, which may not be an issue if you never want to edit raw data.
Now I need to be able to link to an image on Flickr, so how easy is that going to be I wonder?
Well that was really not that easy. When you go through the insert process using the bookmarklet all appears well until you post and then Blogo tries to upload the photo to Picasa, not quite what I had in mind! A bit of a Google and I found this post, unfortunately that didn't appear to work for me, all I could do was paste the Flickr HTML directly into the HTML editor, not a show stopper just a right royal pain! Have emailed support and will see what response we get back.
Other than that not too bad so far.
For a while now I have been thinking of splitting my original blog as the posts that I've been making really don't fit the blog. It should be concentrating on my photography but instead I appear to be posting nothing but recipes, no wonder I'm so fat! Today I eventually bit the bullet today.
Voila - ChezLouis is officially launched! So much so that the champagne is still flowing down the iMAC and there is broken glass all over my desk. Better get that cleaned up before Steph gets back.
I have also created a new PhotoLouis blog.
I just hope with all these blogs that I will find enough time, and subject matter, to actually use them!
This is a simple butternut squash which I came up with today. It takes less than an hour to make, depending on how quick you are at peeling the vegetables! Sorry but there are no photos today, didn't have the time.Ingredients:
1 Butternut Squash 1 Onion Cayenne Pepper to taste Ground Cinnamon to taste Nutmeg Salt & Black Pepper Mixed Herbs to taste Olive Oil Water White Wine (optional) Creme Fraiche (optional)