I’m a huge fan of desktop tools that can help me in blogging and increase my productivity. I prefer desktop tools over online because I can work without the internet. Needless to say, how much distraction I get when I try to write online and I end up opening at least 10-15 tabs. If you are also in the similar condition like me, I suggest you to start using that software that can let you work offline. I know it’s hard to unplug the internet, but if you do it once you will notice the increased productivity and you will be able to do more work in less time.
Here I have compiled the list of those Blogging apps for Mac, which I use currently and you should also use them to increase your productivity. Note: All of them doesn’t work offline.
Best Blogging Software for Mac OS
Desk for Desktop Publishing:
I tried Desk in the month of August 2015, and I’m surprised with all the features it offers. The very first thing that I liked about Desk is; it’s a Mac app for writers. Especially if you love the feature to save the draft into iCloud Drive, and you can edit it from your iPhone or iPad. Desk integrates with all the major blogging platform such as WordPress, BlogSpot, Tumblr, Typepad to name a few. The desk is priced at $29 which seems to be on higher side, but after using it for a while; I must say it’s a complete value for our money. This is one writing and blogging app that I highly recommend to you and for any other bloggers who are using Mac OS.
If you are in search of an alternative to Windows live writer or Desk app for Mac, you should go ahead and get this little beast. Blogo has gone under numerous change and on 14th August 2014 they are launched again in Mac App store and is getting great reviews. This is one app you would love if you are blogging on WordPress platform. Current version supports only WordPress and Blog team promised to bring Tumblr and BlogSpot support soon.
With Blogo, you can write offline and publish post directly from your desktop. Moreover, you can also add images, assign featured image and live preview your post before publishing.
Taking screenshot is a part of our day to day blogging work, and we need to edit the image and resize it before adding it to our blog post. Snagit is an image editing tool that I have been using for last two years. This is a complete Mac image editing app that will take care of all your need. This is a premium tool, and you can download it for free for 30 days. Once you start using Snag it App, you will be hooked with it. Check out the above video to learn how I use Snagit.
A good post is incomplete without a good image and before you add an image to your post you should do a lossless compression so that your images are reduced in size. The lesser the size of an image faster your blog post will load. In the past, I have made a mistake by not optimising my images, and they were as big as 1MB. Imagine if a post takes more than 10 seconds to load, will you be waiting for that much time to load? Specially when the world is moving to smartphones, and our goal is to make our blog loads as fast as we could optimisation of image is crucial. ImageOptim is a free Image compression tool for Mac, and I have already covered it earlier here. This lightweight app will help you optimise all of your images types. All you need to do is, drag and drop the image on Imageoptim workspace and it will do the compression automatically. This is a free app, and you can download it right now.
Video blogging is now a main-stream part of blogging, and it’s important for you to create videos for your blog. If you are doing a white-board kind of video, you can use your DSLR camera or even your Smartphone camera. But if you want to do a video like I have embedded above (Screencasts) you need a video app that will let you capture, edit and publish it. Camtasia is best available video app for Mac, which every blogger and internet marketer should use. This is again a paid tool, and you can download for free and try it for 30 days. This is a must-have Mac app for video bloggers.
Mac FTP tool:
Being a blogger, you must be having your own server where your website is hosted on. Chances are you need to login to your FTP server at times for making some changes. It’s important that you keep an FTP software with you always. There are various FTP apps for Mac, and I will suggest two of them.
Cyberduck and FileZilla. You can use any of these FTP tool and both works great. They are light in weight, and you can also save your FTP login within the tool for quick logins. I prefer Cyberduck but if you moved form Windows to Mac and used FileZilla before, you will love to use the same tool.
This App is more like a SEO toolkit for your Mac OS. This app scans all the links of your blog and shows you the broken links. The best part is; it works with any blogging platform. If you are on WordPress, you can always use Broken link checker but if you have the huge site, broken link checker might freeze your hosting. This is one reason I started using Integrity. You can read this tutorial to learn how to use integrity. It’s a free app, and you can download it for free from Mac App store.
WordPress app for Mac:
WordPress launched an official Mac app that works for WordPress.com blogs or self-hosted WordPress blog using Jetpack plugin. This app was launched few days back & you can read the official launch post here. WordPress for the desktop will soon come for Windows & other OS. You can download the Mac version for free from here.
Here are quick list of Mac apps that I use for everyday blogging:
- Gramblr (For scheduling on Instagram)
- Evernote (For taking notes)
- Slack (For connecting with my team)
- Flux ( Warm up the screen display in the night. Highly recommended)
- Versions ( I use it to manage my WordPress plugins upload on Github repo)
- Mamp (For installing local version of WordPress on Mac)
- Flycut (Free & handy clipboard manager).
- Adobe Photoshop light room (For editing images from a seminar or meet)
- MPEG Streamclip: Free Mac app to compress video files. I will do a tutorial for the same in coming days.
Above list is must-have blogging apps for your Mac. If you are using any other blogging apps on your Mac OS which is helping you in blogging, I would love to know which one is it? If you like this list, do share it with others on Facebook and Twitter.
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