Well here we are again.
I’ve “discovered” yet another blog client that runs on a PC. So I’ve installed “BlogDesk” and I’m now reviewing it.
Firstly the installation was completely trouble free and very, very easy. In fact probably the easiest blog client install I’ve done.
The Client Interface
The interface you work with is simple but appears to do pretty much what you need. The only downside compared to Microsoft Live Writer is the absence of plugins to extend the client’s capabilities. That means there’s no easy integration with Flickr and you can’t create tags for different blog directories – just Technorati.
The WYSIWYG editor is equally easy to use and it’s uncluttered toolbar means a new user or a new blogger would find it very easy to use.
Plus it’s remarkably speedy to write with.
The Inbuilt Notebook
I do like the notebook facility where you can jot down thoughts for new posts, although to be honest I tend to start a new post in draft so it’s ready to go when I get to it.
BlogDesk allows you to easily create an excerpt of the post using a tab arrangement which also allows you to force the post onto more than one page using the “more” tab.
The one thing that really impresses me most about this client is the ability to manipulate the images. The image of me at the top of the post has been changed from a normal large square image to an interesting torn page smaller image – all within BlogDesk.
While you can easily download categories from your server you don’t seem to be able to create new ones for your post.
You only get to add Technorati tags within the client, which is a little disappointing. However adding the Technorati tags is straightforward.
This client has few downsides and in fact its most important factors are the ability to easily touch type your posts and it’s powerful way of dealing with images.
I may well continue to use it for image-intensive posts.