As a person who generates articles on a regular basis and has been blogging for a long time, it’s very exciting to hear that WordPress has released their own version of offline blogging software. It’s also very interesting to know that WordPress is releasing their software at almost the exact same time that Windows Live Writer is going open source [Open Live Writer].
As with any new software release, I’m sure more functionality and features are coming, but this article is focused upon what WordPress is providing right now.
Ironically, is not a fancy name for the application that WordPress.com is offering; it’s just referred to as WordPress.com.
Where To Get The Software
WordPress is offline blogging editor can be downloaded from desktop.WordPress.com. The initial download of the software is about 50 MB. In my opinion, it’s fairly large for an offline blogging editor. The software is compatible with OS X and Windows currently, but our plans to add support for Linux soon.
The installation of their blogging software requires the installation of jetpack for WordPress. If you don’t already have a WordPress.com user ID and password, you’ll have to create one. The website for the off-line blogging application has instructions on how everything has to be set up.
Overall, the installation of the software only takes a couple of seconds.
My Initial Impressions
The application allows for snapshot views for statistics and also allows users to easily upgrade to get their own WordPress.com and domain name. Some other basic features that you expect from an off-line blog editor are there.
Considering the blog theme, the options I have for the plug-ins, I expected to see more integration, but the overall editing options were basic. There was nothing super fancy about what was being offered with the application that wasn’t already there with other blogging applications.
No internal linking
For instance, with the insert link, I was expecting to see an option to link to existing articles on my website; that wasn’t the case. I use speech recognition to compose a lot of my articles for my website, Dragon NaturallySpeaking, but it doesn’t work with this application [fully]. Dragon NaturallySpeaking does insert the words that are dictated, but there are no text controls. So making commands such as select that, cap that, new paragraph, etc. don’t work inside the application.
Compatibility with other applications
Disappointment also sets in for those individuals who are using hot strings or text expansion applications. In my testing, these types of applications were not working properly. So with no speech recognition and no text expansion abilities, you’re looking at writing these articles completely ‘by hand’.
This is a big negative point for me because there are terms that I use on a regular basis that I don’t want to have to type out every time; I use text expansion a lot. My preference is to use a mixture of speech recognition and text expansion and then come back and do a little bit of editing. This application hinders both of those, so I think I’ll find myself staying away from WordPress.com off-line blog editor.
Offline blogging ability.
User GUI is easy to understand.
Social sharing with various popular networks.
Allows for the management of several blog accounts with WordPress.
Makes it very easy to create drafts, edit posts or pages.
The application doesn’t stand out as anything more revolutionary than anything before it.
You cannot paste or drag-and-drop images directly into your blog editor.
The application doesn’t take into account the plug-ins or options you might have with your WordPress theme.
I love the fact there’s another offline editing option out there, but this will have to get better to become more useful and attractive to seasoned blog authors. This may be useful for short offline editing and touch ups, but I don’t see it as a primary composition tool. I have more options through the common WordPress edit option with the browser.
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