February 15, 2008
In the past I’ve used Blogjet and Windows Live Writer (WLW) as blogging software clients. I prefer using blogging software clients rather than writing an article from scratch as I’m no HTML expert and once they’re setup they are fairly easy to use. They also seem to give you more control and flexibity when it comes to performing advanced functions such as picture manipulation and formatting. If you want to look at potential blogging clients you could make use of then take a look at this review and comparison of 10 different blogging clients.
Microsoft Word 2007 now allows you to use it as a blogging client and I’m looking at using it more frequently as it allows you to do fancy stuff such as tables, clipart, shapes, smartart and charts. For a good comparison of Word 2007’s blogging features with those of Windows Live Writer read this blog entry. Other useful Word 2007 blogging resources and links from Microsoft are:-
I’m also an avid user of Microsoft OneNote 2007 and you can now blog from OneNote using its integration with Word 2007. To blog a OneNote entry all you have to do is right hand click and choose the Blog This option which will then drop the entry directly into Word ready for publishing to your blog.
Word 2007 allows you to blog on the following platforms and services: -
If you don’t use any of the above blogging services then you make use of the Metaweblog or Atom API which is what I’ve had to do since I run both my blogs using ExpressionEngine. When I first started using Blogjet I penned a blog entry on Setting up Blogjet for ExpressionEngine as there are a few tricks involved especially with setting up the ftp connection to upload images. Setting up Microsoft Word 2007 for blogging is also a process of trial and error and I’ve written this entry to outline how I finally managed to setup Word 2007 for use with ExpressionEngine via the MetaWebLog API. The main steps involved are outlined below, including the setup of picture options which allow the upload of images to your ftp server.
Step 1 - Register a blog account
Open Microsoft Word 2007, click on the Office Button, then choose Publish > Blog
If you haven’t already setup a blog you will be given the option to register a blog account and will need to click on the Register Now button. In the instance where you’ve already registered a blog account Word will go directly to Step 2.
Step 2 - Manage Your Blog Accounts
Once you have reached the Manage Your Blog Accounts screen select New to setup a new blog.
Choose other for your blog provider
Choose the MetaWebLog API and enter the blog post URL. Within ExpressionEngine the Blog Post URL can be found in the modules section under the MetaWebLog API. You should also specify the username and password used to gain access to your blog.
Following completion of your new account information and successful communication with your blog (including acceptance of your username and password) the following message should be presented to you: -
Step 3 - Manage Picture Options
Should you wish to add pictures, tables, clipart, shapes, smartart and charts to your blog entries within Word then you will need to setup the Picture Options in a manner that will allow the files to uploaded to an ftp server. The first step is to click the Picture Options button seen in the New Account screen shot above and then select my own server as illustrated below.
After selecting your own server you will need to specify the details of your Upload URL and Source URL as outlined in the example below (note that certain information has been blanked out for security reasons)
Having completed these steps you will now be ready to publish your blog entries using Word. Note that at the point of publishing pictures you will be asked to specify a username and password for the ftp server.· Email this article · Comments (0) · Permalink · Categories: Authoring, Blogging, ExpressionEngine
April 14, 2006
This post outlines how you can best setup Blogjet for use with ExpressionEngine. I’ve tried a couple of ways to set it up and have come up with the following approach. BlogJet is a weblog client for Windows that allows you to manage your blog(s) without opening a browser. ExpressionEngine is the blogging software that I use to host my blogs. If you would like to know how to setup Blogjet for use with Marsedit or Ecto then check out this post on the EEWiki.
To connect Blogjet with ExpressionEngine you should use the MovableType API connection settings within Blogjet. If you plan to upload images using Blogjet you will have to turn on the option to use FTP as follows:
- Open C:|Program Files|BlogJet|apitypes.xml in text editor.
- Find these lines:
- Scroll down until you find
and replace it with
- Save file.
Having done this you should now run Blogjet and perform the following steps:
Edit the connection settings
Specify the MetaWeblog API configuration URL of your ExpressionEngine Blog.
Enter Account Username and Password
This is the user name and password that you would typically use to perform edits on your blog.
Configure FTP Connection
Note this option will not appear unless you have carried out the steps I mentioned in the first section of this post.
Enter Account Title and Address
Login and Start Using Blogjet
You should now be able to login to Blogjet and start composing your blog entry.
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December 19, 2005
We are pleased to announce the release of ExpressionEngine 1.4, as well as our new free version called ExpressionEngine Core.
Version 1.4 is one of our biggest releases to date, delivering over 70 new features and enhancements. Included features are a powerful Extensions Manager, enabling developers to greatly extend the system, and new enterprise features, like entry versioning, relational data capabilities and more custom fields types.
In addition, we are pleased to announce the release of our free ExpressionEngine Core Version. The Core is an unsupported version available for personal use. It comes with 10 add-on modules, making it a great blogging system for those that don’t need extra features like an image gallery, mailing list, or moblogging. We have also reduced the personal license price to $99.95.
If you’re interested in the full story of EE Core, as well as important information for anyone who recently purchased a personal license at the
previous price, please visit: http://www.pmachine.com/ee/new_core_version/
For a full list of new 1.4 features and enhancements please read the change log, located at: http://eedocs.pmachine.com/changelog.html
If you are currently licensed EE user you can download 1.4 from the download area, located at: https://secure.pmachine.com/download.php
The ExpressionEngine 1.4 User Guide also has comprehensive documentation in the following areas:
The terms and conditions under which ExpressionEngine can be legally used.
Server requirements for running ExpressionEngine
A list of new features, changes, bug fixes in the current version
Installation and Updating Instructions
Step-by-step installation instructions and detailed instructions for updating to the most current release.
Getting Started with ExpressionEngine
Start with a big picture overview then learn the fundamentals by creating a simple two page website.
The Control Panel
Detailed information regarding the ExpressionEngine Control Panel and its many features.
General information regarding ExpressionEngine including data caching, text formatting, Spam Protection, and more.
Learn to use ExpressionEngine’s advanced templating and tagging system to build dynamic pages.
Modules and Tags
Reference guide for incorporating ExpressionEngine’s many modules and features into your pages.
The Knowledge Blog
Online reference of commonly asked questions.
ExpressionEngine’s API, functions, and classes for web developers interested in developing extensions, modules, and plugins.