Randy May Family in Hillsboro Oregon

December 5, 2008

Portable App Links and such for Bloggers

Filed under: Automotive,Computing — rmay4 @ 7:28 am
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I am in charge of our blog for our company and I am a newbie for sure. So I go on-line looking for ideas on what to do and how to do it. I found this article and thought it was great. I do use my USB drive for a lot of my blogging work. After reading this, I might use it for all of it.

Besides this article here are some other portable app links that I have tried and liked most of them. Now, if I can just figure out how and what to write to get people to go there and check it all out???



http://www.zoundryraven.com (using it right now and loving it) So far this has proved to be the best thing since sliced bread for my blogging. I am not a fan of web apps in general. Writting in WordPress can be slow and I am too impatient to keep waiting for it to refresh or save or publish. This app allows me to have several posts in varius stages of completion sitting there. They are quickly available locally and I can edit and re-edit until I get it the way that I want then hit “publish” and it is uploaded. WOW, what an easy time saver.



11 great free portable apps for blogging on the go!

I can’t always get to my main laptop when I feel like putting together a blog post. If you’ve read some of my other lists, you probably noticed that I’m a big fan of portable applications for just this reason. As long as I’ve got my trusty USB flash drive, I’m always equipped with the programs I need to get things done.

Here are ten of my favorites (plus two alternatives). With these programs in my pocket, I’m always able to write when inspiration strikes – regardless of what computer I’m using.

1. Windows Live Writer is the best offline tool for composing blog posts, hands down. While Microsoft doesn’t offer a portable version, it’s a simple DIY project (Brad first covered it in September 2007). You can download the portable launcher from Scott Kingery’s blog: it’s over a year old, but it works just fine with the latest beta of Live Writer. With a rich feature set and support for WordPress, TypePad, LiveJournal, Blogger, and more, it’s a necessity.

2. Portable Firefox and SRWare Iron are both great browsers. I keep Firefox handy in case I need access to my favorite extensions, and use Iron when I just need to do some quick surfing. Why Iron instead of Chrome? For the added privacy.

3. GreatNews is a decent, portable RSS reader that’s actually portable (no Java runtime needed, like RSSOwl). The download is under 1mb, and it formats feeds into a tidy newspaper-like layout. If I’m using a machine where I’d rather not log in to my Google account, I’ll fire up GreatNews to read my feeds instead.

4. FastStone Capture is my favorite screenshot program. Apart from capturing windows (including scrolling ones), regions, or the full desktop, FastStone has an excellent built-in editor that handles text overlays, watermarking, highlighting, cropping, resizing, and more. There’s also a screen magnifier and eyedropper tool.

5. AVI Screen does a good job at capturing screencasts for sharing on video sharing sites like YouTube. Its mouse tracking feature is very slick, and is a good way to keep video sizes small. You may need to download it from this page.

6. CamStudio may be a better option for tutorial-style screencasts. In addition to capturing activity, it can also add captions and add picture-in-picture overlays.

7. IrfanView has a number of useful features. It’s a great image viewer and it also handles batch conversions. Basic editing tools are included as well, like resize, crop, rotate, sharpen, and blur.

8. The Gimp is my choice for more complex photo editing tasks. The 2.6 interface is a big improvement over older versions, and now that I’ve taken the time to really learn it I don’t miss Photoshop at all.

9. WinHTTrack creates offline copies of websites, which is very useful if you need to cache some pages for reference so that you can work without internet access. Make sure you grab the .zip and not the .exe.

10. The Sage is an excellent portable resource for writers. It’s a fully searchable dictionary and thesaurus with over 200,000 definitions. Everything is fully cross-referenced: if there’s a word you need to look up in a definition, just click it. The Sage can even handle anagram searches.

11. Sumatra PDF or Foxit Reader are must haves. If you have to follow a style guide, chances are good that it was provided to you as a PDF. Foxit and Sumatra are both small and fast, and support important features like annotations and bookmarking.

If you’re a blogger or writer and I missed one of your favorites, share it with us in the comments!

Randy May





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