I have been using a little program called ecto for almost as long as I have been blogging–around May, 2004. ecto (yes, properly not capitalized) is a little desktop application that links to a large number of the most popular blogging platforms and allows users to quickly and easily post content. For example: the Mac version links directly to your iPhoto library to upload pictures from that source with just very little effort.
To make matters even better, the guy who writes the program (present tense for a reason to be disclosed in this post), Adriaan, is just a really nice guy. He sold our school a very reasonably priced site license for his program because he said he values education. That’s just nice!
At any rate, he has been rewriting the program: ecto 3. The new version, rewritten from the ground up I believe, features many improvements and has a nice, new, clean look. For an example of a new feature: you can now save a pdf document in your pdfs folder on the server and save the thumbnail in your images folder on the server! (Thanks, Adriaan!! I’ll pretend I was the only person that asked for that feature! I love it!) You now have access to all of your media (audio, photos, and video) for quick and easy posting. You can also post straight to your flickr account from ecto 3. And on my MovableType blog, posting now seems much faster.
Since the beginning of November, I’ve been posting exclusively with the new version, ecto 3. If you owned ecto 2, the upgrade is free! Even if it were not, the program is very inexpensive, less than $20, and a really useful tool. I highly recommend it.