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Writing Apps for Bloggers

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Writing Apps for Bloggers
Writing Apps for Bloggers

    Although you can write your articles in Microsoft Word or any such software, you might want to test the waters for some alternatives. Online and offline, there is a plethora of options in the blog editing/word processing field.

    ScribeFire

    Previously run at Performancing.com this editor runs within your Firefox browser as an add-on. There is no inline spellcheck, but if you get Google Toolbar for Firefox, you can enable that for any text field you use. Manages multiple blogs, imports categories and saves drafts.

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    Ecto

    A good addition that accommodates both Mac and Windows users. It’s one of the older editors that will run from your desktop. It’s feature list is growing. Manages multiple blogs, imports categories and saves drafts.

    Windows Live Writer

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    Microsoft has provided a great product. All features are accounted for, including spellcheck, theme detection and a memory for your image settings. Getting this app to upload images to the blog’s server by just adding pictures to your article content is very easy. Just a little bit of a memory drainer. Manages multiple blogs, imports categories and saves drafts.

    MarsEdit

    A Mac only app that recently was acquired. It’s the only paid product I’ve listed here, but I understand is one of the best. Manages multiple blogs, imports categories and saves drafts.

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    Google Docs

    If you regularly use Gmail, and Google Docs in general, this is an excellent option to write your articles from. You can use this app like you would the previously mentioned software, by inserting your blog settings and hitting the Publish button after you’ve finished writing. While you are able to load Word documents, you can’t manage multiple blogs and gather information from your site like categories etc.

    Zoho Writer

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    The product range from these guys has been impressive from word go, releasing some of the most feature-rich online apps around. This one is no exception. Not only does it take care of all your blogging queries, but also provides an interface that makes saving and sharing documents easier. I would at the moment put this above Google Docs in functionality and speed.

    Big Huge Lab’s ‘Writer’

    This is a little app that I find myself using more and more. This product strips back the bells and whistles to create a distraction-free environment for more productive writing that will dim the other options when going to F11, Fullscreen. While you can’t format, categorize or add images; it is possible to save a draft to your blog, or just on Writer’s server. Writer will also keep track of Wordcount, a feature I miss in a lot of the other apps. You can change the font color, size and one of three font styles. Use Google Toolbar to add spellcheck.

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    Honorable mention goes to blogging from email.

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    Last Updated on November 25, 2021

    How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

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    How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

    There comes a time when we may be searching online and don’t want the browser to remember our footsteps. The reasons don’t always have to be what we obviously think of as the main reason; for example, sometimes, you may not want Safari to remember your passwords or prompt you to enter your password when surfing the web.

    Whatever the reason, we may think that we are totally in the clear with Private Browsing on Safari and the other browsers on a Mac. However, a quick Terminal command can bring up every website you’ve visited. How do you do this? Also, how do you clear your tracks for good? We will provide both answers and more today.

      What Does Private Browsing Do?

      When activated, Private Browsing on Safari prevents your browsing history from being kept in the history tab of the application. Along with this, it doesn’t autofill information that you have saved in the browser. In this mode, you essentially become incognito and any references of previous use is essentially hidden when you are in private mode.

      For example: if you are on Facebook or filling out a form and some information or your login is already filled in in the spaces provided, this is called autofill. It’s activated by simply clicking Safari next to the Apple symbol in the menubar and selecting Private Browsing, then clicking “OK” to the prompt.

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      The reasons behind private mode differ for each individual. While we won’t go into all of those reasons, one thing that is  important to remember is that private browsing doesn’t forget the websites you visit. As we will see later on, Macs keep a second copy of the websites you visit in either mode. If you are in frantic mode looking for a solution to this, look no further.

      The Terminal Archive

      While Safari does a good job of keeping your search history out of prying eyes in the history tab, there is a less-than-obvious way to view a full list of visited websites on Mac. This is done in Terminal; the command-line emulator that allows you to make changes to your Mac.

      Terminal is located in the Utilities folder on your Mac. Once activated, simply add the command:

      dscacheutil -cachedump -entries Host

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      Once you hit “enter”, a list of the visited sites appear. Showing only the domains, the sites appear in a format of:

      Key: h_name :(website domain)ipv4 :1

      However, there’s no need to fear—there is a way you can clear this information from Terminal with a command that’s just as simple.

      Clearing Your Tracks

      Just as simply as you were able to enter the command to view the websites, you can clear the cache that Terminal showed you with the comamnd:

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      dscacheutil -flushcache

      As the command denotes, this literally “flushes” the domains from Terminal. This does not prevent the record from continuing to be recorded for future sites, however, so if that’s an issue for you, repeat this process regularly.

      Other Browsers and Private Browsing

      Other browsers have this form of privacy mode for their service. They promise many of the same things as Safari, but they do not have the same Terminal issue due to how this command only presents websites visited on Safari (the browser Macs come shipped with).

      If you use Firefox, you’ll notice that its private mode is also known as Private Browsing. Chrome calls private mode Incognito, while Internet Explorer refers to it as InPrivate Browsing. Opera is the newest to the scene, denoting it as Private Tab. Safari is the oldest well-known browser with this feature.

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      As you can see, despite Private Browsing not being 100% private, Terminal allows for your browser to be. In what ways has Terminal helped your life or allowed you to become more productive? Let us know in the comments below.

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