Ecto Inspector

Adam Tinworth
Adam Tinworth

Ecto has been my blogging software of choice for a little while now. While it lacks the superb user interface of, say, Xjournal, it’s certainly my favored way of getting copy onto this blog. Part of that is its excellent picture handling options. As a blogger that like photos, that’s a great boon.

However, I can also empathize with some of the complaints about it.

The new Mac version of this once excellent blog posting program is much more complicated now and much more time consuming to use. By offering too many formatting options it adds several steps to what used to be a blazingly fast and simple tool.

I think that misses the point a little. It’s not adding new features per se that causes the problem – it’s that the UI of the applications needs a serious revamp to make it all seem much more intuitive. Let’s hope that it’s on the way.

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Adam is a lecturer, trainer and writer. He's been a blogger for over 20 years, and a journalist for more than 30. He lectures on audience strategy and engagement at City, University of London.