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My colleague Henry Story has been quietly and faithfully labouring away to create a top-class blog editor for us all to use on blogs.sun.com and he's pretty close to paydirt now. He's waiting for the Atom 1.0 specification to be complete before he really declares victory, but as it stands BlogEd is a pretty cool tool anyway. I used it for a while back when there was just James Gosling working on it, and gave up because it wasn't flexible enough - it old allowed simple page builds pushed to a server with FTP back then.

Today, BlogEd offers support for the MetaWeblog API in its Roller, Blosjom and Moveable Type flavours, there's full WYSIWYG editing as well as raw HTML editing for HTML hackers like me, there's multi-blog support so I can look after several blogs (all mine get aggregated at The Mink Dimension), and best of all it's a Java application so it works everywhere I do. You can give it a try right now if you want as there is a WebStart variant - there's even a Mac OS X native version for smart people with Macs!

So I'm giving it a try again. It just happily downloaded my entire blogging history from blogs.sun.com, and I'm now trying a new entry to see what it looks like. Maybe I'll be able to edit offline at last, David!

Best part though is it is all open source, licensed under BSD. The configurability, the platform independence, the ability to launch from the web yet use offline, all suggest BlogEd could have a bright future as an embedded part of online tools. Give it a try, and maybe join in with its community.

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