Bilbo Blogger

Mtux, of choqok fame, along with another person, has written Bilbo Blogger, a blogging utility for Blogger or any blog that supports Blogger1.0, MetaWeblog, and MovableType APIs (EDIT: also GData). It is based on the KDE4 libraries and it includes a WYSIWYG editor, an HTML editor, and a Post Preview function that can even fetch your blog’s CSS to render the entry and see how it looks.

It’s not released yet, but for the daring, you can actually try and compile it. You need to check out and install the blogging library (BlboKBlog) first:

git clone git://gitorious.org/bilbokblog/mainline.git bilbokblog
cd bilbokblog
mkdir build; cd build
cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=`kde4-config --prefix` ../
make

followed by make install as root or using sudo.

Then, you need to check out the actual application:

git clone git://gitorious.org/bilbo/mainline.git bilbo
cd bilbo
mkdir build; cd build
cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=`kde4-config --prefix` ../
make

Again, a make install will do the trick.

After that, you can start the application and create a new blog (see the screenshot section on Bilbo’s web page), and the program will try to figure out what is needed automatically. Neat. After that, you can just start writing entries.

There are still rough edges, but I’m actually quite happy because I dislike blogging with a browser, especially since Konqueror is always a second-class citizen when it comes to Wordpress support, and I don’t want to use Firefox. As a matter of fact, this entry was written using Bilbo. So, hats off to the two developers!

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