Blogging with TextMate

An exhaustive day of coding deserves a little down time reading through feeds, visiting favorite blogs, and taking a few minutes to address certain items on the virtual to-do list. One such task – which I have now crossed off the list – is acquainting myself with the integrated blogging bundle packaged into TextMate.

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So what exactly does TextMate offer aside from its stellar text editing, code manipulating, bundle stuffed interface? TextMate can serve as a desktop blogging client. A great app which rivals the feature-set found in comparable strictly blogging based solutions:

  • Out-of-the-box support for Moveable Type, WordPress, and Type blogs.
  • Live spell checking thanks to the OS X Dictionary.
  • Specify “headers” to control how your post is managed once it is pushed from TextMate to your hosted blog. Edit the Title, Post ID, Date, Category, Keywords, Tags, or whether to allow Pings and / or Comments.
  • Image uploading – simply drag an image into the TextMate editor window. The image is then uploaded to your blogging installation with the correct URL now inserted into your document.
  • Instruct TextMate to pull content from your blog for editing. Posts are displayed in a drop down menu prompt allowing you to edit and then republish your updated content.

A more sound investment for anyone who is already considering dropping some weekend coffee money on an application which serves strictly as a blogging client – nothing else. With TextMate, you receive a coding / markup managing monster and publishing client in one.

Discuss - 9 Comments

  1. jakedahn says:

    I have to say that textmate is well worth the cost, and blogging with it tends to be very simple, considering it’s all text based, it’s just really straight forward and nice to use.

  2. Derek says:

    The only issue a user may run into some head scratching with is inserting the correct time stamps for posts to publish later in the day.

  3. J. Botter says:

    I purchased TextMate but haven’t tried the blogging tools yet. How does it handle tags? I’m asking because I use UTW to power the custom Eyegruve theme on my site, and I’m wondering if TextMate will work with UTW instead of just posting the tags inside the post itself.

  4. Derek says:

    [quote comment=”7045″]How does it handle tags? I’m asking because I use UTW to power the custom Eyegruve theme on my site, and I’m wondering if TextMate will work with UTW instead of just posting the tags inside the post itself.[/quote]

    Sadly UTW integration is not available. I’m sure that it is possible though. Maybe contact the bundle developers to get it to work? Ecto supports UTW with a little hack so I’m sure something can be coded for the blogging bundle.

  5. I love TextMate. It truely is the “missing editor for OS X.” I use the blogging bundle for all of my posts. It’s so quick and painless. Certainly a must have for anyone that codes their own sites and/or has a blog.

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  7. harwin says:

    Mmm… Good post :) Will watch your blog

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  9. I will take this to forums, but just wondering if you ever had a problem with the image uploading. I’m in WordPress, and when I did the image uploading, it just stuck this code:

    ![Textmate Blogging](http://pomomusings.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/textmate-blogging.jpg)

    in the body of my post – the image was uploaded to server, but didn’t show up…

    Any ideas?