Let me count the ways…

Okay, what if you don’t have AppleWorks? Is there another way to do fancy blogging? Well, there are dozens, really.

Here’s a practical solution for those of you who are using Mac OS X 10.2 and above, and need or desire to create styled text which can be output as clean html to be pasted into your blog or a forum. Download the excellent MacJournal from Dan Schimpf Software and write your blog entries in that. You can export a journal at any time to html. It might be rather helpful to actually manage your blog entries using a local journal, anyway!

For example, I created an entry in MacJournal, writing it in a journal labeled, MyMac Blogs!

Yep, I know, I'm about as creative as Highway Road Sign painter, but you're getting what you pay for, remember that!

Next, I exported the journal as html to my desktop, creating a new Safari document named …you guessed it: MyMac Blog.html I double clicked to open it in Safari, checked it over, then from the Safari Menu I selected View –> Source, or Command-Option-V. Select the portion of the journal you want to add, copy and paste it to the blog entry form in your browser window. Submit and it should look the way you wanted!

Okay, what if you don’t have Mac OS X, but use Classic Mac OS 8.5 or later? Do you have $5? Because if you do, I’ll clue you in to a super little piece of software I’ll bet you didn’t know about. It’s called Simone and it’s written by one of the most interesting and talented graphic artists I’ve come across.

Simone, now at version 3.01, was designed primarily as a way to create clean, formatted text for forums such as Apple’s Support forums . An example of before and after can be found here .

Simone is a superb little tool, and a very significant time saver if you are a regular on more than one forum or blog or web-based discussion.

Okay, I think I've just about exhausted that little topic...


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