Sinds kort staat versie 2.2.7 van ecto klaar om binnengehaald te worden voor het Mac OS X-platform. Dit programma is volledig uitgerust om desktop blogging uit te voeren. Ondersteuning voor verschillende blogservices is aanwezig, zoals Blogger, Blojsom, Drupal, MovableType, Nucleus, TypePad en WordPress. Je kan hiermee dus offline je blog schrijven om deze dan in één keer te uploaden wanneer je online bent. Het programma heeft een aantal handige functies aanboord en heeft een overzichtelijke interface. De release notes zien er als volgt uit:
My sincere apologies for the sudden frequent release of bug fixes. ecto went from 2.2.5 to 2.2.7 in just 5 days. Version 2.2.6 fixed a mistake that slipped into 2.2.5 when I added better support for primary categories. Then there was a possible issue with timezones. I could easily wait a few weeks and then release a new version, but I just hate having bugs in the app. If a user finds a serious bug, I really want to fix it as soon as possible. Usually, I release minor fixes as a latest build (see sidebar), but the issues with primary categories and timezones warranted a full release. Either way, there should not be another new version for a month now.
This new release fixes a serious problem users were having when editing a previously saved draft with attachments. In rich text mode, those attachments would not be uploaded. This has been fix and I'd like to offer my apologies for the inconveniences caused.
The other changes include a much better method to select a primary category (for MovableType API compatible blogs). Previously, the category that was checked AND selected in the category list would be the primary category. That was very obscure, obviously. ecto now sports a “Make primary” button and displays primary categories in bold.
There is, however, one minor issue with the new version. I have been preparing ecto for the new forthcoming icons by Neil Dixon. The side-effect is that if you open a draft window for the first time, the toolbar will have no icons. To fix this, simply select Window→Customize Toolbar… from the menubar. The toolbar customization sheet will slide open. From that sheet, drag the default set to the toolbar.