Just saw that ecto3 is available as an alpha (aka a “use at your own risk”) version. Im giving it a shot. I no longer spend enough time in Parallels to get much use out of Windows Live Writer.
One thing that I love about ecto over other blog editing tools is something simple…when you copy a URL to the clipboard, and then hit the “link” button, ecto auto-fills the URL so you dont have to paste. It saves one simple movement, but its a nice touch.
Like Erik, I’m not thrilled with a lack of a proper “preview” function. Yes, there’s the viewer or rich text view which is fine for posts like this. But I would love if my editor could pick up the style sheet of my blog and use that to preview the entry.
Update: One line of text formatted funky when published, so I pulled up the entry to fix. Found that switching to HTML and Rich Text and back throws up validation errors (warning: nested emphasis <span>). Click “Fix Automatically” and then go back and forth from HTML to Rich Text again, changing nothing, and the errors return. Looking at the HTML, ecto3 keeps throwing <span>s all over the place for no apparent reason. I keep removing the <span>s completely, and I’m still getting those “nested emphasis” warning errors. And why style a URL with an underline rather than just leave the <a></a> alone from the original style sheet? Oh well. Such is an alpha.
Another bug: it tries to “smarten” the quotes in HTML view (even though I have “smarten quotes” turned off) so when moving between HTML and Rich Text you get encoding in the HTML translated to plain text. So “it’s” appears as “it8217s”. Probably a preference somewhere to toggle, but this is the behavior that happens out of the box.
It also threw up an extended entry separator for no apparent reason. So, it’s a nice little preview. But try it just to try it…it’s an alpha. Wait for a more developed version to really start using it.
One response to “Ecto3”
If you can replicate that span tag funkiness, please report it in the support forum. I’d love to squash that bug.