Blogger for Word add-in

A lot of you folks love Blogger but would rather use, say Microsoft Word, to compose your blog posts. Awesome. As of today, you can download Blogger for Word. An add-in that puts a Blogger toolbar right in Word.

I have spent a lot of time on this over the past few months and I should let you know that we designed this for maximum compatibility with older versions of Word going back to Word 2000 on Windows 2000. That means that this is a very simple toolbar, but once you try round-tripping a document (publish, view on the web, make some changes, publish again) you will see that it is powerful as well. Of course the trade-off was that we couldn't support images, tables or some of the wackier formatting in Word - perhaps in another version. See the FAQ for more on system requirements and such.

As Ev mentioned in his post, the biggest tradeoff is that this is Windows-only. As a Mac-fan I tried to find a good developer to do a Mac version and came up short. If you have any recommendations, I'm all ears.

Finally, I think we have delivered something that gives anyone the ability to do online document storage with the 'Save Drafts' feature. If you don't consider yourself a blogger or don't want to publish your documents, you can still use the add-in. Try it out - a Blogger account is free. I would love to hear what you think of the add-in in the comments.


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Stephen said…
Not sure what it would take, or if there's enough users for it to make business sense for Blogger, but it'd be really cool to have a similar plugin for OpenOffice.org.
shannon dowdell said…
just when I got my new iBook.
Kelt said…
Maybe not a plugin for a particular software, but a system service.
rpaege said…
Try the people over at Xtralean software (http://xtralean.com). I'm sure they can help you out.
Paul said…
Is that the same excuse Blogger's using for why Blogger itself works so terribly with Macs? Hire two Mac developers while you're at it. You're going to need them.
John said…
As a Mac user, I'm disappointed.
Jason Shellen said…
Is that the same excuse Blogger's using for why Blogger itself works so terribly with Macs? Hire two Mac developers while you're at it.

Three things to note here:

1. Mac support for Blogger.com is pretty great on Firefox. I recommend it highly. Safari is good but lacks WYSIWYG support.

2. Web development and client app development are different beasts. Yet another thing to find a *really* good developer to deal with Mac Office development. I'm sorry for the disappointment, but we were fairly picky on the PC side about who would develop for that platform also.

3. The other thing to note is what sort of plug-in should we do on the Mac? Seems like there is a diversity of applications that people use on the Mac to do word processing, whereas on the PC the clear winner is Word. On the Mac there is Word, Apple Works, Pages, SubEthaEdit, BBEdit and on and on. I think I know what I would like to do, but in the meanwhile there is always the web interface for Blogger.com and post-via-email.
Nancy said…
Well, I'd like the chance to use it. I'm using Word 2002 on an XP machine, and use Outlook Express. Word is NOT my email editor. But the darn buttons refuse to come up when I install the program, and MS says I have the updates for the program.
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