Three Useful Blogging Tools Including the Best Free Image Editor for PCs

< In the post One Blogging Tool That Makes My Life Easier, I noted that eventually I’d cover some other cool tools. Looks like I’m late – better late than never I suppose.

Three other blogging tools I’ve been very happy with include:

1) The Sociable plugin. This is a plugin that many of you may know, but since I like it, I’m still going to mention it. In case you haven’t used it, Sociable is the plugin that creates this (see below) at the bottom of your blog posts. …

I really like Sociable because it’s one of those reliable plugins. It’s never given me any trouble, is easy to personalize, and of course allows folks to bookmark your posts at all the best social networking sites. Some plugins are ultra testy and annoying; this one just does its job.

2) PXS Mail Form: Not much to say here, other then this is the easiest blog mail form I’ve used. I’ve tried a few, but like PXS best. It formats to your blog nicely. Of course, you could simply use text on your blog welcome page that says, “Contact me at [email protected]” but in my opinion, this allows folks to contact you in a more professional manner. You can see an example of this plugin at work at my blog.

3) Photoscape: This tool literally saved my life; or at least my working life. It’s hands down my favorite blogging tool.

I used to have this basic, but pretty good photo editor on my old laptop (the software came with my laptop). A few months ago my laptop died. I got a new one but it didn’t come with any sort of decent photo editing software. I mean, yeah it has personal photo editors, but I use dozens of photos per day at my various blogs. I need a super fast image editor that has way more capabilities than simply cropping and red-eye removal.

In any case, when I realized I couldn’t edit blog photos on my new computer I panicked then started hunting for a inexpensive but decent image editor. No luck. Most image editors are expensive because they have so many features. I don’t need gold bling, just good. I tried some online editors and they all sucked in my opinion. Mostly due to long download times. When I’m blogging, I have to get images ready fast.

Then I found Photoscape, which is not only amazing but FREE. For a free image editor, this tool does loads of stuff and there’s no major learning curve.

Key features of photoscape include:

  • “Viewer: View your folders photos, slideshow
  • Editor: resizing, brightness and color adjustment, white balance, backlight correction, frames, balloons, mosaic mode, adding text, drawing pictures, cropping, filters, red eye removal, blooming
  • Batch editor: Batch editing multiple photos
  • Page: Make one photo by merging multiple photos at the page frame
  • Combine: Make one photo by attaching multiple photos vertically or horizontally
  • Animated GIF: Make one animation photo with multiple photos
  • Print: Print portrait shot, carte de visite, passport photo
  • Splitter: Divide a photo into multiple parts
  • Screen Capture: Capture your screenshot and save it
  • Color Picker: Zoom in screen on images, search and pick the color
  • Rename: Change photo file names in batch mode
  • Raw Converter: Convert RAW to JPG”

It’s not Photoshop sure, but most general freelance bloggers won’t need such a sophisticated image editor.

The ONE downside – it’s not, last I checked, available for Mac. You have to be a PC user. However, if you are, check it out. Seriously, I love it, if I ever win the lottery, I’m sending the designers a fatty check, because if not for this software I’d be working with slow online editors right now and that means I’d be way behind at work almost all the time. Learn more about Photoscape.

There, three more tools that make my blogging world a little sweeter. Or in the case of Photoscape a whole lot sweeter.

What are some of your favorite blogging tools?


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