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ecto is a feature-rich desktop blogging client for Mac OS X, supporting a wide range of weblog systems, such as Blogger, Blojsom, Drupal, MovableType, Nucleus, TypePad, WordPress, and more. ecto is the successor of the wildly popular Kung-Log. With ecto you can write and manage entries for your weblog(s). The advantage over using your weblog's control panel is that you can compose entries offline and use the extra features ecto offers, such as spellcheck, creating links, attachments, amazon support, Flickr integration via 1001 and much more. ecto is designed to make blogging much more easier and yet give the users as much power as more...

What's New

Version 3.0:
  • convert, scale images and create thumbnails
  • create poster movies or create thumbnails from movie frames
  • save settings on a per-blog basis
  • extensive help documentation accessible from within ecto
  • support for multiple weblogs and servers (with easy-to-use Account Manager)
  • embedded debug console to troubleshoot server connections
  • full-featured HTML-rendered more...


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Macedward Member IconReview+24

This software used to be useful, but now it crashes all the time while trying to launch the app. Please update the app to be workable with Mavericks.

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Version 3.0
E_sapwater-%aze Member IconComment+33

Ecto is very much alive. Just received this note from the illumineX CEO who writes: "Yes, we've been doing a lot of work to ecto. We're going through the entire codebase, updating it to the modern Snow Leopard APIs so that it will be more stable and responsive. We've made about 2700 changes so far, and have a few more to go before we can release an update."

Anxious to put this new ecto version to good use and know a lot of others are, too!

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Version 3.0

That's excellent news! Thanks for posting.


This app was never fully updated for Snow Leopard, and now here we are with Lion about to be released. I gave up on this app back in late 2009... WAJ....


Well, it's October now and Lion is way out. Luckily, Ecto 3 still works under Lion, but it's certainly not evolving. I can't imagine how someone would buy the application and then just kill it unless that was the intention all along. Even the forum is overgrown with weeds (forum spam). I'd pay 3x current price for an Ecto update that works.


Ecto is alive? Not really - The "illumineX CEO" seems to have payed a lip service…

I won’t recommend ecto anymore. Sad, but true.

Cocoanut Member IconComment+209

This software seems to have been abandoned. The current version is extremely buggy and unstable. Developer is AWOL. Too bad since it was good in the day but that day is gone.

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Version 3.0
M-Prewitt Member IconReview+3

This WAS a great app, before it was acquired and left to die by current developer. The website of the developer has not been updated in a long time, and I cannot figure out how to get support. The website forum is down, and the developer contact info I haven't been able to find.

The biggest problem I have with this software, and it's HUGE, is that it keeps deleting parts of my posts! UNBELIEVABLE, but true. I discovered it when I went back to my latest entry, and found the last half was missing. At first I thought it was human error ... maybe I had deleted part by mistake. Thankfully I had a backup, and I replaced it. Then, I noticed after I saved the post, that the last half was missing again in the preview window! In HTML code, the last half was just not there. I pasted it back, in HTML mode this time, with all the proper tags. It did it again. Sometimes it would delete a longer or shorter portion. Sometimes, if I didn't edit the file, and clicked on and off the entry, it would reappear ... only to be partially deleted when I opened to edit. Then I looked back through old entries, which happen to include important and personal blog entries, that many of them were partially missing. It was like the app had shot holes in my life story for the last several years. Believe me, I was not happy.

If you value your data, do not buy this version! You may never recover it. I am reporting on version 3.0.2.

I am currently switching over to MacJournal, which unfortunately it not as elegant in some ways, but seems much more polished and is better supported.

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Version 3.0
Relaxedguy Member IconComment+1

I agree with LEOOFBORG. Have voiced our concerns for a year, frustrated about lack of response from developers. This is what happens when almost-great software is acquired and left to die.

I wish there was Bring more competition out there, but unfortunately nothing beats Ecto, which is even more frustrating.

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Version 3.0
Leoofborg Member IconReview+377

Ecto is a great blogging app on par with everything else out there, like MarsEdit, and I've used it for years and will continue to do so. It's a 4-5 star app with two BIG minuses. Two REALLY BIG minuses at this point:

1/ 3.0 hasn't been bugfixed in over a year. And there's a serious data loss bug that was reported pre-version three that was NEVER FIXED. See this forum entry: 'Draft Post Wiped (3.0b44)' at http://is.gd/6PSW6

I emailed them about this bug days ago and never heard back. And I can't get on the forums (below).

2/ Older Ecto users are not allowed on their forums to report issues, even tho' we're licensed users. And as others have said, all emails to support are ignored.

Ecto's a great app, getting long in tooth, but if Illuminex doesn't work on support and bugfixes, it's going to be 'formerly' a great app really quick. 4-5 stars for the app as it is now. -1 for not fixing a serious, documented bug and another -1 for unresponsive support.

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Version 3.0
Rkms Member IconComment+7

Goodbye ecto, hello myblogedit!

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Version 3.0
hukapan Member IconComment+2



No words. Goodbye Ecto, wellcome MarsEdit.

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Version 3.0
Adrian Member IconComment+74

Thanks for the new update.

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Version 3.0
macmend.com Member IconComment+51

I too cannot connect to my wordpress blogs, which is very disappointing

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Version 3.0b36
Gary W. Longsine

ecto 3 works fine with WordPress, there are many happy WordPress+ecto users. Occasionally a 3rd party blog plugin will cause an issue. If you have such plugins, disable them all, configure ecto, then re-enable them one at a time to find the culprit.


What I found was that everything went back to working when I lowered the amount of posts ecto was asked to download. Whilst marsedit seemed to have no problem, ecto seemed to put a strain on the server if asking for more than about 50 posts.

Gary W. Longsine

Thanks for the follow-up. Could you please contact me at support@ { illumineX daht com }? I'd like to dig into this a little deeper. (If both applications are using the same remote editing API, the load they place on the server, given the same number of posts being fetched, should be about the same. ) Thanks. /gary

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