Wednesday, December 5, 2007

A Linux Blogger Editor?

I have finally found a Linux Blogger client that is usable. Bless you makers of Petrus.

Petrus is a wonderfully simple editor. The source can be found here:
http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=167260

Blogger and LiveJournal are the two primary blogging sites supported by this handy Java program. Yes I said Java. This may be the first Java program that I have found that is truely cross platform, though I have not tested the Mac Universal version.

The install is very simple, after a few downloads. There are five .jar files that are required:
- gdata-base-1.0.jar (available from SourceForge link)
- gdata-client-1.0.jar (available from SourceForge link)
- petrus.jar (available from SourceForge link)
- mail.jar (in Sun's JavaMail API)
- activation.jar (in Sun's JavaBeansActivationFramework)

For the Sun .jar files, download the .tar or .zip file and extract only the file that is required.

You will have to copy the .jar files to the lib/ext directory of your JRE.
- Windows JRE is located in C:\Program Files\Java\
- Ubuntu (Mint 4.0) the path is /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun/jre/lib/ext/

To run Petrus:
Windows - Create a shortcut to the petrus.jar file
Linux - Create a launcher with the command:
java -jar /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun/jre/lib/ext/petrus.jar

Some nice features available for the blogger client:
- shows all labels you have used in blogger.
- you can view history, not just the files you have posted with Petrus.
- when you cut a link, it automagically shows in the URL line of the add link window.
- easily insert images.
- post/review comments directly from the editor.

One drawback so far:
- No offline mode for Blogger.

Now if I could just get JRE running on my N800 Internet Tablet.

Let me know what you think of Petrus or of any other blog editors you find to be worthy. I will gladly try them out.

11 comments:

Петр Пантелеев said...

In fact, the best way to run Petrus Blogger on Linux and Windows is Web Start.

Also, we the next version I plan to pack all jars in one zip to avoid manual downloading of extra jars.

Jayesh said...

Hey, you would like the Maemo-blogger application I put together recently.

Check it out here:
http://jyro.blogspot.com/2008/01/blog-from-nokia-tablets.html

Dave Harrison said...

Excellent news on Petrus. Thanks for the update.

Earlene said...

Keep up the good work.

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