myTumblr: Bringing Tumblr to the Mac Desktop

Tumblr has become a wildly popular blogging platform for many reasons. It’s easy enough for beginners to pick up in an instant, and powerful enough to customize to your heart’s content.

The online Tumblr interface is surely not lacking, but some users still prefer the feel of a desktop environment. Today we’ll look at an application designed to help you publish to your Tumblr account on your Mac: myTumblr from MOApp.

myTumblr

Like many of the other selections from MOApp, myTumblr is both simple to use and quite thorough in its range of features. Nearly the entire Tumblr experience is seamlessly integrated into a native OS X app that looks and feels right at home on a Mac.

Below I’ll walk you through setting up myTumblr and show you some of its primary features. If you want to follow along and try the app out for yourself, be sure to sign up for a Tumblr account before you begin.

Setting Up

When you open myTumblr for the first time, you’ll be presented with the setup screen. Here you simply enter the information related to your existing Tumblr account. If you don’t have an account, click the “Sign Up” link.

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Setup Screen

When entering the “Web URL,” be sure to include the “http://” portion. As I discovered the hard way, if you forget this part of the URL, the publishing features will not function properly.

This window also lets you specify a default FTP server for any images that you upload through the app. When you’re all finished entering this information, hit the “Apply” button.

With myTumblr, you can setup multiple accounts and groups and easily switch between them. This is perfect for anyone with both professional and personal blogs.

The Dashboard

Just like when you sign into your online account, opening myTumblr takes you right to your Tumblr dashboard.

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The Dashboard

I was pleasantly surprised to see a dashboard page in the app as I think most developers would’ve stuck to just the publishing features. This is one of many touches that shows that the developer really understands the Tumblr experience and was attempting to build a fully functional desktop version.

Publishing

As with the online Tumblr interface, myTumblr allows you to publish seven unique types of posts: text, photo, quote, link, chat, audio and video. Each post type is accessible from the button strip along the top of the interface.

Text Posts

The text post interface is where you type in your typical blog post entries. Here you have some text formatting options like bold, italic and strike through along with the option to insert a link, image or whatever is currently in your clipboard.

You can enter plain text, formatted text and even HTML into the text editor.

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Text Posts

Seeing no alternative to the publish button, I was initially concerned that you couldn’t save a draft of an in-progress article, but it turns out that feature is in fact present. Just click the little drop down menu that says “publish now” and you’ll see a number of other options. You can also click the little Twitter check box to forward your posts as a tweet.

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Publishing Options and Snippets

As you can see on the right side of the image above, there’s also a handy snippets feature. As a professional blogger, I was thrilled to see this functionality as there are always snippets of code that you find yourself reusing over and over again.

Image Posts

myTumblr allows you to quickly make an image post using either an image link, an FTP server or by simply uploading to your Tumblr account.

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Image Post

Yet another pleasant surprise in this app was the image editing features. Instead of simply uploading a picture as is, you have the option to edit it with a number of tools and image filters including black and white and sepia tone.

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Image Editing

Previews and Other Post Types

The other post types work exactly like you’d expect and hold no real surprises. Audio and video posts work essentially like the image post, sans the editing features.

Quote, link and chat posts all allow you to quickly create and publish just as with the text post; options for saving as a draft, adding to your queue and posting to Twitter remain active.

At any time throughout the creation of a post, you can see a preview by clicking on the little eye icon in the bottom left.

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Post Preview

As you can see, the post preview shows all your images, text formatting and live HTML. Unfortunately, you can’t preview the post with your theme. A “preview in browser” option would go a long way here as the default Tumblr preview does in fact show the post in your selected theme.

My Thoughts

As I do with any application I review, I was constantly thinking up features that I wish were present in myTumblr. However, unlike many other apps, this one continually surprised me by staying one step ahead of my expectations.

Nearly every time I thought, “I’ll bet it doesn’t have…” a little bit of digging revealed that it did. This application is simply an excellent implementation of Tumblr on a Mac and contains just about everything you both want and need.

My single complaint was that the previews were a little lackluster and could therefore use the option to preview in the browser using your installed theme. Otherwise the app performed wonderfully during the review process and I highly recommend it to any Tumblr user.

Conclusion

To review, myTumblr is an amazing and easy way to manage and post content to your Tumblr account from your Mac. At just under $15, this app is perfectly affordable for any professional blogger, but might be an unnecessary expense for a casual Tumblr user.

Regardless of whether or not you plan on buying the app, I recommend downloading the demo and giving it a try for yourself. Leave a comment below and let us know that you think of it.

If you prefer other blogging platforms over Tumblr, also check out myBlogEdit from the same developer.


Summary

myTumblr is a desktop blogging tool that gives you all nearly all of the features of the online interface with a few innovations of its own such as advanced image editing. The app performed extremely well during the review process and our only complaint was the lack of an option to preview the post in the browser with your current theme.

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  • checkyoulater

    it’s as you said, the app looks awesome but offers nothing that the online interface does not, albeit slightly less. the “native” mac look is great and probably worth the 15$ for professional bloggers, but casual bloggers (as you noted) or even those that want to get into blogging will have a hard time parting with 15$ for something that can be had for free.
    if i were them they should give this away for under 5 bucks, not because it’s not a good application, but in my opinion they should go for volume sales rather than filling in a niche.

    just my 2 cents

    • http://bmichael.me/ bmichael

      Your comment was great for -you- to write, but it didn’t really advance the ball down the field, discussion/intellection/community-wise. If you want to do something beside jerking off on your computer screen by telling someone how much to charge/who his target market is/how he could sell more things, then why don’t you just go to a porn site and jerk off all over your screen. You’ll be happier (maybe) and not piss anyone off.

      • Eli

        I think you take his comment a bit to aggressive, he just tries to state it’s kind of weird to charge quite alot money for an application that does exactly the same (or even less) the original website does.

        Still it’s an option and those people who don’t want to pay should just continue using the native system of tumblr that’s free :)

        You just seemed to go instant rage on a not so aggressive comment in my opinion.

      • Dak

        Wow, bmichael.
        You’re a dick.

  • http://www.macbiters.com Grendizer

    It’s nice, but it has some issues, for example when you try to edit a post it’s a mess and I couldn’t find a way to delete the tags in the panel.
    I will keep using my bookmarklets that works great.

  • Robin Lundgren

    I think myTumblr seems to be a super app for anyone trying to get started blogging with Tumblr. Not only for the hardcore Tumblr users, but also for the ones that have just started and are trying to pump out content. Having a native app will probably boost my rate of posting content.

    Let’s face it blogging through the web interface (not just with Tumblr) is ineffective compared to a native alternative.

  • Jean Waucomont

    Blogo and MarsEdit do the trick for me…
    Why change to a “basic” product? I don’t see the need for his application.

    Cheers,
    Jean

  • http://inanindeterminateplace.com Nipperkin

    I use MOApps’ myBlogEdit for a WP blog. Yes, the on-line interface does the same thing, though it’s bulky and sluggish and I have to be connected to use it, and yes there are several available alternatives, many of which I tried and all of which I stopped using for MOApps’ program. For me, the rational, purposeful, minimal design and functionality of myBlogEdit is superior all of the other WP client programs I tried. I use a couple of his other programs as well (myTexts, myAppLauncher, et al), and they show the same thoughtful development and bells-and-whistleless aesthetic as myBlogEdit. If I were using Tumblr, I’d grab myTumblr w/out even trying it out, based on the strength of his other programs that I know and use. And $15.? That’s the price of 3-4 cups of coffee where I live.

  • http://www.ponjoh.com Pontus

    With an accompanying browser plugin that sends the current URL/picture/video/whatever to the app, like the the Tumblr bookmarklet, I’d buy this in a flash.

  • Marc

    This app is lame. Why pay for something that is free? The designers are pretty lame if they cant come up with a new idea. Whey reinvent the wheel? Tumblr dashboard does all the same things, plus more. Two thumbs down for this app for sure. WASTE OF MONEY!!!!

  • http://drezha,me.uk Drezha

    In my mind, this app is great. For the price, it offers most of the functionality of MarsEdit (which is considerable more expensive) and allows me to type Tumblr posts as Markdown – that’s the biggest plus side for me.

    That, and I can use tags that the Tumblr web interface doesn’t seem to like (ever tried to centre text or images? Tumblr doesn’t like it but accepts it from myTumblr and MarsEdit for some reason)

    The new cheaper price makes it more attractive as well.

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