Zempt 0.3

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Zempt 0.3 is out and ready for download. If you’ve tried it before and didn’t like it, you will now. If you tried it and did like it, you’ll love it now. Go get it.

  • Offline operation.
    You can now use Zempt when you aren’t connected to the Internet. Create your posts offline and post them later.
  • Spell check
    Check spelling on your entires on demand or every time you publish. Dictionaries are available in dozens of languages or you can create your own.
  • Post editing
    Download previously-posted entries and edit them in Zempt.
  • Winamp and Windows Media Player plugins
    Insert the songs you are listening to into your blog entries.
  • Easy account management
    Now running blogs on multiple servers is easier. No need to log in and out of Zempt.
  • Default post options
    Tell Zempt what text filters, categories, and ping ids and comment statuses you want to use by default.
  • Customizable editor interface
    Hide and show fields to make Zempt work how you work. Have multiple blogs? Each blog remembers which fields you want to use.
  • Proxy server support
    Connect from behind your firewall using HTTP or SOCKS proxy servers

Simon Willison
July 2, 2003 4:07 AM

Zempt looks like a great piece of software, but I have a problem: I'm not using Movable Type (I have my own hand-rolled blogging software) and the Zempt site does not mention what API it uses to talk to a site. I know it uses XML-RPC, but is it using the Blogger API, the Metaweblog API or the Movable Type API extensions?

Bill Zeller
July 2, 2003 8:30 AM

"is it using the Blogger API, the Metaweblog API or the Movable Type API extensions?" yes, yes, and yes. Each provides some functionality, but the Metaweblog API is the most important.

July 2, 2003 8:35 AM

Is there some sort of notification list for Zempt? I'd love to know when a mac version will be released. Thanks!

Simon Willison
July 2, 2003 8:40 AM

Thanks Bill. The next question... how much do I need to implement in my hand rolled blogging software for Zempt to be of any use? Can I get away with just the Metaweblog API or do I *have* to implement the other bits as well?

Bill Zeller
July 2, 2003 9:18 AM

Hi, Simon- here's a list of methods currently used by Zempt. They are implemented as described on http://www.movabletype.org/docs/mtmanual_programmatic.html blogger.getUsersBlogs mt.getPostCategories metaWeblog.getPost blogger.deletePost mt.getCategoryList metaWeblog.getRecentPosts mt.supportedTextFilters metaWeblog.editPost metaWeblog.newPost mt.publishPost mt.setPostCategories And when we use image uploading, you'll also need metaWeblog.newMediaObject

Adam Kalsey
July 2, 2003 9:30 AM

Carla: Yes, you can sign up for the announcements list by visiting http://zempt.com/ and putting your email address in the box in the upper right corner of the page.

Trackback from Library Stuff
July 2, 2003 1:22 PM


Excerpt: So, I downloaded and installed Zempt (as seen on Kalsey Consulting Group). It looks like a truly useful tool in that it makes posting to LS alot easier, with many options not available in the bookmarklet I use to post to MT. I had a few error messages ...

Trackback from Open Stacks
July 2, 2003 3:29 PM

Zempt This!

Excerpt: On Steven's word, I'm giving Adam Kalsey's new version of Zempt a run-through. I've always been impressed by Adam's user-oriented development, so I have high expectations for this MT posting tool. But does it have TrackBack autodiscovery? Let's find ou...

July 3, 2003 7:28 AM

Oops, sorry, I missed that :) Thanks!

Trackback from socialENIGMA
July 14, 2003 11:02 AM

Zempt 0.3

Excerpt: I'm posting this entry from Zempt 0.3. Zempt is a windows application that allows posting to the Movable Type system. Here is a list of features from their website:...

Joe Friend
July 19, 2003 4:06 PM

Adam, What a wonderful tool. Thanks so much for the work you put into it. I'd like to see the UI spiffed up a bit. Seems like all the icons at the top could be in one long line. Also, could you add a icon for blockquote?

Trackback from JoeBlog
July 19, 2003 4:07 PM

Using Zempt to post to my weblog

Excerpt: This is my first test at using Zempt to post to my weblog. This is a very full featured blog editor. I just started checking it out so I don't know everything, but it includes: All the key MT fields...

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