In the recent time, Tumblr has become a very popular blogging service, with hundreds of new blogs coming up everyday. The service is different from other blogging platforms such as Blogger, WordPress in that its focus is on ease of use and minimalism. Tumblr does a limited set of features and does them well.
If you are a Tumblr user, then you would realize how much Tumblr emphasizes on their service being easy to use and simple. Extending this, they have two particularly useful applications for Mac OS X users. You can find these applications in the ‘Goodies’ section of Tumblr (accessible from your dashboard).
Tumblr Dashboard Widget
A small and neat dashboard widget officially provided by Tumblr, it is pretty useful for posting small blurbs of text to your Tumblr directly from your Mac OS X dashboard. Installing it is simple, just download the zip file (link provided below), extract it, double click the .widget file to add it to your dashboard. The first time you click on the widget, it will ask for your login details.
You only need to enter the details once. After that, you can just type in any small blurb of text that you want to post to your Tumblr.
Some limitation of this widget are –
- It does not have any formatting options (bold, italics, etc.)
- You can only post text updates
- If you have more than 1 Tumblr blogs, you can only post to your default blog (the one you first created).
Tumblr Backup Tool
A lot of people use Tumblr to post little updates from their real life everyday experiences or to share pictures they take with the world. As such, these form a great deal of memories and may also contain important information which you would want to retain for future viewing. To facilitate this, Tumblr provides its Mac OS X users with a tiny little backup tool.
As with the dashboard widget, you have to enter your login details in the app only once.
Once you are logged in, you can choose which of your Tumblr blogs you want to backup, and the location where you want to back them up. The rest of the job is taken care of by the tool automatically.
The backup tool neatly arranges all the files and content related to your blog in a folder.