Smart phones are a great tool for bloggers to blog even when they are away from their computers. Ever since iPhone was introduced mobile-blogging hit its stride. With a plethora of apps available for iPhone you can now easily post to your blog wherever you are. Although most iPhone apps have a modest price but if you search hard you can find some gems of applications even for free. Following are five free but excellent iPhone apps that are immensely valuable for the bloggers on the move.
If WordPress is your blogging platform and you have an iPhone you are in luck. WordPress for iPhone is a free, open-source application that lets you create new or update existing posts and pages, upload images and manage comments on your blog from your iPhone. Just download the app, sign in using your admin user id and password and you are ready to roll. WordPress for iPhone supports both self-hosted and WordPress.com blogs. It is suitable for quick posts that do not need lot of formatting or too much typing.
This is by no means anything closer to desktop Photoshop software, but if you need some basic image transforming or editing on the go, Photoshop Mobile is the best an excellent free photo editing app. You can rotate, flip your photos, add borders , and apply a number of preset color effects simply by touching your iPhone screen. After you are done editing your photo you can either save it on your phone or upload it to a free 2GB photoshop.com account that you can use in your blog posts. You can download the app from app store.
To me the ideal application to capture my thoughts or notes is the one that let me access my notes when I need them. The immensely popular note-taking application Evernote fills the bill. With its free application for iPhone you have access to all your stored notes from almost anywhere.
Evernote for iPhone lets you create notes, snap photos, and record voice memos that you can then access any time — from your iPhone, computer, or the web.
Twitter is a great social network to promote your blog and inform your readers of the latest posts on your blog. Twitter 140-character status makes it an ideal candidate for iPhone app. With Twitter clients for iPhone you can update your status at any time. There are several Twitter clients available for iPhone but if you don’t want to spend 2 – 4 dollars try Echophone. Personally, I like it better than another popular free iPhone Twitter client, TweetDeck. You can follow your friends, update your status, search for current trends. The feature I like the most is the ability to open the URL in Safari instead of just viewing it in the built-in web browser. You can also email the URL to your friends. Another useful feature is the ability to tweet on web page you are visiting in the EchoFon browser.
I am a great fan of cloud file storing and sharing service Dropbox. I have written about this service before. Dropbox for iPhone is also gaining popularity.
To use this app you will need to sign-up for a free Dropbox account and install DropBox application on your computer also. After that you can view your files stored in DropBox folder from your iPhone.
Have you ever blogged from your iPhone? If yes what are your favorite iPhone apps for blogging.