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Turning Movable Type into a light weight desktop blogging client

By Byrne Reese
Posted June 23, 2008, in Just for Fun.

Apple fans will love one of the latest tips from our community: how to turn your Movable Type blog into a seamless extension of your OS X desktop and operating system. In the first article Jesse Gardner explains how one can combine two technologies to create an awesome desktop blogging application: Movable Type and Fluid.

Fluid makes it possible to turn any online application into a desktop app. Its free and dead-simple to use. Jesse and others use it for example to put GMail, Basecamp, Google Calendar, Flickr, Facebook and many other online applications right into their OS X dock.

MT4 in the OS X Dock

What makes Movable Type and Fluid work especially well together is the iMT plugin, which provides a beautifully designed user interface specifically for iPhone users. Coupled with Fluid's ability to let any application it bootstraps to masquerade as an iPhone, Fluid can be used to bring all the benefits of the dramatically simplified iPhone user interface of the iMT plugin right to your desktop. And because iMT conforms to Apple's own interface conventions and aesthetics, your Movable Type desktop client could not feel like a more natural extension of your Mac OS X environment.

Fluid and iMT Mash Up




softwaremac on July 14, 2012, 5:42 a.m. Reply

Movable Type and Fluid… good torque!

Norma Gr.

Norma Gr. on July 30, 2012, 8:52 p.m. Reply

Are you going to do something similar to that for users who uses Microsoft mobile?

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Support OmniTech on December 18, 2012, 3:35 a.m. Reply

That’s something great to hear. My laptop is Apple, so I can make use of this new invention. The picture you have given about the desktop looks really cool. I loved the clarity of it. Thanks for providing such a great application

Byrne Reese

Byrne Reese was previously the Product Manager of Movable Type at Six Apart, where he had also held positions as the Manager of Platform Technology and Product Manager for TypePad. Byrne is a huge supporter of the Movable Type user and developer community. He dedicates much of his time to promoting and educating people about Movable Type as well as building the tools and plugins for Movable Type that are showcased on Majordojo. He contributes regularly to open source; and he is an advocate for open protocols and standards like Atom and OpenID.