I have been using Ecto as my blog editor for a few days now, my conclusion so far is that Ecto is far from perfect - 3 out of 10.
The blog editor is very inadequate. The editor is not a true WYSIWYG editor, you have to use a Preview button.
- Creating bullet lists is a nightmare - the bullets show up on different lines, and editing a bullet list is even worse.
- You can't post a blog to display in the future.
- Downloaded blog entries have unrecognized HTML commands that you must delete manually if you need to re-sumit your entry.
- Edit an item that is scheduled for the future, re-post it, and the item is shows up immediately on the live blog.
I wish there we alternatives to Ecto, but I haven't found any yet.
My choice now is to use Typepad's online editor with Firefox (as it does not fully support Safari) and completely forgo off-line editing, or put up with Ecto's limitations and learn to work around them.
I am often finding myself having to go to Firefox to re-edit the poor formating generated by Ecto. Reading Ecto's web site, the developer mentions that a new rich text editor is in the works, I can't wait.