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Using NewsGator and MT Bookmarklet to Post Faster

This may be old news, but I just realized a way to use Movable Type's Bookmarklet feature and NewsGator in Outlook to post weblog entries more quickly.

First, you need to know about bookmarklets. From the MT tool: "Setting up a bookmarklet to post to Movable Type allows you to perform one-click posting and publishing without ever entering through the main Movable Type interface."

Once you create a bookmarklet (from the main MT menu), you can go to any web site and click on your bookmarklet and an MT page will be generated that automatically contains an html reference to the site you're on. I use the Bookmarklet in the "Links" section of my browser for quick posting.

I also use NewsGator and often find myself viewing web sites within Outlook. (NewsGator is an RSS reader that integrates with Outlook). In this case, I haven't previously been able to use the bookmarklet within Outlook. I'd have to copy the link into a browser to post.

Then I figured out an easier way...

Just like you can drag "Favorites" into a browser's "Links" section for quick reference, you can drag the bookmarklet into the "Outlook Shortcuts" menu.

So now, I can be reading RSS feeds in Outlook, view a site in Outlook, click the bookmarklet in the shorcuts menu and post to my weblog without ever opening a browser. Such good, efficient fun.