New ecto for Windows beta

If you use the ecto for Windows 2.0 blog editing software, note that version 2.1 beta was released yesterday.

The major new features in this beta are the addition of Amazon support - you can now search Amazon from within ecto to add item details to your post, and customise how the item looks in your post using the template feature, so useful if you have an Amazon Associates membership – and the Upload Preset now includes thumbnail settings.

The best new feature for many bloggers, though, may well be the addition of a simple yet essential editing enhancement – pasting copied text without the formatting. That’s a big one for me.

Many’s the time where I’ve copied some text from a web page or document and pasted it into a post I’m writing in ecto only to discover it’s carried over all the source formatting as well. So you end up using the intermediate step of Notepad or some other plain-text editor. A bit of a pain.

So, good to see this feature finally in ecto for Windows.

I’ve installed the beta and will be checking it out. If I encounter issues, I’ll be posting those in the ecto beta forum.

About Neville Hobson

Entrepreneurial business communicator with a curiosity for tech and how people use it. Early adopter (and leaver) and experimenter with social media. Co-host of the weekly business podcast For Immediate Release: The Hobson and Holtz Report. Also an occasional test pilot of shiny new objects. Follow me on Twitter and Google+.