15 Apps to Enhance the Tumblr Experience

Tumblr is fast becoming the micro blogging platform of choice across all sections of Internet users. The Tumblr app in itself is well rounded with a gorgeous user interface and nice set of features. Being the spoiled brats of the internet age we are, the quest for accessing and managing Tumblr from various platforms is always out there.

There are quite a few choices when it comes to tumblr apps. In this round up, let us take a quick look on the apps that help us to enhance the Tumblr experience.

Web Apps

Tumbltape

Tumbltape

Tumbltape

Tumbltape turns audio posts from any Tumblr blog with audio files into a playlist. The tumbltape playlist gets updated automatically as and when you add new songs in your blog. Tumbltape easily figures out the artist and track name from the text in your audio post.

Tumbltape playlist

Tumbltape playlist

In your tumblr audio post use the “advanced” button to enter a tag like tt:artist name – track name, to skip a song enter tt:skip.

Downside: The playlist is not updated in real time.
Signup: Not Required

Hellotxt

Hellotxt lets you post text, audio, video and photo updates to Tumblr and lot of other web services simultaneously. Updates from Hellotxt can be done via web, email, SMS, IM, WAP browser or third-party applications.

Hellotxt Dashboard

Hellotxt Dashboard

Downside: They support 50 other social networks and the way the list is arranged is a complete mess.

Signup: Required.

Psolenoid

Psolenoid is an easy-to-use app to link your Tumblr posts to related posts from other blogs. It enables reciprocal link exchange between the Tumblr post and a relevant post from a different blog, bringing in a new set of readers to your tumblog.

Psolenoid

Psolenoid

Downside: The twisted sign up process.

Signup: Required.

tarpipe

tarpipe is an amazing web app that helps you automate publishing and sharing of your tumblogs (and other blog posts) by using workflows triggered by emails, IM’s and other apps. Using tarpipe, you can post your tumblog simultaneously to 22 other social networks & blogging platforms.

tarpipe

tarpipe

Downside: Though the app is amazing, it is not for newbies.

Signup: Required.

Postling

Postling

Postling

Postling is a full featured web app that allows you to publish across multiple platforms in a single click. The WYSIWYG editor has more formatting options than the standard Tumblr editor. Just compose an article , select the services including your tumblog and voila! the post is up everywhere instantly.

Postling Dashboard

Postling Dashboard

Downsides: Nothing much.
Signup: Required.

Blip.fm

Blip.fm helps you to add heartful content of music to your tumblog. Since tumblr restricts music uploads to one mp3 file a day, you can Blip.fm to create playlists and publish in your tumblog.

Blip.fm

Blip.fm

Signup: Required.

Ping.fm

Ping.fm is a very popular multiple social network management platform. You can post to the tumblog and other web services at the same time using email, SMS, MMS, instant messaging, or third-party applications. We have reviewed it exhaustively here.

Ping.fm

Ping.fm

Signup: Required.

TumblrStats

TumblrStats Homepage

TumblrStats Homepage

You can pull comprehensive statistics about your tumblog using TumblrStats. The site is extremely minimalistic, but is very useful by providing stats on the number of posts, frequency and type of posts, time since last post etc. in a neatly designed page.

TumblrStats Overview

TumblrStats Overview

Signup: Not Required.

Adobe AIR apps

AlertThingy

AlertThingy is a well known Adobe AIR app for desktops. This app lets you post to your tumblog from the comfort of the desktop.

AlertThingy on launch

AlertThingy on launch

Select Tumblr from the list of social networks and enter the login credentials to authorize AlertThingy to access your tumblog.

AlertThingy adding Tumblr

AlertThingy adding Tumblr

AlertThingy Tumblr login

AlertThingy Tumblr login

Once authorized, you can post to your tumblog right from the desktop. Multiple tumblogs can be managed from the AlertThingy app.

AlertThingy Tumblr posting

AlertThingy Tumblr posting

Downside: The app is a bit too transparent.
Signup: Not Required.

Posty

Posty

Posty

Posty is a simplistic AIR app that handles tumblr among other social networks.

Posty Tumblr login

Posty Tumblr login

Downside: The app is way too simplistic. Posting options like text, audio, photo are not available.

Signup: Not Required.

Tumbleweed

Tumbleweed is a dedicated AIR app that handles only tumblr accounts. The app allows you to post directly to all of the categories available on Tumblr.

Tumbleweed Login

Tumbleweed Login

The category of each type of post – text, quotes, chat, photos, links,audio and video – are represented by beautiful icons of their first letter. The app supports posting multiple items at the same time.

Tumbleweed Posting

Tumbleweed Posting

Downside: The app supports posting only embeddable video. Uploading video from the PC is not possible.

Signup: Not Required.

Tumbleeze

Tumleeze

Tumleeze

Tumbleeze is one hell of an AIR app. The app is minimalistic, gorgeous yet full featured. Floating icons without boxes and borders is a great design idea.

Tumleeze Transparent Dashboard

Tumleeze Transparent Dashboard

Select an icon for the appropriate category and post away.

Tumleeze Text Post

Tumleeze Text Post

Downside: This app also supports posting only embeddable video.
Signup: Not Required.

Browser Add-ons

Zemanta

Zemanta is like Psolenoid in steroids. It enhances Tumblr’s otherwise bland WYSIWYG editor with on the fly content suggestions – images, links, articles, tags etc. – relevant to the current text in a single click.

Zemanta

Zemanta

Zemanta Recommendations

Zemanta Recommendations

Downside: Zemanta offers the service via the Firefox add on. Other browsers are not supported.
Signup: Not Required.

TumblrHelper

TumblrHelper saving a post template

TumblrHelper saving a post template

TumblrHelper adds a number of useful AJAX features like creating post templates, adding a signature, saving common settings like fields, tags, always add to queue, etc. for your new tumblog posts.

One dynamite feature is the addition of notes on commenters, for example you can add notes as to which commenter is complimenting you and which one is posting negative comments all the time.

TumblrHelper Notes about a commenter

TumblrHelper Notes about a commenter

Downside: Available only for Google Chrome. Other browsers are not supported.

Signup: Not Required.

Tumblr Post

Tumblr Post

Tumblr Post

Tumblr Post is a great Firefox add on that lets you post quotes, photos, videos and audio with a single drag and drop to your Tumblr icon on the statusbar. With this plugin, there is absolutely no need to save a photo or video you liked to the desktop and then upload to Tumblr.

Downside: Other browsers are not supported.

Signup: Not Required.

For an in depth analysis of the Tumblr platform itself, check out our review “Topnotch Microblogging with Tumblr“. If we have left out any of the popular Tumblr apps, do let us know in the comments section.

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  • Spreng

    Thanks for the great list, but there is also the Zemanta add-on for Chrome ( https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/fejeknoakjeblidffkajbioncodnmhge ) not only Firefox. Thought I let you know. Thanks again!

  • http://usarzewicz.org/ Nathan

    I see Tumblr is still getting more popular day by day – strange to me. I tried it about 5 times already and 5 times I gave up. But I guess there are people who found it useful.

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  • http://inspirationfeed.com inspirationfeed

    Great roundup, I’ve used Zemanta before and its awesome! It come in handy on almost every post.

  • Nazo400

    Hello there,
    Thank you for listing some good apps that I was not aware of for Tumblr. But I did not see Scribefire on the list…
    Currently it supports Chrome, Firefox, Safari & a testing release for SeaMonkey.
    Zemanta can be installed as a extra/allowed when you first use it.

  • http://www.friendofthepeople.tumblr.com/ friendofthepeople

    Wow. Zemanta is priceless.

  • http://5pm.zwares.com Sep DFW

    One feature missing from Tumblr is ‘Related Posts’. Here’s a external addon that works well http://5pm.zwares.com/post/915767273/tool-tumblr-related-posts-addon-widget

  • http://www.princebertrand.tumblr.com Bertrand Iroegbu

    tumblr is the bomb. I have a standard looking blog in a matter of minutes.

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  • EvaS

    Check out TinyVox — free app for iPhone or iPod Touch that lets you post unlimited audio files on Tumblr! Looks like a tape recorder. Pretty cool!

  • Conejito

    I am just wondering if there is anyone that knows about an app for android that will allow you to view all submissions from those you follow on Tumblr. I know I can go to each blog by going to the separate URLs but one app that live updates with content from all those you follow would help a great deal.

  • http://ubuntu.skynetblogs.be/ Daescifra

    Thank you for this nice list, link to share

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  • http://www.sikkerhedseksperten.dk Kenneth Boysen

    Thanks a bunch for sharing. Very usefull!!

    Do you know where I can hire tumblr support (need to add a header and have categories in my tumblr theme)

    Best Wishes – Boysen

  • http://ilikeimg.com ilikeimg.com

    Very helpful. Thanks you!

  • http://just4apps.blogspot.com Waqas Butt

    Oh its really great….i just grab it now….;-)

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  • http://tumbleeapp.com/ devon

    Checkout the new tumblr mac client, http://tumbleeapp.com/, I use it every day.

  • http://www.arcaderoll.com/ Arcade

    Wow beautiful apps for tumblr. I just installed a blog on tumblr i.e, http://disneyinn.tumblr.com/ and i was trying to find out that how can i make my tumblr blog good and attractive for users but thank you so much for giving me these great and fabulous ideas :)

  • Aaron

    There’s also a great little Dashboard widget for Macs called Tumblenote for posting to Tumblr.
    http://tumblenote.tumblr.com/

  • http://www.amanda49.com/ amanda49

    Good article, looking more like it, hope you can still see good work.

  • Guille

    I must be really lost here, but I could not find anything that could do what I want, maybe I didnt search enough? lemme explain:

    I have a queue on Tumblr which is posting every X hours, and I have set different hashtags on those to-be-posts.
    Well, what I want is that, if hashtag X is on the post, then share it also on facebook! or post it on facebook unless hashtag X is on the post!
    is this even possible???? how?!
    help will be sooooooo appreciated!

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  • http://domclaxton.com Dominic Claxton

    These are great. I also use this widget that allows you to show related posts that you have written.
    You can find it here http://code.google.com/p/tumblr-related-posts/
    It uses the tags on your posts to work out what is related. There is also a nice feature that allows you to exclude certain tags so they won’t be searched. This is useful if you’ve used tags in your navigation (a bit like categories) And it only requires a small amount of code to copy and paste!

  • http://www.acaiberrygreece.gr/ Acai Berry Greece

    I found most of those apps useful and I’m using some of them already.

  • http://microbians.com gabriel
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  • http://heidenkind.blogspot.com/ heidenkind

    The Psolenoid link gets an empty domain message. Postling now costs money and requires sign-up.

  • andrew james

    Tumblr Post doesnt work any more don’t waste your time

  • http://www.smartvirtualtours.com Adrian

    I’m just getting started with Tumblr as a quicker way of posting than setting up a wordpress blog but I miss the WYSIWYG editor to add ‘h1′ to a title etc and move images around.
    Still none of these seem to be helping so I’m guessing it’s not possible.

    Right? Or can someone suggest other solutions.

    Thanks

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    Support ribbon ( http://getsupportribbon.com ) add on that helps you get financial support !

    See it in action: http://ntrifunovic.tumblr.com

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