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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