Giving Qumana Blog Editor Another Run

This post is about offline blogging editing tools, with a focus on the latest version of  Qumana.

By way of background, some blogging enthusiasts, including yours truly, are wont to reassure would be bloggers, concerned about what they might need to know or do to blog, that it is really quite easy to write and upload a blog post. From one of my colleagues – Andy Wibbels? – I picked up and have re-used the phrase, “If you can write and send an email you can post to a blog”.

True as far as it goes, but in less boosterish moments I have to admit that there are pitfalls. Not the least of which is that if you compose your post online, as I regularly do with BlogHarbor and also with WordPress, you risk losing your work if you have some mishap, such as downtime on your Internet connection or a scheduled maintenance period you had forgotten about until too late.

Or if you forget the warning in BlogHarbor (Blogware platform) when you have previewed your work, to use the Edit button not the Back button on your browser, and you haven’t first saved  your work, you can lose the lot. That happened to me yesterday. Half an hour’s work, and perhaps a bright idea or two, needlessly lost. Not the first time, either.

A few good reasons to have another look at offline editors.

There are a few more reasons. One is that I want to be able to post some items to more than one of my blogs at a time and would value a shortcut to that, which Qumana and other tools provide.

I’m also wanting to find a way to help people I’m coaching be able to focus more on their content development than on the machinery of posting.

There is also the advantage with one of these tools that you can save a copy of your post on your own computer, rather than just relying on exporting your posts some time from a blog hosting service, if you are using a service such as BlogHarbor or Typepad, for instance.

And on a personal/professional note, as Tris Hussey, one of the principals of Qumana, is a valued colleague who has been very supportive of my endeavours, I’ve been feeling a bit guilty that I haven’t given Qumana a fair trial. I had tried Qumana in an early version – QumanaLE 1.0 – but while I could see some benefits I had a few problems, especially with using keywords and allocating categories.

Before that I had tried Blogjet. And while looking back I see that I was feeling quite positive about it at the time, I did not continue – from recollection because, as later with that early version of Qumana, I did not find posting to the site a totally seamless operation. That’s quite a while ago, early last year in fact, so I would not be surprised if Blogjet is now a more robust tool.

Anyway, just now I’ve downloaded Qumana, now at version 3.0.0_b4 and am composing this post using the very neatly laid out editing screen as below.

I should probably mention that there is no automatic save (that I can notice), so especially with a long post it is still a smart move  to save as you go, rather than waiting till the whole post is finished. In Qumana there is a clearly displayed button to do that.

Tags: blogging, Qumana, editing, BlogHarbor

 

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Comments

  1. The Qumana manual says you can re-edit old posts

    Any post you have published can be edited, and reposted, from within Qumana. Simply open the post, edit it, and click Publish. This will send an edit (not a new post) to your blog.

    Draft posts are easy – Qumana offers a Save and a Publish function, unlike BlogHarbor/Blogware, where ‘Save’=’Publish”.

    I seem to recall checking out Zoundry ages ago and being frustrated by it for some reason or none.

    Interesting about Live Writer. In Sydney last week I saw a demo by a Microsoft guy Frank Arrigo and it was v. impressive – also being able to draft posts from MS Word 2007 and post from there in ‘real’ HTML, i.e. no weird Word code.

  2. I must admit what is it that I was missing in Qumana, but I know I did not find it complete – does it handle draft posts and re-editing existing posts?

    Anyway, I moved over to Zoundry, which I found absolutely feature-rich, so I was happy … almost. Zoundry builds a local database, including the entire text of all your posts, categories, tags…etc. Initial dowload/index about an hour. But the worst part is that since Blogharbor regularly gives API timeouts, the client software often believes that the post did not go through, even when it did. Zoundry does not re-sync, you have to click and wait .. wait … wait.

    Finally I moved to Windows Live Writer (what a name…) where I had almost all, except one: technorati tagging. However, with the Tag4Writer plug-in it’s the perfect solution 🙂

  3. Anonymous says:

    Tris

    Haven’t used DropPad yet but I can see it could be very helpful.

    To respond to your invitation about what I’d like to see:

    Editing tool to be upgraded to:

    – include font color

    – not insert so many line breaks before and after blockquotes and – bulleted lists

    -include scope for entering keywords

    – include ability to use excerpts

    Solve problem of my categories being identified in the upload phase

    Des

  4. Hey thanks Des! Yes, a lot of work has gone on between v1 and v3 (and one would hope!). Auto-save … I totally agree and I assure you it’s on the dev plan for future versions.

    One thing you might not have noticed is that you can now post into the future and back into the past with Q now. Very slick, IMHO. And don’t forget the DropPad (it’s the box with the big Q). That’s where the magic happens. If you can’t see it, right-click on the taskbar icon and show DropPad. The DropPad lets you drop text, links, images onto it and have them ready for your post.

    Now all the marketing aside, I’d like to hear your opinions and feedback on Q and what you’d like to see in future versions.