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October 21, 2005

Why I'm sticking with WB Editor as a blog client

Over the last 22 months, the life of this blog, I have used or tested a fairly broad group of desktop publishing clients.  But with things about to change as I will shortly have two blogs to maintain since is moving to blogging software next month.  Because of the change I've been keeping my eyes open for reviews on clients that would allow posting to two blogs so I can update here and there with information like new publications.  So it was with significant interest that I read jkOnTheRun review- RocketPost blog editor software review.

RocketPost says it is a one-stop-shop for blog maintenance with FTP, text formatting, and multiple blog maintenance features.  But it's massively expensive software at $149.00 and even with the current $50.00 discount $99.00 for a blog client is pretty hefty.  But I decided to go ahead and give the program a 30-day test maybe if I really liked it it would be worth the price. 

Well two days into the test I have uninstalled the program and here is why.  1) Installation is supposed to be intuitive but isn't.  The program doesn't specify which file it needs to be linked to on the blog so those of us with non-standard installations better know what file it needs if the default subdirectory isn't in place.  2) support questions go unanswered.  The company has a category for questions from non-purchasers and those must be pretty low priority as my simple question asked two days ago has gone unanswered as of this writing.  Guess they don't realize that current non-purchasers can be come tomorrow's loyal customers.  3) the program continually crashes.  After completing the installation I have not been able to consistently make the program run or have it upload a single entry.  And because of item 2 above I needn't bother asking a question of the support folk.  Oh and I have uninstalled and reinstalled the software twice before doing the final uninstall.  So I would still like to see this program in action but it probably won't happen until after my next reformat, which is long in the future assuming that it will run on my set-up which is currently in doubt.

Well while I was testing I decided to go ahead and download Qumana, a free blogging client I have seen used on some sites.  All in all the program is good.  It has a pleasant interface which allowed me to do most of my usual HTML coding via clicks on icons.  Plus it allows for technorati tag insertion, which I wanted to play with as well.  Though I have uninstalled Qumana as well because of two points: 1) the program adds a "produced with Qumana" statement at the end of every post.  You can delete it on the screen but who what's to mess with that every time you post.  2) I couldn't figure out how to get to the HTML codes to add stuff not available in their icon set.  You probably can't get there from here but I want that power when I need it.

So I'm sticking with WB Editor for the time being.  I hope that they will add some new features, especially allowing posting to more than one blog.  But until I find something better this is my bird of choice.

Posted by prolurkr at October 21, 2005 10:18 AM

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Have you tried Ecto?

They have a Mac and PC version.

I don't do a lot of HTML editing in my blog, but am able to add the simple things I need in the Ecto editing window.

Posted by: delmer at October 21, 2005 10:24 AM

No I haven't tried Ecto mostly because they have no free trial version. I know $19.95 isn't that much of a fee but it still adds up and I like to try before I buy. Even when I do that I make some serious purchase KnowledgeWorkshop (which I have posted about before). Which that all software purchases could be like UltraRecall or WB Editor...good solid products that do what they say they will do without causing unforeseen problems.

Posted by: Lois at October 21, 2005 10:43 AM

Lois, sorry you had install trouble with RocketPost. I designed the app and have changed the support queue so all questions come straight to me. Will see if I can help out via email.

From looking at your install, you probably need to type 'cgi-bin' in the setup wizard in the install folder box.

Posted by: Manish at October 21, 2005 10:59 AM

Re: my last comment-- I don't see anything that looks obviously like you in the support queue, so feel free to email me directly.

Posted by: Manish at October 21, 2005 11:08 AM

Saw your post, thanks. The latest trial version fixes the issue you identified. If you still have it installed, you can just run this patch:

If you're still interested in checking this out, mail me and I'll send over a free copy.

Posted by: Manish at October 21, 2005 11:41 AM

Ecto installs in a 21-day trial mode.

(The Ecto folks don't seem to make a big enough deal about this. Maybe there's something in really big type on the website ... if there is, I missed it.)

You have to install the .Net Framework and .Net Framework SP1 files. Both are free downloads at

I don't work for Ecto or have any sort of relationship with them (other than sending them $20). The program just meets my needs.

Posted by: delmer at October 21, 2005 03:21 PM

Hi, thanks for trying Qumana. I thought I'd share some news with you, that really address what you speak to:

1) Next week we're releasing a new version that removes that footer statement as a preference.

2) Our latest version has a temporary way to add HTML. The button is not very clear - it's the one shaped like a funnel. That lets you add any code. We are working on the editor to allow the source editing - soon ;)

Do you have more feedback? Really, we want to know how to improve so thanks and this is just an extra push to make sure the HTML source is out sooner.

Posted by: Arieanna at October 27, 2005 07:19 PM