A new version of offline blog editor BlogJet was released this week.
Version 2.0 of the popular blog editor for Windows is a major upgrade, with a dramatically-improved user interface.
One thing I immediately like about it is the new way it displays post categories – now I can see the full category list rather than have to hunt and peck from a dropdown as was the case with the previous versions. My only niggle with this is that the category list is still in random order, not alphabetical, thus still making for hunt and peck.
I first used BlogJet in 2004. I quite like it although I’ve tried a large variety of other tools before always returning to my preferred offline editor – ecto for Windows.
On a first quick look, I think BlogJet version 2 could give competitors like ecto, Qumana and Windows Live Writer a run for their money.
I’m writing this post with BlogJet. One irritation – the editor insists on converting the word ‘BlogJet’ into a link every time I type it, requiring a dive into the code to get rid of it. That’s a show stopper as far as I’m concerned if I can’t switch this behaviour off.
BlogJet version 2 costs $39.95 for a single-user license. If you’re upgrading from version 1.x, it’s $19.95.
I’ll play with this for a while (I’m not typing the name again!). Further thoughts to come.
Neville, thanks for your feedback!
Actually, BlogJet now sorts categories – try clicking the Refresh button.
You can get rid of auto-replacing “BlogJet” with link (this is for demo reasons) by clicking Tools > Auto Replace… and deleting the rule.
Neville, I am now pretty jealous! BlogJet and FeedDemon are the two things I miss since my switch from Windows to Ubuntu.
I was actually commenting to point out the autoreplace feature which was inserting the link for you every time, but I see Dmitry beat me to it. It’s actually a very useful tool, especially for sites you link to regularly.
Currently though, I am using platform independent web based solutions:
Performancing for FirefoxScribefire and Google Reader. But it’s not the same…
Dmitry, thanks for that advice. Refreshing categories works and the setting sticks if I close BlogJet and launch it again. That’s good! And I’ve deleted the auto-replace. That works too.
I’ll be trying out version 2.0 and will post more thoughts in this blog as I get to know the app better.
Dave, you know what to do, then… ;)
Neville – no way! I do still have a Windows partition for doing stuff that’s just impossible in ubuntu, but when I do it just seems so slow! So, I’ll stick with what I have and keep searching for a decent linux blog editor…
Ah, I remember those days when I installed Ubuntu. Even wanted to write BlogJet for it. But then decided to focus on Windows… Sorry :)
BTW, I switched from FeedDemon to Google Reader as well, and don’t regret about it. Reader gave me what I wanted forever – automatic “mark as read”.
I haven’t tried Ubuntu, Dave. I’m very happy with Windows, actually!
The only RSS app for Ubuntu I’ve heard of is Liferea. Or use a web-based reader such as Google Reader that Dmitry mentions.
I’ve used that, too, but much prefer my combination of FD on the desktop and NewsGator via the web. The best of both worlds.
Luckily for developers, we all have different needs and tastes ;)
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