There are many different ways that you can publish a blog entry! In fact it was just yesterday I was searching the Apple website for a widget for my Ibook, running OS X Tiger, to publish an entry to my WordPress. After messing around with the widget for about half an hour I was unable to get it to interface to WordPress and I abandoned the project. It said my API address was wrong or some other techno babble. This morning I was in need of something to write about as I have not updated my blog in days. Dave found me something to write about and amazingly it is a blog publishing tool called Qumana. This is not a typical review, I am covering my opinions and first impressions of the product.
Qumana is a free utility that is designed for both Windows and MAC. I am reviewing the Qumana for Windows. Its purpose is to interface with your blog, be it at Blogger, Typepad, WordPress, etc. It’s a great idea, a programme that lets your publish to your blog without actually going to the blog website. If the programme featured everything that WordPress does it would be worth considering this piece of software as a programme to replace the hassle of loading up WordPress to blog.
The Interface: Once you install the programme Qumana you are greeted with a dialogue box to input your information for your blog’s address and your user name and password, in my case a WordPress blog and account, obviously. Then you have the actual blogging interface. Even though it gathered all my previously used categories it takes a little figuring to realize that the new category m`aker is actually the tag dialogue box. This could be a little clearer. Then you have the actual WYSIWYG box where you can “format” your entry with the usual array of options (see screen-cap) There is a source code viewer available just like you are working with a what you see is what you get web editor.
My qualms with Qumana are mostly aesthetic. I don’t like the way the programme presents itself. I mentioned in my initial observations after I installed the application that it has the feel of Castblaster (a podcast recording utility) The feeling is of a rushed interface that doesn’t quite deliver what the designers would have originally wanted.
The Website: I am not sure this piece of software was ready for wide-spread consumption. As previously stated it has a bit of an unfinished feeling to it and does not live up to the buildup at the website gives. The website www.qumana.com is extremely Web 2.0, very production savvy, great marketing sense, great use of colour to grab your attention. It does however state that this programme is a Beta and is in version 2.0. Everything is a beta these days though right?
The website is really easy to navigate to get the programme, but once I had it, I felt immediate disappointment with the delivery. You don’t have to take my word for it, download it and try it for yourself!