I've been using BlogJet as my blog editor since April 2005 and needed something like it for a couple of reasons:
- I needed an offline blog editor. The Internet in my adopted country isn't super fast and using an online editor, like the one built in to Blogger, isn't practical under those circumstances.
- I needed an editor which allowed me to post pictures easily and in one step. BlogJet, for instance, allows you to select a picture from anywhere on your computer and add it to your post in nearly one easy step. No separate resizing, formatting or uploading necessary.
BlogJet did both of these fantastically and I regularly encouraged others to give it a try. Other editors I tried either didn't handle pictures well, or where priced out of reach or just didn't click with me. To be honest, it took a long time to get BlogJet to upload my pictures properly. For some reason it couldn't communicate to my FTP server and this was an issue for a number of people in BlogJet's support forums. After about six months it was fixed and I purchased the program and haven't look back.
Last week I upgraded from the old Blogger to the new Blogger. The new Blogger has a lot of great features and I'm glad I made the change. The downside is that BlogJet can't communicate with the new version. One minute I'm posting a blog with no problems, the next I'm back to using Performancing or Blogger's built in web-based editor....yuck.
That will be fixed in the next version; Dmitry has been working on BlogJet 2.0 for quite a long time, and I know he wants to get the product right. He's been very responsive to my own requests for technical help and he's made a great product. The problem is that he's not been very forthcoming about a ship date for 2.0 He posted a screenshot of 2.0 and talked about new instant search capabilities in August. Then in November he clarified the upgrade pricing policy, which is very reasonable.
But Blogger Beta went live about a month ago and he's not responded to anyone's concern that the current BlogJet won't work with it. I don't have any idea how many BlogJet users use Blogger, but I would guess that Dmitry's install base is fairly large. I would think he would release a patch, or make the 2.0 beta public, or respond in some way. But in one of the threads on the BlogJet support forum Dmitry simply says on November 3: "No dates yet, but it will be released soon." When one forum member says that "soon" isn't good enough Dmitry simply replies:
"Yep... But I promised not to make promises
But since this official announcement: http://www.blogjet.com/blog/2006/11/03/ … ube-demos/
you may not afraid of buying the current version "
Now, I actually applaud Dmitry's commitment to his product and desire to avoid endless Microsoft-like-slipped-ship-dates. At the same time, its been two months since he's made mention of 2.0 and two months is an eternity when you're trying to blog daily.
So, while I love BlogJet and wish it and Dmitry all the best, I decided I needed another option. So this morning I downloaded Windows Live Writer and gave it a whirl again.
Windows Live Writer was released last spring or summer and everyone raved about it for a while. I downloaded it and tried it, but couldn't figure out the picture uploading scheme in the 90 seconds I tried it and went back to BlogJet. Until last week.
Now it's working great, supports plug-ins for things like ink and Flickr and is as easy to use as BlogJet.