I downloaded and installed the latest version of GreatNews and tried the ‘blog it’ text link, still to no avail. But then I tried again, selecting ‘configure…’ instead of my saved configuration for Zoundry.
Selecting ‘generic external blog tool‘ instead of the first option ‘generic’ made the world of difference
Voila — works like a treat!
The more I use Zoundry the more I am impressed.
Sure, as Dave Briggs and others have pointed out, the GUI needs a bit of a workup, especially as the buttons are tiny for these old and tired eyes, but Pidge from Zoundry has taken great pains on comments to my and others’ posts to elicit feedback, both good and bad, as well as ideas for improvement.
It does a lot of the things I want in a blog editor, and Pidge explained that some of my wishlist was in the realm of the blog platform developers, not blog editor developers (such as integration with comments, plug-ins, etc.,).
I still have reservations about the longer-term security of the product; that is, how will it continue to be funded for future development, once the ‘lovefest’ and ‘hobby’ nature of the developers gives way to exhaustion and a real-world need to pay bills. Perhaps a larger dev house like Macromedia or Microsoft will buy them and incorporate their tool into their offering (surely Adobe/Macromedia must be considering some sort of editor tool??), but for now I am very happy.
Also, I just noticed that it somehow seamlessly updated any posts I had updated online. Let me explain…
Zoundry downloads your existing posts when it installs a blog, but what happens if you use your blog’s online interface to edit an existing post? How does Zoundry’s database on your hard drive cope with that?
Seamlessly, it seems. I just went to check Zoundry’s version of a post I had edited online and the additions I had made to my post were there. Nice touch! Not sure how they did it, but nice touch…
So my beloved RocketPost, laid to rest as it has been, has been replaced in my affections by Zoundry (at least temporarily, but I am aware that I was a massive evangelist for RocketPost and that came around and bit me sharply on the derriere).
Well done, Pidge and your team. And well done for your outreach efforts to enter into conversation with bloggers.
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