Outing the Competition: BlogJet

I don’t believe in blood thirsty competition when it comes to free software. Don’t get me wrong: I put a lot of work into making software and I get an enormous amount of pride in watching my projects work, especially when they work well. And I do like to have rivalries with other projects, because that helps to drive new features. However, this does not mean that I will automatically hate applications that compete with mine and bash them relentlessly in the support of my own bits… especially when trying to gain market share of a money-less market.

And so let me out a new face in the Blog-writing arena: BlogJet. Actually, there’s very, very few bad things I could say about this application, but there is one that will prevent me from moving to it (and no, it’s not that I didn’t write it!) For the most part, this application looks like an extension of Windows – the common use of images, icons, and UI is pretty killer. If anything, it integrates so well into Windows you might forget it’s a separate application!

Beyond that, it’s nice little things that they did, UI wise that makes it standout to me. It also includes an editor that works with posts that are already on the server, as part of the main application, and it picked up all of my categories and previous posts without an issue. The only and fundamental drawback to it is that it’s very generic when it comes to server support. Like w.Bloggar BlogJet supports a fist full (and a half) of server, which means that a lot of the extended fields are not supported. With MT, I assume that everything goes into the Entry Body, but I don’t know for sure, as I didn’t try to post anything.

Oh, and “off-topic”… if you’re using a Mac, I recommend echo, which is the successor to Kung-Log, for people that use OSX – great piece of code!

5 thoughts on “Outing the Competition: BlogJet”

  1. Randy,

    Thanks for this nice post.

    I don’t think that BlogJet is a competitor to your application – first of all, BlogJet is a commercial software (with free beta period); second, as you said, it’s generic when it comes to server support (I’m trying to implement all this cool features of each server, but, of course, I’m not able to follow all servers). You are right.

    P.S. I have not try your software yet, because I don’t have this .NET stuff :) But I’ll take a look soon.

  2. Dude, yer UI rocks, beta or not! And if you’re commercial, more power to ya! As I’ve said many times over: my side project will stay as freeware – I think I’ve collected more donations in the past 6 months than I made with shareware over the last 24; thanks donators! – so you’ve got nothing to worry about from my end. But still: it’s looking pretty damned good!

  3. forget to notice:

    I didn’t mean that there is no competition among shareware and freeware because of quality, UI :) or something else – I wanted to say that we have a little different niches, that’s why.

  4. Ah, see, I always consider commercial apps to be a higher level of “product” – requires a certain level of support, marketing, etc… but yes, we DO target different niches of the blogging community too!

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