I know I probably freak people out when I talk about titles that are in “competition” to my own software, but I’ve always been more about the technology than I am about pissing contest for a bigger marketshare of freeware. Having said that, there’s a new player in the MT-specific offline Blog writing arena: MTClient. I found out about this new one through Stupid Evil Bastard who has toyed with SharpMT before but wasn’t pleased about all aspects of it, before coming to find MTClient…
The only thing that pisses me off about finding SEB’s post is this presumed “not many people want to install the .NET Framework just for one application” bit that screams out to me, from the post. Maybe I’m just over sensitive to it, but it seems ot be pretty plain to me… and that just irks me beyond belief. Don’t download the .NET Framework on my account… wait until XP’s SP2 includes it, before you have to worry about it again. Get over this whole “I don’t wanna download it, boo hoo hoo” bullshit, once and for all. Hell, I’m tempted to include the Framework install now, as part of my install, because it’s just ridiculous. Wanna use the latest stuff? Get used to it having this silent and unseen Framework around. It’ll be everywhere. And you aren’t downloading the framework for just my application
– you’ll need it from most shareware and freeware applications in the years to come.
Obviously, the MTClient is a non-.NET Application, which may have earned bonus points with some people. Actually, it’s got a nifty spell checker: I’m extremely curious as to how he got that into the application, with what looks like “minimal” integration (as in no extra files in the install). I mean, with Spellican it was easy, but that had the support of an OCX (and two DLLs) and IDE integration… I wonder if his app is in Delphi, like FeedDemon, which would explain it. It also has a lot of the “now standard” features that people expect from offline clients, with a couple of added bonuses: integration with FeedDemon (which does not use IBlogExtension like most writers use, so I figure that comes in through a command line parameter or something) and multi-blog support.
Yes, you heard me: multi-blog support. Caught some of your eyes, did I? Good. So please, if you’ve harassed me about my decision to support only one Blog at a time, and it’s a must-have feature for you, check out what he’s go cooking over on his Blog at XREWare… I won’t be upset, honest – I’d rather you find a tool you can use and be happy and if my bits aren’t doing it for ya, I can still help ya out… (SharpMT isn’t getting multi-blog support in the near (or far) future, just FYI.)
And cheers to XREWare for helping pick up some slack for the lack of writing tools out there!