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10 February 2006



And thanks to you for all your help in beta testing!

Jon Husband

Neville, thanks for your encouraging comments regarding our team's work at putting out this new version (especially Ianiv's and Arieanna's focus and responsiveness).

We do like to believe that we listen to users and strive to respond as effectively as possible to the issues and features they identify as desirable. And we will continue to do so ... what will help is more people using and more people offering feedback of course. We want to make it the best (and most flexible) application available in this space.


You're welcome, Jon.

QumanaXP really is very good. Couple of things to fix here and there (it is a beta, after all), but nothing show-stopping now from my point of view. I'll continue with feedback to the team.


I'm comparing QumanaXP to ecto in the Mac version. Ecto seems slicker, has integration for things like iTunes, iPhoto and Amazon. The Mac beta is very slow.


That's the wonder of choice, Dennis! If things like those you mention are important to you, then you'd choose the tool that offers them.

With ecto, for instance (the Windows version I use), or BlogJet, I don't use any of the music file integration options. RocketPost has loads of bells and whistles, too, yet I probably won't use many of those either. But such things are important to some people.

What I'm looking for is a robust and reliable tool that lets me to confidently manage my TypePad and WordPress blogs and enables me to write and edit content, add Technorati tags and images if I want, and publish that content with as few hassles as possible.

QumanaXP beta (the Windows version I'm trying) fits that bill well. RocketPost does, too. One big difference between those two: RocketPost $99, QumanaXP $0.

Jon Husband

Good points, Neville. One thing we sort of chuckle at (with a bit of a grimace thrown in) is that if you search for *Qumana* on Technorati, you always get an ad for Rocketpost that says "Smarter than Qumana", or "Faster than Qumana".

Bit cheesy, really ...

While we don't like to make malignant comparisons with competitors as part of our advertising campaign, we have indeed discussed / toyed with creating an ad that says "Easier than Rocketpost - and $99 cheaper" ;-)

Jon Husband

Just noticed you'll be here in Vancouver in June at IABC. I assume that you'll come in and visit us, maybe have a lunch or dinner with the Qumana team ?


You're absolutely right Neville - I'm merely pointing out the differences for those that are interested. At the level I use ecto - probably same or similar to you, it 'feels' more elegant and I can't really figure out why. I tried ecto on Wintel and it didn't do it for me whereas Qumana did. Performance remains an issue on the Mac platform...and that does require attention.


Points taken, Dennis ;)

Jon, yes, I will be in Vancouver for the IABC conference in June. Love to get together. Touch base on that nearer the time.

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