Monthly Archives: July 2004

Bloglines Update: Good and Bad

Bloglines.com: New UI Bloglines recently launched an updated interface and some new functionality to mark their 1-year anniversary. I've been using Bloglines for about 8 months now and currently follow about 180 different feeds on a regular basis. Over that time the user interface hasn't changed significantly, so with this new update it's quite noticeable (in a good and a bad way).

On the plus side:

  • better support for sorting feeds (including automatic sorting)
  • ability to choose the folder when adding a feed
  • a simple built-in blog (“MyBlog”) to which you can post directly from articles
  • support for pulling your blogroll in Javascript or HTML
  • new lists of “top sites”, “most popular links”, “new feeds”, etc. to help find new & interesting feeds

On the less-than-plus side:

  • the new UI is less readable than before; I can't pinpoint what bothers me about it (no screenshots of the old version to compare), but I think it's mostly a reduction in white space around the article text, making it harder to follow
  • all links now have their “title” attribute rewritten to say either “Link outside of this blog” or “Link to another page in this blog”; I can see the rationale for this, but in the process we lose a piece of information from the author
  • a minor glitch, but some articles I've already read keep reappearing

I guess this is an example of the flip-side to internet applications. On the one hand you have a zero-deployment (“just click here”) application. Updates and bug fixes are instantaneous and all your users are on the latest and greatest. But, as a user you have no way to go back (“…but I liked the old one better…”).

HBlogger

HBlogger — a new application for blogging from your Palm OS PDA — was recently released at version 2.0. I posted to my moblog using my Treo 600 and it seems to work fine, although the Movable Type support is not great.

The software is advertised to work with Live Journal, Blogger, and Movable Type. But, the choices in the app itself are only Live Journal and Blogger. The notes say to use Blogger for MT because it uses the Blogger API. While true, this means that all the additional features of MT are missing (including simple things like titles).

On the plus side:

  • ability to upload images
  • correctly handles the 4 blogs set up on my MT installation
  • support for creating drafts for later posting
  • support for multiple “accounts” (account = weblog)

Overall this looks promising. It's good to see another choice in Palm Blogging software (along with mo:Blog — which I wrote about previously — and Vagablog.

[Via PalmInfocenter]