I decided it was time to clean house on my computer, and remove any programs I wasn’t still using. I noticed Aconia RocketPost that I had tried to use to write a post for my blog, so I figured I would bring the program up one more time before I uninstalled it. My previous experience was not the best.
- I wrote up a post. The interface took a little getting used to, but it wasn’t that bad.
- In the middle up uploading the post, the program failed.
- The demo on the website demonstrated how when RocketPost would restart the post would be recovered – that did not happen.
- The upload to my blog failed, but created an empty post with my original post title – I noticed this on Technorati. When I clicked on the post I received a 404 error. I created a post with the same title as an explanation to my readers to ensure they didn’t just receive a bad link.
- My overall experience with my first try was lacking.
When I opened the program I noticed there was an update available, so I figured I would review the new features. A few of the new features caught my eye, so I figure I had better review the whole feature list and found features I really liked.
- Reports – View when and how often you tend to post, word count. Track your productivity by seeing your best and worst posting times
- Crop Picture – You can crop a picture that you have added to the editor
- Sync with server – Work from anywhere by uploading drafts and downloading the latest versions of your posts
- Pop-up posts – Press F8 while browsing the Web, and a miniature new post pops up; save a snippet or write a post
- Auto related posts – Automatically insert a list of related links at the end of your post
- Full text search – Instantly find and link to previous posts
- Scheduling – Publish posts automatically at some date and time in the future
Continue reading for further coverage of reports and full text search, and my summary.
My favorite two features are Reports and Full Text search. These are features I want, that are lacking in the current version of Windows Live Writer.
Reports Example – Hours of Day / Days of Week / Word Count
Apparently I have written over 21,000 words, and .28 of a 300 page book while I have been blogging.
Full Text Search – I like being able to perform a full text search from the main interface:
Note that when you highlight an entry, the post is displayed in the lower window.
I also liked the way the synch with server worked. After synching with the server and downloading the amount of posts you want based on number of posts, date range or all, the posts will be displayed in the main window.
You have the ability to crop a image, after it has been added. You can resize an image smaller, but you are unable to make an image larger after it has been inserted.
I think being able to scheduling a post to upload at a later time is a pretty cool feature. Using Status from the Writing window, you have the option to post the content at a later time.
RocketPost ran slow on my system. Asking it to perform an action normally took a while, and I was unable to associate a category with my post, the list was not accessible. I did not find help to be that helpful – I had trouble locating help on how to schedule a post – I stumbled on how to do it reviewing features on the website. I like the features of RocketPost 2, but I am not sold on the functionality. You also have to pay almost $40 for this program, as the Basic / Free version only allows you to post on Blogger. Taking into account the price and stability issues I encountered, I don’t think this is the program for me.
In the end I was unable to upload this post to my blog- I received an error, Couldn’t get post ID. I was unable to upload content to my blog with either versions. I think the attitude that RocketPost 2 and I have for each other is mutual.