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Review: BlogBooster 7

by Robert Werlinger Fri, 06 Aug 2010 12:20 pm EDT

We’ve all been there: you’re out and about, the only web-connected device you have access to is your phone, a wave of inspiration hits and you need to update your blog now. Some services offer an optimized for mobile web portal, but none of them are as useful as a native app. We’ve taken a look at the excellent Poster before, and now there’s a new kid on the block: BlogBooster, which is currently selling for $4.99 in the App Catalog. How does it stack up to the services integration of Poster and the word processing abilities of Scratch? Read on after the break to find out.

 

Setup and Use

BlogBooster supports a wide variety of services out of the box, including self-hosted WordPress.com blogs, WordPress.org, Blogger, TypePad and Tumblr. Setting each account up is as easy as you’d expect it to be – you simply enter your account credentials and you’re ready to start blogging while mobile.

You get the formatting options you’d expect in any blog authoring application, including basic text formatting - such as bold, italic and underline - in addition to justification and font color options. Getting to them, however, isn’t as easy as it should be as the developer made what I view an unfortunate design decision and placed all of the aforementioned formatting tools in the drawer that persists in the upper left hand corner of every application.

Another gripe that I have with the UI has to do with the on-screen buttons that are present during editing mode. They’re overly large as they use words to describe their function instead of thoughtful  icons like most other apps employ, leaving no room for buttons that access the formatting tools that should also reside there. Three buttons – Add Content, Save as Draft, Update- occupy the entire width of the screen. I would suggest that the developer take a look at the navigational layout of Yak for inspiration. Beyond those formatting tools, you can add images from your device or from hosting services, URLs, and content from a rather useless “auto content” gallery.

After you get into the swing of things and get past those annoyances, BlogBooster is speedy and reliable.  All of the fields, such as title, tags and body are there for you to edit, and as you write you can preview a post directly in the application itself, or in the web browser. 

Summary

BlogBooster runs the gamut in terms of services supported, but the inelegant user interface may keep you from pulling the trigger. This app is the cream of the crop when it comes to other services such as Blogger and TypePad, though, so if you’re a user of those services this is absolutely the app for you as there isn't much in the way of options in the App Catalog.

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