The first thing you have to understand that the BlogBridge service delivers it’s functionality through our BlogBridge Desktop client (like the well worn analogy: your cable service delivers it’s functionality through your TV.)
Similarly once you sign up for one of the plans, certain features and capabilities are enabled and configured. You will see this immediately when you run BlogBridge Desktop: whatever you have signed up for will automagically appear. (Note that when you change plans you have to re-start BlogBridge Desktop to experience the effect.)
This is important: the base features of BlogBridge not mentioned here are all available with all plans, starting with the free plan!
The following sections describe each of the features that are enhanced by signing up to BlogBridge service, depending on the plan of course. Refer to the BlogBridge Service Plans chart to see which features come with what plans.
Post to Blog
Specifically for people who write a blog, this feature allows you to post to your blog directly from within BlogBridge. Within BlogBridge preferences you declare the information about your blog, which then gives you the ability to … yes, post to your blog.
Here is the Post to Blog dialog box. As you can see you have a rich text editor, the ability to set the category, to post as a draft, and to insert various kinds of links.
Now whenever you are reading an article in BlogBridge Desktop, you just click Article/Post to Blog (or just “b”) and up comes the dialog box, pre-filled as you like with the content of the original article. Click Post to Blog, and continue reading. Nice!
Enough for the casual blogger and simple to use and understand.
Now for what we’ve called micro publisher, we also offer the Enhanced Post to Blog command.This is a major step forward in power: the ability to post to multiple blogs at once, from within the same dialog box, and also much more control over the details of the post, such as the post date, an option to edit in HTML instead of rich text, and a few more goodies.
I think the most interesting part of the enhanced post to blog is the set of checkboxes in the lower right.
One checkbox for each of my blogs.
Just before posting, I can decide which one or more blogs receive the post.Imagine. You are keeping up 5 blogs, one for each client, and you come across an article that three of them would benefit from.
Load and capacity limits
Another area where the plans may differ is in overall capacity. You should refer to the service plan chart for the details. The limits that can be affected are:
- Maximum number of published reading lists
- Maximum number of subscribed feeds
- Maximum number of daily synchronizations
These are ’soft limits’ - we try to be very friendly about them. You will never lose data as a result and are given easy ways back to get back to the limit if you exceed them.
For the micro publisher some plans offer advanced processing to clean up and sanitize feeds. Initially this will include a flexible duplication detection and removal feature on Smart Feeds. In the future we expect to add semi-automatic posting and other powerful features for the micropublisher.