I have been using Qumana since over a year. Started using it after Jon Husband drew the concept on a napkin for me during a diner here in Enschede, in the spring of 2004.
The biggest benefits of this tool to me are/were the drop pad, allowing me to create a bread crumb trail of my feedreading and browsing, and the fact that I could directly post to all my blogs from the editor.
When the light edition of Qumana came out I kept on using the older version because of the workpad/bread crumb trail. This feature basically allows me to work on multiple postings at once, while storing the different sources and copied bits as seperate items as well. The newer version put all the items in one entry, assuming you would want to post the amalgam. Until today I used a release from early november 2004.
However now the new version supports using the categories of my blogtools, can handle technorati tagging, lets me edit older postings, and has a built in advertising feature I’ve decided to give it a try. Let’s see if I can set up a routine that lets me work with Qumana as I was used to, using the workpad/bread crumb trail. Also I want to experiment with advertising a bit. Not that I think it will bring in shiploads of money. In the end you will decide whether the advertising will stay or not. I am especially curious about what you think about ads showing up in my RSS feeds. Let me know!

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2 reactions on “Test driving the new Qumana

  1. I’m also experimenting with ads – not because I expect to make money (less than $10 USD so far this month) but because I need to understand them, and the model that drives them. I have them on only a few pages so far, mostly stories that get several hits a week. I haven’t put any on the home page because I think the layout needs to be modified to include them in an unobtrusive fashion.
    As for ads in RSS – I dunno. I’ve looked at Feedburner because it handles that (as well as handling RSS enclosures quite well.) But, generally, RSS is still a geek-dominated arena and I see little reason to put them there. Not just the 16 people who subscriber to my RSS, but most folks who read RSS extensively are geeky, and not prone to enjoy advertising. If not handled carefully it’s a real pisser. I’ve dropped feeds that didn’t do ads correctly.
    As for Qumana – sounds lovely. I’d enjoy trying it again. But when I tried the first version they did not correctly implement the MT API and it would not post to my blog system. After months of trying to get some resolution I gave up. Maybe in this round they’ve got it right. It’s definitely a product that, properly implemented, would improve my workflow.

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