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PostXING conversation with Peter Provost continues...

Wed Dec 07 2005

Peter gives me some awesome feedback:

Hey man. Glad to know you're listening. I really think that PostXING could rock with a little more TLC. You're doing great.

A few comments on your comments:

1. I don't think you understand my request. Assume for a second that I know that I want to open post ID 117, I should be able to "Open 117" instead of "open, browse, wait, wait, 117, OK". I know this can be done with MWAPI 'cause I wrote one. metaWeblog.getPost takes postid, username and password, right?

2. For categories, I want to be able to select the category(s) for the post quickly and without waiting for stuff. So cache them, let me reload the cache, and enabled me to select them with the keyboard without a lot of fuss. BlogJet is pretty good on this front.

3. I understand your choice here, but I think you would be better to choose the standard keystroke used by Outlook, FrontPage, BlogJet, etc: Ctrl+M and Ctrl+Shift+M. Not the best keystrokes in the world, but they are what people are used to.

4. Make all the keystrokes configurable! :) That solves many/all of my issues., eh?

5. What I'm saying is that after using Ctrl+K (which I realize is a MSHTML command), and the focus returns back to the app, the input focus should stay where it was. I suspect you have something going on in Form_Activate that sets the focus somewhere. Try it, you'll see what I mean.

6. Ctrl+Enter should be Post & Publish. Personally I don't think Post (w/o Publish) has any value at all. If I can save locally, I don't need to post without publishing.

Thanks! Keep up the good work!

We sure like lists, eh? :) Here's mine in response again:

  1. This can be done, absolutely. (meaning I understand now ;) Maybe a command that just loads a post into the editing surface?
  2. This is something I've actually had on the plate for a long time that will probably never make it into v1 of PostXING. Since I'm working on v2, tho, it can definitely make it into that code. This will also improve the offline story (currently falls back to an empty textbox where each category gets its own line.)
  3. Sounds good, definitely will look into this one too.
  4. Wow, that sounds like a lot to many keystrokes should be supported, how could I map them to logical commands, should it be per-user? Lots of questions on that one, I had never thought of doing something like this before.
  5. I actually got a tip from Dmitry (creator of BlogJet) on how to deal with this issue. Apparently, mshtml has a focus issue that needs to be explicitly handled.
  6. Consider it done.

Thanks again, Peter. Sorry it took so long for me to reply, but my CommunityServer install is not sending me emails when I get comments :(

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