We know about Tumblr, don’t we? It’s the simple and easy to use blogging platform which stands just in between Twitter and other more-robust platforms like WordPress and Blogger. People like Tumblr because it is quick, fun and engrossing.
One of the best things about Tumblr is its community. It has recently been pushing out features that allow users to interact with readers and other fellow users. For instance, they recently released a replyfeature that let followers of a blog send comments right from the dashboard. Other intuitive features include likes, reblogs tumblr-speak for retweets and the ability to ask questions and submit content.
People can post content through different mediums: Web, mobile, bookmarklet, a phone call et al. However, there hasn’t yet been an official desktop client. No worries though. With the additions to the Tumblr API made recently, the lives of developers (and users) have been made even easier. The updated API allowed applications to fetch content from the dashboard, that is, fetch the posts of people a user is following. Also, applications can now likea post right through the API.
Tumblweed is a desktop tumblr client that has been in the scene for quite a long time. However, in it’s baby-days, I found it to be a little buggy and unstable. It also lacked timely updates. We can’t blame the developer for that. He might be a college student working only on weekends or between semesters. You never know in the of the internet. Tumblweed has now been updated, and it’s got some cool new features.
- A real dashboard: Earlier, the application used to show only your posts. Now you can juggle between your dashboard and your latest posts.
- New UI: The interface has been revamped. The experience feels much more polished.
- Support for tags, setting the publishing date, saving as draft, custom url and adding content to the queue.
- Webcam support: Time for GPOYW? It’s a click away with inbuilt webcam support.
- Set custom Twitter message that goes out to your twitter feed with a link to the published post.
Like earlier, you can either upload or link to audio files while creating audio posts and as Tumblweed is based on Adobe Air, it should be ready to hit the road on any of the OS platforms.
Finally, this is how the application looks
The application works well without any problems but I do have a few gripes with it. First off, the dashboard – while doing it’s job and showing us the latest posts from our contacts is a really lame one. You may think I’m going over the radar with this but seriously, the dashboard provides no ability to likea post or reblogit. Adding to it, it doesn’t even link to the post. So basically, if you browse through the dashboard on tumblweed, you will be able to access the links within a post but you won’t be able to access the post in a web browser whatsoever.
Tumblweed has seen major updates after a really long time, lest it would have been lost unto oblivion. For its will to survive and prosper, I give it a 4 out of 5 on the techiebuzz scale.