I just downloaded Raven, which is a blogtool just like Windows Live Writer.
Before I can write my complete comparison review, I first need to try get Raven working and investigate how it works…
One thing that was nice is that it has a portable version so I can run it off my U3 disk "officially" (since I’m using a not-official version for WLW).
When installing it, It detected that I already has installed Windows Live Writer and asked me to import the settings (even from my U3 disk), this look promising! And indeed, after installing, all the information is in there, even the FTP settings for auto-FTP-ing the images to my account. Only the passwords are left out.
The first thing I tried was downloading my past posts to see if I could build a library of past postings but uhm…
However, when I took out my U3 USB disk and put it in again, this problem seemed to be solved.
So now lets try to download the latest postings, I see that it can only download the latest 5000 postings, which is a shame, I hope there is a way I can enlarge this to 8500. When I then try to actually download 5000 postings I get:
Hmm…. I assume that somewhere one of the 5000 postings it tries to download has some not-really-well-formed code inside it and that this is the reason that it fails, of course this is my fault, however, it would be handy to know which specific post is wrong so I could correct it, let’s see if there is something in the details:
Hmmm… I don’t think this is a useful message. What I now need to do first is write my own tool that calls the xmlrpc interface and then try to get the postings one by one and see which one is not-well-formed. However, let me put this in the Zoundry Raven forum, maybe someone has written a tool like this before, could save me some time.
postings in XML Format – I decided to check it somewhat more and found that in my profile dir it kept a complete list of my 100 postings (I could manage to retrieve 100 but not the 5000). Even more cool: these are in XML format!! So this allows me to edit them manually AND… version them! So I can now add them to my svn repository and I will always have the option to go back to previous versions. Pretty cool, this is something that I really wanted to be present in Windows Live Writer.
Posting – So… let’s see if we can post with it. I have typed this blogposting in Windows Live Writer, published it and changed it and republished it a couple of times. so let’s see if we can open it in Raven. I go to the dialog and see (of course) this blogposting (from my previous import) but the one before I made the changes to it. So I press "retrieve last posting" but somehow it does not make the changes in the posting locally. I still see the old one. There doesn’t seem to be kind of refresh. Now… what I assume that needs to be done (but I am not quite sure) is to delete the posting. BUT I then have to be very careful to not delete the version from my weblog but only to delete the local copy:
Let’s see if that works… if it does not then I have always the copy in my WLW.
Let’s try to publish a posting. Error: "One or more tag sites must be selected to create links to tagspaces for blog ". Uhm? I don’t use tag sites, I just use the default WordPress tags….
I realize that I can configure my posting using the configure box, strangely enough the tabs are beneath the configuration panel. When I look at the tab for "tags" I see tagging sites like Technorati. However, it is not clear to me how to add tags without using inline tags to these tagging sites. Lets search the forum…
I could not find the answer in the forum so I put a "request for help" here.
I noticed that the layout of my posting was not really like my own site, so I tried to download the template from my site however, it gives me the error message that "Caused By:[Cause: ‘NoneType’ object has no attribute ‘getDom’ TB: None", so it finds that something is wrong with my template. I’m pretty clueless here, since WLW loaded it without a problem.
So I also posted this question here.
update 1: Pidge send me the location of the beta download of zRaven-0.9.286.exe and some debugging instructions to check for the error which occurs first time. Forum Topic here. It only seems to occur the first time, and a simple restart works, so this is not really a problem.
update 2: Working with tags in WordPress is possible. Instead of importing my WLW account profile I should create a new profile, this will pick up my correct WordPress version number, Forum Topic is here and here.
update 3: The error when downloading my 5000 postings will be checked by Zoundry Pidge. Forum topic here.
update 4: The error which occurs when downloading my template, Im still looking into this, it occurs also after setting a new account. Forum Topic here.