Zoundry Raven portable Blog Editor
I was never that fond of blog editors that allowed you to write your posts on the desktop and send them to your blog after you have finished them. Never quite saw a reason to install yet another software just to be able to do that. I have to admit though that some clients come with interesting features that might make it worthwhile for some users.
Zoundry Raven is a portable blog editor that I discovered yesterday at the Download Squad (Welcome Back, btw). It's compatible to multiple blog plattforms including WordPress, Typepad but also Blogger and LiveJournal. A total of 24 different blog plattforms are supported currently and chance is that yours is included.
Zoundry Raven asks during installation if it should be installed as a portable blog editor. This would mean that you could install it on a removable drive, for example an USB stick, and use it from there no matter where you go.
Before you can start using it you need to add at least one account to the application. All that needs to be done is to enter a url which will automatically be analyzed by the software. It will detect the blogging plattform that is being used and request login credentials.
After that all (!) posts, images, links and tags get downloaded and it is possible to look through them and open them online. Each post can be edited using the available WYSIWYG editor. One thing that I think is missing is the ability to check all links for broken links, that would be a very valuable feature.
The editor creates a tag cloud that displays all the tags used. A click on a tag loads the articles related to it which can be edited. It is for instance possible to add or remove tags that way as well. (removing tags is not really recommended because the search engines will have a broken link in their index)
The most important part of a blog editor is obviously writing and publishing new blog entries. That's pretty comfortable as well. You click on the Write button, pick a website, categories, type in title, tags and start writing the article.
Writing an article that way is pretty comfortable and has the advantage that it can be done offline. Publishing the article on the other hand lacks the feature of scheduling that article which is a pretty important feature in my opinion.
Several media storage providers can be added to use additional space for files and images that are embedded in the article. They range from custom ftp accounts to Picasa and Flickr.
Zoundry Raven is a nice and clean blog editor. If you just publish and edit articles you will probably like it. I already mentioned the features that are really missing (link checker and scheduler) which keep me from using it. The link checker would be a huge selling point in my opinion and I believe that many bloggers would install the software program just for that feature alone.
There is no information about compatibility. It runs fine on Windows XP Service Pack 3.Advertisement
Interesting, I think I’m going to give it a whirl. Tried MS Live Writer a while ago, but never liked it.
Need to check it out… I am using Windows Live Writer and I like spellcheck (english is not my native :) ) but I hate that it recompresses images for no reason.
Nice – I’ve used Blogdesk for a while, but feature-wise Raven seems like a great alternative.
Great tool. Just downloaded and installed and it supports multiple bogs too which is a bonus.
Zoundry is a fantastic tool that allows one to compose blog posts offline. Also, you can control the date published displayed on the blog. Say, on a creative day, I write 7 posts. I don’t want them dated the same day. With Zoundry, I can display their published dates as seven consecutive days.
One problem: Zoundry insists on uploading the original images even after I ask it to upload thumbnails only. I’ve tried contacting Zoundry support on this, but no response. Maybe I’m doing something wrong? It’s a PITA to have to delete the images from the server each time.
I have MS live writer…this one seems better..ill definately give it a try.