OMG! A BloGTK Review!

December 7th, 2009

Ubuntu blog OMG! UBUNTU! has a nice review of BloGTK with some great constructive criticism.

For example, they note that the buttons on the editor toolbar can be difficult to understand. 2.0.1 will feature tooltips for all the buttons to make them easier to figure out. Plus, the insert link icon will be the system standard icon.

The review also notes two feature requests: WYSIWYG editing and Blogger tags. WYSIWYG editing is being experimented with for 2.1, and Blogger tags will come once Ubuntu updates the python-gdata library to support them. Hopefully both will be coming soon.

Thanks to OMG! UBUNTU! for the nice review.

BloGTK 2.0 – IT’S ALIVE!

September 21st, 2009

At long last, BloGTK 2.0 is here and ready for download. BloGTK 2.0 is a major step up from prior versions, and features a completely new codebase and tons of modern features.

Getting BloGTK 2.0

Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty

If you’re running Jaunty, using BloGTK 2.0 is a snap. You can install BloGTK 2.0 from my Personal Package Archive. Just follow the instructions under the “Read about installing” link to get going. Then, you may use Synaptic to install the new version.

BloGTK 2.0 will first uninstall previous versions of BloGTK before installing. Your individual configuration files will remain, however, and if you wish to downgrade, you’ll be able to. (Why you would want to is beyond me, though.) Unfortunately, your old configuration won’t transfer over, but BloGTK makes it much easier to get up and running than before.

Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic

Packages for Karmic are now available in the BloGTK PPA. Be sure to select Ubuntu 9.10 in the drop-down box before entering the repository information.

Other Linux Distributions

If you’re running something other than Ubuntu, then you’ll need to install from source. To do that, go here to get the archive. Download the tar.gz file to a temporary folder and unpack it.

In the Terminal, go to the folder where BloGTK has been unpacked, and type:

sudo make install

BloGTK will then be installed.

BloGTK 2.0 has been very heavily tested, but it is possible that there are bugs, and there will be updates to deal with them. If you notice a bug with BloGTK, please file a bug report so those bugs can be squashed.

But most importantly, have fun using BloGTK 2.0!

BloGTK 2.0 Now At Launchpad – Code Available

August 30th, 2008

The source code to BloGTK 2.0 is now available at Launchpad. That means that if you’ve been waiting to hack away, you now can do so.

Launchpad has some impressive collaborative features, and while I’m still getting my “sea legs” in terms of how it all works, it seems to be a good way of managing this project in the future.

You will need to install Bazaar to get access to the code. Under Ubuntu, that’s as simple as

sudo apt-get install bzr

in a terminal window. Other distributions can get in on the fun too, but you’re on your own.

Right now, BloGTK needs only two additional packages from a stock Ubuntu install. Those packages are python-gnome2-extras and python-feedparser. Once those are installed, BloGTK should run.

Create a new working directory and run the command

bzr branch lp:blogtk

and the code will download to a blogtk directory.

Right now, BloGTK 2.0 has no installer, and must be run right from the testing directory. It will create a new folder in your home directory called .BloGTK where the config data and cache are stored.

BloGTK is not beta software, this is at best an early alpha. Many features are missing. Some things may not work as intended. Some things may not work at all. BloGTK needs a lot of love, and most importantly it needs a lot of eyeballs and testing.

Feel free to use Launchpad to hack away at the code and especially feel free to contribute patches and suggestions. The more help I can get, the faster BloGTK development will go.

Enjoy your BloGTK hacking, and hopefully as time goes by, BloGTK 2.0 will become one of the best weblog editors out there.

BloGTK 2.0 Development Journal

June 28th, 2008

It’s only been a few days since the new BloGTK was announced, and already development is continuing at a more rapid pace than I would have expected. For a project being done in my limited free time, BloGTK is moving right along.

No, I don’t have an ETA for the first release. Other than “when it’s done,” of course.

So far, support for creating and editing new posts with Blogger, Movable Type, and WordPress is working. The UI is shaping up nicely—and that means that there will be some screenshots coming in the near future.

What’s left? The configuration system needs to be built, there’s a bunch of tools in the editor that need to be built, and then round after round of testing. BloGTK 1.0 was pretty buggy—I’m hoping that 2.0 will be better and more stable.

There will be more updates as development progresses. The website will also be getting an upgrade (with the old theme being given new life as a WordPress theme) sometime in the near future. Keep checking back here for more updates as BloGTK continues to push closer to release.

Sometimes They Come Back

June 21st, 2008

It’s been a while since there was an update to BloGTK. During the last period of development for BloGTK there were so many frustrations and so little time that I had to give up.

Flash forward to a few weeks ago when I’m putting together my new Ubuntu box—I notice that there’s a Python library for Blogger’s GData system installed. And it even has a nice system for interfacing with Blogger. When I last did work on BloGTK 3 years ago, I had a lot of the app built. Maybe it was time to take another shot?

This entry is being created in BloGTK 2.0. The build is nowhere near complete, but there has been enough progress that it’s safe to announce its existence to the world.

BloGTK 2.0 will add some great new features like:

  • A completely revamped interface designed for multiple blogs
  • A new editor, with integrated spellcheck, HTML syntax highlighting, and undo/redo.
  • Support for multiple categories.
  • Full support for Blogger
  • Autodiscovery of weblog settings (if your blog template supports it
  • And much more…

There is no release date for BloGTK 2.0, as it all depends on finding programming time in my busy schedule. However, this time the technical hurdles have been surpassed and it is possible to deliver the kind of program that users have been asking for.

There will be much more coming as development continues on the next generation of BloGTK.

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