Fargo 1.54

There's one new feature in this release, the ability to download an entire WordPress site into a Fargo outline.

Caveats

  1. There's no user interface for the feature.

  2. There are limits to what it can do.

  3. I don't know how well it will perform on WordPress sites other than the ones I tested with.

How to

  1. Make sure that you've configured Fargo to talk to the WordPress site you want to use, in the Blog panel of the Settings dialog in the System menu, at the right edge of the menu bar (the menu under your Dropbox name).

  2. In any outline, type this: getMyWordPressOpml () on a line by itself. Press Cmd-/ to run it.

  3. After a while you'll see a dialog that says that it has downloaded your site into the wordpress folder. This is a sub-folder of your Fargo folder. Screen shot.

  4. In the file system, move or copy the file into your Fargo folder.

  5. Choose Open in the File menu.

  6. Choose the outline you just moved. With any luck the outline will open.

What you can do with this outline

If you want to make an editing change to any of the posts, do it as you would with any WordPress post you created in Fargo. 1. Make the change. 2. Put the cursor on the title headline. 3. Click the WordPress icon in the left margin. 4. Wait for confirmation. The Eye icon should take you to the changed version of the post.

Deleting or moving the posts has no effect on the website. You can organize the posts any way you like.

The great thing about this feature is that you can easily edit the contents of an entire blog using the outline interface to find your posts. You have the full organizational power of the outline to arrange your blog to make editing as easy as you want it.

What's next

I want to release the source code for the server, where all the work in conversion is done. The ability to export an entire WordPress blog in a single file is a new thing for WordPress, as far as I know. It's something I want to share widely, because everyone needs this ability, and I don't want to host the service for everyone in the world.

The server is written in JavaScript and runs in node.js.

Update: The server software has been released.

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Last built: Thu, Jun 5, 2014 at 6:11 PM

By Dave Winer, Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 10:05 AM. What a long strange trip it's been.