Monday, December 19, 2005

10 Tools Every New Radio UserLand User Should Install

The following is a list of 10 tools every new Radio UserLand user should install. These tools should help new Radio users get off the ground and running with Radio UserLand. I tried my best to narrow the list down to the most essential tools. Of course, this list doesn't include all the great tools available, but then it wouldn't be a top ten if I included any more, now would it?


activeRenderer is an outline publishing tool for Radio UserLand. It brings the power of outlining to your blogging and web publishing experience. With activeRenderer, you can
publish outlines on your public web site. Style your weblog as an outline. Add active blogrolls to your site's pages. Publish your browser bookmarks as an active blogroll.
Enhance your pages with news feed boxes. Browse outlines, RSS news feeds, and the content of Radio's aggregator from activeRenderer's outline browser.


The backLogAllRSS tool generates a backlog RSS file of your entire weblog by pressing one button. One reason for doing this is to upload the entire history of your weblog to a service such as Feedster so that it knows about all of your weblog posts, not just the ones since you added your weblog to their service.


The dataFileCleaner tool will remove certain errant entries from your Data Files that cause problems.


editThisRadioPage adds an Edit this Page link to your live site for easy editing of your weblog posts.


Using DirectoryTool for Radio UserLand, you can create directory files using the Radio UserLand outliner, generate HTML files corresponding to your directory structure, and automatically upload your directory to your Radio UserLand weblog.


Kit is a suite of "page tools" for Radio UserLand 8, including Weblog search, an improved News Aggregator page, a web Quick Script, "Radio to the Past" for changing weblog items' dates, a web outline editor, a per-category weblog index, a subscribed feeds lister, file uploader, and the Kit dashboard.


The MailEdit tool works like the Mail-To-Weblog functionality built into Radio. If you send a message with the correct subject to the email address that Radio is set up to monitor, it will be posted to your weblog. In addition, MailEdit will return an email confirmation of the posting, along with a copy of the post suitable for editing.


Markdown is a text-to-HTML conversion tool for web writers. Markdown allows you to write using an easy-to-read, easy-to-write plain text format, then convert it to structurally valid XHTML (or HTML). In other words, it makes HTML editing easy! Andy Fragen created a tool for Radio UserLand that allows you to use Markdown on your Radio posts. His tool is in beta and you need to email him for the tool.

Master Ping

The Master Ping tool comes with, extended, Syndic8, Syndic8 extended, Yahoo and Technocrati.


The RadioAtomBridge tool is a way to mirror blog posts from Radio Userland to blogs that are hosted at


A set of easy-to-use scripts by Rogers Cadenhead, author of Radio UserLand Kick Start, that enhance the functionality of a Radio UserLand weblog. Workbench.viewCategories is a script to display category links on your home page template and other pages. Workbench.viewPostIndex is a script to display links to your posts in reverse chronological order.


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