Thanks to Will
Pete Pate! He just informed me that Cardinal beta is being worked on and will be released sometimes this month. However, there redevelopers working on Cardinal continuously. You can get the Cardinal beta from the site so far what they have been working on. The Cardinal itself is version 0.7.0.10. The current version is 0.5.15. I will give you the link in a bit for a Cardinal download.
I did download the most current Cardinal download. It was nice, but it changes a bit around. I managed to find things what I am looking for, such as writing new entry, uploading photos, viewing photos and other things. I like the way now than before. It is more convenience and easy to navigate, to. I will compare what was before and what is now. You can find the download at http://tinderbox.flock.com/Cardinal/.
On 0.5.15, there was a drop-down menu with lists, such as Flock Faves, My Blogs, Photo Uploader, Photo Browser, Map and go on. You can see the image on the left. Ok, there is not there in 0.7.0.10. They move to the View menu. Open View menu, you will see 'Top Bar'. Just click it. You should Photo, Map, and Technorati listed there.
But there is another way you can avoid using drop-down menu by clicking the icons on the navigation bar. You would have to go to View menu to customize your Flock. Once you click View to drop-down the lists, you will see 'Toolbars' and click 'Customize.' You will see icons in there. You drag and drop anywhere on navigation bar. It is nice and easy. All I have to click an icon and it will pop up either on a new windows, or on a top bar. Both does still have a top bar, but just that they are organizating them differently.
In 0.5.15, Photo Uploader is on the top bar. You drag and drop images in that bar and upload. It is easy to use. In 0.7.0.10, it is nothing much change but not on top bar and has more options. The photo uploader button is on Photo bar, or Browser. You just click it, and it will pop up to a new window. You have two ways to do the upload. You can click 'Choose Photo', and start browsing to find images you want to upload. Or you can do 'drag and drop.' All you have to select an image you want to upload to your online photo account and then drag the image and drop in the specific area. Either way, you can drop as many images you want, as long as they are being selected.
What new options does Photo Uploader (see the image on the right and below) has in 0.7.0.10. Ahh, yeah, the uploader acts like a photo editor. When you put the image in the upload area, it allows you to crop, rotate, or revert anywhere you want before these are uploaded. It also will ask you if you want to re-size them, or remain the same size it is after you click upload. When you are done, you click 'UPLOAD.' It will start the process and post on either one Flickr or Photobucket account. It is nice. That what I did with this image above. I use the original image from May 19th's entry, Flock.
Writing a entry in a blog editor through Flock is no different, but the new one will open in a new window. It used to open to a new tab in the same window. I think the new way is much better. Formerly, it was in the top bar. When I want to save into the draft folder, it automatically saved and listed with the rest of published entries in 'My Blogs' on the top bar. At that time, I did not know it was saved on the C drive. That is why I was struggling to understand why it did not save on the wordpress account. In fact, the drafts I did in Flock never exist in my account. So I feel like I am stuck and could not take a entry file with me to anywhere to finish them. I felt I was limited with the access of draft entry. I may be dumbfound about it. But in the latter, when you save a draft, it will pop up a file browser tell you where you want to save the entry to. Suddenly, I realized that in the former, these drafts are saved in a specific directory on C drive somewhere. But at that time, it was not cleared to me. Now the latter got more clear and more organized. I am relieved to know that I can take the files on my USB flash drive and go, and then finish it somewhere. I have Flock at home, and at work. I like to have the access to my draft and published entries offline. When I am done typing or editing, I can just publish, or republish under the right entry.
All new or old entries are offline for writing and editing. i like it because I was writing an entry on wordpress.com on the Internet while I was researching something. I went back and forth (writing an entry and surfing on Internet). I was done with it, and ready to publish. Guess what? They interupt. It did not allow me to publish because they are doing a maintenance. I was like, oh, f***! I tried to save my entry, but it was all gone. I had to do it all over again. I am glad that the blog editor is OFFLINE! I hope they will keep that way.
Both has those options in 0.5.15. Not in 0.7.0.10. I hope they are continuing working on those. I know Cardinal has not finally released yet. They still have time.
The blog editor is great. You can write the entry in either WYSIWYG or html. There are two tabs on the bottom in blog editor. You can choose which one you prefer. One feature has not appeared in 0.7.0.10 is Photo icon. That icon allows you to add an url address if you are using other than photobucket.com, and it will tell you how do you want to align the image, such as left, right, or bottom and top. But with photo bar, or browser, it is easier. You simply drag and drop anywhere in the entry. It has a Link icon, but it does not have an option the target (it tells you how do you want to open the link, like opening to a new window or in the same window. Both have those features in the wordpress.com. I hope they will add those options in both, and add Photo Icon on the toolbar of the blog editor.
I often forget to select the category for the entry. When I am done with the entry in 0.5.15, there is a column on the right, where you can select. I forgot to do the part, just go ahead and publish it. When I check my entry on my blog, I was like, oh, shoot, I forgot select a category. I had to go back to make a selection rather than a default category, which is General. However, it does not work properly in 0.5.15. I was hoping that 0.7.0.10 will work with category better. Let me step back a bit, what impressed me about it is that when I am done with it and click 'Publish.' It does not publish formally and it quickly pop up and ask which category you want to put in. I was in awe. Remember what I said earlier. I was like, mmm. I like that. So I make the selection, then click 'Ok' and it is in process of publishing. After that, it takes me to my blog to view. It sure does make my life easier.
Update: Unfortunately, I did try the category part in blog editor does not work. When I made selection(s) for this entry, and then published. I went to the blogsite, and found out that it was default to General. That was not what I selected. I had to get on line on wordpress.com to correct the category.
Lastly, you can read the RSS in MyNews on the sidebar. That is the new feature on Flock. It did not have it in 0.5.15. It is nice. You can add as many as RSS you want. Blogs, News, Articles, and many more. I already have the RSS reader, using Netvibes. But I hope that they will able to add the feature to allow to use RSS services, like Netvibes, on Flock. It would be nice. They already have done photo sharing and bookmark sharing. I am sure they can do with RSS service, too. Hey, I know Flock is young, but they did a fabulous job so far! Kudos to the Flock team!