This application reads your Tumblr RSS feed (since it's consistent, independent of themes and relatively small) and extracts all posts, letting you save them as a zip archive on your computer. It can also save the pictures locally. Whether you want to delete, start fresh and keep the memories, or are worried about the possibility of Tumblr being shut down, this will help you protect your posts.
As of the time of making this on 24/01/2012 there is no known way to get a local copy of all of your posts - at least none that's any easier than this tool that I am aware of. However, it would not surprise me if they made this a feature a week or two after I go to the trouble of making this...
You should tweak the settings for your blog to ensure full compatibility
Simply open the html file (called "Part x [xxxxxx-xxxx]") - it should open automatically in your web browser.
The archives consist of HTML code - text, links and formatting. No images will show up as you scroll through, though the links for image posts will take you to the original on Tumblr's server. To fill in the images, you need to carefully complete this list:
Because this software was difficult to write, and would use up a LOT of server resources (bandwidth + space + processing power) that have to be paid for, I might remove the limitations of doing one page at a time for a $5 day-pass. Details will be ironed-out in the future, but I'm curious if there'll be any demand for it. Basically you would pay $5 through PayPal and then get a code that you enter in an optional textbox in the application to unlock automatic downloads.
I'm well aware that most Tumblr users may not be in a position where they're even capable of buying things online, and the $5 fee might be asking a bit much of some people. I've always tried to make my work freely and publicly available but in this case it's not just the initial cost of developing the application that has to be covered (usually by ads or the fact that this is my hobby) - but the server costs and maintenance as well will sky-rocket.
I'm sure that the current version should be enough for most tasks, but I can see the obvious hurdle to people wanting to use it. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested or have any ideas.
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