Feature Friday: Raven integrates Basecamp, majorly updates link checker

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Feature Friday: Raven integrates Basecamp, majorly updates link checker

Basecamp

Basecamp LogoWe’ve had countless internet marketers who work in agencies, in-house marketing departments and PR firms request the ability to have access to their Basecamp messages and to-do lists inside of Raven Tools. In most cases, they’ve told us that they have colleagues who use Basecamp, but don’t use or need Raven. They’ve also told us that if they had access to Basecamp messages and to-dos inside of Raven, it would give them the ability to communicate better with their colleagues, and also manage their campaigns in one place.

Being Basecamp users ourselves, we’re excited to announce our new Basecamp integration into Raven!

How to set up Basecamp

To set up your Basecamp account in Raven, go to Settings > Basecamp. Enter your username, password and account URL, and then click the Save button.

Basecamp Settings Page
Basecamp settings form

Basecamp messages

To access Basecamp messages, click on the Inbox link. Then click on the View select menu, and select Basecamp to view and reply to your Basecamp messages.

Display Basecamp messages
Display Basecamp messages

Creating new Basecamp messages is as simple as creating and sending a Raven message. Clicking on the New Message link will give you a form with the same options you get in Basecamp. However, just like with Raven messages, we use AJAX to auto-fill the recipient list.

New Basecamp Message
Recipient auto-fill for new Basecamp messages

Basecamp to-dos

To access Basecamp to-dos, click on the Tasks link. Then click on the View select menu, and select Basecamp to view and update your Basecamp to-dos.

Switching to Basecamp To-Dos
Switching to Basecamp To-Dos

Just like the messages, creating new Basecamp to-dos is as simple as creating a Raven task. Clicking on the New Task link will give you a form with the same options you get in Basecamp.

New Basecamp To-Do
New Basecamp To-Do Form

Update: Read our Tip Tuesday entry on how to access Basecamp projects in Raven.

Link checker

One of the most popular features of Raven’s Link Manager is the automated link checker. The Link Manager can automatically check all of your link records to see if they’re still active and alert you to changes. For example, if the anchor text changes, or the site adds the rel=”nofollow” attribute to the anchor, Raven Tools will notify you.

We wanted to make the link checker even better, and also wanted to make sure it would scale well into the future. So we took what we learned from our original implementation, and completely rewrote it! Starting today, we are launching our new link checking engine.

New link alert settings

The updated link checker comes with a new feature, alert settings. The new link alert settings — accessible from the bottom of the Link Manager page — allows you to choose which items you want to monitor. The current choices include Link Text, Link URL, Nofollow and now mozRank.

Link Alert Settings
Link Alert Settings Page

Upcoming enhancements

The new link checking engine will allow us to do several new things. We are working on the following enhancements:

  • Choose how often links are checked
  • Specify custom thresholds
  • Option to monitor the number of links on a page

We’ll be sure to update you as soon as these enhancements are complete.

Firefox Toolbar

We made an update to the Raven Tools Firefox Toolbar that makes it compatible with Firefox 4.x. If you use the Firefox Toolbar, you should be notified automatically by Firefox to upgrade to the new version.

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