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Writing.com exporter Anonymous 01/11/2019 (Fri) 05:54:16 Id:c16e75 No. 3262 [Last 50 Posts]
Gday

I've had a crack at writing a program to export Writing.com interactive stories so that you can read them without all that "Interactives temporarily unavailable" mumbo-jumbo.

What do you guys think, would this be useful?

Or would an archive library of saved Writing.com stories be useful?

All stories are currently being archived here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/38pdpfgk4v94dcp/AACbiAzw677MVvbfUYfs1mfja

I started writing it mostly because of a story that just disappeared one day, and I was gutted. It was called Marshmallow Heaven. I hope not to lose any more stories again.
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Yes! It seems such BS that a bunch of text files would be such a hassle to host when there are thousands of free image and video hosting sites out there. Also the questions they ask you to sign up skeeve me off in a Facebook datamining sort of way.
I got a membership just so I can (arduously) copy and paste all the chapters into word docs.
mostly done; I'd like to know how your script goes.
Also, is there a decent way to download all the images on a site without having to open the links and save as?
>>3268
I can't say that I've read any stories that have images in them. Most of them just have hyperlinks to images.

Do you have an example that I can have a look at?
Can you share the program with the world? The more people helping you the more people saving stories.
>>3270
I sure will, I plant to put it up on my github, but it's sort of a dog's breakfast and a filthy mess at the moment. I'd like to get it a little more tidy and stable.
>>3262
Yes, this would be incredibly useful. There is so much classic work on Writing.com and its so obvious it's only a matter of time before it is all lost.
Alrighty, I've cleaned things up a bit and put the tool up on github.

https://github.com/towerofpower256/WritingExporter.SimpleExporter/releases

Give it a crack and let me know what your thoughts are, or if you run into any issues.
With how Writing.com has been lately, I've been looking for just about any excuse to stop hosting my stories there.

Thank you so much for this!
>>3282
Thanks man, I appreciate it.
If you like it, you can give the project a star in github. It makes me feel kinda nice :)
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I must be missing something I keep getting this error
>>3291
Oooo interesting. Can you upload the log to pastebin or another file share place? Also, does this happen mid way through using it or does it happen when you try to open the program?
>>3292
It opens just fine. It comes up when I try to retrieve a story. I will get the log right away.
Ive got the same error- system array empty
System.MissingMethodException: Method not found: '!!0[] System.Array.Empty()'.
at WritingExporter.SimpleExporter.MainForm.<OpenStoryFromSource>d__12.MoveNext()
at System.Runtime.CompilerServices.AsyncMethodBuilderCore.Start[TStateMachine](TStateMachine& stateMachine)
at WritingExporter.SimpleExporter.MainForm.OpenStoryFromSource()
at WritingExporter.SimpleExporter.MainForm.btnOpenStory_Click(Object sender, EventArgs e)
at System.Wind
>>3297
yeah you beat me to it. It is identical.
>>3298
Out of curiosity, does it work if you update your .Net version on your computer?

If it does, it means that I've used too new a version of the .Net framework, and I'll compile it for a more common version that most everyone will have.
Amazing tool. Its working perfectly here <3
I'm trying the "Update story" button for the Buttercombe Academy story and I keep getting the following error:

> ERROR - An error occurred while trying to export the story.
System.Exception
Writing.com login failed

Does the tool not work for certain stories or am I doing something wrong?
>>3302
Does it work on other stories?
That should only happen if Writing.com keeps asking for username and password.
Or does Writing.com have locked or private stories that I haven't bumped into before?
>>3303
Well I found out that I had put my handle into the username spot rather than my actual username.

But now it keeps giving me the "INFO - Encountered 'interactives temporarily unavailable' page, pausing for 15000ms" error.
>>3304
Hahahahaha welcome to Writing.com! I still get that Interactives Temporarily Unavailable error all the God-damn time when I'm using a web browser, it can sometimes last for 10mins or more! Really kills my boner, and is half the reason I started writing this tool.

Give it time to export the story. Very large stories can take the better part of a day to get the whole thing. It would also take just as long if you did it by hand.
>>3305
So just do nothing even though it's getting the error? Alrighty then. Can do. Thanks.
>>3299
I have version 4.5.2
>>3299
Updated to 4.6.2. works now thanks!
worked fine until the exe suddenly deleted itself and is now denying me access to re-download it
>>3304
>>3305
>>3306
Word to the wise, I was logged into the site in my browser when I tried using this thing and got the "interactives temporarily unavailable" error endlessly. I logged out of the site and let the tool run again, now I'm actually able to export chapters.
>>3310
Just tried that and it's working so far! Thanks for the great tip!
>>3310
Guess I spoke too soon. It was good for the first 25 chapters or so but now I get the error after every 1-2 chapters. If anyone has used this tool to download Buttercombe Academy, I would greatly appreciate it if someone could share the HTML file with me.
>>3313
Sweet jesus, that story is massive!
I'll let it run over the day and see how I go. I'll upload the HTML when it's complete.

I might have to look into a method of doing incomplete exports that can be resumed later on.
https://www.writing.com/main/interact.php/item_id/1708920-FGAL-Deleted-Scenes-Nikkis-Sweatpants

Anybody able to make this one work? Every story i've tried so far works great. With this one I only get the description and no chapters.
>>3315
It worked on my end:
https://ufile.io/oht2s
>>3316
>>3315

For some reason, Chrome thought the ZIp file was suspicious. Here it us unzipped.

https://megaupload.nz/N0Nae2rebe/1708920-Nikkis-Sweatpants-An-SSBBW-Tale_html
>>3314
I ended up getting it to work thankfully. 'Tis a shame that most people who wrote chapters seemed to go with the most boring options.
Any more you guys could post that are good/iconic that are too long to read without the stupid "plz login"?

Ive never bothered to make an account so that'd be helpful.
Hey,

got into a more massive story that could not be fully uploaded, even if the exporter says so "The dictaphone". With more than 4800 chapters.

https://www.writing.com/main/interact.php/item_id/1897904-The-dictaphone

Is there any way you could fully download it ? Thanks
>>3320
Would you guys like that if I started like a small library of exported stories?

I've thought about starting one and seeing how it goes.
>>3322

Absolutely
Go right ahead.
>>3322
Alrighty, I'll start collecting stories.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/38pdpfgk4v94dcp/AACbiAzw677MVvbfUYfs1mfja

Any requests? If I get enough, I'll shell out the $5 or so for an account to speed up the export.

I'm already in the process of fetching Buttercrombe and The Dictaphone, but those may take a bit because they're very large (thousands of chapters).
>>3324
For future reference, it'd be appreciate if you uploaded them as html files if possible instead of json. I can't figure out how to open it in an interactive format.
>>3326
But I've got both the json and HTML there...

Wait, are you looking at Buttercrombe or Dictaphone? I'm still going with those.
>>3324
OK, I've got Buttercrombe on there as HTML. Sweet jesus is it big! It takes a couple of seconds to open the file!

Next big one is that phonograph one
Could you upload The dictaphone as well in html ? Thanks
>>3327
I meant the Dictaphone one. Sorry, I forgot to specify which one.
This is a fantastic project - amazed you got this to work so well. The library of extracted classics is a great idea. It's pretty clear that Writing.com is close to total collapse - at least as far as interactives go. The sooner we can get all the classics extracted, the better. I'd love to see Your Fat Family saved - though that's a monster interactive.
>>3329
>>3330
Yep, grabbing that one now. It's a whopping 4,500 or so chapters so it'll take a while. Haha sorry, I called it the phonograph! It's the weird old-timey doodad thingamajig sounding one.

>>3331
Thanks man, I appreciate it!

I feel the same way, that the resource limiting and "interactives temporarily unavailable" is pushing authors and readers away, and it feels like it's losing its user base. I'm saving these in case any more stories just *poof* and dissapear one day.

Haha and I like to be able to Ctrl+F "breast" and just whack it to the chapters about titties, or whatever I'm feeling at the time!
Office Fatty
Claire Indulges With Her Mom
Mel Caryle
Fattest Town
>>3331

yesterday i had that one at 90% maybe, and my cheap office pc decided to reboot and everything was lost. I think a backup file can be a good idea, i would do it, but unfortunately i dont have time (srry, english isn't my first language)
>>3324
OK, The Dictaphone is now up. God DAMN was story story huge! Came out at some 20MB when I exported all 4,500 or so chapters!

Next I'll grab Your Fat Family, but it's another pretty large story, it'll take a little.
>>3333
I found some, but not others.

Office Fatty
https://www.writing.com/main/interact/item_id/1933610-Office-fatty

Fattest Town
https://www.writing.com/main/interact/item_id/1363002-The-Fattest-Town

Claire Indulges with her mom
???

Mel Caryle
???

Do you have the links to the other 2?
>>3324
OK, Your Fat Family is now in there as well.
>>3324
Ok, Office Fatty is done
>>3324
OK, the Fattest Town is now on there now as well.
>>3337
Unfortunately you ended up with the same issue I had. Only the first chapters are available. The rest of the cahpter do not seem to be saved. Click on option 2 at the beginning of the story, it is not reachable.
>>3350
That's strange, opening the HTML file, I can see all of the chapters. See screenshot.

But it does look like the HTML is screwy. There is an ongoing issue where some of the HTML tags are left open in Writing.com, which messes with the story when I try to export it (e.g. it looks like a <i> tag is left open after chapter 1-1-1-1-1-1-#2 which is causing some issues. The same happens with a <b> tag after that in another chapter. I haven't tested the HTML story in IE or Firefox, it may not be reacting well.

Damnit Writing.com, why is your HTML so shonky?!? It's been a real mission trying to interpret the WDC web pages, it's either intentionally ambiguous, or it's just sloppy. Unclosed HTML tags, div's upon div's with no names...

A method of sanitising the HTML is on my radar, I'll re-export The Dictaphone when I've got a working solution.
>>3350
>>3351

Sorry, screenshot attached
This is a fantastic development, massive kudos for making this a reality. Even beyond not having to wait for upwards of an hour in the Writing.com queue, it feels great to know these stories will be preserved when the site finally does croak.
This is a fantastic project - I'd never have imagined this was possible. I was sure that thousands of chapters were doomed to be lost when Writing.com inevitably goes under. Amazing job coming up with this fix.
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>>3353
>>3354
Thanks guys, I really appreciate it! I'm glad that people are finding all this useful.



I could use everyone's opinion. I'm considering splitting all the chapters into separate HTML files instead of 1 giant one.

Giant file pros:
- More portable and less "moving parts"
- Can easily search for keywords across all chapters (e.g. boobs)

Giant file cons:
- Large stories can take seconds to minutes to open in a browser
- Browser performance on large stories can be an issue
- Shonky HTML from a chapter can affect all chapters after it (e.g. unclosed bold or italic tags)

What are your thoughts?
>>3324
OK, the following stories are now up:
Office Fatty
Fattest Town
Clair indulges with mom
Super sized the mel carlyle story
Mall of Transformation

Any more you guys want saved?
>>3358
Look up Stuffing or Weight gain with no filter and search for the results with the most pathways and just do all of them.
>>3360
Eyyyy someone else is backing them up now as well! This makes me smile!

Say, how do you know who's talking on a Chan board? This is the dude who wrote the tool, do I have a unique ID or anything?
I think the buttercombe HTML is only partial. The chapters don't appear after a certain point.
>>3363
I can't seem to replicate that issue, the files open normally on my end. Granted, some of the HTML is still a bit screwy from dirty chapters on WDC's end.

What browser are you using? I've tested in Chrome and IE11, but not in Firefox.

Which chapters can't you see? Just a sample of chapters you can't see will do the trick.
>>3364
Got it: it's a firefox issue. No problems in Chrome.
>>3365
Good to know though, and makes a good argument for splitting up the chapters into individual HTML files vs 1 big one. Any dirty HTML would only affect that chapter, and nothing else.

Thanks for the report, I'll look into it further.
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>>3369
Done, Cartoon Gluttony and Weight Gain is now in the collection.
>>3371
Would you mind trying Mollycoddle's interactive Alice story? I tried it, but it wouldn't work on my end. It wouldn't even start downloading.
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>>3372
Done, Davens Port is now add to the collection.

>>3373
Hmmm, you are correct, good find.
Turns out there's a message I've never seen before that says "Access Restricted".

I've updated things now, and giving it a test. So far, so good! I'll add it to the collection anywho.
>>3373
Done, Alice the Fat Cheerleader now added to the collection.

I'm on a roll guys, keep em coming!
Maybe get 'Your Expanding Sister' and 'Magic Ring from Ancient Times'?
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>>3390
>>3391
>>3324

Done, "Your Expanding Sister" and "
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Magic ring from ancient times" added to the collection.
>>3392

Thank you young man.
>>3397
>>3324

You betcha my dude!
"Butt Expansion" added to the collection.
Maybe I'm dumb, but how do I turn the json into html?
>>3403
All good my dude.

Those JSON files are how my program WritingExporter.SimpleExporter saves things. The HTML file is a human-readable version of the story.

1. Grab a copy of the program and open it.
2. Click on "Open story from file" and open the JSON file.
3. Click on "Export to HTML".
4. Beat your meat like it owes you money.
So will this exporter allow us to read entire interactives offline with the choices and branching paths intact?
will we have to re-export a story if someone adds new chapters to it later?
>>3418
Yes and no.

If you save the story after exporting from WDC, you can open the story later and update from WDC and it'll only grab the new chapters. You won't have to grab the whole thing again.

But yes, you'll have to re-export it to HTML and replace the HTML file you made before.

The grander plan if I find the time is to have it so that you give it a bunch of stories and it'll actively synch them all automatically, and have it show desktop alerts when a new chapter is found. But that's if I find the time.
So, while trying to donwload a story this message appeared

ERROR - An error occurred while trying to export the story.
System.Exception
Couldn't find the interactive chapter's source choice, and this isn't the first chapter

Any idea what causes this?
>>3421
That'll happen when it tries to open a chapter's page but it can't find certain parts. In this case, it can't find the source chapter (the choice that led you to this chapter).

What story did you use it on? There might be some crazy WDC shenanigans going on there that I haven't seen before.
>>3519 the absolute madman
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>>3519
>>3520
Sweet Jesus, that's over 7,000 chapters long. This is gonna take a while...
>>3533
>>3519
>>3520
>>3526

OK, added the below to the collection. I've also started updating some of the existing ones:
- Its Great To Gain
- Weight gaining women and men

Found that issue with "weight gaining men and women", there was a line break in the chapter source choice. I've updated the program with a fix.
For some reason, I'm not able to export the JSON files as HTML files.
>>3342
>>3549
Done. Curse of the Lipomancer is now added.
Sorry for the trouble, but could you add wealth and plush as well? https://www.writing.com/main/interact/item_id/1667310-Wealth-and-Plush
You are the best for doing this! could you get Legend of zelda: weight gain interactive
https://www.writing.com/main/interact/item_id/1093746-Legend-of-Zelda-Weight-Gain-Interactive/map/1131

and pokemon weight gain journey? https://www.writing.com/main/interact/item_id/1532375-Pokemon-Weight-Gain-Journey

Thanks!
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>>3568
You are an absolute legend. I can't believe you've gone and done this. Mad props.

EXCEPT

For the fact that I have to re-read stuff I wrote so fucking long ago that it physically made me cringe and curl up into a ball of self loathing.

But that's not your fault.
>>3568
You fucking hero holy shit
now add Persona 4:Growth Edition
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Y'all know you can just use the program OP made and shared to do this yourself don't you?
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Just found this...I updated the OP with the dropbox you guys are using, pretty damn cool project! Love it!
>>3613
Honestly no, where's the download good sir?
>>3618
Right, I've got the file, how can I view it? like is there a way to re-organize all the downloaded text so the chapters are in order or am I just stuck with what I've got?

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