April 29, 2010

ScribeFire for Chrome 1.0 Beta 1 Available for Testing

Filed under: Announcements, Google Chrome, Releases, ScribeFire -- Christopher Finke @ 03:38pm

The first beta version of ScribeFire for Chrome is now available for testing. If you are running Google Chrome, you can install it by clicking on the scribefire-0.1.2.0.crx link here. (If you already installed the second alpha, it will auto-update to this release. If you installed the first alpha, you will still have to install this version manually.)

Changes in this update include:

  • Insert Image button in the editor
  • Cleaned up code that is generated by inserting images or linsk
  • Allowing manual blog configurations if ScribeFire can’t auto-configure your blog.
  • Quote button
  • Xanga support
  • Support for scheduling posts
Because this is a beta, I will be focusing on bug fixes only until the release of ScribeFire 1.0 for Google Chrome. New features will be addressed after that release, but you can still suggest them at any time.

If you have any problems with this version, report a bug by filling out this form at the ScribeFire for Google Chrome project website. To request a feature for a future version, fill out this feature request form.

April 16, 2010

ScribeFire for Chrome Alpha 2 Available for Testing

Filed under: Announcements, Google Chrome, Releases, ScribeFire -- Christopher Finke @ 11:15pm

The second alpha version of ScribeFire for Chrome is now available for testing. If you are running Google Chrome, you can install it by clicking on the scribefire-0.1.1.0.crx link here. (If you already installed the first alpha, it won’t auto-update to this version because I forgot to make it do that. Sorry. This version will auto-update to all future updates.)

Changes in this update include:

  • Automatic updates
  • New WYSIWYG editor
  • Support for Posterous
  • Support for LiveJournal
  • The editor’s state is now persisted even if you close ScribeFire and reopen it
  • Added a button to reset the entire editor to a blank state
  • Fixed bug that would reset WordPress slugs when editing a post
  • Fixed bug that caused linebreaks to be ignored when posting to WordPress

If you have any problems with this version, report a bug by filling out this form at the ScribeFire for Google Chrome project website. To request a feature for a future version, fill out this feature request form.

April 8, 2010

ScribeFire for Chrome Available for Alpha Testing

Filed under: Announcements, Google Chrome, Releases, ScribeFire -- Christopher Finke @ 07:56pm

The very first alpha version of ScribeFire for Google Chrome is now available for testing.  If you are running Google Chrome and would like to test this bleeding-edge version of ScribeFire, you can install it by clicking on the scribefire-0.1.0.0.crx link here.

After you install ScribeFire for Chrome, you'll see a ScribeFire icon in your toolbar. When clicked, that icon will open a new tab that contains the ScribeFire editor.  That editor will look like this:

I've tried to keep the interface so simple that even a caveman could use it.  If you can't use it without me explaining it in detail, then I haven't done my job properly.

Here is a list of features that are expected to work in this first alpha:

  • Adding blogs from WordPress, Blogger, TypePad, Windows Live Spaces, Tumblr, or any blog that explicitly supports the MetaWeblog or MovableType APIs. You should be able to remove these blogs as well, once they have been added.
  • Creating new posts for any of the above.
  • Editing existing posts for any of the above.
  • Saving a post as a draft.
  • Tagging and categorizing posts.
  • Deleting posts.
  • WYSIWYG editor
  • HTML Editor (click the "Source" button in the editor's toolbar)

If you have problems in any of these areas, report a bug by filling out this form at the ScribeFire for Google Chrome project website.  To request a feature for a future version, fill out this feature request form.

April 2, 2010

Progress Update: ScribeFire for Google Chrome

Filed under: Google Chrome, ScribeFire -- Christopher Finke @ 09:34am

Last week, I mentioned that development had begun on ScribeFire for Google Chrome. Here’s an update on the progress that has been made:

  • Support for adding/editing/removing WordPress, Blogger, and Tumblr blogs.
  • Support for publishing new posts, editing existing posts, and deleting existing posts.
  • Support for adding categories and tags.
  • Support for saving entries as drafts.

In fact, this entire post was written and published from the testing version of ScribeFire for Chrome, so you can see that it is very much functional.

The coming week will bring more of the major features from ScribeFire for Firefox into ScribeFire for Chrome. Watch this space for links to alpha and beta versions as soon as they are available.