July 18, 2010Filed under: Firefox, Releases, ScribeFire, ScribeFire Next -- Christopher Finke @ 07:22pm
The last few months have seen great strides in ScribeFire for Chrome and ScribeFire for Safari, both of which are based upon a single codebase that came from rewriting the main portion of ScribeFire for Firefox. However, ScribeFire for Firefox (a.k.a. ScribeFire Classic®) is still using the old code, making it difficult to fix bugs and get updates out quickly and easily.
In order to allow Firefox users to benefit from the rewritten code being used in Chrome and Safari, I’m introducing a new version of ScribeFire for Firefox, and I’m calling it ScribeFire Next. (As in, “This is where ScribeFire is going Next.”) ScribeFire Next uses the same codebase as ScribeFire for Chrome and Safari, but it’s integrated into Firefox in the same way as ScribeFire Classic®.
There are a few differences between ScribeFire for Chrome and ScribeFire Next:
- ScribeFire Next supports image uploads.
Neither Chrome nor Safari have the necessary features that allow developers to integrate file uploads into extensions, but Firefox has had those features for ages.
- ScribeFire Next has a dynamic layout.
Because ScribeFire Next can be used in split-screen mode, some changes were made to better accommodate a wide but short display. If your available space for ScribeFire exceeds a certain width and is wider than it is tall, ScribeFire Next will transfer everything but the title and content fields into a sidebar, giving you more space to write:
Normal (tall) layout:
Dynamic (wide) layout:
ScribeFire Next will eventually replace ScribeFire Classic® and ScribeFire Mobile (but not until it makes sense for it to do so), meaning that the same code will be used for all versions of ScribeFire, allowing updates to be made available for users of all browsers at a faster pace and with higher quality.
You can install ScribeFire Next right now. It will automatically import any blogs you have set up in ScribeFire Classic® and give you instant access to the new UI and features that ScribeFire for Chrome and Safari already have. (ScribeFire Next won’t interfere with your existing ScribeFire install, but if you have both installed, you will have two ScribeFire buttons in your toolbar and status bar.)