September 12, 2011

ScribeFire for Firefox is about to change

Filed under: Announcements, Firefox, ScribeFire, ScribeFire Next -- Christopher Finke @ 09:00am

After more than a year of testing, ScribeFire Next (the version of ScribeFire available for Chrome, Safari, and Opera) will be replacing the old version of ScribeFire on Firefox. I’m giving you a heads-up, because change is hard on us all.

What Changes Will I Notice?

For one, the sidebar will move from the right to the left. Other changes you’ll notice:

  • More frequent updates
  • Faster bug fixes
  • New features, faster

As you might have noticed, they key words here are “frequent” and “fast”: the way that the new version of ScribeFire is built (using HTML5 and other Web standards) allows for much quicker development than the code that the old version of ScribeFire was based on.

Your blogs and notes will transfer automatically, as well as any settings that are supported in the new version. You’ll still be able to use ScribeFire in split-screen mode, its own tab, or its own window.

What happened to [Feature X]?

You might find that New ScribeFire is missing a feature you relied on; not every feature from Old ScribeFire was transferred over. This was done in order to keep the add-on simpler and fast. If this is the case for you, you have a few options:

  • File a bug report to request the feature’s restoration.
  • Downgrade to the previous version of ScribeFire, but be aware that you will not receive updates to fix bugs or compatibility problems with blogs.
  • Bonus option: Try ScribeFire Next early and post a comment below reporting any problems you have with it.

To sum up: don’t panic, stay calm, and we’ll get through this.

16 Responses to “ScribeFire for Firefox is about to change”

  1. 1
    Peeps Graphics

    Everytime I click “grant access” for picasaweb so Scribefire can access & upload my images Firefox 3.6.17 crashes. Please fix this!

  2. 2

    How to disable all “features” on Scribefire 4… Since Scribefire Next, a single post has a lot of garbage html code. :-(

  3. 3

    Where have all my saved posts gone? I relied on these when making contributions.

  4. 4

    What I really hate if opening up Scribefire and finding the hideous new layout, after previously removing it so I would work with the version that a. worked and b. didn’t give me a headache because everything is in the wrong place.

    The fact that it freezes Firefox when I try to use it is insult to injury.

    I hope someone else is making a blogger add-on, because I won’t be using Scribefire anymore. And that’s a shame, because it really made blogging easier and better, until you “fixed” it.

  5. 5

    This new version freezes when I try to use it. And the new layout of the UI gives me a headache, so I wasn’t looking forward to it. So I was happily using until some jackass forced the broken version on me.

    Although was working on Firefox 7.1 until that crappy new version was forced on me, it now won’t load because “it’s incompatible.” Which CLEARLY isn’t true, because I was using it.

    Please advise on how to downgrade to so I can continue blogging happily.

  6. 6

    I tried to downgrade to an older version. To do so, I also had to downgrade to an older version of firefox (6.2). I am certain I used the old scribefire with that version of firefox, but now it won’t install.

    I am very displeased with the new version, and I am not going to use it.

    Please provide a tested howto for downgrading to the previous version.

  7. 7
    CL Jahn

    I had to downgrade, which meant installing the nightly tester tool since you’ve labeled the old version incompatible with FF7 (which isn’t true).

    It’s not actually a downgrade, because the previous versions is superior in every way. As pretty as the latest version is, it’s lacking all the features I rely on while composing my blogs. And as pretty as it is, moving the toolbar to the other side made it uncomfortable to use.

    So you can keep your stripped down and largely un-useful version. I’ll keep using the version that actually makes blogging easier, quicker and more fun. And that’s Scribefire 3.5.x, which beats the snot out of the pale imposter you’re passing out now.

  8. 8
    Alex Torex

    New version seems faster. The split window pops faster and the publish post button is faster.

    The layout however is not great. Categories are put in a tiny list which makes me scroll a lot.
    I cannot check multiple categories. There are no tabs. I cannot hide sections. I cannot move the panel to the right.
    Right-click menu vanished. I cannot do copy paste with the mouse.

  9. 9
    Gerald Davenport

    used it for a while than it stopped working, I have been actually using Scribefire for Safari.

    when i use the one for firefox it will not pass the spinning next button when I add my blog, which was already in there.

  10. 10

    I always drafted my Active Rain blog posts in scribefire so I could use fonts, colors, sizing, etc easily. Then I would block and move or copy into my blog. Now I can’t do that, so scribefire no longer works for me. Too bad, because I have written my posts on nothing else for several years, and have recommended it to lots of other bloggers.

    Now if I write a post I can’t copy or move it or anything. It just stays there, and it won’t let me enter my blog info in the sidebar. So until it’s fixed, I guess I won’t be using or recommending it. I also tried to reinstall an older version, but that didn’t work either. I hope this can be fixed or those of us on Active Rain who have used it will have to find another program.

  11. 11

    Is there any documentation for how to set this up? I have a wordpress site and the setup wizard is demanding an API URL. Even my programmers can’t tell me what that is.

  12. 12
    Bruce W. Fowler, Ph.D.

    Please let me know when you fix the spell check non-functionality. Until then I am switching to Blogilo. Not as good a blog editor but it does function – and check spelling.

  13. 13
    Paul Prentiss

    After loading the new product under Firefox on my IMac this was my experience
    1. None of the blog linkages/info were transferred over….had to do it manually
    2. Drag and text and graphics didn’t work….had to control C to capture info
    3. Posting to the blog sites didn’t work…had to cancel the operation after 5 minutes of trying.
    4. Loaded the old version and everything worked.

    …..this is not ready for prime time and the interface sucks

  14. 14

    With the new version of scribefire all previous post are gone. Also i can’t detect the categories of my joomla blog any longer and can’t add the categories manually! This all worked with the previous version. Downgrade under Firefox 8 is not possible!

  15. 15
    John Wallace

    The feature that allowed me to publish as a draft is missing. This eliminates ScribeFire as an option for me. Too bad; it was a great tool.

  16. 16

    No F8 anymore :(