In the next version of ScribeFire, you’ll be able to post to multiple blogs at once. This has been a long-requested feature, and I’m happy to have finally added it to ScribeFire.

How Will It Work?

When writing your post, you’ll do as you’ve always done: choose a title, write some content, and click “Publish.” After it finishes publishing to your first blog, you’ll be given the choice to publish it to any of your other blogs:

Simply check the other blogs you want to publish the post to, and click “Publish to these blogs too.”

What do you think?

Since this feature hasn’t been released yet, this is the perfect time for you to give feedback that could really alter the way this feature works. What do you like about it? What don’t you like about it? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

June 6, 2011

Contribute test accounts to ScribeFire

Filed under: Announcements, Development, Feedback, ScribeFire -- Christopher Finke @ 03:45pm

I’ve been hard at work the past few weeks automating the way that ScribeFire is tested before a new version comes out. These new automatic tests now allow me to test the major functions of ScribeFire in a few minutes – previously, this would have taken hours manual testing – and already, the tests have uncovered bugs in ScribeFire’s support for Tumblr, Posterous, Blogger, WordPress, and Xanga. (These bugs have been fixed for the next update.)

If you run a blogging service that you want ScribeFire to support (or if you’re a fan of a service for which you want support added), here’s what you can do: create a test account for use by ScribeFire and email the blog URL, username, and password to chris@scribefire.com. (Do not send usernames or passwords for your real accounts.) I’ll add these accounts to the gamut of tests that run before I release a new version of ScribeFire; if any bugs have arisen that affect the way that ScribeFire interacts with those accounts, I’ll be able to fix them before causing you any trouble.

I already have test accounts for the following services: Blogger, WordPress, Tumblr, Posterous, LiveJournal, and Xanga. Accounts for Drupal, Joomla, and MovableType/TypePad are high on my wishlist.

December 27, 2010

Calling All Bi-linguals, Part 2!

Filed under: Development -- Christopher Finke @ 04:27pm

In my previous post, I gave instructions on how you can translate ScribeFire into your language. That process has just gotten easier thanks to a new website that launched today.

Interpr.it simplifies the process of translating browser extensions. I’ve uploaded ScribeFire there, so if you want to translate it into your language, just go to ScribeFire’s page, choose your locale, and start translating the list of phrases that appears there. Before every update of ScribeFire, I’ll download the latest translated phrases and include them in the update. No fuss, no muss!

The Spanish locale is 100% complete thanks to Alfredo Cobián of Transpanglish, but there are still 55 more to go.

May 25, 2009

Beta Test ScribeFire 3.4

Filed under: Development, Preview, ScribeFire -- Christopher Finke @ 11:22pm

Version 3.4 of ScribeFire will be coming out soon, and it has a few big new features, like exportable settings and customizable post slugs. The preferences system has also been rewritten, and lots of code cleanup has been done.

If you would like to help test these changes before they are made available to all ScribeFire users, download version 3.4pre of ScribeFire and start playing around with it. (The list of all the changes is here.)

if you find any major bugs, you can either comment on this post or fill out a bug report. Thanks for your help!

August 1, 2008

Responding to Your Feature Requests

Filed under: Development, Feature, Feedback, ScribeFire -- Christopher Finke @ 02:47pm

Last month, we asked you what new features you’d like to see in ScribeFire. Since then, we have been investigating the feasibility of the enhancements you requested, and we would like to respond to your feedback.

For the following features, we’ve started working on them and they should be present in one of the next releases: (You can click on the linked words to comment on the feature or view its progress.)

Some of the features you asked for have since been completed or were already there, but you just didn’t know it:

  • Word count (Right click, choose View > Word count)
  • Live Preview (ala Windows Live Writer); added in version 2.3
  • Image uploading for Blogger; has been in ScribeFire for a while now; if it’s not working for you, file a bug report
  • Keyboard shortcuts; they were broken for a few versions but have since been fixed
  • A better publishing workflow was added in version 2.3
  • Spellchecking; ScribeFire has always used Firefox’s spellchecker; if it’s not working for you, file a bug report
  • Image titles; just select the image, right click, and choose “Edit Properties…”

There were a few requests that we’ve decided not to take any action on, mostly due to time constraints:

  • Make ScribeFire an independent application
  • Send comments from ScribeFire
  • Automatic posting to multiple blogs. This one has come up before, and our current response is still to just click “Keep Content” after it posts to the first blog, and then change blogs and publish again. We may reconsider this feature in the future.
  • Facebook Notes integration
  • Multi-user support (multiple users in one Firefox profile). This is handled well enough by Firefox’s mulit-profile support.

For most of the other features that were requested, we haven’t started working on them, but we’ve put them on our To-Do list and will get to them eventually:

We appreciate that you took the time to give us your feedback; in the future, you can request a new feature or report a bug at any time by filling out this form.

April 28, 2008

Multi-lingual? Why not help translate ScribeFire?

Filed under: Development, ScribeFire -- Christopher Finke @ 08:16am

Do you know more than one language? Why not help us translate ScribeFire into as many languages as possible?

There are about 400 words/phrases that make up a full translation, but you don’t have to translate all of them yourself. Multiple translators can work on a translation, and any phrases you don’t translate will still appear in English.

If you want to help out, just sign up at Babelzilla, select a language, and start translating!

February 11, 2008

ScribeFire project in Google Code

Filed under: Development, Support Forum -- Christopher Finke @ 10:15pm

I’ve created a project at Google Code for ScribeFire. This will allow you to view the latest source at any time, download nightly builds (once I start creating them), and most importantly, read and file tickets (bug reports and feature requests). If you have a problem with ScribeFire, and it isn’t already in a ticket, go ahead and create a new one.

I’ve already entered a ticket for every issue that has been raised in the discussion forum at Mozilla Addons, and I will be entering tickets for issues in our own support forum and comment threads at ScribeFire.com.