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.

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.

July 30, 2008

ScribeFire’s New “Publishing Options” Dialog

Filed under: Feature, How-To, ScribeFire -- Christopher Finke @ 09:00am

In ScribeFire 2.3, we’ve reworked the way that you tell ScribeFire whether your post is a draft, an edit, a page, or a new entry. We think that this will solve quite a few problems related to the confusion surrounding exactly how to configure these settings.

  1. After you have created an entry in ScribeFire and would like to send it to your blog, click the “Publish to ‘My Blog’” button:

    Publish to My Blog

    This is the first step for publishing a new post, saving a draft, creating a new page, or editing an existing page. If you want to send content to your blog in any form, click this button.

  2. After you click the “Publish…” button, a dialog will appear with options for the post:

    Publishing options

  3. Select what kind of post you’re saving here, and click OK to send it to your blog.

We hope that this new workflow will clean up the layout of the editor and make it easier to understand exactly what you’re sending to your blog. Feel free to comment below with any criticism or suggestions on this topic.

April 8, 2008

Featured: Preview release with tabbed editing

Filed under: Feature, Feedback, Preview, ScribeFire -- Christopher Finke @ 09:51am

Update: The latest preview build is here.

A lot of changes have been made in order to add tabbed editing to ScribeFire, so we’re releasing a preview release before a general release to let early adopters try it out and submit feedback before we unleash it on the general ScribeFire population.

You can download/install this version (1.4.9pre) at the ScribeFire Google Code project. While using it, submit your feedback as comments on this post or as a new issue.

Here’s a screenshot of the new layout:

Tabbed editing.
Tabbed editing and smaller tabs for accessing the non-editor panes.

Also, timestamp editing was enabled for users of all browsers, not just Firefox 3:

March 13, 2008

Using the “Post Timestamp” feature

Filed under: Feature, How-To -- Christopher Finke @ 12:00pm

A new feature in ScribeFire 1.4.7 for users of Firefox 3 is the ability to set an arbitrary publishing date on your posts. (Note: Blogger does not support this feature.)

To use this feature, simply write your post as you normally would:

An example post

And then open the “Options” panel of the right sidebar and change the date and time under “Edit Timestamp” to the time when you want your post to become public:

Editing a post

Then, just publish your post as usual. That’s all there is to it!