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.

September 4, 2011

ScribeFire 1.9 is Available

Filed under: Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, Releases, Safari, ScribeFire, ScribeFire Next -- Christopher Finke @ 01:01pm

Version 1.9 of ScribeFire for Chrome, Opera, and Safari, and ScribeFire Next for Firefox, is now available. This version includes the following changes:

New Features

  • Added a setting page.
  • Added ability to publish to multiple blogs at once
  • Post templates – save any post as a template for future use.
  • “Blog This” now uses a custom template like it did in Firefox.
  • Added table management features to the editor.
  • Support for Dreamwidth blogs
  • Added ability to specify a default link target
  • Added option for right-to-left text

Bug Fixes

  • When resizing images by manually changing the width or height, the aspect ratio is preserved.

Upcoming Features

Google Chrome users, download ScribeFire 1.9 for Google Chrome here.

Safari users, download ScribeFire 1.9 for Safari here.

Firefox users, you can download ScribeFire Next 1.9 for Firefox here.

Opera users, you can download ScribeFire 1.9 for Opera here.

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.

July 21, 2011

ScribeFire 1.8 is Available

Filed under: Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, Releases, Safari, ScribeFire, ScribeFire Next -- Christopher Finke @ 10:06pm

Version 1.8 of ScribeFire for Chrome, Opera, and Safari, and ScribeFire Next for Firefox, is now available. This version includes the following changes:

New Features

  • Added support for Markdown in the code editor
  • Added ability to edit a blog’s username and password without removing and re-adding the blog.
  • Added ability to write and save drafts without setting up any blogs

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed bug causing buttons to be blank
  • Improved support for My.Opera blogs

Upcoming Features

Version 1.9 is expected to have both post templates and auto-saving of post revisions, so if you have an opinion on either of those features, be sure to give your input soon.

Google Chrome users, download ScribeFire 1.8 for Google Chrome here.

Safari users, download ScribeFire 1.8 for Safari here.

Firefox users, you can download ScribeFire Next 1.8 for Firefox here.

Opera users, you can download ScribeFire 1.8 for Opera here.

June 20, 2011

ScribeFire Next 1.7.1 Released

Filed under: Announcements, Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, Releases, Safari, ScribeFire Next -- Christopher Finke @ 10:59pm

Version 1.7.1 of ScribeFire for Chrome, Opera, and Safari, and ScribeFire Next for Firefox, is now available. This is the first update to ScribeFire that benefits from the new testing framework; this version includes the following changes:

New Features

  • Word and character count in the editor status bar

Bug Fixes

  • Updated to use Posterous’s new API
  • Improved support for all blogging platforms
  • Fixed editor flickering problem
  • Fixed blog detection on LiveJournal blogs that have Adult Content notices

Google Chrome users, download ScribeFire 1.7.1 for Google Chrome here.

Safari users, download ScribeFire 1.7.1 for Safari here.

Firefox users, you can download ScribeFire Next 1.7.1 for Firefox here.

Opera users, you can download ScribeFire 1.7.1 for Opera here.

May 25, 2011

ScribeFire Next 1.7 Released

Filed under: Announcements, Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, Releases, Safari, ScribeFire Next -- Christopher Finke @ 11:03pm

Version 1.7 of ScribeFire for Chrome, Opera, and Safari, and ScribeFire Next for Firefox, is now available. This version includes the following changes:

New Features

  • Added AdBull monetization option for bloggers

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed bug causing error message to be displayed after successful Posterous post
  • Fixed Zemanta Related Articles feature

Google Chrome users, download ScribeFire 1.7 for Google Chrome here.

Safari users, download ScribeFire 1.7 for Safari here.

Firefox users, you can download ScribeFire Next 1.7 for Firefox here.

Opera users, you can download ScribeFire 1.7 for Opera here.

May 14, 2011

ScribeFire Next 1.6 Released

Filed under: Announcements, Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, Releases, Safari, ScribeFire, ScribeFire Next -- Christopher Finke @ 03:33pm

Version 1.6 of ScribeFire for Chrome, Opera, and Safari, and ScribeFire Next for Firefox, is now available. This version includes the following changes:

New Features

  • Drag-and-drop image uploading in Chrome and Firefox. Just drag and drop one or more images into the editor, and they will upload automatically. (Note: This feature is still a work in progress; please report any bugs you experience with it.)
  • Notes will now import from ScribeFire for Firefox into ScribeFire Next.
  • Ability to insert related images from Zemanta.
  • Import/export feature to help you move your ScribeFire settings between computers.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed image uploading to WordPress in Firefox
  • Updated Posterous API functions
  • Fixed display of non-ASCII fonts in Firefox.
  • Fixed support for new YouTube embed code
  • Pressing Return in the the “Add a link” dialog now submits the form and closes the dialog.
  • Improved import process of blogs from earlier versions of ScribeFire

Google Chrome users, download ScribeFire 1.6 for Google Chrome here.

Safari users, download ScribeFire 1.6 for Safari here.

Firefox users, you can download ScribeFire Next 1.6 for Firefox here.

Opera users, you can download ScribeFire 1.6 for Opera here.

March 16, 2011

ScribeFire Next 1.5 Available

Filed under: Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, Releases, Safari, ScribeFire Next -- Christopher Finke @ 12:57pm

Version 1.5 of ScribeFire Next has been released. This version includes the following changes:

New Features

  • Added “Related Articles” feature by Zemanta
  • Cleaner two-column layout
  • Better localization
  • Added support for My.Opera blogs
  • Added a warning when you might be losing an unsaved post

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed bug causing “Publish” button to hang forever
  • Fixed buggy behavior of “Blog This” when ScribeFire is already open
  • Fixed handling of invalid XML from blog servers
  • Better Firefox 4 compatibility
  • Fixed LiveJournal authentication issue

Google Chrome users, download ScribeFire 1.5 for Google Chrome here.

Safari users, download ScribeFire 1.5 for Safari here.

Firefox users, you can download ScribeFire Next 1.5 for Firefox here.

Opera users, you can download ScribeFire Next 1.5 for Opera here.

February 22, 2011

More Layout Feedback Requested

Filed under: Feedback, ScribeFire, ScribeFire Next -- Christopher Finke @ 05:18pm

This is the current state of the layout for the next update to ScribeFire. In the left-hand column, we have the Blogs dropdown, the Posts dropdown, Categories, and Tags; in the larger right-hand section are the Title, Editor, and Publishing Options. (Click the screenshot for a larger view.)

I think that this arrangement gives the maximum amount of space possible to the editor while still keeping the other portions of the interface easily available.

What do you think? What would you change? What changes do you like?

February 14, 2011

ScribeFire Needs Your Feedback

Filed under: Feedback, ScribeFire, ScribeFire Next -- Christopher Finke @ 05:07pm

I’d like your feedback on the layout of ScribeFire for Chrome (and ScribeFire Next for Firefox). Some users have complained that the current interface takes up too much space, or that it’s too cramped, or that it’s not cramped enough, or that it doesn’t take up enough space. Which of the following would you prefer? (Click each screenshot for a larger view.)

1. The current layout:

2. A bottom toolbar that lets you switch between sections like “Edit,” “Categories,” “Tags,” and “Publish:”

3. A mini-sidebar that moves Categories and Tags into a sidebar next to the editor:

4. A bigger sidebar that moves everything except the post title and editor into a sidebar:

5. Something else. (Explain yourself in the comments.)

Please leave a comment with the number that you’d vote for. Keep in mind that these are just rough approximations; ignore things like the exact colors or spacing between buttons.