by Michelle LentzĀ 

I’ve been using ScribeFire for about a week now, and I positively love it. To be succinct, it lets me blog within Firefox, on whatever page I’m citing.

ScribeFire is a Firefox extension. You can easily set up all of your blogs in ScribeFire. I currently have it set up to post to my four Typepad blogs and Bub.blicio.us on WordPress. ScribeFire also supports LiveJournal, Windows Live Spaces, Performancing, Jeeran, Tumblr, and MySpace. In addition, it supports custom blogging platforms hosted on your own server, including WordPress, Moveable Type, Drupal, TextPatter, Roller, Blogger, and any software that implements the MetaWeblog API.

When I’m ready to blog I can select ScribeFire from the Tools menu, click F8, or just click the icon in the status bar.

The ScribeFire panel displays at the bottom of your browser. You can adjust the size by pulling up or down on the top. The main toolbar displays the WYSIWYG things we all love, from font styles to hyperlinks. When you click the hyperlink button, it automatically fills in the URL of your current displayed tab. You can fill in whatever you want, but I found this to be a handy trick.

There are two extremely nifty buttons on the toolbar: Flickr and YouTube.

The YouTube and FlickrĀ buttons open up a dialog box that allows you to search either site. The dialog then displays your search results. Select an image or video and it automatically appears in your post. You don’t have to mess around with embed code or anything else. The Flickr option even includes a spot for a caption so that you can give credit to the photographer.

Enter your post. You can keep opening new tabs without disturbing ScribeFire. If you close ScribeFire, it will retain your post until you come back to it. As far as I can tell, your text stays in the display panel until you explicitly tell ScribeFire to clear it.

To the left of the text panel, you’ll find four tabs. The Sharing option allows you to share the tab you have open via standard sharing sites (Digg, Reddit, etc), post your current find to del.icio.us, and pull information about the site, including incoming links and a Technorati search. The Preferences option allows you to customize ScribeFire, including where you want the display window to appear and whether or not you want to post as draft to your blogs. The final tab, information, fills you in on ScribeFire.

Over on the right, your blogs displays. I currently have 5 blogs listed. Depending on the blogs you have selected, you can view the most recent posts (even ones not created in ScribeFire), your categories, and appropriate options including timestamps and trackbacks.

Perhaps one of the niftiest features is the QuickBlog toolbar. Whenever your tab is opened to one of your own blogs, a toolbar appears in Firefox. You can then edit your post live, without having to open up and log into your blogging application.

I’ve used everything from Notepad to BlogJet to blog outside of online blogging apps. ScribeFire is the best solution I’ve found, and at the best price – free. You can use it as an online blogging tool or an off-line tool. Learn more about ScribeFire on their web site and read their blog, which is currently filled with guest posts from several authors, including problogger Darren Rowse.

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    no imageDr. Mac (Who am I?)19 May 2008 5:54 pm

    Great review! I, too, am enjoying the many benefits of ScribeFire via FireFox and absolutely love it! What a tremendous extension to an awesome browser!

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    no imageAndrew Wilcox (Who am I?)21 May 2008 10:56 pm

    Also useful for storing boilerplate text and frequently used text & HTML snippets in the Entries > Notes section.

    Good for copying, editing and pasting profiles, signatures, club home pages etc. on Ecademy.com

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    no imageMegan McCarthy (Who am I?)7 June 2008 5:41 am

    HiMichelle, Fantastic Review thanks – I learned much! I also love ScribeFire, and spent a lot of time playing with it. UNFORTUNATELY I have had some problems – and this can be fixed, if anyone could advise?? – eg. when I ‘published’ my post, it stuffed up my entire Blogger template layout!!!!!.

    All of my fonts, formatting changed size, went bold, and spacing went strange.

    Initially, I also wrote a review of ScribeFire on my Blog, in addition to two other social media tools (it wasn’t really a ‘proper’ review – just a summary of features and benefits – certainly not the type of review I would normally do with screenshots, etc – such as the great review above – again, THIS WAS A GREAT HELP THANKYOU and really gave insight into features I wasn’t aware of.

    I then wrote a 2nd post to see if I could fix the features that went wrong from my first published post – but this went awry too – PLEASE HELP?

    And again – more font problems. My entire blog is now … hmmm. And I don’t know how to fix it, as it changed the template coding.

    I feel as if I have been held hostage online for the last 12 hours trying to fix things;. And really want to fix it because I do want to use Scribefire.

    Thus – any advice would be great. And despite these problems – I AM still HIGHLY RECOMMENDING SCRIBEFIRE ON MY BLOG, and have added the promotional badge in the right sidebar (in addition to a third posting about it!! But I have also noted the lessons I learned for anyone else who decides to use ScribeFire.

    I am perhaps going to remove these posts and do a proper review – maybe this will both fix the template problems, and also give more professional information for people :-)

    IMPT QUESTION – I was also thinking about looking at the offline blog editor application – BlogJet – but I read above that you can also use ScribeFire OFFLINE – could you please let me know how this can be done?

    And also any advice re: the formatting problems I have had with blogger – you can see what I mean if you go to my blog and scroll down at:

    http://selfhelp4growth.blogspot.com

    Any information would be greatly appreciated!

    Hoping to hear from you, someone?

    Kind Regards
    Megan McCarthy, PhD (Meg)
    Adelaide, South Ausralia
    (you can email me at – meganmccarthy2 AT bigpond DOT com )

    PS – Michelle – would also be interested in a review of the ‘Flock’ social media based internet broswer, also based on Mozilla, if you get a chance?

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