Using the ScribeFire Blogging Client
By Eric Armstrong on Jul 12, 2007
ScribeFire IntroA Firefox plugin. About the best cross-platform blogging tool available, from what I've read. (But not as good as Windows Live Writer (aka WLW), according to some, and it doesn't have as many editing features as the html editing client you can enable for Roller in your preferences. But it lets you blog while you're browsing, it makes a good front end for the initial draft, and it has several other useful features noted below.)
Egregiously lacking in documentation. Everything below comes from some web pages the blogging alias scrounged up.
(This is the only place I found usage info.)
- Does a reasonable job of converting plain text (pasted in) to HTML.
- Works with Blogger, Wordpress, Drupal, TypePad, LiveJournal, and Windows Live Spaces, and more.
- Adds a little orange notebook in the status bar.
Clicking it opens a split panel blog editor app, (with rich/source editing tabs) and shows an account wizard launch button. [I was going nuts trying to find out how to launch it, until I read this.]
- From the account wizard launch button, you add the url's of your blogs with their passwords. The blogs are listed in a side window, where you can select the one to post to.
- You can make quick notes to refer to later. (You type in the window and click Save as Note, it then appears as an entry in the Notes tab.)
- Under Publishing options, you can enter Technorati tags in a comma separated list and use them to bookmark the post at Del.Icio.Us
- You can access information from Technorati about webpages you visit.
- Bug? The "View this Blog" link at the bottom goes to
www.coolstuff.com, instead of blogs.sun.com/coolstuff.
- "Powered by ScribeFire" is added automatically to your posts.
To turn it off: Settings -> Publishing features.
(While there, you can "Enable draft as default", as well.)
- At least one blogger found that removing an entry from the history also removed it from the blog site--after which no copies remained, anywhere. [Not sure how accurate that report is. Haven't seen a history yet, myself.]
- From the page above:
Do not switch from the Blogs tab to the Notes tab without first saving your post as a draft under the Publishing Options button. If you do, all your text will be lost... A convenient SAVE button would be a nice feature. [Tabs are at the upper right. That behavior is just wrong. It should never overwrite material that hasn't been saved or published.]
- Another post noted that saves are local, but you can't specify filename or location. They recommended saving as draft on the blog site. (Publishing Options -> Post as Draft).
[But that's only good one time. See the next item.]
- When you post as draft a second time, you create a new blog entry. You don't replace the old one. So you have to manually delete the early editions.
- The real moral of the above is that "Save as Note" is mislabeled. It should really be "Save as Draft". The Notes tab is a list of drafts, in effect. The entries are indexed by title. When you save something with the same title, the program warns you--even if you're re-saving the same thing a second time. (That's non-optimal, but way better than having no warning at all.)
ScribeFire SetupExtracted from
1. Enable the client APIs on the blog engine:
- login to blogs.sun.com
- Preferences tab
- Enable Blogger and MetaWeblog APIs for your weblog
- Start FireFox
- Click the little orange book at the end of the status bar
- Launch Account Wizard
- blog url: http://blogs.sun.com/<yourBlogName>
- press Manually Configure
- select Custom Blog
- select MetaWeblog API
- Server API URL: http://blogs.sun.com/roller-services/xmlrpc
- provide username and password