Sep 262010
 
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Ileane from Basic Blog Tips wanted to know what I thought of the Google Chrome ScribeFire extension which allowed you to write and publish blog content to any number of blogs right from your Google Chrome browser without having to go into each of your blogs and login directly.

I spent an evening playing with some post creation and editing and found ScribeFire to be a really useful extension to Google Chrome but lacking much of the finesse and features of Windows Live Writer that make that my preferred blog authoring software.

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Here are some limitations I found with ScribeFire in comparison to Windows Live Writer:

  • ScribeFire has some problems between selecting old posts and then trying to select new post again, it doesn’t instantly clear and let you get a fresh post without a refresh. 
  • Cannot preview your post with ScribeFire
  • Cannot copy/paste images directly into post, must upload them like WordPress Admin editor.

I also like that in Windows Live Writer I can quickly and easily turn any text into a link by highlighting the text and hitting Control+K, clicking the "link" button to turn text into a link just slows down link building for me.

Summary

Overall, I think ScribeFire is actually a really good Google Chrome Extension to allow you to create, edit and publish blog posts online and even lets you schedule them for publish at a later date.  The ScribeFire extension though is still very much like the WordPress Admin Editor and has some of the same limitations, which is why I adapted to the Windows Live Writer blogging platform and almost exclusively write all of my blog content with Windows Live Writer. 

-Dragon Blogger


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Justin Germino
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  • http://BasicBlogTips.com Ileane@Basic Blog Tips

    Hi Justin, thanks for mentioning me in this review! I’m experimenting with LiveWriter now but I having a little learning curve when it comes to plugins. I downloaded a couple of them that you suggested but when I go back to Live Writer they don’t appear on the list. Am I missing a step?

    I used ScribeFire to write a guest post yesterday and I guess old habits die hard. It’s funny how I got so used to using it in such a short amount of time. :)

    • http://www.dragonblogger.com dragonblogger

      Live Writer Extensions always show in your right toolbar on the right, or under the tools menu. The right hand column just has a list of links/tools that you can use.

  • Robert

    Hmm, don’t know if I’d really be into this extension, I mean is it really that much trouble to log into a wordpress blog and do it properly, and not have any of the drawbacks you’ve mentioned?

    • http://www.dragonblogger.com dragonblogger

      For people who write for many blogs, it may be less trouble since you create the accounts and just select/publish to any blog remotely. Live Writer itself functions better if you are an admin, as it can’t download the theme if you are just a contributor or author.

  • http://www.champkicks.com james@air jordan

    ScribeFire’s interface takes up the lower half of your browser window, and it can be resized to your liking.The page design is pretty straightforward and we were able to quickly jump in and start typing in the Word-style notepad.ScribeFire gets the job done, but there are still a few kinks that the publishers need to work out before we can recommend it.

  • Praveen@Techperk

    Hi Justin,

    Great Job, I like the way this has been crafted :)

    -Praveen