Anyone who does any sort of regular blogging knows that there are benefits to using a piece of blogging software. The ability to work on a post without being restricted to your site’s backend gives you the freedom to check references and take screenshots easily.
Windows Live Writer is always a favorite of bloggers, but what if you are looking for a cross platform blogging editor which works on Windows, Linux and MAC computers? If you are, then you should take a look at a browser plugin known as ScribeFire.
What is ScribeFire?
ScribeFire isn’t actually a piece of software that you install on your machine. Instead, it is a browser plugin that spans all major operating systems. It is available for Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, and Apple’s Safari browsers. The experience of using ScribeFire is the same across all browsers and operating systems. ScribeFire is compatible with a wide range of blogging platforms, including WordPress, Blogger, MovableType, and SquareSpace.
ScribeFire’s Full Bodied Feature Set
Any blogger can tell you that a piece of software is useless without a robust feature set, and ScribeFire is no slouch.
At its base, it includes a fantastic WYSIWYG post editor. You can use any of the basic formatting features available to you when writing a post on any platform. You can also add images and videos to the articles with ease. The only thing I see missing from its feature set in this category is the heading formats. Many of us like to use preset formatting for subheadings within posts, and ScribeFire does not have those preset formats.
Beyond the basic editing capabilities, ScribeFire has a lot to offer bloggers.
It includes a monetization feature that uses InLinks to automatically insert paid links into posts. It also has a set of share features that will automatically allow you to share your new post on several social sites, like Facebook and Digg. Here again I notice a glaring omission, and this time its Twitter. I am not sure why Twitter is not included in the sharing package within ScribeFire, but I hope they will add it in a future update.
Another great feature of ScribeFire is its related articles search. While it doesn’t focus on articles that are on your website, it does help you find related articles for possible references. It is possible to have your blog added to the pool of articles, but I do not see a way to restrict it to only your website.
ScribeFire’s Road To Daily Use
I have had issues with Windows Live Writer in the past, and I have been searching for something else to use for blogging.
Overall, I am impressed with ScribeFire’s feature set and usability. As I mentioned, there are a couple of minor issues with it, but I think that they are easily forgiven for all the other features that ScribeFire has to offer. If you are in the market for a great piece of blogging software, you should definately give ScribeFire a try.
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