Testing ScribeFire and Review

As I stated in my BLOGGING TOOLS I AM USING – DECEMBER 2010.  I am not satisfied with any of the blog writers that I have been using since I migrated to my Mac and have read that ScribeFire has made several improvements to its product.  So I figured that I would give it another try.

This a test post using ScribeFire to post to my blog. The other night I attempted to use it and couldn’t get it to upload images to the blog. While I am pretty tired, I thought I could manage trouble-shooting how to insert photos into ScribeFire. I continued to get the Error Messages: Browser’s cookie functionality turned off.

The problem was with the how accepting cookies was setup and I had to try a four or five different combinations to get the proper setting in my cookies with the Chrome browser and also go into Safari and change the cookie setting there and clear the cache.

I was able to upload a screenshot of my present Chrome settings and below are my Safari settings:

Below is a picture of my room, to show an uploaded photo.

A YouTube video

From my Picassa web album – Inserting from Picassa did not work.

My MacBook Pro

I tried several different times and it would not work???
The biggest thing that I noticed right away was that you have to manually save progress to ensure that you don’t loose anything.  Otherwise it worked well in adjusting Fonts and size, it has enough of a toolbar to easily change the appearance of the entry to look good.  Also there is no undo or redo button, but the undo in the main tooldbar works fine.

  • Do my students have access the product?  Yes
  • Is it intuitive and easy to use or is there a steep learning curve? ScribeFire is relatively intuitive, but fixing the cookie issue so that images could be easily inserted, may be beyond many of the students.
  • How much does it cost?  Free
  • What are the other options that do the same function?  The blog’s stock blog writer software or other premium blog writer software (which are not really an option), as my students wouldn’t pay for one.
  • Whether it synchs well with my iPhone.  Not really applicable for this type product.
  • Does it actually get used in my classroom.  Maybe a few students would use a product like ScribeFire, but I think that this would be geared towards a more advanced user or some teachers.
  • On occasion what students think about a particular tool:  Not applicable.

This is/could be important, because there are no real blogwriters in the MLTI image, except for the ones that come with the online Blog host, which may or may not be what the students need or want to use.  Most will work well enough, but in my experience after a while, many writers will feel constrained by the “stock” blogwriter (except maybe WordPress users-which has a very good blogwriter) and want something more or different that fits how they write.  ScribeFire is a bit more powerful or easier to use than some of the other blog writers, but still does not come close to the gold standard of Windows Live Writer.

One of my big requirements is the ease of image or video management, if a blogwriter does not easily and intuitively do this I will probably not use that product.  Another thing I really would like a blog writer to do is let me see what I am putting in my blog as I create the blog, a true WYSIWYG editor.

After posting this blog I will have to go back and add in Zemanta, which is one of those features that I really would like to see incorporated into ScribeFire.

Will I use the pesent Chrome edition of ScribeFire as my primary blog editor software?  Probably not, it still needs a little more capability for me to do that. The version that is available in FireFox does seem to have a bit more capability than the current Chrome version does, but I predict that it will improve rapidly where it is a new conversion and the folks at Scribefire continue to improve their product like they did when they first created it with FireFox.