Okay, I’ve sort of fallen in love with ScribeFire. I mean, my first and most precious lady of blogging clients is, and will probably always be, Windows Live Writer, but ScribeFire’s making things just a little too easy, too convenient, for me to be completely faithful to WLW. It’s like having a booty call for bloggers.
First, clicking a tiny icon on my Fire Fox (or is it FireFox? Firefox? whatever) status bar and have the blogging client load, right then, is frickin’ addicting. Live Writer takes a couple of RAM-devouring minutes (probably more like 15-30 seconds, in all honesty) to load. And Live Writer’s a resource whore. She’ll take everything and anything available. ScribeFire occupies the already resource-leaky browser window and does gobble about five seconds of CPU cycles during which I can do nothing, but when loaded, it’s unnoticable. Then I’m ready to blog.
What this translates to is, being able to be flighty. If some web page strikes a chord and I feel like blogging about it, it’s not a long, complicated, RAM-hogging experience to do so. And the Zemanta plug-in for ScribeFire isn’t something I had to add; it’s integrated, and it works MUCH faster and better than the one for Live Writer. (Zemanta kills Live Writer — bogs it down so bad I had to uninstall it to be able to use WLW properly again.)
But, ScribeFire still misses on a couple of areas, and they’re ones that keep me going back to Live Writer like a crack whore to a pimping drug dealer.
For one thing, I’d really like to have the ability to save certain links and associated text which triggers them. Windows Live Writer introduced this amazing feature and calls it “Auto-Linking”. If I type in a particular word or phrase, which I set, it can be associated with a link. For instance, I type “my beloved”, and I tell Live Writer I want that phrase to link to my wife’s blog. Then, whenever I type “my beloved” in a post, it auto-links to her blog. So I set a bunch of common references to names and such, and now I don’t have to manually insert the links.
If ScribeFire has that feature, I haven’t found it. Of course, not having done an exhaustive read through of SF’s help files, it might be available. If so, this would take me one step closer to using it most of the time.
For another thing, Live Writer allows you to set a particular piece of text as something called a “text template”. This means, when you type a particular thing over and over again (for example, the little copyright notice I put at the bottom of all my fiction works and such), I only have to type it once. Then I can insert the text template and don’t have to type and format the entry time and again. ScribeFire, in my opinion, would benefit greatly from this feature, and again, would be another draw away from Live Writer.
Finally, being able to blog offline is a looming reality for me, and I’d love to be able to have that available for ScribeFire. I think having it dependent on the browser is terrific and yadda yadda, but having it be able to blog while there’s no Internet connection would be FANTASTIC. If it could find no open Internet connection and offer the option of going offline, I don’t when I’d use Live Writer except to do my fiction posts. I’ll always use Live Writer for that.
So anyway, just a small wish list. If the developers of ScribeFire are watching (don’t laugh, it could happen), this would make ScribeFire rock even more (it rocks now, just so you know).
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