It’s Monday, a day devoted to getting organized. Sometimes getting organized means spending a little extra time installing a software tool and learning how to use it, but in the long run if it saves time and helps you, it might be worth it. I was reading through the list of recommended Firefox add-ons, and ran across some very interesting and useful applications.(As I’ve preached before in previous postings, if you don’t use Firefox as your web browser, you are really missing out. That is mainly because of its open-source platform, where very creative people are building programs to enhance it. So, if you don’t have Firefox on your computer, DOWNLOAD and install it.)
If you are wondering what add-ons are, here is how Firefox describes them:
“Add-ons are small pieces of software that can add new features or tiny tweaks to your Firefox. They can add new search engines or dictionaries in other languages, change the look of Firefox with a new theme, or much more. Take a look around and see what add-ons can do for you.”
Anyway, I found a very cool Firefox add-on called “ScribeFire,” which enables offline creation of blog posts for publishing later, when you are online. Additionally, what makes this program so neat is that you can easily publish the same post to multiple blogs. That is a REAL TIME-SAVER. You may think that writing blogs offline is not that necessary, but think of the many times you have your computer, but no Internet access. You can write and format your blog posting in ScribeFire and then set it up for publishing as you want when you connect online again.
Like most browser add-ons, you’ll see the little icon on your browser task bar (lower right hand edge). All you need to do is click the icon (FireScribe’s icon looks like a page with a pencil on it) and the program opens in the lower part of your browser window. You can adjust the division by simply holding your mouse cursor on the dividing line and drag it up or down.
After you open ScribeFire for the first time, you’ll need to set up the blogs you want to post/publish to. This is very simple. Click the blogs tab and then select add and use the account setup wizard. You’ll need to insert your blog URL and know your username and password, but the rest is handled by ScribeFire. Below is a screenshot of this wizard:
BTW, I wrote this blog and edited it after publishing entirely in ScribeFire. It works great and is easy and fast to learn. Take a look at all of the Firefox Add-ons and let me know which ones you are either using, will try out, and/or recommend. There are a lot I am interested in using and will report back on those as I can. Happy Monday.
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