Desktop or browser-integrated blogging applications have been around for some time now and many are quite similar in function. Blogging suggestion tools that will suggest related articles, images and links based on what you are writing are also not new. But a partnership between ScribeFire and Zemanta bring the two together in an single browser add-on setup.
ScribeFire is a FireFox add-on blogging tool similar to Windows Live Writer. It has some nice features including the ability to ping services when you publish and upload via ftp. It supports a decent amount of services including WordPress, Movable Type, Drupal, Windows Live Spaces, MySpace and others. It does allow sharing directly from within the interface to services like Digg, StumbleUpon and Facebook. But until recently it was your basic blogging tool and you had to be using your browser to use it, a turn-off to some.
Zemanta is an interesting suggestion-based FireFox add-on. While you type a post it searches for relevant content in the form of posts to link to, images and tags. Claiming over 5 million images and 5 million articles that are searchable, they pull content from places like YouTube, Facebook, MySpace and others. Whether you are using WordPress, Movable Type, TypePad or Drupal, Zemanta shows up in your admin interface on your post and edit page. But you have to be in your interface to use it.
Blog Relevant Content with ScribeFire and Zemanta
By combining ScribeFire and Zemanta, bloggers will not only have the option of using a quality blogging tool but also the availability of suggested material directly from within it. Both add-ons work with FireFox 2 and 3, Flock and SeaMonkey. Internet Explorer is not supported. The drawback is that you still need your browser open to use ScribeFire.
Once installed ScribeFire is launched from the bottom right corner of the status bar. Inside ScribeFire will be a new button titled “Find Related Articles with Zemanta”. Once you start typing you can use this button to locate relevant links and images and related articles from around the web without needing to spend endless hours Googling. Results appear in the right hand tab section of ScribeFire.
Zemanta with ScribeFire from zemanta on Vimeo.
Some Bugs to be Worked Out
At least that is how it is supposed to work. Although Zemanta worked fine from within WordPress, when using ScribeFire, Zemanta searched for images for over 20 minutes with no results shown. ScribeFire was tested publishing a draft to WordPress and no problems were encountered.
ScribeFire with Zemanta Awaiting Results
The assumption at this point is that there are some bugs to be worked out with the integration. No information was found for bugs or bug fixes in regards to this problem.
The idea of combining the two services for better web publishing is sound. It’s unfortunate that problems were experienced when testing the marriage considering both services are quite highly regarded in the blogging community. Perhaps it is a short-lived issue not all are experiencing.
We would love to hear about your experience using ScribeFire with Zemanta integrated.