ActiveRain Tutorials: How To Use ScribeFire to Enhance Your ActiveRain Blog Posts

How To Use ScribeFire to Enhance Your ActiveRain Blog Posts

How To Use ScribeFire to Enhance Your ActiveRain Blog Posts  

Scribefire.com is a great 3rd party add-on to the Mozilla Firefox Browser.  Lately, the emails and calls have been coming in about how to setup AR Blogs, get API's, and how to use Scribefire with ActiveRain Blog posts.  First off, the reason I mention Scribefire is that it is one of the few third party apps I have found that works well and doesn't conflict with the AR Network HTML format. 

Really Important

Some members on AR use MS Word, Publisher, Front Page and other sources which often times (but not always) has hidden HTML codes, tables, and formatting that is incompatible with ActiveRain.  You've seen them, you know the ones, these are the posts that show funky looking codes, push the sidebar half way down the page, and make Blogs look like "you know what" when they load on your computer screen.

Why Use Scribefire?

Though the AR Blog Post editor may seem somewhat simplified and to some, a bit archaic, it still does a great job for creating great text content, adding images, photos and links, and producing search engine friendly creations.  However there are many who want to customize and create larger fonts, add color to their fonts, use a different style of font etc. This is where Scribefire does a great job and works well with AR.

THE MAIN REASON FOR POSTING THIS

Where most of our members get hung up is when downloading Scribefire as their Firefox add-on. Somewhere in the process, Scribefire asks for your Blog URL, API, and other information that IS NOT NECESSARY to begin using the Scribefire tools on ActiveRain. The requested and "perceived as required" information is ONLY for use on Blogging Platforms where you plan to use ScribeFire as the total replacement tool for creating your Blog posts. IE: Wordpress, Blogger, Self-Hosted Blogs etc. NOT ON ACTIVERAIN.

Here's the Scoop on How It Works

Go to Scribefire.com, download it and add to your Firefox Browser.  BYPASS all the additional questions and other stuff they want you to enter. (unless you are using scribefire on another blogging platform) To begin using the Scribefire tools and options, just press the "hotkeys" FUNCTION + F8 while in the edit mode of a Blog post, and the Scribefire Window (shown below) will open up in the lower section of your computer screen. Now you will have two areas to work in, your AR Blog post, and the Scribefire editing window.

Create your text, change your font color, select a larger sized font, use a variety of different style fonts, have a field day, and when you're done, just highlight the section you've created in the Scribefire window, copy it (CTRL+C) and then paste it into your AR Blog post body (CTRL+V)  You can do this using the ActiveRain WYSIWYG tab.  Save your post in "draft" mode to be sure everything looks just as you want it, then make the necessary changes you want before making your post public.

DISCLAIMER.. I mean Warning.. NO... A QUICK TIP!

One thing to be careful of is that you don't go CRAZY with Font Colors and sizes.  Sometimes the colored fonts and multiple sized text can make your Blog Post hard to read and unpleasing to the eye. Yellow font colors are difficult to read, Big Fonts can take away from the message in the little fonts, and multi-colored Blog post (for some) can and will cause nausea. (IMO)

SUMMARY and PURPOSE

The Scribefire add-on tools will allow you to enhance your AR Blog posts to your liking, give you a bit more versatility, and keep the AR network and your Blog clean of those Hidden and incompatible HTML codes.  Many of these outside third party apps can and will make Blogs on AR look like "you know what" and frustrate AR members beyond your wildest imagination.  I'm not kidding, you should see and hear some of the emails and calls I get. lol~ NOT!! :-)

For my next trick, we'll look at how to insert iFrames and tables into your Blog post without completely blowing out your Blog. This is one of the more common errors I see on ActiveRain by members that not only affects your AR Blog, but does even worse things to your Localism and Outside Blogs.

 

 

     

"Learn More. Get More. Do More. Be More."

Comment balloon 184 commentsBrad Andersohn • November 24 2009 04:26PM

Comments

Blog-N-Roll...

You're cracking me up here. I have a post written about the beauty of a...

Oh. Wait. If I type my idea for a Blog someone will read it and use it for their blog fodder...

Never mind :)

P.S. I must insist that you get the hell out of my head :)

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Thank goodness for this post...My friend has been calling me daily with questions about how to use scribefire, and you explain it so well...I'll be forwarding this post to her.   THANK YOU BRAD!!!!!

Posted by Amy Hahn, Realtor/Broker - Crystal Coast, NC (Pine Knoll Shores Realty) almost 9 years ago

Thanks Brad.  I had tried to use Scribefire and got stuck for the very reason you describe - when it asked for my blog url.

Brad, perhaps down the road Localism can be refined a bit so that any post we send to Localism doesn't end up looking like one long column of text, picture not fitting its border, text, picture, etc.  Also would be nice to have Localism feature posts more like a collage of multiple posts, rather than last one posted on top.

Have a wonderful, blessed Thanksgiving!

Posted by R.E. Renée Hoover, Salesperson, Poconos, Pike, Wayne, Monroe Counties, PA; PA/NYS (Century 21 Geba Realty, Milford, PA; Licensed in PA & NYS) almost 9 years ago

Oh great Brad, another new technoligical find that I have to figure out.  LOL  J/K  I am going to get my people on it.  It does look pretty simple though, I must say, the way you explained it.  Thanks

Posted by Jean Hanley, Specializing in Folks Who Want To Buy/Sell Homes (Coldwell Banker Kivett Teeters) almost 9 years ago

Thanks for the information. I have been using Kompozer which is easy to use, but not integrated.

Posted by Holly Weatherwax, A Great Real Estate Experience ( Associate Broker, Momentum Realty) almost 9 years ago

As a user, do you have to use Mozilla Firefox to get the benefits of Scribefire?

 Have a great day .....Eric - Dream Home Financing

 

Posted by Eric J, Dream Home Financing (Eric J - Dream Home Financing) almost 9 years ago

Brad,  I was wondering how people changed their font size and color.  I presumed they were more adept at HTML than I and since I didn't have time to delve into it deeper, I have remained in the dark.  I will try subscribe to scribefire and fire it up. lol.  Thanks for the information.

Posted by R. Greg Osmond, MBA, Red Maple Realty (Sutton Group-Capital Realty Ltd.) almost 9 years ago

Thanks Brad, this is a cool tool! I'm going to download the add-on now.

Posted by Betty Knowles, TeamKnowles REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Vanguard - www.teamknowles.com) almost 9 years ago

Thanks Brad!  I use Firefox all the time whenever I am having trouble with Internet Explorer.  I had not heard of scribefire before.  I will have to check it out and play around with it. 

  

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) almost 9 years ago

This is exciting, Brad.  We certainly will try it. Is there anything that works with IE?  I get the drift that AR staff are not IE fans, but there are many Internet Explorer fans in the ranks.

Will this work when setting up Active Rain profiles? As it is now, it can be pretty challenging when  trying to put graphics or tables into those.

Thanks, Brad.

Posted by Steve Kantor, Best Agent Business - Virtual Assistance (BEST AGENT BUSINESS) almost 9 years ago

Brad - Thanks for providing the information about how to handle the initial Scribefire configuration questions.  It's a great addition to the several other recent posts by others on this great product.

Posted by FN LN almost 9 years ago

Finally- Never knew about this. I will make the posts actually look like a human wrote them.

Posted by Steven Beam, Parker Colorado Real Estate (RE/MAX Alliance - Parker Colorado Real Estate.) almost 9 years ago

"Don't go crazy with font colors and sizes." That advice cannot be emphasized enough. 2-3 colors (in addition to black for text) should be more than enough for visual breaks and emphasis.

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) almost 9 years ago

This is good information as usual, Brad. Thanks! And stay in her head!

 

AEV...BURP!


Posted by Aaron Vaughn | Builder | Investor, If the deal makes sense, the cash will follow. (Conifer Homes) almost 9 years ago

Thanks.  I've been using NVU but always looking for an alternative to dealing with pesky HTML code.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 9 years ago

Brad - Good stuff, my man.  I need to check this out more thoroughly after the holiday.  Thanks!

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) almost 9 years ago

OK, Brad, do you ever sleep?....

Thanks for finding all the cool tools for us!

Posted by Marzena Melby, Realtor, Twin Cities Minnesota Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Burnet Realty) almost 9 years ago

TLW - never gonna happen... getting out of your head that is. Careful, people in these parts refer to "head" as the bathroom. lol~

Amy - I've gotten a ton of emails and calls as well, I know exactly what you mean.  Thanks for forwarding this on. :-)

Renee - Localism is a continuous work in progress, thanks for the input.

Jean - it is really easy, you'll love it.

Holly - I know others who use Kompozer as well, I've heard good things about it.

Dream Home Financing, this is an add-on for the Firefox Browser only. 

Debra - let me know what you think of Scribefire once you get the chance to check it out.

Steve - it's not that AR staff aren't IE fans, it's more that IE just doesn't function as well on MANY internet sites. 
I would check out Kompozer or NVU and see if they work on IE, I haven't had the chance to look into those.
Regarding your profile page, scribefire will work on any site or page where you have editing capabilities.
Tables and iFrames are a bit different and do require just a tad of HTML skills, I;ll get to that one soon.

R. Greg - you can do this, NO HTML experience required. :-)

Betty and John - it's a great tool when used in moderation, hope it works out well for you.

Marc - glad you like the addition to the others, thanks.

Steven - couldn't resist... I Love the fish in your photo, when are WE going fishin???  :-)))

John - glad you agree, that's a first!!  lol~  Just kidding, thanks for commenting.

Kyle - that's funny, I do my best!  Contrary to popular belief, TLW really does love me!  (Blog & Roll)  hehe

Cindy - as long as your posts and Blog look ok, you should be good to go with NVU.

Jason - who ya kiddin, after the Holidays we'll all be sacrificing our Blog time for exercise programs. lol~

Marzena - truth be told? No! :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) almost 9 years ago

Thanks Brad. Just when I thought it was safe to write a blog in any stlye I wanted .... Have a great Thanksgiving

Posted by Charlie Ragonesi, Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros (AllMountainRealty.com) almost 9 years ago

Hi Brad -- I downloaded this after an earlier post about it, but I've never done much with it.  I'm going to try it the next time I post.

Posted by Chris Olsen, Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate (Olsen Ziegler Realty) almost 9 years ago

Thank you, thank you! I am so excited to try it out with my next post!!  

Posted by Cara Pearlman, Realtor - ABR, SFR (Frankly Real Estate, Inc) almost 9 years ago

Howdy there Brad

I've been using Scribefire for quiet some time, and I sure do enjoy using it.
 
I've also have talked with other AR members, that have ask me questions about using Scribefire.

Baker Home Commercial Properties Inspectins and Consulting AR Signature

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) almost 9 years ago

I would like to try this. Does Firefox conflict with Internet Explorer? I have to keep IE to be able to use the RE/MAX 100 Contracts program. What other real estate add ons are good if I can add it without a conflict?

Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com) almost 9 years ago

Brad,

Ok you have just taken up all my free time during this Thanksgiving day off. I am going to get Foxfire first and then Scribefire.   YOU RULE and if you are in TLW's head who is in BB's?? 

Posted by Larry Story, Total Care Realty, LLC, Greensboro, NC Real Estate (Total Care Realty) almost 9 years ago

Wow!  I need to block out some time to get up to speed on this.  THANK YOU!

Posted by Janna Scharf, Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert (Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene) almost 9 years ago

This will probably be very helpful. I had attempted scribefire about a month ago and was completely lost. Maybe I'll try again.

Posted by Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County (Broadpoint Properties) almost 9 years ago

Super post. Thnaks for the information.

Posted by Ted Tyndall, FL Homes for Sale-Palencia, World Golf Village,Nocatee,St. Augustine (Davidson Realty Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Brad, I love Scribefire! And one more reason to use it, when you have a lot of comments to respond to... I open it in a split window and am able to write comments by just scrolling the AR window while the Scribefire window stays in place. No trying to remember who did what, no scrolling up and down, back and forth.

For some reason Scribefire works best for me by using the mouse instead of the copy/paste shortcuts. As a matter of fact, it will not work sometimes with the control c/control v commands. But then again, I am squirrely anyway.

What I can use Scribefire for is resposting some of my posts on other platforms, which comes in very handy!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 9 years ago

Great info about Scribefire. I already downloaded and I'm ready to put it in the test.

Posted by Megan Izdebska & Hanna Manoufar Chandler, Scottsdale Real Estate Agent, Double Commitment. Double Results. (United Brokers Group) almost 9 years ago

I booked marked this one for future reference.  I need to pretty up this blog of mine. 

Posted by David Monsour, ABR - www.realty-insights.com (Keller Williams Keystone Realty) almost 9 years ago

Brad,

I will be looking back to this post for some time and have it bookmarked.  Thank you sir.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) almost 9 years ago

hmmm - I may have to give it another try now that I know the tricks.  Thanks!

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 9 years ago

Brad,

Just an FYI update I have downloaded Foxfire and Scribefire and started playing with them.  Although note to self when editing an old post when I copy them into Scribefire to play with them the links go away if I click on them.

Posted by Larry Story, Total Care Realty, LLC, Greensboro, NC Real Estate (Total Care Realty) almost 9 years ago

Cheryl - there are no conflicts with using Firefox and Internet Explorer, in fact, I use to use both of them opened simultaniously.

At one point I had FF, IE, Safari, Google Chrome, and Flock all opened at the same time.  But then I smelled smoke coming from my computer and had to run out of the house to find our garden hose....   lol~

Here's a link to ALL SORTS OF Firefox add-ons: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/  Warning though...there's over 12,000+, you might want to spread your research time over the next few years!!  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) almost 9 years ago

Great post! I've been messing around with sribefire to see what it does and it turns out...it does alot! This post is a keeper. Thanks

Posted by Nathan Tutas, Your Central Florida Real Estate Expert (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Thanks for this timely post on Scribefire, Brad...I was just wanting to learn more about it since I started using it to insert videos in comments! I'm looking forward to your next trick...iFrames and tables! :)

Leilani

Posted by Bob & Leilani Souza, Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments (Souza Realty 916.408.5500) almost 9 years ago

This one is bookmarked. Seems like lots of the "pretty blogs" are using Scribefire. Thanks for sharing.

 

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) almost 9 years ago

Easy for you to say. :)   I'm going to give it a try, but I will probably be back several times to make sure I can follow directions LOL :)
Thank you ... this is very helpful.

 

Posted by Sylvie Conde, Broker, Toronto Real Estate (Sutton Group-Associates Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Thanks Brad!  I look forward to looking into this after Thanksgiving.  So many things to learn about all of the technology today!

Posted by Aja Shroll, Your Home Girl (United Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Brad

I so want to experiment with different fonts, colors, etc and actually downloaded Scribefire but didn't know how to use it.  Thanks again for your help!

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Thanks for the great information.  I have load Scribefire on my computer and wasn't sure how to use it properly.  Didn't realize that I could cut & paste from that application without some of the issues I see from Word Processors like Microsoft Word.

Posted by Charles Perkins (Charles G. Perkins, CPA) almost 9 years ago

I like ScribeFire... I don't use it as much as I should, but it is cool.  I use it mostly to put videos in comments...

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) almost 9 years ago

Brad - Thanks for the tip and leave up to you to keep us on our toes when it comes to tech advancements, I will give it a try and have a "Happy Thanksgiving"

VB ;o)

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) almost 9 years ago

Still learning the ropes....I am just going crazy trying to figure out how to have enough time to do all the things I want to do on the Internet...and improve on...and still make money to keep my computer going.  I guess sleep takes a back seat - again.  Oh well, thanks Brad, you are definitely the king!

Posted by Kimberly Thurm, Broker / Relocation Consultant ABR, CRS, GRI, SFR (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff, Naperville, IL) almost 9 years ago

I attempted Scribefire before and didn't get tooooo far.  With your instructions in hand I'll now go back and give it another try.  Thanks.

Sue of Robin and Sue

Posted by Robin Dampier REALTOR®, Hendersonville & Western NC Real Estate Source (Coldwell Banker King) almost 9 years ago

Brad, I also wondered how everyone got their posts to look so custom.  I'm going to have to read this several times to make sure I get it right.  Thanks.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) almost 9 years ago

Brad, I downloaded it tonight - hope to have time to figure it out over the weekend. Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) almost 9 years ago

Thanks Brad. I was wondering what was the trick. Bookmarked! 

Posted by Haris Dedic, Glenview Real Estate - Chicago North Shore (RE/MAX Villager 847-878-2588) almost 9 years ago

I'm going to give this a try on my next post.  I've wondered how people are able to do many of the interesting thing they do with graphics and text.

Posted by Theodora Wu (TJ Investments) almost 9 years ago

Great information Brad... Now I need to get firefox.. I'm just not sure if my Top Producer program will work with it. Maybe someone can let me know.

Posted by Roland Woodworth, Q Realty - Power In Real Estate (Q Realty) almost 9 years ago

Thanks for the post, Brad. I have been wondering how to get a little more variety in my blogs, and now I have a direction.

Posted by Guy Thomas (WR Starkey Mortgage) almost 9 years ago

You can also load Scribefire in the Firefox Browser (once you've installed it) by just clicking on the little icon located in the lowest right hand corner of the browser.  You don't have to use the FUNCTION + F8 keyboard shortcut. 

It looks like this...the little paper and pencil.  One click and "BAM!" Scribefire window opens, and you're off creating...   :-))

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) almost 9 years ago

BRad - well I'm game. I tried it after that wonderfle series by Michael Thornton and I couldn't get it to work. If I can't, you WILL hear from me. LOL

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) almost 9 years ago

For those of you trying out Scribefire  for the first time,
It should be fairly easy.  :-))





This guy does a decent overview of Scribefire which goes way beyond some of the things you may want to use it for on AR, but it's good to know these features are available in the future if you need them.

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) almost 9 years ago

Brad, I think the best part of thes post was this statement:

One thing to be careful of is that you don't go CRAZY with Font Colors and sizes.

Posted by Jeremy Blanton, Myrtle Beach REALTOR®- myrtlebeachhomesblog.com (Myrtle Beach Homes Blog) almost 9 years ago

Brad,

Thanks...I have to dash but will come back to find out more!

Posted by Lori Churchill Cofer, Realtor - 509-330-0086 - Pullman, WA (Beasley Realty) almost 9 years ago

I just read this on another post too. It's great to know that Scribefire will finally work with Active Rain! I tried to use it a couple of years ago and it wouldn't work. I guess with the changes here, Scribefire is finally compatible. THAT is great! Now if you could just fix whatever you did that messed up the HTML/CSS codes in our old posts, and whatever causes them to now lose points if we try to fix them. =/

Posted by Lisa Hill, Daytona Beach Real Estate (Florida Property Experts) almost 9 years ago

Jeremy - it's true, I know you've seen mucho grande of what I'm talking about, it's easy to get excited and "color" away!!  :-)

Lisa - you're just too ahead of your time!  lol~  :-))  FYI... we've made no changes to HTML/CSS codes in your old posts.

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) almost 9 years ago

YIKES!  Something new to learn.  I guess I'll have a few hours on Thursday while my bird cooks to try and figure it out.  Good talking with you last week.

Here's wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty, Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona (Leolinda Realty) almost 9 years ago

Thanks for the tutorial Brad.  I've been trying to figure out how to automatically upload my blogs from scribefire to ActiveRain.  I tried the cut and paste method and it works really well for me.

Posted by Gary Swanson (Century 21 Harris & Taylor) almost 9 years ago

It looks good to me (tongue in cheek). Actually, I can see where this could be really helpful to me. Thanks again Brad.

Posted by Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Couldnt download it just now, will have to go back and try again later.

Posted by James Lyon (Vista Pacific Realty) almost 9 years ago

Thanks for the great information. We will be sure to implement this right away!! Keep on posting valuable stuff!!

Posted by Mark Wasserman (248-877-8548- Prudential HWWB Realtors of Birmingham MI) almost 9 years ago

Hey this is good stuff, thanks Brad.  I still need to chat with you re outside blog - you working this weekend? I don't want to interupt Thanksgiving fun!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) almost 9 years ago

Leave it to you Brad to make everyones blog look like one great big coloring book - LOL Happy Turkey day to you and the family!

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) almost 9 years ago

Great info.  I use Kompozer.  I am happy with it.

Posted by Tere Rottink (CoastalVa Realty Inc) almost 9 years ago
Brad - If I didn't know better I'd think you were looking over my shoulder. I just commented yesterday to another member about needing to check this out. Are you spying on me? Awesome timing.
Posted by Stephen Kappre, Helping You Home (KW Hometown) almost 9 years ago

Just checked it out and downloaded ...

Copying and pasting isn't working in this comment here (the format is not staying), so hopefully it will work in my blog post!

Posted by Stephen Kappre, Helping You Home (KW Hometown) almost 9 years ago

Brad - My thanks as well for another option when composing our blogs.  I'm also a Kompozer fan, but to be able to open a window while in AR sounds great.  I'll be downloading as soon as I click submit on this comment...

Posted by Bill Risser, Fidelity National Title - Tampa District (Fidelity National Title) almost 9 years ago

Cool. I'm always looking for new things to confuse challenge me when blogging!

Posted by License Retired almost 9 years ago

Love ScribeFire for my comments mainly.  I still use my old editor to prepare my posts.  Old habits die hard!  Have a greatThanksgiving Brad. 

Posted by Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi, Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY (Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty) almost 9 years ago

Thanks for the great tips and advice -- another new tool to get into --- many tools , little time -- alas.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) almost 9 years ago

I have now downloaded it and will try to learn it.  Brad, should I just bite the bullet and get a MAC?

Posted by Damon Gettier, Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE (Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert) almost 9 years ago

Yeah Brad - this is exactly what I need! Personally would prefer to write in code to format, but I know you can't let us get too crazy on the back end.

BTW, I don't know if IE or Windoze has any fans left. I'm still a fan of DOS, but then, that just shows my AGE!  :-)

Posted by Lori Cain, Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer (eXp Realty) almost 9 years ago

Brad - Been using Scribefire for a long time now and love it.... I see me and Paddy like the same fall colors....Oops... Have a Happy Turkey Day my friend :-)

Posted by Robert Hammerstein, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Keller Williams Valley Realty) almost 9 years ago

Hi Brad,

Thanks again!

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

Posted by Mike Barilone, Lawrenceville Georgia Realtor (RE/MAX Legends) almost 9 years ago

I've been using Scribefire for a couple of months now, and I love it!  I can make my posts look good even without adding a photo.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) almost 9 years ago

Hi Brad, we never seem to be able to copy and paste the text from Scribfire.  If we copy it and then go to paste into our blog, it opens up another box that it wants you to paste it into and it says it will do it in "plain text", hence cancelling out the changes we made in Scribfire.  We only get it to work by dragging up into the blog that sometimes messes up.

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Brad,

Thanks for making my life easier.  I always look forward to your blogs!

Posted by Linda Lohman, Former Teacher/Broker (Fonville Morisey Realty) almost 9 years ago

Thank you Brad so much. I have really wanted to spice up my blogs.

Posted by Gail Szeluga, Manalapan, Marlboro & Monmouth County (Weichert Realtors-Marlboro, Manalapan) almost 9 years ago

Brad, thanks for the Scribefire "how-to"!  As always, your posts are very helpful and informative.  I've used Scribefire some, already, but will concentrate on using it more, now.

Mike

Posted by Mike Hendren (Mike Hendren Photography) almost 9 years ago

Al and Peggy - it sounds like one of two things:

1. You're using Internet Explorer as your browser, and scribefire is an add-on and only works with the Firefox Browser.

2. Try right clicking your mouse to copy the text, then right click your mouse to paste it into your post.

Let me know if that works...   :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) almost 9 years ago

Thanks Brad, the mouse clicking worked, but the Ctrl c & v didn't. That is much easier to put what I want where I want it. Thanks

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Glad that worked for you.  :-))

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) almost 9 years ago

Thanks Brad... I will check it out too.

Posted by Celeste Chism - Serving You in Crossville, Fairfield Glade, Lake Tansi & Cumberland Cove, Serving You is My Top Priority (RE/MAX Premier Choice) almost 9 years ago

Thanks Brad, I'm going to download this now and run it through it's paces.  As you know from when we talkled at NAR, it it the AR Spell checker that drives me nuts...

John

Posted by John Occhi, SRES,CPRES.ePRO - Temecula-Murrieta CA Real Estate (Mason Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Hello Brad,

Thank you so much for the information!  I appreciate it! This is great!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Rita

 

Posted by Rita Minion (O'Brien Realty) almost 9 years ago

Very interesting... What about Internet Explorer? More than 80% of internet users seem to be using it...?

Posted by Don Wixom, "Looking out for your next move..."tm (RE/MAX Advantage Nampa, ID) almost 9 years ago

Oooo I like it!  I've been having trouble getting fonts and colors to work for me.  This is just the solution and I am a FireFox person so this is perfect!  Thanks!

Posted by Marian Pierre-Louis, Metrowest Boston (Fieldstone Historic Research) almost 9 years ago

I tried this several times - I am ScribeFire deficient. Let's hope it clicks soon haha. I couldn't get formatting to stay. sigh. I'll get it one of these days!

Posted by Stephen Kappre, Helping You Home (KW Hometown) almost 9 years ago

Brad,

I didn't know how to do this; thanks, Bud!  (...and a belated Happy Thanksgiving!)

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 9 years ago

This Just In:

TESTING OUT CRAIGSLIST HTML EDITOR FOR ACTIVERAIN and Internet Explorer Browser 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) almost 9 years ago

Don - see comment and link above. WooHoo for IE users!!  :-)

Steve - try using the right click on your mouse to copy and paste instead of the "CTRL + C" and "CTRL + V" option, I bet it will work for you.

Mike - thanks, and same to you my friend.  

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) almost 9 years ago

I love Scribefire.  It makes it sooo easy to customize your post.

Posted by Dan Quinn, Dan Quinn (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty) almost 9 years ago

Sallie - you can use this html code for font size : <font size="3"> and then close it with </font size="3"> if you're using Craigslist editor for the Internet Explorer Browser. :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) almost 9 years ago
Hi Brad, One other difficulty we have with scribfire in loading pictures. It always wants us to get something or another that doesn't work when we click on it. We always have to go back to Explorer > ActiveRain to put the pictures in.
Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Al & Peggy - I never use scribefire for photos, the AR photo import and editor works fine for me. Is there a reason you would prefer to use scribefire to import your photos?  Am I missing something?  I also use it for video in comments, but never for photos, just never had the need.  Let me know how you're trying to use it so maybe I can help. :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) almost 9 years ago

Woohoo!  Thanks Brad - posted my first blog and it looks terrific - thanks to you and ScribeFire!

Posted by Mike Barilone, Lawrenceville Georgia Realtor (RE/MAX Legends) almost 9 years ago

For those still using Internet Explorer, maybe Scribefire is a good reason to make the switch.  Even if you access websites that only run in IE (like some MLS websites), you can use the IE Tab add-on for Firefox to open it in an IE tab within Firefox (no need to actually open IE).

Posted by David Monroe, Short Sale Real Estate Agent (Keller Williams Realty) almost 9 years ago

Mike - Congrats!!

David - you'd be surprised how many folks don't know you can have both browsers on your computer and even run them at the same time. A very common myth or belief is that if your MLS only works with IE, then IE is the only Internet Browser you can use.  Glad to see you know the truth!  You know what they say...  "The truth will set you free!"  :-))

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) almost 9 years ago

Thank you Brad for the great AR tips! I'm relatively new to Active Rain, but because I enjoy technology, I'm finding the system to be quite addicting.  Your post on ScribeFire really fit the bill since I wasn't too enamored with the text editor within AR.   I made the switch to a Mac in May and as the saying goes "will never go back."  In fact, it is quite painful when I have to fix one of the other family computers.

Nancy

Posted by Nancy Murray, Your NICE Real Estate Agent in Colorado Springs (Keller Williams Clients Choice Realty, Colorado Springs, CO) almost 9 years ago

I'm so glad we have that option, I've always wondered how this was done.  Now I just hope I can get it all figured out!

Posted by Cindy Bryant, "Houston Home Staging Pros" (Redesign Etc. Home Staging) almost 9 years ago
For some reason I remember the Craigslist Editor not working right from a test along time ago. I've wrote you a couple of times Brad with this problem so thank you for investigating this. I use NVu/Kompozer now and it works well but you have to shorten your screen width to 600 pixels so that it looks normal in Localism.
Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) almost 9 years ago
Hi Brad, I'm a little behind in my blog reading. But just got my scribefire installed and it seems to be working fine. Thanks for your blog! DeeDee
Posted by DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas (Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA) almost 9 years ago

Hey Brad,
I've been using Scribefire for some time now and all I can say is that it's easy to use, fun to work with, and it makes my blog much more visually appealing.

Thank you for this easy to follow tutorial!

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) almost 9 years ago

Hi Brad, as always thank you for sharing. Downloaded the add on.

Posted by Ritu Desai, Virginia Realtor-Fairfax/Loudoun/PW-703-625-4949 (Samson Properties) almost 9 years ago

Hi Ritu - hope it works well for you.  Enjoy the Holidays and all the best to you in 2010!  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) almost 9 years ago

Hi Brad - having a little trouble opening up Scribefire in my AR blog. I'm trying Control F8, Alt F8, Shift etc. Doesn't want to open in my AR blog. Any ideas?

Posted by Dave Iliff, Real Estate Agent in Hockessin, DE (Patterson Schwartz) almost 9 years ago

If anyone can help to find an automatic setting to insert my picture everytime I'm commenting?

I've search the settings in my profile couldn't find this option.  I appreciate it, thank you! Just don't tell me that I need to insert picture manually every time I comment a blog :)

Posted by Iryna Sysenko, Las Vegas and Henderson Real Estate (Realty One Group) almost 9 years ago

Hi Diane and Dave - make sure that you have added the scribefire add-on and check for updates when launching the Mozilla Firefox browser. Once installed properly the Function + F8 key should open the scribefire window at the bottom of your screen. You'll also notice an icon in the lower right corner of your browser that looks like a pad of paper with pencil, you can just click on that too. Also make sure you are running the most current version of the Firefox Browser.  Let me know if that helps. :-)

Iryna - in order to have your photo show in comments, you'll need to upgrade to a "RainMaker" account or wait until you establish 10,000 AR points. There is a "Upgrade" link located on your "My Home" page, it will be red and located on the left hand sidebar.

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) almost 9 years ago

Thank you Brad!

Posted by Iryna Sysenko, Las Vegas and Henderson Real Estate (Realty One Group) almost 9 years ago

Heads Up Blog-N-Roll...

Many of the FireFox Add Ons/Plug Ins do not work on FF Beta 3.6

What they have is a neat little tool that tells you all your freakin' adds on are busted.

Put that in your arsenal and smoke share it :)

Hmmm..Maybe you broke all those add ons :)

TLW...ROAR!

 

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

TLW - thanks for that reminder and heads up, I'll make sure to ask what version of FF folks are running before I make suggestions in the future. Nice to know you got my back... hey, wait a minute, you carry a WHIP!  Forget that "Got My Back" comment!  lol~  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) almost 9 years ago

Oh...

And FF Beta in the fastest browser I've ever used. It's incredible. Also, I have both FF and FF Beta loaded. I kinda like being a test dumby on the Beta version. Mozilla has actually sent me a few emails. I think that's pretty cool. I didn't know anyone really cared what I think. lol.

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

I thought about downloading the Beta this morning since FF automatically updates, they just put the 3.5.7 version on my computer, then I thought of you and realized that you've already been down this path, read the book and got the t-shirt!  lol~ 

I think I'll let you work out all the kinks and bugs before I dive into beta. You say they are already emailing and contacting you?  Are they being extra nice and treating you special? They probably saw your video, you know, the one with the gun!?!   ROFLMAO!!  

Blog-N-Roll~

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) almost 9 years ago

I'll keep you...

Posted right on this blog. It only has 115 so we're safe. I'll let you know when it's time for you to write a killer tutorial about it. No matter what you say, no one but no one, can write a tutorial better than you. Don't argue with me about that. I'm the one with whips and guns :)

Now about being contacted by them. I bet that more relates to them having trouble getting the average Joe to try Beta. Not very many of the plugins and add ons are operational. That may explain the browsing speed. I'm thinking Mozilla probably doesn't give a crap about my skill with weaponary :)

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) almost 9 years ago

Thanks TLW - whips and guns speak louder than Blog-N-Roll!  lol~  :-))

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) almost 9 years ago

Hi Brad, I wanted to thank you again for posting this tool!  I created now about 4 blogs using scribefire and I love it. It has actually motivated to write more often. Previously I use to get frustrated working on the blog, copying from my word. Thanks again!!!

Posted by Ritu Desai, Virginia Realtor-Fairfax/Loudoun/PW-703-625-4949 (Samson Properties) almost 9 years ago

Brad - using it right now to insert my comment - thanks a lot  million!!!!   Love that feature, too!

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Brad- Great tool - we started using this yesterday and love the tool. Thanks again for the great resource.

Posted by Kevin Cottrell (Austin Real Estate Today) over 8 years ago

I have been looking around for information on blogging tools. I was found the Help/FAQ because of another member, and now I have my answer. Great!

Posted by Troy Pappas, Virginia Beach Home Inspector (Safe House Property Inspections) over 8 years ago

Figured it out kinda, just can't find where I can change colors!!

Posted by Renée Donohue, Las Vegas Real Estate Broker - www.urLVhome.com (Savvy Home Strategies Realty, LLC-REALTOR®-Estate-Probate) over 8 years ago

Thanks for the remedial lesson on this Brad.  Active Rain Rocks!

Posted by Renée Donohue, Las Vegas Real Estate Broker - www.urLVhome.com (Savvy Home Strategies Realty, LLC-REALTOR®-Estate-Probate) over 8 years ago

Renee - no problem, it was great getting a chance to talk with you today.  You always make me laugh and smile, thanks.  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) over 8 years ago
Hi Brad..Another Great how to Post for us..you certainly Rock. I'll be book marking this for reference. Thanks !
Posted by Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant (RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate) over 8 years ago

I've just got to 10000 points and I'm trying to check if my picture is included in my post.

Posted by Iryna Sysenko, Las Vegas and Henderson Real Estate (Realty One Group) over 8 years ago

Iryna - Congrats on hitting 10K, and your photo looks great!  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) over 8 years ago
Blog-N-Roll... The Win7 with FF has been resolved. They're still working on the kinks for FF Beta. Oh. This is TLW on iRene the iPhone. Don't even think about trying to break my phone :)
Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Thx TLW - what's the number???   ROFL~  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) over 8 years ago

Hey...

I was logged in. I have much to learn about iPhones now :)

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) over 8 years ago

I KNEW I should have come to you first!! I just spent a frustrating hour trying to comply with ScribeFire's requests for urls, etc.!!

 

Brad, you're so great!!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) over 8 years ago

Lottie...

This is where it starts and where the frustration ends :)

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) over 8 years ago

TLW - you forgot to mention the (2) tylenol required to get past the "frustration headaches" that can often occur!  :-))

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) over 8 years ago

My first use of Scribefire. I bookmarked this post time ago, finally I came back to it.

Thanks Brad!

Posted by Haris Dedic, Glenview Real Estate - Chicago North Shore (RE/MAX Villager 847-878-2588) over 8 years ago
Brad, thanks for the Scribefire resource--I'll have to check this out. Looks cool!
Posted by Tamara Camden Vacation Rental Agent (All Rentals 2 Remember, inc.) over 8 years ago

I'll try it -- need to load the FireFox first

Posted by Melanie Hedrick, 972-816-7205 (Elite Texas Properties, the best homes from McKinney to Dallas!) over 8 years ago

Brad-

I'm going to try ScribeFire, but I'd like to know what you think of this comment (similar to others) left on the ScribeFire comment section:

 

Beware, this tool secretly adds third party tracking information to your blog posts.

I will no longer be using this tool. The developer says that this behaviour is acceptable as there is an opt-out in the settings, but this should definitely be an opt-in piece of functionality. If the developer partakes in such shady practices, what other shenanigans will they get up too in future updates?


It took me quite some time to manually remove the code from my posts and I'm still not sure I got rid of it all.


Very disappointing.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars by zizee_com on February 17, 2010

Posted by Jim Hale, Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website (ACTIONAGENTS.NET) over 8 years ago

Brad-

Sorry to be so simple-minded but:

Where is the function key on my desk top keyboard (Microsoft)?  So I can do the Function plus F8 thing?

What do you mean by the edit mode on a post?  After you have already published the post and you go back to "edit" it?

 

Posted by Jim Hale, Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website (ACTIONAGENTS.NET) over 8 years ago

Hi Jim - regarding your first comment, I don't use that portion or function of scribefire, I only use the "add-on" that allows for the copy and paste feature using the FN + F8 shortcut keys.  The "FN" and "F8" keys are on every keyboard.  There will also be a small icon in the lower right corner of your browser, just click on that if you can't find the FN or F8 keys on your keyboard.  When you edit a post or create a new post, this is the only time you can use the "copy and paste" or "editing" feature.  Hope that helps my friend. :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) over 8 years ago

I missed this post but am glad Renne Burrows brought it to my attention. I need to experiment with this add on.

Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com) over 8 years ago

Thanks for putting this together. I never really knew what Scribefire did.

Posted by Ralph Gorgoglione, Hawaii and California Real Estate (800) 591-6121 (Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes) over 8 years ago

Good info here. I am going to give this a shot and see what I can do. After all, ones blog should be as colorful as they are!

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) over 8 years ago
Thanks Brad - This looks like a really cool tool. I have always wanted the ability to use different colored fonts. I'm off to download.
Posted by Pam Dent, REALTOR® - Charlottesville Virginia Homes / Horse (Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Hi Brad, they have come out with a version of scribefire for Safari...any hints on how to use it in this browser?

Posted by Stephen Foster (Macdonald Realty Victoria Inc.) about 8 years ago

Hey Stephen - I don't use Safari except on my iPhone, not sure I can help you much on that one. Just play with it, shouldn't be that much different than using it with any other browser. Just a couple hotkeys, or a launch icon, and then copy and paste my friend. :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) about 8 years ago

Awesome info! Thanks for dumbing it down for us!

Posted by Christa Borellini (Prudential California) about 8 years ago

Help!  I am copying and pasting, but when I paste the font type reverts back to a normal font.  The color stays, but the font type isn't transferring. 

Any ideas Brad?...

Posted by Christa Borellini (Prudential California) about 8 years ago

I'm having the same issue as Christa. I did a post today in Scribefire and when I C & P'd it into the AR WYSIWYG window, everything reverted to default AR formatting except one word. Never happened before...

Posted by Pat & Wayne Harriman, Broker/Owners, Wallingford CT Real Estate (Harriman Real Estate, LLC (203) 672-4499) about 8 years ago

Not sure why you're having any issues, i just tried it here and it seems to be working fine.

Maybe there was something going on with AR or Scribefire at the time you tried
to copy and paste?

 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) about 8 years ago

Whew, not just me then!  Had it happen with all my posts today.  Color stays but font won't change. 

Posted by Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches (BlueCoast Realty Corporation) about 8 years ago

Nothing going on with either Scribefire or FF as far as I can tell, Active Rain will simply not accept the formatting as I set it in Scribefire. Anything I copy and paste into the WYSIWYG window reverts to default AR font.

As a matter of fact, the post I wrote today I did in Windows LiveWriter and C & P'd into AR, and AR did not accept that formatting either. I have no clue why!

Here is a sample from LiveWriter

I did the above in the "Pristina" font in WLW and it kept the color, but not the font.

Here is a sample from ScribeFire

I did this in ScribeFire; AR kept the color, but again did not keep the font, which should be Comic Sans. Not sure what's happening.

Posted by Pat & Wayne Harriman, Broker/Owners, Wallingford CT Real Estate (Harriman Real Estate, LLC (203) 672-4499) about 8 years ago

I was playing around with this and discovered something else. If I right click here in the comment box and select "Paste", this is what is displayed:

Here is a sample from ScribeFire

However, if I use Ctrl + V to paste, it brings up a box where you paste your content and then it inserts it into the post/comment as plain text, losing all the formatting, like this:

Here is a sample from ScribeFire

The above liine should look the same as the first sample in blue, but using the copy/paste box strips all the formatting out completely, font AND color. So, now I'm more confused than ever...

Posted by Pat & Wayne Harriman, Broker/Owners, Wallingford CT Real Estate (Harriman Real Estate, LLC (203) 672-4499) about 8 years ago

Yes, you need to use the mouse right click, ctrl+v will open a popup which strips everything from your copied entry.  Maybe AR changed something about accepting the font types and styles, I'll have to check that out when I get back into town!  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) about 8 years ago

Did AR Make a change to this?  Nope!

It seems to be keeping the font style and type when I try it.....   hmmmm.  

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) about 8 years ago

Yo Blog-N-Roll Brad...

I think the issue may relate to not saving a ScribeFire entry before copying. I could be wrong. That happened to me once :)

Good to see you btw. How's that dungeon working out? :)

TLW...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) about 8 years ago

OK, I've formatted my sample in Monotype Corsiva, which is what your comment above is done in. Here is what it looks like when I right click, copy it, then right click and paste it here:

Here is a sample from ScribeFire

It strips the font, but not the color. I have no clue what's going on, if it's a setting on my PC or what. I'm using the most recent version of ScribeFire on FF 3.6.9, so my content should be able to copy and paste like yours does. Very strange.

Posted by Pat & Wayne Harriman, Broker/Owners, Wallingford CT Real Estate (Harriman Real Estate, LLC (203) 672-4499) about 8 years ago

I'm having the same problem.  Have even re-loaded ScribeFire to see if that would do the trick.  No luck.

Posted by Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches (BlueCoast Realty Corporation) about 8 years ago

Could it be, Brad, that because you're AR staff, you have a little different input or something than others?  I ask only because this is clearly an issue that is happening to several people and the only difference between you and us is that.

It's actually stripping font and size (at least on me).  I uninstalled scribefire and reinstalled starting with the oldest version that would still work on the updated firefox and moved up from there.  None fixed the issue.

Posted by Roger Johnson, Realtor - Hickory NC Real Estate (Hickory Real Estate Group) about 8 years ago

Roger - you may be right, I'll have to see if I get special priviledges that I'm unaware of?

It Wouldn't make sense that I could change the fonts or font type and others couldn't though?  They used to be able to?  Hmm...

That hardly seems like something the AR programmers would need to protect or keep from members... but then again...

:-O  LOL~

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) about 8 years ago

Hello Brad,

Newbie Karen here.  Very new to AR and blogging so apologies if I sound "dumb"  lol

ok, so I downloaded Firefox and was finally able to get Scribefire installed (took three attempts but now it's on my computer)

I opened up my blog to create a "test".  I'm in WYSIWYG and I saved as a draft.  Then opened up Scribefire and it's visible in the lower part of my screen, as you described.  I typed in Scribefire some additional text, with new color and a larger font.  Then highlighted my new large red font, and ctrl C'd it.  Then moved browser back into the AR blog, one line below my original testing text. Hit ctrl V but instead of the stuff from Scribefire "pasting" into AR, I get a small box that pops up that says, "Paste as plain text".....I decided to give that a try, so I pasted the Scribefire text into this pop up box.  When I hit "insert", it inserts into the AR blog, the text verbiage I had in Scribefire, but it reverts my pretty red lettering, back to the standard font, that the AR blog provides. 

Hope that made sense and any assistance appreciated.

Thanks!

best, Karen

Posted by Karen Burket, Valley Mortgage Grou, Conventional, FHA, VA, mortgages (Bank of Oregon a division of Willamette Valley Bank ) almost 8 years ago

Hi Karen - sorry for the delay in my response. Try using the right-click on your mouse to copy, and then the right click on your mouse to paste.  This is a work around for using Internet Explorer as your browser.  Regarding the color and size of fonts on AR, here's what IO have found.

ActiveRain has made some improvements and changes to the way this all works now. As you can see in the post above, the HTML code still represents the fonts the way I wanted them to appear, but now you have to use the HTML tab if you want to really create some cool fonts and colors etc. Some HTML is no longer compatible with AR and maybe one day, they'll create an interface for blog posts that will look something like this:

But until then, you'll need to use the proper html codes to achieve the same as in the post above.  You can see these codes on any web page by selecting "VIEW" and then "PAGE SOURCE" or "VIEW CODE" from your Firefox or Explorer Browser, that will give you the proper HTML code that is compatible with ActiveRain.  Here's an example of what the Blog post above looks like in HTML.  I highlighted the color code so you can see the specific HTML needed to do this.

I hope this helps, if not, call me and I'll try and walk you through it over the phone if you need. :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) almost 8 years ago

Boy - now I'm more confused than ever. I have the same problem ... get it all looking nice in scribefire, then copy and it pastes as plain text.

The right click doesn't work - in fact it does nothing at all. The only response comes from using control C and Control V.

I'm using Firefox - is that the problem?

In your answer above, are you saying Scribefire no longer works and if we want different fonts, etc. we need to write in HTML? But we can't go back and forth to see how it looks, right?

Posted by Marte Cliff, your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) over 7 years ago
Marte - it's been a while since this post was written and some things may have changed yet again. You can go back and forth between wysiwyg and HTML, just save your work each time before you do. Regarding the scribefire tools, I'll look into what's happening asap. Thanks. :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) over 7 years ago

Just found this post, thank you very much for the info!!  I can't wait to begin trying this way of posting.

Posted by Jeff Coon, Branch Manager (Annie Mac Home Mortgage) over 7 years ago

Hi Brad, Can you help?  I have been trying to install Scripefire and I am having problems.  I am thinking that it is user error, but is there anyway that you can help?

Posted by Michelle Forneris, Realtor Specializing in SW Florida Homes (Century 21 Sunbelt) over 7 years ago

Hi Michelle - give me a ring on Monday and I'll try and walk you through it over the phone.  707 646-1876.  Or you can wait for me to come to Florida in May...   :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) over 7 years ago

I have FINALLY after several tries been successful using Scribefire thanks to this blog. Thank YOU!!!!

Posted by David Artigliere, ARTI Home Inspections, ASHI Certified Home Inspect (Reading, Pottstown, Norristown, Philadelphia) over 7 years ago

David - glad you found this and were successful with it. Maybe the new management team here at AR will implement some of these standard features into the editing console at some point, I know that at Real Estate 411 it's easy since it's just part of the editing bar. Would love to see AR do something like that here as well.

 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) over 7 years ago

As an AR newbie this post gould not have come sooner! Thanks, Brad.

Posted by Taher Kasubhai, West Hills,Woodland Hills,Chatsworth (Canoga Park,Simi Valley,Northridge,Tarzana,Reseda,Encino,LA) over 7 years ago

Thanks, Brad. I just downloaded Scribefire and it will be a great tool in my blogs.

Posted by Donnie McKinney, Donnie McKinney CCIM, Coldwell Banker Commercial (Coldwell Banker Commercial Purchase Realty Group) over 7 years ago

I tried scribefire finally, after blogging since last August.  I love the color choices and I know I am going to enjoy using it, but can you tell me how I load pictures in my blog.  It says make sure you have your picture in FTP format and I don't know what that means?  Thanks so much.

Posted by Ellen Kippel, Licensed NY and NJ realtor 914-588-2365 (Weichert Realtors) over 7 years ago

Hi Ellen - I would just use the photo upload tool here on AR for getting images into your posts, not scribefire.  That would be for using FTP on an outside Blog or site instead. 

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) over 7 years ago

Thank you Brad! You are still with us and helping! I really miss your being part of AR! Zillow is not my favorite place in the world! I had a client ask just this past week about 3 homes he just found in Zillow.....one closed 3 months ago, one closed a month ago and the other closed last week but was under contract for almost 2 months and Zillow was still showing it as active. NOT cool.....

I am going to write my first scribefire post tonight............am attempting to transition from IE to Firefox. It is not easy, getting used to how things are bookmarked and having all my stored info not getting transferred over........

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 7 years ago

Hey Barbara Jo - Thanks for stopping by and commenting. 

We teach a class at ZillowAcademy.com that you would most certainly benefit from.  We discuss exactly what you mention in your comment.  100% of those who attend the FREE webinar come away with a much better understanding of why and how this happens but more importantly, they know how to use the tools and information we share with you to help not only address this with clients and prospects, but how to turn this around and into a sales and conversion opportunity. 

I sure hope you'll take the time to see what I'm talking about and sign up for the "But Zillow Says..." class we offer every month.  Heck, I'll even do it for you one -on-one...if you're interested that is.  Looking forward to hearing from you or seeing you there.  Have a safe and sane 4th of July!  :-)

PS - If you need help with your explorer browser, firefox browser, and your scribefire, I'll help you with all that too. 

See, Zillow isn't all that bad after-all now are they?  Who else is going to drop whatever they're doing to make sure you're taken care of....  and do it for FREE to boot?  <BIG SMILE!!!>

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) over 7 years ago

This helps greatly! Thank you!

Posted by Sean Williams, Your Louisville Realtor (AcklesWilliams of Semonin Realtors) over 7 years ago

Thanks for the lesson. Once I downloaded it then I tried to follow the directions they gave me, of course it didn't work so I cam to search ut the answer and you gave it to me! Loved your wordpress class yesterday!

Posted by Marie Westerman, New Homes Sales Specialist Evans GA REALTOR (Blanchard and Calhoun Real Estate/ Wilson Parker Homes) about 7 years ago

Hi Marie - thanks, and I'm glad that you found this post and I'm always happy to see you at any of my articles or webinars.  Thank you soooo much!  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) about 7 years ago

Glad I found this blog I am checking into it now!

Posted by Amy Robinson, Realtor, Scottsdale Arizona Homes For Sale (London Pierce Real Estate) about 7 years ago

LOTS of great info here, but i think it will take a month to read all these comments.. I may have to read the basics and go from there??

Posted by Janis Borgueta, LIC RE Salesperson (Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ) almost 7 years ago

Janis - haha~ sometimes it takes me a month just to write these darn posts.  One thing about blogging is that we can't stop time or change. You'll notice the video in this post no longer exists, and I'm actually using Chrome as my browser now.  I gess I better go see if scribefire is even around anymore too?  lol~  

Thanks for stopping by and for commenting, that's the most important thing and part I love most about blogs here on AR.  I hope that never changes.   :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) almost 7 years ago

Brad, this post is revived again! I'm sure I commented in 2009 but it was just reblogged and now I'm going to have to give Scribefire another try!

Sharon

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) about 6 years ago

Let me know how it works for you Sharon.
"The Post Still Lives!"
I Love an article with a long shelf-life~   :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) about 6 years ago

Read and started using Scribefire. So much easier to use than anything else I have tried.

Posted by Than Maynard, Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862 (Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma) about 6 years ago

OK, gonna try it myself. I've read/skimmed over most posts above, so HOPEFULLY I will know enuff not to be dangerous!

Posted by Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Associate Broker, email: Travis@theSOLDman.me / cell: 334-494-7846 (Team Linda Simmons, Enterprise, AL 36330) about 6 years ago

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