screenshot_0.jpgAs we build out the site, I’ll lift the hood on how we work and what tools are used. We’re running on my fav blogging publishing tool Moveable Type here at Makezine.com. I’ll eventually use Ecto for posting, but for now I am using Firefox on my Mac for most things. Soon, adding a lot of devices as well. Here are the FireFox extensions and some of the other applications installed on my system, figured it would be useful to someone out there or maybe there are things others can suggest….fox

The first thing, spell check– with SpellBound. SpellBound with check any form on a page. Install it here, and get the appropriate Dictionary here.

Next up, uploading images– I wanted to upload them to the same spot each time with the date as part of the directory, turns out someone made exactly what I was looking for. Install GreaseMonkey here. Then, install the User Script “Set MovableType upload directory” from Scribbling.net here.

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I needed to change the script which was located in library/application support/firefox/profiles.default.tnn/extensions/ one of the folders in there will have a chrome/greasemonkeyfolder/ in there go to content/scripts/and open one of the script (I renamed it to .txt, edited, then removed the extension. I change the last line to this…

document.forms[0].extra_path_archive.value=’images/’+dateString+’/’;

This with fill in the upload directory along with the date.

In firefox go to tools > manage user scripts.

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Click set-mt-upload-dir click the * click remove, click add, then use paste the url to your site.

http://www.yoursite.com/mt/mt.cgi?__mode=start_upload&blog_id=1

This tells it to only do it for this specific site. Click okay, quit FireFox. The info will be filled out in the form when you upload.

I also have chunks of text I frequently use, so I found that Signature, found here, did what I needed. It adds a new option when you right click to add text.

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I have it add the following in many of my posts–” email, AIM/iChat or Skype me”.

That’s pretty much it, the other application I’m using is “Resize!” found here. This will resize an entire folder of images and from there I just upload the batched out images.

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