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We got quite a few requests from high-end bloggers asking for Markdown support so we have added it to Blogsy.

If you want to use Markdown then you first need to turn it on in the Settings menu. Settings -> General Settings -> Markdown.

When Markdown support is turned on there will be a Markdown icon on the dock.

Tap on the Markdown icon in the dock to open the Markdown editor.

When you first open the Markdown editor you will see a full white screen. Tap on the screen to open the keyboard. As you can see in the image above we have added an extended keyboard for Markdown.

Write your post using Markdown or paste your Markdown in. When you are done typing tap on the “Done” button in the extended keyboard.

Blogsy will convert your Markdown to standard HTML so you can then drag images and videos into your post if you would like and publish your post to your blog.

*** In the version of Blogsy currently found in the App Store you can write Markdown on the HTML Side and publish from the HTML Side without flipping to the Rich Side and the Markdown will be sent to your blog.

 

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Satyr (Blogsy 4.2) can now be found on the App Store.

This is the full list of the things we have added, changed and fixed in this update. But I will be doing  blog posts each day explaining and showing with screenshots the features we have added and the changes we made.

 

[Added]

  1. Markdown Support – Add support for writing and converting Markdown.
  2. HTML Keyboard – Added option to turn on an extended keyboard for typing HTML.
  3. History – Keeps versions of your post so you can revert back to a previous version.
  4. Save Button – We added a save button so you can save a version.
  5. Add URL scheme – If other apps add support for this URL scheme then you can send content from another app into Blogsy to create a blog post.
  6. Resize to thumbnail – When you drag in an image to your blog post from the iPad photo library iOS provides Blogsy with an address to where that image can be found on the iPad. If the image can no longer be found at that address Blogsy will display a message and resize the images to 100 by 100 which can’t be found to make it easier to find which images have the problem and need to be deleted and dragged in again.
  7. Added Draft setting for TypePad blogs.
  8. Added parsing when fetching Joomla posts to check for special HTML entities and converting them to plain text.
  9. Triple “+” tap – If you tap three times quickly on the plus button “+” it will move the current open post to the local draft list and start a new post.

[Changed]

  1. User Interface (UI) changes.
    1. Moved button for the (direct/envelope) upload option to the top of the iPad Photo Library panel.
    2. Moved Local drafts from the Post Info. menu to the Plus button menu.
    3. Moved Online post list from Post Info. menu to the Online menu next to the Plus button menu.
    4. Moved the Default Photo Upload Location setting option for the General Settings menu to the Post Info. menu.
    5. Search bars – Changed the style of all the search bars at the top of the panels.
  2. Vimeo – Blogsy now detects and uses original video dimensions of dragged in video.
  3. Posterous – The Posterous API no longer functions and Posterous will be shutting down soon so we removed Posterous from Blogsy.
  4. Changed from Crittercism to Crashlytics to track crashes.
  5. Switching Button – For UI reasons the option to enable/disable the switching button in the General Settings button was removed.
  6. Tumblr – Tumblr changed their OAuth so Tumblr users could not set up their blogs in Blogsy. We have updated our code to work with that new Tumblr OAuth.
  7. Instagram – Instagram changed their OAuth so OAuth users could not set up their Instagram accounts in Blogsy. Instagram reverted back to the OAuth for a few weeks then will change to this new OAuth again. We changed the code so you will be able to set up your account with the old or new OAuth.
  8. iPad Photo Library Refresh – If you drag an image from the web browser and save it to your iPad photo library then Blogsy will refresh that view so you will see the new image right away instead of you first having to tap on another dock item to force a refresh.

[Bug Fixes]

  1. Link crash fixed – If you tried to create a link and you pasted in a URL with a blank space at the beginning of the URL Blogsy would crash.
  2. Freezing problem fixed – If Blogy could not find the photo on the iPad/Photostream at the address that iOS provided then Blogsy would freeze. Now Blogsy will display a message saying that the image(s) cannot be found at the address iOS provided.
  3. WordPress tag refresh fixed – When you created a new tag Blogsy would not refresh the list of tags.
  4. Invalid HTML crash fixed – Blogsy would crash when trying to post or if you tapped on the Post. Info. button and there was mismatched brackets (< and >) in the HTML.
  5. Flickering bug fixed – If your blog sends back an error message you get an option to email that to us. After choosing one of the options in this menu the screen would flicker until you cleared Blogsy from memory and launched it again.

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Blogsy 4.1.5 is now in the App Store.

This is what can be found in this update.

[Bug Fixes]

1. Photo Library – Fixed a crashing problem if you’re running pre iOS 5.1 and try to access the iPad photo library.

2. WordPress – If your blog did not have the title set then Blogsy would not set up the media library.

3. Link Setting – If your link URL had a space in front of the URL Blogsy would crash.

4. Naver Blogs – Blogsy would show an error report popup when Naver blog users tried to publish a post which had unicode data in it.

[Added]

1. Show “Can’t Use Emoji” message when you’re trying to use the Emoji keyboard. Blogs don’t recognize the iOS Emoji code so they delete post content after the Emoji in a post.

2. MovableType – support multiple category setting and fetching.

3. Blogger – Blogger chooses to us a tag instead of the standard

tag. For Blogsy to conform with this the post is parsed and

tags are converted to two tags and

tags are converted to a single tag when publishing. Now there is an option in the Settings menu to turn off this parsing and converting.

[Improved]

1. Memory usage improvement for using photos in the iPad photo library.

[Changes]

1. WordPress – Blogsy no longer publishes a post as “Standard” if the post format is not set. Instead Blogsy sends empty post format information and WordPress will set it to “Standard” itself. This means there will no longer be a second “Standard” post format created and a listing of your posts in the WP-Admin will no longer show “Standard”.

[Updates]

1. Critercism library to 3.4.0

 

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Cerberus (Blogsy 4.1) brings three big new features.

[Features]

1) Offline/Direct adding of photos from the iPad photo library – Yep, we finally figured out how to make it possible to add photos from the iPad Photo library to a post without having to upload the images first. This also means that you will be able to add photos to a post when you are offline. We will have a how-to video up later today showing how this new feature works.

2) Facebook integration – That’s right, now you can drag in photos from your Facebook account to your blog posts. This means you can easily blog about photos on your Facebook account and also photos you have been tagged in. Also, Blogsy now give you the ability to upload photos to your Facebook account with. This way you wont have to have the same photo on Facebook and also in your blog media library. Photos that you upload with Blogsy to your Facebook account will not be added to your timeline. If you want them to be added to your timeline then you can go to your Facebook account in a desktop browser and add them to your timeline.

If you are a current Blogsy user and want to add Facebook go to the Settings menu -> Service Settings -> Manage Dock Items -> Add A New Item -> Then tap on Facebook. This will add it to the dock in Blogsy and you can set up your Facebook account.

3) Featured Image – Yes, Blogsy already had Featured Image support. But that required you to make some changes to the PHP files on your server. Now, if you are running WordPress 3.4 or later then Blogsy will detect that and you won’t have to make those PHP file changes. This also means that WordPress.com users will now be able to set the Featured Image with Blogsy.

[Bugs Fixed]

1) If users tried to post with custom fields that included location data the user manually put in, Blogsy would crash.

2) Metaweblog conflict – If a user had a TypePad, Joomla or SquareSpace blog set up then would try to set up a metaweblog blog Blogsy would crash.

3) In certain circumstances Blogsy would crash when uploading images to a Drupal media library.

4) Metaweblog blogs – incorrect date type problem when trying to post or update.

5) Joomla blogs – some servers required a specific URL to the xmlrpc file.

5) XMLRPC blogs – Blogsy won’t clear a post if an error occurs while posting or updating a post.

6) NAVER blogs – Blogsy would always publish the post as private.

7) Browser button – Infrequently, Blogsy would crash when tappong the browser button in the dock.


 

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Thank you to everyone that got involved in helping us come up with the codename for Blogsy 4.1. We were blown away by how many great names people suggested. It made it really tough to choose one. But as a bonus we now have a great list for future versions.

We decided to go with Cerberus because there are 3 of us developing Blogsy and the three heads fit with that.

Cerberus will bring a feature that users have been begging for since we first released Blogsy. We finally figured out a way to do it within the confines of the iOS SDK. And the second feature Cerberus will bring is something we think users will get a lot of use out of but I am sure many haven't even thought about having it integrated. I will give more details the closer Apple gets to approving Cerberus.

 

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Want a tweet in your blog post?

July 16th, 2012 | Posted by Lance in Blogsy | Fun | How-To | iPad | User Requests - (2 Comments)

I wrote a post a while ago about how to easily add a tweet to a blog post if you are a WordPress user. This easy insertion is possible because WordPress parses the URL and if it is a twitter URL it automatically creates the embedding. But I got a question on Facebook asking if it were possible to add a tweet to a post if you are a Blogger user.

The short answer is, YES. Matter of fact, you can do it for any of the blogging platforms. But unfortunately it is not as easy to do as it is with WordPress. The reason it is not as easy is that Twitter does not provide a way to grab the embed code if you are on a mobile device.

But it is possible and these are the steps to do it.

1) Open Blogsy's built-in browser and sign into your twitter account.

2) Once you are signed into your twitter account enter the following URL in the address bar and hit enter. http://mobile.twitter.com/settings/change_ui This will take you to the desktop view of your twitter account. I suggest you set this URL up as a bookmark in the Settings menu in Blogsy to make it easier in the future.

3) Find the tweet you want to add to your blog post then tap on it.

4) At the bottom of that tweet tap on “Details”

5) Now tap on “Embed this Tweet”

6) Now select all of the HTML embed code and copy it.

7) Flip to the HTML Side in Blogsy and paste that code where you want the tweet to appear in your post.

When you flip back to the Rich Side in Blogsy it will look like what you see in this image.

8) When you publish your post it will look like this.

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2 more days until we think Apple will approve Medusa.

A couple more things we have added to Blogsy in Medusa.

Open Image in Browser – Is it hard to tell from the thumbnail image which image you want to use in your blog post? Now you can double tap on it and the image will open in the browser so you can see the full size image.

Posted with Blogsy – Some users have requested, and we also wanted to add, a “Posted with Blogsy” footer at the end of the post when a blog post gets published with Blogsy. We are trying to get the word out about Blogsy and we hope this will help. But don't worry, if you don't like this kind of stuff, then it's easy to turn off. Of course It'd be so cool if you'd leave it on but that call is up to you.

This shows that it is turned on and will add this message to the bottom of a blog post when it gets published.

If you want to turn it off or change what it says then just tap on it and you will be taken to the setting for it.

If you turn it off and later want to turn it back on then you can find the Footer Message setting in the Settings menu. Settings menu -> General Settings -> Footer Message

See you tomorrow for what I hope is the last day of reveals before Apple approves Medusa.

 

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Getting close – only 3 more days until we think Apple will approve Medusa.

Video alignment & size settings and an easy Blockquote creation function are a couple more things Medusa will bring.

Video Alignment & Size – Now there are options in the Video Settings menu to set alignment and also to easily adjust the size of the video to the dimensions you want.

Easy Blockquote Creation – So, you have found some good information on the net which you are writing about or supports what you have written in your post. In the current version of Blogsy you could copy that and paste it to your post then select it and create a Blockquote out of it. You would want to give credit to where you got that quote from too so you could copy the page/post title then paste it into your blog post then select it and drag in the link. It's all easy enough but we realize a lot of bloggers quote material from other sites so we wanted to make it easier.

Copy the phrase or paragraph from the page/post/site like you normally would do.

Put the cursor in your blog post where you want the blockquote to be. (Important – if it's where you see a grey triangle then you have to do one backspace before pasting. Our how-to video will be up next week showing blockquote creation.) Now tap the “paste” option in the iOS bubble.

Tap on the “Blockquote” option.

Now, you want to give credit to where you got the quote from, right? Just tap on the Link Drag In Button to get the “Copy Page Title” option and tap on it. (Remember, if you have selected text in your post to create a link then you drag in the Link Drag in Button, don't tap on it.)

Put the cursor where you want the quote credit to go then double tap to get the bubble to come up. Tap on “Paste”.

See you all tomorrow for a couple of other features coming in Medusa.

 

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4 more days (we’re pretty sure) until Apple approves Medusa.

Now on to two more things we have added in Medusa.

1) View Post – Now you will be able to view your post with your blog’s theme with the touch of a button. There are a couple of different places you will find this capability.

If you go to the Post Info. menu then look at your “online” listing you will see an eye next to the posts you will be able to view. The only platform which gives us the ability to view draft posts is WordPress. Each blogging platform is different so you will need to see what your platform allows.

WordPress – notice the eye next to the drafts.

Blogger

Just tap on an eye and that post will open in Blogsy’s built in browser.

There is another place where you will see this “view” option. After you have published, if your blogging platform supports it you will be given an option to view the post.

This means that if you are using WordPress you you will see this view option even if you are posting it as a draft. So if you want to preview your post in your blog theme before you publish it then you can set it as a draft, then choose the option to “Post & Keep Local Draft” and then hit the “view” option. You will then see the draft on your blog. If you like the way it looks then change it to “Published” and update it. If not then keep on typing or formatting and then update and view it again.

2) Multiple Image Uploads for Tumblr – Now you can upload up to 5 images at a time for a Tumblr photo post.

There are a couple of things to realize about this feature though. 1) The API only really supports a single photo to be uploaded with a post. So this is a workaround the developers figured out. But in order to do this the file size has to be reduced. If people are viewing the images on the net this shouldn’t really matter though. 2) The API does not show how much has been uploaded so there is no way we can show something like an uploading progress bar. This mean if you are uploading 5 images you will have to just be patient as it is publishing the post.

Come back tomorrow to see more things added to Blogsy in Medusa.

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5 days and counting until Apple approves Medusa.

So today's two feature reveals are image captions and Geotagging.

1) Image Captions – There is no standard HTML for image captions. And because Blogsy supports so many different platforms it has taken us quite a while to figure out how to support image captions for the different platforms. Because the platforms are different there are things you need to be aware of.

Medusa (Blogys 4.0)

a) Adding a Caption – You add your caption in the Image Settings menu.

You will not see your caption in the post in Blogsy. But when you publish your blog post it will be there.

Okay, now for the things you should be aware of.

If you fetch a post from your blog and it has images with captions it will work differently depending on the blogging platform you are using.

a) The WordPress way – WordPress has their own HTML for captions. So when you fetch a post from your blog to edit in Blogsy, if the post has images with captions, the captions will not show below the images. But if you open the Image Settings menu you will see the image captions in the Caption field.

b) Blogger and other platforms way – Blogger and the other platforms use tables to have image captions. Becuase of this, when you fetch a post to edit in Blogsy which has image captions, the captions will show in the blog post but not in the Image Settings menu. This means you have to be careful about a few things.

  • If you want to edit the caption in this situation you tap on the caption in the main body and edit it.
  • Do not add another caption in the Image Settings menu
  • If you fetch a post from Blogger or one of the other platforms then want to publish it to WordPress you should get rid of the table HTML and caption on the HTML Side then write the caption in the Image Settings menu. Therefore I would suggest that you first publish your posts to WordPress then to Blogger or one of the other platforms if you are posting the same blog post to multiple blogs.

 

2) Geotagging – This is a WordPress only feature because it works through custom fields which the other platforms don't support.

Just go to the bottom of the Post Info. menu and turn on Geotagging for your post. Now, if your blog theme supports Geotagging or you have a plugin which uses this information to display something in your posts you can use Blogsy to set the location.

See you all tomorrow with information about other new things coming in Medusa.

 

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