This update was to address a change Flickr made in their API which would cause Blogsy to crash when you tapped on the Flickr icon in the dock. And you could not set up new Flickr accounts. Now Blogsy works with the new Flickr API so this will no longer happen.
If you have previously set up a Flickr account in Blogsy and you tap on the Flickr icon in the dock then you will get kicked out of Blogsy.
Or if you try to set up a new Flickr account in Blogsy you will see the following error message.
“Oops, Flickr doesn’t recognize the “frob” this application is trying to use.”
The reason for these problems is that Flickr has changed their API. This means we have to change the programming in Blogsy to work with the changed API then submit Blogsy to Apple for their approval.
Recently Tumblr changed their OAuth callback from “http://xxx” to “https:/xxx”. This means that if you tried to set up a Tumblr blog then Tumblr would send back an error. This update fixes that so you will be able to set up a Tumblr blog again.
Also, in a unique set of steps Blogsy was not stripping out some junk HTML that iOS adds when typing in the webview. We fixed that so now that junk HTML gets stripped out in that situation.
We added one other bug fix to this update. If you try to add a link by going into the iOS popup bubble (instead of the drag-in method) and manually entering the URL in the Link Settings menu this could cause Blogsy to crash if you follow a certain set of steps. We have fixed this in this update.
Apple takes about a week to approve updates so this update will be in the App Store in about a week.
Tumblr has changed their OAuth callback URL from “http://xxx” to “https://xxx”. This means Tumblr sends back an error when trying to set up a blog. You can see what happens in the following screenshots when trying to set up a Tumblr blog.
This only effects people trying to set up their blog. If you have already set up your Tumblr blog in Blogsy then you will not have a problem.
We have fixed this so now Blogsy will work with either OAuth callback url (http, https).
We are adding one other fix to this update and then we will submit it to Apple. Apple takes about a week to approve updates and once they do then the update with these fixes will be in the App Store. I will do another blog post as soon as we submit this update to Apple and will update that blog post when Apple approves it.
The following items are in this update.
1) TextExpander – TextExpander now works with the new methods TextExpander requires. To update your snippets there is a button in Settings -> General Settings -> “Refresh TexExpander Snippets”.
2) TextExpander – TextExpander now works on the Rich Side in Blogsy.
3) Copy & Paste – Very rarely iOS adds some hidden code in the copy & paste content. Typically the ascii codes are from 0 to 127. But the ascii code for this hidden code is 8232. Blogs do not understand this ASCII code when publishing through the API so the blog will send back an error code. Blogsy now strips out this ASCII code if it is found when pasting something in from another app or website.
4) Local draft images after update – When you update an app the address to the database gets changed. This means that after an update Blogsy can no longer find the display image to display it in the local draft. The post is actually fine and if you were to publish it the photos would appear in your post correctly. It's just that Blogsy is not able to display the images if the local draft created before the update had images from the iPad photo library in it. This update fixes this issue, so any updates after this one will no longer have this problem.
This is our latest update to fix a bug and to update a few things.
But before I get into the details of what is in this update I need to ask for feedback. According to the reviews in the App Store some people had some problems after our last update. We do a thorough testing before we submit an update and we would never submit an update if we were having any problems in our testing. So we really need people that have a problem to email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let us know the problem. We need the details so we can try to reproduce it and figure it out. Unfortunately Apple does not provide us with any way to contact the people leaving the review in the App Store so we can't contact them for details. And we are not having any problems here so there is nothing for us to look into or test.
I would also like to ask people to take a few minutes to leave a review. These reviews are the most important factor in determining sales for an app. If mainly the people that are leaving reviews are the ones having a problem then the sales plummet and we have trouble paying our bills. Sorry for being so direct about this but we have reached a critical stage.
Now, on to a happier subject. The following is what can be found in this update.
1) Flickr orientation update: As I talked about in a previous post, Flickr changed their API and this caused images that are in portrait orientation to be sized based on landscape orientation in Blogsy. We have figured out a way to program around this Flickr API change so this update fixes that.
2) TextExpander update: Apple forced TextExpander to make changes to their programming. The results of that are that all apps using TextExpander have to be updated. This only effects iOS7 users. In Blogsy you will now find a “Refresh TextExpander Snippets” button in the Settings menu. Settings -> General Settings -> Refresh TextExpander Snippets.
3) Squarespace 5 bug: Blogsy would crash the first time you tried to update a post to your blog. This is fixed.
4) Translation update: Two French words were incorrectly translated.
We have had a few people have their blog send back a 425 error with the following message. This account has two step authentication enabled. Please configure an application-specific password to use with this application.
This happens when the Google Authenticator plugin is being used on a WordPress blog but it has not been set up for support for
These are the steps to set up your blog in Blogsy if you are using the Google Authenticator plugin.
1) Sign into your WP-admin in a browser.
2) Go to the Google Authenticator Settings. In the WP Admin go to Users -> Your Profile and you will find the Google Authenticator settings.
3) Enable the App Password feature.
4) Click the “Create new password” Button. (See the screenshot below). It will give you some code like the following. “JB67 CX3K 4YQE KGKW”. Save you settings.
5) Use the code as your password when setting up your blog in Blogsy. (Ignore the empty spaces between the groups of characters so the password will look like this “JB67CX3K4YQEKGWK”.)
There is a bug in the Flickr API which is causing a problem in Blogsy. I will go through an explanation of the problem and a workaround until Flickr resolves this or we are able to come up with a way to program around it.
When you drag in an image to your post from Flickr Blogsy sends a request of details about that photo to Flickr through the API. Along with other information, we get the dimensions of that image. From the dimensions or the original sized image Flickr provides we size the image for placement in your blog post. By default Blogsy resizes it to 500 pixels for the longest side. (There's an option in the Settings menu to change the number of pixels to resize it to.)
But Flickr changed something in their API so the original sized image dimensions are not correct. This problem only happens with photos that are in portrait orientation.
In this screenshot you can see that I dragged in photo in the portrait orientation but it is being resized as a photos in landscape orientation. So the picture is stretch out and obviously not displaying correctly.
In this screenshot you can see our test results when we do the Flickr API test. Notice the dimensions of the “Original” sized image. The dimensions are reversed and this is why the image is showing up incorrectly in Blogsy. We have pointed to these incorrect dimension numbers with the red arrows in the image below.
We have requested support from Flickr for this. If you would like to see our support request and follow our communication with them you can see it here – http://www.flickr.com/help/forum/en-us/72157638375356504/
Hopefully Flickr will get this fixed quickly. If not then we will attempt to figure out a way to program around this bug.
The following is a temporary workaround until Flickr fixes the bug or we are able to figure out a way to program around the bug and that update comes out in the App Store.
1) First drag in your image or images.
2) Flip to the HTML Side in Blogsy and locate the image embed code. In the image embed code select the width and height information and delete it. (be careful to only delete the width and height information and not any other part of the embed code.)
After you delete it, it will look like this.
3) Flip back to the Rich Side and your photo will be correctly displayed.
One user reported that he kept getting a network error message when trying to upload to his blog. When we tested uploading to his blog using PUPS we found that his blog required a timeout parameter to be set in the uploading request. So this update is just to add a a 30 second timeout parameter to the uploading request.
Do you have two YouTube accounts associated with one Google ID?
Some people have two accounts; one connected to their basic gmail account and one connected to their Google+ account, which both are associated with the same Google ID. The following are the steps to be able to set up both of those YouTube accounts in Blogsy. Google provides this so users can take advantage of 3rd party apps.
First set up new login credentials for your Google+ account.
Here are the steps to set up login credentials for the Google+ page. Google’s original FAQ about this can be found here – (https://support.google.com/
- Open Google+. Place your cursor in the top left corner for the Google+ main menu.
- Click Pages.
- Click Manage this page on the page for which you’d like to set up your username and password.
- Click Settings in the bar at the top of the page.
- Scroll down to “Third party tools” and click Set up a password.
Note: Only a page owner can request a page password.
Second, once you have those new login credentials go to Blogsy and set up your YouTube account.
In Blogsy go to Settings -> Service Settings -> Manage Dock Items -> YouTube -> Add a New Account, and set up your YouTube account.