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Blogsy 4.2.9 is now in the App Store

February 5th, 2014 | Posted by Jusung in Blogsy | Bugs | Improve | iPad | Update - (2 Comments)

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 (info@fomola.com) 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.



Blogsy and Google Authenticator

December 12th, 2013 | Posted by Lance in Blogsy | FAQ | Fomola | How-To | Information | iPad - (0 Comments)

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.

Screen Shot 2013-12-05 at 6.38.20 PM


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.



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/plus/answer/2882201)

  1. Open Google+. Place your cursor in the top left corner for the Google+ main menu.
  2. Click Pages.
  3. Click Manage this page on the page for which you’d like to set up your username and password.
  4. Click Settings in the bar at the top of the page.
  5. 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.

Happy Blogging!



What can be found in this update:

  1. Updated to use the latest TextExpander Framework so once again users can use TextExpander on the HTML Side in Blogsy.
  2. Added back in the option to “Remove Style” when pasting something into Blogsy.
  3. Fixed the More tag compatibility issue with iOS7
  4. Fixed the preview draft problem for self-hosted WordPress users which appeared after the latest update of WordPress.
  5. Added support for the Open ID log in using Facebook or Google ID when setting up a Flickr account in Blogsy.
  6. Added a message explaining that some of the formatting options don’t work when there is an iFrame element in the post (usually a YouTube video). And explained that if they remove that iFrame element they will be able to use those formatting options then they can add their iFrame element back to their post.

In the update the following can be found.

1. Compatibility with iOS7 – We made the required changes and adjustments so Blogsy will work and look correct if you run iOS7. In this version Blogsy will auto-detect if you are running iOS7 or not and load accordingly. Because of the drastic changes in iOS7 this auto-detection will be dropped in a future version and Blogsy will only work with iOS7 or later.

2. In WordPress 3.6 WordPress changed the way they handle photos. Instead of using the full URL in the embed code they use relative URLs. Because of this if you loaded a previously published post from your blog to edit in Blogsy then the images would not appear. We have compensated for this and now the images will appear.

3. Now even if there are no local drafts the button to start a new post will be present.



SoundCloud, IFTTT and Blogsy

August 16th, 2013 | Posted by Lance in Blogsy | FAQ | Fun | How-To | Information | iPad | Platforms | Tumblr - (0 Comments)

A couple of people recently asked about SoundCloud integration in Blogsy. I did a blog post about this in the past explaining how to embed a SoundCloud audio clip into your post in Blogsy.

But there is also another way to get a SoundCloud audio clip into your post and for some it may be a better method. You set up an IFTTT.com recipe which automatically posts a draft post to your blog when you do a specific action on SoundCloud, then you can edit that post in Blogsy.

IFTTT.com setup -

Set up a Soundcloud to WordPress/Blogger/Tumblr recipe. Or for other platforms you may be able to set up a Soundcloud to email recipe if your blog supports email-to-post. For my example I will be using WordPress.

You have many options when setting up the SoundCloud portion. And you can set up multiple recipes to cover different situations. For example one recipe may be to create a draft post every time you favorite a song or audio track. And another recipe could be to create a draft post every time you upload any new public track.

Screenshot of setting up the “If This” (Trigger) part of the recipe in the IFTTT.com iOS app.

Screenshot of setting up the “Then That” (Action) part of the recipe.

Once you have the recipe set up then edit it.

You can make many changes here. But for the SoundCloud clip to be embedded in your post you need to have “EmbedCode” in the “Body” portion.

Also for the “Post Status” you can set it to publish a blog post right away or have it “Save as draft” to your blog. For this example I used “Save as draft” because we will be editing the post in Blogsy.

In Action

After you have done the action on SoundCloud which triggers the IFTTT recipe you will be able to find the draft post on your blog. (IFTTT runs every 15 minutes so it could take up to 15 minutes for the draft post to show up on your blog. But in the IFTTT app you can force a check if you want it to check it right away.)

Now in Blogsy tap on the “O” for your online blog posts and find your draft post and open it in Blogsy. In Blogsy you will just see a grey line along the left edge where the SoundCloud embed player will appear in your blog post.

Edit the post as you want – write something, add photos, add videos, etc. Then in the Post Info. menu (gear & pencil) change the post from “Draft” to “Publish” and tap on the “Update” button at the top of the Post Info. menu. Now you will see the SoundCloud audio clip in your blog post on your blog.



Instagram Videos In your Posts

August 7th, 2013 | Posted by Lance in Blogsy | Fomola | How-To | Instagram | iPad | Tumblr - (0 Comments)

We are currently looking into the Instagram API to see if we can make it possible to drag your Instragram videos into a post. Right now you can just drag in photos or the preview photo of videos.

But I didn’t want to wait until the programmers could figure out if it was possible or not and if so get it programmed into Blogsy. So I set out to find an easy way to get my Instagram videos into blog posts. Here is the easiest way I have found to do it. If you know of an easier way please let me know in the comments. And for this example I used WordPress but it should also work the same way for blogger. For Tumblr it seems easier and for other blogging platforms it may take an email-to-post setup.

The Setup

(You just need to set these things up once and then never bother with them again.)

IFTTT.com Setup – This is a very powerful service that automates many things.

a) Set up an Instagram to WordPress recipe in ifttt.com. You can set this up on the web or in their new iOS app. IFTTT.com does now allow iFrame HTML in their recipes so you can just have it autopost the video to your blog. It takes a little editing in Blogsy.

b) When setting up the “if this” part for Instagram choose “Any new video by you”.

c) When setting up the “then that” part for WordPress choose “Create a post”

d) For the “Body” choose “Instagram URL” not “Video Source URL”.

e) After you finish go into the recipe and edit it. Set the title, categories and tags as you want. Under “Post status” choose “Save as draft”


f) IFTTT.com is now all set up and the next time you shoot a Instagram video a draft post will automatically be posted to your blog.

iPad Setup – This is a very powerful device that makes many things possible. :D

a) Set up an iOS shortcut to make things very simple. To to your iPad Settings -> General -> Keyboard -> Add new shortcut…

b) Paste the following code into the “shortcut” field. (You can change the width and height settings if you want. I just used the Instagram default.)

<iframe src="URLembed/" width="612" height="710" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowtransparency="true"></iframe>

c) Use and phrase you want but it shouldn’t be something you may type as part of a word or by accident.

Now your iPad is all set up.

In Action

After you have shot your Instagram video and ifttt.com has checked the recipe and posted the draft post to your blog you do the following.

1) In Blogsy go to “O” for your online posts and open the Instagram draft post into Blogsy to edit. All you will see is the video URL.

2) Flip to the HTML Side. Place your cursor where you want and write your iOS shortcut phrase then tap space and the iframe embed code will be added.

4) Select the Instagram video URL and choose “cut”.

5) Choose the “URL” in the iframe embed code and choose “Paste”

This is what the code should look like.

Flip back to the Rich Side and you will see where the video will be. The iOS webview cannot fetch the videos so you will just see a blank square. But when you publish to your blog the video will be there.

6) Open the Post Info. menu and change the “Status” from “Draft” to “Published”.

7) Tap on the “Update” button at the top of the Post Info. menu (or do the three finger swipe up) to update that to your blog.

That’s it. You have the Instagram video in your blog post. (You could also copy that full iframe embed code and paste it into a different post if you want to add the video to some other post instead.)




Which blogging platform?

August 6th, 2013 | Posted by Lance in Blogsy | Information | iPad | Joomla | MetaWeblog | PUPS - (0 Comments)

Every once in a while I get an email from a Blogsy user saying they are new to blogging and asking what the best blogging platform is because they want to start blogging. The simple answer to that question is that the “best” blogging platform is the one that best fits your particular needs.

Many end up going with WordPress or Blogger because they are the most well known. But if you are looking for something that has more capabilities than just a blog you really should look into Joomla! Joomla is a CMS (content management system) and the blogging component is only part of it. So it allows you to easily create a very professional site with many different parts to it.

And if you just want to do a blog it is also a good option as it will allow you to easily grow if you ever decide that you want more than just a blog.

If you are interested in learning more then you really should check out the “I Blog With Joomla!” campain over at stackideas.com. They are doing a series of posts that will take you through every step of the process of setting up and using Joomla! And they are the people behind the EasyBlog Joomla component. This component makes using Joomla as your blogging/CMS solution a snap.

And one thing that is often overlooked in deciding on a blogging platform is the customer service. If you use the EasyBlog component you get amazing service. They are always there with a quick answer and even help out users with problems that aren't even directly related to using their component. Having customer service like this really does give you peace of mind.

And of course Blogsy and PUPS both work with Joomla and with the EasyBlog component.