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URL Schemes in Blogsy

April 11th, 2013 | Posted by Lance in Blogsy | FAQ | Features | Fomola | Improve | iPad | Markdown | Update | URL Schemes - (0 Comments)

Other apps now have another option for sending content to Blogsy. For quite sometime Blogsy has been using the following URL scheme – blogsy:”URL” – which allows other apps to send a website to Blogsy and Blogsy will open that website in its built-in browser. This is what is used if you set up the Blogsy Bookmarklet (find this in the Settings menu in Blogsy). Also, the Mr. Reader app uses this URL scheme so you can send blog posts to Blogsy.

For more detailed information check out our Developers page - http://blogsyapp.com/developers/

Now we have added a new URL scheme – blogsy://post?entry=”post body” – which if other apps use it will allow you to send information from the other app directly into Blogsy and it will start a new post and put that information into the new post.

Here is an example of this.

Notice that there is content with no HTML tags along with some content with HTML tags. You can send content to Blogsy that has HTML tags or not. (We made this dummy program to test the URL scheme.)

When you send it to Blogsy you will get a message asking how you want to bring it into Blogsy.

Rich Side – This is what we are sure most people will choose in most cases. When you choose this option the content will be pulled in and parsed and if there is HTML in it then Blogsy will use that HTML. If there is no HTML then Blogsy will add the appropriate HTML.

HTML Side – We added this option because if the content you are importing has HTML in it that is not correct this can cause problems in Blogsy. If this is the case then you can choose the HTML Side option to open it on the HTML Side then fix the HTML before flipping to the Rich Side.

Markdown – If the content you are sending to Blogsy has Markdown in it then you need to choose the Markdown option. When you choose the Markdown option Blogsy will parse the Markdown and convert it to normal HTML so the dragging in of images and videos works. If you choose Rich Side or HTML Side then the Markdown will be wrapped in HTML tags and therefore will not work.

 

 

 

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Mr. Reader adds Blogsy support.

August 25th, 2012 | Posted by Lance in Blogsy | iPad - (0 Comments)

I saw some buz on twitter about the Mr. Reader app adding Blogsy support.

What does this mean? Well, if you are a Mr. Reader user now you can choose an article and choose to open it in Blogsy. This action will open the article in Blogsy's built-in browser (like the Blogsy bookmarklet) so you can do a blog post about that article or use images from it.

We think that is pretty darn cool!

 

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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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Are you a SoundCloud user? Do you like to blog about SoundCloud tracks and add them to your blog posts? You can do this within Blogsy. I have to thank Carlo (a Blogsy and SoundCloud user) for sharing these steps with us.

1) Open Blogsy’s built-in browser and go to SoundCloud. If you do this often you may want to set up a bookmark in Blogsy’s built-in browser for SoundCloud.

2) Find the track you want to add to your blog post. Tap on the “Share” button in the top left corner of that track.

3) In the Share menu tap on “Edit your widget”.

4) In the “Edit your widget” menu long-press on the iFrame embed code so you get the popup menu. Tap on “Select All” then tap on “Copy”

5) Now flip to the HTML side in your post and put your cursor where you want the player to be in your post. Then paste that code you have copied.

6) Flip back to the Rich Side and you will see a thin grey line where the player will be in your post.

7) Publish your post and your embeded player for that track is in your post.

 

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We get emails every once in a while from users asking for integration of their preferred photo site. What these emails started to make me realize is that many people are unaware that you can drag images into your post from the built-in browser. I know it is an obscure feature  so we are not exactly sure how to make it more obvious to new users.

What this means is that almost all of the photo sites out there will work similar to Flickr and Picasa which are integrated into Blogsy. The only limitation is that you can’t upload images to your photo site from within Blogsy.

This is how you can do it.

  1. Open your photo site in the built-in browser.
  2. Find the picture you want to use in your blog post.
  3. Long-press on the image until you see Fomo (the Blogsy mascot).
  4. Drag and drop your photo into your post. (Or you could drop it in the pop-out box and it will get saved to your iPad photo library)

I start showing how to do this in our “Blogsy – Drag and Drop” how-to video at 3 minutes and 47 seconds. (3:47)

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I came across a very good article written by Marco Arment (the creator of Instapaper) about Apple’s requirement that apps with internet access have to be rated 17+ (Frequent/Intense Mature/Suggestive Themes). In his post he brings up two major problems with Apple’s policy. The first being it’s “Inconsistent Enforcement” and the second being the “Misleading Descriptions”.

As you may know Blogsy has a built-in browser so users can easily create links or drag in images for their posts. Because of this built-in browser Apple requires us to rate Blogsy 17+. And we know that this has had detrimental consequences. We get questions quite frequently from schools that want to use Blogsy in the classroom but they want to know why Blogsy is rated 17+. For some of them they are not able to use Blogsy in their classrooms because they have a policy which restricts them from buying or using apps rated 17+. So even if they provide the students with an iPad without any restrictions on the use of Safari they still cannot use Blogsy.

It is extremely frustrating for us and we are looking for a way around this 17+ rating requirement. Obviously the built-in browser is a key component to Blogsy so stripping it out is not an option. Marco suggests that Apple create a new category called “Can access unfiltered web content.” and that’s a good idea, but as he shows he made that suggestion 3 years ago and there has been no change on Apple’s side. So I would like to ask Apple to just be more clear about their enforcement of these ratings requirements – please explain the reasons behind what we see as inconsistencies. At least with that information we could figure out something we could do on our end to hopefully get Blogsy’s age rating changed.

For example, if we gave parents the ability to turn off the built-in browser in Blogsy, similar to the iOS restrictions settings for Safari, then would this lead to a drop in the age requirement? Or could we reduce Blogsy’s age requirement if we had the built-in browser component be an add-on download which warns that it has unfettered internet access.

Some clearly defined guidelines would really help us out!

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Blogsy Bookmarklet

September 19th, 2011 | Posted by Lance in Blogsy | Features | Improve - (4 Comments)

 

Have you ever been surfing around the internet and come by something that you wanted to blog about? I know this happens to me all the time and I end up forgetting about the site by the time I open up Blogsy.

Well now we having something to help you out with that, and me too! If you have the Blogsy Bookmarklet set up and you find something you want to blog about then all you have to do is tap on the bookmarklet and Blogsy will launch and open that website in the built-in browser. This means you can quickly do the blog post and get back to surfing the net.

Go here and follow the two simple steps to set up the bookmarklet on your iPad.

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I just wanted to do another quick post to inform everyone of what is going on with Google Image Search in Blogsy.

Currently the Google Image Search API is not working so if you do a Google Image Search in Blogsy you won’t get any results. We found the following information at the top of the Google Image Search API page.

Important: The Google Image Search API has been officially deprecated as of May 26, 2011. It will continue to work as per our deprecation policy, but the number of requests you may make per day may be limited.

The way we are reading it is that it will continue to work for 3 years from May 26, 2011. So we are not sure why it is not working now. We have asked Google to clarify the matter for us and we are just waiting for a response from them.
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Google’s Image Search API is not working. This means that if you do an Google image search in Blogsy right now you will get no results.

At this point we don’t know if it is a temporary outage or a permanent change. If it is a permanent change then we will make changes to Blogsy and they will be in the next update.

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