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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.

 

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[Fixed]

  1. Partial Image Embed Code – If there is a partial image embed code in the HTML then when you try to publish your post Blogsy will just close. This will no longer happen after this update. Until this update comes out you can resolve this problem by flipping to the HTML Side and deleting any partial image embed codes.
  2. Tistory Blog – If the publish date is set to automatic then the categories do not get posted with the blog post when the post is published. This only effects Tistory blogs. Until this update comes out you can set the date of the post and the categories will get published with the post.

[Changed]

  1. German Language – “Automatisch” changed to “Autom.”

 

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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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We added an HTML Extended Keyboard for those that like to write or edit HTML.

If you want the HTML Extended Keyboard then turn it on in the settings menu.

Then when you flip to the HTML Side in Blogsy and the keyboard is open you will see the extended keyboard.

And if you are one to use a bluetooth keyboard you will still have access to the HTML Extended Keyboard.

 

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Different blogging platforms (Blogger, WordPress…) use different html for image alignment. Because of this we have to add some special code in the HTML so what you see in Blogsy will look the same no matter the blog you are publishing to. But this special code blocks the ability to put images next to each other in Blogsy.

But if you want to put images next to each other you can do this by using a table.

And if you like to do this often then you can set up an iOS Shortcut to add the table HTML quickly.

Set up the iOS Shortcut. You will only have to do this once.

First copy the table HTML below. This is the table HTML for a 2-by-1 table. If you need to add more columns or rows it’s easy to do that by copying and pasting that part of the code.

<table border="0">
<tbody>
<tr>
<td>row 1, cell 1</td>
<td>row 1, cell 2</td>
</tr>
</tbody>
</table>

Now create an iOS Shortcut by going to Settings -> General -> Keyboard -> Add New Shortcut….

Paste in the HTML you copied above to the “Phrase”.

Create some easy Shortcut code. (I used “tbl”)

iOS Shortcut Setup

 

Putting Images Next to each other in a post.

In order to be able to do this the photos have to be uploaded first. You cannot do this with photos directly from your iPad photo library.

Upload the images you want to use through the envelope method or use photos from Picasa, Flickr, Facebook, Instagram, a blog’s media library or from most internet sites.

 

In Blogsy flip to the HTML side and put the cursor where you want your table to be. Then type your Shortcut for the table code to be put in your post. So in the left image you can see that I typed my Shortcut “tbl” and it show the phrase. If you tap space or hit enter it will add that as seen in the picture on the right.

 

Now flip back to the HTML Side and you will see the following.

From that you can see that we are going to want to put one image in “row 1, cell1″ and one image in “row 1, cell 2.

Next drag in your images. These can be the images you uploaded from your iPad earlier or images from Picasa, Flickr, Facebook, Instagram, a website or a blog’s media library. You cannot drag the images directly into your table cells.

You can adjust the size of the images now or later when the images are in the table.

Flip to the HTML Side and copy (Cut) the image embed code.

Select “row 1, cell 1″ and paste the embed code you just cut. Then do the same thing for the second image for cell 2.

After you have done both images into the table it will look like this.

And if we flip back to the Rich Side you can see the photos in the table next to each other.

And if you publish the post to your blog the images will be next to each other.

The table code above uses a boarder of “0″. You can change that if you’d like.

Your blog theme’s CSS may have its own rules for table boarders.

 

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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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Do you like to add tweets to your blog posts? WordPress added the ability to simply paste the tweet link into your post and it will embed the tweet. Blogsy will do the same thing. Check out the steps below to see how to do it.

Official Twitter app method.

1) Open the Twitter app and tap on the tweet you want to use in your blog post.

2) Tap on the arrow out of the box in the top right corner.

3) Tap on “Copy link to Tweet”.

4) Go back to Blogsy and flip to the HTML Side. (We are not sure how the Twitter app is saving the URL but if you try to paste it on the Rich Side in Blogsy it will not paste. This is native iOS functionality so there is some issue with the web view and the way the Twitter app is saving the URL.)

5) Put the cursor on any new line and double tap to get the bubble to appear then tap paste.

6) In your post in Blogsy you will just see the twitter URL but when you post it to your blog it will get converted.

 
Tweetbot method.

1) Open the Tweetbot app and tap on the tweet you want to use in your blog post.

2) Tap on the “Share” button then tap on “Copy Link to Tweet”.

4) Go back to Blogsy and select a new line where you want the tweet to appear in your post. It has to be on a new line by itself. You can paste on either the Rich Side or HTML Side.

5) Now publish it and see the tweet in your post.

 

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Blogsy for RTL Language Users.

June 11th, 2012 | Posted by Lance in Blogsy | FAQ | How-To - (0 Comments)

We looked into adding direct RTL support for RTL languages. Unfortunately, it is not possible because the iPad Web View does not support adding it. If you are interested in getting more information about this you can check out these links showing what is supported. (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms533049.aspx and http://quirksmode.org/dom/execCommand.html)

We were actually so confident that we would be able to add this to Blogsy that our graphic designer made the button while the other programmer was looking into adding it.

But you can still use Blogsy if you are an RTL Language user. And in this post I will show you an easy way to do it.

1) First you need to type something on the Rich Side. You can type anything you want in any language.

2) Now flip to the HTML Side and replace the opening 'p' tag with the 'p dir=”RTL”'

3) Now flip back to the Rich Side and keep typing at the end of that line/paragraph or put your cursor at the end of that first line/paragraph and hit enter. This will keep the RTL code for every paragraph forward now. Just do not tap and type at the grey trangle you see which is left aligned. If you do then that text will be left aligned.

(This is showing that the HTML for RTL is carried forward. You do not need to flip to the HTML Side again.)

 

Now if you set up TextExpander or an iOS Shortcut then you won't have to type that code out every time. You can just type the snippet and it will replace that code.

Option #1 – TextExpander

First set up your snippet in the TextExpander app.

Make sure you have the option turned on to share the information with other apps on your iPad.

Now in Blogsy you can select the opening 'p' tag and then type your snippet. Then it will automatically replace the code with the code snippet you set up in TextExpander.

 

Option #2 – iOS Shortcut

First go to your iPad Settings -> General -> Keyboard -> Add New Shortcut… And create your shortcut.

 

Now, in Blogsy select the opening 'p' tag and when you type your phrase you will see that it wants to replace it with the shortcut you set up. Just tap the spacebar and it will replace the opening 'p' tag with the RTL p tag you wrote in the Shortcut.

 

It's as easy as that. Happy Blogging!

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We have submitted Blogsy 3.2.1 to Apple and as soon as they approve it we will release it. It normally takes Apple about a week to approve updates but we have requested that the expedite this update as their are critical bug fixes in it. Hopefully they will do this and you will have the update in the next few days.

Here is what is in Blogsy 3.2.1.

1) Paragraph Spacing for Blogger users.

We have added an option in the Settings menu where users can change the HTML method to using the <div> tag instead of the <p> tag. For users that want to use the Blogger method of hitting enter once and getting no spacing they’ll need to select this setting. BUT THE <div> TAG CAN CAUSE PROBLEMS WITH SOME BLOG THEMES.

Description of the problem: In Blogsy 3.2 we were able to figure out a way to parse the way the iOS webkit uses <div> tags and use the standard <p> tags. But for some reason Blogger chooses to use the <br/> tag instead of the <p> tag. With a <p> tag there is spacing after the paragraph. But with the <br/> tag there is no spacing. Blogger users want the single spacing of the <br/> tag. iOS does not allow us to use the <br/> tag in the webkit (Rich Side in Blogsy).

If a user does not want to change to the <div> tag method but wants to use the <br/> tag once in a while they will need to flip to the HTML side and write it in the correct location.

2) XML Parser errors fixed.

Description of bug fixed: If your XML feed is malformed it causes an error in Blogsy. But in Blogsy 3.1 we were able to add code which locally corrected the most common malformed XML feed problems. This did not fix your malformed XML, it just locally fixed the errors so Blogsy could function for your blog correctly. In Blogsy 3.2 this correcting code was not working.

3) Photo Library “Load 20 More” fixed.

Description of bug fixed: If a user taps on the “Load 20 More” at the bottom of the iPad Photo Album panel it will load photos from a different album.

4) Text wrapping around images fixed.

Description of bug fixed: If a user chooses to wrap text around an image and the paragraph is longer than the image the text does not wrap around  the image. If you publish the post the text will actually wrap around the image even though it does not appear that way in Blogsy.

 5) iPad Photo Library Crash.

We have changed some code which we think will solve this problem. But as we are not able to reproduce this problem we can’t test to see if it actually solves the problem. If you continue to have this problem after updating to Blogsy 3.2.1 please notify us right away.

Description of bug fixed: When a user taps on the iPad photo library icon Blogsy crashes.

6) Joomla and Drupal more tag update fixed.

 Description of bug fixed: If a Joomla or Drupal user updates a post which has a more tag in it nothing after the more tag will be part of the post.

7) Translation problems fixed.

Description of errors fixed: 1) The “Add” button for Labels for Blogger blogs is in French. 2) The version number and name are incorrect in the French version of Blogsy. 3) The word “Bookmarklet” should be used in the Spanish version for the “Blogsy Bookmarklet” button.

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Thanks to a Blogsy user and his comment on Twitter we found out that if you have VoiceOver or Zoom turned on in Accessibility on your iPad then the three finger swipe to HTML will not work in Blogsy.

Right now the only way to get the 3 finger swipe to work is to turn off these features. We realize that there are people that want or need these features to be turned on so we have to come up with a different way to get Blogsy to flip to the HTML side.


Does anyone have any ideas for a good way to get between the Rich Side and the HTML Side?

  • One finger – we went away from this way as Blogsy would accidently filp at times when trying to drag the ends when selecting text on the Rich Side. Right now this may be the way we have to go back to using.
  • Two fingers – This causes a problem with iOS and makes the bubble that shows up when selecting text appear when flipping sides. So two finger flipping is not an option.
  • Three fingers – This is the way it works now but it does not work if you have VoiceOver or Zoom turned on. So three finger swiping is not an option.
  • Four fingers and more – iOS uses 4 or more fingers to swipe between open apps. So four or more fingers is not an option.

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