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Facebook recently changed some security settings which impacted their API. This has caused an issue with the Facebook integration in Blogsy.

What you will find is that when you upload images to Facebook with Blogsy (through either the direct method or the envelope method) the photos will not show up in the Blogsy Photos album until you approve them on the Facebook site.)

If you sign into your Facebook account you will see the photos in your “Your Photos” section but not in the Blogsy Photos album. This means you won’t be able to see the photos in the “Blogsy Photos” album in Blogsy either until you approve them on the Facebook site.

We have changed our programming in Blogsy to compensate for this Facebook API change so in the next update you will no longer have to approve the images on the Facebook site to get them into the Blogsy Photos album.

And just to be clear, none of this impacts your ability to add photos to your posts which will be uploaded to Facebook. The only thing this effects is getting these photos into the Blogsy Photos album on your Facebook account.

Here are some screenshots to show this.

Sign into your Facebook account then go Photos -> Albums -> Blogsy Photos -> Approve Photos

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Until our next update comes out you will not be able to find the photos you uploaded until you approve them on Facebook. If you dragged the photos directly into your post and they were uploaded when you published they will still be in your post even if you don’t approve them on Facebook to be in the Blogsy Photos album.

Here you can see the photos getting uploaded to Facebook.

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And here you can see that those photos are not showing in the Blogsy Photos album in the Facebook panel. If I go to Facebook and approve them then they will show in the album in Blogsy.

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   Photo UPloader for blogS – PUPS

 

 

We have learned over the last few years of Blogsy that some people don’t have an iPad (I know, hard to believe) and some that do have an iPad still prefer to blog from their blog’s admin in a browser.

But for these people it is a hassle to get the photos from their iPhones (or iPads) to their computer then upload them to their blog then add them to their posts one at a time. Yes, it can be done but it is such a hassle and waste of time.

This is where PUPS fits in. With PUPS you can upload photos to your blog’s media library so when you sit down to write your post your photos are already there. You no longer will have to go through the hassle of getting the photos from your iPhone (or iPad) to your computer then uploading them, then adding them to your post one at a time.

With PUPS you can batch upload, rename, resize and even choose to send yourself an email with the embed codes. So you can can just copy the embed code from the email and paste it into the HTML view of your preferred editor and your photos will be in your post – lickety-split.

The Photo UPloader for blogS – PUPS homepage can be found here - http://fomola.com/pups/

PUPS has multiple features to make a blogger’s life easier.

1) Email yourself the image embed codes – If you choose, you can send yourself an email with the image embed codes. Then you just copy the embed codes from the email and paste them into your blog editor and your photos will be in your post. A quick and simple way to get the photos into your post.

2) Rename files – Important for SEO purposes or for anyone that wants the image filename to be descriptive.

3) Default resize – Set a default file size so all the photos you upload will be resized to this. This will save server space and make uploading quicker.

4) Individual resize – Set the file size for individual photos. Maybe you want one to be larger or small than your default file size setting.

5) Multiple blog support – Set up as many blogs as you want on the same blogging platform or on different blogging platforms.

6) Upload History – See what you have uploaded in the past and also select them to email yourself the embed codes again.

7) Background Uploading – Get the uploading started then get back to what you were doing. The photos will get uploaded in the background so you don’t have to waste time watching them upload.

8) PUPS Supports the following blogging platforms. (For detailed information about each check out our Platforms Page.www.fomola.com/PUPS/Platforms)

- WordPress (Self Hosted and WordPress.com blogs)
- TypePad
- Movable Type
- Joomla
- Drupal
- IBM Connections
- Squarespace 5
- MetaWeblog (Don’t see your blogging platform on the list? Check if it supports the MetaWeblog API. Almost all do.)

PUPS - name and resize settings view PUPS - embed email PUPS - blogging platforms

PUPS - Uploaded view PUPS - Default Photo Size view PUPS - Background Uploading

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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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Blogsy and Facebook

August 31st, 2012 | Posted by Lance in Blogsy | Features | Information | iPad - (0 Comments)

In Cerberus (Blogsy 4.1) we added Facebook integration to Blogsy. This means that once you set up your Facebook account in Blogsy you can browse your images on Facebook (or images you’ve been tagged in) and drag them directly into your post to blog about. You also have the ability to upload images to your Facebook account with Blogsy.

But I am sure most of you already knew that. The purpose of this blog post is to let you know that we have set up a Blogsy App Center page and would really like it if you could go and interact with it. The reason is that Facebook says it will not be added to the main Facebook App Center until there is enough user interaction. This page can be found here – Blogsy in Facebook App Center.

And for those of you that may not have known about Blogsy’s Facebook integration you can add Facebook to the dock this way. Go to the Settings menu in Blogsy -> Service Settings -> Manage Dock Items -> Add a New Item -> Facebook. Now exit the menu and tap on the Facebook icon in the doc to set up your Facebook account in Blogsy.

Happy Blogging All!

 

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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.

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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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Wow, is this the season for changing APIs?

Picasa has made a change to their API so if you use the default link then it links to a 512 pixel image. We are trying to see how we can override this and our solution will be in the next update. Here is a link to the information about Picasa changing their API - http://groups.google.com/a/googleproductforums.com/forum/#!category-topic/picasa/picasa-web-albums/wZV0xr1_9LI

In the meantime you will have to manually make a change to the link if you want to link to a larger size image. You can do this by flipping to the HTML Side in Blogsy and adding a little size information to the link URL.

Here is a typical image embed code taken from the HTML Side in Blogsy.

<div style=”clear: both; text-align: none;”><a href=”https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-fDGXkSmL2hI/T2mG9CUsZ_I/AAAAAAAAAnI/Dh5CnoY6OUA/Photo%252520Mar%25252021%25252C%2525202012%2525204%25253A44%252520PM.jpg” target=”_blank” style=””><img src=”https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-fDGXkSmL2hI/T2mG9CUsZ_I/AAAAAAAAAnI/Dh5CnoY6OUA/s500/Photo%252520Mar%25252021%25252C%2525202012%2525204%25253A44%252520PM.jpg” id=”blogsy-1332315923052.459″ alt=”” width=”500″ height=”375″></a></div>

The first link in this embed code is the image link. This is what will load if someone clicks on the image. And you can see that it is using the URL to the original image. But Picasa now directs this URL to the 512 pixel image.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-fDGXkSmL2hI/T2mG9CUsZ_I/AAAAAAAAAnI/Dh5CnoY6OUA/Photo%252520Mar%25252021%25252C%2525202012%2525204%25253A44%252520PM.jpg

This second link in the embed code is what is used for the display image. You want this to be as small as possible but larger than the display dimensions you choose. This way your blog will load quicker. You don’t need to make any changes to this. Blogsy changes this dynamically based on the display size you choose in the Image Menu.

Notice the “s500/” in the display URL?

What you need to do is add a similar code to the link URL. It has to be in the same location as the “s500″ or it won’t work.

It should look like this. (I used s1000/ but you can use any size you want up to the size of the original image.)

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-fDGXkSmL2hI/T2mG9CUsZ_I/AAAAAAAAAnI/Dh5CnoY6OUA/s1000/Photo%252520Mar%25252021%25252C%2525202012%2525204%25253A44%252520PM.jpg

So after adding the “s1000/ to your embed code it will look like this.

<div style=”clear: both; text-align: none;”><a href=”https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-fDGXkSmL2hI/T2mG9CUsZ_I/AAAAAAAAAnI/Dh5CnoY6OUA/s1000/Photo%252520Mar%25252021%25252C%2525202012%2525204%25253A44%252520PM.jpg” target=”_blank” style=””><img src=”https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-fDGXkSmL2hI/T2mG9CUsZ_I/AAAAAAAAAnI/Dh5CnoY6OUA/s500/Photo%252520Mar%25252021%25252C%2525202012%2525204%25253A44%252520PM.jpg” id=”blogsy-1332315923052.459″ alt=”” width=”500″ height=”375″></a></div>

It also looks like Blogger is changing the way they handle images. It seems that the default action if you click on an image is now to open a slideshow. Possibly your blog theme will override this default actions.

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Thought I’d let everyone know that we have submitted Sasquatch to Apple and they have already approved it. It is just sitting as “Pending an Apple Release”. As soon as Apple releases iOS5 they will release Blogsy then we will release it to the public. It has been real fun getting to use iOS5 and the integration of Photo Stream in Blogsy makes it really cool for blogging. I hope everyone enjoys it as much as we do.

As Apple made so many changes in iOS5 the next update of Blogsy will require you to be running iOS5 in order to update to Sasquatch. But we don’t think that will be much of a problem as we don’t know why someone wouldn’t want to update to iOS5. It really is much better and all the bells and whistles are very cool.

Also, because we changed to using OAuth 2 for all Google services users will need to set up their Blogger, Picasa and YouTube accounts in Blogsy again.


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Blogsy and iOS 5

September 29th, 2011 | Posted by Lance in Blogsy | Improve | Update - (0 Comments)

We are excited to let everyone know that we have gotten Blogsy optimized for iOS 5. It actually took us quite a while because there are so many changes in iOS 5 which directly effect Blogsy. Several parts had to be completely rebuilt and other parts had to be changed to function correctly within the new iOS code.

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Hells Yeah! The Google Image Search API is working again.

Now you can go back to doing Google image searches and dragging images into your posts or dragging them to the drawer to be saved on your iPad so you can upload them to your desired location.

Happy Blogging!

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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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