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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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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.
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PUPS 1.0.3 can now be found in the App Store

September 18th, 2013 | Posted by Lance in Improve | PUPS | Update - (0 Comments)
What can be found in this update?
1. We changed the minimum requirement to iOS6. The minimum requirement was always iOS6 but we accidentally didn’t add that to the App Store settings so some people trying to use PUPS on an iPad1 were reporting crashes. The iPad1 cannot run iOS6 so PUPS cannot be used on an iPad1.
2. Update this to function and look correct if the device is running iOS7.
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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.

 

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Apple only took a couple of days to approve this update. That’s the fastest that they have ever approved an update for us. Thank you Apple!

Fixes

  1. Facebook Album Problem - Facebook changed thier API which caused an issue in Blogsy. The details about this can be found in the following blog post (http://www.fomola.com/blog/facebook-api-change-effected-blogsy/) We have changed Blogsy to match the change in the Facebook API.
  2. Blogger Page Local Draft Problem - If you use Blogger and set it as a Page then choose “Post & Keep Local Draft” when you post it to your blog then the local draft has problems. And if you start a new post then Blogsy gets cleared from memory this can cause your local draft to appear cleared when you return to Blogsy. This update fixes that problem.
  3. Non WordPress or Blogger Publishing Crash - In rare cases Blogsy would crash when trying to publish to blogging platforms other than WordPress or Blogger. We don’t know the exact steps to reproduce it as we found this information from the crash reports that are automatically sent to us. We do know that the crash has to do with the date information being empty when publishing a new post and some blogs not being able to handle that. So we built in an exception to account for this.
  4. Fetching WordPress Post Crash – In rare cases Blogsy would crash when trying to fetch a WordPress Post. We don’t know the exact steps to reproduce this as we found this informaiton from the crash reports that are automatically sent to us. It has to do with certain posts that have been set to “Sticky”. If the post data is invalid then Blogsy would crash. We have changed it so if the sticky data is not valid then Blogsy will not use it and Blogsy will not crash.

Updated

  1. Default Upload Location Message – Updated to reflect that this setting is found in the Post Info. menu and not in the Settings menu.
  2. Removed Paste Message – Removed the message that says your HTML will get stripped out when pasting content on the HTML Side.
  3. Updated Italian translation.
  4. Updated Danish translation.
  5. Added an popup message letting users know about PUPS – Photo UPloader for blogS.

 

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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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A couple of services changed their APIs which caused problems for Blogsy and there is also one bug fix in this update.

1. Tumblr Authentication Problem: If you tap on the Tumblr button to set up your Tumblr blog you get a “Failed Request” message. This is caused because Tumblr changed the API so the “Out-of-band” value of the “oauth_callback” parameter are no longer supported. We have updated Blogsy to reflect this change so when this update comes out users will be able to set up their Tumblr blogs.

2. SquareSpace 5 not working: You can’t set up our publish to a SquareSpace 5 blog with Blogsy. This problem is caused because SquareSpace changed the XML-RPC URL from “http://www.squarespace.com/process/service/PostInterceptor” to “http://five.squarespace.com/process/service/PostInterceptor”. We have updated Blogsy to reflect this change so when this update comes out users will be able to set up their Tumblr blogs.

3. URL Scheme Bug: When you use the URL scheme to send post content to Blogsy Blogsy currently overwrites the content you have open in Blogsy instead of starting a new post. This update fixes that so it will move any post you currently have open to the local draft list and start a new post using the content you sent to Blogsy. Until this update comes out please go into Blogsy and tap on the plus button “+” then “New Post” to start a new post before you send content to Blogsy through the URL scheme.

 

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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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