Today I was browsing around the iTunes App Store for an iPad blogging app that had rich text editing. The reason I was looking for a new one is because WordPress’ official app has HTML editing only and I’m not that code-savvy. In walks Blogsy into my App Store search results. This app is one of the best iPad blogging apps I’ve used so far, but then again it’s the only one out there that even looks like its worth downloading. Read more in-depth after the break.
- Easily drag and drop images from Flickr, Picasa and Google Image Search, or using the built-in Web browser (yes, easily drag and drop images from any website!) Drag and drop videos from YouTube. (Either using the new iFrame or the old flash embed method with colors, borders and related videos.)
- Found a good article? Drag and drop it’s URL to instantly create a hyperlink in your blog post.. No coding required!
- Style your blog posts with the tap of a button – bold, italics, text alignment and more.
- Full support for multiple accounts/blogs for all supported services.
- Easily change image and video properties and alignment through menus.
- Write and edit HTML. Though using Blogsy’s ‘Rich Side’, you’ll probably never want to; everything from bolding text to creating links to image alignment can be done with the tap of a finger.
- Set or create lables/tags and categories, toggle comments on and off, and set visibility.
- Create scheduled posts, online drafts, and pending-review posts.
- Support for local drafts.
- Edit or delete online posts.
- Upload images from your iPad photo library to WordPress, Picasa, or Flickr.
- WordPress (bothWordPress.com as-well as self-hosted WordPress accounts)
Speaking of breaks, this app has a nice page break button for you other writers who don’t feel like typing all the code out (I know, it’s really short). There are more formatting options for paragraphs and lots of header styles and sizes too. And when you swipe to the left when in editing mode you will be taken to the rich side where you are able to drop your photos and videos in the post, I’ll talk a bit more about these further down. Also, the rich side allows you to format your post and move things around. Lastly, the rich side allows you to drag and drop links or images you find in the built in browser.
Editing in Blogsy is fairly the same as WordPress’ browser editor. In fact, there are only a few missing features. One of which is kitchen sink, for coloring your text. The other is spell check; however, with iOS’ autocomplete and spell check of its own on your side you won’t even need it anyway. The only features it lacks which WordPress’ official iOS app includes are comment moderation, page editing, and stats (only available on a WordPress hosted site anyway). But if you really need these features, go grab WordPress’ app for that. The app still compensates for these lost features by adding even more useful ones.
The last great feature in editing is the photo and video sharing I mentioned earlier. Blogsy allows you to set up your Flickr, Picasa, or YouTube accounts to share some pictures or videos with your post. It also has a very handy upload feature that allows you to upload your own photos to the site. Alternatively, if you have some photos already uploaded to a Flickr or Picasa account then you can sign in and add them to your post. Another alternative would be using an image from Google Images finding it with the built in search function. Or you can even use the browser to go find it and drag and drop it in.
(Before I edited this on my computer)
I highly recommend this app for all writers or even photographers who wish to post things in a very swift manner. Its great for posting something at times when you only have an iPad with you, I hope to also see iPhone compatibility soon. I typed this whole article using Blogsy and it has been perfectly stable the entire time. It is surely the best iPad blogging app so far, simple and yet feature packed. Go grab your copy today for $4.99 at the App Store link below.