Blogsy App Supports Drag-and-Drop Media

By Ed Silverstein April 29, 2011

Most platforms for blogging have yet to take advantage of Apple’s iPad interface. Many of these platforms actually feature their own iPad applications.

However, Appolicious reports that Fomola will meet these needs for Blogger and Wordpress users through Blogsy.

Blogsy is an app now selling for $2.99, and the price may increase.

Blogsy supports “drag-and-drop media” – such as photos and videos – from the web and services, such as Flickr, Picasa and YouTube, Appolicious reports.

Using the app, media can be “modified” for “size and alignment, but the text is uneditable,” Appolicious comments.

There are some drawbacks to the app. “The keyboard won't open when you're viewing the rich side. In write mode, where you actually compose your blog, you can use the provided style options, including bold, italic, formatting, bullet points and quoting. The necessary HTML will drop into your entry automatically, but you'll need to write around it,” Appolicious Advisor Kathryn Swartz explains. She described the method as “strange.”

“Since the app is equipped to display rich text properly, I'm not clear why bloggers aren't able to use the feature directly, without seeing the HTML itself,” she said.

She adds it was hard to put images where she wanted, so text was sometimes deleted to compensate.

In addition, she notes that Blogsy does not feature a real “save button.”

“I think Blogsy shows promise, especially once local photo uploads are enabled,” Swartz said. “I'd love to see integration for other platforms, such as Tumblr and Posterous, … just for ease of use.”

In other news about Blogsy, the company said in a recent blog post it submitted update 1.0.2 to Apple. Bugs – which led to lost copy – are supposed to be solved with the update.

The company said it fixed, among other items: crashing after users multitasked; freezing and crashing when getting stuck in an infinite loop; loss of data; and no more API failure. Feature changes include: the rich-side font size was enlarged to more easily select text; Picasa album was reversed and shows recent uploads first; auto backup was enhanced; and the error message became precise.

In other recent news about iPad, TechZone360 carried a story that Apple's iPhone and iPad are keeping track of where users have been.

A file was found hidden in the operating software that may contain a user's precise geographical location, marked with a timestamp, TechZone360 said.

Ed Silverstein is a TechZone360 contributor. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

TechZone360 Contributor

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