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Write your blog with Blogsy!
Luis Benitez    

Image:Write your blog with Blogsy!

We are always interested in highlighting what our partners are doing in terms of building applications.  Blogsy, one of the top rated blogging applications for iPad has just been updated to support IBM Connections.   Built by Fomola, Blogsy provides yet another option for iPad users to blog within IBM Connections while on the go.

 

Check out what Lance Barton from Fomola had to say about the newly added support for IBM Connections in Blogsy:

- First, tell us what Blogsy does?  
In simple terms Blogsy is a blogging app. You use it to post to your blog or edit drafts and posts you have online.

- What differentiates Blogsy from other similar iPad apps?  
There are several big things which differentiate Blogsy from other blogging apps. First, we have WYSIWYG formatting so when users format their blog post, set image alignment and so many other things they actually see what it will look like instead of just seeing the HTML. Secondly, we provide easy access and use of the most commonly used blog content. For example, Picasa, Flickr and YouTube accounts are set up in Blogsy so users don't have to leave Blogsy and go search for an embed code so they can use it in a post. They can just drag it right into their post in Blogsy from the appropriate panel. Blogsy also has Google Image Search built in so users can easily find pictures they may like to add to their post. But we didn't stop there, we also added a built-in browser. Users can drag images and links right from the browser instead of having to copy and paste embed codes. We also have a Blogsy Bookmarklet. So if users are surfing in Safari and find something they would like to blog about they can tap on the bookmarklet and it will open that site in Blogsy, making it easy to write about it and create a link to it. Finally, Blogsy does everything through easy menus instead of forcing people to learn how to change things in the HTML. I better stop talking now or you may never get me to stop.

- What has been the response so far community?  
As far as the blogging community in general goes, the response has been amazingly good. In the beginning it started off with major blogs and hardcore bloggers writing about Blogsy. Blogsy was on the "New and Noteworthy" and "What's Hot" sections in many of the App Stores around the world. And it also received awards and made it on must-have lists. But the average iPad user didn't know or hear about Blogsy. Then with time and improvements to Blogsy the word spread and more and more people have come to know of Blogsy. We feel there are still a lot of blogging iPad owners that have not heard of Blogsy yet. We hope with time every blogger will know about Blogsy. The vast majority of the feedback we get is positive and that helps keep us motivated to continue to improve Blogsy.


- What new features are you working on for your next release?  
In our latest release - code named Centaur - we add a whole bunch of new features. Here are just a few.
1.        IBM Connections support - Now bloggers that use IBM Connections can use Blogsy.
2.        Email - Now you can create and send richly formatted emails. Now, if you blogging platform is not supported by Blogsy and provides the ability to email-to-post then you can use Blogsy to create blog posts. Or if you want to send richly formatted email to friends and family. Also other services have features provided through email. For example you can email to Mail Chimp and it will send it to all your subscribers.
3.        YouTube double tap to open in browser. - Not sure if the YouTube video is the one you want to use? Just double tap on it and it will open in Blogsy's built-in browser where you can watch it or find out more information about it.
4.        Blogger page support - Now you can create and edit Blogger pages.
5.        YouTube private/unlisted videos. - Now Blogsy will show YouTube videos you have set to unlisted or private so you can now drag and drop them into your posts.
6.        Remove Apple style span (unnecessary html code) - We now strip out the unnecessary HTML Apple adds.
7.        Changed b, i tag to strong, em tag. - iOS uses the b and i tags for bolding and italics. This is not the standard HTML so some blog themes have style settings for "strong" and "em" but not "b" and "i". This would cause inconsistencies in post styling. Blogsy now converts "b" and "i" to "strong" and "em".

If you'd like to see the full list and writeup about this update you can check out our blog post about it. http://www.fomola.com/blog/?p=428

In general we keep our update information a secret until we have submitted it to Blogsy. So people follow our blog or subscribe to us on Mail Chimp to know that latest information.

- Where can people go to to learn more about Blogsy and the integration with IBM Connections?  
Well, we did a special video showing IBM Connections in Blogsy. But other than that there is no real specific information based on the platform. Blogsy basically works the same with all platforms it supports. The only real differences comes down to blog settings which vary according to what the API supports. For information for that users can check out our platforms page - http://blogsyapp.com/platforms/.

I also suggest that all users check out our how-to videos. Lots of people have told us that they really helped them get the most out of Blogsy. The videos can be found in Blogsy in the Settings menu under "How-To Videos" or at www.blogsyapp.com/how-to.

- Anything else you want to say?  
Yes, we believe that support is just as important as the product. So we do our best to respond right away and solve any issues a user may have. We love it when users email us with feedback so they shouldn't be shy about dropping me an email - info@fomola.com

Also, I want to thank you Luis for all your help. You have been amazingly supportive in this whole process! I wish we had some kind of swag we could send you.

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