Review: Blogsy is First Professional-Class iPad Blogging Tool

Review: Blogsy is First Professional-Class iPad Blogging Tool

I’ve been looking forward to the day that I could swap my MacBook for an iPad as a blogging tool. I can write nearly as fast on the tablet as I can on a real keyboard, and I also tend to take it everywhere, unlike the laptop. Until the last week, however, every blogging app I’ve downloaded for the iPad so far has been inadequate. The official WordPress client is just a disaster — I’ve literally never gotten it to work with Cult of Mac’s hosted account. BlogPress has broad compatibility but generates crummy posts that look like they were put together on a BlackBerry Pearl.

So it was with considerable excitement that I ponied up my $3 to download Blogsy, a new app that promises to be the MarsEdit of the iPad. Having used it for nearly a week, I’m extremely pleased. It has serious formatting capabilities, HTML and rich text modes, administration tools for your blogs, and built-in content import from Flickr, Picasa, YouTube and Google Images, not to mention a popover Web browser. Basically, it takes all of the multitasking inherent to blogging and turns it into a single app.

Special credit should be awarded for the app’s genius media layout mode, which involves tapping and holding on an image to convert it into a friendly alien mascot, then dragging the mascot to the exact location desired for the picture. Simple.

That’s the good news. Though I am blown away by the features and user interface of Blogsy, the software is still too unpolished to rely upon. Sometimes when I start it up, it claims my connection to the CoM home base is corrupted. Other times, it crashes while trying to save a draft, wiping out writing with no chance of recovery. It’s really not ready for heavy use yet. I look forward to its improvement, however. Once the bugs get worked out (and they add Tumblr support), Blogsy will become the platform of choice for on-the-go writers.

Until then, it’s a great novelty. I wrote this post in it. Unfortunately, I couldn’t post it, so I had to email it to myself to save the text.

Cult of Mac rated:

Rating: ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

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  • besweeet

    I honestly find the official WordPress app to be sufficient enough for most blog posts. This one looks quite nice. Might need to give it a try after an update is put out for it.

  • ctt1wbw

    It does look nice, I’ll probably end up buying it anyway.

  • Blogsy iPad App

    Wow, thanks so much for writing about Blogsy. As a reader of Cult of Mac I was surprised and happy to see a review of Blogsy here. I think your review is well researched and fair.

    Yes, some users have informed us that Blogsy has crashed on them and they have lost their post. There is absolutely no excuse for that and we are extremely sorry to anyone that has lost their post due to this. Blogsy is actually saving your data all the time and if it happens to crash (it shouldn’t) you should be able to relaunch and find all your data still there. When we submitted Blogsy to Apple we thought it was rock solid as we had tested and refined it for months. I won’t get into the details of the bug here but I’d like to let you know that we think we have this issue fixed in version 1.0.2 which is awaiting Apple’s approval.

    About the other issues you mentioned – we are not quite sure what you mean when you say “it claims my connection to the CoM home base is corrupted.” And we are not sure why you were not able to publish to your blog. If you could contact us via email we would like to look into these issues. info(at)fomola.com

    Hopefully, version 1.0.2 will convince you that Blogsy is not a novelty and can be your blogging app of choice.

    BTW – I wanted to let you and your readers know that we have a voting page where they can vote for what they would like to see added to Blogsy once we have uploading done. http://www.blogsyapp.com/about

    Also, we have some how-to videos which a lot of users have let us know really helped them get the most out of Blogsy. They can be found here – http://www.blogsyapp.com/how-to

    Again, thank you for your review of Blogsy.

    Thanks,
    The Blogsy Guys

  • Tim

    Can you use the Featured Image function in WordPress with Blogsy?

  • Blogsy iPad App

    Hello Tim,

    Unfortunately, the WordPress API does not allow us to do anything with the featured image. There is a plugin to deal with this but it is obviously not the best option. As soon as WordPress changes their API we will add this ability to Blogsy as it seems like quite a few people ask about it.

    Thank,
    Lance

  • Miguelhp

    What about Tumbr support? That would make me buy it!

  • HammyHavoc

    Crashing or not, Blogsy is an amazingly written and designed application. Major kudos to you guys. Keep it up and carry on improving an already fantastic piece of software.

  • HammyHavoc

    As with Twitter, I use several applications depending on the speed that I need to do something or purely my mood.

  • Steve Parker

    Yes… a good review. I spent an hour and a half on the plane yesterday writing a blog. I closed the app and turned the iPad off as we were landing (as one has to do) only to turn the iPad on, open Blogsy, to discover that my entire draft had completely disappeared. Lucky the plane had landed as jumping from the sky might have hurt.

  • Kevin

    It is nice. I just bought it on the strength of this review and the reply from it’s creators. I don’t have extensive blogger experience so it took me a moment to figure how to set things up but after that it was a breeze.

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Pete Mortensen

Pete Mortensen is a design strategist for consulting firm Jump Associates and the co-author of Wired to Care: How Companies Prosper When They Create Widespread Empathy, a book and blog that are significantly more interesting than you might initially think. Pete's particular Apple avocations are both around design--interface and industrial. Follow him on Twitter!

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