Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Testing BlogPress

I got a nifty Apple wireless keyboard for my iPad yesterday. It is so small it could fit into a backpack, and the keys have just the right amount of action so it feels good typing. The iPad screen is okay for typing for a short time, but I want to be able to use the iPad for writing longer things. Like blog posts.

The problem with that is, apparently Blogger, WordPress, and other platforms have not kept up with the rapidly evolving world of apps. I can do limited writing and editing on the standard Web interface on Safari, but it does not want to add photos or hyperlinks. Blogger has an app for iPad, but again the functionality is very limited. So this morning I spent the $2.99 and downloaded BlogPress (thank goodness apps are cheap). It has tools to insert HTML so you don't have to write your own, and there is a tool to upload photos that are stored on the iPad. Apparently if I want to add a photo from Picasa I have to copy the location and insert the proper HTML. The downside is, there is no WYSIWYG interface, no previews. And when I went back and tried to complete a draft of a post I am working on, for some reason I could not start typing.

My prediction is that by the end of 2012 someone will have come up with an app that solves these issues. After all, if we can put a man on the moon...

Now for a test photo:

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad


Floridacracker said...

Oh I know this one!
It's a cat!

Did I pass the test photo?

webb said...

Looks fine in Virginia. Cat is cute. success??

Pablo said...

Anything to keep you in the blogging game!

Actually, I understand apps are on the way out. The new mechanism for doing whatever it is they do is someting called mobile web. Maybe Wordpress is ahead of the curve and holding out for the future.

Deb said...

FC- you guessed it! :)

webb- Cat is very cute indeed. Cutest one ever.

Pablo- Noooooo! I'm just learning to like apps!