Stormy Chicago Conference

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Here is an example of blogging from a conference. Some simple tools like Blogsy editor for iPad and a photo from my phone and hey, I have some content

 

WordPress App for Windows 8 Phone Quick Review

This is blogging from a Nokia Lumia 920 with the WordPress app for Windows 8 Phone.
It seems to do the things you need to do very intuitively.

  • You can really only do the basics though
    • Here I have found it easier to just write HTML, but that is not the best option for anyone who wants to casually blog with the app.
    • There are some built in push buttons in the app that can help you get the tags right, but other than just inserting the right tag for a bullet or to bold some text, it is not really a WYSIWYG app.

I will say that if you know your code and you need to update your blog with a quick post, this at least gives the Windows 8 phone owner a way to do it.

Test Driving Blogsy – REVISION

Major Revision of this Review

Blogsy is an awesome new app for the iPad. As I originally wrote in my first review, Blogsy is a vast improvement in blog authoring for the iPad.

BlogsyHere is my evaluation of a new version of the Blogsy editor for multi-platform blog authoring and administration. First off Blogsy has an awesome interface, the buttons are obvious and it only took a quick glance to get this app. The editor window in rich text mode is really nicely done. The default font is about perfect for the iPad. Images are a bit more tricky but with just a little practice it becomes pretty intuitive. The first thing you have to get used to is that you don’t insert the image into the paragraph like you would do with most WYSIWYG editors. Now on first glance you might think that this would be awkward but in fact it works better the way that Blogsy has implemented it. So you insert an image between the paragraphs, above the paragraph that you want it to appear in and then you select the image and align it. So far it has been flawless and what I like about this method of image handling is that you don’t have the frustration of trying to hold and drag an image into a paragraph and having the text sliding all over the place. I have often had to flip other editors into HTML mode and manually code my image position or at least have to add padding (a gutter) around the image. So A+ on images.

So now it is time to try publishing my article. I have already setup my BlogSchlager WebTech blog credentials so let’s go!


Perfect! This is a five-star app, the WordPress folks have some serious competition for iPad editor apps and in my opinion Blogsy has it over them now.


I definitely recommend Blogsy, go out and get it.

LibXML2 Fix Plugin is the Fix!

IT WORKED!
 
The LibXML2 Fix plugin did the trick. Finally after 4 or 5 days of frustration, I found a fix for my server issue. It all started when I downloaded a new iPad 3rd party blog editor named Blogsy. I started my usual play-by-play of the new app, was very very impressed and when I published my review with it everything went wrong. All of the HTML tags were stripped off, and that is how they went into the database too.  
 
So I started with the output and had to figure out what went wrong. Well that is what the google machine is for, so I started with a couple of ideas from experience. First I figured I screwed it up somehow, that is a good place to start so I undid everything I had done to my WordPress install, turned off all the plugins and reset it to the default template. That was not it. Next, I searched around to see if there was a new feature in WordPress 3.3 with some sort of new shorthand code. OK, that was out there, but I figured go to the extremes first, it was me or it was WordPress. Having eliminated me and WordPress I was left with the server as the issue.  
 
Turns out that it was the server and I had not done enough publishing since I moved my domains in the fall to notice. The fix started with a Google search for WordPress stripping HTML and after clicking around a bit I found links to folks having what looked like my problem. Come to find out my host has a build of PHP with libxml2 that causes fits with the XML-RPC requests mangling the output. Luckily as with most WordPress problems, someone very cleaver built a plugin to address my issue and it is called LibXML2 Fix available through the WordPress Plugin Directory.  
 
I installed it and, YES, it worked out of the box. Here is the proof, I have been writing this with Blogsy.  
 
Below is my test post that actually worked, phew! 


 

Your password must:
  • be at least 6 characters long
  • contain at least one lower case letter and one upper case letter
  • contain at least two numbers
  • contain at least one special character ( one of !@#$%^&*?_~,./<>?-=_+()[]{};:`|)
  • not be the same as your username
  • not be the same as your recent passwords

We recommend using a mnemonic to generate a password that will be unique and hard to guess.

Test of Lib2XML Fix Plugin

What a mess, sorry folks but this one is a real head scratcher. I have chased some funky web things in my day but this RPC/XML bug is killing me. I am all about 3rd party editors and I am hosed with a bug that only seems to effect 3rd party XML/RPC based editors.

Below is the output I get from all the editors I own, it really bites, oh hey, Happy New Year!!

Richard

 

table width=100%tbodytrtd class=norm colspan=2 style=margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0.5em; padding-right: 0.5em; padding-bottom: 0.5em; padding-left: 0.5em; span class=Apple-style-span style=border-collapse: separate;Your password must:nbsp;
/spanul style=margin-top: 1em; margin-right: 1em; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 2em; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; li style=margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; list-style-type: disc; list-style-position: outside; list-style-image: initial; span class=Apple-style-span style=border-collapse: separate;be at least 6 characters long/span/lili style=margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; list-style-type: disc; list-style-position: outside; list-style-image: initial; span class=Apple-style-span style=border-collapse: separate;contain at least one lower case letter and one upper case letter/span/lili style=margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; list-style-type: disc; list-style-position: outside; list-style-image: initial; span class=Apple-style-span style=border-collapse: separate;contain at least two numbers/span/lili style=margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; list-style-type: disc; list-style-position: outside; list-style-image: initial; span class=Apple-style-span style=border-collapse: separate;contain at least one special character ( one of !@#$%^*?_~,./lt;gt;?-=_+()[]{};:`|)/span/lili style=margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; list-style-type: disc; list-style-position: outside; list-style-image: initial; span class=Apple-style-span style=border-collapse: separate;not be the same as your username/span/lili style=margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; list-style-type: disc; list-style-position: outside; list-style-image: initial; span class=Apple-style-span style=border-collapse: separate;not be the same as your recent passwords/span/li/ulspan class=Apple-style-span style=border-collapse: separate;Wenbsp;a href=https://secure.ipage.com/knowledgebase/article.bml?ArticleID=1287recommend using a mnemonic/anbsp;to generate a password that will be unique and hard to guess./span/td/trtr/tr/tbody/tablenbsp;

New test of Blogsy, text only post

OK,

Sorry to my friends on LinkedIn and Twitter who saw this post last night as I tried desperately to get the promising app Blogsy to work on my WordPress 3.3 blog. Well, nope! If you look at the example below you can see that even a text-based post does not work as advertised. Blogsy adds   or non breaking spaces between paragraphs. I have to say that is just annoying. It is bad enough that it is not handling images correctly, but text, ugh!

I’ll keep looking but for me Blogsy is a bust!!

-Richard

Below was posted by Blogsy:

This is a text only check.nbsp;
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It is a long established fact that a reader will be distracted by the readable content of a page when looking at its layout. The point of using Lorem Ipsum is that it has a more-or-less normal distribution of letters, as opposed to using Content here, content here, making it look like readable English. Many desktop publishing packages and web page editors now use Lorem Ipsum as their default model text, and a search for lorem ipsum will uncover many web sites still in their infancy. Various versions have evolved over the years, sometimes by accident, sometimes on purpose (injected humour and the like).

Test driving Blogsy for WordPress

Blogsy Editor UIHere is my evaluation of a new version of the Blogsy editor for multi-platform blog authoring and administration. First off Blogsy has an awesome interface, the buttons are obvious and it only took a quick glance to get this app. The editor window in rich text mode is really nicely done. The default font is about perfect for the iPad.

Images are a bit more tricky but with just a little practice it becomes pretty intuitive. The first thing you have to get used to is that you don’t insert the image into the paragraph like you would do with most WYSIWYG editors. Now on first glance you might think that this would be awkward but in fact it works better the way that Blogsy has implemented it. So you insert an image between the paragraphs, above the paragraph that you want it to appear in and then you select the image and align it. So far it has been flawless and what I like about this method of image handling is that you don’t have the frustration of trying to hold and drag an image into a paragraph and having the text sliding all over the place. I have often had to flip other editors into HTML mode and manually code my image position or at least have to add padding (a gutter) around the image. So A+ on images.

So now it is time to try publishing my article. I have already setup my BlogSchlager WebTech blog credentials so let’s go!

Houston, we have a problem. I am finishing this post up on my MacBook in the native WordPress 3.3 editor. Blogsy has some serious bugs when it comes to adding images to a WordPress 3.3 install. Everything was awesome until I hit the publish button, and everything went pear-shaped. I spent the last half hour trying various things to get Blogsy to correctly display an image to no avail. Ugh, I really do hate it when things like this happen, because I actually do route for the apps I evaluate.

Ooops!But the Blogsy editor could not get the image code to work on WordPress 3.3, all I could get was a broken div, no opening < anywhere I stuck an image. I tried, left and right alignment, no alignment but nothing worked, so I switched to HTML mode in Blogsy and had all the code correct, pushed publish and got the same messed up div and junk. I added a screen grab from my blog to the left.

So much promise
I really hope that the developers of Blogsy are working on this because I really do like what they are doing and I definitely will look forward to future updates to see if they get the WP 3.3 bugs fixed.

For now I cannot recommend Blogsy but I reserve the right to change my mind and I hope that the developers of Blogsy do get this app polished up, it would be a gem!

The Era of App Based Intranets has Arrived

I have written in the past about making blogs look and function well on iPad and iPhone, but those were just cleaver front-ends on WordPress blogs. What I have developed since is a true app based intranet. What I have done is create an internal VPN enabled app that aggregates RSS feeds from our internal blog based intranet into an extensible app that can be configured to display custom slices of internal content for various audiences.

In a prior article I showed how to create a simple, blog based Intranet infrastructure using WordPress blogs and PHP. This new app based infrastructure takes it a step further and integrates the new tablet computing paradigm with the existing web 2.0 infrastructure. Over the last 4-5 years new infrastructure and application platforms have emerged that have one thing in common, RSS feeds. So you can have great success integrating and single sourcing content within and across departments which is huge on an Intranet.

Taking it all one step further, creating an new internal app that aggregates RSS feeds from multiple sources and departments into a single iPad app. The app can take advantage of all of the RSS feeds that are available across your company resulting in a single app that can be customized to show content from many sources and multiple departments. This moves beyond browsers and laptops and ushers in targeted focused content in one highly flexible and extensible app.

Kicking off a new blog site

This is my first post on my new domain, BlogSchlager.com. I have been blogging on AlturaVista.com for about 3 years now and I just felt it was time for a name change. As you can see the content is carried over from Altura but I intend to move this space in a slightly more edgy direction. To say a lot has changed since I started writing about blogging back in 2008 is an understatement. The environment has continued to mature and more and more companies of all sized and types are using blogs and Web 2.0 systems to market themselves and communicate internally.

I am going to begin a series of new articles on the challenges faced by companies adopting blogs, CMS, Social Media, and such. In the past I have been focusing on how to use the tools and technology but I realize that there are many issues that don’t have anything to do with the how of setting up a social media presence and instead have more to do with the why, management, policies, training, and costs.

So Welcome to BlogSchalger!

Richard

Taking myWPEdit for another test ride

I actually read the manual for myWPEdit and I thought I would try out another of my stream of consciousness posts where I try out features. First, I love the auto-correct as you type spell correction. It works a lot like the other Apple iOS devices I know and love. They say I can use inline HTML too, so that last part should be blue. Cool, the preview says it is. Looks like in the middle of a sentence I can add an HTML tag like an h2 and style it as inline

Boom

big text!! OK, looks great in the preview window but on my blog the inline part of the H2 doesn’t seem to work, could be my blog. Nope, looks like the style was rewritten and the display:inline was stripped out, ugh!

This is a table header
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So that should be a table up there and this should be a caption

OK, tables are nice, code seems in tact, kind of a pain to have to hand code a table though, it would be nice to have a table editor built in. I am afraid that a lot of my friends who are not HTML gurus will be a bit unhappy with that.