Blogsy is a fantastic new blogging app that finally brings WYSIWYG formatting to blogging on the iPad and includes some new takes on functionality to make blogging easier.
Blogsy splits their interface in two, Rich and Write, which roughly correspond to the Visual and HTML views in the WordPress interface. The Write side is your HTML view where you write, edit the HTML and can insert embed codes. The Rich side, that you switch to with a swipe of the finger, is for formatting your copy and and inserting images with WYSIWYG simplicity.
Just the WYSIWYG editing would have been enough for me, but Blogsy has added some other cool features for formatting and enhancing your blog posts. Flickr, Picasa and YouTube are all integrated with Blogsy so that a click on any of those icon opens your account on the service so that you can drag your photos and videos directly into your blog post. You can also search within any of the services for imagery too. It’s seriously that easy to drag and position assets into a blog post and once you are there you can resize them, tweak how the text flows around them, assign links, etc.
Can’t find the photo you need in Flickr? No problem you can search for photos with Google image search or drag some photos into your post from the integrated browser. The integrated browser is also helpful for work flow, when you want to quickly look something up or to grab a URL from for a link. Adding links is also super easy with the Link dragging button on the integrated button.
Blogsy is still a work in progress, which in this case bodes well for the future of this app because we can expect regular updates. As a matter of fact the app is budget priced right now because you cannot add photos from the iPad photo gallery to blog posts, which will be addressed in a coming update. It’s not always clear whether you are in the Rich or Write interface and the fact that you can only write on the Write side and not on Rich isn’t intuitive at first and limits the ease of editing. Saving also should be easier, not hidden in sub navigation. Twitter integration is missing and I look forward to when a blue “t” button is added to the right column of buttons.
Blogsy works with both WordPress.com and WordPress installed blogs and Blogger and I looks like there are plans for adding Tumblr, Drupal and other platforms.
Check out the Blogsy demo video below.