Blogsy for iPad updated to v3.2

The excellent Blogsy app for the iPad (on which I am writing this post) has been updated to version 3.2, the Minotaur release.

In this release the developers have figured out how to parse the HTML code that Apple uses in order to present cleaner and more standard code on the HTML edit screen.

This version also introduces the ability to customise the Dock Bar which I personally welcome. It’s nice to make apps your own and if there’s a particular service you connect to the most, now you can move it to the top of the bar. Likewise, if there is a service you don’t use, now you can remove it altogether.

Check out the Blogsy Blog for details of the latest release.

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Box for iOS updated to v2.5.2

Box has just pushed an upgrade (to version 2.5.2) for their iOS app which reportedly improves offline mode as well as performance and stability.

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I can certainly vouch for the performance tweaks. The app feels much more lively and responsive and seems to both open from the home screen faster as well as open files more speedily.

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Blogsy…. testing

I’ve just downloaded Blogsy after watching a couple of the tutorial videos. It seems like a great way to connect your various media streams to your blogs, making photo and image selection (and video) very easy when drafting a blog post. The drag and drop (from your Picasa, Flickr, YouTube accounts) feature works very well indeed. The image below was dragged from my Picasa albums in just a couple of tap

The interface seems fairly straightforward and the app runs very well on my (old!) iPad 1. I was concerned that performance might be lacking on the old iPad but it runs very well indeed.

Anyway, just an initial post to try it out. I shall post more thoughts on it later, when I’ve had chance to use it more.
So far, so good!

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iOS 5.0: Photo Stream

Another great benefit of iCloud, introduced in iOS 5.0, is Photo Stream.

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Photo Stream seamlessly synchronises your last 1000 photos (photos and screen shots taken on your iPhone or iPad) across all your iCloud enabled devices. Take a picture on your iPhone and the next time you pick up your iPad, the same photo is in your Photo Stream.

This is a great feature which makes life that little bit simpler. Anyone that blogs from their iOS devices will appreciate this function. I write the majority of my blog posts on the iPad yet take the majority of photos on the iPhone. To transfer photos from iPhone to iPad typically involves uploading to Dropbox on the iPhone and then downloading from Dropbox on the iPad. Then I can use that local photo to upload to my WordPress blog.

Now, of course, I take a photo on the iPhone and it’s ‘automagically’ transferred to my iPad. I don’t have to do anything else.

It’s fair to say it’s early days for photo stream. Currently there is no way to manage the photos in the stream directly from your iOS device (other than to save a copy to “saved photos”). Similarly, you don’t have any access or control of your photo stream via iCloud.com.

Remember, photo stream maintains the last 1000 photos only, so it is worth making sure you save any photos you want to keep to “saved photos” (aka Camera Roll).

Having said all that, it is possible to manage you photo stream via your Mac or Windows PC. Head over to the Apple site here to download the Windows Control Panel. It should be noted that the Windows Control Panel only supports Windows Vista and Windows 7 (as I run XP it means I’ve not had chance to try it out yet….. Windows 7 upgrade time?).

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New version of Steve Jobs autobiography

I received an email today informing me that there was a new version of the Steve Jobs autobiography available to download.

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No big deal, I shall open up iBooks and no doubt the new version will make itself known and automagically download itself and leave me with the new version. It didn’t work like that.

Alas, in a very un-Apple way, I was given this list of instructions (see extract from the email below) to follow to “manually” download it. Not only that but it involved having to sign out and back in to my account. This is all very un-Apple like in my opinion.

Dear iTunes Customer,

Thank you for purchasing Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. A new version of the book is available to you at no charge.

To download the new version:
1) First, make sure you’re using the latest version of the iBooks App. It’s available free of charge here:
http://itunes.apple.com/app/ibooks/id364709193?mt=8
2) Next, tap the iBooks app on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. If you are already in the iBookstore, tap the Library button.
3) Tap the Edit button.
4) Locate Steve Jobs and tap the book to mark it for deletion.
5) Tap Delete to remove the book from your library.
6) Tap the Store button, scroll down to the bottom of the page and sign out of your account.
7) The page will refresh; scroll down to the bottom of the page and sign back in to your account.
8) If you are not already on the Purchased page, tap the Purchased icon in the bottom-right corner of your screen.
9) Locate Steve Jobs in your purchases and tap the iCloud button to download.

You will now have the updated version of the book in your library.
Sincerely,

iTunes Customer Experience
http://www.apple.com/support/itunes/ww/

Similarly disappointing was that I had bookmarked the page I had reached yesterday. Upon dirtying my hands with the above process and opening the updated version of the book, the bookmark had moved to the next chapter!

Bitter taste…. quickly washed away with fresh coffee. I still love you Apple.

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Define, another iOS 5.0 gem

Another iOS 5.0 gem is the addition of a dictionary. Simple enough but very useful for anyone churning out text on iOS devices.

To invoke the dictionary, double tap a word, click the arrow and select Define. A box appears with dictionary definitions of the word highlighted.

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That’s it. It’s simple but it’s effective.

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