In addition to writing App reviews here, I blog on my Tech Blog and for my Mac User's Group Blog. Most of the time I blog from my MacBook Pro, but I'm finding that I can do more and more with just using my iPad. All of my blogs use the WordPress engine and while I've used the official WordPress App, I find it lacking in several areas for formatting my posts the way I like. I'm especially picky when it comes image placement. Until now my favorite iPad blogging App had been BlogPress and while BlogPress is a GREAT APP, I'm actually blown away by the capabilities of Blogsy. Blogsy offers a slew of editing and formatting features that make me feel as if I'm editing using the native WordPress interface. While this could just as easily be achieved in the Safari browser, where Blogsy becomes the clear winner is when it comes to inserting media such as images and videos. As you would expect you can import media from your iPad Camera Roll or Albums. All of the blogging apps do this. However, Blogsy takes it up several notches by letting you drag and drop images and videos from your online sharing sites such as Flickr, Picasa, and even YouTube. Yes you can drag and drop YouTube videos into your posts! Sweet!
HTML Editing and more
While Blogsy offers a nice graphical user interface (UI) for editing your blog posts, if there there is ever anything you need to insert into the HTML directly you can access it with the tap of a button. If you need to look something up or grab a link for you post, there's no need to leave the App as it has a web browser built-in. Blogsy supports WordPress, Blogger, Posterous, TypePad, MovableType, Drupal and Joomla. It also includes TextExpander support.
The Bottom Line
While Blogsy does offer very impressive editing and image handling features there is one thing keeping me from being able to use this App 100% of the time. I haven't been able to find a way to use the custom fields and other features of my WordPress template while in Blogsy. For example, I would have been able to write this post in Blogsy and bring in the images, but I would have still needed to complete the post in a browser in order to add things like the Featured image and to fill out the details panel at the bottom of this post. These are custom fields in my WordPress template that don't show up in Blogsy (or at least I haven't found them). Even with that being the case I could use Blogsy to do the bulk of the work while on the go and finish the few little details that Blogsy couldn't do either on my computer or in Safari on the iPad.