Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Apps I love for blogging on an IPad

Favourite apps for blogging on IPad

I often see bloggers mention that they don't like to blog on their iPads, so I wanted to share my favourite apps for IPad blogging that make it really easy. I do most of my blogging these days on my IPad, because I rarely get the chance to sit upstairs on my computer, so I take the snippets of time I get and jump on the IPad. Even though there are some things that I need to do on my computer, for the most part I can do pretty much everything I want for a post on my IPad without too much drama. I don't know about any of the other blogging platforms but I use blogger, and I hate using their iPhone and IPad apps, and using the actual blogger.com page on safari on IPad is a nightmare.

So, I use an IPad app called Blogsy instead, unfortunately Yes, it costs money (around $5 I think), but it is really easy to use, you can add text links, arrange photos and change photo sizes and add alt text and captions too. I feel like I have better control of my photo sizing via Blogsy as well, which is something that really frustrates me about blogger. You can save drafts both locally and online, and schedule posts. You need a Flickr or Picasa account to add photos to a blogsy post, but I already had Flickr and it is a great way to back up all your photos anyway.

If you don't want to spend money, there is another fairly easy to navigate app called Posts, that is free. I have only briefly tried posts, it seems fairly easy to navigate, and is pretty good for a free app.
Unfortunately, neither of these apps are available on an IPhone. But, the people from Blogsy have launched an app that can upload photos direct from your phone to your blog, it's called PUPs, I'm yet to try it, and I'm not sure if it works with blogger (I'm assuming it will), but it sounds like a really useful app.
Blogsy review
Writing a post (this post intact) on Blogsy
The other important thing to me when I'm blogging, is photos, so I use a few photo editing apps on my phone and IPad

I love using the VSCO camera app, because I lug so much baby and toddler gear around with me when I go out I rarely take my DSLR camera with me, and if I do I usually forget I have it and leave it in the car. So I end up taking most of my photos on my phone. The VSCO cam app takes much better photos than the regular camera app, and the editing and filter options are simple to use but look really great, and it makes the photos look a lot sharper! I often edit them on my phone and then access them on my photostream on my IPad and load them onto Flickr using the Blogsy App. But you can use your Ipad to edit the pictures on too, which is nicer because od the bigger screen. It's such a simple to use, yet really effective app, I love the way it makes my iPhone photos look so much better.

I use Photogene to edit my photos quite often, and because I have the photostream linking my iPhone, iMac and ipad photos it means I can easily access all of my pictures from any device on my IPad, open them in photogene edit them and save them to my camera roll. The nice thing about photogene is that it lets you add tags and Metadata to the photos as well.
Photogene picture

Two more apps I love are A Beautiful Mess & Rhonna Designs. These two apps are really popular at the moment so there is a good chance you have heard of them. I find them great to add titles and descriptions and patterns to pictures (which is helpful for Pinterest). They have lots of different fonts and designs that you can use and makes it really easy to create gorgeous designs on your photos or even use their backgrounds to make lists or banners. The first image in this post was made with the A Beautiful Mess app in about 5 minutes. Below is an example of what Rhonna can be used for.

Rhonna designs
So do you love or loathe blogging on your smart phones or tablets? And what are your favourite apps?
Karen xx
Linking up with Jess for #IBOT today!


25 comments:

  1. I will check out the Apps! Thanks for that! I use Pic Monkey on my PC and upload my images either before I write the post (which I often write on Blogger on my Ipad later), or after I have written the post on my Ipad. Blogger can be clunky and you have to be careful.
    Best of all is to do the lot on the PC but that can be difficult in a large fam of game obsessed kids!

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  2. Oh I might just have to check that blog app out. I'm one of those that screams my iPad isn't that fantastic because deep down I should have bought a Mac.

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  3. Great apps Karen. I love blogsy for when I'm blogging on the run.

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  4. Thanks for this info. I'm considering an ipad purchase, but since blogging is one of my main online activities I wondered whether it would be worth it. I've seen a few hashtags with #abeautifulmess. Now I think I know what they are on about!

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  5. Thanks for this. I will definitely be trying blogsy, as I agree that the blogger app sucks. Looking forward to taking a look at some of your other recommendations too :)

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  6. Great info Karen. Although, I'm one of those people that have tried blogging on an iPad but I just miss the feeling of typing at my PC, I pretty much just let go and type! I love A Beautiful Mess too, but I'm not sure if it's just me but once you put in the text, it wont allow you to edit it?

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  7. ooh thanks heaps for sharing! can always do with some new life breathed into my posts with different formats and I STRUGGLE with the blogger app on iPad BIG TIME - as it doesn't allow you to put photos anywhere but at the end. Thanks again for sharing your tips.

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  8. I haven't heard of Rhonna and are heading off to check it out. I use the Wordpress app to write content and then I edit on the computer later. Helps put the great ideas down when I have them.

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  9. I must be living in a cave lately, I have not heard of many of these apps. I used to blog on my Ipad when I first started, now I love my Mac. Just downloading a few of these now x

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  10. I LOATHE it but that is because I have NO IDEA how to do it - YAY - thanks for sharing this and I see you did it via Blogsy.

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  11. The word press app is pretty awesome. Allows you to respond to comments, provides notifications and even check your stats. I love that one.
    Dowloading those photo apps as we speak :)

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  12. I use Tadaa to edit my photos and also Over for adding text and etc. As for blogging, because I am with Typepad, most apps wont work apart from their app, which is fairly easy to use. I use it to upload photos from my iPhone and write short notes and save as draft until I have time to edit them at home. :)

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  13. I definitely find editing easier on my computer! But these days I gotta do what I gotta do! The photo apps are so much easier though on my iPad than trying to use Photoshop!

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  14. oh yes I am a fan of picmonkey too! Its so easy! x

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  15. Blogsy may make you love your iPad again. I do love my iMac I just wish it was portable haha!

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  16. It is so easy!! Glad I've found a fellow blogsy lover! x

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  17. Yes those hashtags are everywhere, it is a really cool app!! x

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  18. The blogger app makes me want to throw my ipad across the room!! arrgghh!! Hope you like blogsy! x

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  19. I know what you mean about typing on your PC, I find it easier to type on my computer rather than the ipad, but I guess I could just hook my keyboard up to the ipad too! I'm not sure about A Beautiful Mess, but I think they have made some upgrades to help with some things people were complaining about !

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  20. I wish the blogger people would realise how LAME there app is! But Blogsy has saved me hours of frustration! x

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  21. Yes Rhonna is very cool!! Lots of lovely graphics and options to make your photos fun!

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  22. I did do it via blogsy of course, I thought I would have to for this particular post especially ;)

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  23. Oh wordpress, maybe I'll switch to it one day.. mayben!! x

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  24. Oh I haven't heard of those photo apps, I will have to check them out! x thanks Feli!

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