Blogo has been one of the best apps for blogging for OS X users and with the latest update, it has been released for iPhone and iPad with support for publishing to WordPress, Medium and Blogger. The iOS apps support almost the complete feature set of their desktop counterpart including, markdown support, offline previews, Evernote sync, image editing, comments moderation and much more.
Blogo has tons of amazing features that make it the dream blogging app for iOS users, specially bloggers using iPads. Here are some of my favorite feature so far:
- WYSIWYG editor with support for rich text, Markdown and inline HTML editing. The app also supports embedding content such as YouTube and Instagram videos, Twitter, Facebook and more. A built in iOS share extension makes it easier to add content from other apps too.
- Preview mode uses your WordPress theme to generate a perfect preview so you can see how your content will look like when live.
- Image editor. Perhaps the best feature in Blogo is the image editing tool which remove the need of using another app in your workflow. It allows quick and easy cropping and resizing, alt text, caption and tooltip creation and more.
- Handoff support makes it easy to start with a blog idea on your iPhone and complete it on your iPad or Mac.
- Realtime word and character count along with an estimated reading time.
- Support for iPads. The app supports split view so you can work side by side with two app on your iPad. Blogo also is designed with the iPad Pro in mind so you get a layout which takes better advantage of the increased screen real estate.
A few features are available behind a paywall. Blogo Pro provides the following benefits:
- Ability to add multiple blogs
- Drafts sync with Evernote
- Comments moderation
- Custom fields
- Social mirrors
During my usage, I faced some issues, ranging from app crashes, content getting lost because I accidentally switched to another post, and user interface issues in split view on iPad. I also noticed that even though you can select text with the keyboard, you still have to select it using touch if you want to use the contextual menu for text formatting or adding links.As per the developers, they have more features on the cards for future releases.
We’ve just started building PRO and our vision is really big. We plan to bring Analytics integration, Customized Push Notifications, Writer’s Coach, Media Search (so you can search for videos, images, podcasts and add them with 1 click inside Blogo).
Blogo is available for free for iOS devices in the App Store. A Blogo Pro subscription costs $9.99 per month or $69.99 per year. For bloggers using a combination of iPad plus physical keyboard, Blogo has the ability of transforming the tablet into a Pro tool. Here’s to hoping that Blogo actively works on the feedback and ships quick improvements to the app.
Created and published on iPad using Blogo