I have used the really excellent blogging app Blogo for quite some time now. I even covered the Mac version of the app in previous Macessence articles. Much to my delight the Blogo folks have just released an iPad version of their app. I just wanted to take a quick overview look at this new iPad version.
Blogo is an excellent blogging application. I have used several different blogging apps over the years, but Blogo is by far my favorite. Admittedly, I do not do a lot of blogging from my iPad. I do have other blogging apps on the iPad and have used them occasionally, but I do most of my blogging from my iMac. However, I do take my iPad with me when I travel and it is nice to be able to knock out a blog article while on the road.
Just to clarify, I have been invited to be a “Beta Tester” for Blogo on the iPad. The app has not been released yet. When it is released I will be buying it for sure, for more on why, see below.
The beauty of the iPad version of Blogo is it’s similarity to the Mac version. When you first open it up you get a window that is almost exactly the same as the Mac version:
The main window is replicates the Mac version very closely, albeit with not as much screen space. Due to the limited screen real estate the features that are left showing on the Mac (blog article list, taxonomies, etc.) are either popup or slide out menus on the iPad version. However, when activated, these menus are very similar to the Mac Blogo. Here is the Articles List, you use the same control feature to slide it out:
I usually leave the Articles List open on the Mac, but do to screen space limitations I leave it closed on the iPad. But, it works as advertised.
Another important feature to me is Scheduling. It is a slide out menu that looks a little different than the Mac version, but works just fine:
The iPad version calls this slideout “Article Options”, instead of having a separate area for each option like on the Mac version. It really is an efficient way to do it. In my opinion it is very intuitive, I had no problem figuring out any of the “Options” in this area.
That brings me to this point. If you are a Blogo user then using Blogo on the iPad will be a very easy, intuitive fit for you. You will feel right at home once you have used it a time or two. If you are not a Blogo user and are doing a blog or thinking about doing a blog I highly recommend this app. Especially now that they have an iPad version.
Blogo for the iPad is a nice app. I am sure there are some bugs to be worked out during the “Beta” process, but even in beta it works quite well. Stay tuned, I will advise you when the 1.0 version is released to the App Store. I may do a little more in depth review at that time.