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BlogAssist is a handy tool to help weblog and website editing by making HTML markup easier.

There are three easy ways to use it: you can use whichever one you prefer, or all three as desired.

  1. The System Menu: BlogAssist adds a small menu to the right-hand side of the menubar in all applications. You can simply select and copy some text into the clipboard, choose a suitable operation from the menu, then paste the result in the desired location. The text will have been transformed like magic. For example, copying hey and choosing Bold will result in more...

What's New

Version 2.4:
  • Added a Substitutions preference page, that optionally replaces symbols and accented characters with the HTML entity equivalents. It can also be used to replace URLs, e.g. to strip off a base URL for your own domain, or change it to localhost (or anything else).
  • Updated all three BlogAssist modes to support the new substitution preferences.
  • more...

Requirements

  • OS X 10.7 or later
  • 64-bit processor

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Bdikkat Member IconReview+205
Bdikkat
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You have to (1) copy the text you want transformed, (2) select the BlogAssist transformation selection, and then (3) paste the transformed text.

It would be a whole lot better if you just performed operation 2 on the selected text.

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Version 2.3.1
Dejal Systems, Llc (developer)
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Alternatively you can just press Cmd-< (Cmd-Shift-,) to show the service window, choose the operation there (the last-used one is the default) and click OK. No copy/pasting needed.

Bdikkat
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Doesn't work for me. I'll stick to BBEdit's clippings, which is a one-click operation.

Caberlin Member IconReview+62
Caberlin
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It sets a Menu Icon and _uses up valuable space_ in the menu bar.
There is no way to switch the menu Icon off and use the two other input actions instead.

This is to much disadvantage over the basic assistance it actually gives.
This is a deal-breaker for me; I trashed the software.

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Version 2.2.5
Dejal Systems, Llc (developer)
+1

I'm sorry that was a deal-breaker for you. FYI, I do plan to make the system menu optional in a future version.

Fanchee Member IconReview+65
Fanchee
+3

I have been researching blog-writing tools for awhile now and had finally decided on MarsEdit. The one thing I couldn't figure out how to do though is lists, mostly unordered. I stumbled upon BlogAssist and immediately loved it, but couldn't justify spending the money on something to help with "just lists." Well, it went on sale over at MacZOT and I instantly snatched it up. I'm so glad I did, as it does do so much more than lists and it has really helped me learn and understand the basics of HTML. Plus, I love its menubar presence, super easy to use and very effective.

I would highly recommend this and it works extremely well in conjunction with MarsEdit.

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Version 2.2.3
Eforrest Member IconReview+4
Eforrest
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This is one of the most useful apps I've ever bought. I got it to solve a small problem while blogging that MarsEdit was lacking: I wanted to make unordered lists from sets of paragraphs. If that's all it did, it would be well worth the price for me.

And for a long time, that's all I used it for.

Then I needed to do a few things in my HTML editor and realized that I could probably get BlogAssist to do it for me. That got me looking at more that I could do with it, and now I use it all the time for those pesky HTML operations.

Sure, I could probably figure out some AppleScript thing to do all of this. But I'm lazy ("the developer's friend in customers") and just want to work rather than make software tools. BlogAssist is an outstanding value.

The only drawback to BlogAssist is really a drawback in other applications: not everything supports the service menu. I use the copy-BlogAssist Menu-paste triplet which solves that problem for most operations.

(I actually liked the fact that it was autoloaded at startup. Otherwise I'd not remember it was there.)

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Version 2.2.3
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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Tag service menu, textpander snippets are to use with keyboard short cuts.
If you are more a "mouse" than persone this is very usefull for tags you use very offten.
I added technorati, google... link tags.

The only thing I don't link is that it automaticly launches at start up, I would prefer to have it as an app I launch myself, as I don't use it all the time..

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Version 1.1.2
Dejal Systems, Llc (developer)
+3

FYI, BlogAssist no longer automatically adds itself to the Login Items, other than the first launch in the Applications folder.

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Downloads 17,157
Version Downloads 5,360
Type Utilities / System
License Shareware
Date 06 Sep 2012
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $9.00
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