BlogAssist
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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.
  • 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
  • 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.
    • Reimplemented the auto-launch preference to work with OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and sandboxing.
    • Removed the quit confirmation preference.
    • Added a license button to the Preferences window, when unlicensed, to make it easier to buy the app. (Standard edition only)
    • Removed the in-app purchase options, since not compatible with 64-bit, and rarely used. (Standard edition only)
    • Fixed display of license entry date in the Licenses editor. (Standard edition only)
    • Updated German and French localizations.
    • Updated the User Guide.
    • The standard edition of the app is now signed with a Developer ID to support Gatekeeper on OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. (Standard edition only)
    • The app is now fully sandboxed, providing increased security.
    • BlogAssist now requires a 64-bit Mac and a minimum of OS X 10.7 Lion.
    • Many other behind-the-scenes improvements made possible by dropping older OS versions, PowerPC and 32-bit support.
    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
    • Intel, 64-bit processor
    • OS X 10.7 or later
    • 64-bit processor



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    BlogAssist User Discussion (Write a Review)
    ver. 2.x:
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    Bdikkat reviewed on 20 Feb 2012
    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.
    [Version 2.3.1]

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    burypromote

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    Dejal Systems, Llc (developer) replied on 21 Feb 2012
    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.
    burypromote

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    Bdikkat replied on 07 May 2012
    Doesn't work for me. I'll stick to BBEdit's clippings, which is a one-click operation.
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    Caberlin reviewed on 16 Nov 2010
    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.
    [Version 2.2.5]

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    burypromote
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    Dejal Systems, Llc (developer) replied on 23 Mar 2011
    I'm sorry that was a deal-breaker for you. FYI, I do plan to make the system menu optional in a future version.
    burypromote
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    +56

    Fanchee reviewed on 18 Jan 2010
    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.
    [Version 2.2.3]


    burypromote
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    Eforrest reviewed on 25 Sep 2009
    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.)
    [Version 2.2.3]


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    Anonymous reviewed on 11 Nov 2005
    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..
    [Version 1.1.2]

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    burypromote
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    Dejal Systems, Llc (developer) replied on 02 Jun 2009
    FYI, BlogAssist no longer automatically adds itself to the Login Items, other than the first launch in the Applications folder.
    There are currently no troubleshooting comments. If you are experiencing a problem with this app, please post a comment.

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    Date:06 Sep 2012
    Platform:Intel 64 / OS X
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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 hey - the HTML tags for boldface text, wrapped around the original text.
    2. The Services Menu: BlogAssist also appears in the Services menu, available in most applications. This is really easy to use: just select some text and hit Cmd-< to display a small panel. Simply choose an operation and click OK to drop the marked up text back into your document. The previously copied text also appears in the panel; useful for operations like Web Link that use two values. Copy a URL, select text to use as the link label, hit Cmd-< and choose the operation, then click ok, and you have a web link nicely formatted and inserted.
    3. The Floating Window: This is similar to the Services menu panel, but can be left open as long as you like. It floats above all other windows, always available. It can be hidden and shown via the BlogAssist system menu. With the floating window displayed, you simply drag text to one or both of its Value fields, choose an operation from the included pop-up menu, then drag the formatted HTML from the Result field. Like the Services panel, this window includes a convenient preview of how the HTML will be rendered in a Web page.


    BlogAssist comes with several useful operations, including Web and e-mail links, bold/italics/strikethrough/etc, LiveJournal tags, and more. But you aren't limited to those - you can add, change, or remove them via the Operations Preferences.


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