April 9, 2008

Post to Blog - now with customizable templates

Filed under: BlogBridge — Pito Salas on 3:00 pm

We just released BlogBridge 6.3 as our next ‘weekly’ release. One major new thing there, for users of our Publisher edition, is customizable Post to Blog templates. In addition to the built-in Full, Brief and Minimal templates, now you can create any number of additional templates.

Let me explain.

The Post to Blog feature closes the loop for prolific micro publishers, making it super easy to use material that you find while reading with BlogBridge, as the basis for your own blog posts. It is a rich and powerful feature.

You tell BlogBridge about the blog to which you want to post. When you read something that inspires you to want to write to your blog, just type “b” (or click the Post to Blog command) and up comes a little blog post editor, pre-populated with whatever you were reading, which you can then edit further and post to the blog.

post to blog blogbridgeThis feature exists in a simple form for all “basic” edition users, and in a much more advanced form for “publishing” edition users. 

New with 6.3 is that you can create a template for the blog posts that are created. You can have many of them, for example: “News item”, “Tech note”, “Remaindered Links” and so on, each with custom html. 

The screen displayed shows how you create and edit your new templates. Note the use of a series of special variables, where BlogBridge fills in key information from the article that you are quoting.

Check it out, and let us know what you think! 


N.B: First you have to be running the latest ‘weekly’ development release. You can get it by clicking on this link, on Mac, Windows and Linux. Read here about the two different release types.

Second, sign up for a trial account. All subscriptions have an automatic 30 day trial period during which you can get your subscription cost refunded. To see this new feature in action, you need ‘publisher’ level which costs $25/3 months.

If you are new to BlogBridge, you should know that the majority of our functionality is in fact free of charge. You can sign up for a free account. For $5/3 months you get major increases in capacity - we call this the ‘basic’ edition, and for $25/3 months you can get a ‘publisher’ edition.

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  3. Great feature!!!

    But I have no idea how to test it with an active ‘basic’ plan.

    Comment by Markus Merz — April 10, 2008 @ 5:12 am

  4. Markus, Sorry but this feature requires the Pub plan. Sadly we need to charge a little to compensate for the work we continue to do building out this product, and so it’s important for us to keep on adding value to the Pub plan to attract more people. I know it’s not what you want to hear, and I hate disappointing you! (By the way, not that this is any consolation, but you can try a 1 month free trial of Pub level.)

    Comment by Pito Salas — April 10, 2008 @ 7:15 pm

  5. > Sorry but this feature requires the Pub plan.

    Fully understandable!

    > but you can try a 1 month free trial of Pub level

    That hits the point: Can I upgrade for 30 days and will BB return automatically to the basic plan after the try?

    Technical question I: If I change templates and then later return to basic (or free) will the templates be stored?

    Technical question II: Can I change the ‘basic plan’ template with the ‘pub plan’ version and will the ‘basic plan’ template be stored and used when only in ‘basic plan’ mode?

    (Pito: Maybe the better place for this discussion is the forum. Feel free to transfer it and leave a link here.)

    Comment by Markus Merz — April 11, 2008 @ 12:34 pm

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  9. Its great one!

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    Comment by Sarfraz — December 15, 2008 @ 10:22 am

  10. Now that I am proudly using the BlogBridge 6.6.1 publisher version…

    You should habve mentioned that the template editor is hidden in the preferences.

    Another point is that the template editor help section only contains one short sentence when started in a German environment. Right now I am closing and reopening BlogBridge in the forced ‘English GUI only’ version to see what gems the editor might offer.

    Comment by Markus Merz | Hamburg St. Georg — February 28, 2009 @ 4:43 pm

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