There are three easy ways to use BlogAssist. 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 Bold will result in hey - the HTML tags for boldface text, wrapped around the original text
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-
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. This release includes a change to the Enter key behavior in the Services window, avoids adding itself to the Login Items on launch, and other tweaks. It also has a slight price increase, and now requires Tiger as a minimum OS version.
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Pricing and Availability:
Dejal BlogAssist 2.2.2 is available from $14.95 (USD), and available as a full-featured demo. This is a slight price increase, though you can still get it at the old price via the Dejal Store. This is a free update for licensed BlogAssist users.