Blogshelf II FAQ

How to import my blogs from the original Blogshelf?

You can backup your subscriptions from the original Blogshelf and import the subscriptions to Blogshelf II.

To backup your subscriptions from the original Blogshelf:

  • Open original Blogshelf.
  • Tap on edit button on the top right corner of the main screen.
  • Tap on Backup Subscription on the top left corner of the main screen.
  • Email the backup to e-mail that you set up to the iPad mail app.

To import your subscriptions to Blogshelf II:

  • Open the mail app and download the backup email.
  • Open the backup e-mail and tap on the backup attachment file.
  • Chose Open In... The list of apps that can ben open will shows up.
  • Choose Blogshelf II.
  • Blogshelf II will shows up and show the list of blogs from the original Blogshelf.

How to sort articles in chronological order?

There are blogs that more comfortable to read when the articles sorted in chronological order.

To sort articles in chronological order:

  • Open the blog by tapping the cover.
  • Tap on the blog title on the top navigation bar. If the navigation bar is hidden tap on the left side of the articles list to show the top navigation bar.
  • Blog Settings dialog will display.
  • Switch ON 'Sort Articles Oldest First'.
  • Tap on anywhere outside the Blog Settings dialog to close and save the changes.

Can Blogshelf change to Black Theme at night automatically?

Yes, you can let Blogshelf manage to change the White/Black theme automatically based on your iPad time.

To enable the auto change theme, you simply need to change your settings as follows:

  • Open Settings app from the springboard.
  • Tap on Blogshelf II from the Apps list.
  • Locate Time Based Theme & Brightness section.
  • Tap on Auto Change to Black Theme.
  • Tap on 'Change in The Evening After' to set the time when you want Blogshelf to change to Black Theme.
  • Tap on 'Reset in The Morning After' to set the time when you want Blogshelf to return to White Theme.

Why you implement clean article requests? You are trying to trick me to get money from me right? Sorry I am smarter than you.

You got me! but... It is not the whole story why I am doing it.

It is actually started with a problem in the UIWebView, the component that Blogshelf and other web page viewer app must use to display a web page. When my users download the original article usually full of images not just the one inside the article, the things will getting out of control. UIWebView is not smart enough to download and render only the images that currently display. It will download and render all the images at once. It usually ended up in a crash if you view the original article from a web page that has a lot of images.

My users only know that Blogshelf is not good. It keep crashing every time they use it. Then Blogshelf started getting a bad review...

The solution that I think is great and also give my users a better experience is to implement clean article requests. With clean article requests feature I solved 2 problem at the same time. Blogshelf will be more stable, because it will only download images that is inside the article and at the same time my users get a better reading experience because now he/she can read the real content of the article and not distracted by the ads and any other contents.

Problem solved!

Not yet.... now the content publishers will be mad at me..... Because now their pretty ads will not be display to their content consumers. They need money to publish a good content. Now this stupid app called 'Blogshelf' trying to cut the money.

It takes a long time for me to think, and it is scares me because I am cutting out content publishers monetization. But then I realize there are websites that are very clean and do not implement bloated ads in their websites. If you look at Daring Fireball, Swiss Miss and a lot more, their websites are very clean. They post 1 article inside their RSS Feed for ads and it is usually only once a week. It is very clean and comfortable for their users. They still get a lot of money from their RSS Feed sponsors.

From that point then I make up my decision, I will implement it, introduce it to my users, because it gives them new value. It also push the content publishers to find a new way to monetize without sacrificing the reading experience from their loyal readers. A better, clean and comfortable reading world for all of us.

There you get the Clean Article Requests. Powered by Diffbot. If I can give it to you for free, I will. But I cannot, because I want to give you the most robust clean article requests possible. And diffbot provide that kind of service.

I hope you like the clean article requests!

I do not want to download clean article when I tap a link in the summary article, How to do it?

If you do not want to download clean article every time you tap on any link, please do as follows:

  • Open Settings app.
  • Tap on Blogshelf II from the Apps list.
  • Switch OFF 'Use Clean Article as Default Link Tap' on the Article View & Navigation section.

How can I delete older blog entries after I have read them on each of my blogs?

You do not have to delete older blog entries. Blogshelf will automatically delete older articles after the total articles reach the cache articles limit set on each blog. If you do not set the cache articles limit, Blogshelf will use the default cache articles limit set from the settings app. The default cache articles limit is 150. If you change the default cache articles limit from the Settings app, it will affect all the blogs. If you want to change the cache articles limit on individual blog, you can change from the Blog Settings.

To change the default articles cache limit, please do as follows:

  • Open Settings app from the springboard.
  • Tap on Blogshelf II from the Apps list.
  • Locate Blog Cache & Refresh section.
  • Tap on Default Articles Cache Limit.
  • Tap on the limit value that you want to set.
  • The change will be applied on the next launch.

To change the cache articles limit individually, please do as follows:

  • Open the blog that you want to set.
  • Tap on the blog title on the top navigation bar.
  • Blog Settings dialog will display.
  • Locate Articles Cache.
  • Tap on 'Cache Articles Limit' setting.
  • Tap on the limit value that you want to set.
  • Tap anywhere outside the Blog Settings dialog to close and save the change.