WordPress for Android 2.1 brings comment edits, autosave


For those of you who have to get your blogging fix on the go, listen up: version 2.1 of the WordPress for Android app is now available. The update brings slight user interface updates and performance tweaks, but those aren’t the changes you’re interested in, right? Noteworthy features in this release include:

  • the app will autosave your post every 60 seconds,
  • comments can now be edited within the app, similar to the way you can edit them within the dashboard, and
  • a new option to link to a resized version of uploaded images.

A complete list of changes and more details are available on the WordPress for Android blog. You can download the updated app from the android.wordpress.org site, and those interested in contributing to the project can find more information on the development blog.

The app update also includes the WordPress.com reader as well, which may or may not be something you’re interested in. Android users, I’m curious: what do you think of the WordPress.com reader being included in the app?

WordPress for Android 2.0 is here, plus a new site design


It’s been a while in the works, but WordPress for Android 2.0 has finally been released. Heck, I drafted this entire post on my Android (edited on the PC), just to really take it for a test run. While I probably wouldn’t recommend it for huge posts, I got there in the end.

So what’s new? Well I’m glad you asked:

  • New UI: action bar and dashboard
  • New post editor
  • Tablet support
  • Stats chart improvements
  • Uploading posts in the background
  • WordPress.com Read Feature improvements
  • In post list, Post Status now displayed
  • Post Format support included
  • Reliability improvements and more general bug fixes

Be sure to check out the accompanying video for a hands-on feel of the new app.

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First (After)Taste: WordPress 3.3 on the iPad


If you haven’t seen the First Taste coverage of WordPress 3.3, you should probably watch that. If you’ve already seen that, then this could interest you. Brian and I didn’t really get a chance to check out WordPress 3.3 on the iPad, so this morning I present to you the first First (After)Taste, which basically amounts to me recording myself playing around with WordPress on the iPad. You’re welcome.

Among the new features that WordPress 3.3 brings to the table is iPad/table compatibility. If you don’t have a tablet or iPad to try this out, this video will show you what you’re missing.

The video is embedded at the top of this post’s page.

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WordPress for BlackBerry version 1.5 now available in App World


Danilo Ercoli, developer of WordPress for BlackBerry, announced on the site that version 1.5 was now available in the BlackBerry App World (likely, unless it hasn’t been updated in your region yet). The new version brings with it new features, including some bug fixes along the way too.

In the announcement, Ercoli had to say:

We’re pleased to introduce WordPress for BlackBerry version 1.5, which adds new features like a home screen icon showing you how many comments are in moderation, custom image sizes, and discussion settings!

Other improvements for 1.5 include:

  • Added support for Blavatars (“Blog Avatars”).
  • Added preview for drafts, scheduled and private posts.
  • Added a visual indicator that shows the post status in the post list screen.
  • Fixed issues on the Permissions settings screen, it now appears once at first startup.

If there are any improvements you think could be made to the app, or just want to ask a question, then make sure to take a look at the WordPress for BlackBerry forums. And remember you can follow @WPBlackBerry on Twitter for all the latest news.

If you’ve already updated your BlackBerry, what do you think of the new version?

BraveNewCode release Piggy, a mobile web app for tracking WP E-Commerce sales


BraveNewCode have recently released a new WordPress plugin called Piggy. Piggy is a plugin that works in conjunction with WP E-Commerce, a popular e-commerce plugin for WordPress, to display your sales information on iOS and Android devices. Piggy provides a web app that will work on both iOS and Android devices, and will allow you to track your sales and even receive push notifications when new sales are made. Piggy also provides sales forecasting, based on your past e-commerce sales.

Piggy is available from BraveNewCode for $39, and installs to your site just like any other WordPress plugin. Installing the app to your iPhone or Android is as simple as saving the website to your home screen, as they show in their demo video (embedded below). It appears Piggy works with WP E-Commerce 3.7 and higher.

BraveNewCode are the folks behind the popular WPtouch Pro, a mobile WordPress theme. Does anyone have experience with BraveNewCode’s products? If so, share your experiences for others to see in the comments.

Also check out their demo video, just after the jump.

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WordPress for iOS sees big 2.7 update, clears over 100 bugs


Dan Roundhill of the WordPress for iOS team shared the news yesterday that the app has seen a big update to version 2.7, one that introduces user interface improvements and fixes over 100 bugs. As Matt Mullenweg put it on Twitter, “This is the big one, [that] should fix most crashes.”

As Roundhill put it:

The main focus of this release is to improve the app’s performance and reliability. The app has been moved to Core Data, which is a much improved way of managing information locally on the device. Also, the methods used to communicate over XML-RPC have been updated to better handle communication issues and increase reliability of the app. In total there have been 117 changes in this release.

The Post Editor interface has been updated as well. Multiple files can now be uploaded, and those attached to posts can be viewed. The Twitter-born “pull to refresh” feature has been added to the various list views within the app, and emails and URLs within the app are tappable (either to a mail form or to view the website).

According to Roundhill the app upgrade should happen gracefully, but just in case it doesn’t users can always delete the app and reinstall.

Has anyone played around with this new version? Does it improve the problems you ran into before, or are you still having issues with it?