We’re pleased as punch to announce that WordPress for iOS 3.5 is now available in the App Store. The dev team focused on the content editor for this release, which adds some very handy new features:
We know that publishing your very best stuff is important, and you should be able to see what your post or page will look like before you publish. Now, in version 3.5 of WordPress for iOS, you can preview your drafts! Just tap the preview “eye” tab while drafting your post or page to see the post as it will appear on your WordPress site after you hit publish.
If you have a responsive WordPress theme the preview will show what your post looks like on a mobile device.
Thanks to a new Autosave feature, your site’s content is safer than ever before. Now, when you edit a draft in the app, you’ll notice a small “Autosaved ✓” message appear as you type. The draft is instantly saved locally, and if you have a reliable Internet connection at the time, it will autosave online to your WordPress site, too.
This release also includes improvements for WordPress.com and Jetpack notifications, as well as fixes for crashes and other bugs. You can check out all the changes here.
The crash on launch that some of you were seeing has been fixed in this release.
We want to continue making your mobile blogging experience better and better! While the dev team is currently deciding what to work on for version 3.6, these next items are high on our list:
Want to keep up with the latest happenings in the WordPress mobile world? Head over to http://make.wordpress.org/mobile.
If you have any feedback about the app, please leave a comment below or follow us @WordPressiOS.
Need to get your WordPress.com notifications on the go? With version 3.4 of WordPress for iOS you’ll see all your WordPress.com and Jetpack blog Notifications right on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.
With the new streamlined Notifications view, you can step away from your computer but still stay connected to your readers. With just a few taps you can:
Don’t need so many notifications? You can turn off specific notification types (for example “Likes”) in the Settings panel. You can also mute entire blogs if it gets too noisy.
Self-hosted WordPress.org blogs get to join the party, too! Simply connect your blog using the Jetpack plugin and your self-hosted blog’s notifications will appear. Already have Jetpack set up? Then you don’t need to do a thing.
We were also able to patch up some bugs with this release. Users with multisite self-hosted blogs can now correctly view stats for sites they belong to (ticket #1528). A particularly nasty bug which resulted in the possibility of losing your offline drafts has also been fixed (ticket# 1545). A big thank you to everyone reporting issues, it’s been very helpful in finding these quirks and resolving them once and for all.
There are many great updates coming for WordPress for iOS. We’re currently working on an update to the post preview screen and better revision control. This should make for a much smoother posting experience.
How do you like the new Notifications? Drop a comment here or follow us on @WordPressiOS to let us know!
Since the release of version 3.2 the team has been hard at work on several new features. Today we’re we’re happy to announce that the first — in-app Sounds — is now available in version 3.3. Adding sounds to the app has been on our wish list a long time, and while this is a modest update, we hope you will enjoy it!
There are five new sounds created by the talented Josh Mobley in the app:
Our goal is to provide elegant sounds that enhance your experience with WordPress for iOS, but you can mute the new sounds from the Settings screen if you prefer a silent app. Your device’s mute button will silence the app as well.
In addition to the new sounds effects, we continue to make the app even more stable. In this release we fixed a total of 21 issues.
A new Notifications feature for WordPress.com and Jetpack-enabled blogs is nearing completion. We also have a visual editor in the works, which we’re very excited about. If these are features you’re interested in helping with, or if you have a different feature or improvement in mind, the time to help make WordPress for iOS amazing is NOW! Drop us a note on our dev blog or chime in at make/mobile on WordPress.org and we’ll help you get started as a contributor!
What do you think of the new sound effects? Drop a comment here or follow us on @WordPressiOS to let us know!
We promised to keep pushing the envelope and releasing updates faster, so here’s the first of many updates to come. Read on to learn what’s new, and then update/download version 3.2 of the app from the App Store.
This has been one of our most requested features for some time. We’re happy to report that you can now upload a Featured Image for your blog posts as long as your theme supports it. You’ll find the Featured Image uploader in the Settings section of the Post Editor—see the screenshot on the right.
You can upload a Featured Image of any size, but by default it’ll use the Image Size preference, which you’ll now find in the Settings section within the app (more on this below).
Push Notifications are now available for self-hosted blogs running Jetpack 1.8.2 or higher. To make it work, we had to have a central server to deliver the notifications to your device, so this feature requires the Jetpack plugin by Automattic to function. Push notifications for self-hosted blogs will work just like how they currently work for WordPress.com-hosted blogs: you get push notifications for new comments only, and will be directed to the comment within the app if you choose to view the notification.
Note: only the owner of the blog will receive push notifications for new comments on their own posts. We are working on making push notifications available for all authors on a blog in version 1.9 of Jetpack. This version is currently in Beta and will be released within a few weeks.
As a part of this update, we’ve moved all the preferences previously only available in the Settings app on your device to the Settings screen within the app itself. This makes it much easier to change settings on the fly. You may even find settings that you didn’t knew were already available in the app. Moving forward, we’ll make sure all settings are available right within the app.
In addition to the new features, we’ve worked hard on making the app even more stable. In total, almost 70 bugs and crashes have been fixed in this release. We’ve also worked hard on making the Stats section of the app perform better.
We’re moving to a more feature-driven release cycle, meaning that updates will come faster and focus on single features and enhancements. This is the perfect time to get involved in the WordPress for iOS project. Post something on the dev blog or head on over to make/mobile on WordPress.org.
How are you liking version 3.2, and what would you like to see next? Leave us a comment here and follow us on @WordPressiOS to get the latest news first.
This is a big one! The WordPress for iOS dev team is excited to announce that version 3.1 is now available in the App Store. In this update you’ll find a redesign for both iPhone and iPad, along with loads of new features! Here’s what’s new:
The app has an all-new look, including graphics, colors, and a new sliding panels interface! We’ll let the screenshots speak for themselves:
We’ve added a new way to get around in the app: the Sidebar. The Sidebar allows easy access to any other area of the app with just a swipe and a tap. We also added easy access to app settings and quick photo from the Sidebar as well. To reveal the sidebar, just tap the menu button or swipe the navigation bar from wherever you are in the app at the time.
To take advantage of the larger screen, we’ve added an all-new Panels interface for the iPad which allows for viewing a lot of information on your blog all at once. Panels can be moved around and resized so that you can view your content however you’d like. You can also remove extra Panels that you don’t need anymore by dragging the entire Panel stack to the right.
In addition to the UI update we’ve added a ton of great new features, including:
In addition to all of this great new stuff, we also made many reliability and performance improvements to the app.
Development is continuing at a very rapid pace. We are already marching towards the next big release of the app. So far we are keen on adding a Visual Editor, a Notification Area and support for Featured Images. Want to help out? Check out make.wordpress.org/mobile and the WordPress for iOS dev blog to see how you can get involved!
What do you think of this update? Leave us a comment here or follow us at @WordPressiOS to get in touch with the team.
It’s that time again. Version 3.0 of WordPress for iOS is out and adds some exciting new features. Most of the changes have been under the hood so we can now start giving you great updates fast. Let’s jump into it.
Here’s what the rough road map looks like, find more and discussions on the dev blog.
This release is tentatively scheduled for the end of June.
These are some of the features/changes we’re considering for the upcoming versions of WordPress for iOS.
You should get involved right now. We’re looking for feedback on the planned features and help testing the releases with a new and active Beta Team. If you’re a developer you can get involved directly to help get these great features out quicker – learn more about how to get involved by visiting the Development section.
What are your thoughts on WordPress for iOS and the future? Tweet us @WordPressiOS or leave a comment below.
Version 2.9 also includes numerous other bug fixes and improvements not listed here. For a full list, visit the 2.9 Trac milestone.
Having the ability to easily style text, • create • lists, and add links has been requested since version 1.0 of WordPress for iOS. While you could type the tags manually, and use the elusive “Link Helper” feature to create links, it was not optimal.
In 2.9, a format bar is added on top of your regular keyboard that mimics the look and feel of the keys you’ve become so familiar with. Select some text, press a formatting button, and bam! The text is wrapped with the proper tags. If you don’t select any text, both the opening and end tag will be output and the cursor placed in the middle. Easy-peasy!
The format bar is enabled for both the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, and adjusted to the respective keyboards and device rotation. Try turning your iPhone to landscape mode when editing a post! The bar will shrink in size to give you more space to write on.
Your phone has a relatively small screen. When writing a blog post, a large portion of it is taken up by the keyboard itself. While you’re not likely to write an 8,000 word post on your phone, wouldn’t it be great to get just a little more space? In 2.9, the top navigation is hidden, giving you more space to write on. This is particularly useful in landscape mode, where space is even more limited.
When the post is ready to go, just press Done on the format bar and you’ll be right back in the Post editor.
You can manage the blogs you’re following in your WordPress.com dashboard, where you can even add external RSS feeds.
Don’t follow many blogs yet? In the app’s “Read” screen you’ll also find Freshly Pressed, listing the some of the most interesting posts from around the WordPress.com network. Or you can tap the little arrow button and select from a multitude of interesting topics, such as Art, Technology, Books, and many more.
This Read function is in Beta and will be improved over time, so we’d very much like to hear what you like about it and what you’d want to see next! Post a comment below or reach out to us on Twitter.
While we’re very proud of this release, we’re not resting! We’re currently in the planning stages of WordPress for iOS 3.0 which is going to be the biggest update to the WordPress for iOS app since its birth. The plan is to take an overall look at where the app is, and streamline it for what you use it for the most.
A more imminent update is coming shortly, with updated strings for numerous languages. If you’d like to help us translate the WordPress for iOS app into your native language, check out the translation project.
So, how do you like 2.9 – and what do you expect from 3.0?
It’s been in the works for about two months, and we hope you agree with us that it was worth the wait. This is the first app version in a long time where we’re actually adding features, previously we’ve been 100% focused on improving stability, error messages, and help. While these efforts will continue indefinitely, we now feel like the app is stable enough to start adding some long-awaited features. The Quick Photo button, lets you snap a picture of something happening right now and blog about it quickly. We’ve added Stats to the app (finally!). The app has also been translated to 10 languages, including Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Japanese.
The “Quick Photo” button is a big step towards the next-generation WordPress app. It’s the first feature that’s action-centric, meaning that instead of picking the blog, and then selecting what you want to do with it, you pick your action first. The thinking is that an app should be all about getting in and out quickly, performing a specific task.
As you launch the app, you’ll notice there’s now a button in the bottom of your blogs list. Tap it to launch the camera and take a picture, when you’re satisfied you can add a title or a description (if you want, both are optional), and boom — you’re done! The function remembers the last blog you posted a Quick Photo to and will use that for future posts as well. Note: iPhone only for now.
Finally you’re able to check your blog’s statistics on the go. There are charts for Daily, Weekly, and Monthly page views, swipe over them to see the others. You can also see Daily Views by date, as well as top Post Views, Referrers, Search Terms, and Clicks for the past 7 days.
The Stats feature natively works for all WordPress.com blogs, however you’ll need Jetpack or the stand-alone Stats plugin to see stats for your self-hosted WordPress blog. We recommend that you enable Jetpack on your site, as we’ll add app-specific functions to it in the future to help further enhance the apps in a quicker turnaround time.
This has been long awaited for a lot of you. We’re happy to report that the WordPress for iOS app is now completely translatable, and 2.8 adds support for 10 languages: Japanese, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Hebrew, German, Dutch, French, and Croatian.
Is your language not translated yet? You can very easily add it yourself, and we’ll put it in the app in a future release! To get started, visit the WordPress for iOS project on translate.wordpress.org (learn more). You don’t have to translate all strings, other people will join in to translate remaining strings.
While we’re excited about adding a few new, much requested features, we know that stability is still an issue. We’ve been able to resolve 3/4 of all crashes in the app. This update fixes a number of additional crashes and bugs. The full list of crash and bug fixes is available in the WordPress for iOS Trac.
Be sure to follow @WordPressiOS on Twitter for the latest news.
Version 2.7.2 of the WordPress for iOS app just became available on the App Store. It fixes a number of lingering crashes and bugs. All in all 28 crash/bug reports were closed in this release:
Check out the Trac milestone for the complete list.
With the app being much more stable, it’s time to make up for lost ground. We have an agressive release schedule laid out for 2011, in which we’re hoping to add many of the things you’ve been asking about. We’re currently hard at work with WordPress for iOS 2.8 – the next major release of WordPress for iOS.
The most important to-do in the 2.8 road map is Localization. WordPress for iOS will now become much more accessible for many users. 2.8 will also introduce a Stats view (finally!), a Quick Photo button, as well as a few more nifty improvements.
We’ll never stop improving the app, wether it be fixing issues or enhancing functionality.
So, what would you like to see next?
After three months of development, WordPress for iOS 2.7 is now available in the App Store. This version fixes over 100 bugs, which means better performance and fewer crashes.
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.
If you’re upgrading from a previous version of WordPress for iOS, your data will be migrated to the new version. If this doesn’t work, you should be able to delete the app and reinstall.
We’ve cleaned up the Post Editor interface to make it easier to write and edit posts and pages. Simply select the icons along the bottom of the post editor to edit post settings, view attachments and add media. You can also now upload multiple media objects at once!
‘Pull to refresh’ has been added to the list views of the app. To refresh the list, simply pull down until the arrow flips around and then release:
Also, emails and URLs in the comment view are now tappable so that you can easily get in touch with someone who has left a comment on your site.
Be sure to update as soon as possible, and please let us know what you think of WordPress for iOS 2.7.
We are always looking for iOS devs at any skill level to contribute towards the app. If you want to get involved, visit the Developer section at ios.wordpress.org.
Please follow the WordPress for iOS Open Source project @WordPressiOS on Twitter to get the latest news and notifications about updates.