Posts Tagged ‘WordPress for Android’

More Control over Mobile Posting: Excerpts and Picasa Support

Monday, August 19th, 2013

New excerpt field added to the post editor.

The latest update to WordPress for Android includes some small yet very handy new features:

  • Post Excerpt: Just below the content area in the post editor you’ll now see a post excerpt field. Use it to add a post summary to your post. (Note: Your theme will need to support post excerpts in order for this feature to work).
  • Picasa and Google+ Image Support: You can now add Picasa/Google+ images from the Android Gallery to posts or pages. Just tap the camera icon in the formatting toolbar then select an image to add it to the post. You’ll need to be online so that the image can be downloaded. You can also select multiple images in the gallery and share them to the app for quicker posting!

We’ve also fixed up a few bugs in this release that improve the reliability of the app.

What’s next?

We are very close to having a beta release of the new Media Library management and Theme Selection features! Make sure to follow http://make.wordpress.org/mobile if you are interested in trying the beta.

A big thanks to all of the contributors that made this release happen: aagam94, mrroundhill, daniloercoli and mbias!

Any thoughts on the new update? Drop a comment here or follow us @WPAndroid to let us know!

Version 2.3 is Here: New User Interface and More

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Version 2.3 of WordPress for Android: menu drawer and action bar

Today, we’ve jubilantly released version 2.3 of WordPress for Android to Google Play. After updating, you’ll see right away that this release includes very exciting updates to the user interface. Let’s dive in to what’s new!

Action Bar

Version 2.3 of WordPress for Android: action bar on a Nexus 7
You’ll notice a fresh, new look. We’ve taken into account Android’s “Holo” style guidelines and implemented the Action Bar interface throughout the app. If you’ve used any other apps designed for Android 4.0 or higher, you’ll feel right at home with the new user interface. Your Action Bar provides easy access to common actions such as creating a new post, refreshing, and sharing to other apps.

We also couldn’t resist making the Action Bar in WordPress blue. ;)

Menu Drawer

Version 2.3 of WordPress for Android: menu drawer on Samsung Galaxy S3

The older-style dashboard user interface has been replaced with a Menu Drawer for quick and easy navigation to other areas of the app from wherever you are. You’ll find all of the same actions the dashboard had, but with the addition of some nifty new ones.

To access the menu, simply tap the arrow next to the WordPress logo – in the top-left corner of the app — or swipe from the left side of the screen. If you’re on a large tablet device, the menu will always be visible, which takes advantage of the extra screen space. If you have multiple blogs in the app, you’ll see a drop-down list at the top of your Menu Drawer that you can access to quickly switch to another blog to work with, right in the app.

When you leave the app, it will remember the last selection you made in the Menu Drawer so when you return, you can pick up where you left off.

Other new features

In addition to the revamped user interface, you’ll find these new features as well:

  • View Site option. A View Site option has been added to the Menu Drawer so you can view your blogs from within the app.
  • Admin area access. You can access the wp-admin areas of your WordPress.com blogs by loading the Dashboard option in the Menu Drawer.
  • Faster loading. The WordPress.com Reader now takes advantage of caching for faster loading.
  • Updated look and feel. Settings have been converted to use the Android standard for preferences, giving them the Holo look and feel on supported devices. Many views have been updated to the Holo look and feel as well, including the post editor and all list views.
  • Improved post editor experience. The post editor now has an expandable content area, which makes it much easier to navigate around the post content when you’re editing.
  • Improved image uploading. If a post has an image but fails to upload the image, the post will be saved as a draft first — instead of published — so the image upload can be corrected.

Thanks — and what’s next

We thank the developers who worked so hard on this release – mrroundhill, willnorris, isaackeyet, daniloercoli and aerych – as well as the beta testers who tried out the app over at the Developer Blog. Great work, all!

We also thank Jake Wharton and Simon Vig Therkildsen for creating the ActionBarSherlock and android-menudrawer libraries that enabled us to use the Action Bar and Menu Drawer on older Android devices. Good stuff!

What’s next? We’re looking at adding notifications to the app so you can keep up with what’s happening on your WordPress sites while mobile and on the go.

What would you like to see added to the app?

Want to contribute?

Don’t forget that WordPress for Android is an open source project. Want to get involved? Check out make.wordpress.org/mobile to get started.

Finally, we’re always excited to get feedback on the app. Please feel free to leave a comment here or send a tweet to @WPAndroid.

WordPress for Android 1.3.6: Media Improvements and More

Monday, November 1st, 2010

WordPress for Android 1.3.6* has been released to Android Market which includes some significant improvements to adding media to your blog posts and pages.  Here’s what’s new:

Multiple Media Item Sharing

You can now select multiple items in the Android gallery app and share them to a new post in WordPress for Android.  Here’s a quick video tutorial on how to do it:

New Attached Media Display

The media that you’ve added to the post is now displayed in a horizontally scrolling gallery view, making it much easier to view the images that you’ve attached to a post or page.

YouTube Upload Fix

Sharing a video from the YouTube application has been fixed.  When you share a video to a post from the app it will now be correctly embedded in your blog post for viewing.

More Bug Fixes

There’s many more fixes in this release including:

  • Removed ‘read phone state’ permission when installing the app from Android Market.
  • Improved performance on the new post and new page views.
  • New account form now loads correctly.

We’re not stopping here!  Many more great improvements for the app are in the works. Thanks once again to the WordPress and Android community for your support of this app.

*Update November 5th, 2010 – we released version 1.3.7 with some more fixes! Details are in the Android Market ‘Recent Changes’ section for the app.

Version 1.3.2 Released

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Version 1.3.2 of WordPress for Android was released to Android Market this morning. This release contains many bug fixes, including:

  • The Stats tab should work better for users with self-hosted blogs that are running the WordPress.com stats plugin.
  • Stabilization fixes for users running HTC Sense on Android 1.5.
  • Removed extra break and paragraph HTML tags that were being added when editing an existing post.

On top of the bug fixes in this release, we also squeezed in a few features including an easier sign in process as well as a small UI update including better tab icons and a nice ‘WordPress Blue’ title bar. Thanks to Kahil Young for contributing to the UI update!