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Version 2.6.2 of the WordPress app for iOS devices was not quite the salvation we hoped it would be. While it solves some of the issues presented in earlier versions of the app, many of you are still experiencing problems that make the app difficult to use. Therefore, starting today, the entire team is going to focus on fixing these issues and hopefully ship improvements to you a lot faster.

Thanks to the crash reporting system built into 2.6.2 we now have a deeper understanding around some of the crashes, and therefore we’ve been working on a Crash Fix release which we’re hoping to submit to the app store shortly.

The single most valuable thing that has helped us understand the problems in the app, however, is the feedback from all of you guys. Keep it coming!

If you’re still experiencing problems, please let us know about it in the WordPress for iOS Forums. We’re trying to keep up with all your posts.

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Version 2.6.2 of WordPress for iOS is now available to download in the App Store! This release addresses several annoying bugs, and also includes a few small improvements and a new crash reporting system.

Included in this update:

  • Fix for landscape orientation issue when editing posts.
  • Fix for incorrect date/time on publish.
  • Fix for sync issues when viewing posts.
  • Fix for problems connecting to WordPress.org blogs using HTTP Auth.
  • Fix for crash during Autosave check after publish.
  • Fix for intermittent failures when uploading media.
  • Fix for crash when editing WordPress.org blog settings.
  • Improved HTML output for media uploads.
  • Improved handling of XML-RPC endpoints for WordPress.org blogs.
  • Improved UX when adding WordPress.org blogs.
  • Added in-app crash reporting system.
  • Added option to use HTML 4 tags when embedding video in a post.

Go check it out and then let us know what you think here in the comments, in the forum, and on Twitter.

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We wanted to let all of you know that we submitted Version 2.6.2 to the App Store tonight. This version includes several important bugfixes and improvements to features we added in 2.6, as well as fixes for some already existing features that we made buggy.

Here’s the full list:

  • Fix for landscape orientation issue when editing posts.
  • Fix for incorrect date/time on publish.
  • Fix for sync issues when viewing posts.
  • Fix for problems connecting to WordPress.org blogs using HTTP Auth.
  • Fix for crash during Autosave check after publish.
  • Fix for intermittent failures when uploading media.
  • Fix for crash when editing WordPress.org blog settings.
  • Improved HTML output for media uploads.
  • Improved handling of XML-RPC endpoints for WordPress.org blogs.
  • Improved UX when adding WordPress.org blogs.
  • Added in-app crash reporting system.
  • Added option to use HTML 4 tags when embedding video in a post.

We’ll follow this up with a post as soon as this version is live in the App Store. Thank you for your continued patience while we worked to make sure this release took care of several nasty bugs. You can rest assured that future releases will be much more stable and reliable.

As always, your feedback is appreciated here in the comments, in the forum, and on Twitter.

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We are very pleased to announce that WordPress for iOS Version 2.6.1 is now available in the App Store. This release addresses issues many of our users reported with Version 2.6.

Like always, we owe a great deal of thanks and credit to the WordPress community for providing us with such amazing feedback. Your comments, forum posts, and tickets helped us address the issues as quickly as possible. Without your help, this update would likely have been delayed another week as we worked to track down and reproduce the issues.

While there are a ton of new features and enhancements in this version, the one we’re most excited about is Video. Because upload limits can vary greatly from host to host and blog to blog, we wanted to make sure to give you our recommended settings for WordPress.org users who would like to use this new feature. If you’re running WordPress 2.9.2 or later please be sure to add the following lines to your root .htaccess file:

php_value memory_limit 128M
php_value upload_max_filesize 128M
php_value post_max_size 128M
php_value max_execution_time 120

You may need to adjust these numbers depending on the size of the video you’re trying to upload. If you need help, be sure to check out the WordPress for iOS Forums.

Again, we’re grateful for all of the feedback we’ve received from our users, and we intend to expand our Beta Team even further in the future to ensure we get an appropriate range of device and blog combinations moving forward. We hope that our continued efforts to expand testing before each new release will result in more bug-free updates in the future.

Thank you for using WordPress for iOS!

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Version 2.6 was an ambitious update from the start. We wanted to resolve several outstanding issues and add features that you’ve been requesting for quite some time. From WordPress 3.0 Network compatibility to better handling of local drafts, there were several fixes and improvements we wanted to include in the 2.6 update. We also wanted to add video, make it easier to add blogs and sites, and improve the core structure and stability of the app.

From what we’re hearing, we managed to accomplish some of those items. Many of you have been ecstatic about the way you can now quickly add multiple sites and blogs, and everyone seems thrilled about the new autosave feature. We’ve received many reports of improved speed and ease of use, so we’re happy to hear that many of you are happy with the update.

However, since WordPress is such an amazing and extensive platform, we weren’t able to fix everything, and in some cases we created new bugs that made things worse. We’re not perfect, and while we did test this new version heavily, it obviously needed further testing, especially for self-hosted sites.

Right now there are five major issues that users have reported:

  1. Upgrading from an existing older version creates the “Bad username/password” error and dialogs. Deleting and reinstalling the app resolves this issue for most users.
  2. Even after a clean install, some users are reporting crashes at the start screen and are unable to use the app.
  3. NSXMLParserErrorDomain 5 error appears when trying to view posts on some blogs. Comments and pages work fine when this issue is present.
  4. Video – crash after compression finishes but before the upload begins when adding a video from your library.
  5. Video – crash during upload for many WordPress.org users.

Rest assured we are working to quickly resolve these items and get a new version back to you in the App Store as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience, and we apologize for the inconvenience that this update has caused for some of you. We will let you know as soon as the new version is ready.

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We’re very happy to announce that the latest version of WordPress for iOS, Version 2.6, is now live in the App Store. Go get it while you read the rest of this post!

Video

Since the introduction of video in the iPhone 3GS, we’ve received requests for the ability to record video within the app and then upload it directly to a blog. With the introduction of the iPhone 4 these requests become even more frequent. With 2.6 you can now record, upload, attach, and play videos within the app. When paired with a VideoPress upgrade, this feature becomes an even more powerful way to publish videos from your iOS device to the web.

Local Drafts

We’ve also heard and share your frustration regarding losing posts saved as Local Drafts. Nothing’s worse than working on a great post only to have it disappear. That’s why we took all of August to completely rewrite the areas of the app that handle Local Draft posts and pages. We’re now using Apple’s lovely Core Data technology to save posts locally before they’re published or saved online.

While that change alone will bring a new level of stability and reliability to the way Local Drafts are treated, we took it a step further and added some triple checking to determine if a post has truly been published and can safely be removed from your Local Drafts library. Once you publish a Local Draft, we do an additional call to verify that the ID we got back from the server during a publish actually exists as a post or page we can retrieve. Only after we’ve verified that your new post does indeed exist on the server do we go ahead and delete the old Local Draft. All of this happens in the background, within a second or two. We think that’s pretty nifty!

Autosaves

One of the nicest things about editing a post with WordPress is the autosave draft feature. If something happens and you need to revert to an older version of a post, you can just select a previous version and restore it without issue. We’ve implemented a similar feature in 2.6. When Autosave is enabled, while you’re working with a post, a small grey WordPress logo will appear in the bottom right-hand corner to let you know that autosaves exist for that post. Click the logo, and you’ll flip over to a screen that will allow you to restore the post from one of those autosaves.

Setup Process

Another area of the app that we felt needed some attention was the Add Blog/Site Setup process. Previously it felt too clunky, slow, and non-intuitive. So we’ve completely rewritten this area as well, allowing WordPress.com users a quick way to add their blogs, and giving WordPress.org users a faster, more streamlined experience when adding their sites.

Media Library

What would a new video feature be without a new Media Library to go along with it? We’ve taken the old Photos tab and turned it into a new Media Library more along the lines of what you’re used to with WordPress. We’re now giving you additional information about media items such as dimensions and file size, as well as the ability to insert media items into a post above or below your content. Look for even more expansion in this area in coming releases.

Bugfixes and Enhancements

All of you have been incredibly patient as we took our time to make sure this release resolved many long-standing issues, both large and small. While new features and functionality are nice, if an app isn’t stable enough to use, all of those features are worthless. Keeping this in mind, for the past three months we’ve been fixing bugs here and there each day as we continued to work on new features. We think 2.6 includes enough bugfixes and performance enhancements that they deserve to be listed as a separate item. If you’d like to learn more about the bugs we’ve fixed or just keep up with our progress as we move along with each version, you can check out the Trac Timeline.

Also, one more note about bugfixes. While this release took a very long time to get from our hands to yours, we don’t anticipate the same amount of time for future releases. So from now on expect to see major releases more often, each followed by one or two small bugfix releases soon after. (We’ll be submitting 2.6.1 shortly.)

Beta Team

We’ve also got to give a shout out to our Beta Team. One of the most challenging things about iOS development is that the release process tends to be a little slow, so getting patches and fixes out quickly can sometimes be a challenge. Not to mention that, as developers, we’re sometimes blind to the idea that we could ever make a mistake while coding. So working with our testers on the Beta Team has been incredibly helpful in making this app much more stable, reliable, and enjoyable. With their help, we’re able to catch and fix bugs before they get into the final release. Kudos to all of you.

You

As always, your feedback and input is much appreciated, and is absolutely crucial in helping us make the app and your user experience better. You can reach us on Twitter at @WordPressiOS or on the WordPress for iOS Forums. And if you find a new bug (no way!) please don’t hesitate to submit a new ticket in Trac.

If you find that this version is an improvement over previous versions, we’d appreciate if you noted that in an App Store review. More than any other metric, App Store reviews help to let us and our users know where the app stands in terms of quality, and what areas we need to focus on in the future.

Cheers!

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Great news: We’re putting the finishing touches on the 2.6 release of WordPress for iOS! As if that wasn’t exciting enough, we’ve got even more good news.

First, we’re creating our own Beta Team for the WordPress for iOS project. Members of the Beta Team will be able to test releases before we submit them to the App Store and report back on their experiences. This will help us catch and fix bugs proactively, rather than having to publish bugfix releases after the fact.

We need 30 iPhone/iPod Touch users and 30 iPad users. We’ve got a couple of rules:

  • You’ll need a WordPress.com account. We’ll be using a private WordPress.com blog to send you beta builds of the app.
  • Only one device per person, so if you have both an iPhone/iPod Touch and an iPad, please only sign up with one or the other.
  • We’ll need you to commit to participating as a beta user for an entire year, because Apple limits the number of devices you use for testing on a yearly basis.
  • We can’t change your device if you get a new one, so you’ll be stuck testing on the device you sign up with.
  • Most importantly, we really need you to use Trac to report any bugs or issues you happen to find.

If you’re interested in joining the Beta Team, just leave a comment on this post with the word “iPhone” or “iPad” and we’ll take the first 30 of each and add you to the Beta Team.

The other great news is that we’re starting a bugfix sprint! We’re going to try to resolve as many Trac tickets as we possibly can. So even if you’re not interested in joining the Beta Team, you can still help us out by submitting a new ticket here:

http://ios.trac.wordpress.org/

And just in time for Follow Friday, we’ve created a Twitter account for the project so we can stay better connected with our users. You can follow us here: http://twitter.com/wordpressios. Help us spread the word!

That’s it for now. We’re almost ready to publish the 2.6 release, so thanks again for being so patient!

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We’re very happy to announce that WordPress for iOS, Version 2.5 is now available in the App Store. As you might have guessed, we’ve been working hard for the past two months to respond to your feedback and address several issues that were most problematic for our users. This update resolves many of the outstanding issues and quirks that you have mentioned on the forums, Twitter, and elsewhere.

And while this release focuses mainly on bugs and performance enhancements, it also includes some updates to help iPhone users take advantage of two very nice additions from Apple: iOS 4 and iPhone 4. If you’ve updated to the just-released iOS 4, you’ll notice that 2.5 includes support for fast app switching, which is perfect for blogging on the go. Whenever you happen to unbox your shiny new iPhone 4 and install WordPress 2.5, you’ll be happy to see that it’s optimized for the new Retina Display.

Here’s an overview of what’s included in this version:

  • Cut-and-paste now behaves as expected on the iPad. [#438]
  • Better handling of drafts in progress when quitting the app.  [#450]
  • Several performance enhancements, UI improvements, and bug fixes.
  • Support for fast app switching in iOS 4.
  • Optimized interface for the Retina Display in iPhone 4.

You can download WordPress for iOS 2.5 right now in the App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wordpress/id335703880?mt=8

And when you’ve taken it for a spin, let us know what you think by leaving us some feedback on the App Store and/or the forum: http://iphone.forums.wordpress.org/

We hope you find that this update makes using WordPress from your iOS device even more enjoyable and easy than it was before.  And rest assured, as soon as we submitted this release to Apple, we started working on some killer new features for 2.6.

So stay tuned!

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Geolocation Plugin ScreenshotRecently, we introduced a geotagging feature in WordPress for iPhone that allows our users to geotag posts with the push of a button.  While the response we received was overwhelmingly positive, many of our users requested a plugin that would allow them to display the geotagged data on their self-hosted WordPress sites.

Well friends, that day has come!  We’re very happy to announce that the Geolocation plugin is now available for self-hosted WordPress sites, and can be downloaded at the WordPress.org plugin directory or through your WordPress dashboard:  http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/geolocation/

The plugin adds a subtle but powerful addition to posts you’ve geotagged using WordPress for iPhone:  a link appears inside your post with a short description of the location where the post was tagged.  When your users hover over the link, an interactive map appears allowing them to view the location as a pin on the map.

And if you’ve got a post that you forgot to geotag using WordPress for iPhone, we’ve got you covered there as well.  Just open up the Edit Post page, and you’ll be able to easily add geo information using the Geolocation panel.  All you’ve got to do is put in an address and hit Load.

We think this new plugin serves as a nice companion to WordPress for iPhone as well as the other geo-enabled mobile app projects.  Check it out and let us know what you think!

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James Kendrick has posted a very comprehensive review of how he blogs from the iPad using the WordPress app and a few other tools:

The WordPress app for the iPad is pretty good, and I usually write the entire blog post in this editor. It’s important to note that there is no fancy visual editor (WYSIWYG) like in the web-based version. It’s a simple text editor that works well for text entry. It’s also a HTML editor, so those familiar with HTML can use it to make posts with sophisticated formatting. I’m too far removed from the old HTML blogging days, so I avoid it.

You can read the full post over on jkOnTheRun.com .

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