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WordPress for iOS 3.8.4 is out and now available to download from the App Store. This release is primarily a bug fix release along with a few under the hood improvements for performance.

Some of the fixes and improvements included in this version are:

  • We’ve added a support option to help you email us as you run into trouble with the app. If you have had trouble logging into the app or have any other issues, take advantage of this feature so we can help make your experience with the app the best we possibly can.
  • Fixed a bug where users had problems logging into password protected sites.
  • Fixed a bug where users had problems logging in with self signed certificates.
  • Fixed a few bugs related to scrolling and selecting in the Post editor.
  • Fixed a crash that would sometimes occur when reblogging a post in the Reader.
  • Fixed issues with changing cursor location and selecting text in the Editor.

Full list of changes in version 3.8.4.

Whats next?

We are currently testing the next bug fix release which fixes even more issues. Keep a look out for it! Meanwhile the team is hard at work with the next major release of WordPress for iOS which includes quite a few exciting changes.

A huge thanks to the contributors who worked on this release: @astralbodies, @xtreme-rebecca-putinski, @koke, @Ibrahim, and @aerych. If you would like to get involved with WordPress for iOS development, drop us a line at make.wordpress.org/mobile and grab a copy of the code at github.com/wordpress-mobile/WordPress-iOS.

Have feedback? Leave a comment below or tweet us at @WordPressiOS.

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WordPress for iOS featured in the US App Store on September 20, 2013

It’s been an exciting few days for us working on the WordPress app for iOS. With the launch of iOS 7, the app ended up in the spotlight of a flurry of similar announcements and was listed among the best iOS 7 apps in several publications — one example:
“Here’s How iOS 7 Has Already Changed The Look Of Your Apps” (Business Insider)
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Today we’re excited to share another reason to celebrate. We just found out that the app is featured as one of the top apps in the Social Networking category in the U.S. App Store! This, along with the app being highlighted in the “Apps Designed for iOS 7″ section in 92 stores worldwide to date. Of course we’re extremely proud of this achievement. Major kudos once again to Hugo Baeta and Sendhil Panchadsaram who worked together making this release happen.

The Beauty and the Beast

While we’re super excited to see the app getting recognized in both App Stores and all around the web, the iOS 7 release still had some lingering issues — some more severe than others. We’re working hard on fixing these and have already issued a quick bug fix update (3.8.1) that, among other things, takes care of the annoying categories bug for those of you still running iOS 6.

To see a full list of open issues and follow our progress crunching through them, check out the GitHub project. If you have any more details on any of the bugs or — heaven forbid — you find a new one, please let us know in the forums or directly on GitHub as soon as you see it. The more details we know the sooner we can get to work.

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Apple is releasing iOS 7 today, and for the past few months we’ve worked on an update that goes great with it.

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Quoting Hugo Baeta, who has been leading the design aspects of this release:

The app now uses the Open Sans typeface, the open-source font that works so well on WordPress.com. We also updated all the colors, bringing a brighter, fresher feel to the app experience. (And while we were at it, we fixed a few pesky bugs.) We think you’ll find the new app experience cheerful, consistent, and intuitive.

Grab the new version on the App Store!
Compatible with iOS 6+

What’s next?

We wanted to focus this release on iOS 7 only, but we have a few other improvements coming up: a new theme selector, better media management, and visual editor, as well as other improvements to existing features, including a refresh of the iPad version.

WordPress for iOS App Icon Fall 2013

The new app icon

A huge thanks to the eight contributors who worked on this release: @hugobaeta, @sendhil, @koke, @astralbodies, @irbrad, @h4xnoodle, @daniloercoli, and @isaackeyet.

If you would like to get involved with WordPress for iOS development, drop us a line at make.wordpress.org/mobile and grab a copy of the code at github.com/wordpress-mobile/WordPress-iOS.

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wpios-3-6-nuxHey there! We’ve been busy since our last update and we’re excited to announce WordPress for iOS 3.6 is now available in the App Store. The main focus of this release was creating a great first time user experience, but we’ve included many other improvements as well. Read on for the details!

Redesigned setup

Previously, if you’d never before used the app, or if you were new to WordPress in general, the app might not have felt very welcoming when first getting started. With this update we change all that. Now, when you launch the app for the first time we showcase what’s possible.

If you don’t have a site yet, now it’s easier than ever to create a new WordPress.com site straight from the app, and if you already have a WordPress site, just enter your username, password, and site address and you’ll be ready to go. If you have Jetpack installed, you’ll be prompted for your WordPress.com credentials to get access to Stats and notifications.

New post shortcuts

Chances are, if you are going to the posts list you probably want to create a new post, and the same goes for pages. Now you’ll find a + symbol on the sidebar that’ll take you straight to the editor, ready to compose a new post or page in no time.

Thanks to maxday for his first contribution

Other improvements

Other things improved in 3.6:

  • Faster notifications: we noticed a few redundant things that were making notifications slower than they needed to be, so we optimized that.
  • Emoticons! Notifications now show Emoji for all the known WordPress emoticons.
  • More translations: the app is now fully translated to 12 languages, and we welcome Danish, Korean, and Russian to the list. Let us know if you want to help with translation.

What’s next?

Coming up soon, we are finishing up yet another release with an improved Reader, and a better system to store your passwords.

Want to keep up with the latest happenings in the WordPress mobile world? Head over to http://make.wordpress.org/mobile.

A huge thanks to the contributors that worked on this release: aerych, mrroundhill, daniloercoli, isaackeyet, koke, sendhil, maxday, tonny xu, hugobaeta, and karmatosed

If you have any feedback about the app, please leave a comment below or follow us @WordPressiOS.

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Version 3.5 of WordPress for iOS: Draft Previews + AutosaveWe’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:

Draft previews

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.

Autosave

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.

Version 3.5 of WordPress for iOS: Autosave

More improvements and bug fixes

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.

What’s next?

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:

  • Rich Text Editor
  • Improved media management
  • Sharing to the app from third-party apps and services

Want to keep up with the latest happenings in the WordPress mobile world? Head over to http://make.wordpress.org/mobile.

A huge thanks to the contributors that worked on this release: beaucollins, daniloercoli, koke, and mrroundhill.

If you have any feedback about the app, please leave a comment below or follow us @WordPressiOS.

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wpios-3-4-notificationsNeed 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.

Notifications

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:

  • read comment threads and reply,
  • moderate new pending comments,
  • get stats highlights,
  • see your new followers and follow them back, and
  • see who liked your posts.

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.

Additional Improvements and Bug Fixes

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.

What’s Next?

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.

A huge thanks to the contributors that worked on this release: beaucollins, daniloercoli, koke, aerych, mrroundhill, isaackeyet, sendhil, and Frank Klein.

How do you like the new Notifications? Drop a comment here or follow us on @WordPressiOS to let us know!

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Version 3.3 of WordPress for iOS: Sound effectsSince 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!

Sounds

There are five new sounds created by the talented Josh Mobley in the app:

  • You’ll hear a swish sound when you open a panel on the iPhone, or tap a menu item on the iPad.
  • A pulling sound plays when you pull down to refresh content.
  • Once the refresh completes you’ll hear a click.
  • When you receive a new comment a chime will let you know about it immediately.
  • The app now makes a crumple sound when you discard panels on the iPad.

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.

Stability Improvements

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.

Next Up

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!

A huge thanks to the contributors that worked on this release: koke, aerych, mrroundhill, fklu, jkudish, daniloercoli, isaackeyet, and jmobb.

What do you think of the new sound effects? Drop a comment here or follow us on @WordPressiOS to let us know!

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Version 3.2 of WordPress for iOS: Featured Image SupportWe 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.

Featured Images Support

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 for Self-Hosted Websites

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.

Version 3.2 of WordPress for iOS: Self-Hosted Push Notifications

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.

Version 3.2 of WordPress for iOS: More Accessible SettingsMore Accessible Settings

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.

Stability Improvements

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.

What’s Next

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.

A huge thanks to the contributors that worked on this release: koke, aerych, irbrad, isaackeyet, daniloercoli, beaucollins, mrroundhill, and jkudish.

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.

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Version 3.1 of WordPress for iOS: Panels & Sidebar

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:

Updated Interface

The app has an all-new look, including graphics, colors, and a new sliding panels interface! We’ll let the screenshots speak for themselves:

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Sidebar Navigation

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.

iPad Panels

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.

Version 3.1 of WordPress for iOS: Updated InterfaceNew Features

In addition to the UI update we’ve added a ton of great new features, including:

  • Post Format Support
    In the post setting tab, you’ll now see an option for setting the post format for your posts. The app will check with your blog to get a list of post formats that your theme supports.
  • WordPress.com Reader and Quick Photo for iPad
    You’ve asked them and here they are! We took the great Quick Photo and WordPress.com Reader features that were already in the iPhone app and made them available for the iPad.
  • All-New WordPress.com Stats
    Hungry for more stats? We’ve added a new stats view that contains all of the same data that you see in your WordPress.com or Jetpack stats.
  • New Post Preview for iPad
    When viewing a post on the iPad, you’ll now get a nice preview of the post including formatting and images.
  • WordPress.com Friend Finder
    Use the new Friend Finder in the WordPress.com Reader to connect up to Facebook or Twitter to find your friends that are blogging on WordPress.com.
  • All-Around Landscape Support
    Nearly all areas of the app support landscape orientation now, including all of the tabs in the post editor.
  • Easy Site and Dashboard Access
    A no brainer. We added buttons on the Sidebar to view your site as well as a Dashboard link so you can access your plugins, widgets, etc.

In addition to all of this great new stuff, we also made many reliability and performance improvements to the app.

Why Stop Here?

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!

We’ve had the most contributors ever for this release! Big thanks to koke, aerych, irbrad, isaackeyet, daniloercoli, beaucollins, mrroundhill and pento!

What do you think of this update? Leave us a comment here or follow us at @WordPressiOS to get in touch with the team.

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Swipe-to-moderate in version 3.0 of WordPress for iOS

Swipe to moderate comments

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.

What’s new?

  • Push Notifications for WordPress.com. If you have a WordPress.com blog added to the app, you’ll now be able to opt in to receive push notifications of new comments, which makes it easier than ever to keep up with your readers and moderate comments on the go.
  • Swipe-to-moderate Toolbar. Swipe over any comment in the Comments list to bring up a moderation toolbar – no need to use bulk moderation or go to the comment permalink. It’s right there, and it’s fast. Another nifty change is the highlighting of new comments in the Comments list when you’ve refreshed, it makes it easy to see what’s new.
  • Vastly improved performance, especially for iPad. Version 2.9.6 was the most stable version of WordPress for iOS ever, until now. Over 44 bugs and crashes were fixed in this release.
  • Translations added for Chinese (Taiwan), Hungarian, and Polish (thanks for the translation help!)

Download version 3.0 of WordPress for iOS today.

Contributors

The following contributors have worked on this release of WordPress for iOS: koke, irbrad, aerych, daniloercoli, mrroundhill, rhc3, boctor, isaackeyet - are you next?

What’s next?

Here’s what the rough road map looks like, find more and discussions on the dev blog.

Version 3.1

This release is tentatively scheduled for the end of June.

  • Sliding Panels are currently being implemented for iPad. This will allow for faster management and an easier overview of everything in the app – from posts and pages to comments, stats, settings, web dashboard access, and WordPress.com features.
  • A slide-out iPhone/iPod Touch Menu will allow for quicker access to the things you do the most in the app, and provide a great overview.
  • Post Formats is being added to the post editor so you can easily change the appearance of your published posts if your theme supports it.
  • A better Welcome screen to get you started quickly with the app and learn more about what it can do.
  • More iPad Stats than ever before, fully leveraging the screen space.

Version 3.x

These are some of the features/changes we’re considering for the upcoming versions of WordPress for iOS.

  • Image settings in post editor to set Title, Description, Alignment, Size, and more.
  • Simple visual editor for text formatting options.
  • Support for Galleries.
  • Improved post/page Preview.
  • Simpler access to Save Draft and other publishing settings.
  • Quick Photo with “advanced” fields such as tags, categories.
  • Push notifications for self-hosted blogs through Jetpack.
  • Support for setting Featured Images.

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.

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