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  • Rachel 11:21 am on August 29, 2016 Permalink |
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    Call for Testing: WordPress for iOS 6.5 

    The WordPress for iOS 6.5 beta will be available for testing on TestFlight soon. Not part of the beta program yet? Please sign up for our TestFlight program to request to join as a beta tester.

    New Features

    1. Reader Navigation: The Reader navigation has a new design to match the web Reader. You can also browse the sites you follow in the new “Manage Sites” section in your Followed Sites list.
    2. Updated Editor Toolbar: The editor’s top toolbar was cleaned up to make it less crowded. Instead of a Preview link, settings cog icon, and Post link, you’ll now see the Post link and a “more” (ellipsis) menu.

    Additional Changes

    1. iPad updates: If you have an iPad, you’ll see some updates such as a consistent layout throughout the app, and new inline search bars (matching the default iOS search behavior). To test:
      • Explore the app on an iPad and note any inconsistencies or odd behavior with the layout between screens.
      • Try out the search bars (such as the blog selector search).
      • Bonus: Rotate between portrait and landscape views as you go.
    2. Notifications: The Notifications stack got a revamp — this is a behind-the-scenes update, so hopefully you won’t see any changes. To test, trigger a variety of notifications, open and interact with them, and report any odd behavior or bugs you see.

    Bugs & Feedback

    Did you find a bug or come up with a feature request while testing? You can discuss it here, report it using the TestFlight feedback link, or head straight to the iOS Github repository and open a new issue.

     
    • Rachel 4:08 pm on August 29, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I was trying out the new reader navigation and found some issues:

      • If you start to add a tag and then cancel, you get an error. Already reported: 5908
      • The same error occurs if you enter invalid characters (a space, symbols). Reported it as a comment on the above issue.
      • Trying to add a tag with non-Latin characters returns a different error. Reported: 5927

      Tested on iPhone 6, iOS 9.3.5, WPiOS 6.5.0.20160826.

  • Rachel 4:03 pm on August 24, 2016 Permalink |
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    Call for Testing: WordPress for Android 5.8 

    WordPress for Android version 5.8-rc-1 has been released in the Google Play Store. You can join the beta from the Google Play Store on your device (under “Become a beta tester”), and join the Google Plus beta community for more discussion with other testers.

    New Features:

    1. Synchronized read notifications: Push notifications will now be synchronized across your devices, and automatically dismissed if you read the notification on another device. To test, make sure push notifications are enabled, trigger one or more notifications, and then read those notifications in a web browser or on another device. They should be dismissed as you read them elsewhere.
    2. Invite Followers/Viewers: You can now invite followers and viewers to your site in People Management (WordPress.com sites only). To test, make sure you can invite followers (on public sites) or viewers (on private sites), and that invitations to become a user on the site still work as expected.

    Additional Changes:

    • Improved offline messaging: A “no connection” message now appears if you aren’t connected to a network in these parts of the app:
      • Plans
      • Editor > Post Settings > Select categories
      • Editor > Post Settings > Add category
      • Me > My Profile
    • Reader tweaks: There are a number of small tweaks to the Reader’s design and behavior, including how the Follow button and Likes appear. Let us know if you have any confusion or trouble following blogs and liking posts!

    Bugs & Feedback

    Did you find a bug or come up with a feature request while testing? You can discuss it here, report it using the “Enter feedback about the app” form in the Google Play Store, or head straight to the Android Github repository and open a new issue.

     
    • srstancil 7:56 pm on August 24, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Just to make sure I’m understanding correctly…with the new synced notifications feature, you’re saying that the Android system notification should be dismissed when it’s read from another device, right? Or is it just that the notification internal to the WordPress app will be acknowledged across devices? (i.e. the ‘unread’ badge disappears from the bell icon on the upper right of the app)

      If it’s supposed to be the latter, then it’s working fine. But if it’s the former, then it’s not working for me using Android 6.0.1 on a Nexus 6P

      • Rachel 9:37 pm on August 24, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        It’s the former — the Android system notification should be dismissed when it’s read from another device. (The original enhancement description is in issue 1603 and the pull request is PR 4493, for reference.) I haven’t tested this yet so I’ll take a closer look at it tomorrow.

      • Rachel 11:48 am on August 25, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Thanks for bringing this up. Due to issue 4503 the push notification syncing won’t work correctly on alpha/beta versions. That’s being worked on, but for now we’ll have to hold off on testing that feature.

        • srstancil 3:18 pm on August 25, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Ah, gotcha. Thanks.

        • srstancil 3:17 pm on August 26, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Testing invitations:

          1) On the actual invitation page, the styling on the Role selector is misleading…there’s nothing to indicate that it’s a dropdown, it looks like it’s hardcoded to the preset value. Issue 4510
          2) In one case I was able to invite an existing user (a Contributor, I think) as an Administrator, and it actually upgraded them instead of telling me that they were already a member…but I haven’t been able to reproduce it, so maybe I just imagined it. But I’m reporting it here just in case somebody else sees the same thing and we can try to narrow it down.

          I’ll test the offline messaging this afternoon and report my findings on that separately.

    • Rachel 2:06 pm on August 25, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I tested follower/viewer invites:

      • Follower showed up on public sites and Viewer showed up on private sites, as expected. I also confirmed they appear in the same order (Follower/Viewer at the top of the list of Roles) as they do in Calypso.
      • I confirmed that if I try to send a follower invite to someone who already follows the site, I get the expected error message: “[username]: Already following”
      • I confirmed that if I try to invite an existing member/viewer of the site as a follower/viewer, I get the expected error message: “There’s already a member with username [username]”
      • I confirmed that I can invite a non-viewer follower (i.e. someone who followed a site before it became private) to become a viewer on a private site.
      • I confirmed that follower/viewer invites are sent correctly to the invited users.

      I came across a couple confusing points about invite errors, but those are already tracked in issue 4358 and 4351.

      Tested on Nexus 9, Android 6.0.1, WPAndroid alpha-20.

    • Rachel 3:24 pm on August 25, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I tested the improved offline messaging and confirmed that when I’m offline I get appropriate offline error messages on the screen mentioned above: https://cloudup.com/c_HX0fsUvfI

      The only unclear message I saw was if I had an internet connection when I started creating a new category, and lost it before I finished. In that case, after I tried adding the category I got a generic “Adding category failed” error.

    • Victoria 4:30 am on August 26, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I tested follower/viewer invites:

      • Found an error where a user role from a user in Team would show up as the role of a viewer who does not have a user role, when toggling from Team > Followers > Viewers. Reported here in 4506.

      Tested on Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, Android 6.0.1, WPAndroid alpha-20.

    • Victoria 2:24 pm on August 26, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I tested improved offline messaging:

      • could not see any offline message when I was in Plans, Profile, or Edit categories when the phone was in airplane mode, although if I went back to the site dashboard I’d see the no connection warning at the bottom, but no indication in the above three areas: https://cloudup.com/c0fYKpJPbRF

      My Profile
      1) From site dashboard, put phone on airplane mode.
      2) After seeing the yellow no connection error at the bottom, I navigated to My Profile, where the yellow error bar disappeared. Edits to the profile don’t save, but there’s also no indication that I’m offline.

      Categories
      1) From site dashboard, put phone on airplane mode. Confirm yellow no connection message.
      2) Go to Posts > Posts Settings > Select Categories.
      3) Unable to add any more categories, but also unable to see any no connection message.

      Plans
      1) Start on Plans with internet connection.
      2) Disable internet connection.
      3) No indication that I’m now offline, I go back to the site dashboard, where I immediately see the yellow no connection bar at the bottom.

      Tested on Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, Android 6.0.1, WPAndroid alpha-20.

    • srstancil 7:28 pm on August 26, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Reader – overall the changes look good, but I came across a bug with the Discover list not refreshing correctly – 4513

      Offline messaging – I didn’t find any issues not already noted by others in this thread.

  • Rachel 11:42 am on July 26, 2016 Permalink |
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    Call for Testing: WordPress for Android 5.7 

    WordPress for Android version 5.7-rc-1 has been released in the Google Play Store. You can join the beta from the Google Play Store on your device (under “Become a beta tester”), and join the Google Plus beta community for more discussion with other testers.

    New Features:

    1. WordPress.com Plans: You can view details about your WordPress.com site’s plan and learn more about other plans in the app, under My Site (your site dashboard) > Plans.
    2. People — Followers/Viewers: Go to the My Site tab > People to manage your site’s followers and viewers.
      • Use the filter to switch between your site’s Team, Followers, Email Followers, and (on private sites) Viewers.
      • Tap on a follower/follower and use the trash icon to remove them from the site.

    Additional Changes:

    • Reader Tweaks for Tablet: Tweaks to the Reader’s design on tablets (full details on Github), such as:
      • Increased font size for post content
      • Increased margins between images, image captions, and post text
      • Images can be right/left aligned with text flowing around them

    Bugs & Feedback

    Did you find a bug or come up with a feature request while testing? You can discuss it here, report it using the “Enter feedback about the app” form in the Google Play Store, or head straight to the Android Github repository and open a new issue.

     
  • Rachel 8:39 am on July 19, 2016 Permalink |
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    Call for Testing: WordPress for iOS 6.4 

    The WordPress for iOS 6.4 beta is available for testing on TestFlight. Not part of the beta program yet? Please sign up for our TestFlight program to request to join as a beta tester.

    New Features

    1. Share media to WordPress: You can now share single images from other apps to the WordPress app. Give it a try: While in another app (like the Photos app) select an image and tap the iOS sharing icon. Select WordPress as the sharing target and you can share the image to your site.
    2. Menu management: You can now create and manage custom menus for your WordPress.com and Jetpack-connected sites, under My Site > Menus in the app.
    3. People management: You can now view and manage the users and followers on your WordPress.com and Jetpack-connected sites, under My Site > People in the app. Change a user’s role, remove a user, invite a new user, and view your site’s followers.
    4. Search the Reader: You can search the Reader, view your search history, and get autocomplete suggestions based on past searches. Tap the search icon in the top right of the Reader to get started.
    5. WordPress.com Plans: You can view details about your WordPress.com site’s plan and learn more about other plans in the app, under My Site > Plans.

    Additional Changes

    • Self-hosted sites: The entire networking stack underneath self-hosted sites (not using Jetpack) has been updated. If you notice any glitches with your self-hosted site, please let us know!
    • Keyboard shortcuts: The app now has keyboard shortcuts for iPads with an external keyboard. Hold down the command key to see the shortcuts for switching between tabs.

    Screenshots

    Take a peek at the updates and new features in 6.4:

    Bugs & Feedback

    Did you find a bug or come up with a feature request while testing? You can discuss it here, report it using the TestFlight feedback link, or head straight to the iOS Github repository and open a new issue.

     
  • Rachel 10:15 am on July 5, 2016 Permalink |
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    Call for Testing: WordPress for Android 5.6 

    WordPress for Android version 5.6-rc-1 has been released in the Google Play Store. You can join the beta from the Google Play Store on your device (under “Become a beta tester”), and join the Google Plus beta community for more discussion with other testers.

    New Features:

    1. Related Posts: The Reader now displays related posts in a “Related Reading” section. You will find those related posts at the bottom of the full post view in the Reader.
    2. Customized Notification Sounds: Go to the Me tab > Notification Settings > Notification sound, and select a custom notification sound for the app.
    3. People Management: Go to the My Site tab (your site dashboard) > People.
      • View a list of users on your site and their roles.
      • Tap on a user to change their role on the site.
      • Tap the plus (+) icon in the top right to invite a new user.
    4. Publish from the Blog Posts list: You can now publish drafts directly from the Blog Posts list, without opening the editor. Tap the “Publish” link below a draft to publish it.

    Additional Changes:

    1. View Site & View Admin: Tapping “View Site” and “View Admin” in the site dashboard now opens those links in the device browser (instead of an in-app browser).
    2. Uploading posts: Posts are disabled (not tappable) while they upload. Instead, there is a translucent overlay and progress spinner over the post in the Blog Posts list during upload.
    3. Comments: Comments are automatically approved when you reply to them.

    Bugs & Feedback

    Did you find a bug or come up with a feature request while testing? You can discuss it here, report it using the “Enter feedback about the app” form in the Google Play Store, or head straight to the Android Github repository and open a new issue.

     
  • Rachel 4:37 pm on June 1, 2016 Permalink |
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    Call for Testing: WordPress for iOS 6.3 

    The WordPress for iOS 6.3 beta is available for testing on TestFlight. Not part of the beta program yet? Please sign up for our TestFlight program to request to join as a beta tester.

    New Features

    1. You can copy an image on your device and paste it into the visual editor. A couple notes:
      • This currently only works with one image at a time
      • You can test it by copying images from different sources (e.g. Photos app or Safari), and pasting them into new or existing posts or pages
    2. The Create Account flow got some updates under the hood. To test, log out (Disconnect from WordPress.com on the account screen) and create a new account — try some unusual input and let us know if something breaks!
    3. My Profile and Account Settings are now available on the Me (account) screen when logged in to a WordPress.com account in the app.
    4. Your Gravatar can be edited by tapping on the Gravatar on the Me (account) screen.

    Bugs & Feedback

    Did you find a bug or come up with a feature request while testing? You can discuss it here, report it using the TestFlight feedback link, or head straight to the iOS Github repository and open a new issue.

     
  • Rachel 1:09 pm on May 5, 2016 Permalink |
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    Call for Testing: WordPress for iOS 6.2 

    The WordPress for iOS 6.2 beta is available for testing on TestFlight! Not part of the beta program yet? Please sign up for our TestFlight program to request to join as a beta tester.

    New Feature

    iOS Share Extension: You can share (text and URLs only, for now) from other apps to WordPress.com and Jetpack-connected sites.

    While in another app, use the iOS sharing option to share text and/or URLs to a WordPress.com or Jetpack-connected site. A few notes for this first iteration:

    • WordPress is available in the sharing menu in apps that provide text and URLs.
    • Post status can be publish or draft.
    • Site picker shows list of sites you can post to via WordPress.com (including Jetpack).
    • Text is split between the subject and body of post if it’s multi-line. (The first line of text is automatically the post subject.)

    Future features will include support for media (images, video), better caching of site lists, remembering last used post status and site. The goal is to eventually support sharing to all self-hosted sites, as well, but we aren’t there yet.

    Share Extension

     
  • Rachel 12:38 pm on May 5, 2016 Permalink |
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    Call for Testing: WordPress for Android 5.4 

    WordPress for Android version 5.4-rc-1 has been released in the Google Play Store. You can join the beta in the Google Plus beta community to help test the app.

    New Features:

    1. Visual Editor: This new editor is a complete rewrite, and it now uses a Webview. This beta is really important for us to know if the visual editor works well on a wide range of devices — try out all the new features in your posts and let us know how it behaves.
    2. Gravatar: Go to the Me screen, tap on your profile picture, and update your Gravatar directly in the app.
    3. Smart Lock for Passwords: Pre-fills your username and password on the sign-in screen.
      • Log out and log in to the app again, and Smart Lock will prompt you to save your password. On subsequent logins, Smart Lock will pre-fill your details.
      • Not getting the smart lock prompt? Make sure Smart Lock for Passwords is enabled for the WordPress app.

    Visual Editor

    Gravatar

    Smart Lock for Passwords

     
  • Aaron Douglas 7:15 pm on February 12, 2016 Permalink  

    Interested in helping with the WordPress native apps? 

    If you’re interested in helping out with the WordPress native apps, check out the side bar for links to the GitHub repositories. Each repository has a number of READMEs to help with getting you started. If you run into problems feel free to check out the #mobile Slack channel. We’re not going to be actively posting on this blog going forward.

    If you want to keep up with what’s new in the apps, check out https://apps.wordpress.org/blog/.

     
  • Aaron Douglas 3:25 pm on February 10, 2016 Permalink |  

    WordPress for iOS 5.9 released 

    Hello, WordPress users! Version 5.9 of the WordPress for iOS app is now available in the App Store.

    What’s New:

    • No desktop required. You can now create a new WordPress.com site from within the app!
    • Themes at your fingertips! Search and filter in the Themes Browser. Click on the three dots in the bottom-right corner of each theme to test out and customize it, and then activate it if it’s the one for you.
    • More improvements. Several magical behind-the-scenes improvements to make sure our codebase is stronger than ever.
    • Bug fixes. As usual, we squashed some bugs, but there weren’t many this time around. Keep an eye on the complete list of bugs here.

    Thank You!

    Thanks to all of the contributors who worked on this release:
    @aerych, @alexcurylo, @astralbodies, @daniloercoli, @diegoreymendez, @frosty, @jleandroperez, @koke, @kurzee, @kwonye, @pypt, @rachelmcr, and @sendhil.

    You can track the development progress for the next update by visiting our 6.0 milestone on GitHub. Until next time!

     
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