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!

Dev chat summary for Aug 19, 2013

Delayed summary of what went down yesterday for the record. Chat log.

Agenda

  • iOS Status
  • Android Status
  • Handbook Update
  • Team Reps
  • What’s Next

iOS Status

3.7 with the new WordPress.com Reader and a new account system launched (woo!) but had some serious bugs, including a launch on startup for some due to migration issues (boo!) so we’ve been hard at work trying to fix the issues. A .1 will be pushed asap. Next up is a .2 with some minor enhancements.

Android Status

2.4.4 was just pushed to Google Play and includes some enhancements like Picasa/Google+ image uploading/adding and post excerpts — props @aagam94!

Later this week we’ll launch a beta with theme selection and media library enhancements. We’re also starting the new user experience iteration back up (better log in/sign up and welcome guide).

Handbook Update

@sendhil has worked on the iOS section and @hugobaeta has taken a look at the design parts of the handbook. Everyone was urged to mark things as done in the todo.

Team Reps

We talked about electing new team reps. Since our group is very small we decided to keep it simple and elect new reps in the chat itself. @irbrad was up for a term but not this time around, so for now @aerych and @isaackeyet will continue being team reps without specific primary/secondary roles (we’ve switched from week to week up until now and it has worked well). Worth noting is that the new cycle is 3 months for a handoff between primary/secondary team reps but since it’s worked so well I think we can continue on as we have and fill in for each other when necessary.

What’s Next

iOS: fix the bug in 3.7 asap and issue 3.7.1, then start working on 3.7.2. iOS7-ification is also under way, as is the code clean up and partial refactor, both in separate branches for now.

Android: Media/Themes beta and NUX (welcome guide, improved log in/sign up) is next, along with the Android WordPress.com Native Reader project.

Other

We discussed bug tracking briefly and decided to track issues with the iOS app directly on Github using Issues — this will be adopted by the Android app shortly as well.

We also talked about using Hockey app for Android beta distribution. We concluded that we should explore more to see how feasible it would be and maybe start a post on this p2 about it.

Next Chat

Join us for the next dev chat on Aug 26, 2013 at 16:00 UTC. Mark your calendar and join us in #wordpress-mobile on Freenode.

#android, #dev-chat, #handbook, #ios, #team-reps

Updated Mobile Handbook Todos

Here is an updated todo list for the Mobile Handbook. I’ve put names next to some items as a suggestion of who might be a good fit for a topic and in most cases I’ve doubled up our developers since they have big demands on their time. Its not complete so please feel free to grab an item that interested you or take your name off a topic to let someone else have a go.

I’ve also consolidated some items into General Guides to avoid having some single page sections. Some of the pages don’t have stubs and need to be created. The contents list on the handbook front page is a little out of date at this point and we might just remove it and go off what is in the sidebar TOC. Its going away at some point anyway.

iOS

I moved the UI Guidelines stub to the Contribute Style section since it seems a better fit there. The “Enabling Safari’s Web Inspector on iOS” topic from Tips and Tricks might be a good fit under Tutorials and Guides.

Other Apps

  • Other apps – blank. Should be the introduction. @aerych
  • webOS – blank. @beaucollins
  • Nokia – blank.

I think it makes sense to devote a short page to each of the other platforms so I’ve added those items. I think the content can be an abbreviated version of what we’re doing for the other platforms. Push back if I’m off in left field here.
Also, we have some great documentation that Sayak wrote for the webOS app that could probably have a home here.

Contribute Design

I’m not sure we need to include styles for the legacy BlackBerry app, mostly because there is more demand for native BB10 and we’re not actively involved in legacy BlackBerry dev. @daniloercoli do you have an opinion about this?

Support Help

XML-RPC & API Contributions

I’m not sure what this section was supposed to be about. Maybe we’re talking about native libs that interface with XML-RPC and other APIs? If we’re talking about XML-RPC itself it would belong to the core handbook.

General Guides

  • General Guides – blank. Should be a short intro.
  • Using Github & Trac – blank.
  • Changing Hosts on Mobile Devices using Charles – blank. @beaucollins
  • Testing with the pre-flight checklist – blank. @aerych

Credits

There has been some conversation about the best way to denote a page’s status: drafting, draft, editing. The handbook pages don’t seem to support tags, so I wonder if it would work to just append the status to the title. This way it would at least be easy to see a page’s status at a glance from the admin. Thoughts? If we like this idea I’ll go through and update the page titles for Rachel.

#mobile-handbook

Dev chat summary for July 29, 2013

Chat log

Agenda

  • Project Status (iOS and Android)
  • Handbook Update
  • GSoC Update
  • REST API GSoC Project
  • Next week

Project Status (iOS and Android)

iOS

Version 3.6.4 was approved by Apple Friday, Jul 26, and we released it today, Monday, Jul 29th to make sure we had folks around for the release. . This version includes crash/bugfixes and g+ integration.

Version 3.7 will be submitted to Apple Tuesday, Jul 30th. This version includes the new native reader and a new account storage system.

Android

Lots happening on the Android front. Active projects include:

  • category management overhaul
  • media library access
  • theme switching
  • native reader

We’ll announce a beta this week that includes the new category management feature and we’ll plan for a new release next week. The rest we’ll target a date around the 1st of September.

Other platforms

No updates for other platforms.

Handbook discussion

Last week we had a few todos for the mobile handbook. @sendhilp has jumped in and started writing some of the iOS content. @mrroundhil swept the Android section and confirmed its up to date. @aerych spent some time on the “intro” section.

Work will continue this week. @aerych will put together a new todo list of the things remaining for the team. We’ll also figure out a good way to identify which pages are ready for review and which pages are still being worked on.

GSoC Update

We’ve reached the GSoC midterms. @aerych and @daniloercoli will be summating their midterm evaluations this week.

Both GSoC students hit some unexpected snags early on but have worked to overcome them and to get their projects back on schedule.

REST API GSoC Project

@mrroundhill gave the team a heads up about the ongoing REST API GSoC project https://make.wordpress.org/core/2013/07/24/json-rest-api-testing-updates and thought it would be cool if we could jump in and help test.

Next Week

iOS

Release 3.7. Continue work on 3.7.1 which includes some improvements to the native reader that won’t make it into 3.7 and some other bug fixes.

Android

Release the updated categories feature as version 2.4.3.

The next dev chat will be on Aug 5, 2013 at 9:00AM PST / 16:00 UTC. Mark your calendar and join us in #wordpress-mobile on Freenode.

#dev-chat

Dev chat summary for July 22, 2013

Please note: we’re now having our dev chats on Mondays @ 9:00AM PST/16:00 UTC (ref).

Chat log

Agenda

  • Current projects (iOS, Android, Other platforms)
  • Mobile handbook review
  • What’s Next

Current projects (iOS, Android, Other platforms)

iOS

Bug fix update v. 3.6.4 was submitted this morning, slightly delayed but with some additional bug fixes.

More testing and polishing on v. 3.7 (native WordPress.com Reader). Strings are ready to be translated (help out here!) The limited beta bore fruit and a few issues were found that will be fixed shortly.

We’ve discussed adding a built-in feedback system to the iOS app but need to flesh this out more before we go at it.

Android

Development continues on media library and themes features, you can now browse your media and edit media meta data (title, caption, etc), and you can browse for themes on WordPress.com and activate them if you like. We’ve also added some good image resizing settings (kudos @daniloercoli).

There’s been some push back on removing “View Admin” from the menu drawer so we’re considering making it an option to have it re-appear in the sidebar for power users.

Other platforms

No updates for other platforms.

Mobile handbook review

We’ve stressed the importance of the Handbook being wrapped up, and have proceeded to work on the parts that need the most work – Windows Phone, iOS (limited), Intro sections, and Design. Android needs to be looked over as well.

The Handbook todo list is looking a whole lot better but there’s still work left to do.

Rachel has started look into the edits made in the BlackBerry section but will be on vacation for a few weeks so will have to take a look when she gets back. We’ll update this section in regards to Rachel’s recommendations.

Handbook discussion

Intro pages change
Instead of having intros for each platform or each way to contribute, we’ve merged it into one main intro to contributing to mobile altogether.

Sort order
We’ve changed the sort order of the pages to what we originally scoped out.

Disabling comments
We discussed disabling comments on all pages in the handbook by default so as to not have them be too distracting (we have the forums and this blog after all).

What’s Next

  • Mobile Handbook!

iOS

  • Refactoring project continues
  • Updating the style of the app for next-gen iOS
  • Submit 3.7 (WordPress.com Native Reader)

Android

  • Feature complete media library and (WordPress.com) theme switching
  • (NUX as time permits)

Next Week

The next dev chat will be on July 29, 2013 at 9:00AM PST / 16:00 UTC. Mark your calendar and join us in #wordpress-mobile on Freenode.

#android, #dev-chat, #handbook, #ios

Dev chat summary for July 17, 2013

Chat log.

Agenda

  • Current projects (iOS, Android, Other platforms)
  • Move dev chat time
  • Mobile handbook review
  • What’s Next

Current projects (iOS, Android, Other platforms)

WPiOS: We’re preparing to submit version 3.6.4 to Apple. This version adds G+ integration and fixes a few errors. We’re announcing the native reader beta today. Depending on the feedback we get and plan to submit 3.7 next week.

WPAndroid: Currently focused on a maintenance release to address some of the outstanding issues on trac. We’ll plan to submit an update with the improvements next week.

WPWinPhone & WPBB: No new news.

Move dev chat time

We’ve talked a bit offline about moving the dev chat time to either the end or beginning of the week. The reason being it’s hard to plan ahead in 1 week increments when the dev chat is right in the middle of the week. We chatted about it, and decided to try moving the weekly dev chat to Mondays at 9AM PST, 16:00 UTC, 18:00 CEST/17:00 CET. We’ll also look to move the weekly update to Mondays to correspond with the dev chat.

Mobile handbook review

We reviewed the status of the mobile handbook and our checklist.

  • @daniloercoli will follow up on the Windows Phone section before the weeks ends.
  • @aerych will pitch in on Windows Phone and the intro sections, with the goal of having them both ready for review this week.
  • When @mrroundhill is back we’ll ask him to update the Android section to account for any recent changes/additions to the app (e.g. menu drawer, actionbar sherlock, volley).
  • @hugobaeta has been working on the design section and we’ll try to have that ready for review soon as well.

The rest of us should review anything that is attached to our name and remember to check off tasks as they are finished.

What’s Next

  • WPiOS Native Reader: Beta through next week. Submit 3.7 to Apple at the end of next week depending on feedback.
  • WPAndroid Native Reader: Progress continues, focusing on UI work, likes and comments. Next week will focus on topics.
  • WPiOS: There is some work to adapt WPiOS for iOS 7 underway. We’ll share more details once Apple lifts its NDA on iOS 7.

Xtreme Labs (XL) is pitching in to help with some new features and other improvements with WPiOS and WPAndroid.

  • A WPiOS refactor is underway, the goal being an improved architecture and increased stability. A few more weeks of effort is expected but the foundation code should be viewable next week.
  • A new media gallery feature for WPAndroid is cooking as well as a support for choosing/switching themes from the app.

Next week

The next dev chat will be on July 22, 2013 at 16:00 UTC. Mark your calendar and join us in #wordpress-mobile on Freenode.

#dev-chat, #wpandroid, #wpios

Dev Chat Summary for July 3, 2013

We had a brief dev chat this week as many team members are vacationing, and the Automattic folks are returning from their meet-up last week. WPAndroid was not on the agenda this week as most of the Android contributors are taking time off.

Chat log

Agenda

  • WPiOS
  • WPWinPhone
  • WPBlackBerry (legacy)

WPiOS

Last week version 3.6.2 was released to fix a crash that affected the iPhone version of the app. We quickly discovered that 3.6.2 unfortunately included a problem using the sidebar on the iPad so we quickly submitted and released an expedited patch in version 3.6.3.

WPWinPhone

@daniloercoli has created an alpha version of the REST client that the app will use when support for notifications is added to the app. Currently no ETA on the notifications feature and it is not being actively developed.

WPBlackBerry (legacy)

The current version of the app included some extra error logging and reporting in an effort to resolve some troublesome log in errors experienced by some users. At this point we’ve collected enough data to fix the major issues, and plan to release an update this week.

The next dev chat will be on July 10, 2013 at 1500 UTC. Mark your calendar and join us in #wordpress-mobile on Freenode.

#blackberry, #dev-chat, #ios, #mobile, #windows-phone

Dev Chat Summary for June 19, 2013

Chat log

Agenda

  • WPiOS 3[.6].2 Update
  • WPAndroid Status
  • WPWinPhone Update
  • WPBlackBerry Update
  • WPiOS Reader Status

WPiOS 3[.6].2 Update

Released version 3.6.1 on Monday, which adds Crashlytics. This gives us fresh info on crashes and issues, we’ve already found some really common crashes that we’ll now be able to fix.

3.6.2 with fixes for the most common crashes has been submitted.

WPAndroid Status

Notifications release is performing well. A few (crash) bugs have popped up so there is some maintenance being done to alleviate the problems.

The new user work legwork is there now thanks to @daniloercoli and we’re starting on the UI soon.

In other news it looks like @willnorris will be working on switching out the custom navigation drawer to the new, official one.

WPWinPhone Update

Version 2.2 (gallery support) hit the store and was announced on Monday. It introduces gallery support for self-hosted WordPress installs. Apart from client-side API work there’s currently nothing in the works.

WPBlackBerry Update

A new version is in the store (1.6.6) that reintroduces the support form (basically email) to help identify the cause of many recent 1-star reviews due to sign in problems. Once we’ve identified the issues we can fix them an issue another release.

WPiOS Reader Status

The week was spent testing, tuning performance, and creating the last graphics needed for the update. We’ll continue to do UI changes and test it through Friday. Performance is a big thing currently. Since the Automattic contributors will be at a company meetup next week the projects will most likely enter a state of hiatus for a week or so.

Heads up / Next week

Since Automattic folks are out next week (and there most likely won’t be much to discuss because of this) we’ll just make a note of it next week in the weekly update.

The next dev chat will be on July 3, 2013 at 1500 UTC. Mark your calendar and join us in #wordpress-mobile on Freenode.

#android, #blackberry, #dev-chat, #heads-up, #ios, #windowsphone

Dev Chat summary for June 12, 2013

Chat log

Agenda

  • WPAndroid 2.4 Notifications
  • Windows phone app update
  • BlackBerry “legacy” app
  • New contributor projects/tickets
  • iOS 3.6.1
  • iOS Native Reader

WPAndroid 2.4 Notifications

The notifications update as released Tuesday and its been well received.  We’ve noticed a few corner cases bugs have popped up.  They are being actively squashed and a new update will be released as soon as the last one is confirmed DOA.

For the next planned release we’re working on two separate tracks: an update to NUX following along the lines of the iOS update, and a native reader.

Windows Phone App Update

An update to the WordPress for Windows Phone has been submitted and we’re awaiting its review. This update adds gallery support for self-hosted blogs running WordPress 3.5 or higher, and fixes the top five bugs reported.  We expect Microsoft to approve the app by Friday. Yay!

@daniloercoli noted that we’re seeing an issue with header of the xml files we get from Glotpress for use in localizing the app.  Visual Studio treats the files as they are incorrectly formatted, even though the header visually appears okay. Not quite sure what the issue is but we pinged @markoheijnen about it for further investigation.

BlackBerry “legacy” app

We’ll be working on an update to the “legacy” BlackBerry app.  The goal of this update is to address some connection issues that folks have been experiencing and to reintroduce the “Need Help” dialog and a direct link to contact support.  We’ll also fix an issue we’ve found with the stats feature and jetpack blogs.

New contributor projects/tickets

@mrroundhill suggested we might identify tickets/features that would be good for a new contributor to pick up.  This could be something as simple as tagging tickets in track.  We thought this was a great idea and mrroundhill will be posting a follow up about it on the make blog.

WPiOS 3.6.1

A bug fix release is being prepped to submit to Apple.  A lot of issues have already been addressed (https://github.com/wordpress-mobile/WordPress-iOS/compare/master…release;3.6.1) and we’re just trying to get one or two more into this release.  We’ll most likely submit today or tomorrow.

WPiOS Native Reader

After some delays to get the last couple of features just right the required API changes are now being reviewed. We still have a few things left on our checklist. The next few days will be about getting the final graphics, implementing infinite scroll, and making sure everything works correctly on the iPad.  We’re looking at finally having a beta of the native reader ready by Monday June 17th.

Next Week

The next dev chat will be on June 19, 2013 at 15:00 UTC. Mark your calendar and join us in #wordpress-mobile on Freenode.

#android, #blackberry, #dev-chat, #ios, #native-reader, #windows-phone

Dev chat summary for May 29 2013 Chat…

Dev chat summary for May 29, 2013. Chat log

Agenda

  • Android
  • iOS
  • Other Platforms
  • Mobile Handbook
  • GSoC Update

Android

The WPcom Notifications release is in Beta. Everybody with a Jetpack-enabled blog and/or a WordPress.com blog is encouraged to download it and help test it, as well as reporting any issues that arise.

iOS

NUX update has been submitted with a heap of languages at 100%! A lot of people have been involved in this release, most notably @sendhil, @hugobaeta, @koke, @karmatosed. It provides a much better first experience for all types of users, wether you have a blog already or you want to sign up. It’s also bringing the UI of the app up to par with the latest around the WP ecosystem, expect a lot of this to cross-pollinate to other parts of the app and other platforms as well.

WPcom Native Reader update: last week we’ve focused on wrapping up the comment form, topics list, and a bunch of smaller functions. We’re hoping to release a basic Beta sometime next week but it may be pushed out a bit further.

In other news a 3.6.1 is already being planned, and the work on better global Accounts for WPcom users will be merged as a part of the Native Reader update.

Other Platforms

Filing Windows Phone tickets for the next update, other than that not much going on on the other platforms we govern.

Mobile Handbook

I acknowledged the state of the Mobile Handbook in the chat, and let people know that our editor Rachel will be ready to review and edit content shortly. Everyone is urged to attend to the sections of he handbook that they’re assigned to. Eric mentioned that the state of the Android section in the handbook is looking pretty good, and that that may be a good place for Rachel to start looking at.

The BlackBerry section is looking really good as well, and this may in fact be the best place to start.

Mobile Handbook Todo.

GSoC Update

The selection process is over, and there will be two mobile Google Summer of Code projects this year.

Native WordPress app for BlackBerry OS 10

Daniele Maio will create native WordPress app for BlackBerry’s exciting new OS 10 platform. @daniloercoli will be mentoring.

More info.

FirefoxOS WordPress for webOS port

Sayak Sarkar will port the fabled WordPress for webOS app to the FirefoxOS platform. @aerych will be mentoring.

More info.

Congrats guys!

Next Week

The next dev chat will be on June 5, 2013 at 15:00 UTC. Mark your calendar and join us in #wordpress-mobile on Freenode. The next two weeks @aerych will lead these chats and post the summaries.

#android, #dev-chat, #gsoc, #handbook, #ios