Call for Testing: WordPress for iOS 8.0

WordPress for iOS version 8.0 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.

What to Test:

1. Aztec Native Editor

This build brings the new Aztec editor to public beta. For a detailed list of features and fixes go here.

The more relevant improvements include:

  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Video interaction now matches image interaction instead of playing videos right away
  • Undo and redo now properly work for attachment insertions
  • Added keyboard support for editing nested lists

Several Bug Fixes & Improvements

There were a lot of other improvements made in this release that aren’t being called out in this post. You can view the entire list here.

Bugs & Feedback

Did you find a bug or come up with a feature request while testing? You can discuss it here, ping one of us in the #mobile WordPress.org Slack room, report it using the TestFlight feedback link, or head straight to the iOS GitHub repository and open a new issue.

Thanks for testing!

#aztec, #beta, #ios, #needs-testing, #wpios

Call for Testing: WordPress for iOS 7.9

WordPress for iOS version 7.9 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.

What to Test:

1. Aztec Native Editor

The new editor will be on public beta on version 8.0 of the iOS app, so on this release we are asking you to help us find any outstanding issues. If you want the full details take a look at the release notes.

Go ahead and make a post with it, add some images and videos, style it, etc. Let us know what you think, is there anything else you need to make the switch?

Several Bug Fixes & Improvements

There were a lot of other improvements made in this release that aren’t being called out in this post. You can view the entire list here.

Bugs & Feedback

Did you find a bug or come up with a feature request while testing? You can discuss it here, ping one of us in the #mobile WordPress.org Slack room, report it using the TestFlight feedback link, or head straight to the iOS GitHub repository and open a new issue.

Thanks for testing!

#aztec, #beta, #ios, #needs-testing, #wpios

Call for Testing: WordPress for Android 7.6

WordPress for Android version 7.6-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 comment here or join the Google Plus beta community for more discussion with other testers. (Note: If you see a message that the beta testing program is full, you’ll need to wait for space to open up before you can join the beta. Thanks for your interest!)

What to Test:

New: Unified Media Browser Picker

Your site’s media library (the Media section) has an improved UI (see here), and now it’s been unified as per the work done here. Check it out and let us know if you find any problems!

New on Aztec

This new build uses the Aztec editor latest version (what’s Aztec?) by default, which now has the following improvements:

  • <pre> tag with with white-space formatting support
  • Changing heading type for multiple headings bug fix
  • Disappearing context menu during image upload fix
  • Paragraphs disappearing while deleting fix
  • Toolbar buttons selected state style change
  • Now you can add images from the new WordPress media library
  • Fixed a bug when it wasn’t possible to save an empty draft

More details on the work in Aztec included in this version of WordPress for Android can be found here.

Bugs & Feedback

Did you find a bug or come up with a feature request while testing? Did you try the additional flow 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.

Thank you for testing!

#android, #beta, #needs-testing, #wpandroid

Call for Testing: WordPress for iOS 7.8

WordPress for iOS version 7.8 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.

What to Test

1. Media Library

We’ve added a top-level Media Library section to WordPress for iOS for each site you manage, bringing it in line with WordPress for Android. Previously, you could only access the Media Library for a site when you inserted media in the editor.

Using the Media Library, you can view your media, search, edit metadata, delete items, and upload new items. Please take it for a spin and let us know what you think!

To access a site’s Media Library, simply tap the Media row on its details screen:

Several Bug Fixes & Improvements

There were a lot of other improvements made in this release that aren’t being called out in this post. You can view the entire list here.

Bugs & Feedback

Did you find a bug or come up with a feature request while testing? You can discuss it here, ping one of us in the #mobile WordPress.org Slack room, report it using the TestFlight feedback link, or head straight to the iOS GitHub repository and open a new issue.

Thanks for testing!

#beta, #ios, #needs-testing, #wpios

Call for Testing: WordPress for iOS 7.5

The WordPress for iOS 7.5 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.

What to Test

1. Aztec Native Editor

You may have heard about the new editor that’s included (but hidden) in the WordPress app. Aztec has reached beta status and you’re being invited to test it out!

First step: Read about Aztec here. There are instructions on how to enable it.

Second step: Look at the release notes for Aztec to find out what works, doesn’t work. It’s a beta so there’s still work left to be done.

Third step: If you test with updating an existing post, you may wish to use a test site. While we’ve been working super hard to make a solid experience you could potentially lose formatting.

We’re keeping the testing scenarios pretty loose at this point:

  • Compose a new post.
  • Update an existing post.
  • Add images (video support coming).
  • Try formatting things and verify formatting isn’t lost after posting.

Feedback

Something not work right? Did the app crash? Please tell us if something that seems like it should work didn’t.

2. Post Slug editing

On a post you can now edit the post slug (the unique part of a post URL).

Testing steps:

  1. Create a new post.
  2. Tap the ellipsis button and then Options. Tap Slug near the bottom of the list.
  3. Edit the post slug and provide something different than the default. (currently the default is blank – we’re going to supply the standard text before 7.5 ships)
  4. Publish the post and verify the slug is what you provided.
  5. Also try editing the slug on an existing post (using a test post is suggested).

Feedback

Try and break this – leave it blank, put weird stuff in there, etc. Let us know what happens!

Several Bug Fixes & Improvements

There were a bunch of other improvements made in this release that aren’t being called out in this post. You can view the entire list here.

https://github.com/wordpress-mobile/WordPress-iOS/pulls?utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=is%3Apr%20milestone%3A%227.5%20%E2%9D%84%EF%B8%8F%22%20

Bugs & Feedback

Did you find a bug or come up with a feature request while testing? You can discuss it here, ping one of us in the #mobile WordPress.org Slack room, report it using the TestFlight feedback link, or head straight to the iOS GitHub repository and open a new issue.

Thanks for testing!

#aztec, #beta, #ios, #needs-testing, #wpios

Call for Testing: WordPress for iOS 7.3

The WordPress for iOS 7.3 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.

What to Test

1. Publicize Improvements

If you tried the Publicize feature that came out in version 7.1 you’ll want to take a look at these improvements:

  • Fix a broken publicize connection from the editor’s post options.
  • Switch back to the default publicize message (post title & URL) by deleting the custom message.
  • Tap the whole line (not just the toggle) to toggle a connection on or off.

To test:

  1. In your site’s Sharing section, connect to at least one sharing service.
  2. Bonus: Break the publicize connection (for example, by deactivating the social media account you connected — you might want to use a test social media account for this!).
  3. Create a new post.
  4. Open the post options.
  5. If you broke your publicize connection in step 2, tap the error symbol to fix the connection.
  6. Set a custom publicize message.
  7. Remove the custom publicize message.
  8. Tap anywhere on an individual sharing connection to enable/disable it.
  9. Publish the post and confirm the default publicize message (your post’s title and URL) was used.

Feedback:

  • Did the three improvements work as expected? Please report anything that didn’t work or other parts of the Publicize feature that you still have trouble with.
  • Flow Challenge: Were you able to fix a broken publicize connection and return to your task smoothly? What happens if you change your mind in the middle of the process? Please report any point where you get stuck or can’t find your way back to the post you’re working on.

(Related Github pull requests: Reconnect a broken connection, Switch back to default message, Toggle behavior.)

2. Recent Sites

You can now find your most recently used sites at the top of your site list (under My Sites > Switch Site), if you have more than 11 sites in the app.

 

Feedback:

  • If you have 11 sites or fewer, does the recent sites section appear? (It shouldn’t appear unless you have more than 11 sites.)
  • If you have more than 11 sites, do your recent sites appear in the order you most recently used them in the app?

(Related Github pull request.)

3. WordPress.com Site Icons in My Sites

Site icons for public WordPress.com sites will now appear in the site list and the site details on the My Sites tab. (Previously, only a site icon placeholder appeared there.)

To test:

  1. Add a site icon to a WordPress.com site (from the site’s general settings or customizer).
  2. In the app, open the My Sites tab.
    1. Check your site list and confirm the site icon appears next to the site in the list.
    2. Open the site details and confirm the site icon appears next to the site title/URL at the top of the screen.

Feedback:

  • Please report any issues with the site icon not appearing next to a public WordPress.com site, either in the site list or on the site’s details (dashboard) screen.
  • Bonus: Try removing the site icon as well as adding it, and confirm the app updates the site icon in both cases.

(Related Github pull request.)

4. Sharing to WhatsApp and Telegram

You can now share posts to WhatsApp and Telegram, using the sharing buttons on the post:

  1. Install and set up WhatsApp and Telegram on your device.
  2. Open the Reader in the WordPress app.
  3. Find a post that has the WhatsApp and/or Telegram sharing buttons enabled.
  4. Tap on “Visit” under the post in the Reader list view.
  5. Scroll down to the sharing buttons under the post.
  6. Tap on the WhatsApp and/or Telegram buttons to share the post.

Feedback:

  • Please report any errors or unexpected results when you share the post to WhatsApp or Telegram.
  • Testing Challenge: Can you find the other ways to share a post from the Reader? Test those out and confirm sharing works as expected in each place.

(Related Github pull request.)

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.

Thanks for testing!

#beta, #ios, #needs-testing, #wpios

Call for Testing: WordPress for iOS 7.1

The WordPress for iOS 7.1 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.

What to Test

1. Publicize (Sharing) Support for Posts

You can now manage your sharing connections for individual posts, to control where each post is shared when you publish it. Try it out:

  1. In your site’s Sharing section, connect to at least one sharing service.
  2. Create a new post.
  3. Open the post options.
  4. Set a custom publicize message.
  5. Enable/disable individual sharing connections.
  6. Publish the post.

Voilà! Your post will be publicized to the selected social media accounts, using your custom message.

Feedback:

  • Things to check: Did all of your connected accounts appear in the post options? Did your custom message show up on the publicized post? Was the post publicized to your selected connections (and only the ones you selected)?
  • Flow Challenge: Did the publicize settings make sense in the sequence of steps you took to create your post? Did you ever have to disrupt your publishing process to manage those settings, or did you experience any confusion or frustration along the way?

(Related Github pull request.)

2. Noto Font Update

The Merriweather font has been replaced with the Noto font in the app, to provide better support for non-Latin scripts.

Here’s how it looked before, with Merriweather:

And after, with Noto:

Feedback:

  • Please use the app in your language of choice. Let us know if you notice any overall issues with the font, or specific issues in your language (such as characters not appearing or displaying incorrectly).

(Related Github pull request.)

3. iPad Layout for Notifications

Notifications now have a splitview (sidebar) layout on iPads, similar to the rest of the app. iPhone users should not see any difference in the Notifications layout.

Feedback:

  • Please navigate through your Notifications, interact with them, and report any quirks or bugs in the new layout or behavior.
  • Testing Challenge: Try to catch the Notifications with unexpected layout behavior, especially while rotating the device or multitasking on your iPad.
  • Flow Challenge: Does the new sidebar make the best use of your iPad’s screen? Are there actions in the Notifications that don’t use the layout as expected, or places where you now get stuck?

(Related Github pull request.)

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.

Thanks for testing!

#beta, #ios, #needs-testing, #wpios

Call for Testing: WordPress for iOS 7.0

The WordPress for iOS 7.0 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.

What to Test

1. Navigation Arrows for Notifications

You can use arrows (in the top right corner) to navigate through your in-app notifications without returning to the notifications list. (This is designed to match how you can navigate through your notifications on the web.)

Feedback:

  • Check your notifications in the app. Use the arrows to navigate to older or newer notifications. Do the arrows work? Are they disabled when you reach the end of your notifications?
  • Flow Challenge: How do the arrows feel for navigating through your notifications? Were you surprised or confused by anything? Did the navigation feel natural and expected?

(Related Github pull request.)

2. Add Excerpts to Post Editor

You can now add and edit post excerpts directly from the app:

  1. Create a new post.
  2. Open the post options.
  3. Scroll down to the excerpts (bottom of the options screen).
  4. Tap and enter an excerpt.
  5. View the post and confirm the excerpt is being used (e.g. in the Reader list view, in subscribers’ email notifications, or on your site if your theme uses excerpts).

Feedback:

  • Try adding excerpts to new posts, editing excerpts on existing posts, and creating/editing posts without excerpts.
  • Testing Challenge: Compare the app’s excerpts feature with the same feature in the web editor. Do the app and web excerpt features work in the same way? Do your excerpts stay intact when moving between the app and the web?
  • Flow Challenge: Did you encounter any confusion or obstacles adding an excerpt to your post? Does the excerpt act as expected throughout the rest of the app (for example, in your posts list or in the Reader)?

(Related Github pull request.)

3. Better Support for RTL Languages

The app got a facelift for right-to-left (RTL) languages, with an improved layout throughout the app. Check out the pull request for a series of before/after screenshots showing the changes, and try it out:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to General > Language & Region > iPhone Language and select an RTL language (e.g. Hebrew).
  3. Open the WordPress app. (Bonus: Log in to a WordPress.com account with the same interface language.)
  4. Navigate through the app and look for any layout issues, e.g. incorrect padding or alignment.

Feedback:

  • Do you speak an RTL language? Please let us know if we missed any layout issues or created new ones!
  • Testing Challenge: Log out and check the login/signup screens. Do they work as expected for the allowed input? Do the error screens look right?

(Related Github pull request.)

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.

Thanks for testing!

#beta, #ios, #needs-testing, #wpios

Call for Testing: WordPress for iOS 6.9

The WordPress for iOS 6.9 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.

What to Test

1. New “Post-Post” Screen

After you publish a post (“post-post”) you’ll now see a screen confirming the post was published (and where it was published), with calls to action:

  • Share the post
  • Edit the post
  • View the post

Feedback:

  • Try publishing a post in different ways (creating the new post in different ways, or publishing the post from a different status) and confirm the post-post screen appears as expected.
  • Testing Challenge: Try to find a scenario where the post-post screen appears when it shouldn’t, or where the calls to action do not work as expected.
  • Flow Challenge: How does the post-post screen make you feel? Are you able to move on to your next action in the app smoothly, or do you get stuck anywhere?

(Related Github pull request.)

2. iPad Layout in the Reader

The Reader now has a splitview (sidebar) layout on iPads, similar to the My Sites and Me tabs. iPhone users should not see any difference in the Reader layout.

Feedback:

  • Please navigate through the Reader, use each section, and report any layout quirks or bugs.
  • Testing Challenge: Try to catch the Reader with unexpected layout behavior, especially while rotating the device or using Reader actions (e.g. sharing, viewing the post/site).
  • Flow Challenge: Does the new sidebar make the best use of your iPad’s screen? Are there actions in the Reader that still don’t use the layout as expected, or places where you now get stuck?

(Related Github pull request.)

3. Refreshed Reader Comments UI

The Reader comments styles were updated to more closely match the web:

Feedback:

  • Please make sure the comments appear correctly (with up to 4 levels of nesting), with the full contents of each comment, and that comment actions work as expected.
  • Testing Challenge: Try to find a piece of content or comment thread that doesn’t show up correctly (a missing emoji? a photo or video that doesn’t load? a problem when rotating your device or loading comments from a particular source?).
  • Flow Challenge: Can you open and read comments starting from different points in the app? Are there any accessibility or usability problems with the new layout?

(Related Github pull request.)

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.

Thanks for testing!

#beta, #ios, #needs-testing, #wpios