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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.

    • Hafiz Rahman 1:38 am on August 30, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The new Reader navigation removes a feature that I use every day.

      I usually open Reader in the morning to catch up with sites I follow, and usually there are a lot of new posts to read. My screen normally looks like this after refreshing the Reader (note the “Load more posts” button):

      https://cloudup.com/cNWlx7hnFXe

      Previously, I would tap the Reader button/tab at the bottom, and it would auto-scroll the list to the top, to show the latest posts. I did that so I could read from newest to oldest, similar to how I’m used to the timelines on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and so on.

      In this version, tapping the Reader tab brings me to the main Reader view again: https://cloudup.com/iz8hGz-AQ_B

      I think the Reader tab at the bottom should never bring the user to the previous screen. The back button at top left is there for this functionality. Tapping the Reader tab when the tab is already opened should behave as previously, scrolling to top.

      • Rachel 12:24 pm on August 30, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Interesting! Thanks for the report. The new behavior is consistent with how the bottom navigation buttons work on other tabs — for example, tapping the My Sites button twice moves you back to the site list.

        You can still tap the status bar (at the very top of the screen) to scroll up to the top, and I’ve opened an issue to ask about the Reader button in the bottom navigation bar here: https://github.com/wordpress-mobile/WordPress-iOS/issues/5933

    • Rachel 3:34 pm on August 30, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I don’t have an iPad to test the iPad layout changes with, but I did notice an issue on my iPhone 6 that might be related to the iPad layout changes:

      Under My Sites > Blog Posts, I sometimes see the links “Edit,” “View,” and “More” under my posts, but other times I see all four links (“Edit,” “View,” “Stats,” “Trash”) side by side under the post. This is expected behavior when the phone is landscape, but I’m seeing it after I rotate from landscape back to portrait orientation. Reported here: 5941

    • Ryan Boren 6:38 pm on September 5, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

    • alisterscott 6:06 am on September 6, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I have done some testing on both iPad and iPhone. With the new “Manage Sites” screen I noticed it took about 10 seconds to load for me, and during this time I saw a message saying “No Sites”

      https://cloudup.com/cG6VOekI7dx

      This made me slightly worried until they did appear – could we show a loading icon or something else?

    • Alister Scott 6:09 am on September 6, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I was also thinking “Managed Sites” sounds like managing your own sites, should it be something like “Manage Followed Sites”?

    • Lance Willett 5:10 pm on September 6, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      1. Reader Navigation, for add/remove/view tags

      I can’t seem to remove a tag when no posts match it. Testing with :( as a tag — it has no posts, and I can’t see the header to unfollow it. Note: I can’t remove with desktop wpcalypso either — so not specific to iOS.

      This is probably old behavior; on a new user account or with new “nonsense” tags — they can’t be added, so this isn’t an issue in those cases.

      2. Updated Editor Toolbar

      I was able to crash the app in iPad using these steps:

      1. Go to My Sites, select a site
      2. Go to Blog Posts list
      3. Click an already published post, enter editor view by clicking the post
      4. In top editor toolbar, click … then Preview
      5. In preview, click the “sharing” icon (box with arrow in the top of it) — I’d expect this to open an iOS sharing menu
      6. Crash :/

      I sent the report in from the WP Internal app. I can repeat this each time I do the same steps.

      Bug report with video: https://github.com/wordpress-mobile/WordPress-iOS/issues/5952

  • Rachel 8:39 am on July 19, 2016 Permalink |
    Tags: , , wpios   

    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 4:37 pm on June 1, 2016 Permalink |
    Tags: , , wpios   

    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

     
  • Eric 1:53 pm on September 30, 2014 Permalink |
    Tags: contribute, objective c, swift, , wpios   

    Get Involved by Porting Objective C to Swift 

    Howdy iOS Devs!

    If you’re interested in contributing to WordPress for iOS but aren’t quite sure where to dive in, one thing to consider is taking an existing Objective C class and porting it to Swift.

    Its safe to say the iOS community as a whole has been pretty jazzed by the new language, I’ve certainly been, and the team would like to see Swift used for more things. This isn’t limited to new classes, we’d also like to start migrating existing code written in Objective C.

    If you’d like to get your hands dirty with some practical Swift code, here’s your invitation to dive in. Great candidates to port to Swift are any of the Categories in the app.

    Give us a shout on #WordPress-Mobile on Freenode, or ping us on Github. We look forward to hearing from you!

     
  • Aaron Douglas 11:51 pm on August 6, 2014 Permalink |
    Tags: core data, , , unit testing, wpios   

    Asynchronous Core Data Unit Tests 

    There have been some updates proposed for the way we’re testing Core Data asynchronously and I wanted to share them here for everyone to see. We’re going ahead and adopting iOS 8 technologies starting with this latest dev cycle – which means we can use the new asynchronous unit testing support in XCTest.

    Take a look at this blog post for more information about some of the changes we’ve made.
    http://astralbodi.es/2014/08/06/asynchronous-unit-testing-core-data-with-xcode-6/

     
  • Aaron Douglas 9:18 pm on June 11, 2014 Permalink |
    Tags: wpios   

    WordPress for iOS changes 

    Hey everyone!

    Over the past couple of weeks there have been some pretty significant changes made to how the WordPress for iOS app is being developed. We’ve decided to start modularizing the application into components that can be shared or reused in other apps. The idea behind this is that contributors can help out on the pieces of the app and not have to really understand how the whole app works. We’re going to be updating the handbook and project READMEs soon – but this is the official start to the roll out. The first two components are the stats view controller and the post editor. There is a third project that contains shared components – a necessary evil.

    Main app: https://github.com/wordpress-mobile/WordPress-iOS
    Shared items: https://github.com/wordpress-mobile/WordPress-iOS-Shared
    Stats: https://github.com/wordpress-mobile/WordPressCom-Stats-iOS
    Editor: https://github.com/wordpress-mobile/WordPress-iOS-Editor

    We’re using CocoaPods right now for dependency management and distribution. Soon the component projects will have example projects built in and will support CocoaPod’s “try” feature.

    Questions? Comment here or hit us up in #WordPress-Mobile on Freenode.

     
    • robswish 11:21 am on August 5, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This is great news! I have recently just discovered how open you are making WordPress for mobile and it is very cool. I have a website that has downloadable free primary school resources. I want to make an iOS app for it and my first mission is to add a native WordPress login option. Is there any documentation on this? Thank you.

      • Aaron Douglas 11:37 am on August 6, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Hi @robswish – right now the WordPressComApi class exists only in the WordPress-iOS project. Our goal is to modularize that into a separate client framework to use in your own apps. Authentication is limited to your user account so it may not work for your needs.

        If you’re looking to authenticate against a self-hosted version of WordPress.org, then take a look at the WordPressApi project at https://github.com/wordpress-mobile/WordPressApi . We use that API in the WPiOS app.

  • sendhil 3:46 am on April 8, 2014 Permalink |
    Tags: wpios   

    WordPress for iOS 4.0.1 Released!

    Hey everyone, we just released WordPress for iOS 4.0.1 which fixes a few of the bugs and crashes you’ve been experiencing. Some of the bugs fixed by this release were:

    • Improved the performance of stats.
    • Made the “Options” page easier to locate and access.
    • Fixed a bug that caused the app to freeze when you tried to update a post’s settings.

    For more details you can view the release post here.

     
    • mrc535s 4:57 pm on May 2, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Any idea of when custom post types will be supported? Is it on the roadmap? It is kind of unfortunate that you bought out Poster (this was the only good solution out there for custom post types), but have not replicated that functionality yet in your app. What is the hold up for this?

  • Aaron Douglas 12:26 pm on April 3, 2014 Permalink
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    Weekly dev chat summary for March 31, 2014 

    IRC Chat Logs

    Agenda

    • WordPress for iOS update
    • WordPress for Android update
    • Google Summer of Code 2014
    • Anything else

    WordPress for Android

    2.7 is nearing completion and we’ll probably have a 2.7.1 next week to follow up the release. 2.8 is in the planning stage but we have no major features pinned for that release. @mrroundhill will be passing the baton for Android updates to either @mbiais or @sendhil starting next week.

    WordPress for iOS

    4.0.1 was submitted to the App Store for review today. It should be in the store by Friday. 4.1 is next on the radar and the code freeze date is 19-APR-2014. Expect a week of testing before submitting to the App Store.

    Anything else

    GSoC application reviews are still in progress.

    Next dev chat

    The next dev chat will be held at 16:00 UTC on Apr 7, 2014 in #wordpress-mobile on Freenode.

     
    • DStrange 9:10 pm on April 3, 2014 Permalink

      It would be nice if the Windows Phone version of WordPress received some of the love that the Android and iOS versions have lavished upon them. I’ve left the world of Android to go back to an all Microsoft Ecosystem (Lumia 1520 phone, Surface 2 tablet and Vaio Pro 13 ultrabook) and the only thing I miss as far as working goes is the excellent WordPress app. A version for smaller tablets or larger phones would make my day-to-day occupation of blogging (yes, I do earn a decent crust from blogging) quite a lot simpler. Please consider updating and improving the Windows Phone version of the WordPress client.

      Cheers.

      • Aaron Douglas 1:40 pm on April 4, 2014 Permalink

        Thanks for the feedback! Right now development on Windows Phone & Blackberry is on hiatus so that we can focus on the platforms that have the most contribution to them. The idea being we focus on what we can make great then realign the other apps to follow suit.

        • Joseph K Muscat 5:19 pm on July 14, 2014 Permalink

          Hi is there any news on an update and completion of the Blackberry 10 beta? I have just installed but having issues, is there any support for the beta??

          • Aaron Douglas 5:39 pm on July 14, 2014 Permalink

            BlackBerry development is still on hiatus – we’re focusing on iOS and Android. BB10 code is available at https://github.com/wordpress-mobile/WordPress-BlackBerry if anyone wants to work on it, but we aren’t submitting it to the App Store in the near future.

            • Joseph K Muscat 4:18 pm on July 15, 2014 Permalink

              Hi Aaron,

              Thanks for the update! I am aware of the pause taken for this app which is unfortunate because of many us on bb10 would love to have this app. If I knew how to program I would jump on and help.

              I have downloaded the beta and many say it works ok, I am trying to login but having issues because my blog is a profoto template. Could I get some sort of support so I can even try out this beta version???

              Thanks again, any help would be appreciated!!

          • Aaron Douglas 4:27 pm on July 15, 2014 Permalink

            I can’t reply to your latest reply – I think only a limited levels of replies are allowed.

            Try disabling your plugins and see if login works – then re-enable one at a time to see which one breaks it. It could be the theme since a theme is essentially a plugin. 🙂

            • Joseph K Muscat 5:23 pm on July 15, 2014 Permalink

              Ok, Thanks I will give it a try, but if I need additional support is there another more direct method, maybe via email??

          • Aaron Douglas 12:07 pm on July 17, 2014 Permalink

            E-mail support isn’t really offered for the beta but you could try filing issues on GitHub. If you can get access to the log files on the device and help dig into the error the original contributors might be able to help. Unfortunately if there is a problem with the code it’s not actively being maintained. There are forums for BB support that contributors may be monitoring – https://blackberry.forums.wordpress.org/ and there is always the Freenode IRC chat room #WordPress-mobile – you might be able to get help from one of us in there if they’ve worked on that beta.

    • stanyy 12:51 am on May 15, 2014 Permalink

      BlackBerry Bold 9900 user here. Hoping and praying for an update (featured images) soon.

  • Aaron Douglas 3:20 pm on March 27, 2014 Permalink |
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    Weekly dev chat summary for March 24, 2014 

    IRC Chat Logs

    Agenda

    • WordPress for iOS update
    • WordPress for Android update
    • Google Summer of Code 2014
    • Anything else

    WordPress for iOS

    WordPress for iOS 4.0 was released to the Apple App Store last week. Native stats was the major new feature and so far the reviews have been positive. 4.0.1 is being prepped for release this Friday 25-MAR-2014 and we’re focused on testing that this week.

    WordPress for Android

    Testing and bug fixing for 2.7 is still underway. A third QA beta will be released sometime this week. We’re shooting for a Monday (31-MAR-2014) release if all goes well.

    Google Summer of Code 2014

    Applications for GSoC 2014 were received and now the process of reviewing proposals and asking questions is underway. Review period ends 6-APR-2014.

    Anything else

    Nothing else was brought up.

    Next dev chat

    The next dev chat will be held at 16:00 UTC on Mar 31st, 2014 in #wordpress-mobile on Freenode.

     
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