Issues with BlogPad Pro 1.5

A few days ago, we submitted BlogPad Pro version 1.6 to the App Store where it is awaiting review. This fixes various bugs from version 1.5 including:

* iOS8-optimised Visual Editor (to cure slow typing)
* Fix for Help Menu items not appearing on iOS8
* Fix for Stats option (which would crash on 64-bit devices)
* Fix for Preview view (which would crash on 64-bit devices)
* Fix for Reading view (which would crash on 64-bit devices)
* Fix for Dropbox options not appearing on iOS8
* Fix for Flickr authentication issues
* Numerous other stability fixes

Hopefully Apple will approve this new release shortly.

But, we still need your help!!…

We have been informed about an issue experienced by a small number of people which prevents BlogPad Pro from launching and which apparently freezes their iPad completely. Unfortunately the people experiencing this problem haven’t sent us the information we need to be able to resolve it, or replied back to say whether the problem is persisting.

If you have experienced this issue please get in touch with us so that we can find out what is causing this. We are unable to replicate this problem ourselves and need to be able to view crash logs from a device which has experienced this problem to find out how to fix the problem.

Save vs AutoSave: What is the Difference?

You should regularly use the Save button in BlogPad Pro to save your posts as you write them, as the Auto-Save is there as a safety-mechanism in case something unexpected happens. For example, your iPad could run out of charge or perhaps (but hopefully not) the app crashes. Either way, the Auto-Save mechanism is designed to create a back-up onto your device of the most recent version of your post.

NOTE: As with any digital document you may be working with, we recommend that you regularly save changes to your Post using the Save button. This is why BlogPad Pro reminds you of unsaved changes with a Visual Indicator above the Save button which says “Save Your Changes”.

More About Auto-Save:

Auto-Save saves your post locally only on your device, and not to your blog.  So, if you’re editing a published post the Auto-Save won’t change your published content, you have to manually tap the Save button for that to happen.

You can’t access the Auto-Saved content directly, but if you open a post that had some previously Auto-Saved content it will prompt you with the following options:

  • Restore Auto-Save
  • Compare Auto-Save
  • Discard Auto-Save

Auto-save in BlogPad Pro

If you’re not sure what could have been in the Auto-Save, you can choose to compare the Auto-Save to the regularly saved version. You can then select which you want to keep.

NOTE: When you choose either the “Restore” or “Discard” options above, the Auto-Saved data is cleared (so that you’re not prompted about that same data again). That means it can’t be retrieved once replaced.

Auto-save in BlogPad Pro

Where Can I Find Previous Versions of My Post?

If you save your content regularly with the save button, and those changes are saved to your blog, (i.e. this won’t work if you’re working in offline mode) but you find yourself still wanting to revert to a previous “revision” of that Post you can still do this.

With the current version of BlogPad Pro, it’s not “natively” possible to revert to other versions, but you can get the job done by using the Web Dashboard to select which version you want, then updating that post from Live.

Stats Button Not Working

Due to recent changes WordPress have made on WordPress.com, the Statistics button in our menu bar is currently redirecting to the WordPress homepage – which for most people will appear as the ‘Reader’ page.

We have made WordPress aware of the breaking change they have made, and have resolved this for the next version of BlogPad Pro, but in the meantime we can offer an alternative solution…

How do I view my stats?

You can still view your stats by going to your web dashboard. To access your web dashboard tap on the blue ‘Manage Blogs’ button and then the blue button to the right of your blog. From ‘Blog Options’ select ‘Go To Web Dashboard’.

webdashboard

You can see a snapshot of your stats from your Web Dashboard homepage, or tap on ‘Site Stats’ in the left menu to see your full Stats page.

snapshot

When with the update be ready?

We’re currently working on a major new update to BlogPad Pro which includes lots of new and exciting features. Because we’re in the middle of making such big improvements we can’t just do a quick release to solve this problem, but rest assured that we are working like crazy to get it available as soon as possible!

You will be notified via the app as soon as the update is ready to download.

General Settings in BlogPad Pro

General App Settings

BlogPad Pro general settings

Set Application Offline: A useful feature for when you don’t want to use up your mobile data. Just flip the switch to ‘ON’ to work in offline mode.

Right-handed menu: The main navigation menu is on the left side by default. Use this to switch it to the right side of the screen.

Show Connection Warnings When Offline: BlogPad Pro warns you whenever you try to save a post and have either lost your internet connection OR have set the application to offline. Switch this to OFF if you don’t want to see these warnings. This setting can be disabled by clicking on ‘Don’t Show Again’ on one of the warning alerts but can only be re-enabled by going into General Settings.

Show Hints: Switch this to OFF if you don’t want to see helpful hints and tips. 

Show Autosave Operations: A message appears in the top right corner of the screen whenever BlogPad Pro does an autosave. Switch this to OFF to hide these messages.

Show Memory Warnings: Sometimes IOS sends apps warning messages when the system is running low on memory. IOS can sometimes ‘crash’ an app if a device is running too low on memory, so a memory warning is a good reminder to save your work.  Switch to OFF to hide these messages.

TextExpander Touch Support enabled: Set to ‘OFF’ if you don’t want to be able to use your TextExpander Touch shortcodes in your blog posts and pages.

Host Timeout Interval (seconds): This setting shows how long we are allowing before timing out on a web request. You may want to set this value to a higher value if you server is running slowly (perhaps because you have lots of plugins). The maximum permissible value for this is 30 seconds.

Default Font Size for Visual Editor: This setting changes the size your text displays within the visual editor on BlogPad Pro. It doesn’t affect the size of the font on your blog.

Language for Application: Change the language of the menu options in BlogPad Pro.

Spell Check Language for Visual Editor: Select the language for your spell check. For example, if you are writing your blog posts in Italian, select Italian for the spell-check language. 

Blog-related Settings

BlogPad Pro general settings

Partially download Posts (just Titles):  Change this to ‘ON’ if you only want to download your post TITLES. This is useful if you want to download large numbers of posts. Please note it doesn’t include information such as post status or the content of the post. If this setting is set to ‘OFF’ all posts will be downloaded in full.

Number of Post Titles to Download: The number of posts to download by default if you have ‘Partially download Posts (just Titles)’ set to ON. You can choose to override this value when you refresh your posts.

Number of Full Posts to Download: The number of posts to download by default if you have ‘Partially downloaded Posts (just Titles)’ set to OFF. You can choose to override this value when you refresh your posts.

Number of Full Pages to Download: The number of pages to download by default when you refresh. You can choose to override this value when you refresh your posts.

Number of Total Comments to Download: The number of comments to download by default when you refresh. You can choose to override this value when you refresh your posts.

Number of Comments Per Post to Download: The maximum number of comments downloaded for each post when you refresh your posts. You can choose to override this value when you refresh your posts.

Number of Media Library Items to Download: The number of media library items to download when you refresh your media items. You can choose to override this value when you refresh your posts.

Number of Authors to Download: The number of admins, editors, authors and contributors downloaded when you refresh your blog settings.

Media-related Settings

BlogPad Pro media settings

Max Upload Filesize (kB): The maximum file size recommended to upload to your blog.  This is a warning rather than a restriction.  Note: If you are running a version of WordPress before 3.4 you are restricted to a maximum upload file size of 1.5 MB.

Default Video Width (pixels): The default width a video will be inserted when added to a blog post. 

Default Video Height (pixels): The default height a video will be inserted when added to a blog post.

Default Image Width (pixels): The default width an image will be when it is inserted into a blog post if you have ‘Autosize new images in Post/Page’ enabled or you select this option when you insert your image.

Default Image Height (pixels): The default height an image will be when it is inserted into a blog post if you have ‘Autosize new images in Post/Page’ enabled or you select this option when you insert your image.

Maximum Image Width (pixels): The maximum width an image will be when it is inserted into a blog post.

Maximum Image Height (pixels):  The maximum height an image will be when it is inserted into a blog post.

Autosize new images in Post/Page: Set this to ON if you want new images to be automatically sized to fit within the constraints of  ‘Default Image Width’ and ‘Default Image Height’ when added to a post or page. Set to OFF to manually set the size of your images.

Upload Hi Res Image: Set to ON if you want to upload a high resolution version of your image into your media library as well as the size you are inserting into your post.

Link to Hi Res Image: Set to ON if you want to automatically create a link to the hi res image you have uploaded. This option is only available if ‘Upload Hi Res Image’ is set to ON.

Uploading files from DropBox to your WordPress blog

One of the main problems we’ve found with working on an iPad is the lack of shared storage space. The only accessible storage folder is your ‘Photo Library’  so if you want to save other files types (PDFs, documents, spreadsheets, text files, etc.) then you need  to find another way.

That’s exactly what Dropbox does, it’s a great way of storing, sharing and transferring your files between all your different devices and computers. Add a document to Dropbox on your PC and it’s available through the Dropbox app on your iPad!

So, how do you get your files from Dropbox into your blog posts?

Open your blog post and tap where you would like to insert the file. Then tap on the ‘Insert media’ icon in the toolbar (it’s the one which looks like a camera).

Select the ‘Other’ tab and then tap on ‘Dropbox’:

Dropbox on BlogPad Pro for WordPress
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Featured blog of the week: We Heart Vintage

For the first in our new series of Featured Bloggers who use BlogPad Pro, we’re talking to vintage fashion enthusiast Mary from We Heart Vintage.

Tell us about your blog:

We Heart Vintage is a blog about three things I love: vintage fashion, photography and classic films. I started blogging as a New Year’s resolution in 2011 and discovered I absolutely loved it. I was amazed by the amount of visitors I was getting and We Heart Vintage just kind of snowballed from there!

Featured BlogPad Pro blogger: We Heart Vintage

How much of your blogging do you do on your iPad?

In a typical week I probably spend about half my blogging time on my iPad, and when I travel I rely on it completely. I don’t need to take my laptop with me when I’m away from home now which is so convenient. I love the fact that I can just carry my iPad in my bag and then whenever I get a spare half an hour I can catch up on comments or write a new blog post (I’m a little obsessed – but then I think most blogger are!)

Featured BlogPad Pro blogger: We Heart Vintage

So, how many blogs do you have?

I currently have about 10 blogs (I’m a bit of a serial blog-starter), but I only actively use 3 of them. We Heart Vintage is a self-hosted WP blog and the others are all WP.com.

Featured BlogPad Pro blogger: We Heart Vintage

Which features within BlogPad Pro do you use the most?

My blogs are all very photo-rich and I spend a lot of time adding images so anything which makes this quicker and easier is great. I’ve set the default maximum image size so that my photos are automatically inserted at the right size – that saves me lots of time. I mostly use the visual editor for writing my posts, but as a web developer it’s great to be able to get to the html easily too. I also love how easy it is to add links to other posts within my blog which gives me lots of lovely SEO juice! Oh, and of course stats. Every blogger needs easy access to their blog stats!

Featured BlogPad Pro blogger: We Heart Vintage

If you’d like to find out more about Mary’s blog take a look at We Heart Vintage here.


Do you use BlogPad Pro to blog on your iPad? We’re looking for avid WordPress bloggers who would be interested in being featured on our blog.

Do you use BlogPad Pro in the classroom, for a personal blog, for your business? Get in touch and tell us a bit about your blog and how you use BlogPad Pro and we might showcase you!

How to take a screen grab on your iPad

It’s very simple to take a screen grab (or screenshot) from your iPad.

A screen grab allows you to take a photo of whatever is displayed on your iPad screen. The picture is then saved in your Camera Roll.

To capture a screen grab:

  1. Press and hold the menu button (the main circular button below the screen).
  2. While the menu button is held down, press the power/lock button (the switch on the top edge of the device).

Taking a screen shot on iPad

You can now see your screen grab picture in your iPad photos.

This works on an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch with IOS version 2.0 or higher.

Issues with bbPress Forum Plugin

We have discovered that the bbPress forum plugin is creating issues for some self-hosted WordPress blog users with the latest version of BlogPad Pro (version 1.3). 

The plugin uses some custom user roles which are unrecognised by BlogPad Pro and means that when you add your blog you have really limited user privileges. You won’t be able to add and upload images, publish posts etc.

Now that we’ve become aware of this issue our developer is working on a fix, and this should be ready to resubmit to the App Store soon. 

Please bear with us, it takes a bit of time to get a new version of BlogPad Pro ready for release as we like to do thorough user testing and we also have no control over how long it takes Apple to approve the new version of the app (although generally that takes about a week if it goes smoothly and the queue of apps waiting isn’t too long).

One thing you can try in the meantime is to disable the bbPress plugin. I know this may not be something you want to do, and if the plugin is bundled in with a theme (like for example the Enfold theme) this may not fix the problem unless you temporarily change your theme too. 

Thanks for your patience and your feedback which has helped us to get to the bottom of this issue, and you’ll be notified as soon as the bug fix is ready to download! It’s tough to build an app which works with thousands of custom plugins and themes as it’s impossible for us to have every plugin installed ourselves, but with your feedback we can fix most things 🙂

How to fix an issue uploading images in BlogPad Pro 1.3

If you have a self-hosted WordPress blog and have upgraded to Version 1.3 of BlogPad Pro you may have experienced an issue with uploading images. You no longer have the option to upload images from your iPad, or DropBox and these options are greyed-out. This issue only seems to affect a few self-hosted WordPress users and is simple to fix.

So why has this happened?

When you update BlogPad Pro to version 1.3, any existing blogs you had added should have been “upgraded” to take full advantage of some changes we have made relating to User Roles (i.e. Whether your WordPress login account is an administrator, editor, etc).

However, there appears to be a bug in WordPress’s self-hosted code. It seems that, even though the login account is an “administrator”, the WordPress XMLRPC API (Application Programming Interface) still doesn’t report the correct Role. We suspect that the API isn’t reporting any Role at all, at this stage.

By re-saving the role, it seems that this then fixes the problem because the WordPress API will finally report the correct Role for the user. We will be passing this information on to WordPress for them to look at from their side too, as well as trying to work around it in future versions of BlogPad Pro.

How to fix the problem?

There are 3 quick and easy things to try which should manually trigger this “upgrade” and fix the problem.

The first thing to do is to update your version of WordPress to the most recent version. To do this just go to your Web Dashboard and follow the prompts to update to the latest version of WordPress.

Another thing to try is, for any blogs affected, go to “Manage Blogs” (that’s the blue button at the top of the menu bar) select the right-facing arrow to show the “Blog Options” and tap on “Update Settings From Live”. This should re-retrieve your account’s User Role and you should then be able to add images, etc.

Update Blog Settings in BlogPad Pro

For the majority of users this quick update will fix the problem.

If this doesn’t work, then this is what you need to do to get around the bug in the WordPress code…

Go to your Blog’s Dashboard from “Manage Blogs” by selecting the right-facing arrow to show the “Blog Options” (as above)  and tap on “Go To Web Dashboard”. Go to the “Users -> All Users”.

For the user that you are having problem with, ensure that the checkbox for that user is checked (on the left hand side of that blog) and then select “Change role to…” and select the correct Role and tap on the “Change” button.

Update Blog Settings in BlogPad Pro

(NOTE: You have to do this even though it may already be showing as Administrator, because this is where the bug is in the WordPress API! By performing this task, you are ensuring that the API should now know the correct role for your login). Alternatively, you can update the Role for any particular user by tapping on “Edit” for that user on the “All Users” screen. Once you have done this, you now need to trigger the manual “upgrade” again as mentioned in the previous paragraph. You may even trigger this upgrade by leaving BlogPad Pro and coming back to it (eg by pressing on the iPad’s Home button and then returning to BlogPad Pro again).

It’s worth noting that (as far as we know) we’re the only people using WordPress’s very latest API, even WordPress themselves are not using this API yet for their own iOS app!

If this does NOT fix the issue for you, then please get in touch (it is very easy to do this from within BlogPad Pro from the Help Options, by either tapping on “Ask a Question”, “Send Us Feedback” or “Report A Bug”).

Using TextExpander Touch with BlogPad Pro on your iPad

How to use TextExpander Touch on your iPad with BlogPad Pro

In the latest release of BlogPad Pro we’ve added lots of new features including adding support for TextExpander Touch. If you haven’t heard of TextExpander Touch it’s a great app for your iPad which allows you to “type more with less effort”. You set up shortcodes and when you type them they are substituted with a block of text. This saves you a huge amount of time if you find yourself frequently re-typing the same phrase!

For example, I’ve gone into TextExpander Touch (below) set up the shortcode “BPP” to be substituted with “BlogPad Pro: the best blogging app in the world!”

TextExpander Touch

Now if I type the phrase “BPP” within BlogPad Pro it is automatically changed to “BlogPad Pro: the best blogging app in the world!”

This works in the visual editor (WYSIWYG) mode  – and we’re proud to say we’re currently the only blog editor for the iPad which can offer this. It also works in Markdown mode:

Markdown Mode for blog editing with BlogPad Pro

and also in html mode:

TextExpander Touch in html Mode for blog editing

But what if I don’t want to use TextExpander in BlogPad Pro?

If you prefer your TextExpander Touch shortcodes NOT to work in BlogPad Pro you can simply switch this option off. Go to settings (that’s the green button in the bottom left), scroll down until you see ‘TextExpander Touch Support Enabled’ and switch this to OFF.