Image settings and options

Useful tips for inserting and uploading images to your WordPress blog using BlogPad Pro and the settings which can save you time whenever you add a photo.

Image size:

You can control the size of your image either by adjusting the image width and height fields or by using the % slider underneath the image preview.

If the lock proportions tab is set to ‘ON’ the photo won’t be able to get squashed to the wrong aspect ratio.

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Hi Res versions of images:

When you add a new image from your camera roll the image will be uploaded at the size you set in the image width and height fields (above). If you would also like to upload a hi res version of your image turn the ‘Upload Hi Res Image’ option to ON.

Next to this option you will also see a ‘Link to Hi Res Image’ option which automatically links the image in your blog post to a hi res version. If you don’t check this option the hi res image is just uploaded into your media library for future reference.

You can control the maximum size of your hi res images in Settings > Media-related Settings > Maximum Image width (pixels) and Maximum Image height (pixels). You can see a screen shot of this below:

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Setting your default image size:

It’s useful to know the maximum image size your blog theme can handle, otherwise images can end up being cropped, squashed or breaking your page layout.

So that you don’t have to manually set your image width each time you add a new image simply tap on the green settings button (bottom left).

Scroll down to the bottom of the ‘General Settings’ list and you will see some new options:

  • Default Image Width (pixels)
  • Default Image Height (pixels)
  • Autosize new images in Post/Page

blog settings screen

If your WordPress theme can only fit images with a maximum width of 550px, you can set Default Image Width to be 550 and the turn ‘Autosize new images’ in Post/Page to ‘On’.

Now whenever you add a new image from your camera roll it won’t be bigger than your theme can handle.

Note: The image re-sizes to fit the smaller of the width and height options, so if you’re only concerned about the maximum image width make sure you set your Default Image Height to something quite big (i.e. 900 px) or a portrait-oriented photo will be sized according to the maximum height setting instead.

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How to edit your WordPress blog across multiple devices

If you edit your blog across multiple devices, have multiple authors, or use both your iPad and the web browser to edit your blog there are a few things you need to remember.

Before you start editing your blog in BlogPad Pro on your iPad ALWAYS grab the latest version of your blog posts.

After making changes via the Dashboard, when you go back to BlogPad Pro you MUST download those changes – there is no way for BlogPad Pro to know that you made changes via the Dashboard unless you refresh BlogPad Pro.

To do this, you need to retrieve the most recent Posts. There are 3 different ways of doing this:

1. If you want to refresh your whole blog go to Manage Blogs > Blog Options > Update Blog From Live. This refreshes your posts, pages, media library, tags and categories.
See below:

 Downloading your blog BlogPad Pro

2. If you’re just going to be editing a few posts you can do this by going into Posts > Post Sync Options > Get Posts
See below:

Grabbing latest posts in BlogPad Pro

3. If you just want to grab the latest version of 1 particular post or page tap on the post and select ‘Update From Live’. 
See below: 

 Post options in BlogPad Pro

If you forget to do this, or if other people have access to edit your blog you can find that you have a conflict when you go to save your post with BlogPad Pro.

N.b. Also if you leave a Post open in edit mode in your computer’s browser whilst you are also working on that same post in BlogPad Pro, you WILL get conflicts. This is because the WordPress dashboard performs an auto-save every so often. When it does so, it alters the “Custom Fields”. So when BlogPad Pro is comparing it’s own copy of a Post with that from your blog’s server, it will see that the custom fields have changed on the version on your blog’s server, so will mark the Post as in conflict even if the content is identical. This seems to happen with self-hosted blogs only. Just make sure you close the edit screen in your browser before you start editing in another device.

Resolving conflicts

A conflicted post will either show up as a red ! icon when you update your posts. You can also see that there is a red notification badge on the ‘Posts’ menu option which shows you how many conflicted posts you have.

You can also use the ‘filter’ option to just show the conflicted posts or post which need to be synced.

Syncing and resolving conflicts in BlogPad Pro

To resolve this conflict tap on the post in the list and in ‘Post Options’ select ‘Resolve Conflict’.

Syncing and resolving conflicts in BlogPad Pro

You might sometimes see a message like this when you go to save your changes:

Warning message BlogPad Pro

If you get this message tap OK to resolve the conflict.

In both cases you will see a screen like this one which compares both saved versions of your post and highlights the areas which have been changed with a red border. You can see in the screengrab below that the content is different and is highlighted.

Conflict resolution screen

Just select whichever side is correct to resolve the conflict.

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Create a new page

How to create a new page on your WordPress.com or WordPress.org blog using BlogPad Pro for iPad

Step 1

 Tap the blue Pages icon, then in the pages menu tap the + button to create a new post.

Creating a new page in WordPress with BlogPad Pro for iPad 

Step 2

Enter your page title (you can always change this by editing your page settings afterwards).

You can also edit the following settings: allow comments, allow pingbacks, publish date, post status, visibility, post format and excerpt. The only information you need to add at this stage is the title.

You can change any of these settings at a later date by selecting ‘edit page settings’.

Creating a new page in WordPress with BlogPad Pro for iPad

Tip: leave the page status as draft until you are ready to publish your page.

Once you have added your title tap Save to create your page.

Step 3

Once the page has been created the new page opens on your screen ready for you to start writing.

Creating a new page in WordPress with BlogPad Pro for iPad

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How to log into your blog

Logging into your WordPress blog using BlogPad Pro is a quick and simple process.

If you’re having problems there are a couple of things you might want to check.

Is your blog WordPress.com hosted or SELF-hosted?

 When you add your blog to BlogPad Pro you will need to choose the correct option either:
  • Add a blog hosted by WordPress
  • Or add a self-hosted WordPress blog
WordPress login screen
If you’re not sure which your blog is, here are some differences which might help you to work it out:
 
Your blog is WordPress.com hosted if:
 
Your blog is a self-hosted WordPress blog if:
  • You go to http://YourBlogURL.com/wp-login.asp OR http://YourBlogURL.com/wp-admin/ to login 
  • You have plugins on your blog
Once you have selected the correct option it should be quite simple to log into your account.
 
IF YOU HAVE A SELF HOSTED BLOG and experience a problem logging in, make sure you are entering the right URL (below).
 
WordPress login screen 
 
You need to enter JUST your URL, e.g. http://YourBlog.com 
NOT the admin or login url which would be http://YourBlog.com/wp-admin/ or http://YourBlog.com/wp-login.php.
 
If have any questions please get in touch, we’re always happy to help!
 
BlogPad Pro is available from the App Store 

A big thank you for all the 5-star reviews!

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has left us such great reviews in the App Store! It makes a huge difference to whether we show up in search results, so we really appreciate it.
Our mission is to bring you the best blogging app for your iPad, so it’s great to hear so many of you love it.
If you’d like to share your love for BlogPad Pro you can leave an App Store review here, or if you have any questions or feedback please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you – we’ve seen how much you appreciate great customer service, so we’re always here to help!
Thanks to all of you who have given us such amazing feedback!

BlogPad Pro app reviews

Amazing! ★★★★★
by spindler – Version 1.2 – Feb 3, 2013
I have found this app to be simply amazing. Very well designed and very easy to use. The support team is also super quick to respond to any questions. I have nothing but positive things to say!
Best WordPress App on the market! ★★★★★
by hayesben40 – Version 1.2 – Feb 3, 2013

I have tried several WordPress apps and this is by far the best! The developer has went to a great details to ensure that the layout of his app is as user friendly as possible. I can easily sit back with my iPad and carryout many functions on my WordPress from the comfort of my iPad. If I could rate this higher than 5 stars I would! I would recommend anyone who has a WordPress site to buy this app! Another thing that is important. The developer is always looking at features that can be added to his app. He is very quick to respond to any questions / queries that I had. This is something that I look at before buying an app. Keep up the good work on this app guys!
Absolutely HANDS DOWN – the BEST WP blogging app ★★★★★
by k8chan – Version 1.2 – Jan 31, 2013
I have tried numerous apps – even the WP free blogging app (which is horrendous, IMHO, and unstable – posts don’t always update/post with THAT app – not this one!,etc.) This app has it all: -ability to work offline -link to multple WP blogs (including my wordpress.com AND a self-hosted WP blog) -easily supports and links with camera photos/uploading is a snap -SUPERIOR SUPPORT STAFF (I cannot say this enough – really!) Not only have I purchased this app for my personal iPad at home, but I am working to use it (if WP will figure out how to let 165 high school students log in/out frequently in the course of one school day) with my class set of iPads (35). Students (even my very non-tech savvy kids) are finding this app *very* easy to navigate and learn from. (Their biggest hurdle is really just blogging lingo like “headline photo” (or something like that). It’s so easy to scale imported images, etc as well. Today my students were able to create their first blog posts and some of them struggle with email – let alone typing on an iPad – it was great fun to have them take pictures of each other, edit/crop off heads (keeping it safe, ya know…lol) and start their writing projects about clothing/etc in Spanish (foreign language classroom). There is SO MUCH to love about this app. I cannot more highly recommend an app and am looking forward to using it to blog more frequently myself when I can catch a breath from my high-learning curved high-tech classroom. While the price point might make your finger hesitate before clicking purchase, trust me when I say this: This app is worth more than any other app. The interface, the ease of use, the offline capabilities (traveling? no problem…crappy wifi connectivity? no worries!), the SUPPORT staff and the seamless writing time. I don’t have to dink around with settings, I can just write. If you want to BLOG and you use WORDPRESS this is the App you are looking forward. You won’t regret it. Thank you for such great product. I’m looking forward to following your developments in the future.
The best ever ★★★★★
by a.a.d6 – Version 1.2 – Jan 17, 2013
I have tried all the blogging apps including the official WordPress app but each one has had some flaw that made it less productive and efficient. This app supersedes them all with features and has none of the flaws. I am so excited to have finally found the perfect blogging app for all my WordPress blogging needs. The latest update and big fixes make this worth a rating update to a five.

Wonderful ★★★★★
by sand625 – Version 1.2 – Jan 15, 2013
In fact its so good its the reason I decided to go with wordpress. Intuitive UI, lots of functions, by far the best blogging app I’ve used. If you have an ipad and a WP site – buy it.

Update even better ★★★★★
by JKingsburyPhoto – Version 1.2 – Jan 15, 2013
Since the latest update, this app has only improved! I’ve been putting it through its paces and haven’t had any issues. It works flawlessly and is the kick I needed to start blogging more.
Developer is Very Responsive ★★★★★
by Abou Nadim – Version 1.2 – Jan 15, 2013
I love the look and feel of this app and had a few suggestions for additional functionality and bug fixes. The developer was friendly, quick to respond and open to my ideas. It is great to find a developer willing to incorporate feedback from their customers! I love the latest update!
Best blogging app ever! ★★★★★
by I<3LDN – Version 1.1 – Dec 28, 2012
Really impressed with this app. Don’t even consider getting the WordPress app. All you need is BlogPad Pro, seriously! Really love it!
Superb ★★★★★
by Goislay – Version 1.1 – Dec 26, 2012
If you are an iPad user, don’t waste time with WordPress app – just get this – its brilliant – easy, helpful and it works – thank you ★★★★★
Fantastic app and support ★★★★★
by Rockz642 – Version 1.1 – Dec 24, 2012
When I first downloaded this app, it wouldn’t connect to my website (nothing to do with the app – faulty code on my site). I contacted support and I got a prompt reply, telling me that the error was on my site and giving me tips to find it. He even gave me the line of code which was breaking the site. After finding the code and deleting it, the app works amazingly. It connected quickly and downloaded all the files. The features are great and it really is worth buying. I haven’t found anything wrong with it at all. In conclusion, great app with amazing, friendly customer support. Just what everybody needs. I’ll definitely be using this from now on and recommend it to anyone.

View your WordPress blog Stats

How to view your WordPress.com blog stats from within BlogPad Pro for iPad.

If you are using a WordPress.com blog you can view your blog stats through BlogPad Pro.

Just tap on the green Statistics button in the left nav and you will see your stats page in the dashboard:

If you have multiple blogs under the same username you can use the drop down menu to switch between blogs.

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You can now also view stats for your Self-Hosted WordPress blog if you have the WordPress Jetpack plugin installed!

Don’t forget, you can download BlogPad Pro app for iPad from the App Store!

Problems with iPad spell check and auto-correct and how to fix them

Have you found that your iPad or iPhone has recently started auto-correcting perfectly normal words to really strange ones?

This can happen in any IOS app which uses Apple’s built-in auto-correction, auto-complete and spell-checking mechanisms. This includes BlogPad Pro, although we’re currently looking into other options to get around this issue. 

iPad spell check problem

But why does this happen?

IOS uses a unique dictionary which ‘learns’ new words depending on the words you use. If you reject an auto-corrected word twice, the dictionary assumes the new word is correct and adds it to the dictionary. 
 
This can result in strange phrases and misspelled words replacing proper words.
 
IOS auto correct problem

So what can I do to fix the problem?

One way of fixing this is by disabling these features. To do this go into your iPad or iPhone settings:
Settings > General > Keyboard

Once you’re in keyboard settings here are three options you can disable:

  • Auto-capitalization
  • Auto-correction
  • Check spelling
Another option is to reset your keyboard to factory settings.
 
To do this go to your iPad or iPhone settings:
Settings > General > Reset > Reset Keyboard Dictionary.
 
Please bear in mind that this sets your keyboard to default settings and will delete all custom words.

BlogPad Pro version 1.2 is now ready to download

BlogPad Pro version 1.2 is now available to download from the App Store, so go and update your copy now!

Version 1.2 packed with exciting new features as well as bug fixes and all you need to do to update your copy is to go to our page in the App Store and select ‘update’. It should also appear in your ‘update’ list in the App Store app.

New features include:

  • New image-handling features
    – Ability to automatically resize images added from device to preset constraints (which are editable)
    – Ability to automatically upload high-resolution version, as well as the resized version, of a new image added from the device
    – Ability to automatically add link to higher resolution version of image from the device
    – Ability to manually override any of the above when adding a new image from the device
  • Ability to set year, as well as month, date, hours and minutes, for when to publish a Post/Page
  • Ability to copy a Media Item’s URL to the clipboard (so that users can manually paste this)
  • Ability to resize the display font for the WYSIWYG editor
  • Ability to hide “AutoSave” notifications from being displayed – if “Show AutoSave Operation” setting switched off, this will stop the AutoSave alert from showing every so many seconds
  • Ability to hide Memory Warnings from being displayed – if “Show Memory Warnings” setting is switched off, this will stop the Memory Warnings from showing
Link to hi-res image in WordPress iPad app
 

New release: BlogPad Pro version 1.2 is packed with new features

We’ve just submitted version 1.2 of BlogPad Pro app to the App Store and we’re waiting for it to be approved. It’s packed with new features and improvements as well as some bug fixes.

New Features:

  • Image-handling features
    – Ability to automatically resize images added from device to preset constraints (which are editable)
    – Ability to automatically upload high-resolution version, as well as the resized version, of a new image added from the device
    – Ability to automatically add link to higher resolution version of image from the device
    – Ability to manually override any of the above when adding a new image from the device
  • Ability to set year, as well as month, date, hours and minutes, for when to publish a Post/Page
  • Ability to copy a Media Item’s URL to the clipboard (so that users can manually paste this)
  • Ability to resize the display font for the WYSIWYG editor
  • Ability to hide “AutoSave” notifications from being displayed – if “Show AutoSave Operation” setting switched off, this will stop the AutoSave alert from showing every so many seconds
  • Ability to hide Memory Warnings from being displayed – if “Show Memory Warnings” setting is switched off, this will stop the Memory Warnings from showing
Link to hi-res image in WordPress iPad app

You can now choose to upload and link to a high-res version of your image

WYSIWYG Editor Improvements and fixes:

  • Much improvement handling of HTML
  • “Next Page” icon added, to represent where a <!–nextpage–>markers appear in the WYSIWYG editor.
  • JavaScript icon added, to represent where JavaScript blocks appear in the WYSIWYG editor.
  • Formatting of JavaScript code blocks remains unchanged by the editor
  • Visually styled <pre> content when inside the WYSIWYG editor
  • Fixed issue with handling of <pre> tags in content
  • Ensured that <pre> tag is not the last element on the page, so that users can break out of the <pre> tag without having to go into HTML mode.
  • Added “Not yet supported!” alert box to all Media Types that are not yet editable via UI
  • When the device was rotated when in WYSIWYG mode, and with the Post Options drop down showing, the dropdown appears in the wrong place.
  • Disabled HSPACE and VSPACE for WordPress-hosted iframes, as WordPress do not support this
  • Added default image for YouTube search list icon (in case a thumbnail doesn’t get loaded!)
  • Show a movie icon for a movie using an iframe, rather than the iframe one
  • When previewing against Live, make better use of screen space by hiding unwanted elements
  • Ability to add links to a PDFs, Word Docs, Excel, Flash Movie
BlogPad Pro app for iPad and WordPress blogging

Improved date options for scheduling posts & pages

Other Improvements:

  • When app launched, if only 1 blog exists, that Blog is selected by default, showing the list of Posts for that Blog
  • Some graphics elements improved:
  • Some icons in higher resolutions, to improve clarity on retina displays
  • Flash icon added for Flash items in media library
  • Improved “remove” icon for tags
  • Re-arranged grouping of General Settings – create 3 sections: General App Settings, Blog-related Settings, Media-related Settings
  • Tweaked display of Server messages
  • Tweaked display of App Version messages
  • Improved handling of XMLRPC responses to handle situations when the returned XML was not valid XML (eg due to bugs with WordPress, or due to custom configuration of self-hosted blogs that could affect the XML output).
WordPress iPad app new features

You can now easily copy your image URL to clipboard by tapping the black & white copy icon, so that you can paste it into other applications or across separate blogs

Bugs resolved:

  • When “Restore Default Settings” was clicked in General Settings, this would hide any active Editing windows too by adding the “Getting Started” screen on top of the edit window.
  • If a Blog was deleted from the device whilst a Post from that blog was active in the editor, this would cause errors to appear after every autosave.
  • The app would sometimes crash after editing Post Settings
  • The app would sometimes crash after selecting an image from the Media Library
  • The app would sometimes crash when adding a self-hosted blog
  • When a Post that had been deleted from the WordPress Web Dashboard, and then the Post was updated from Live within the app, that Post would be removed from the device (correctly!), but then would still display a “Summary” of that post (it should not!).
  • When selecting a Featured Image in Post Settings, you were able to see other Media Types in the “From Media Library” section. This should only be images.
  • Fixed bug with version 3.4 or greater Blogs where an update to a Live Post/Page which had been deleted from Live wasn’t handle correctly. Now, the user is asked if they want to delete the Post/Page locally.
  • Fixed issue for iOS5 users where the app would crash if certain views (eg “Media Library -> Other”) were accessed
  • Fixed issue with WordPress-hosted blogs when scheduling a Post that is currently a draft and was initially created using the WordPress Web Dashboard. Before, this would publish the Post immediately.
New blog settings screen on BlogPad Pro

New settings added to hide autosave and memory notifications

We’ll be publishing more information on these new features and how they work over the next few days, and of course we’ll let you know as soon as the update is available!

BlogPad Pro app is half price for Christmas!

As a Christmas treat for all you lovely WordPress bloggers we’re reducing BlogPad Pro for iPad to HALF PRICE for the Christmas period.

From today until 28th December BlogPad Pro will be available for just $1.99 in the US and £1.49 in the UK app store.

Grab your copy from the App Store today and enjoy a whole new world of blogging on your iPad!

If you haven’t heard of BlogPad Pro yet it’s the most professional blogging app for running ALL your WordPress blogs from your iPad.  You can blog online, in airplane mode or when you don’t have an internet connection – just sync your changes when you’re done!

Features include: WYSIWYG editing, comment moderation, creating and editing posts and pages, WordPress.com blog stats, adding images & featured images, custom fields, sticky posts, draft posts and lots more…

You can see more information about blogging with BlogPad Pro here:

We’ll still be around over the Christmas break if you have any questions, we might just be eating mince pies at the same time!

Merry Christmas from the team here at BlogPad Pro!