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.

How to add a link into your post or page

How to add a link into your blog post or page from within BlogPad Pro

To add a link into your blog post, first write your text:

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Tap to select the text you would like to add the link to:

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Once the text is selected tap on the hyperlink icon in the toolbar. This launches the ‘Create web link’ window:

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You can add a link to an external website in the Link URL field or link to a post or page on your site in the ‘Link to Existing Content’ field. Just search for the post you want to link to and select it.

If you want the link to open in a new browser window or tab switch ‘Open in a new Window/Tab’ to ON.

N.b. If the post you want to link to is greyed-out it means you have only downloaded the title rather than the whole post and you will not be able to select it. You will need to fully download the post to be able to link to it. Also, if the post you are searching for doesn’t show up in the list you might need to download more posts from your blog.

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Once you’ve filled in the details tap ‘Create Link’ and the link is now in your post!

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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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Syncing your WordPress posts and resolving conflicts

How to sync your posts and pages in BlogPad Pro once you have been working offline.

If you have been working offline or without an internet connection with BlogPad Pro you will need to sync your posts and pages once you get back online again so that all your hard work gets uploaded.

Similarly, if you have been working via the WordPress Dashboard, you need to update BlogPad Pro with those changes. You can read more about this here.

When you are working offline and you save a post or page, it saves the post locally to your iPad and you will see a message like this one:

Syncing and resolving conflicts in BlogPad Pro

This tells you that your post or page has been saved on your iPad. Your post will now be marked with a yellow ‘Sync Required’ button in the list of posts (see below).

You will also notice a yellow notification badge next to the ‘Posts’ option in the menu with a number 1 in it, this tells you how many posts you have edited on the device but need syncing.

Syncing and resolving conflicts in BlogPad Pro

When you are back online and ready to upload your changes, tap on the ‘Sync’ button and from the ‘Post Sync Options’ menu select ‘Upload Posts to Live’ .

Syncing and resolving conflicts in BlogPad Pro

Conflicts and how to resolve them

If the post you are uploading has been edited in the web browser or on a different device since you went offline this will create a conflict, as shown by the red ! icon (below). 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.

Syncing and resolving conflicts in BlogPad Pro

This symbol indicates that both the local copy and the online copy of that post have BOTH been edited. To resolve this tap on the post in the list and in ‘Post Options’ select ‘Resolve Conflict’.

Syncing and resolving conflicts in BlogPad Pro

This launches a screen which shows you both versions of the 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.

Syncing and resolving conflicts in BlogPad Pro

Select whichever version is correct and your post will be updated.

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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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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!

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!