How to fix an issue uploading photos after updating BlogPad Pro

If you have downloaded the latest version of BlogPad Pro you may find that you can no longer upload photos. We’re working to resolve this issue as soon as possible, but in the meantime this should fix the problem for you:

1) Go to “Manage Blogs” (ie tapping on the “B” button)

2) Tap on the right-facing blue arrow for the blog in question to display the “Blog Options” menu

3) From the “Blog Options” menu, tap on “Update Settings From Live”

Once this is done, tap on the “Edit Blog Settings” option from the “Blog Options” menu. At the bottom of the “Edit Local Blog Settings” page, you will find  “User Roles”. In order to have access to all the image options, you will need to belong to any of the following Roles:

*) Administrator

*) Editor

*) Author

If this doesn’t work for you please get in touch with us via BlogPad Pro by going to Help > Ask A Question.

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: Blogging in the Classroom

This week’s featured blogger is Kate Chan who, as a teacher, uses BlogPad Pro with her students to support her foreign language teaching.

Tell us about your blog

Actually, I have two blogs.  One – my personal blog – is called GlutenFreeGobsmacked.com.  I blog randomly with gluten free recipes after being diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2000.

The other blogs I write relate to my profession.  One is simply a website (powered by wordpress.org) to help my students.  TheMaxFacts.com (Named after our old dog, Max) has primarily been a place where I can post homework, supporting links, parent communication, etc for my classes.  I began the site a long time ago – but it’s most recent “blog” format is the easiest for me to update and maintain.  After all, I’m not a computer teacher/techie – but I love the ease of communicating with my students and their families this way.

I recently began (although it’s very random when I get a chance to post) a blog that I have been using to talk about my development and learning as a new classroom set of iPads instructor.  It’s really exciting – and sometimes exhausting! – and I found that sharing out has helped me connect with other educators who are doing interesting things in their classrooms as well.  (My blog is still complete in its infancy.  I don’t know where it will take me, but if you are curious, it can be found here:  profachan.wordpress.com)

blogging in schools

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

I truly sought out a blogging platform for the iPad for my students.  I’m a foreign language instructor, I wanted to find a way for my students to share out as they began their language development.  Once I became a recipient of a classroom set of iPads, I needed to find an app that would support multiple users, multiple wordpress.com blogs, offline use (as we can lose internet at the drop of a hat).

I am slowly converting myself to blogging via iPad.  I have to find a way to be more efficient with images/media as many are on my laptop.  However, that being said, I love the ability to upload images via BlogPad Pro and have the app help me resize, etc.  Super Slick. My goal is to be blogging at least 3 times each week from my iPad in class to save myself time rather than blogging from a laptop or desktop after school/at night.

My students blog at least once a week. (160 students x 1 a week = just in my classes alone!) It was so successful last semester (or first trial run) that I have brought two more colleagues into the loop.  One will begin this fall with blogs for her classes and the other will roll out blogging for more of her students.  Having students write and post things suddenly brought about more focus and drive.  Students weren’t just repeating random silly sentences to bury in the middle of the papers in hopes that my midnight grading stupors would miss it.  Their work really developed over the course of our online blogging.  I will be doing it again next year and have created some benchmarks to help students see their growth through blogging as well.

blogging in schools

How many blogs do you have?

I mentioned mine earlier.  My students have created about 160 wordpress blogs.  My colleague began with 70 of her students last Spring and will add an additional 100 this year to the fold.  I will have another 135 new students this year (overlap of about 30 from last year’s classes).  The third colleague will blog once a week with her group of 150 as well.

That’s a lot of blogging!

blogging in schools

Which features within BlogPad Pro do you use the most?

Being able to import images and instantly resize/etc is a HUGE luxury.  Students have sometimes not finished their blog posts before class is over but they always get their images uploaded.  The few who have not finished with the images are at a complete loss for how to manage that side of blogging from home.  It’s just so simple with BlogPad Pro.  I just can’t say this enough about this tool for us.

In addition, being able to blog while offline, update/sync to live, format posts, log in/out with various users/usernames are all critical pieces that had us choose BlogPad Pro.  As teachers who use/integrate technology we *know* there will be hurdles and we are not going to sacrifice our curriculum for the “bling” of a techie-shiny thing.  Not wasting time on that stuff while trying to get students to focus on the task at hand (our content exploration/study) was essential.  These tools (offline blogging, etc) allowed our students to worry about their content first.  Just as good bloggers should.

There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that without such amazing support and communication I would wonder if I’d lost my mind trying to blog with my students.  Blogging individually and facilitating 160 + students (and colleagues/their classes) with blogging is a totally different world than just my own little world of GlutenFreeGobsmacked.com   It’s exciting to see kids “go public” with their skills (no matter what level they are with their language development) and “share out”.  It’s meeting them where they are.  Dino and Mary allowed and supported that to happen with grace, humor and amazing selflessness.

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http://www.GlutenFreeGobsmacked.com

If you use BlogPad Pro and would be interested in being featured please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!

How to make your WordPress blog posts visible to Search Engines

Wondering why your WordPress blog isn’t getting any traffic? This is a really simple and effective way of boosting your blog traffic.

To get your blog posts indexed and showing up in search engines like Google go to your Web Dashboard: Settings > Reading and you will see your privacy settings. You can choose from:

  • Allow search engines to index this site.
  • Ask search engines not to index this site.
  • I would like my site to be private, visible only to users I choose

WordPress: How to make your blog posts visible to Search Engines

To get your posts indexed select ‘Allow search engines to index this site’ and get posting!

Remember it’s also really important to write original content and use tags wisely – tags are a great way of boosting traffic too!

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.

App Store download/update issue: Is BlogPad Pro crashing for you?

We’ve become aware of an issue with BlogPad Pro occasionally not installing correctly when it is downloaded from the App Store which can cause the app to crash or prevent the app from working in other ways.. 

We have been investigating this with Apple and Apple are aware that there is a problem with the download process for lots of apps (not just BlogPad Pro). Apple are currently looking into the problem with their installation process and hope to have it resolved soon.

If this affects you, the problem can usually be fixed by removing BlogPad Pro and re-installing it.

To do this go to your home screen and find the BlogPad Pro icon. Tap and hold the icon until it wiggles and an ‘x’ appears on each icon (see below).

Tap on the ‘x’ to remove BlogPad Pro and then go to the App Store to re-download it (you won’t have to pay again) just tap on the ‘Install’ button. This will re-install the app and everything should work for you!

If in doubt get in touch with us, and we’ll be happy to help!

 

New app features: How to take a photo within BlogPad Pro

BlogPad Pro version 1.3 is now available. It is packed with great new features, improvements and bug fixes. You can update your copy by going to our page in the App Store and selecting ‘update’.

One of the great new features is the ability to take a photo from within BlogPad Pro.

How to take a photo within BlogPad Pro

Open the post you would like to add your image to and tap where you want to insert the image. Then tap on the ‘media’ icon in the toolbar (the one that looks like a camera).
 
You’ll see there is a new camera icon on the top right (see below) of the Photos dropdown box.

taking a photo from within BlogPad Pro blogging app

Tap on the camera icon and you can take your photo (I’m taking a photo of my keyboard here)

Taking a photo from within blogging app

When you’re happy with the photo you’ve taken tap the blue ‘Use’ button (bottom right). If you would like to re-take the photo tap on the ‘Retake’ button (bottom left).

Taking a photo within BlogPad Pro

You can now insert your image in the usual way:

Insert an image from iPad

And your photo is now in your blog post.

Insert and image from your ipad

You can see a full list of new features and bug fixes for Version 1.3 of BlogPad Pro here or update your copy by going here and tapping ‘Update’

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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