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December 8, 2010

LiveJournal Challenges WordPress On iPad

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After reigning supreme as the only blog platform with an official iPad app, it looks like WordPress is finally being challenged upon Steve Jobs “magical” device.

LiveJournal has announced that it has relaunched their iPhone app as a universal app, which means LJ fans can finally blog on their iPads without having to super size the iOS application.

The new version of the LiveJournal iPhone/iPad app supports a full-screen display for the iPad. We’ve also made numerous improvements on the LiveJournal iPhone app.

Here are some of the key enhancements:

Adapted for the iPad (full screen interface)
Ability to view in horizontal mode
Adapted for the iPhone 4
Improved Filter Friends page
View links to other sites with the built-in browser
Spell-check and auto-correct for posts, comments, and messages
Text formatting improvements, including bold, italics, underline, and strikeout
Improved mapping of content
Improved performance and content rendering
Improved application stability with multiple bug fixes (LiveJournal Mobile)

Despite their late entrance upon both the iPhone and iPad, LiveJournal has done a phenomenal job in designing their iOS app to be not only extremely user friendly, but also to allow users to easily create lengthly content while on the go.

The only disadvantage the LiveJournal app has when compared against its WordPress rival is the the former lacks video uploading (a feature WordPress embraced in September).

While it’s good to see LiveJournal finally embracing the iPad, there is no word on whether they will embrace other platforms (like Android and Blackberry), which they will need to do if they want to challenge WordPress’s mobile domination in the future.

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November 22, 2010

Squarespace To Launch iPad App, Court Facebook Places?!

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Over the weekend, Anthony Casalena (the founder of  Squarespace) published a post upon the corporate blog announcing that the long awaited iPad app would make its debut over the next few weeks.

Unfortunately after publishing the post, someone in the company placed the article behind a “password wall,” although a Google Cache reveals some rather interesting details regarding Facebook Places (not to mention a few other social location networks).

Foursquare/Gowalla/Facebook Places Integration – We’re expanding our social widgets lineup with a brand new addition over the next 2 weeks. Geolocation widgets will take your feeds from Facebook Places, Foursquare, or Gowalla and display them in typical Squarespace fashion. Fully integrated, customizable, beautiful.

iPad App – You’ve been asking for it since before the iPad came out. Well, we’re happy to say we’re almost done with it. It’s gorgeous, and we think you’re going to love it. For you road warriors, we think this’ll really help in keeping your post frequency up. Look for this within the next 3 weeks as we deal with app store approval. (Official Squarespace Blog | Google Cache)

While the founder also revealed a few other upcoming features (Autosave, redesigning photo galleries, etc.) the inclusion of social location networks is interesting, especially regarding Facebook Places.

After previously rolling out price changes, Squarespace’s embrace of more social networks could help the company create a greater appeal to the masses (although truth be told I know very few bloggers who are comfortable posting their location to the public).

As far as mobile platforms go, there is still no word on whether Squarespace will embrace Android, Blackberry (or even the new Windows Phone 7), although hopefully the company will consider a platform beyond iOS in the not so distant future.

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November 18, 2010

Hootsuite Releases iPad App For Better Social Networking

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Hootsuite iPadHootSuite has finally taken their social media dashboard to the Apple iPad.

With HootSuite iPad users gain access to multiple Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare accounts monitoring, message scheduling for those times you want your messages to go out at a certain time, Twitter search capabilities, click statistics for your social networking messages and geo-location based services.

HootSuite users with existing accounts can sync their accounts to the iPad, allowing for seemless integration among various devices.

According to Mashable, the HuiteSuite application for iPad is free to download from Apple, however limitations on use are now imposed by the company’s newly minted freemium business model.

Here’s a closer look at the new HootSuite iPad Application: read more

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September 2, 2010

Will Twitter For iPad Kill Off Tweet Developers?

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After releasing an official iPhone app in May, the folks at Twitter HG have unveiled an iPad app that may strike fear in the hearts of third party tweet developers.

Twitter for iPad takes advantage of the iPad’s fluid touch interface, letting you move lots of information around smoothly and quickly – without needing to open and close windows or click buttons. [...]

When you tap a video link or open a web page with an embedded video, you can play that video inline. And, let’s be honest, video is great but sometimes it can take some time to load. The panes in Twitter for iPad let you look through your timeline while a video is loading, and then you can just swipe back to the video when it’s ready to play. You can also pinch on a video to watch it fullscreen. [sic] (Official Twitter Blog)

Although the official iPad is receiving glowing reviews from around the twittersphere (not to mention the blogosphere as well), Twitter’s iPad app will probably not cause a mass extinction of the “few” tweet iPad apps in the app store.

Third party developers will probably respond to Twitter’s official presence by integrating other social networks, a trend we have seen on the iPhone as well as other smartphones.

While Twitter’s official presence will place some iPad tweet apps on the endangered species list, as long as tweet developers are able to out-innovate Twitter, then they should be able to fend off their own demise.

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August 27, 2010

iPhone: BlogPress Makes WordPress Blogging Fun Again

The creator of BlogPress has just rolled out an update to their universal iPhone/iPad blogging app which now includes support for Squarespace and Tumblr.

However the greatest feature thus far is BlogPress’s inclusion of HTML support, which makes BlogPress the perfect tool for bloggers seeking to create content from their iDevices without firing up the laptop.

For those wondering whether they should consider purchasing BlogPress for $2.99 (especially in the age of free official apps) here is an in depth overview highlight key features (both old and new). read more

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July 28, 2010

Need To Make Your WordPress Blog iPad Friendly? There’s A Plugin For That!

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Despite the fact that millions of iPads have been sold to consumers, very few bloggers have tailored their sites to that niche group (aside from making their blogs HTML5 friendly).

While the iPad’s large screen may make an iPad friendly layout unnecessary for most users, blogging pros may want to exercise more control over the appearance of their site without going bankrupt hiring a theme developer.

Fortunately for WordPress fans, there is now a plugin by Jason Baptiste that makes your blog iPad friendly without having you touch a single line of code.

PadPressed is a WordPress plug-in built to deliver the best browsing experience for your readers on an iPad. When a reader visits your blog from their iPad it is automatically formatted to be tablet ready with swipe to advance gestures, accelerometer aware column formatting, touch navigation, and more. PadPressed makes your blog function like a native iPad app. (PadPressed)

Unlike many of the free mobile plugins bloggers use to make their sites viewable upon various smartphones, PadPressed is a premium app that will set back publishers $50 (a price some bloggers may balk at).

Despite the cost, PadPressed looks impressive overall, although it will be interesting to see if other mobile plugin developers follow the lead of PadPressed by releasing similar plugins.

(via TechCrunch)

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June 21, 2010

Squarespace Courts iPad, Ponders Android App

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After flirting with the idea of an iPad app, it looks as if the boys and girls at Squarespace have finally decided to develop an official app upon Steve Jobs “greatest creation.”

As far as Android goes however, the company is still giving the standard “we’re thinking about it” reply.

iPad App: This is a big one, and we get a lot of requests for it. The app is in development right now, but we don’t have a solid date for you. Once we have something more concrete, we’ll share.

Android App: Another big one. This one isn’t quite on the roadmap just yet, but we see a lot of support for it, so we’re kicking the idea around and determining how best to get our look and feel onto this platform as we have on the iPhone. (Official Squarespace Blog) read more

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June 14, 2010

Movabletype Offering An iPad For Themes?

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In order to help increase the availability of high quality themes, it looks like the boys and girls at Six Apart are launching a contest for template designers, with the lucky 2nd place winner receiving a 32 GB iPad (Wifi of course).

Guess what the winner receives?

We are welcome [sic] that you to join and win Movable Type Theme Contest 2010. Movable Type 5 allows you to create and share your innovative web design by a single theme file. There are thousands of beautiful websites build upon Movable Type 5 already, and now it’s time to spread and share your achievements ! [...]

The winners of the contest will be determined by the contest judges. Each winner will receive:

  • 1st place : Adobe Creative Suite 5 Web Premium
  • 2nd place : iPad Wi-Fi (16GB)

(Movabletype Community Blog) read more

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April 10, 2010

Twitter Buys Tweetie, Kills Off Third Party Apps (For iPhone And iPad)

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Right after giving their blessing upon the official Blackberry Twitter app (made by RIM), Twitter now has decided to buy Tweetie from AteBits, and releasing it to the masses for free.

Careful analysis of the Twitter user experience in the iTunes AppStore revealed massive room for improvement. People are looking for an app from Twitter, and they’re not finding one. So, they get confused and give up. It’s important that we optimize for user benefit and create an awesome experience.

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve entered into an agreement with Atebits (aka Loren Brichter) to acquire Tweetie, a leading iPhone Twitter client. Tweetie will be renamed Twitter for iPhone and made free (currently $2.99) in the iTunes AppStore in the coming weeks. Loren will become a key member of our mobile team that is already having huge impact with device makers and service providers around the world. Loren’s work won the 2009 Apple Design Award and we will eventually launch Twitter for iPad with his help. (Official Twitter Blog)

Although this is great news for AteBits (whose founder is ecstatic right now), this is horrible news for numerous third party developers (like Echofon, Twittelator, SimplyTweet, and TweetDeck) who may have to join the ranks of the gloriously unemployed in the semi-near future. read more

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April 6, 2010

Rumor: Squarespace To Develop An iPad App (Still No Word About Android)

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After launching an elegant iPhone app last year, it looks like the boys and girls at Squarespace are considering creating an iPad app after receiving their brand new iPads a few days ago.

(Squarespace Community) We’ve been asked whether we’re going to be developing an iPad app. I can’t answer that definitively, but I can tell you that we’re extremely impressed with the device and have fallen in love with it here. I wouldn’t be surprised if an iPad app made its way into our roadmap, but like I said I can’t say anything for sure…

Squarespace’s iPad launch would trail that of its rival WordPress, who launched an iPad app at least a day before Apple’s tablet hit the public market. read more

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