Why Textpattern Should Choose Android Over iPhone


Despite the fact that every other major blogging platform boasts a presence upon the iPhone, the core developers of Textpattern have yet to show interest in the device, let alone provide the necessary code for third party developers to build one for Textpattern fans.

While having an official iPhone app would help Textpattern compete against rivals (like WordPress, ExpressionEngine and Joomla), it probably would be wiser for the community to combine their efforts and create an Android app instead.

Although skipping the iPhone entirely would be foolish (as Apple still has millions of loyal fans of the device), creating an Android app first could help convince the core developers that mobile blogging is not only needed, but relevant for the Textpattern community. [Read more…]

Textpattern Announces 4.3 RC, Still Silent On The iPhone Front


Textpattern (considered by some to be WordPress’s true rival) is launching their release candidate (aka RC) in order to purge the CMS of any bugs before the official launch.

The first release candidate of Textpattern CMS 4.3.0 is ready for boarding. Please make your way to the departure lounge and download a copy. Report any unexpected baggage on the Issue tracker or forum to help us build a high-quality final release. (Official Textpattern Blog) [Read more…]

Is A Textpattern iPhone App In The Works?

After being envious of their WordPress friends, it looks like we might be witnessing the making of a Textpattern iPhone app in the (hopefully) near future.

I’ve got to commission an iOS developer in late 2010, early 2011 to make an app for a client’s website. Since they will be tapping into the site’s txp database anyway I wonder if I could get them to also adapt the current WordPress app for use on TXP as an extra project – depends on how much work was actually needed to do that. Also, as mentioned, the image uploading would have to be enabled by the txp devs or it is probably not worth doing. (Phil Wareham)

The biggest hurdle to the creation of a Textpattern app seems to be the lack of a way to seamlessly upload media files (images, video, etc.) to a Textpattern blog via XML-RPC (at least according to many geeks in the Textpattern community). [Read more…]

Jealous Of WordPress, Textpattern Community Plots iPhone App


After watching Automattic dominate the mobile verse with WordPress for iPhone, the Textpattern community for the past few years has been debating about how an iPhone app can be created for their users.

The demand for an iPhone app is so great that a few of their users are thinking about converting to the “dark side” in order to be able to blog upon their beloved iDevice.

That’s the bit that’s really pulling me towards using WP for an uncoming project – the ability to add images quickly and easily using a iPhone or Android app (a client specific request).

I don’t want to move away from TXP, but this worries me (slightly) that with new technologies and platforms coming forward will TXP stand at this current point, or will it be able to roll forward. Maybe with the next ‘big’ release it’ll quash those fears. (via Babyben) [Read more…]