Many months ago an online friend of mine (Swift) requested my help in enriching his website with more content. After some initial rejection, I eventually took up the offer & began writing some tutorials but my interest died fast due to 2 main reasons:
- As a poor soul serving my 2 years NS liability I do not want to burn my precious weekends writing content for the public.
- I’m just a procastinator who fails at life.
But—this little application gave me a little hope. With WordPress for iPhone, I could write some blog posts on my iPodTouch during my free time in bunk & with the application’s website announcing the application will be moving towards iPhone OS 3.0, I figured it will be a good time to review this application & hope future versions of it contains what I wished for. As an application built for a mobile device, it spots an uncluttered interface with a design aimed at people making short posts in my opinion. I will focus on mainly 2 functions of writing a blog post, entering text & adding pictures.
Writing a post
Entering the page to make a post, I noticed there isn’t a WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) editor. Depending on which sides you take, you may applaud or cry at this decision. Not including a WYSIWYG editor gives you more visual space to look at your content while keeping your post clean & neat (you know what I mean…fonts abusers). However having to type HTML codes to make items such as list or links is quite tiring too. So I suggest either the use of a logical markup language or a very minimal WYSIWYG editor that contains only features that relates to logical markup (lists, links) & which can be easily hided to reveal more screen space.
For the photos obbessed blogger, adding photos in your post couldn’t be easier by just snapping photos with your iPhone & adding them on the go. However for the iPodTouch user, getting photos to post would be quite a hassle. You would be better off posting with a computer (except for screenshots of an app from your iPodTouch). All images added are appended to the end of the post. This inflexibility is not something I like although I understand not many people write such a long post on a tiny mobile device.
At its current state (Version 1.3), the application is still in a very simple state with some bugs which make the experience a half enjoyable one. More can be done about freeing up more visual space to write content. I will be looking forward to new features future versions were to offer. I would also like to see some features added to help in the construction of simple long posts. Final Rating 2.7/5 (assumptions the bugs I encountered are fixed) with a prediction that a near future version could rise to a score of 3.4 in some months time.
This post is typed with my iPodTouch, sorry for the lack of screenshots for my first review :S.