WordPress Android Blog Client

Pretty spiffy, actually; taking it for a test drive tonight.

While it supports text formats, like bold, italic and underline, getting to those enhancements is a little kludgy. They work nicely though, even in edit mode. Drafts can be saved locally and uploaded in a review state (online, but not public). Once approved on WordPress, review posts are visible to all.

Categories are supported, as well as text to voice. Media and images, too .. but I don’t see a way to do formatting on the device. Links are also supported as well, requiring a bit of fine fingering.

What about quotes? yes.

Uploading as review to finish online.

As expected, the image just positioned itself .. in this case, the top of the post at the center. I removed it, but I do see the ability to send the post to the blog as a draft that includes an image as a good thing; gives the author the opportunity to capture the image on the device and position it in the post on a PC later on.

Saving as online draft in the WordPress web client (WordPress calls this ‘pending’). Opening in Windows Live Writer to complete.

I was able to open the online draft, but it was slightly tricky: click the ‘Open Recent Post’ button, and when the ‘Open’ dialog appears, click on the blog on which the draft is saved .. this gives you a list of any ‘pending’ posts you’ve saved. Note: when opening a ‘pending’ post, the content comes down to the device in HTML format .. may make positioning images a bit easier (fine fingering challenges apply).

I’ll do another test when I’m off-offline and send up some text-only posts.

All in all, a very nice tool. Available on the Android Market, and the version I am using is free.

About Michael Coates
I am a pragmatic evangelist. The products, services and solutions I write about fulfill real-world expectations and use cases. I stay up-to-date on real products I use and review, and share my thoughts here. I apply the same lens when designing an architecture, product or when writing papers. I am always looking for ways that technology can create or enhance a business opportunity .. not just technology for technology's sake. My CV says: Seasoned technology executive, leveraging years of experience with enterprise and integration architectural patterns, executed with healthy doses of business acumen and pragmatism. That's me. My web site says: Technology innovations provide a myriad of opportunities for businesses. That said, having the "latest and greatest" for its own sake isn't always a recipe for success. Business successes gained through exploiting innovation relies on analysis of how the new features will enhance your business followed by effective implementation. Goals vary far and wide: streamlining operations, improving customer experience, extending brand, and many more. In all cases, you must identify and collect the metrics you can apply to measure your success. Analysis must be holistic and balanced: business and operational needs must be considered when capitalizing on a new technology asset or opportunity.

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