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July 21st, 2008

WordPress is finally coming out with their iPhone blogging client app. TypePad has had theirs out since day one, and while it’s only been a week and a half, I’ve been impatiently awaiting WordPress’. Being able to snap a photo and blog on it immediately from the street will be a nice addition to this blog, so I’m looking forward to it. Don’t know how much I’ll use it, but I can imagine a lot that could be done… once I stop being too busy with work to do too much with it.

Certainly it’ll be nice when Sachi and I visit countryside spas and there’s no Internet connection where we stay. The iPhone’s built-in Safari was already good enough for basic blogging, but in a kludgy way. This new interface should be much nicer.

See WordPress’ video for the new app below.

The announcement today says that the app has been uploaded to the App Store, and only awaits Apple’s clearance for it to be available. I have heard that it will be free, but not from any official source.

On a side note, has anyone noticed there is only a relative trickle of new apps since the store opened ten days ago? Hopefully that’ll change to more of a flood soon… or myabe my expectations are just way too high.

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  1. July 21st, 2008 at 23:16 | #1

    That’s good news. I’ve been wanting something like that since I saw the TypePad app.

    Also, speaking of the iPhone and WordPress, there are a couple of themes for WordPress (WPtouch and iWPhone) that make Weblogs more maneuverable on an iPhone or iPod Touch. You might want to consider them.

  2. Marc
    July 22nd, 2008 at 19:21 | #2

    I didn’t have time to search through your blog (maybe you mentioned this already ;), but there’s also a plugin to make WP pages easily rendered for iPhone access…


  3. July 22nd, 2008 at 23:36 | #3

    Looking forward to lots of pictures of Ikebukuro!

    I think the apps are trickling in because Apple has to approve each one before it can go in to the store.

  4. Paul
    July 23rd, 2008 at 05:21 | #4

    Worth noting is that there’s been a WP iPhone plugin out for some time. It didn’t allow you to post photos, but regular blog posts were easy to do. HTML was a pain, like you detail about the WP app, but moblogging with the iPhone and WP has been possible for months already.

    Heck, I did it at some points in the past myself on my original version iPhone. One of those posts was from Scotland and cost a fortune since I had to pay per-byte for the connection!

  5. Luis
    July 24th, 2008 at 03:47 | #5

    Morgannels and Marc: Thanks for the advice, I’ve taken it, and you should now get the iPhone version when using your iPhone. I even went whole hog and created a special BlogD icon just for the iPhone Home Screen! Enjoy.

  6. Luis
    July 24th, 2008 at 04:03 | #6

    Dang! The custom icon broke the iPhone Theme. Lemme try to fix it…

    OK, fixed it, I think. Please tell me if it’s working for everyone. At first, the custom icon made the iPhone load a blank page, not even white, but the grey-and-white checkered pattern only–but when I scrolled down, it appeared and loaded correctly. Maybe just a temporary glitch as I changed icons between reloads.

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