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WordPress App Update for iOS Makes the iPad Pro an Even Better Tool for Bloggers

I’ve mentioned it before, but I do about 99% of my work on this site using my 12.9” iPad Pro, a Bluetooth keyboard, and the iOS WordPress app. I have been doing this since I resumed writing here back in February, and it’s been a really good experience so far. The WordPress app is a simple, WYSIWYG affair, but it had most of the major features of the web interface and got most of the job done before the most recent update that came out on Monday.

However, there were a few features lacking in previous versions of the app that kept me going back to the web interface to finish each article. The previous versions of WordPress did not have a “Read More” button or a selector to choose between font sizes. Every article here has a Read More break, with only the intro section of the text seen on the Home Page, and any article with section headings requires the font size selector. Now, these could both be added by switching over to “Code Mode” in the app, but I prefer to stick to the editor for everything that I can.

The web interface has always had these features, but it doesn’t work well at all as a writing tool for entire articles if you are using a Bluetooth keyboard. If you use the arrow keys to try and navigate within the text, the screen automatically scrolls down underneath the text editor box. That gets REALLY old when you are trying to write and need to move around the page, and its why I started using the app for all my text work. I have just been using the web interface to add the Read More break, font sizes if necessary, and embed videos when needed before posting.

However, after the most recent update that was released on Monday, the WordPress app for iOS now has all of the main features of the web interface, including the Read More and font size features that I’ve been waiting for.

I also found that the Quote function is now easier to use with the app, and Underline and Strikethrough are now included now, as well. Also, all of these features, which are technically still in Beta for now, are all available on the iPhone version of the app, as well. That makes getting ideas down and editing while on the go much easier.

I can remember a time several years ago when the iOS WordPress app was a buggy mess that was hardly worth the free download. Hats off to Automatic for taking the time to make this app what it can be. After this update, it finally feels like a complete tool for bloggers in combination with the iPad Pro and a keyboard. Now I can post entire articles with no need to work anywhere else but the app. It certainly makes foe a neater workflow.

Are there any other bloggers or writers out there who also use the WordPress app? If so, I would love to hear what you think about their iOS app. Let me know in the Comments, on Flipboard, on our Facebook page, or on Twitter @iPadInsightBlog.

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Cool Things: Touchtype Pro Keyboard Case


Considering that there are few keyboard cases out there right now for the new 10.5″ iPad Pro, this new crowdfunded keyboard case that I came across today looks all the more interesting. The Touchtype Pro doesn’t come with its own built-in keyboard, but rather works with Apple’s Bluetooth-enabled Magic Keyboard. However, while there have been other, more simple products that paired an Apple Bluetooth keyboard with a stand and/or case for an iPad, this one has some features that set it apart.

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Deals: Casestudi Folding Bluetooth Keyboard at 50% off

 

Casestudi Folding Bluetooth KeyboardToday’s featured deal is great for anyone who has an on-the-run lifestyle, and occasionally needs the convenience of a full keyboard to type on, without all the bulk of a standard computer keyboard. That’s where the Casestudi Folding Wireless Keyboard comes in handy.  Available in black or gold, it folds up for easy transport.  When needed, it can connect to your iOS, Android, or Microsoft device via Bluetooth. Today we’re offering you the opportunity purchase the Casestudi at a 50% discount. That’s an incredible deal that will run you only $29.99 – instead of its standard price of $60!  Here’s some info about the Casestudi and how you can take advantage of this deal while it lasts…

Easy to transport and a dream to use, this folding Bluetooth keyboard will revolutionize the way you use your tablet or phone on-the-go. Simply sync it to your device, and start typing away with a dexterity unachievable on your device’s touchscreen. And when you’re done typing, fold it up into a compact rectangle, and stow it away until the next time you need it.

  • Connect to your tablet, phone, or other Bluetooth device
  • Fold into a compact rectangle for easy transport
  • Easily compose longer pieces of writing on-the-go

To purchase in gold, see drop-down above!

To see more details, and to place an order, visit this iPad Insight Deals page.

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Logitech’s Refreshed Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad Air Gets Two Slick New Features

Logitech Ultrathin update

I wouldn’t have heard about this latest update to the Logitech Ultrathin Magnetic Clip-on Keyboard Cover for iPad Air if it weren’t for Tools and Toys. The premise is still the same: it’s an aluminum cover that matches the iPad, with a nearly full-sized Bluetooth keyboard on the interior. It’s not a case you’ll take around for protection, but rather a sleek all-in-one typing package for writers on the go.

The new hotness comes in the form of a new tilting iPad dock that enables flexible viewing angles, and a terribly clever hidden magnetic latch. Previous versions of the cover had the magnetic latch hang loose while not in use, as it does on the iPad’s Smart Cover, but this latest version feels like something pulled out of a Tesla Model S. The latch is there when you need it as a cover, but tucks back into the body of the keyboard while you type (check out the Logitech website for a preview).

That said, previous versions of the Ultrathin are now on sale as a result. They used to retail for $100, but they’re now on Amazon for about $70.

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