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Landscape Mode in the iPhone WordPress App

This article appears to clearly indicate that Automattic, the development team behind the iPhone WordPress App, will be implementing a landscape mode in the next version, meaning that you will be able to use the wider keyboard that is currently only available in Safari and Zenbe Lists. This feature is currently listed in their roadmap under Milestone 1.2, which I assumed coincides with the version numbers of the app itself. The next version is 1.1, which contains a couple of bug fixes. 1.2 is where the real excitement is going to happen.

This is awesome news, because the landscape keyboard allows for much faster typing on the iPhone or iPod touch, and in my opinion, finally makes long-form writing practical on a pocket device. Many bloggers have probably already used Safari’s wider keyboard and the online WordPress admin interface, or the interface for whatever platform they use. But the beauty of this application is that it allows writing offline and local storage, and you can publish whenever you have a connection available. This is revolutionary for iPod Touch users like me, who don’t have the availability of a data connection all the time. I also feel better that my writing is being saved on my device locally, so that the security of my data isn’t dependent on the integrity of my internet connection.

Even writers who aren’t bloggers, or who don’t use WordPress as their blog, could feasibly sign up for a free WordPress account, and use that account as an online repository for their writing, where they can later publish their articles to any platform they want. Maybe not the ideal solution for non-Wordpress users, but until a dedicated writing application is created for the iPhone, with a landscape keyboard, that simply saves locally and syncs to your desktop, this is undoubtedly the best solution available.

The current alternative, as mentioned earlier and in another article, is Zenbe Lists, which has a landscape mode, saves locally, and syncs to an online system. However, their recent update completely cuts off the line you’re typing on with the top of the keyboard, making it completely unusable in this mode, so it’s really not an alternative anymore (though it does work well in portrait mode, with the smaller keyboard).

Discussion

2 comments for “Landscape Mode in the iPhone WordPress App”

  1. you forgot TextGuru with landscape keyboard :P

    Posted by dstan | October 9, 2008, 1:13 pm
  2. LOL, dstan buddy, TextGuru is the best of them all, OF COURSE! I’ve just been under a lot of pressure lately and haven’t had time to blog about it since I discovered it. Soon, my friend.

    Posted by Joey | October 10, 2008, 1:10 pm

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