Blogging on TypePad with Android? We need your input!

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In our quest to provide our bloggers with a consistently awesome experience, we've introduced a lot of great tools that have made blogging on TypePad easy and enjoyable. Recently, we partnered with the folks at Blogsy to make blogging with the iPad a snap, and we received some really great feedback about it. Now, we're looking for the best of the best in the Android market, and we need your help. Take a look at the following questions, and answer in the comments:

How do you use your Android device to blog on TypePad?

Whether you use a Kindle Fire, the Samsung Galaxy, or any Android device, we want to know how you use your device to blog on TypePad.

Don't use an app at all?

If you don't use an app, how do you use your Android device to blog on TypePad?

Are you an app enthusiast?

If so, which blogging apps have you tried? From awesome to awful, we want to know what you've been using, and how it worked for you, so give it to us - the good, the bad, and the ugly.

What are you looking for?

What would YOU like to see in an Android app for blogging in general? Are there features you can't live without or features you'd rather not see included? Lay it on us.

Your input will help us make blogging with an Android device a great experience for you, so the more you share, the better!

Thanks for helping us make TypePad awesome!

Melanie, Community Manager

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Sharonda Woodfin

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I use my Kindle Fire to blog in frustration on TypePad. A part of that is because of the Kindle, itself (small screen size, learning curve when moving from a real keyboard), but TypePad doesn't seem to be optimized for mobile, either. And using the rich text editor isn't possible. (Is the latter a flaw in Android, or TypePad specific?) At present, I blog via either Silk or Opera Mobile.

I've used the Wordpress app for a test run, and found it a bit more convenient than mobile blogging from the TypePad dashboard, but still greatly prefer TypePad, on the whole, and would love an app that would make using it from my Fire more palatable! (Especially if that app could come as close as possible to replicating the ease of blogging via TypePad on the desktop!)

Melanie, Community Manager

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Sharonda, thank you SO much, this is exactly the type of input we're looking for. We are working on making the mobile experience so much better and more robust than it is currently, including making specific apps available to our Android users.

I have a Kindle Fire myself, and would love to see an Android app that works for it, so this is helping us get that much further.

Thanks again! You rock.

Melanie

fpsbrady

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I use a Motorola Xoom as my mobile android device when I'm away from home. I have found it impossible to use for my typepad blog something hangs in the main text entry box after about 5 to 6 lines of text entry. Tapping the screen evokes a blue background for the whole box suggesting that it views it as a completed input screen. It then becomes impossible to adjust, add or change the material already added.
I can use email to add stories but I find I can't improve the appearance or correct mistakes because of the issue described above. I haven't found any app that helps.
I have found the 'wordpress' app very successful with a trial wordpress blog site and I would welcome an equivalent for my typepad blog. But any app would need to match the ease of the desktop dashboard with all the control that provides in layout appearance etc.
Sorry if this sounds like an implicit criticism many of my friends in the UK who are part of a network called 'Talkaboutlocal.com' have moved to wordpress but I like typepad and with a few more themes and the ability to use theme builder and convert to an advanced template tool would easily match and surpass wordpress.
So despite my concerns as expressed above I still intend to stick with you.

Brianna, Official Rep

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Thanks so much for your comments! What you've shared with us is extremely helpful and we'll definitely keep it in mind. An app will probably be solely for posting, and managing those posts/pages--not so much with controlling layout/design. That doesn't mean something like that couldn't come along much later in the future, but we're definitely thinking posting solutions for the near future.

Sarah Wray

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Hi how long is it likely to be before an Android Typepad app is available?

Jen, Typepad Support Engineer

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Hi Sarah! We don't have a time line for when an Android application for TypePad will be available. We're doing a lot of research right now to make sure we are developing the right tools to meet the needs of TypePad bloggers who use Android devices. As soon as we have more details, we'll let everyone know.

chloelicorice

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I don't use my Android tablet or my Android phone to post on my blog. I always use my laptop. I wish I could use my tablet to post, but doing so is inconvenient at best. I never tried using my tablet to post on my TypePad blog, but I did with Blogger. They have an app, and using it is a nightmare. The biggest problem with it is posting pictures, and formatting. I know that wasn't TypePad, but it was such a frustrating experience, that I have avoided using my tablet to post on my TypePad blog as well. I would love it if TypePad made an app for Android where formatting, downloading photos, and the placement of photos worked every time I used it. This was not the case with Blogger. TypePad does not have an app for Android yet, but if you make one, make one that works. It is better to use my laptop for blogging than to have an app that is supposed to work but doesn't. What happens then? I try to make it work when it can't, because it is supposed to work, but it doesn't. Do you really think you can make a TypePad app for Android that works for blogging? Google doesn't seem to have much luck with them, and they invented Android. Maybe your app developer knows what he/she is doing. I hope so!

Melanie, Community Manager

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Awesome, thank you so much for this - it's exactly the kind of helpful information we need in terms of knowing what our bloggers are looking for. We're currently developing the application so your input will be really useful!

Alex Sirota, Champion

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When one is on a mobile platform I would think the sort of posts and activity one would do would be limited. You're not going to redesign your templates on a mobile device (yet). I think it's important to implement really well the pieces of the system that most would use. If I had to guess I would think that would be

1. selecting a blog to post on
2. making a new page or post
3. making sure that the wysiwyg editor worked well, and if it didn't turn it off or reduce the functionality to stuff that works well
4. making sure that you can copy and paste text including adding images or videos easily
5. Supporting the scheduled feature as well as changing the name of the link
6. supporting the social media.
7. Checking stats

The rest of the configuration probably can be in future versions as they are demanded.

Melanie, Community Manager

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Hi Alex,

Thank you so much for helping out the TypePad team and your fellow TypePad users! We've made you a Get Satisfaction Champ, and you'll soon start to see that designation on your userpic here in the forum.

We appreciate you stepping up and making your community a better place, so please open a help ticket within your account and link to this post. We’ll then credit your account with some free TypePad time.

Cheers,
Melanie

Alex Sirota, Champion

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That's kind of you. You didn't have to, but I feel proud to be a TypePad supporter. Thank you ladies and gentlemen of TypePad.

Anne

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Glad to find this conversation! With an important project and tight deadline for work, and my laptop in the shop for repair, I thought I would have to spend time and money using a computer at FedEx office. I quickly found that my iPad was useless for creating a new Typepad blog, and couldn't try Blogsy due to the confidential nature of our project. I was amazed and thrilled to find that Android is the answer! I was able to set up a great blog with lots of formatted text using my Nexus 7 (Chrome Browser and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean). The one thing that did not work was adding images, or anything else that required accessing an image or document file. Just for fun, I tried my Nook Color, and the micro SD card made the difference! The Nook, of course uses a different browser and older version of Android OS. Adding images to template design and posts worked well. Although I could add text through emailing to the post, I could not format it. I love it when unexpected hardware and software solutions support an urgent Plan B! So, the answer is almost there. I hope that Typepad keeps working on this. I agree with Alex Sirota in the post above, and look forward to new capabilities!

Melanie, Community Manager

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This is such great information! Thanks for sharing what's worked for you! We're really excited about developing new features for Android.
I just happened to come upon this convo while google searching for an android app for typepad. I tried the mobile typepad since I wanted to post some photos to my blog that I'd taken on my phone (didn't happen to have my camera with me), but I couldn't figure out a way to get the image on the blog. Now I'm having to email the image to my acct then upload it using my laptop. It works but isn't ideal. A blog is just so plain without images, and I'm really hoping the android app in the works will allow you to post/edit images. I often don't have time to edit type, but I do need to be able to get the images up and just be able to describe it. I'm using a Samsung Galaxy SII with the new ICS update.

Tim Page

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Hi...
Answers to some of the questions on this important topic.
I've subscribed to typepad for 10 years and am at last getting serious about blogging.
Blogging on the move' including when offline on the train is my main ask.

When will you be launching app, please... Search on play store for typepad returns nothing.

Thanks
Tim Page

How do you use your Android device to blog on Typepad?
Via chrome browser when online.
Basic text edit when off line.

Are you an app enthusiast?
Yes an app enthusiast, on both iPad and Android - various phones and Nexus 7.

What are you looking for?
What would YOU like to see in an Android app for blogging in general?

Online:
a lean, efficient, responsive editor that works simply. (My experience of PC based editing on type pad is that formatting is rigid)
Easy to add links
Basic formatting, eg italics
Control of line and paragraph spacing; indentation
Image upload and formatting control
Sync Android app with typepad blog so previous posts available offline
Sync typepad blog with Android app to upload posts written offline

Offline
Indicate what blog an entry is for
Save on local device, since Cloud not there when offline
Formatting, as above
Save as Draft, to be uploaded to blog as draft
Easy interface to Evernote on Android device

Are there features you can't live without or features you'd rather not see included? Lay it on us.
Make navigating around windows simple when text is lengthy - Android doesn't make this easy..

Your input will help us make blogging with an Android device a great experience for you, so the more you share, the better!

Alex Sirota, Champion

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I have found a terrific pay for ($5) app for iOS called Blogsy. It supports TypePad and all major blogging platforms. I highly recommend it. It is not yet available for Android, though.

http://blogsyapp.com/

Melanie, Community Manager

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Hi Alex!

We actually worked with Blogsy to develop their Typepad options, and have spoken about it at length on our Twitter and the Everything Typepad blog. We're so glad you like it! We're big fans, too. :D

Thanks!
Melanie

Karin Livingston

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1) TypePad needs to mobile-ize its layouts. Make them simple, vertical, functional.

2) TypePad also needs to be bloggable from Droid smartphones. By way of features, just have somebody test the Wordpress (free) app on an existing Wordpress blog. The Wordpress features are fabulous, every editing tool you could want, plus easy to use and see, plus optional auto-post options to many social media accounts.

I personally do not use my Kindle Fire for blog-posting and editing. In brave moments, I'll Facebook short responses on the Kindle Fire, but its keyboard makes accuracy and therefore lengthy writing a challenge.

Brianna, Official Rep

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Hi Karin! Thanks for sharing your feedback about mobile optimization and blogging via a Droid device. We're always looking for ways to improve Typepad, and both of those items are on our radar for the future.

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