A Brand New Editor for the WordPress Mobile Apps

Now that so many people carry round tiny pocket-size computer systems, increasingly of our Web time occurs on telephones and tablets — not simply shopping, however creating. You’ve been asking for a greater publishing expertise within the WordPress app to make cellular publishing smoother. Immediately we’re introducing a brand new editor for iOS and Android, codenamed “Aztec.” It’s speedy and dependable, works with posts and pages, and is prepared for beta testing!

What’s New?

At first look, the Aztec editor may appear to be the previous editor — which suggests you already know the right way to use it, with no studying curve.

What’s totally different, precisely? Rather a lot:

  • The general consumer expertise is smoother and snappier, with improved scrolling and quicker picture insertion.
  • Spellcheck now works reliably.
  • The addition of Undo and Redo instruments means you’ll be able to simply repair errors or transfer between totally different variations of your textual content when writing (and re-writing!).
  • Dictation! Now, you’ll be able to draft your ideas with out typing.
  • Full assist for accessibility applied sciences like iOS’ VoiceOver and Android’s TalkBack.

It’s not simply higher for folks on telephones: Pill customers will really feel extra at residence, too. We designed Aztec with exterior keyboards in thoughts, making it really feel nearly like a phrase processor.

within the full listing of options and enhancements? Here you go.

Facet-by-Facet Snappiness

We ran a replica and paste take a look at on iOS with 500 paragraphs of textual content on an iPhone 6s. The pasted textual content seems instantaneously within the beta Aztec editor, whereas the present editor takes two minutes to render it:

Subsequent, we edited an image-heavy publish utilizing WordPress for Android to see the scrolling velocity enchancment — there’s no contest. The present editor is on the left, the beta Aztec editor on the fitting:

Can I Attempt It?

Please do! The Aztec editor is a beta model, which suggests we’re keen in your suggestions so we will enhance any weak spots earlier than the official launch. While you set up the newest WordPress replace (eight.zero for iOS, 7.eight for Android), you’ll see a pop-up window inviting you to strive it out the primary time you head to your website — faucet “Attempt It” to activate the brand new editor. For those who missed the popup, faucet on Me after which App Settings to change to the beta editor.

“Beta” means “not 100% prepared for everybody;” there are a some issues we’re nonetheless engaged on, and others we actually need your opinions on. You’ll be able to see what parts we’re targeted on by tapping Me, then App Settings, and tapping the information circle button subsequent to “Editor beta launch notes & bug reporting.”

What’s Below the Hood?

The present editor makes use of a expertise referred to as a “internet view” which received us 70% of the best way to an awesome editor — however the final 30% of the expertise was lower than perfect. Aztec brings us nearer to the 100% mark. It’s designed utilizing applied sciences offered by Apple and Google, so it looks like a part of the working system: seamless.

(For extra nitty-gritty: the iOS app makes use of TextKit and NSAttributedStrings, whereas the Android app makes use of android.textual content.Spannable. For those who’re a developer — or are simply curious — and need to know in regards to the work going into Aztec, we’ve written about it on Make WordPress Mobile.)

The entire code is open-sourced and you should utilize it in your personal utility. Contributors are very welcome, and we stay up for any suggestions on the challenge through GitHub or on Make WordPress Slack.

Suggestions, Please!

You can provide us suggestions in regards to the new enhancing expertise within the editor window itself, so you’ll be able to share your ideas as they arrive to you. Faucet on the Beta button within the publish title space after which faucet the Bug button within the navigation bar.

We’re standing by in your ideas!

Filed underneath: Mobile, Posting, WordPress

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