Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Posting Gadget for iGoogle

Today we’re launching a draft version of the Blogger Posting Gadget for iGoogle. With this gadget, you can write, save, and publish posts to any of your Blogger blogs directly from iGoogle.

Interested? Try it now: 

Make sure you’re signed in with the same Google account you use on Blogger in order to start posting.

Currently, the gadget supports the following:

  • Editing the HTML of title, body and labels

  • A drop-down menu to select from multiple blogs (if you have them)

  • The ability to publish a post immediately, or save it back to Blogger as a draft post
Tip: If you start writing a post in HTML and decide that you want image uploading or other rich text features, just click “Save Draft.” The gadget will save the post, then give you a link to directly edit the post in Blogger.

Some compatibility notes:

  • The Blogger posting gadget will only work in iGoogle, not in other gadget containers, because it requires authenticating with your cookie. We hope to remove this restriction in the future.

  • Since this gadget uses the JavaScript Google Data API for Blogger, it does not work in Apple’s Safari browser. We hope to fix this in the future as well.

  • We’re also hearing reports that the gadget is not working correctly in Internet Explorer. We’re looking into this. Now works in Internet Explorer; you may need to remove and re-add the gadget to pick up the fix.
While there’s still a bit we’d like to do with the gadget, we want to announce it first on Blogger in Draft to get your feedback. Some of the improvements we’re considering are:

  • Availability in all of Blogger’s supported languages

  • Auto-completion for labels

  • Autosaving of posts

  • Rich text editing
What’s on your list? Let us know in the comments.

Update, 3:15PM: Added compatibility note about Internet Explorer.

Update, 6/10: Fixed to work in Internet Explorer.

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