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1. Posted by Andrea R (Full Member, 7 posts) 2 Mar '12 13:38

I'm just back from Burma, where I didn't blog as I'd been led to believe internet/wifi access was too poor to bother. As it turned out, it really wasn't so bad, but the opportunity was lost. I looked on in envy as one of my travel buddies prepared regular posts for her blog offline, then uploaded as soon as the opportunity arose. Are there any plans to develop an app for Travellerspoint that will allow users to do this? (And please, say Android! :))

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator, 4361 posts) 2 Mar '12 13:58

You already can by writing your blog posts as email, and then sending them in whenever you have enough WiFi access to send an email. To enable this, go to your blog settings and set the "Allow posting blogentries per email" setting to yes. That'll give you a specially crafted secret email address which you can send the blog entries to. (If you remember a bit of minor syntax ([b][/b] and so on), you can also include formatting, and even put photos exactly where you want them to within the blog entry.)

That said, it might be a nice improvement for the blog entry writing form to add local storage, and allow saving unsent blog entries offline. (That's 'basic' web technology nowadays; absolutely no reason for a dedicated app for it; it'd work on everything, not just on a limited set of mobile devices running specific platforms.)

[ Edit: Edited on 02-Mar-2012, at 14:09 by Sander ]

3. Posted by Peter (Admin, 5415 posts) 3 Mar '12 15:37

Hi Andrea,

As Sander says, emailing in blog entries does provide that functionality in a roundabout way. That's the best bet for right now.

We are working on an app that should work in offline mode. Hopefully more on that soon - it's been in development for quite a while now.

Also, blogging on the Travellerspoint mobile site, although it doesn't fully work offline, *does* have support for LocalStorage. This means that as long as you can load up the blog entry form, you can start blogging and it will save it to your phone if your connection drops out.

The app will largely be the same as the mobile site, except for some key enhancements. If you're interested you can try it out here: http://m.travellerspoint.com

4. Posted by Andrea R (Full Member, 7 posts) 4 Mar '12 00:07

Sounds great, Peter! The easier the user experience, the better - especially when on the road.