Wednesday, July 15, 2009

First Post From The N97

We've discovered that Blogger works well enough to post directly from the N97, and this is a very good thing. There are some quirks that bug me about using the editor, and we'll go over a few of them bellow.

All Caps In "Compose" Mode
I'm not sure if this is a bug related to the N97 web browser or a fault in Blogger, but typing in compose mode keeps text in all capital lettering at all times. There is a simple solution to this, but I wish it were fixed all together. HTML mode works just fine for entering normal text. Things get a bit messy when you want some differently formatted text or text links.

No Copy & Paste?
This is one thing about blogging from the N97 currently. There's no way to paste text copied from the notes or active notes applications. I have to say, that's pretty limited for a device that's supposed to be a"mobile computer" and has a QWERTY keypad. Hopefully there'll be a fix for this in upcoming firmware updates.

Can't Move Images Around
Uploading an image for a blog post is simple enough, but once it's on the page there's no moving it around. Images, It seems suffers the same fate as text. There's no way to cut and paste an image elsewhere in a post. Another failure point for the browser.

With all the drawbacks of using the N97 to post to a blog, it is still better than it used to be. We now have the autosave feature that works and is a huge time saver. There are more formating options, and much better device to create longer bodies of text. What would be great is if Blogger made a better mobile version, or the web browser on the N97 and other Nokia phones were updated with the inclusion of the features missing above. Until then, our mobile posts will be pretty basic.


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