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Posts from March 2008

New Themes: Courtesy of 6A's Team in Tokyo

Sakk2007 You may already know that TypePad's parent company, Six Apart, has offices in Paris, France, and Tokyo, Japan.  We love to share knowledge, ideas and resources amongst our international teams, so when our design team here in San Francisco got a glimpse of some of the great themes created by our team in Tokyo, they decided to bring a few over for you to use.

The themes we recently added include:  Green Hammock, Plane Table, Polar Bear, Simple White, The Man, and Twist.

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To give these new themes a test drive, log in and click on the Design tab and choose "new themes" from the dropdown menu.

We'd like to add more themes from our colleagues in Tokyo in the future, and we'll let you know here when we do.

東京のスタッフのみなさん、ありがとう!


TypePad on Your iPhone

TypePad for iPhone StatsThe response to our new TypePad Mobile interface for the iPhone and the iPod touch has been incredible. If you haven't seen it in action, please watch this video demo by Frank Gruber, the editor of Somewhat Frank. We're thrilled that so many TypePad users are enjoying the freedom of blogging from their mobile devices. And naturally, we're always working on ways to enhance the experience.

Today, the power of the iPhone-optimized interface for TypePad is pushed one step further with the introduction of statistics display. The same visit tracking and referrer data that have been baked into TypePad for years are now available on-the-go and live, just like on the desktop. Visit i.typepad.com to find a link to the new stats feature.

We're also excited to announce that developments for a native TypePad mobile application for the iPhone are underway and will comply with the guidelines set by the iPhone Software Developer's Kit. You can sign up to receive email updates about TypePad iPhone applications by visiting the TypePad Mobile page.

As always, we would love to hear from you about features you'd like to see added to any of our mobile services. Learn all about how you can use your mobile phone with your TypePad blog on the freshly updated TypePad Mobile page!


Blog Photos Directly From Your Digital Camera with Eye-Fi

How many great photos have you taken with your digital camera that you never got around to sharing? 
We'€™re guessing quite a few. Whether it's because you didn't have the time to upload photos to your computer and then post them to your blog, or you're dissatisfied with the quality of your camera phone, there's never been a way to quickly and easily send great photographs directly from your digital camera to your blog.

Until now.

Using the Eye-Fi Wireless Memory Card, now any digital camera can send photos directly to your TypePad blog.

Eyefi You don'€™t need a computer or a camera phone - just an Eye-Fi card, a Wi-Fi network and the digital camera you already own. That's right, you can wirelessly post photos from home, work, the airport, a coffee shop - anywhere that the Eye-Fi card can connect to a previously configured Wi-Fi network. Photos can even be transferred right as you're taking them! So, whatever you capture with your camera - whether it'€™s a husband and wife'€™s first kiss or an epic jump in the snowboard park - with the Eye-Fi card, you'€™ll always be the first to share your photos and memories with your blog readers.

How Does It Work?

The Eye-Fi Card is a wireless card with 2 GB of memory and the built-in technology to send photos directly to both your computer and your TypePad blog. The 2 GB of memory means you can store thousand of photos, while the built-in technology means you'€™ll never forget to post another photo again. Plus, the Eye-Fi card also works with other photo sharing and printing sites like Flickr and Photobucket.

The Eye-Fi card is easy to find at major online retailers, including Costco, Buy.com, Wolf Camera and RitzCamera. Read more about the Eye-Fi card in the TypePad Knowledge Base.


TypePad @ South By Southwest

Later this week, the South by Southwest Interactive, Film and Music Festival kicks off in Austin, Texas, for ten days of conference and festival activities.  Will you be there?  If so, please join us!

KICK! at SXSWi
On Saturday, March 8th, TypePad's parent company Six Apart hosts the unofficial kickoff event of the SXSW Interactive Festival: a rousing game of kickball!

Kickweb KICK! is a fun, free playground-style kickball game that is a great way for you to meet and mix with attendees of the Interactive festival and other bloggers who use Movable Type, TypePad and Vox.  Here's what you need to know:

  • When: Saturday, March 8th at 10:30am
  • Where: Palm Park, behind the Austin Convention Center
  • Who: Everyone's invited! It helps if you're a geek or a blogger
  • What: Kickball. A simple game, tons of fun, and nobody gets picked last
  • How: Just show up with some shoes you can run in, and we'll handle the rest

Six years ago, KICK! was started as a way to welcome the community of early bloggers that had just begun to adopt SXSWi as an informal annual homecoming. Join the tradition by coming out to play some ball or just drink some Progress coffee and eat some breakfast tacos.   

If you plan on joining us, please leave a comment to this post and be sure to RSVP on KICK!'s Upcoming page.


Announcing the Design Assistant

You've told us loud and clear you want even more, even better design options, and in recent weeks we've been concentrating on bringing you what you asked for by adding new themes and functionality to help you make your blog beautiful. 

We've passed a milestone in our design offering recently.  Here it is, short and sweet:

100 themes, over 1000 professional designs, and an infinite number of customization possibilties.

With last week's launch of five variations each for three all-new professionally-designed themes, TypePad became the first hosted blogging service to offer over 100 design options built right in. And as always, every single theme on TypePad works right out of the box with every widget, every TypeList, and every feature on TypePad.

But we're still adding features.  Today we're introducing the Design Assistant to TypePad.  The Design Assistant made its debut for Movable Type a few weeks ago, eliciting responses like "This is amazing!", "Very cool!", "Fantastic! This is something many didn't even dream of". This new Assistant comes with all the features and functionality that wowed the MT audience, but it's custom-tailored to work with the 100+ unique themes built into TypePad.

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The Design Assistant will walk you through the process of choosing from all of TypePad's themes and layouts - as well as custom CSS – in order to assist you in visualizing your blog’s look and feel.  Plus, for the very first time you can see all of TypePad's themes, at a glance, whether you're logged in as a member or not.  Just go to the Design Assistant and click on the Select A Theme tab.

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Once you've chosen a theme, you can preview what it would look like in each of the layouts that are currently available.  You can also test drive how some custom CSS will alter your design's look before the final step, which instructs you how to apply the look you just created to your blog.

Of course, we're not stopping here.  We have a few more design fixes and features up our sleeves, and we're working to add some specific features you've asked for, including an easy way to add horizontal navigation to your blog that works with TypePad pages, and additional templates to choose from.  Look for those in the coming months.

As we promised at the start of the year, 2008 is set to be TypePad's best year ever. Many of the best bloggers in the world make their home on TypePad, and with today's design milestone, we're proud to point out that many of the most beautiful blogs in the world are powered by TypePad, too. In the comments, let us know if you give the Design Assistant a spin, or link us to the customized design you're proud to have built with TypePad.