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Taking Flight: A New Way to Edit Images in TypePad

We're happy to announce a significant new feature based on your feedback and built with a great new partner. Over the past several months, we have been developing, testing and tweaking a new image editing tool with our friends at Aviary. Today we're happy to announce it's ready for public beta. Read on to learn more about this great new addition to Typepad and to find out how you can get immediate access to it.

We've partnered with Aviary to integrate their image editing tools directly in TypePad. After you insert an image into your post, you can double-click on the image to open the Aviary editing tools. You'll be able to crop, rotate, add text, and make a dozen other edits to your images directly from within TypePad.

You can add text directly to your images as shown above. The added text can easily be resized and rotated to fit your image as well.

One of the most requested features is the ability to easily add captions to photos. With the new editor, you can now add captions!

You can also rotate images directly within TypePad. If you frequently use both horizontal and vertical oriented images, you'll find it so much easier to rotate your images to the correct orientation from within TypePad.

Aviary offers fun tools to apply filters to your photos and decorate photos of your pets with hats and mustaches using the stickers tool.

Check out the Knowledge Base article on the new image editing tools to see all the available editing options.

Additionally, the update to TypePad has introduced new changes to the editor that will make it compliant with Internet Explorer 9. When you are using TypePad beta, you won't need to use compatibility mode to make the Rich Text editor work in this browser any longer.

What does beta mean? The new edit image tools are still in beta because we are still developing the feature. With the features in beta, you may run in to some quirks or errors when inserting and editing images. The best way to test a new feature is to allow TypePad bloggers to use it and let us know if you encounter any problems. While we have being trying to break the new features ourselves, in order to resolve any bugs, for the past several months, TypePad bloggers utilize our blogging tools in ways we can't even imagine. Your feedback is what is going to help us to optimize the image editing tools for you.

To try out the new insert image and edit image tools, you can join the TypePad beta team. Go to Account > Summary, check the box next to Join the TypePad Beta Team, and click Save Changes.

You can opt out of TypePad beta any time. Any images added to your post using the new image editing tools will remain the same if you do decide to opt of beta.

Comments

jeff reine

Great work, team... We're looking forward to everyone's feedback on the new Image Editor.

Erik HOMEMADE

Go Typepad!! This should make things easier and more fun!! Thanks for all of the hard work!

Michael Leo

Thanks, Erik! Give it a shot and let us know what you think. You can reply here or let us know in our Get Satisfaction forum: http://getsatisfaction.com/saymedia

Jennifer

Yay captions! It's my favourite already.

Sean Brady

That's a fantastic step forward, well done. Works well on my PC now to try the Motorola xoom.

Eric Alvarez

Great news! : )

Alex Sirota

This is a terrific move. I tried out the new image editor quickly and have a few pieces of feedback.

When you edit the picture it asks to downsize it to 1024 pixels which does change the image quality. What's interesting is that when you do an "update" image after your changes, the original picture is updated.

When you go back to your blog post, the blog post has not been published, BUT the pictures you edited have been altered and cannot be undone. So if you click cancel and change your mind, your pictures have been already changed.

This usability behaviour is nonstandard. There must be some integration between the image editor and the blog editor. The state of the blog post MUST remain unchanged (pictures and all) if you click "cancel" and don't make changes. The updates to blog content must ONLY be made when you save as draft or publish. Right now that is not the case and could cause confusion.

Michael Leo

Thanks for the feedback, Alex. In response...

Re: Image size
Since this editing is happening in your browser, we need to limit the image size. We've already spoken with the team at Aviary about this and have some ideas about how to expand the editing capabilities to higher resolution images.

Re: Cancel
There are two cancel scenarios and each (I believe) are working - please let us know if this is not the case...

1. Add an image to your post. Open the editor. Make changes in the editor. Click "Cancel" within the editor window (i.e. Do not update image). The result that I'm seeing is that your original image is still in the editor, untouched.

2. Create a post. Add an image to your post. Publish. Open the Image editor. Make changes in the editor. Click Update image. The updated image should be seen in the editor. Now you choose not to save the changes to your post (including the image changes). You are effectively saying, "please cancel this edit." That's achieved simply by navigating away from the blog post. For instance, by clicking on the Dashboard link. The result that I'm seeing is that your original image in the published post is untouched. The only time your updated image will be published is when you Publish your post or when you save a Draft of your post. In the case of the Draft, your readers will not see the updated image until you Publish.

If you're not seeing the behavior mentioned above, please let us know and we'll have someone work with you to get a little more information so we can resolve the issue quickly.

Alex Sirota

Michael,

What I saw was that the image resize to 1024 was saved in the post even though I cancelled the post edit. Now that I am playing around with an image that DIDN'T resize to 1024 I can see that Aviary changes are not permanent as you state in #2. I can preview it but I can navigate away without the changes being made. It would be nice to have a proper Cancel button in the text editor because navigating away is not a natural behaviour.

Thanks for the clarification. You may want to check to see what is happening to the underlying image when Aviary changes to 1024 - the quality of the image is affected and seems permanent.

Eric Alvarez

A nice feature would be to be able to insert a link into the captions (as to link to a source).

Anastasia

Wow! This feature sounds so exciting and I'll certainly try it! Thank you, TypePad!

Bri

Hi Eric! Thanks for the feedback. We probably won't offer a link option for the caption in the Image Editor itself. That's because it's quite easy to update the image with your caption, highlight the caption text in the editor, then use the Insert Link icon in the toolbar. How does that work for you?

Anastasia

I've just tried the Aviary editing tools and I'm really very excited about them. I could easily add multiple photos with captions, description and border. However, the text I typed on my compose page below each image does not appear!

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Agnes

Awesome!

Michael Kissinger

Pretty Cool!

Geo

Awesome! And it only took almost three years of complaining about the old editor!

Eric Alvarez

Indeed, its quite easy! Thanks : )

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Cindy Liebel

so cool!!!

Cookie!

Love it! Thank you!

Barbara Hagerty

This sounds great. I plan to try it.

Speaking of uploading photos, are you planning to add a photo upload option to the Typepad app for iPhone? I currently don't use my app because there isn't a way to upload pics.

Suze Weinberg

When will we be able to add pictures to our Typepad blog using the ipad 2 ??

Cookie

Cool. I will definitely use it for my blog.

Cookie

I can do it on my tablet. Weird...

Suze Weinberg

OK Cookie...tell me how you are doing this on an Ipad 2 ? There is no menu for pictures as there is online.

Ole Eichhorn

Excellent. I've always use TypePad and Photoshop side by side, now I won't have to ...

Mr. Jesse Walker

Could we also have a batch uploader for images in posts? That would be rad.

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