Session notes: iOS Beta Testing, featured images, iOS app, macOS app, editor AYS, white screens, reader lists, programmable web, compassion is not coddling, little big details

Hockey app on boarding – iOS

Apparently, TestFlight is for public betas and Hockeyapp is for private betas. I thought TestFlight replaced Hockeyapp entirely.

So, I’m trying to set up Hockeyapp on a new phone. I already have a log in. I logged in, installed the WP app, and get this when I launch it.

Digging around the internet, I see that I need to register my new phone with Hockeyapp. That must be done on desktop. There, I created a private link that I then opened on my iPhone.

Opening the link put a Hockeyapp link on my home screen. I launched the WP app again to the same failure. I deleted the app and reinstalled from Hockeyapp. Still the same failure on launch.

Turns out, since iOS 9, you must wander over to Settings > General > Profiles & Device Management to trust the developer.

Hockeyapp makes for gnarly beta testing flow. Our TestFlight build has since updated, which is a much better flow.

p2 content doesn’t load – Macnchrome

Happened again

Perhaps more likely to happen from an link.

Loading posts – iOS app

After installing the beta via hockeyapp, the posts list took about 15 seconds to load.

But the images didn’t load in.

Images showed after leaving and reentering the posts list.

Reflow and jumping after pasting a youtube link – Macnchrome

Pasting a youtube link results in a lot of reflow and vscroll jumping.

AYS immediately after publishing – Macnchrome

Update a post. Hit the editor’s back button. You are likely to get an AYS.

Post updated, hit the editor back button.

AYS even though I just saved.

Gif insertion – iOS app

ReBoard and Giphy Keys gifs don’t animate in the editor or posts list.

Featured image removal – Macnchrome

Featured images, both still and animated, remain in the posts list after removal.

Here’s a post.

Note that there is no featured image set. It was just removed.

The removed featured image is still present in the posts list.

Featured image upload – Macnchrome

Featured images take awhile to upload, sometimes stalling for several seconds. If you navigate away while the image is still uploading, there’s a chance of failure.

Site search zooms page – iOS web

Tap into site search.

View zooms.

CNAME records – Macnchrome

How do I get rid of this? This is a Pressable site connected via Jetpack.

Deleting the only post – Mac app, External Site

When you delete a post from the editor, a Don’t Restore/Restore dialog flashes on screen momentarily. When deleting the only post on a new external site from the mac app, the Restore dialog flashes briefly, the editor reloads, and then the restore dialog displays again and doesn’t go away.

After deleting this post, I expected to return to the posts list. Clicking Don’t Restore takes me there.

Autosave, restore, save changes AYS, and delete from editor flow are pretty rough across all interfaces, devices. Hard to trust.

Missing site titles when editing a reader list – Macnchrome

When editing a list in the reader, all subscribed sites are listed below the list being editing. Some of these sites have no titles. List the url in such a case?

Without preview and search, this site list isn’t very helpful when editing a reader list.

Blank tooltip after adding more button – Macnchrome

Seeing this empty bubble appear confused me. I assumed it was broken and almost stopped exploring.

Oh, it gets filled once you start selecting buttons.

hrules in Sharing Settings – wp-admin, Jetpack, Publicize

The two lines above Share This: seem extraneous and busy, especially with a thick full-width line at the start of the section and a thin full-width line at the end.

The thick line in between Enabled Services and Live Preview separates the two even though changes in Enabled Services are reflected in Live Preview. The hierarchy of this page is a confusing. Live Preview is affected by both Enabled Services above it and the settings below it, with hrules of differing width separating them. Available Services drags across an hrule into Enabled Services which can drag into a hide box.

Mac app whitescreen – macOS app

This session was idling on a Jetpack connected Pressable site. Upon returning to it after working on other stuff, it presented a white screen. The menubar remains responsive.

Restarting the app cleared the white screen for a few moments but then it white screened again. The interface paints and then crashes in ~5 seconds. During that time the interface is non-interactive. It’s busy preparing to white screen.

Here’s what shows before white screening.

Cut-and-paste blockquotes

When you cut-and-paste a block quote, an empty block quote is left behind.


Everything I publish starts in Ulysses. The flow is clean.

Compassion is not coddling

I recommend the book Design for Real Life all the time. It is part of the soul of flow patrol. Stress Cases and “Compassion is not coddling” are favorite parts of D4RL. Some compassionate design links:

D4RL and the pathways principle from The End of Average will make you reconsider what you call an edge case.

Design for Real Life is informed by neurodiversity, the social model of disability, and structural ideology.

Programmable Web

The REST API was approved for merge into WordPress 4.7. Cheers to the programmable web. I look forward to more workflow automation. Tools are arriving that make consuming web APIs much easier.

New Workflow Update with Web API Feature – Mobile Only Tools – Because Productivity matters, everywhere.

Workflow Update Brings Ability to Interact with Any Web API – MacStories

Why is this important? Tools wanting to become part of our cognitive net & working lives need workflow automation, public apis, feeds, & export. Adaptable, cooperative flow is more accessible & inclusive.

Scripting allows users to contribute very small snippets of code that use the virtual reality engine as a host; users contribute code without having to invent a world from scratch and without having to become familiar with outrageously large codebases to do so. Adding scripting interfaces is very much like what Rockstar’s designers did to allow user-generated models and skins. As a rule, scripting is meant to minimize the investment in the programming skills in general and knowledge of particular bodies of code in particular necessary to create change. Scripting interfaces allow users a safe place to play with the medium of virtual reality worlds, but at the same time creates the possibility of their accomplishing real work and powerful transformations of the system.

Garrelts, Nate (2006-10-05). The Meaning and Culture of Grand Theft Auto: Critical Essays (Kindle Locations 4192-4193). McFarland & Company. Kindle Edition.

Little Big Details

Little fixes and improvements like site selector keyboard nav are landing. These little big details help me cope, flow, and be productive. They have impact on my daily life.

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