Here at Tumblr we have an extensive iOS roadmap but still want to hear your ideas and requests. What do you want to see us add?
Obviously, better content discovery!
Overall, I love the Tumblr iOS app. I've been Tumbling for a few years now (under sugarmeows), and I've used your various apps for a while, too. Basically, I heart Tumblr and the app is a huge help.
The queue is messy. My queue often has items scheduled for specific dates and times, mixed with items that are simply "queued". I can see items in the correct order that they will be posted on the actual Tumblr site and even on the mobile site. But not in the app.
There's no way to schedule a post to appear at a specific time & date.
Setting & changing the source link and the "click-through" link is useful functionality.
The app doesn't show any post times, whether it's the time that a post will be posted, or the time that it was posted. (The former is more useful to know than the latter)
I have multiple Tumblrs linked under the same account. When I view one account's queue, then switch to another account, and go to the queue, the first account's queue is shown briefly before the correct one is loaded. I'd prefer to see nothing than the incorrect queue. This is the same for Drafts
I'd like to set which tab in the app I see when I open up the app. It always goes to the Dashboard first, but I prefer to use the app to manage my accounts rather than browse the Dashboard. I'd like the Account tab to open by default.
As a higher ed social media manager, I would love to separate out notifications per Tumblr from the main sidebar as well as a more prevalent "Find Blogs" or "Spotlight" section in the sidebar. Also, an easier way to share links from various apps, browsers, etc. similar to the bookmarklet on desktop.
Loving the iPad experience now though!
There are two changes that I would like to see in the ios tumblr apps that would enhance usability for me:
1 - the current pop up where one can enter the text for a post is very small and a very small fraction of the screen size. this causes unneccesary scrolling for longer form posts. would be a great enhancement to make that larger - i am referring to the ipad app here
2 - when going into the edit mode for an already published post (to add something or make a few corrections) the default is to have the <p> and other html tags present. i am sorry, but when i am on mobile i don't want all the html clutter as my default. much to cumbersome to edit a post that way - too many clicks to even write <p> with an apple keyboard.
@Alex: Definitely planning to be smarter about creating link posts when the user has a URL copied.
@Andrew: Queue management is certainly lacking at the moment. Would love to address this at some point.
@Jeff: Agree completely than HTML editing is a problem, especially on mobile, especially for users who aren't comfortable with HTML. Not the easiest problem to solve but something we need to address.
The theme interface (and the custom HTML interface) is something which has stood out to me as being very slick on desktops - it's easy to understand and use. But when you come to use a mobile device (even an iPad), the experience isn't great at all. So, perhaps the solution is to allow editing within the app.
I'd love to see the 'Mega Editor' in the app as well.
I think the space in the iPad app could be better used when creating posts - it could be much more like the web version with tags and the other options usually held in the various pop-up dialogues in a sidebar to the right.
This may be a niche feature, but I'd like to be able to open links in Chrome as well as Safari.
Great work on the app so far though, Bryan and team.
Two things I would love to see:
1) Would love to see better integration with Pinterest and Pocket.
I discover the vast majority of the images I end up pinning though Tumblr, but there is no way to easily pin from within Tumblr for iOS. My current work-around is to Like the post until I can get to my computer.
Similarly, without Pocket integration, the great text posts/article links I see in the Tumblr app are tl;dr. Would love to be able to a) save the Tumblr post itself for later reading, and/or b) in the case of Link posts, Pocket the Link itself. Twitter handles (b) particularly elegantly - you can hook Pocket up to the Twitter app so that if you see a tweet that links to an article, you can Pocket said article with a swipe and a tap.
2) It would be incredible if it were possible to easily switch between different Tumblr accounts. I do social media for higher ed, and it's a pain having to switch between my personal account and the University account.
It doesn't sound like a huge deal, but logging in and out is just inconvenient enough that I've taken to using the brand account on the iOS app, and accessing my personal account on my Nexus 7, exclusively.
One more thing about Pinterest/Pocket/Instapaper integration from the POV of a social media manager of a brand.
Seamless mobile integration with those services is a great incentive for me to put my photos and infographics on Tumblr, because it supports the idea of Tumblr as an excellent content discovery and distribution platform (i.e. post on Tumblr once, see it spread all over the internet many times).
@Alex: Right? It also surprises me that you can't share straight to Tumblr from the Pinterest app. Considering how image-heavy both services are, you would think they would play much nicer with each other.
@Bryan: Thanks for starting this Branch! One of the things I love about Tumblr is how you guys are constantly working to make it better. Looking forward to seeing what you have up your sleeves.
Most of the photo blog owners (like me) are tend to Like posts in the stream and later on they can queue posts directly from the Liked posts list. It is not quite practical on the web but there was a 3rd party iOS app offering this scenario very practically called imgTumble (it's not in the App Store anymore).
1. a way to organize your previous 'likes' would be awesome - by photo, video, text, audio.
1a. A way to organize content I'm interested in
ie. if i just want to find articles that my friends have posted or just want to find gifs, I can filter my stream.
2. A way to "clear" content i've previously seen so i'm not continuously scrolling with my thumb. If content clears I can find the blogs pretty far back in my stream and check them out.
I use tumblr for text posts. I like how simple it and easy to use it is compared to other blogging services out there.
I'd love to see a rich text editor in Tumblr for iOS. I guess I could learn how to use HTML or Markdown in the meantime, but I would rather not. Right now I would be unable to write a post like the one I linked here using the iOS apps.
Part of this is from my personal use case. I am trying to decrease my dependence on my MacBook Pro, and shift over to my iPad. Being unable to craft long posts using the Tumblr app is one of the few things that I can't do right now.
Thanks for the feedback request, Bryan. Here are my thoughts on the iPad app:
The Compose Window
As mentioned in this thread, it's small. I haven't written any long posts on the iPad so I'm okay with that, but what is frustrating is that it obscures the original post you're reblogging. When I'm trying to sort out tags, I like to reference the original post. If you allowed us to move the compose window or have a view of the original post along with the compose window or toggle between the two, that would be great.
There's also no way to edit a post you're reblogging (I guess because there's no WYSIWYG editor in the app, but even in Safari on the iPad the HTML shows so you can edit it by hand).
There doesn't seem to be any way to go to a post outside of the Dashboard view. I can hold and select Email/Save/Copy on a photo, but there's no way to share a whole post outside of Tumblr or save it for later because there's no Permalink or way to open it in the in app browser/Safari.
I would really just love to be able to save some posts to Instapaper so I could get to them later.
And a few thoughts that are not iPad specific:
More tagging automation would be great. For example, when I reblog, why aren't the tags carried over from the original post? Why no tag recommendations from similar posts?
I've been using Zemanta with Tumblr and it does a decent job of recommending both tags and related articles from the tags and post text I've written.
I get that the Dashboard is right now and all, but as I go through tags, or get pages deep on the Dashboard, even if it started with Yesterday, A day ago, 5 days ago, etc, it would be super nice to know if a post wasn't recent by showing approximately how old it was right in the Dashboard.
Lots of great suggestions here. As you know, I love the iOS app(s) -- the only barrier I have is tagging, which I often do after I post once I get back to a machine. Some is definitely that it's just easier to type there, but something like tag suggestions (based on your previous ones or the content itself) would probably help a lot.
@Tim: Thanks Tim, will dig into it.
@L8: Sorry, but iOS 5 remains the minimum for now and ideally we'll require iOS 6 in the near future (an overwhelming majority of our users are already on iOS 6). The developer benefits that each OS upgrade brings are massive. If we required iOS 6 we'd be able to move faster, where supporting iOS 4 (let alone iOS 3) would make it hard (if not impossible) to do much of what we're doing.
* Allow setting Content Source (requested above, but its worth a +1)
* Tap and Hold Post button to save draft or queue post
* Tap and Hold Compose New button to quickly show Drafts
* might be a bug: when saving a draft then posting it later, it doesn't seem to get sent to Facebook
* Instapaper support (please please please)
# Audio & Video Posts
+1 for posting image and video links. Just like you can do with tumblr web. Very important to me.
* When re-opening drafts I'd like to get the post in the format I created it in. Now I get HTML source but no markdown. Very important to me.
* Re-opened drafts don't allow to change the custom URL. Less important to me.
I'm still here! Sorry for the radio silence but we've been heads down working on 3.3, which is now available in the App Store as of about an hour ago: itunes.apple.com
The highlights for this release are:
* A brand new custom camera and multi-image picker
* You can change your avatar from the app now
* Double-tap to like a post
* Link posts now auto-fetch their titles. URLs that are on your clipboard will automatically be inserted as well
Now that this is out, it's back to work on the next version. All of the feedback you've previously shared here has been noted and is being considered but please keep letting me know what else you'd like to see. Thanks for your support!
Nice! The image picker is really clean and definitely vibes with the rest of the Tumblr UI.
Dates (or relative dates) would be my feature pick for the next iteration. They're especially valuable within the search function. Not completely necessary for the dashboard but, if I'm searching a particular tag, it helps to know which posts are oldest. You can't do this on mobile without opening the blog in an external browser---so maybe just an in-app (very basic) browser would solve this.
Bryan, quick request: detach the primary blog from a person's 'account' and allow a different blog to be set as the primary one. I currently have an account that I never use as my primary and three others that I use regularly sitting in the background. I can only act as my primary account and I can't delete it without deleting the others. It's not great.
(Sorry for talking about something unrelated to the branch, but I'd appreciate it if you could pass this on.)
Hi, just checking in again. Tumblr 3.3.1 (itunes.apple.com) went live this morning with:
* Support for Instapaper and Pocket
* GIFs that play while you scroll
* A new sorted, searchable Following screen
* Better post sharing via HTML emails, Twitter, Facebook, and your favorite App.net apps
* Flick gestures for dismissing full screen photos
As mentioned before, the roadmap is already quite extensive, but we're open to feedback. Feel free to continue sharing yours here. Thanks!
Thanks for your feedback! Team Branch