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Pebble Mobile Plugin
I'm pleased to announce the release of the Pebble mobile plugin.
The Pebble mobile plugin is a purpose built web interface to pebble
for mobile devices. The layout is optimised for small touch screens,
designed so that the user doesn't need to zoom and the width of the
page always matches the device width. It has large font links for
easy clicking on touch screens. It currently has very limited
functionality, and many links will take you out of the mobile
interface and into the regular interface. My initial focus has been
to allow a user to blog on the go. The current features are:
* Mobile home screen displaying the recent blog entries with truncated content
* View blog screen, showing a full blog post
* Add blog screen, for adding new blog posts
* Auto publish blog entry listener, which can be enabled on the
plugins screen. I added this as a convenience so that I didn't have
to write and publish a blog entry in two stages, my use case for
blogging on the go is for short blog entries that I would never need
to write a draft for first.
* Markdown content decorator, which can be enabled on the plugins
screen. I added this because entering HTML using a mobile device is
work well on mobile devices. We do have the radeox wiki decorator,
however the radeox project seems to have died, I could not find any
documentation anywhere on the syntax of radeox wiki markup. Since
markdown seems to be the most popular simple markup language these
days, I thought that's the best option for blogging from a mobile
There are a few reasons why I implemented this as a separate plugin,
and not directly into Pebble:
* I've only implemented functionality that I want, and I've left out
things that I'm not interested in. Since the motivation behind my
decisions have been my personal needs, it didn't feel right to make it
a core Pebble feature.
* I've just cut a major release of Pebble, and the mobile plugin is
still in very early stages. However, I'd like people to be able to
try it out, and to update it as I improve it, this way people can
install it without upgrading Pebble (though, it does require Pebble
* Implementing it as a plugin means that people can upgrade it
frequently without upgrading their entire Pebble installation. This
should allow development on the plugin to be delivered more rapidly.
* I'm expanding support for pluggable web interfaces in Pebble, and
this is a perfect way to test that support.
* Pebble is supposed to be a lightweight blogging system, so the more
stuff we can take out of its core and have as optionally installable
plugins, the better.
So, you can find the plugin at
https://bitbucket.org/jroper/pebble-mobile-plugin. On that page
you'll find instructions for installing and configuring, and links to
download a binary 1.0 release.
The home page - http://jazzy.id.au/static/mhome.png
The add blog entry page - http://jazzy.id.au/static/madd.png
It's not the prettiest of mobile interfaces yet, it's designed to be
functional. If you're interested in using Pebble from a mobile
device, please try it out and give me feedback.
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