Here’s a quick summary of recent fixes and changes we’ve made to Blogger:
  • Layouts now has a blog.pageName datum that gives the name of the current page without the “[Blog Name]: ” prefix that blog.pageTitle adds.
  • Picture page element can now optionally link the picture to a URL.
  • Warnings and better handling of interrupted video uploads.
  • Pictures shot in burst mode on Sony Ericsson phones are now rotated correctly.
  • Blog URL now updates correctly when switching between Blog*Spot and FTP hosting.
  • Usability improvements to photo deletion workflow on the delete post page.
  • “Cancel” button on delete post page no longer has unnecessary quotation marks.
  • Miscellaneous translation improvements.
  • Profile URLs and threading data are now available via Atom feed.
  • Reliability and feature improvements to the Blog List and gadget directory on Blogger in draft.
Also, in case you missed the announcement, last week we started scheduling posts dated in the future.

Apologies again for the unexpected appearance of star ratings. Look for this feature soon (opt-in only!) on Blogger in draft.

Google Docs has just updated their embedded presentation feature to support multiple sizes, so now presentations can look even better in blog posts. To add a presentation to your blog, create it in Google Docs and copy the “Mini Presentation Module” HTML into a blog post. (See: Embedding Presentations in a Web Site)

For an example, take a look at this small-sized presentation:

You can include YouTube videos, images, and text captions into slides to condense and display a “deck” of graphical content in a concise format in your posts.

Google Docs is a free, web-based word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation application. Try it now.

Scheduled post publishing, which we talked about testing on Blogger in draft last month, is now live for everyone. If you set a post’s date into the future, Blogger will wait to publish until that time comes.

Have you ever wanted to announce something on a certain date but knew you wouldn’t be at a computer to make a post? Or you wanted to keep posting regularly but knew you’d be on vacation for a few weeks? Scheduled post publishing is here to help you out.

Scheduling a post is easy to do: on the post editor page, click the “Post Options” toggle to show the “Post date and time” fields. Then, type a post date and time that’s in the future. When you click the “Publish” button, your post will become “scheduled.” When the date and time of the post arrive, it will be automatically published to your blog.

“Scheduled” posts appear in your Edit Posts list alongside your drafts and published posts. To un-schedule a post, simply save it as a draft any time before it gets published.

One quick note: If you want to give a post a date in the future but have it appear on your blog now, you’ll need to add in an extra step. First, publish your post with the current date and time. This will make it appear on your blog. Then, edit the post to change the date into the future and publish it again.

We don’t re-schedule posts that are already published, so the post will stay on your blog but sort to the very top. The same is true of future dated posts you’ve already made, so there’s no need to worry about your existing posts disappearing, or having your blog assaulted by unplanned entries in, say, 2027.

P.S.: Thanks to everyone who tested this out on Blogger in draft and posted comments! We appreciate your time and effort.