Version planned for iPad?

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  • #1073

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    Doug Hoffart

    Hi,

    I am considering buying your product for my home/laptop machines, but I was wondering if you are planning a version for the ipad? That would make my blog writing truly “spontaneous” as I could write anywhere the urge hit me…

    Thanks; the product looks good!

    Doug

    #1076

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    Troy Stephens

    Keymaster

    Hi Doug!

    I have no definite plans for an iPad version at this time, but note that for WordPress use, using TypeMetal on your Mac is entirely interoperable with using a different app (e.g. Automattic’s “WordPress” app), or even the WordPress web interface, to publish from your iPad. TypeMetal will automatically pick up changes you make using other apps or the web UI, and syncs drafts you compose on your Mac to your WordPress site (as unpublished drafts that you can then continue editing and publish using another app or the web UI, if desired).

    For general HTML editing, a tactile-keyboard experience has seemed to me the most productive environment for doing substantial amounts of writing — thus the initial focus on OS X. iPad poses interesting possibilities. Designing a productive UI for cases where a wireless keyboard isn’t present would be a very interesting challenge. Currently, WebKit on iOS doesn’t allow for all of manipulations that TypeMetal needs to be able to perform (at least without some substantial trickery). I’m keeping an eye out for possible changes in that situation that could make an iPad version feasible someday.

    Thanks very much for your interest and kind words! I hope you’ll find TypeMetal a useful addition to your tool set!

    Regards,
    Troy

    #1203

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    Doug Hoffart

    Hi Troy,</p>
    <p>I bought TypeMetal today for my iMac and came across an issue that might be more of a feature request. I use a plugin on my wordpress site that requires google authenticator for two-step authentication. Because of this, your login dialog to sync with my site fails because it doesn’t send that extra code. Would it be possible to add an optional google authenticator code input prompt to the username/password dialog section?</p>
    <p>Here is the plugin homepage:<br />
    https://henrik.schack.dk/google-authenticator-for-wordpress/</p&gt;
    <p>Thanks for any help you can offer. </p>
    <p>Doug</p>
    <p>PS the product seems pretty cool so far. And Happy New Year!

    #1204

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    Troy Stephens

    Hi Doug,

    A very Happy New Year to you too! — And thank you for your purchase and support of TypeMetal!

    I’ll look into what it would take to add Google Authenticator support to TypeMetal. In the meantime, it sounds like you’ll need to disable that plugin if you want to use TypeMetal’s WordPress integration with your site — sorry about that! (TypeMetal does support OAuth2 authentication, but that only works for wordpress.com-hosted sites.)

    If you don’t want to disable the plugin (understandable), you might instead try the old copy-and-paste approach to using TypeMetal with WordPress. It’s not as easy or full-featured as TypeMetal 2’s WordPress integration, but it offers another way you can draft and edit WordPress posts using TypeMetal.

    Hopefully the extra Google Authenticator bits will be fairly straightforward to add. In the meantime, I hope you’ll find TypeMetal useful to you in other ways! Please let me know of any other issues you run into or requests that may come to mind!

    Wishing you a productive and fulfilling 2015!

    Troy Stephens
    Coherence Labs

    #1265

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    Doug Hoffart

    Hi Troy,

    Just wondering if/how the incorporation of Google Authenticator support to TypeMetal is going…is it a major task, or a definite possibility? I realize I’m probably in the minority for feature requests, but it would make the product more “secure” for bloggers/editors working from coffee/tea/hashish ;) wifi spots around the world…

    :)

    Thanks for your thoughts (and product).

    Doug

    #1267

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    Troy Stephens

    Keymaster

    Hi Doug,

    I’m sorry I haven’t yet found a moment to pursue this, but it’s something that clearly needs to be fixed if it’s blocking your ability to connect to your WordPress site using TypeMetal. I’m presently working on a couple of other critical fixes, but will try to get to this soon. Thank you for reminding me! I’ll post here when I have news, and if you don’t mind, I’d love for you to test a pre-release build that contains this fix, to make sure it works for you.

    Thanks for your feedback and support!
    Regards,
    Troy

    #1268

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    Doug Hoffart

    Thanks for the update Troy and I’ll be glad to test the fix when you implement it.

    Doug

    #1341

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    Doug Hoffart

    Hi Troy,

    Just wondering if there is any progress with adding the optional 2 step authentication step to the login process into wordpress? I could really use that so I can start using TypeMetal. :)

    Doug

    #1343

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    Troy Stephens

    Keymaster

    Hi Doug!

    Sorry for the delay circling back on this!

    What I’ve learned so far is that TypeMetal is already able to connect to a site that uses the Henrik Schack’s Google Authenticator plugin, if you enable the plugin’s “app password” feature and provide TypeMetal with the app password that the plugin generates for you (on the User Profile page in the WordPress web interface). I’ve tested this and confirmed that it works with TypeMetal 2.0.8, whether you enter the app password with or without spaces.

    Enabling “app password” of course defeats some of the security benefit of using Google Authenticator, but it appears to be the sole recommended approach for users of apps like TypeMetal that communicate with WordPress using its XML-RPC API.

    An approach that actually uses 2-factor authentication would clearly be preferable (assuming you don’t mind having to type in a new auth code each time TypeMetal syncs with your site?), but I have not yet been able to find any info on whether WordPress XML-RPC can be adapted to accept a Google authentication code instead of a password alone. It seems likely that the Google Authenticator plugin would have to provide such a modification to WordPress’ XML-RPC implementation, with accompanying info regarding proper usage.

    Am I right in assuming that the “app password” approach is not what you’re after?

    I’d love to solve this more optimally, if there’s a better way. My search so far hasn’t turned anything up except “enable app password”.

    Regards,
    Troy

    #1344

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    Doug Hoffart

    Thanks for the update and all the research into this issue Troy! I have heard that WordPress is going to provide 2 step authentication directly, so maybe that will be reflected in their API. I will try your suggested fix in the meantime, so thanks for offering that, and I will be happy to test any mods you might come up with regarding this issue. Thanks again Troy.

    Doug

    #1345

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    Troy Stephens

    Keymaster

    I’d love to be able to support 2-factor auth for XML-RPC API requests if WordPress adds support for it. If you have a link to info you can post here, please do. Thus far, my searches have only turned up info regarding various 3rd-party Google Auth plugins, and no indication yet that XML-RPC has been made to work with 2-factor auth.

    Meanwhile, let me know if you run into any trouble at all using the app password approach.

    Thanks!
    Troy

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