Wednesday, August 31, 2011

New Blogger GUI 2011 Progress: It's Now A Production Blogger Option

Last month, Blogger released the initial access to their new (2011) GUI, as a part of Draft Blogger. Today, it was released as an option in Production Blogger.
As you may have heard, things are starting to look a little different across many Google products—and today, Blogger is the next product to get a makeover.
Right now, we can switch between the Classic GUI and the New GUI in Production Blogger, with just a couple mouse clicks. For many, the ability to move back, when required, is the most important part of the initial move forward. Very few military officers will plan an all out assault on the enemy's positions, without some reconnaissance, first.

You start out from the familiar Classic Blogger "Dashboard" - with the advice "The old Blogger interface will be removed in the coming months. Upgrade Now.". Just click on the "Upgrade Now" link.
And, there it is! This display, which we may think of as the "Dashboard" (see the list of blogs, and below, the Reading List?) is now called the "Blog List". For each blog in the blog list, you'll find an array of buttons and links, and a pull down menu (left of "View blog") with more options.
If you want to go back to the Classic interface, just click on the gear icon, in the upper right corner of almost every display, and select "Old Blogger interface".
And now, you're back. Not too terrifying, getting in and out quickly.
On almost every New GUI display, you'll see a "gear" icon in the upper right corner. Clicking on the gear, you'll see a pull down menu, with "Send feedback" and "Old Blogger interface" as menu entries.

So there you have your first glimpse. In between the first and last photos, you'll find an infinity of details. You may - or may not - find the features that you consider necessary.

You will want to observe two caveats, as you check out the new GUI.
  1. This is the first major change to Blogger, released since their new browser support policy. You'll want to upgrade your browser, if advised to do that.
  2. You may need to check your cookie filters, to ensure this version of Blogger operates successfully on your computer.

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10 comments:

D.B. Echo said...

Wonderful...I just tried this out and I'm told "Your browser is no longer supported by Blogger." But I checked this, and thought I had the latest version of IE! And I do...for Windows XP. To use IE 9 or higher, I need to upgrade to Windows 7. Which I can't run on this PC without a major hardware upgrade. So all I have to do is buy a new computer with the latest version of Windows, and I should be OK to run the new Blogger interface. Blah.

D.B. Echo said...

OK, fine. I just downloaded Google Chrome and it works with Windows XP...for now.

ladesman said...

Nah, hope blogger can make some new blogger dashboard in mobile web.
Actually, this stuff don't work on my mobile gadget.new blogger dashboard in mobile web.
Actually, this stuff don't work on my mobile gadget.

Jane Bovary said...

Thanks for the info. I'd happily use the first version except there doesn't seem to be any option for the Amazon widget..?

Vee said...

I like the new interface but I can't figure out how to get to The Coffee Shop so I switched back to the old interface. Where is the link to the forums in the new interface??

Chuck said...

Vee,

Find the gear icon in the upper right. The "Blogger help" link takes you to the "Blogger Help" index article, with the "Help forum" link in the left sidebar. And, you're there.

Chuck said...

Ladesman,

Hmm.

Sounds like an item for "Send feedback" behind the gear icon.

Vee said...

Oh yeah, that worked! Nice one, Chuck, thanks!

Kay Dennison said...

I use Vista and I tried the new UI and I really hate it. I switched back within 15 minutes. It wasn't broken and didn't need to be fixed. When I can't access and get a complete list of the many blogs I follow, I get angry and right now that's what I am. "User Friendly" appears to have left the building.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Chuck .. I'm late I know! Thanks for the info .. I hit the you're following too many blogs - 300 .. and it wouldn't let me add ..

I did give feedback - but that went wrong .. oh well! Cheers for now .. Hilary