Upcoming updates: Blogger, Caller ID, Stats/Graphs
We’ve got some long-awaited updates coming this week and in the following weeks. Here’s a breakdown of the various updates:
The new Blogger system – Google recently took the new Blogger out of beta and is requiring blogspot/blogger users to upgrade, resulting in a break in Hipcast-to-Blogger communications. This has taken longer than expected for us to update and we sincerely apologize for the delays and backlog in getting to these support e-mails– we’ve certainly heard you!
A little background about how blog posting works and has worked in the past: When you add a blog to your Hipcast account, you are asked for your username and password and the name of the blog service (and in some cases, the XMLRPC url which is required to talk to the blog software). This is how almost all the blog services operate: Typepad, WordPress (.com and installed versions), MoveableType, LiveJournal, etc. It’s a one-two-done process. (We publish over XMLRPC and support the MetaWeblogAPI and the older BloggerAPI)
The change to Blogger was implemented by Google so that adding a Blogger/Blogspot blog requires that authentication is re-routed through Google Accounts. This improves security for Blogger users, yet could possibly slow down the process for third party services like Hipcast in publishing as smoothly as we do to WordPress, Typepad, and others.
We expect to have new Blogger compatibility pushed live on the 10th or 11th of January.
Caller ID bypass – We’ve had requests for this feature and we’ll be pushing this live in the next couple weeks. If you call Hipcast via phone to record and publish audio, you’ll be able to be authenticated via caller ID if you choose.
Stats/Graphs improvements – Statistics are the lifeblood for many podcasters and we’ll be releasing improved stats and graph functionality to enable you to get a clearer picture of traffic for your podcast and files. We anticipate this will be live in the next couple weeks as well.