Significant Blogger Updates Being Tested

    June 27, 2008

It’s not always a good idea to try experimental features; gosh knows enough final products aren’t remotely stable.  But a few new things have been made available within Blogger in Draft, and they’re definitely worth checking out.

First is the option to make Blogger in Draft ("a special version of Blogger where we try out new features before we release them to everyone") your default dashboard.  That should save you from either typing a longer-than-normal URL or losing access to the new features.

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 Embedded Comment Form Debuts

Next, a redesigned post editor deserves credit for making things easier to look at.  It also promises to make image handling a less frustrating experience, and certain missing features (such as spellcheck and video upload) are already in the works.

Perhaps the most important update, though, is the introduction of an embedded comment form.  Even if new pages and pop-ups get the job done, right below the post is where comment forms truly belong.  MG Siegler writes, "My biggest complaint has always been the comments thing, now that’s fixed."

Have at Blogger in Draft and these updates, then, and know that several other (admittedly less exciting) features were released, as well.