Saturday, April 02, 2011

Dynamic Views




Those clever people at Google have just created five new dynamic creative ways to view Blogger blogs. Currently you can enable them by adding /view to the URL of a Blogger blog. But my understanding is that they will eventually allow the authors of Blogger blogs to offer Dynamic Views as the default mode for their blogs and include the ability to edit them.

Here is how Proper Course looks in each of the five views...

Flipcard

Mosaic

Snapshot

Sidebar

Timeslide

Check them out. Please tell me what you think. Which one works best with a blog like mine?

Technical Notes

If you own a Blogger blog the Dynamic Views will only work if...
- your blog is public. Your readers don’t need to sign in to view your blog.
- your blog has feeds fully enabled. In the Settings | Site feed tab, you have enabled either Full or Jump Break for your Post Feed.
- you have not disabled dynamic views. In the Setting | Formatting tab, the option for Enable Dynamic Views is set to Yes.

If you want to see Dynamic Views then you need a modern browser such as Internet Explorer 8+, Firefox 3.5+, Chrome or Safari. Many elements of these views will not work should you have an older browser.



14 comments:

JP said...

Neat.

I like the mosaic one best.

O Docker said...

I tried this on my blog and it didn't work at first, although all the settings were as recommended by Blogger.

To make it work, I had to change two other settings that refer to comments, just below the 'Blog Post Feed' setting.

It looks like both of those have to be set to something other than 'none', too.

Tillerman said...

OK. I copied my technical notes directly from the the Blogger Hep page about this feature. You should probably tell them their advice is incomplete.

John said...

Flipcard works for me. Your opening photos are all memorable and I can envision flipping through photos to find a post.

Chris said...

Your "Timeslide" link is set to show Sidebar.

Tillerman said...

Well spotted Chris. Thanks. Have corrected it now.

Andrew said...

I liked things fine the way they were. [Boring huh]
WV: expop

Tillerman said...

Not boring at all Andrew. I have seen the view expressed that with our current blog templates there is so much scope for personalization that everyone can create an individual look for their blog that is different from other people's blogs. With these Dynamic Views that will be lost and all our blogs will look the same.

O Docker said...

Bonnie, I don't think this new change makes our blogs look the same, at all.

Joe said...

This could pull me away from typepad and on to blogger. Funny thing about those other views, I don't see a blogroll.

Regattaholic said...

I love Timeslide, and Flipcard comes a very close second.... I think I might migrate my blog here!

Tillerman said...

Quite right Joe.

Those views do leave out a lot of pointless information such as a list of all the blogs you like. Why do people even bother with creating such things? And who wants to read them?

Another good thing that is that you can't see those annoying adverts saying things like "Find great deals on used sailboats in your area" or "Take a boater safety course and get your boating license today!"

my2fish said...

I agree with Andrew - I like the current format. the others seem to cookie-cutter, and you don't see how the blogger has customized his/her blog to look the way it does.

my2fish said...

I meant too cookie-cutter. with 2 o's.

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