Wikispaces for iPads

Wikispaces now works even better with iPads! With our latest release for mobile devices, you’ll find a sleeker interface, seamless navigation, and the same rich wiki functionality you’ve come to expect from Wikispaces.


A few things to note as you get started:

  • The tools for working on your page – Edit, Discussions, Comments, History and Other Page Options – are right there at the top of the screen. Head to Other Page Options to tag, rename, delete, or otherwise manage your page.
  • Your sidebar now lives at the bottom of your screen. There you can find Wiki Home, Recent Changes, Pages and Files, Members, and Other Wiki Options.
  • Looking for your wiki navigation or Manage Wiki? Head to the Other Wiki Options button at the bottom right of the screen to find your full sidebar. (Psst. It looks like an ellipsis “…”)

So go ahead, grab your iPad, and head to your wiki! We think you’ll love the changes.

Stay tuned to see how educators are using Wikispaces and iPads in their classrooms.

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Update: With iOS 6, you can now upload photos and videos directly from your iPad! Let us know what you think.

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36 Comments

  1. Posted September 15, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    Any timeframe for when students will be able to upload images/videos from their camera roll on the iPad?

  2. AllanStarkey
    Posted September 19, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    The iPad app store brings up NOTHING whenever I enter a search for “Wikispaces for iPad.”
    Please tell me: How do I add the wikispaces for iPad to my own iPad?

  3. Posted September 20, 2012 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    BalancEdTech: today! We needed iOS 6 for this functionality to work. Once you upgrade your iPhone or iPad, you’ll be able to upload pictures, movies, and more.

    AlanStarkey: the iPad app currently runs in your browser. Go to your Wikispaces as normal in mobile Safari or Chrome and you’ll be using the mobile version. An entry in the app store is coming too — it will work exactly the same way.

  4. rb
    Posted September 24, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    Hi,

    I wanted to ask about the ipad mobile version of wikispaces. I was just on there but when I go to edit a page, the section at the top where you can choose to bold, italicise, underline text, insert files and tables does not come up on the page. I have downloaded iOS6 so I am not sure why it doesnt come up. By the way I was using Safari.

    Thanks

  5. Posted September 25, 2012 at 7:46 am | Permalink

    Hi rb,

    When you click the Edit icon, the editor toolbar should appear as normal at the top of the wiki page. If you’re having problems with this, send us an email to help@wikispaces.com letting us know what you’re doing and seeing.

    Sarah

  6. Posted September 27, 2012 at 5:59 am | Permalink

    Yeah iOS 6 and Wikispaces! Tested it out and it works. Next issue, it seems to upload all the photos/screenshots as “image.jpg” which causes a problem once I upload a second image. Videos seemed to come in with a unique filename. I went to the pages/files editor and renamed the image before uploading a second, but that seems too tedious for my students. I couldn’t find an option for renaming an image from the camera roll or iPhoto. Am I missing something obvious or is this not currently possible?

  7. Posted September 27, 2012 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    so basicly the team is saying its is simaller to the wikispaces on the computre. but wait the team also said their were differnaces, will you guys make it better than the origanal wikispaces. like i dont know mabey faster uploding, post song with homepage, etc….

  8. carol siwinski
    Posted October 3, 2012 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    Thanks for always staying up with the curve. I have wikispaces for every web 2.0 project we do here at school attached to each is the student work. We just rolled out an iPad cart and all teachers now have iPads. Little by little we find all our favorite web2.0 tools migrating onto the iPAd.

    thanks

    carol

  9. Posted October 3, 2012 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    Seriously, you think it is better? Please at least give an option is for the desktop version. One of the keys to Wikispaces is the Navigation pane, and that does NOT exist in your new version. Yeah, I found the link at the bottom but most people wont and then it is another click each time a user needs a to go to a new page. Horrible usability. You have also eliminated the ability to zoom, which makes it even more non user friendly. (Worthless on a phone.) I cannot continue with our complete High School website on Wikispaces (which is about 20 different Wikis) since it is not usable anymore on “updated technological device.” I really wish I had good things to say as I have loved Wikispaces in the past.

  10. Posted October 3, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been corresponding with Eric at your HQ about this “new” wrinkle. For background I manage about 20 wikis for the Architectural Woodwork Institute, and over 20 for the Woodwork Career Alliance. I use the iPad to demonstrate the look-and-feel of our wikis as I travel and teach. That is no longer possible because the “device detection” defaults to the mobile version. This is a big downer for our operations. We would dearly love a way to “opt out” of the mobile version when on Chrome or Safari in the field. Can do?

  11. Posted October 4, 2012 at 6:03 am | Permalink

    I have not upgraded to OS6 yet. Does it allow you to see mp3 files placed on a webpage? My students have recordings in French and English placed on our site but they do not show up with iPads running OS 5.

  12. Posted October 4, 2012 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    Here are some issues.

    -The structure of the Wiki is not visible or visually pleasing.

    -The navigation to pages is multi-stepped and difficult when presenting and navigating.

    -Having the pages and files, recent changes and projects so readily visible to any
    member will cause unwanted changes to the wiki. I am aware they have this access anyway but this focuses them in on these features and will cause less tech savey individuals to make unwanted changes.

    -Having the Wiki menu last will cause individuals to go to the pages and files and move things around.

    -The wiki is also now less accessible to individuals with disabilities including vision impaired and learning disabled

    Hope this helps would love to hear from you about the progress.

  13. Posted October 4, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    How will people who try to view our page on their iPad know that the former easy to see and use sidebar is now a Pssst ellipse “….” at the bottom of the page? We feel like we now have to recreate the links we had on our sidebar as part of that home page which then duplicates the information for those viewing the site on their regular PC. I’m so disappointed.

  14. Comilita
    Posted October 6, 2012 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    Any time frame for Android devices?

  15. Posted October 8, 2012 at 1:21 am | Permalink

    Sorry, these changes have turned what was a wonderful resource into something clunky and non-user friendly in my humble opinion.

    I have been using Wikispaces since 2008 and have presented to colleagues and parents advocating the benefits of classroom wikis using Wikispaces. In May this year I purchased an iPad and this gave me another, more mobile, platform to promote Wikispaces in my school.

    Then suddenly it all changed.

    I contacted Wikispaces and was advised that changes were being made to the iPad functionality so I hoped that the sudden changes were just that – sudden and temporary.

    Now I find that the changes appear to be permanent. As I am using the iPad with increasing frequency, and as our school is on the verge of purchasing a sizeable amount of iPads, I am now reluctant to use Wikispaces in future. And that’s a real shame because I have loved your product for 5 years now.

    I trust you will take this criticism in the spirit in which I write it – it’s not user friendly anymore. Sorry!

  16. Posted October 8, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    Any chance to get same look at mobile version as PC-version?(like earlier) I buy a better look for our school-wiki, and it is useless with iPads, which we use at school…

  17. ann elyi
    Posted October 8, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    I wanted to ask about the ipad mobile version of wikispaces

  18. Posted October 9, 2012 at 1:21 am | Permalink

    This new layout on the iPad doesn’t work for my wiki which is designed to help people of an older generation become familiar with using computers and the Internet. It makes specific reference to the menu in the sidebar in order to introduce the concept of using menus on many websites. Fortunately most of my audience is still getting to grips with PCs, mice and keyboards so using tablets is a step further along for them.

    I’d still prefer a switch which allowed me to set “tablet” or “classic” layout.

  19. Posted October 10, 2012 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    I would like to see an option to view and use the wiki in the former “non-mobile” version. Some of our K-12 users prefer the older version. Thanks for always listening to our teachers!

  20. kws
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    I’m sure the tool is useful, but mobile learning needs to be cross-platform. Where’s the droid version please?

  21. Tim
    Posted October 14, 2012 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    I don’t like the new iPad look and would like the option of using the standard web version when browsing wikispaces from my iPad. Many other sites are now providing that option, for good reason, the ipad screen is large enough to browse web sites. I’m not sure why website developers think that ipad users want a different web experience than their sites already provide, I always prefer the web site to the mobile version. Give me a native ipad app, or give me the web version…!

  22. Tim
    Posted October 14, 2012 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    P.S. http://darksoulswiki.wikispaces.com/Site+Navigation. This left navigation no longer appears on the wikispaces site for dark souls when browsing on an ipad, it’s pretty convenient to have it on every page. The elipsis doesn’t open it, the only way to get to it is from the home page via the link above. Not a great user experience IMHO.

  23. Posted October 25, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    I am very happy to see this, but some of our faculty are used to the classic Wikispaces UI on their tablets and have asked to go back to the old view. Is there a way to toggle or force the iPad browser to display the standard Wikispaces template?

  24. wendy
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    Sure, what question can we help with?

  25. wendy
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the feedback, PhiL! Definitely noted to our team.

  26. wendy
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the feedback Justin! We’ve let our team know.

  27. wendy
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    Hi KWS! Try it out on your Droid browser and let us know what you think.

  28. Posted November 1, 2012 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    Can you pppplllllease get a NON – Mobile version ASAP. Many of us are asking.

  29. Amy
    Posted November 15, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t see a response to BalancEDTech’s issue. Does anyone know? When one student uploads a picture it’s called “image.jpg”. Every iPad picture has the same name so the next image a student uploads will always override the previous one. There doesn’t seem to be a way to change the file name on an iPad picture.

    I ditto the need for a non-mobile option on iPads. Many of our wikis depend on the side navigation to get from page to page and the Pages and Files list is too cumbersome for young students.

  30. Klaas
    Posted November 25, 2012 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    I like the mobile version on Android on my tablet. But I don’t like the splitting of the main screen. Now I cannot use the left bar menu’s for navigation easily. I have to make one click more and that is not so handy.
    Editing is almost impossible. The edit screen is not WYSIWYG and that makes editing very difficult. Or is there an other way to edit?

  31. Marina
    Posted December 7, 2012 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    I tried to add pictures to the wiki from my iPad and it didn’t work. I did update to iOS 6 but I got stuck when it instructed to double click to add the photo. Am I doing something wrong?

  32. Posted January 9, 2013 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    Hi Amy — we’re working on both issues! Keep an eye out on our blog for updates.

  33. Heather
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 6:56 am | Permalink

    Has anyone figured out how to get the regular site back yet? I have parent’s complaining constantly for me to “fix” it, but I have to keep explaining that it’s a site change. I hit a complaint record this morning with 14 complaints in my mail box!

  34. Posted January 28, 2013 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    Sorry to hear that Heather. We’re hard at work on improvements. In the meantime, logged-in users can choose to see the original version on their user settings page.

  35. si
    Posted February 19, 2013 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    hey guys, can you please build a dedicated ipad app that will allow me to sync with my wikispaces page and work on it offline? being able to do that would be a huge, huge help.

  36. wendy
    Posted December 18, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    Working on a mobile update now! Thanks so much.

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