Thursday, 9 June 2011
Dynamic Views - Different, but Interesting.
Back in March, 2011, Blogger Buzz announced the introduction of Dynamic Views for Blogger. Then, in April, it announced the extension/enhancement for Dynamic Views in Google Chrome. It's an exciting innovation to present your readers with choice.
As far as I am concerned, the jury is still out as to whether, or not, readers would prefer this new viewing option, would use it, or would rather stay with the more traditional viewing options. I suppose it is, after all, subjective.
This post is designed to show some of the versatility of the option/feature. Make your own minds up.
To enable Dynamic Views, simply select that option on the Settings - Formatting screen...
To view the blog pages, in Dynamic Views, a reader simply adds /view to the URL...
which would take you to this screen ...Dynamic Views.
To post it, as a link, and to have it open in a separate Tab, you would need to add "target="_blank" after the /view, so your URL looks like this:
The default screen for Dynamic Views is the Sidebar screen ...
One of the secrets to using Dynamic Views, is that your mouse will highlight all expandable options on the screen, which, when clicked, will open. The amount of scrolling, which is common place in the Traditional viewing of a blog, is drastically reduced with Dynamic Views. In fact, that's one of the salient features, in my opinion.
The large blue button on the top right of the screen, is also a Control Point for navigating to other screens, such as Flipcard, Mosaic, Snapshot and Timeslide. Look for the notification of Number of Comments per post, in the little round pop-up displays. I like that.
Flipcard - 5 Images ...
The basic Flipcard screen -
Flipcard - Recent Posts -
Flipcard - Viewing by Date -
Flipcard - Viewing by Label -
Flipcard - Viewing by Author -
I think this screen is a waste of space, but ...
Snapshot - mmmm?
Timeslide - 4 Images
Timeslide has some good features - probably my equal favourite, with Flipcard -
The best thing to do with Dynamic Views, is to enable it, and then play around with it, to learn it's various benefits for yourself. It does have some wonderful features, and I'm sure there's something there for your readers. It's up to you.
Of course, there's always Blogger Help, should you need it. I don't think you will.