All about Dynamic Views for Readers

Blogger now offers seven new ways to experience your favorite blogs.

  • Classic: A modern twist on a traditional template
  • Flipcard: Photos tiled across the page
  • Magazine: A clean, elegant editorial style layout
  • Mosaic: A mosaic mix of different sized images and text
  • Sidebar: An email inbox-like view with a reading page for quick scrolling and browsing
  • Snapshot: An interactive pinboard of your posts
  • Timeslide: A horizontal view of your posts by time period

Dynamic Views make it easier to read your favorite blogs. Better yet, they make it easy to discover posts written long ago that you may not have read.

Blog authors can now configure their blog to display Dynamic Views, and select a default view that best displays the type of posts on their blog. To experience a blog in view other than the default, you can simply select another view style from the toolbar, which, in some views, collapses into a thin line as you scroll. For the toolbar to reappear, simply hover your mouse over the line.

If the blog you’re reading has Pages enabled, the options will appear in a drop-down menu like the one in the image below.

menu

If the author uses a traditional Blogger template, you can still explore the blog using Dynamic Views by adding “/view/” and then the view name to the URL. For example, to view buzz.blogger.com in the Mosaic view, simply change the URL in the address bar to buzz.blogger.com/view/mosaic.

Since Dynamic Views uses the latest software technology, they require the latest version of the most popular browsers, such as Internet Explorer 8+, Firefox 3.5+, Chrome or Safari. In all views, search is available in the upper right hand corner.

Classic

flipcard
  • Infinite scrolling replaces the “Older posts” link.
  • Use keyboard shortcuts to quickly jump between posts. You can navigate through the posts using J (older post) and K (newer post) or the arrow keys.
  • Posts will continue to load as you scroll.

Flipcard

flipcard
  • Run your mouse over any of the cards to see the post title and comment count. As you scroll down, additional posts will continue to load.
  • Click on a card to see the post in full view. You can navigate through the posts using J (older post) and K (newer post) or the arrow keys.
  • Hit escape or click Back to all posts to return to the Flipcard view. In the upper left, click to sort by Recent, Date, Author and Category.

Magazine

flipcard
  • Run your mouse over the top (most recent) blog to show highlighting and comments bubble animation.
  • Select “X” to close and return to the default view.

Mosaic

mosaic
  • Clicking on an individual tile will expand that post to the full width of the view, and clicking again will collapse the post back into its original position.
  • The exact position of the tiles is randomly determined each time the blog loads, but they will appear chronologically from top left to bottom right.
  • Once a tile is expanded, you can page down by using the "up" and "down" arrow keys as well as J and K.
  • This view is optimized for the tablet viewing, and supports screen rotation.

Sidebar

sidebar
  • Left sidebar is list of chronological posts, with comment counts and thumbnails for individual posts.
  • J and K arrow keys will navigate through the posts.

Snapshot

snapshot
  • This view will display only the posts which have images.
  • Clicking through any photo will display the full post page, with navigation links at the bottom for Newer and Older posts.
  • Run your mouse over any photo to display a post snippet.

Timeslide

timeslide
  • This view breaks the blog content down into three different areas:
    • Left column: Enlarged picture with a post snippet, title, and snipppet displayed in chronological order
    • Middle column: Displays just the post title and snippet
    • Right column: Displays just the individual post titles
  • When searching for posts in this view, the results will be highlighted.

For more information, take a look at Enabling a Dynamic View.