Weekly Roundup: January 21, 2012

This week: Concrete5 approves new theme; A major Drupal Gardens release; Preview SiteKreator’s upcoming text and image editor; Edicy unveils a redesigned form builder and data viewer; InstantEncore consolidates its subscription plans; Typepad adds Blogsy support; WordPress.com introduces a blog reader and new theme.

Concrete5: New theme

Concrete5 has added a new theme, Grateful, which includes a “featured area for titles, slideshows, etc.” More on the Concrete5 blog.

Drupal Gardens: Major release

Drupal Gardens is announcing a handful of essential enhancements, including new features and bug fixes. Some highlights:

  • Repeatable dates for recurring events
  • Menu items can now be styled using the ThemeBuilder and can now use image sprites
  • Custom meta tags for better SEO
  • Subscribers on the Professional plan or higher can now integrate external web analytics tools such as Adobe Omniture and Woopra

Read the official announcement and a full list of features.

SiteKreator: Preview the upcoming text and image editor

SiteKreator: Upcoming Rich Text and Image Editor

Check out SiteKreator’s upcoming update to the rich text editor, currently a work in progress. Expected features include more screen real estate, re-organized toolbar, and re-designed sidebars for image insertion, image search and table editing. Take a peek at SiteKreator.com.

Edicy: Better form builder and data viewer

In an update we missed last week, Edicy has completely redesigned its form builder for better performance and more consistency with the rest of the app. Users will appreciate the added keyboard shortcuts and inline viewing of submitted data with fewer page reloads.

InstantEncore consolidates its subscription plans

Classical music app InstantEncore is going freemium by streamlining its offerings into Free and Pro plans. The paid plan is available at $49.99 per month and includes custom domain use, removal of InstantEncore branding, mobile-ready site, as well as apps for iOS and Android. Get the full feature list and compare both plans at InstantEncore.com.

Typepad adds Blogsy support

Typepad users on the iPad now have the option to use Blogsy. The generally well-rated iPad app offers editors for both rich text and HTML modes as well as “access to third-party image and video hosts, making it easy to drag and drop media into your posts.”

WordPress.com: Blog reader and new theme

WordPress.com's New Blog Reader

Befitting its position as the largest blog provider, WordPress.com is introducing a blog reader, allowing subscription to and reading of any blog right in the user’s account. Get the full details on the WordPress.com blog.

Also fresh this week: Newsy, a premium news theme from the folks at Themify. Newsy is “a versatile business and news-friendly theme that offers up to ten different layouts, four footer columns, custom link and accent colors, and a custom site header.” Read more.