Thread: Mobile app
July 20th, 2012, 11:30 PM #1
This is just a suggestion because I realize coding is time consuming but I was wondering if an iOS namely iPad or Android app for the forums was doable?
I'm not good with coding but I've been experimenting. There's some basic Java/Android app creation tools that build basic apps. Like portals that really just open up a mobile friendly version of a page. In which case we would really only need a mobile friendly TIMO in conjunction with one of these basic apps.
Not too sure about iOS but I tell ya, reading TIMO on my iPad would totally rock. I mean it opens fine in Safari but it isn't very mobile friendly. Is the only way a full fledged app like IPF for forums? Maybe, tossing the idea out there for the pros!!
Just an idea though. Don't tear my head off, I love the site as is I'm just thinking of neat improvements. I wish I was a better coder to dedicate my time. Alas, as is I'm just barely leaving Python, not even Java, atm.
I'll gladly beta test anything anyone wants though. On Android I'm running 4.0.4 and know Android very well.“Arguing with anonymous strangers on the Internet is a sucker's game because they almost always turn out to be—or to be indistinguishable from—self-righteous sixteen-year-olds possessing infinite amounts of free time.” ― Cryptonomicon
July 21st, 2012, 12:01 AM #2
would be nice to have some sort of Mobile friendly version of the site, as its is on my Android phone, I use Maxthon Browser, and it works great, but I have to always use the 2 finger motion to increase page size and scroll all around on page to see things, whether its Portrait or Landscape orientation.
not sure how it works, as I haven't tried it yet, but I know MntSnow's Xtreme PC Central site uses Tapatalk for Android, I just haven't gotten around to trying it on my phone, see how well it works for forums supporting it.
Tapatalk Forum App - Empowering Forum Junkies on-the-go
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July 21st, 2012, 03:08 AM #3
I would have suggested tapatalk, except that I have never actually tried it yet. Mobile friendly formatting might be nice here, but some sites I prefer the desktop version, even if it means having to sideways scroll to read them properly. For me, it is like the difference between a textbook and a children's book on a subject. Some sites are that bad in the mobile format.
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July 21st, 2012, 07:26 AM #5
July 21st, 2012, 12:12 PM #6
Yeah Tapatalk is like what I mean, I use something similar on iOS but it only works on supported forums (as I belied so too does Tapatalk). I don't actually know from personal experience as I think Tapatalk costs money and I haven't purchased it, but from the screen shots it looks like what I mean.
The Xda-dev app, too. Great stuff.
I hear ya Paul, some mobile versions do look crummy or half-assed or just so stripped down they hardly function. I don't know.“Arguing with anonymous strangers on the Internet is a sucker's game because they almost always turn out to be—or to be indistinguishable from—self-righteous sixteen-year-olds possessing infinite amounts of free time.” ― Cryptonomicon
July 21st, 2012, 02:05 PM #7
yeah tapatalk costs money, a few bucks, but I think they also now have Tapatalk 2 out, I saw it on the Google Play Market place earlier in the week. I think I saw a free version as well (typical ad supported), but that might just be Android versions, but Tapatalk is for most Mobile platforms.
says in the link above, ipad, ipod, Droid, Blackberry and Chrome.
But I think with that, you have to pay for each version on each device you use it.
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July 21st, 2012, 06:55 PM #8Originally Posted by Shyguy
Categories are then broken up into (upon clicking) sub-categories. Then once you're in that you get a thread list.
Tapping on top of the "thread view" displays Topics, Stickies, and Announce (which is essentially for global announcements concerning that category).
You can also optionally register, login or view in browser (which means view the forums in your default Android Browser).
Now the thing is XDA is a lot more advanced than most forum apps which is why I don't really recommend this per say. Tapatalk and IPF are like general forum portals that just display a mobile ready version of the page within the app (like what has been listed thus far). So I'm guessing the distinction is dedicated app vs. portal to mobile version type app (please excuse this over-simplification).
Last edited by Interrupt; July 21st, 2012 at 07:14 PM.“Arguing with anonymous strangers on the Internet is a sucker's game because they almost always turn out to be—or to be indistinguishable from—self-righteous sixteen-year-olds possessing infinite amounts of free time.” ― Cryptonomicon
July 21st, 2012, 09:24 PM #9
LOL... I was toying with AppsGeyser... nothing serious, no worries:
http://www.appsgeyser.com/getwidget/...0Forums%20Test (Android APK; just an example to explain what I mean better)
That's what I mean with more like a portal app. Obviously it is forwarding to the website since we don't have a traditional mobile version. Some forum apps will be like that but forward to a mobile enhanced version of a website (aka, no extra coding, just a portal app).
Whereas the alternative would be an actual dedicated app like XDA, Java coded, etc. Which is obviously sweeter looking than even a mobile enhanced version.
"Portal" Alternative: Those portal apps are pretty basic; another site is Build Android AppsAppachy But again, they work best with a forum that has a traditional mobile site in addition to a desktop one.
Dedicated App note: XDA is actually using a customized Tapatalk app.
Last edited by Interrupt; September 17th, 2012 at 07:03 PM.
September 17th, 2012, 07:02 PM #10
Yup, the API is great and works well with customized forums. My friend just adapted it to his own, from there it works with the associated mobile apps.
Direct link to it: Tapatalk Forum App - Empowering Forum Junkies on-the-go
October 23rd, 2012, 10:20 AM #11
I just went looking to see if there was a TIMO app last night.if Trendy aint happy, aint nobody happy.
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