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If FT were compatible with Tapatalk, the cross-platform smartphone forum app, would you use it?

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Probably/It'd be nice to have
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This doesn't affect me/I don't have a smartphone/I don't care/I wouldn't use it
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Mobile App For FT (Official Poll)
« on: July 07, 2011, 10:07:20 pm »
In recent years, a couple members have asked about a smartphone app for FT.  The answer has always been that SMF, our forum platform, doesn't have the proper API for this to be possible, and I don't have the time to develop one, nor do I have the skillset necessary to write mobile-device software (especially across multiple platforms, it'd be silly to write something like that for just one).  However, having recently acquired a smartphone myself (Android!), I did some searching, and happened to come across an app called Tapatalk, which solves this problem nicely.

Tapatalk is two pieces, a forum plugin, and a collection of smartphone apps.  To put it simply, Tapatalk provides an API that its apps can connect to, without having to load the actual forum pages.  The app is $3, but it works on every forum that's installed the API component, not just FT.  In fact, it wouldn't surprise me if some of you already had it.  The best part?  It's available on almost every smartphone/PDA/tablet platform; Android, iOS, Blackberry (stable beta), Windows Phone 7 (via 3rd party), and WebOS (via 3rd party).

So!  While it's tempting to install the API just for my own use, I'm a very lazy admin, and I wanted to see if anyone else would use it if I installed it.  Plus, while it's a very widely-used tool, I'd want to test it a bit before committing.  Thus, we have a poll.  Also, please note that this would only be compatible with the forums, not anything else on the website (and while I'm starting to sound like the Duke Nukem developers, we will eventually have a website).
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Re: Mobile App For FT (Official Poll)
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2011, 01:30:50 am »
It doesnt matter much to me. i just use the browser on my droid. it works fine.  :fox-:):
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Re: Mobile App For FT (Official Poll)
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2011, 03:13:24 am »
how about nokia or sonim ?

I'm using Sonim XP3 Quest Pro

and I think it would be nice n_n

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Re: Mobile App For FT (Official Poll)
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2011, 05:00:45 am »
how about nokia or sonim ?

I'm using Sonim XP3 Quest Pro

and I think it would be nice n_n

I'm not on the Tapatalk dev team, nor do I want to be, so I can't really make this happen.  However, some preliminary searching reveals that there are Tapatalk-compatible apps for the various Nokia/Symbian/whatever platforms are out there (they have almost zero market share in the US, so I really don't know what the options are), but they're third-party and/or unsupported by the official Tapatalk team.  But, if we do this, it'd probably be worth looking into.
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Re: Mobile App For FT (Official Poll)
« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2011, 01:38:37 pm »
I like the sound of it being compatible on Android and iOS. I think you should do it, I've seen the mobile version of the site, and it's too complicated. I also think that the site runs ok on Safari and my browser on my Samsung, but it would be WAY convenient if there was an app.
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Re: Mobile App For FT (Official Poll)
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2011, 04:15:46 pm »
The site works perfectly on my Blackberry's web browser, I'm not sure what the problem is? o.0

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Re: Mobile App For FT (Official Poll)
« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2011, 04:30:18 pm »
Just to clarify, this isn't about the site being unusable on phone browsers.  Rather, it's a matter of having a different method of accessing the site, which I can almost guarantee would be faster-loading, and would reduce load on our server.  In that regard, it's a win-win.

There seems to be a decent amount of interest in this, so later today, I'll be re-opening the Beta Site to give it a try; I've actually never used Tapatalk, so I'll want to experiment a bit before deploying it on the live site.  If you'd like to participate, see my post below.  Please note, this round of beta testing is for Tapatalk testing only, so include your model and platform of smartphone in the email, and get a copy of the app.  If you don't want to spend $3 just for an FT app, keep in mind that you can use the app with every forum that has Tapatalk installed, which is quite a lot of them, judging by the number of forum posts out there with "Sent from my iPhone" or "Sent from my Android device" at the bottom of the post.

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Re: Mobile App For FT (Official Poll)
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2011, 01:09:19 am »
Ok, I haven't actually installed Tapatalk yet, but I've re-built the beta site (it hasn't been used in over a year and a half, and a lot's changed since then), and revamped the join-method, since we'll probably be using this a lot.  So, if you're interested in participating in this, go to http://beta.furryteens.org/, and read the Joining thread for further instructions.

Further discussion of this will occur on the beta site, until we've determined whether or not to install this plugin here.

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Re: Mobile App For FT (Official Poll)
« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2011, 03:05:36 pm »
I don't have a smartphone but i'd use it if I did. (I voted probably lol)
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Re: Mobile App For FT (Official Poll)
« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2011, 09:15:32 am »
It was a pretty quick beta test, because Tapatalk is awesome!  I was very impressed, with both the user experience and with the ease of installation.  Our other testers were pretty pleased too, so I'm gonna go ahead and declare this a success and deploy it on FT.  Probably on the other sites hosted on this server too.  Not only does the app provide a great interface for the forums, but it has some notification support, and it greatly reduces server load while improving response times!  And without any discernable privacy concerns (I was worried that the client ran through a proxy, but nope, it's clean).

I'll update this thread when it's ready, but if you're interested, you can go ahead and get the app for your device.  Like I said, there are quite a few other sites that use it, including a few furry ones, so it's definitely not just for FT.  Here are some links.

Tapatalk Main Site
iOS Download (iTunes)
Android Download (Android Market)
Blackberry Download
Windows Phone 7 (third-party developer site, with download links)

It's also available for WebOS/Palm, via a third-party developer, but I couldn't find any sort of download link.  I wanted to give a special thank-you to Lance for testing with it, and hopefully he'll share some information on how to acquire it, in case we have any other WebOS users here :-)

If you don't have a device with one of those operating systems, it'd be worth doing a search to see what you can find, the server back-end is popular enough that it's been unofficially ported to a few other platforms not supported by the original development team.  And, if you find one for your device that isn't listed above, PLEASE give me the info!  I'll be compiling a better instructional post once we get this up and running, so that information would be helpful to have!  To get you started, I've confirmed that a Symbian/Nokia version was in development at some point, and it exists somewhere, but I couldn't find a download link.  I also searched for J2ME/Javaphone versions, but couldn't really find anything; unfortunately, with the advent of smartphones, J2ME development has greatly decreased, but it's still worth looking around if you want to give it a try.
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Re: Mobile App For FT (Official Poll)
« Reply #10 on: July 10, 2011, 12:35:28 pm »
It was a pretty quick beta test, because Tapatalk is awesome!  I was very impressed, with both the user experience and with the ease of installation.  Our other testers were pretty pleased too, so I'm gonna go ahead and declare this a success and deploy it on FT.  Probably on the other sites hosted on this server too.  Not only does the app provide a great interface for the forums, but it has some notification support, and it greatly reduces server load while improving response times!  And without any discernable privacy concerns (I was worried that the client ran through a proxy, but nope, it's clean).

I'll update this thread when it's ready, but if you're interested, you can go ahead and get the app for your device.  Like I said, there are quite a few other sites that use it, including a few furry ones, so it's definitely not just for FT.  Here are some links.

Tapatalk Main Site
iOS Download (iTunes)
Android Download (Android Market)
Blackberry Download
Windows Phone 7 (third-party developer site, with download links)

It's also available for WebOS/Palm, via a third-party developer, but I couldn't find any sort of download link.  I wanted to give a special thank-you to Lance for testing with it, and hopefully he'll share some information on how to acquire it, in case we have any other WebOS users here :-)

If you don't have a device with one of those operating systems, it'd be worth doing a search to see what you can find, the server back-end is popular enough that it's been unofficially ported to a few other platforms not supported by the original development team.  And, if you find one for your device that isn't listed above, PLEASE give me the info!  I'll be compiling a better instructional post once we get this up and running, so that information would be helpful to have!  To get you started, I've confirmed that a Symbian/Nokia version was in development at some point, and it exists somewhere, but I couldn't find a download link.  I also searched for J2ME/Javaphone versions, but couldn't really find anything; unfortunately, with the advent of smartphones, J2ME development has greatly decreased, but it's still worth looking around if you want to give it a try.
I checked the Droid Market and there is an app called "Convo" that can run forums that use Tapatalk. It seems limited with a 3.5 star rating on droid, but if you have a droid and can't afford TapaTalk. This is an alternative.
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Re: Mobile App For FT (Official Poll)
« Reply #11 on: July 10, 2011, 01:14:35 pm »
Thanks Natasha ^^

The app for WebOS is an App called "Forums" and as said, it is Tapatalk powered. The app is still $2.99 and runs pretty well while still being really easy to use. It still lights up the icons next to the boards, signifying that there's a new reply in there. The only real "problem" I had, was some logging in issues that were quickly solved and the "Beta Talk" board disappeared, but could still be found through the "New Replies" thing. Lastly, just something cool I found out, there's an option called "Shake to Refresh," oh yeah, exactly what you think. Shake the phone, refresh the boards.
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Re: Mobile App For FT (Official Poll)
« Reply #12 on: July 10, 2011, 10:06:18 pm »
My 10 dollar messaging phone can display FT both in lite and full modes easily, so I wouldn't need or use it.
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Re: Mobile App For FT (Official Poll)
« Reply #13 on: July 10, 2012, 05:30:44 am »
Was this ever implemented? I just want to know befor I spend 2.99 on tapatalk. If it has FT app here I come!
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Re: Mobile App For FT (Official Poll)
« Reply #14 on: July 11, 2012, 10:45:20 am »
This is a horrible idea and I'll leave forever if it's implemented... How dare you even think about doing something like this!

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Re: Mobile App For FT (Official Poll)
« Reply #15 on: December 28, 2012, 01:20:16 pm »
Has there been any more thought on this ? I love the sound of it, especially as I already have tapatalk :D
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Re: Mobile App For FT (Official Poll)
« Reply #16 on: December 28, 2012, 03:11:38 pm »
I hate when I'm in the middle of a typing out a long reply or post on my iPod and it crashes. Then I have to type out the whole message again *Flips table, and iPod for that matter  :fox-:P:
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Re: Mobile App For FT (Official Poll)
« Reply #17 on: December 28, 2012, 04:15:36 pm »
I hate when I'm in the middle of a typing out a long reply or post on my iPod and it crashes. Then I have to type out the whole message again *Flips table, and iPod for that matter  :fox-:P:

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