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Should we have a mobile app?

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Furry Teens Mobile App
« on: July 17, 2016, 02:26:36 pm »
Honestly I know how hard it could be to make a mobile app, but this was just an idea. I really only check FT on my phone because it's really convenient for me, but if we had an app it would be easier to navigate through the forums. This was just a thought that came into my head. I know that it is easier to make an android app than an IOS app.
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Re: Furry Teens Mobile App
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2016, 03:36:15 pm »
I think it would be awesome to have an app!   :fox-:):
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Re: Furry Teens Mobile App
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2016, 03:39:28 pm »
I would say that it's too much work for too little use. A better alternative would be to make the site itself responsive, friendlier to smaller screens. A little extra CSS can go a long way. If the admins are okay with it, I'll be more than willing to help with that.
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Re: Furry Teens Mobile App
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2016, 05:11:39 pm »
While a mobile app would be nice it's really not feasible. The forum costs money to run, it doesn't make any like sites like Facebook or Twitter do. Because of this any developments such as apps would have to come out of the staffs pockets or free time. So as much as we would all love one, an app isn't in the foreseeable future. We do however have a text based version of the site for use on mobile devices: http://www.furryteens.org/forum/index.php?wap2

On a more personal note, I used this site exclusively from my phone for the first 6 months I was a member and still use it regularly from my phone when I'm not at home. I've only used the forum from a laptop/computer around 5 times (I mostly use my iPad). It's really not that bad to use from a phone/iPod etc, it just takes some time to get used to ^^
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Re: Furry Teens Mobile App
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2016, 05:11:52 pm »
This question gets asked pretty frequently, and the answer is generally what Kambo said: that's a lot of work for something that's not a priority. We haven't gotten enough (or any, really) complaints about how the site operates on mobile to think about creating an app.

We are eternally in the process of making a new website, and responsive design will absolutely be a part of that. It's just basically at a stand-still, since FT is 99% self-funded and hiring developers is expensive, but it'll happen one day  :fox-;):
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Re: Furry Teens Mobile App
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2016, 05:13:38 pm »
I would LOVE if FT had an app or at least a more responsive webpage. I'd vote yes for either.
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Re: Furry Teens Mobile App
« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2016, 08:05:48 pm »
So to my understanding it is practically impossible to make a mobile based version of the website because it would take work and money. But it still is possible right? It was just a thought I know it probably won't happen but it would be pretty cool if we did. Also it would be cool if we got a bit more coding to make the site more mobile friendly that would be perfectly fine too.
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Re: Furry Teens Mobile App
« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2016, 08:23:31 pm »
Yes, its possible and is definitely a valid idea  :lol-fox:

Responsive design isn't that hard to implement, but I don't think there's a way to get it to work with our current forum software?
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Re: Furry Teens Mobile App
« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2016, 03:03:25 pm »
How about a simple concept? I made an APK file for android users to install. It looks very simple. But if the admins are fine with it, I will provide a link to the APK.
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Re: Furry Teens Mobile App
« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2016, 03:55:29 pm »
I wouldn't say seperate app, but at least tapatalk support would be Great.
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Re: Furry Teens Mobile App
« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2016, 08:08:06 pm »
How about a simple concept? I made an APK file for android users to install. It looks very simple. But if the admins are fine with it, I will provide a link to the APK.

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I wouldn't say seperate app, but at least tapatalk support would be Great.

Tapatalk is a firm "no", due to security issues:
We looked into Tapatalk, a while back, but the company has changed considerably since then, and it's no longer a system we're comfortable using.  They always pushed a large assortment of rather sketchy monetization schemes, but since the app went free, this has gotten far worse, and many of their newer privacy-invading features are impossible to disable.  To protect the privacy of our members, we can no longer encourage the use of Tapatalk, and we will not be partnering with them.
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