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Old 11-29-2012, 09:22 AM   #1
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And is this in the process or in the thoughts of happening?




just wondering cause when I do things on the phone or ipod, i never frequent the site. But I would if we had an app.
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:26 AM   #2
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Well even if not an app, a mobile version would be appreciated. I know TJ is a busy guy but this site is behind the times.
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:29 AM   #3
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I've been eyeballing VB 4 for awhile, but they're about to release VB5 connect, which is currently in beta. I'm probably going to skip 4 and go directly to 5 when it's released. vB5 is optimized for mobile (or so they say, I haven't yet tested it thoroughly yet). But I expect by next season we'll be on the new platform, and so I don't expect to put a lot of resources into a mobile app right now for the software version that's on its way out the door.
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:30 AM   #4
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VB5 looks pretty sweet:
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:39 AM   #5
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I really don't understand what's difficult about viewing the site on a mobile browser. I used it pretty often. I'm genuinely curious as this goes at the heart of my not understanding the app phenomenon since getting to them is so much slower and they have less options.
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:42 AM   #6
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I really don't understand what's difficult about viewing the site on a mobile browser. I used it pretty often. I'm genuinely curious as this goes at the heart of my not understanding the app phenomenon since getting to them is so much slower and they have less options.
I also use my phone and tablet quite often to view the site. It's usable on a phone, but definitely not optimized for it.
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:50 AM   #7
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I use the Dolphin app which is free, then make OM my homepage. The nice thing about it is once into the site you double tape the page and it sizes it to fit the screen. I don't know why you need an app. It runs smooth.
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:58 AM   #8
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I just use safari on my iPhone. Better than an app
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:20 AM   #9
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View it just fine on my phone and iPad. Use that more than computer.
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:24 AM   #10
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I also use my phone and tablet quite often to view the site. It's usable on a phone, but definitely not optimized for it.
This.

I'm posting this from my iPhone right now. It's obviously doable, but a true mobile version would make it much easier.
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:32 AM   #11
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What about getting it picked up by tapatalk? I use that to view a lot of forums that aren't optimized. Have you looked into how you could get the OM on there Taco? It's free to activate for any forum.


Here, if you have a minute you could sctivate it pretty easily here with the free option. If you so desire.

http://www.tapatalk.com/pricing.php

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Old 11-29-2012, 10:39 AM   #12
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i use my ipod every so often or phone. but as has been said its not optimal so i definitely think the mobile version would improve that.

@Chris.... App's make things much easier and smoother for different sites or programs, you need to get with it
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:56 AM   #13
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I tend to hate sites that push an app on you. Who wants an app for every forum they visit? And I know mobile themes are well intentioned, but it seems like a majority break some important functionality of the desktop website. Most of the time, if they provide a link to bypass the mobile theme, I use it.

I've been on android for awhile. With Opera Mini before I got my new phone that runs Chrome. I think the future is about mobile browsers that can better handle desktop sites, and probably also websites better designed for either type of user.

So if it were me, I wouldn't waste a bunch of time/$$$ on any app or mobile-only themes.
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What about getting it picked up by tapatalk? I use that to view a lot of forums that aren't optimized. Have you looked into how you could get the OM on there Taco? It's free to activate for any forum.


Here, if you have a minute you could sctivate it pretty easily here with the free option. If you so desire.

http://www.tapatalk.com/pricing.php
that is what I use on my site, users have been very happy with it
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:57 AM   #15
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I just use safari on my iPhone. Better than an app
Me too. never had an issue. It's great on iPad
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Use it on my iPhone when I'm at work, can also moderate with it even though it takes awhile.


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I use the Dolphin app which is free, then make OM my homepage. The nice thing about it is once into the site you double tape the page and it sizes it to fit the screen. I don't know why you need an app. It runs smooth.
Because it can be smoother. It can never be too smooth when I'm gliding in......What are we talking about?
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Old 11-29-2012, 12:25 PM   #18
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What about getting it picked up by tapatalk? I use that to view a lot of forums that aren't optimized. Have you looked into how you could get the OM on there Taco? It's free to activate for any forum.


Here, if you have a minute you could sctivate it pretty easily here with the free option. If you so desire.

http://www.tapatalk.com/pricing.php
I vote for mobile web browser optimization. I have enough apps on my phone.
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Old 11-29-2012, 12:36 PM   #19
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i use my ipod every so often or phone. but as has been said its not optimal so i definitely think the mobile version would improve that.

@Chris.... App's make things much easier and smoother for different sites or programs, you need to get with it
The idea of having a separate app for every single site, forum, porn site, philippino dwarf tossing community I visit is flat out painful to me. I understand if you to do things other than a reformatting of a website like reading barcodes to price compare or playing games or tagging songs but for sites turned into apps I really don't understand the consumer benefit. It's just flat out slower to scroll to an app than it is to type in the first three letters of a web address I already have saved. I then have to find the app for the next site I want to visit. From the site's perspective, it locks people in and builds loyalty so that's great for them.

ios is app driven because apple sells the hardware at break even and makes money from their app cut but 95% of those apps are completely pointless. Android is more browser driven because that's how they make their money. Windows phone 8 is a marriage of the two. I use the email, weather, mapping and song tagging apps on my iphone. Beyond that I can't bring myself to like something I find slower to access.
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Maybe I'm not using it right, but the site apps I have on my Android offer very little advantage over using a straight browser. Banks, eBay, Wiki, agencies, Craigslist, PayPal, where's the advantage?
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Is it a data usage issue? If not, I see no problem with opening a browser...
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Old 11-29-2012, 01:23 PM   #22
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Oh I see, using the app saves data ... okay, thanks. I'm unlimited, but I think Virgin slows your transfer rate if you hit a certain level, so I will use the apps after all, thanks.
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Old 11-29-2012, 01:35 PM   #23
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Ive been asking for tapatalk for a couple years now, but seem to be the only one, Cant say I blame TJ for not doing it for 1 or 2 posters, Im still not sure there is enough demand, Also not sure this is something that should be started mid season, sounds like more of an off season project. What happens if something goes wrong and the site is down on game day ? Sometimes its best just to leave well enough alone.
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Old 11-29-2012, 01:41 PM   #24
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I would also recommend that if you guys want to help Taco improve the site, the end of the year is a great time to send him a donation. I look at it as a subscription for something I get to use all the time. I was going to wait a couple weeks but maybe I will send in what I can now while I am thinking about it.

It is hard to do improvements when one dude is floating the boat for them. Just a thought.
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