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  1. Ian

    Ian Administrator Staff Member

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    The software I had mentioned a while ago finally became available - and ended up being a free plugin for the forum, and as a result I have installed it into the forum.

    There is an app available in the app store called "TapATalk" - which is designed for vBulletin boards (such as ours) - and costs $2.99. I have purchased it myself for my Ipod Touch and have been testing it, and I will admit that it's a clean and simple way to view the forum. However there is a significant amount of functionality missing, and there have been some things I've noticed that I'll point out before you decide whether or not to go buy it:

    1) # of Replies to each thread - Non Existent on main page, but listed after you click on it.
    2) Marking a thread as "seen" - Non Existent
    3) Replying to an individual post with a quote - Non Existent
    4) Private messaging - Non Existent
    5) Arcade - Non Existent
    6) Who's online - Non Existent
    7) Forum Levels - Don't go in more than two deep, (Example - 'Patriot Nation' Sub Forums Not Available)

    These are things being discussed in future upgrades by the developers (which would be free if you've already purchased it) but as of now they're not available.

    If you purchase it - I have no connection whatsoever to this software or their developers, and don't receive any $$ - nor can I make any changes to the way it operates. In other words - purchase it at your own risk. However like the rest of the vBulletin owners out there, I will offer them and request any feedback you provide.

    As for my review: I will admit it's a simple quick clean way to read the forum on the go and is the best I've seen so far that has been released. For those who hate having to view the forum in the Safari browser on your Ipod, this definitely makes it easier. For three bucks I'm not disappointed - although my expectations were a bit higher.

    To find our forum - you'll have to search for it. The reason I have the forum hidden is due to the fact that from what I've seen, people who weren't aware this was coming (ie forum owners) have no idea what this app is. If you buy it and don't have a forum you use that has this plugin installed, it's obviously a waste of money. Since people purchase apps all the time without really reading up on what they're about - I didn't want a flood of random nitwits coming and registering into our forum (which is happening elsewhere).

    After you install the app, click on "Search" and then enter "PatsFans" and you'll see the forum come up. Each time you open it, click on "Favorites" and it automatically will be there.

    That's it for me on this. You can reply to this thread if you have any feedback or any questions and I'll be happy to help as much as I can. This thread will also be moving to the Help Forum later this evening for future questions, concerns, etc. so it doesn't get lost.

    Ian
     
  2. Disco Volante

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    Awesome, thanks a lot as always.
     
  3. jmt57

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    For that price it should be a no-brainer for anybody with an iPhone or iTouch, regardless of some of the limitations.

    Good call on keeping it hidden.
     
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    tombonneau In the Starting Line-Up

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    Posting now from the app. So far so good. Hopefully there is a setting to make this board my default when the app opens. Landscape is a plus. Though I'm noticing it does not autoscroll down as you continue typing. :-( but not bad and worth the $3


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
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    Chances are I will get this once they release some new patches.
     
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    Not for nothing, but I've had Patsfans on my Iphone bookmarks for almost 2 years, and works just fine. It's just like being online on a computer, how is this better ? To use the app, do you have to have a connection anyway ? Or do the forum threads update offline ? If thy do, it's worth it, if they don't, I'll stick with the safari browser which does everything.
     
  7. Michael

    Michael Moderator Staff Member PatsFans.com Supporter

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    Like scott99 I was a little skeptical. Safari was working OK for me. But, for less money than I spent for lunch I figured I'd give it a try. And I have to say I'm glad I did. Considering how many awesome apps are 99¢ or less $2.99 is a little high but, still it's worth it. Now you don't have to tap/zoom in and no more hitting hyperlinks unintentionally. Also subject lines are much easier to read. And it autoflows type to fit on your screen. Again without the need to zoom and scroll. The only real draw back is it is a little slower to load the info than Safari, but from what I read there is suppose to be a 1.2 that will have better iPhone 3.0 support.
     
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  8. Ian

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    No - they definitely haven't figured all that out yet :cool:

    This was done for the people who asked for an easier to read interface. I came accross this one, and this is purely a choice for those who want to use it. As I said, they're the ones your $2.99 goes to, and you can definitely tell they didn't program it around large forums and certainly have a lot of work to do.

    But I guess give them credit, after all they took the time to put it together. To your point - My take with Safari is I like it to view the forum page itself - I actually do like the app to read the posts - you don't need to zoom in to read them and it's certainly a littler easier. However - I don't like having to refresh manually each time I login. They need to fix that.
     
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    for you iPhone owners, does the phone start to slow down after installing a bunch of these cheapy apps like my PC does when I install a lot of tools and utilities? I am thinking that now is a great time to buy the iPhone.
     
  10. Ian

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    Not really - unless you go overboard and install a million of them. I remove the ones I don't use after a while (most of those are free - so it's not like I couldn't download them again later on if I wanted to) and you'll find there's only a handful you use regularly.
     
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    Yeah that's bit rot. Unfortunately Windows uses a registry and gives applications unrestricted root access (one reason it can never be made safe) and as you add and remove the apps and utils they use OS resources and leave behind crap even after you remove them. And that is what slows down your PC. IT doesn't matter what you put on the iPhone it won't have access to the system to slow down the Phone. That's one of the reasons there is no Flash for it.
     
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    Any new news on this app or improvements? I'm starting find I'm on the forum via my iPhone more often and Safari can be a bit aggravating.
     
  13. Michael

    Michael Moderator Staff Member PatsFans.com Supporter

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    It's the same. Great for quick reading of posts. I like the "latest posts" feature.
     
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    If you're on the iPhone on this forum it's worth it, if nothing else you can get here faster although I've found posting on the forum via TapATalk is sorta dicey at best... Tried to post at the Indy game with it and the program froze up on me even in the 3G network.
     
  15. Ian

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    They've added PM'ing, etc. I find it works pretty well for what it is. A quick and easy interface that makes the board easy to read, and most features very user friendly. If the board isn't taxed then it works fine - that wasn't the aps fault, the server was loaded that night and was pushed to the max. So far the new processor worked well last weekend. We'll be tested Monday night with the Saints game so that should be a good indication of whether or not the new processor will help improve the performance on a big night.
     
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    thanks for the heads up
     
  17. Ian

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    The recent update really made a big difference. If you haven't used it in a while you may want to try it again. Makes it a breeze to surf the forum from your I-Touch or I-Phone :cool:
     
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    I like how it goes to latest posts by default now.
     
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    Ian, any chance we can get an app for the BlackBerry? :D
     

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