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Is there sufficient interest in a PB iPhone/Droid App?

Discussion in 'Computers & Technology' started by Semper Fidelis, Mar 12, 2011.

  1. Yes, and I would be willing to contribute

    7 vote(s)
    18.9%
  2. Yes, but I would not want to contribute

    5 vote(s)
    13.5%
  3. No

    15 vote(s)
    40.5%
  4. What is an iPhone/Droid?

    10 vote(s)
    27.0%
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  1. Semper Fidelis

    Semper Fidelis 2 Timothy 2:24-25 Staff Member

    On March 15th, vBulletin will be releasing its vBulletin Mobile Suite that I can purchase to build a PB-branded app for the iPhone and Droid. It will set me back $199 for the first year and $99/year thereafter. If you're a user of the Droid or iPhone please respond so I can get a sense of raw numbers. The app would be free but I would like to see if users of this app would be willing to throw in a few dollars per year in donations so I don't have to pay so much out of pocket.
     
  2. Semper Fidelis

    Semper Fidelis 2 Timothy 2:24-25 Staff Member

    vBulletin Community Forum - vBulletin Mobile FAQ

    It'd be like Tapatalk.
     
  3. fredtgreco

    fredtgreco Vanilla Westminsterian Staff Member

    Would it be iPad native? That is, would it give full screen view?
     
  4. SolaScriptura

    SolaScriptura Puritanboard Softy

    I'd love an app by which we could search for confessionally Reformed churches by confession of subscription.
     
  5. Semper Fidelis

    Semper Fidelis 2 Timothy 2:24-25 Staff Member

    It's not going to have native iPad functionality.
     
  6. rbcbob

    rbcbob Puritan Board Graduate

    I would be interested in an iPhone app.
     
  7. Herald

    Herald Moderator Staff Member

    If it's not more feature-rich than Tapatalk I wouldn't use it.
     
  8. SolaScriptura

    SolaScriptura Puritanboard Softy

    It should have the ability to contain various reformed confessions so they can be read from the app, search for confessional churches, etc.
     
  9. LawrenceU

    LawrenceU Puritan Board Doctor

    I'm with Bill, if it is not more feature rich and flexible than Tapatalk, I would not see the need for it.
     
  10. beej6

    beej6 Puritan Board Sophomore

    I see the app lets some basic moderation functions happen from the mobile app, that may make it an advantage over Tapatalk?
     
  11. jfschultz

    jfschultz Puritan Board Junior

    I voted 'No" because it does not fully support the iPad. Why not Forum Runner which supports both iOS and Android OS devices. It works with vBulletin with no cost to the BBS and a nominal $2.00 for the mobile app.
     
  12. Semper Fidelis

    Semper Fidelis 2 Timothy 2:24-25 Staff Member

    Your response makes no sense to me. The vBulletin app supports iOS, it just hasn't created a dedicated iPad app. In other words, the iPhone app will run on the iPad. If by "fully support the iPad" you reject the vBulletin mobile app because it is an iPhone app then, by logical extension, why would you want to pay money for Forum Runner, which has the same limitations?
     
  13. fredtgreco

    fredtgreco Vanilla Westminsterian Staff Member

    Rich,

    I don't know about Forum Runner, but I can explain one thing, I think. If the app is not iPad native, it shows up in the middle of the iPad as the size of an iPhone with black all around it. Therefore it really does not take advantage of the iPad's capabilities (for example, I don't believe it rotates with the display, and therefore you can only hold the iPad in one direction, portrait).

    That means that Tapatalk is just as good (since it is an iPhone app also) or even using the Safari browser works better (because there is a decent amount of screen space). It does not make sense it seems to me to pay that much money (even with donations) for what is essentially an iPhone app.
     
  14. Semper Fidelis

    Semper Fidelis 2 Timothy 2:24-25 Staff Member

    I understand all that Fred but it is the same problem that Forum Runner has. In other words, if the problem is that there is not going to be an iPad native app then why say: "I won't pay for this because it's not iPad native but I will pay for this other app that's not iPad native either...."

    Also, with a 10" screen, doesn't the board look pretty decent in Safari without the need for an app? This thread is really asking iPhone/Droid users if they would like a dedicated app.
     
  15. fredtgreco

    fredtgreco Vanilla Westminsterian Staff Member

    I understand. I was under the impression (and I could be wrong) that Tapatalk was free to the board, and the cost was for the individual user. You are correct about Safari working pretty well.
     
  16. Semper Fidelis

    Semper Fidelis 2 Timothy 2:24-25 Staff Member

    That's true. Tapatalk does license its software so board owners can brand their own Tapatalk-like app but the normal plugin is free for board use. Looking at the Forum Runner software, it seems less capable than Tapatalk.

    The main advantage of the vBulletin mobile apps is that it's going to be free for end users but cost me some $$ to load. I think it might end up being more feature-rich in the long run as it's made by the board software vendor itself.
     
  17. jfschultz

    jfschultz Puritan Board Junior

    The difference is that while Tapatalk is an iPhone iOS app, Fourum Runner is a universal iOS app. This means that it will take advantage of the increased screen space of the iPad instead of just showing a "virtual" iPhone in the middle of the screen.

    BTW, if Tapatalk is properly coded and rotates on an iPhone, it will rotate on an iPad.
     
  18. Semper Fidelis

    Semper Fidelis 2 Timothy 2:24-25 Staff Member

    Thanks John. I've enabled Forum Runner for the forum if a Droid or iPhone user has the app installed. It supports Tapatalk as well. If anyone has both I'd be interested in their opinions of the strengths of Forum Runner compared to Tapatalk.
     
  19. fredtgreco

    fredtgreco Vanilla Westminsterian Staff Member

    I have not run Forum Runner, but I can confirm that Tapatalk does not rotate, and neither do any of my other iPhone apps on iPad.
     
  20. fredtgreco

    fredtgreco Vanilla Westminsterian Staff Member

    Ok, is there a way to turn off the annoying Forum Runner pop ups now? Every time I visit a page on the forum using my iPad, it wants to tell me about Forum Runner.
     
  21. Semper Fidelis

    Semper Fidelis 2 Timothy 2:24-25 Staff Member

    Fixed.
     
  22. jawyman

    jawyman Puritan Board Junior

    This is the only reason why I voted no.
     
  23. jfschultz

    jfschultz Puritan Board Junior

    This rotation issue seems to be mostly true. A quick check of my iPhone apps maybe a third do rotate but most do not.

    ---------- Post added at 06:09 PM ---------- Previous post was at 06:07 PM ----------

    There is a free, read only, version of Forum Reader that one can use to try it out.
     
  24. jfschultz

    jfschultz Puritan Board Junior

    Thanks, I found, at least on the iPad, that Forum Runner works very well. In fact I find it more reponsive than using a browser. The down side is that it does not display the member's signature on their posts.
     
  25. Elimelek

    Elimelek Puritan Board Freshman

    I would definately be interested in an Android app.
     
  26. Augusta

    Augusta Puritan Board Doctor

    Cool! I recently aquired a wp7 and I just installed the free Tapatalk. I am new to the whole smart phone thing so I think it's awesome! I don't know what I am talking about though. :D
     
  27. fredtgreco

    fredtgreco Vanilla Westminsterian Staff Member

    Tapatalk is now updated for iPad (and free if you bought the iPhone app).
     
  28. Semper Fidelis

    Semper Fidelis 2 Timothy 2:24-25 Staff Member

    Updated...
     
  29. fredtgreco

    fredtgreco Vanilla Westminsterian Staff Member

    Thanks, Rich. Hopefully that will keep you from having to install another app.
     
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