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Old 02-16-12, 07:40 PM   #1
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OT: BikeForums app?

I was out of town for three days on business, with only my iPhone to connect to the interwebs. I have to say: reading any of these threads on a smart phone screen is pretty hard - the font is about 2 point.

I wish there was an app, like the Huff Post app, for example, for Bike Forums. Each individual forum would be a click away, and the text for a given post could be larger. Yes, I can swipe and increase the text on the intertube browser, but then a single line won't fit on the screen.

Surely some tech-savvy whippersnapper could create such an app for iPhones and Androids.
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I agree. Using an internet browser on an iPhone is next to impossible.
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Tapatalk is a forum plug-in used by many other forums that I frequent. Tapatalk has a free app that supports iPhone, Android, etc. You can see more informtion here: Tapatalk. If you frequent other forums, try the app out, those forums may support tapatalk.

I wish Bike Forums supported it, because it works very well.

The question of tapatalk support comes up every once in a while in the support forum. The latest plan ffrom the forum gods can be read at this thread.

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Old 02-17-12, 07:33 AM   #4
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The Tapatalk website states that it supports vBulletin which is what Bike Forums is powered by. Has anyone tried this to see if it actually works with BF?
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Click on the thread I linked above. In order for tapatalk to work with BF, the admins have to install a tapatalk plugin, which they are not going to do.
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Dang i-Phone weenies

And thus the reason for an Android phone(with a large screen ). Try turning the phone sideways(if i-phones switch the view), then pinch the screen to enlarge.
Below are screen shots of the website:
1) Normal view. How it comes up on the phone:


2)Pinched screen to enlarge in portrait:


3)After opening a thread, phone turned to landscape(sideways) and then pinched to enlarge.:



There are websites that have their own app that makes them more mobile-friendly. Android forums has it's own "Phandroid" app that makes the process easier but basically you get the same thing without all the pinching, etc. . And yes Tapatalk does the same thing with sites that allow you to use Tapatalk.

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And thus the reason for an Android phone(with a large screen ). Try turning the phone sideways(if i-phones switch the view), then pinch the screen to enlarge.
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I have the Droid Razr and that's exactly what I do to read the forum on my phone. It seems to work great.
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When you think about it, this is the reason for the whole i-Pad craze. Because Apple was smart enough to make their phones with a small screen, making it tough to see websites . Now a whole new business for them has emerged. Android users are still using.......................... their phones . Me, I'm a one-device-do-everything person. My phone is my phone, GPS directions, camera, flashlight, radio, mp3 player, video camera, computer, etc, etc. I'm an Alton Brown( Food Network guy) kind of guy. A device has to multi-task.
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If those are shown actual size, you have an enormous phone!

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Dang i-Phone weenies

And thus the reason for an Android phone(with a large screen ). Try turning the phone sideways(if i-phones switch the view), then pinch the screen to enlarge.
Below are screen shots of the website:
1) Normal view. How it comes up on the phone:


2)Pinched screen to enlarge in portrait:


3)After opening a thread, phone turned to landscape(sideways) and then pinched to enlarge.:



There are websites that have their own app that makes them more mobile-friendly. Android forums has it's own "Phandroid" app that makes the process easier but basically you get the same thing without all the pinching, etc. . And yes Tapatalk does the same thing with sites that allow you to use Tapatalk.
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Close but not really Much larger screen than an i-phone though. And much larger than a "Droid"(original Droid of that name), Droid Incredible and phones of that size.
Advantage of i-phone: All the same size. Makes accessories easier to make and get.
Advantage of Android: You can get the size of phone that suits you. Makes getting accessories harder though.
Pluses and minuses to them all.

Size comparison. Droid X to i-Phone:
http://www.mobiletechworld.com/wordp...one4-front.jpg
http://www.mobiletechworld.com/wordp...ne4-side-2.jpg

In the first picture it looks a LOT bigger. When in reality(2nd picture), not that much.

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vBulletin has software that the admins could purchase at pretty low cost. But it takes time and effort to set it up.

I am in the process of converting a large music discussion forum over to vBulletin, and as soon as it settles in, I'll be pushing out the mobile app as well.
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I read the forums on my phone all the time and it works great, but I use Opera as my browser and set it to use mobile view. I don't own an iPhone though. I have no idea if you could do that on one.
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I occasionally browse with my iPhone. It's not that big a deal. Nothing beats the iPad, though.
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