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Smartphone App

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 3:31 pm
by blacksagephoenix
I am not sure how hard it is to create a smartphone app for a forum, but it would be really nice to have one of Sybils Den. I am ALWAYS on this site from my iphone, especially when something important is going on and I am trying to keep up with all the posts. Things such as exotic ownership news, some of our members pets being ill, and general advice that is helpful to have on the go. I would love it if Sybils Den had an app that we could download to see the forum better on smart phones, rather than using the web browser, and maybe be able to get notifications sent to us when a reply has been made to a particular forum we are closely watching. Has this been considered? Is it just too difficult? I would like to further look into it.

Re: Smartphone App

Posted: Fri Jan 13, 2012 8:01 pm
by veralidaine
Agreed, and if it could be made for blackberry too, that'd be awesome. I have no idea what it takes to make one though. It might be harder to make for iphone though just because I think apple has to own the app whereas with blackberryy and android, people can just submit apps. Who knows, you might even be able to make a small amount off it for the site (Again, I'm not sure how it works but a lot of blackberry apps are a few dollars). I wouldn't mind paying a few dollars to be able to have an app for Sybil's

Re: Smartphone App

Posted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 9:31 am
by pat
I honestly don't know much, about the iphones and apps.
but, I will look into it.

right now, I have tons of work. so not sure when or if I can do it.

if it is something that dont take long to do, I will do it.
but, I need to understand it first.

thanks for the idea.

Re: Smartphone App

Posted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 10:54 am
by pat
I looked into smartphone apps.

It might not be too bad on my part.
just a matter of uploading some files and some tweeking.

here is what I looked at so far.

before I do this, I want to make sure this is what you guys are talking about.
I think there is a cost for the user, but not sure how much.

let me know, and if you think it is OK, I will try and set it up.

if there is others, let me know..

Re: Smartphone App

Posted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 11:12 am
by blacksagephoenix
That does look like it would work. Looks alot easier to just sign your forum up on a "app host" with other forums, would also get more members here. I also wouldn't mind paying a few bucks if needed. Veralidaine, Apple works the same way as the others as far as apps go. ANYONE (who has the knowledge) can make apps and sell them through Apple as well as Blackberry and Android systems.

I just took a look at it on my phone and it would cost $2.99(US) for the download. Again, I wouldn't mind paying for it if Sybil's Den was on there.

Re: Smartphone App

Posted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 12:24 pm
by pat
if you think it will work, then I will use tapatalk. I will need to install it on my server.
if you find anything else, let me know.

I need to do some other updates first, then I will install it.
will let you know when done. doubt it will be today. but, it is possible.

I assume it is a 2.99 one time fee to use it?

Re: Smartphone App

Posted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 1:18 pm
by sarajeku
I would pay the $2.99! Usually for apps it's a one time fee, and it stores it on your computer or apple account (for iphone at least). So if something happens that you lose your phone or the information on your phone, you won't have to pay it again when you re-download it.

Re: Smartphone App

Posted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 1:36 pm
by pat
a one time fee is much better than a monthly fee.

I don't use my phone for internet at all.
but, just out of curiosity, what is the advantage of this?

I can only assume it proportions the site more accurately?

Hope to the app done this weekend. I will try very hard.
again, want to do some things that I couldn't get to first.

Re: Smartphone App

Posted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 1:41 pm
by veralidaine
pat wrote:
I can only assume it proportions the site more accurately?

That's exactly right. For instance, I have web browser capabilities on my blackberry but if the website isn't an app or doesn't have a 'mobile' form, it can be really troublesome to go through on the smaller screen.

Re: Smartphone App

Posted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 4:31 pm
by blacksagephoenix
It would also help because it is alot less trouble to get to. I pick up and put down my laptop all day, so this would make it faster and easier to get to the forum. I could just pick up my phone, push one button, and be right were I want to be, rather than getting my computer, logging in, waiting for the stupid thing to work, etc.. hahaha. I'm so excited! lol

Re: Smartphone App

Posted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 5:26 pm
by pat
could you guys check and see if it is working?

I added the files to sybils server. took a bit longer than I thought icon-sad

I might still need to do a few steps.

also, there is actually two links to this board:

the easy link is:

the above only forwards to here:

(first link is easier to remember)

let me know. I still might need to do a few steps.
kind of burnt out right now, I am going to take a break for awhile,
then fix if needed..

Re: Smartphone App

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 12:20 am
by blacksagephoenix
When I came to the site (on my iPhone now) it automatically popped up saying "this forum has an app" and asked me to download it, $2.99 confirmed. I haven't yet bc I have to figure out which credit card is on file with my iTunes account, but I'm off to do it now. I'll let you know how it works when I download! :)

Re: Smartphone App

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 11:24 am
by pat
the fact that it showed up is good.
I think it will work.

let me know how it looks.

thanks for the suggestion.

Re: Smartphone App

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 11:49 pm
by blacksagephoenix
Looks good! Its working great. I haven't yet posted on it, but so far, real simple, easy to use. Thanks again Pat!

Re: Smartphone App

Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 9:45 am
by pat
what does it have for a header? does the top look the same as on a regular computer?

when I set it up, I it asked for a image logo, so I just used "sybils den"
thought it would reduce the top of the board?

also, are there any ads on it? I signed up for a viglink, honestly never heard of it,
but, this app made it sound like this is the only thing that would work.
but, its ok with me. but, only suppose to be if someone buys thru these sponsers.

bascially, didn't know if the little bit of ads I have now showed up?
(to the right of the screen and the bottom)