[Request] BLF IPHONE APP

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[Request] BLF IPHONE APP

Don't you think it's time for BLF iPhone app like CPF??

it would be very nice if you guys do it. I don't like the fact that I have to go to safari every time I need to browse the BLF website 

 

 I will pay for it if you do it and I think other members here don't mind that too.

 So what you think??

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No, just no.

Otherwise, Mr. Admin will have to maintain both the website and the app, and every time he wants to update the site, he’ll have to update the app too. And things can break, etc.

Something like a web wrapper would be good to make a BLF shortcut, but not more than that should be needed,

He’ll also need to pay for fees on Apple devices.

I am against it.

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 It will make everything much easier for us 

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I like the regular site, I would probably never use the app

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 Well you don't know that for sure until you try it 

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Well, I know I’ll never use an iPhone!

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EffffffffffffffffffffAppps

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Whut’s a iphone?

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I like apps. I would try it.

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I would say… it depends! Some forums out there have really good apps and quality content, the mobile usage is high as well. But in many other cases there were development efforts, plenty of costs/time involved and people just… didn’t use the mobile forum app at all.

No iPhone at hand, only Android. Checked this site on my cell and it looks ok?

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Honestly, the app craze thing is lame. A properly configured browser can do anything any forum may request, here I am typing this message inside my bed with my 5.2" Zuk Z2 with a full-blown onscreen keyboard.

I also feel very sorry for iUsers, you are paying insane amounts of money for outrageously overpriced products and on top of this you allow yourselves to be fully at the mercy of Apple software wise… NO.

 

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Don’t want to get into the whole iphone vs android thing, lot of venues to argue that elsewhere.

My problem with the “App” craze is most of them are an open invite to hacking, the programmers get lazy and or underfunded and let holes in the software or just make a clunky program compared to he full fledged PC version.
They cost money and in case we all forgot, here we are BUDGET , even says so in our name Smile

Rant off, do what you will.

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I would like to know whether any/how many people actually use this forum from a mobile device.
Are most folks here at home after work/at night to contribute? Or is this something to visit during your lunch break?

The web version works perfectly fine both on my mac at home and on my Android phone.

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I am on here daily pretty much all day. Early morning before the house awakes, like now, I’m on my i8. Once in a while, if the wife is sick and sleeping, I may use my iPad, other than that type of scenario I am on my PC.

The only times I even notice a real difference when on my i8 is when there are large pictures or excessive signature lines. Not usually that big a deal except for when either of those is from a member that posts frequently. A really long sig line in the posts of a member steadily posting away fills pages with that signature.

No need for anyone to feel sorry for someone making a different choice than they did. I didn’t even get a smart phone until a couple of years ago because they were mostly all so big, started with the Apple SE for it’s small size then moved up to the i8 for it’s power to run my Canon app without overheating (essentially live streaming full frame 4K video). To each his/her own, yes?

Our admin does a fine job running this site, he and only he will be able to ascertain the viability of a BLF app, I personally would not be likely to use it as I find it simpler to bookmark the page and use the standard form.

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Why not android app? If I am not wrong… android has more users than Iphones…

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Please leave it just the way it is now. And if in doubt: do a poll. I will vote for NO THNX.

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To my knowledge this site is owned and operated by our admin, I do not know the extent of the resources required to run BLF but knowing it’s privately owned would be asking for even more expensive additions, apps of either kind would certainly be taxing to develop and maintain… at what point do they pay for all the effort? When millions use them I can see it, but we are a mere ~28,000 strong, not likely worth it when so few would be likely to use it.

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You can turn any website into an app by adding it to your home screen on I devices.

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I’d love for there to be an app, or at least a mobile friendly layout.

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The app is a no-go for me too. But some tweaks to make it more mobile friendly would be appreciated.

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If this forum is maintained by a single person then the application is not viable. Not even necessary. The most logical would be a mobile friendly design (which is doable) and perhaps tapatalk, but not an application.

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I was once forced to use iphone, no thanks, never again, take all my flashlights just dont force me to use that s*phone again.

 

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Sorry, but there definitely won’t be any dedicated BLF apps. I’m not a web developer or a programmer (I do better with web server configuration and administration), so an app would be biting off way more than I can chew. I also must admit that I don’t have the motivation to create an app, since I personally hate using mobile devices whenever I have the remote possibility of using a vastly superior “real” computer.

BlueSwordM wrote:
Something like a web wrapper would be good to make a BLF shortcut, but not more than that should be needed,
Nev wrote:
You can turn any website into an app by adding it to your home screen on I devices.

This is by far the best option for heavy mobile users. This functionality is called a “site specific browser”, and here are some possible options for iOS and Android:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Site-specific_browser#Software

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Not gonna happen soon.
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sb56637 wrote:
…I personally hate using mobile devices whenever I have the remote possibility of using a vastly superior “real” computer

Just curious, what are your computer specs? I’m currently on the Ryzen train but I find I’m still eyeballin’ those Intel 9900’s.

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Nah. Stay on Ryzen.
Look at the Ryzen 3000 series, and stay there.
You’ll see why.

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sb56637 wrote:
… since I personally hate using mobile devices whenever I have the remote possibility of using a vastly superior "real" computer.

Mobile devices feature power and capabilities which even desktops of just a few years ago could only dream on. The main problem is the software. Due to my particular circumstances I have done a lot of homework in using my handheld device like a laptop/desktop computer, just take a look: 

 

 

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I'm not a fan of interfacing with mobile devices.

Give me a physical keyboard and mouse any day.  :THUMBS-UP:

All I use my phone for is making calls and playing Candy Crush Soda Saga.

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Relampago wrote:
sb56637 wrote:
…I personally hate using mobile devices whenever I have the remote possibility of using a vastly superior “real” computer

Just curious, what are your computer specs? I’m currently on the Ryzen train but I find I’m still eyeballin’ those Intel 9900’s.

Ah, I’m nowhere close to that actually. My main daily driver is an older model Thinkpad T530 with an SSD, still plenty fast for my needs. As Racoon City said above, I mainly value a laptop or desktop computer above anything else due to it having a keyboard and mouse, not necessarily for the processing power.

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Yeah, I got bit by the PC bug as a kid. I’ve been building my own computers since I was 13. I was an early adopter on the Ryzen launch and it was an exciting (yet tedious) experience overclocking my system to stable. Love the budget approach AMD took, competition for the win!

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I wouldn't want to place the burden on our admin. The site does fine on mobile for me, although sometimes doing formatting in my comments gets difficult.

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