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Old 17th October 2012, 10:25 PM   #1
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So who uses Tapatalk for JREF?

My laptop died the other day & when I came to JREF I was informed it us Tapatalk compatible (TT is a cool a Android app that allows very functional access to forums on mobile devices).

I've been using TT on & off with another forum I frequent. Aside from the obvious downside of going from laptop to posting from a phone there's some features that seriously improve the forum experience that I prefer of the standard format.

I like how quickly things load & on forums with lots of sub categories it makes it much easier to navigate to particular boards.

Also the settings are more user friendly, i.e. setting up things like how many posts to display are much easier to find.

And despite lacking more advanced options (embedding videos or even using quote tags) the overall ease of tapping on the post to reply (as opposed to scrolling to the bottom of the post & finding the edit button - often resulting in a mistaken click on the quote button in my case.

So all in all its a good app. Is anyone else using it?
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Old 18th October 2012, 12:53 PM   #2
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Old 18th October 2012, 12:55 PM   #3
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I use it for iPhone. Very convenient.
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Old 18th October 2012, 12:57 PM   #4
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I use it on Blackberry Torch.

I think it is pretty good.
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Old 18th October 2012, 01:21 PM   #5
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I bought it and use it on both my iPhone and Android tablet. It's a very good app and worth the price.
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Old 18th October 2012, 04:43 PM   #6
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Tapatalk has some flaws. For example, it doesn't deal with the ignore list as well as I'd like.
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Old 18th October 2012, 04:46 PM   #7
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It's pretty comfortable to use and organizes the threads well .
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Old 18th October 2012, 05:03 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by AvalonXQ View Post
Tapatalk has some flaws. For example, it doesn't deal with the ignore list as well as I'd like.
That's a good point. I ended taking a couple of people off ignore for that reason. On another forum I use where ignored members don't even show up in quotes it was a bit of a shock to see a bunch of people showing up in threads who for all intents & purposes had disappeared from my life
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Old 18th October 2012, 08:51 PM   #9
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I use it and think it's great for on the go.
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Old 18th October 2012, 08:53 PM   #10
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Old 19th October 2012, 02:27 AM   #11
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I use it on my iPad when I don't have access to my normal systems. Like on holiday.

I like it.
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I use it on the Android. I think it's all right.
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Old 19th October 2012, 11:34 AM   #13
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I use it on Android. I wish more of the forums I followed supported it.

It's not as featureful as a browser-based app with a proper mouse and keyboard, but it's great for when I need my hourly fix of bias and contrarianism, but am not near a computer. :P
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I never use ignore lists on BBSs -- it reeks of being scared of someone's opinion, which in turn suggests your own may not be as solid as you think.
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Old 24th October 2012, 11:14 AM   #15
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I used Tapatalk on my iPhone for a while, but I didn't like it. I actually prefer to look at the forum in Safari. Call me weird...
I haven't checked for more than a year what the forum looks like on Tapatalk, so this may not be the case anymore, but I recall it did not have the option to go to the first new post in a thread, which is how I usually access threads.
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Old 24th October 2012, 11:47 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by Tanja View Post
I used Tapatalk on my iPhone for a while, but I didn't like it. I actually prefer to look at the forum in Safari. Call me weird...
I haven't checked for more than a year what the forum looks like on Tapatalk, so this may not be the case anymore, but I recall it did not have the option to go to the first new post in a thread, which is how I usually access threads.
My thoughts exactly. Tried it, was immediately disappointed that the "first new post" option wasn't available....tried to give it a go anyway...nope. Not any more convenient than just using the browser.
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Posting from it right now. Its definitely renders a lot faster than using the phone's browser.

I just checked, and it currently does have the "jump to first unread post" option on my Android phone.
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Old 24th October 2012, 08:41 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by Tanja View Post
I used Tapatalk on my iPhone for a while, but I didn't like it. I actually prefer to look at the forum in Safari. Call me weird...
I haven't checked for more than a year what the forum looks like on Tapatalk, so this may not be the case anymore, but I recall it did not have the option to go to the first new post in a thread, which is how I usually access threads.
You can change the settings to land on first unread, mine works like that
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Old 24th October 2012, 09:00 PM   #19
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i used it for a while under ios5 but after a couple weeks it broke and wouldn't skip ahead to the first unread post in a topic, making it totally useless for me.
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Old 25th October 2012, 06:31 AM   #20
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Originally Posted by Dessi View Post
Posting from it right now. Its definitely renders a lot faster than using the phone's browser.

I just checked, and it currently does have the "jump to first unread post" option on my Android phone.
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You can change the settings to land on first unread, mine works like that
Hmmm, I may have to try it again, then...see if the changes made it any more useable for me.
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Old 25th October 2012, 07:07 AM   #21
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I never use ignore lists on BBSs -- it reeks of being scared of someone's opinion, which in turn suggests your own may not be as solid as you think.
It helps if you're being trolled and want to focus on genuine discussion rather than losing your temper and flaming every few posts. I have one person on ignore for that reason.

Ignore blocks PMs, so it's also useful if people start PMing you insults and attacks after their posts insulting and attacking you are moved to AAH. I have one person on ignore for that reason.
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So I've just realized that if you go into a thread via a main forum then it defaults to the first post in the thread. When I go to a participated or favourite thread it defaults yo last viewed
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I like it. When you go to "latest" it takes you to latest unread in each subject.
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Using it now. It's also useful at work if your company has *insert swearword* Websense.
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I use Tapatalk on the iPhone for a handful of forums and overall, I quite like it. The first-unread feature doesn't work well for me, however. It (almost) invariably skips over quite a few unread posts, often to the latest post. On the other hand, I like being able to dictate my posts using Siri, rather than typing them on the virtual keyboard.
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Using it now. It's also useful at work if your company has *insert swearword* Websense.
Point of order: My company has Websense, but doesn't block the JREF forums. Not only that, but in the past I have worked for Websense as a product support engineer. The product is infinitely configurable. Your swearing has nothing to do with Websense, and everything to do with your employer. Have you talked to your supervisor about your desire to browse the JREF forums from the company network? What did they say?
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. Have you talked to your supervisor about your desire to browse the JREF forums from the company network? What did they say?
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Originally Posted by theprestige View Post
Point of order: My company has Websense, but doesn't block the JREF forums. Not only that, but in the past I have worked for Websense as a product support engineer. The product is infinitely configurable. Your swearing has nothing to do with Websense, and everything to do with your employer. Have you talked to your supervisor about your desire to browse the JREF forums from the company network? What did they say?
Just to second this, same situation here. Most likely their blocking anything that's a discussion forum, regardless of category.

Of course, in my case, I'm one of the admins for Websense, so I do have a slight advantage
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I purchased it from Amazon for an Android Nexus 7 and had to change my system background to make it readable. The following day it insisted I had to be logged into my Amazon account before it would work so I uninstalled it, no loss really as Chrome is very usable on the Nexus.

Then saw the free offer yesterday so gave it another try. The UI had been improved a lot but the lack of rendering of bb codes is poor. Navigation wasn't that great but I put that down to unfamiliarity. Today, it totally rejected a post so into the bin with it again. I imagine with a smaller screen it is more useful than a web browser but I prefer that on this device.
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I purchased it from Amazon for an Android Nexus 7 and had to change my system background to make it readable. The following day it insisted I had to be logged into my Amazon account before it would work...
I think that's true of all apps you purchase from the Amazon store.
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I purchased it from Amazon for an Android Nexus 7 and had to change my system background to make it readable. The following day it insisted I had to be logged into my Amazon account before it would work so I uninstalled it, no loss really as Chrome is very usable on the Nexus.

Then saw the free offer yesterday so gave it another try. The UI had been improved a lot but the lack of rendering of bb codes is poor. Navigation wasn't that great but I put that down to unfamiliarity. Today, it totally rejected a post so into the bin with it again. I imagine with a smaller screen it is more useful than a web browser but I prefer that on this device.
As BowlOfRed said, that's a symptom of using Amazon. I have a pretty simple policy when it comes to buying from Amazon's app store: If it's not free (compared to Google Play) or exclusive, I don't bother. It inserts an extra, unnecessary step to installing/reinstalling/using apps that I don't need.

Yeah, the lack of bb code rendering is unfortunate (and I don't understand it), but I haven't had any other significant problems with it. I find the navigation so significantly improved over the web version that I won't visit non-Tapatalk fora on my Nexus 7. I don't know what happened with the post you say it rejected, but I haven't had any similar issue.
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Can anyone explain to me what it does, exactly? It renders forums (some, not all) in mobile-friendly skins, or what?
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Can anyone explain to me what it does, exactly? It renders forums (some, not all) in mobile-friendly skins, or what?
The forum has to install a module and then someone using the Tapatalk app can access the forum through that app. In a way it is a "mobile-friendly skin" with lots of the extraneous bits and pieces removed and what I think is most important - the text is rendered at a consistent and readable size.

The latest version really is a big improvement, there is still some awkwardness in the consistency of the navigation. For example on Android sometimes you have to use the system back button and the app's own back button to move back and its not always clear which to use.
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I have used the iPhone version quite happily for some time.
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Here's how this page looks on my tablet in Tapatalk
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Interesting. I saw the message saying it was now free and went to install it, but I hesitated cause the app page wasn't too clear on what it'd do and I wasn't sure I had a use for it. But your post actually described it better, so I've installed it, and after a few tests it seems like a decent app.

I might install a plugin on my own forum, since it supports phpBB. From the forum owner POV, it sure beats having to do an entire mobile-friendly skin.
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The latest version really is a big improvement, there is still some awkwardness in the consistency of the navigation. For example on Android sometimes you have to use the system back button and the app's own back button to move back and its not always clear which to use.
They seem to be having trouble adapting to the Android 4+ system. Unfortunately, even Google's own Currents app has similar issues where the "system back button" and the "app-specific back button" work very differently depending on some context that I as a user have a hard time figuring out.

That said, I've had a little less trouble with the current version of Tapatalk, in that I haven't recently ended up at the forum select screen unexpectedly.
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As BowlOfRed said, that's a symptom of using Amazon. I have a pretty simple policy when it comes to buying from Amazon's app store: If it's not free (compared to Google Play) or exclusive, I don't bother. It inserts an extra, unnecessary step to installing/reinstalling/using apps that I don't need.

Yeah, the lack of bb code rendering is unfortunate (and I don't understand it), but I haven't had any other significant problems with it. I find the navigation so significantly improved over the web version that I won't visit non-Tapatalk fora on my Nexus 7. I don't know what happened with the post you say it rejected, but I haven't had any similar issue.
It is the only app I've bought from Amazon, but from what you both say, there won't be another one.

It suddenly claimed I didn't have permission to post. Never seen that in a browser and in Chrome, immediately afterwards, had no trouble posting.

I'm sure my other difficulties are down to lack of familiarity with it but as I have no problems with the web display I just don't think it is worth investing any more than a few minutes with it, although I could see a benefit on a smaller screen.
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Tapatalk is great for a small screen, like on my iPhone.

On my iPad, even though I've got Tapatalk installed, I much prefer the web interface.
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Word to the wise. Tapatalk does not understand spoiler tags. So if you're in a thread that routinely has spoilers, you might want to avoid those threads until you can get back in a browser.
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