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Old 2010-09-27, 11:52   Link #1
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Can Animesuki Forums install the Tapatalk plugin?

Neat little mobile app I discovered that lets me browse various forums on my phone without having to deal with a layout designed for actual computers. It's really quite awesome, as it removes the need to have a completely separate "mobile site."

I'm wondering if the admins here would be so kind as to install the plugin on the forums?
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Old 2010-09-27, 12:31   Link #2
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This was mentioned previously by both felix and escimo and I've looked into it briefly. I couldn't find an open/public download of the plugin it requires. If I could see the plugin code and review what it is doing to the forum, and our user's private data, I would be able to make judge the suitability for use on the forum.

So far, however, they don't release it unless you sign up with them, which I am not doing even if it is free. If GHDpro wants to formally sign up with them as a forum owner, or someone else wants to send me the plugin, then I would comment further.
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Old 2010-09-27, 12:59   Link #3
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If GHDpro wants to formally sign up with them as a forum owner, or someone else wants to send me the plugin, then I would comment further.
I've done so now, as at first glance this doesn't seem like a bad idea. Installation appears to be fairly simple too (unzip to forum root [all files reside in their own subfolder though] and add a link to a javascript file to a template).

Still don't expect this to be activated right away -- please allow some time for us to verify the files and further research any possible issues/disadvantages first.

@NightWish: You can find the zip file (filename: "mobiquo") in the usual place for vBulletin files.
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Old 2010-09-27, 13:02   Link #4
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My main concern when I researched this is what impact this would have on the various customizations we made on the forum. The app essentially serves as a converter, and doesn't actually use forum code to render the site. So even simple things like spoiler tags may not be interpreted correctly (I don't know), not to mention some of the more advanced customizations made. Plus, though the plugin is free on our end, it requires end-users to pay a small fee for the app (if they want to post anything), and I feel that isn't really a great solution to provide our end-users (especially if the functionality is impaired to begin with). This also removes whatever branding the site has. It would be much better to have an actual mobile template for the site.
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Old 2010-09-27, 13:23   Link #5
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It would be much better to have an actual mobile template for the site.
Normally easy enough, however the way vB works makes it a pain. That aside though, should you make a mobile version now it's going to become obsolete once you update.
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Old 2010-09-27, 14:42   Link #6
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Ah, seems like there's more to all of this than I initially thought. I appreciate you fine folks looking into this, since I do spend a lot of forum time on my phone (though not nearly as much as on my laptop).
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Old 2010-10-01, 10:27   Link #7
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A mobile style would be nice as well. You have to pay for Tapatalk to reply to any thread or PM and some people may be unable to purchase it. Plus I don't think it supports VMs and the spoiler tags is still unknown as well.
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Old 2010-10-01, 11:33   Link #8
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Doesn't vbulletin support mobile styles?
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Old 2010-10-01, 19:09   Link #9
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I would rather have something like WPTouch Pro (mobile theme plugin for Wordpress), which redirects mobile users to a rich mobile site without interfering with desktop browsers. Something like an App just to respond on forums is a bit overkill when mobile themes is enough and won't require users to install extra software.
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Old 2010-10-01, 20:34   Link #10
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Doesn't vbulletin support mobile styles?
It does support mobile styles (I mean, it's pretty much just CSS anyway), but it's a bit unclear right now if/when we'll be migrating to vBulletin 4.0. So there's little sense in developing a mobile skin now if we're about to switch to a new version that breaks backwards compatibility. And yeah, there have been some template customizations I believe, so it would require a bit of doing. Wouldn't mind doing some of the work on this (since I'd benefit as well), but yeah... better to just do the work once.
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Old 2010-10-02, 03:09   Link #11
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Right now some small style tweaks targeting handhelds can be made. Using CSS and adding a few extra classes would be the most flexible, while creating a new "mobile" style would be the easiest: add "skip to content/navigation/<something-relevant>" links at top of page, make all elements fluid (control bar at top, post box, etc), remove/hide any unnecessary information (thread/forums post counts, view, last post), have a switch to select the top postbit (instead of the current legacy postbit, ie. left side).
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Doesn't vbulletin support mobile styles?
Version 4.x does (somewhat). Lets just say it degrades gracefully to small screen devices; it's not really a mobile design though.
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Old 2011-11-15, 04:14   Link #12
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This is up to you guys but i wouldn't mind providing a d/l of the apk for tapatalk or the iphone version. if you wouldn't mind i would like to do that. i use tapatalk regularly and find it very easy to use. as for spoiler tags im also not sure i do notice it doesn't have avatars or signatures. anyway if you would like to let me know send me a pm or just post here thanks.
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Old 2011-11-15, 08:38   Link #13
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They introduced a new mobile style that comes with vB4 by default.

You can view from your desktop/laptop here: https://www.vbulletin.com/forum/forum.php?styleid=49

If you're on a mobile device it should auto-detect and prompt you; supposedly.
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Old 2011-11-16, 02:23   Link #14
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Please don't add Tapatalk. I hate that application as it leaves '' Sent from my .... using Tapatalk '' on each damn message for those who use it and I find it annoying <.<.
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Old 2012-05-21, 19:27   Link #15
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Please add tapatalk. While requiring a small fee to the end usr who wants to post, it's the best app to view forums at the moment, bypassing all the limitations and issues of the mobile browsers, and providing amazing interface for mobile use.
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Old 2012-05-22, 00:43   Link #16
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Please don't add Tapatalk. I hate that application as it leaves '' Sent from my .... using Tapatalk '' on each damn message for those who use it and I find it annoying <.<.
I think that that's only for the Android version? Either that or forums can disable that because I use Tapatalk on my iPhone for several forums, and when I look at my posts I made using the app on the computer, it doesn't show that at all.

I also want to see AS implement Tapatalk. It would make browsing the site on mobile phones much easier IMO.
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Old 2012-05-23, 22:11   Link #17
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Usually you can alter the ".sig" message on applications. Maybe the tapatalk app allows that as well.
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Old 2012-05-24, 03:46   Link #18
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Usually you can alter the ".sig" message on applications. Maybe the tapatalk app allows that as well.
It does.
The reason most people keep it on is to show that they are posting from mobile, thus providing justifications for writing errors or similar.
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Old 2012-07-19, 14:03   Link #19
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I also like AS to support Tapatalk. It would be a breeze to check in your phone AS without opening big size browsers. Please add Tapatalk. :3
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