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Title: please enable TapTalk for iphone/ipad forum use!
Post by: duncanshannon on April 05, 2011, 03:10:50 AM
hi-

i found a nice iOS (iphone, ipad) app called TapTalk that interfaces with a variety of forums and lets you browse, post etc from your iOS device.  It says its supports SMF 1.1, which this is according the the footer below.

When I try and use taptalk on countryplans, it says 'please contact your administrator to enable TapTalk'.

I'm in IT... would be happy to help if needed!

thanks!
Title: Re: please enable TapTalk for iphone/ipad forum use!
Post by: muldoon on April 05, 2011, 03:29:59 AM
If your going to add modules, I would vote for a youtube add-on as well.  Also in IT, also happy to help. 
Title: Re: please enable TapTalk for iphone/ipad forum use!
Post by: duncanshannon on April 05, 2011, 03:32:12 AM
And by taptalk I really mean "tapatalk"
Title: Re: please enable TapTalk for iphone/ipad forum use!
Post by: MountainDon on April 05, 2011, 05:31:01 AM
What makes it better than using the browser in the phone?


Modifications to forum software can sometimes cause issues when the next upgrade to the software comes along. Hence we are cautious when it comes to tinkering or adding mods. The tapatalk webpage indicates good through SMF v.1.1.11.  We are on 1.1.13. I have no idea what differences that may make; likely none.

Myself, I have a certain reservation about making changes to the software so some third party can sell his product. We'll see how John feels about this.

It appears tapatalk has gone through more version changes in a few months than SMF has had in a year. I'm not too keen on something that may require that much attention.  ???
Title: Re: please enable TapTalk for iphone/ipad forum use!
Post by: duncanshannon on April 05, 2011, 05:36:24 AM
Hi-

I totally get being cautious about adding complexity!  I would expect its a module that we could enable/disable during ugprades and, at the time of an upgrade if it causes problems, disable it until it can be fixed.

One slight correction, its not 'good thru 1.1.11' it supports " Simple Machine Forum (SMF) 1.1.11+/2.x are supported"  so 1.1.11 and newer are supported.

id like to think that the 3rd party is solving a problem and filling a need that nobody else has yet... and its not about enabling someone to sell software, its enabling the country plans members have access to the forum in a way that they would really like!

again, happy to help however I can. 

Title: Re: please enable TapTalk for iphone/ipad forum use!
Post by: MountainDon on April 05, 2011, 05:48:14 AM
My error on the version...  I missed   +

Title: Re: please enable TapTalk for iphone/ipad forum use!
Post by: Native_NM on April 20, 2011, 04:03:05 PM
Tapatalk is a great app and I use it frequently for a few other forums.  It is formatted for mobile devices, and makes reading much easier.
Title: Re: please enable TapTalk for iphone/ipad forum use!
Post by: Pritch on June 11, 2011, 11:17:46 AM
+1

Reading the forum on my iPhone is pretty rough because the software is designed for people using normal monitors.  TapaTalk translates the forum content to a format which is more usable.  C'mon!  Everybody wants to check on what Glenn is up to while they are waiting at the DMV.   ;D
Title: Re: please enable TapTalk for iphone/ipad forum use!
Post by: MountainDon on June 11, 2011, 12:32:47 PM
Speak for yourself.  ;)  Some of us might actually enjoy respites from the internet and email. It seems the world and the wheels of government keep turning even though I ignore them.


...SMF now lists tapatalk on their forum, in the mods section, as something that does work. With that it should be a simple enough matter to add the mod. It does add 12 sections to 7 files and adds a directory

It doesn't appear to make any changes that could conflict with anything we've tweaked.  
Title: Re: please enable TapTalk for iphone/ipad forum use!
Post by: Pritch on June 11, 2011, 10:45:35 PM
Speak for yourself.  ;)  Some of us might actually enjoy respites from the internet and email. It seems the world and the wheels of government keep turning even though I ignore them.

I see your point, Don.  Escaping the torment of cabin life for a brief respite in a crowded government building should not be disturbed.  Oh the humanity! tranquility.   :D  ;D
Title: Re: please enable TapTalk for iphone/ipad forum use!
Post by: MountainDon on June 12, 2011, 05:42:44 AM
We'll look at this further in a week or so. Off to the mtns right now!!
Title: Re: please enable TapTalk for iphone/ipad forum use!
Post by: Native_NM on October 27, 2012, 10:06:05 AM
We'll look at this further in a week or so. Off to the mtns right now!!

Did you ever look at this feature?
Title: Re: please enable TapTalk for iphone/ipad forum use!
Post by: John Raabe on October 27, 2012, 11:22:59 AM
Don's still on the road. Should be back next week.
Title: Re: please enable TapTalk for iphone/ipad forum use!
Post by: MountainDon on October 28, 2012, 10:26:18 AM
I forgot all about this, BUT I do recall telling duncanshannon to go ahead and implement this several months ago. Before summer I think. maybe that got lost in whatever else he was doing for us. I'll see where this is at.  ???

Title: Re: please enable TapTalk for iphone/ipad forum use!
Post by: duncanshannon on October 29, 2012, 04:08:42 AM
Hi Guys-

Sorry if I missed that message... I thought there was some desire to not complicate the forum and thus to leave tap talk off. 

Happy to set it up if that still sounds like a good plan.

Title: Re: please enable TapTalk for iphone/ipad forum use!
Post by: John Raabe on October 30, 2012, 10:00:23 AM
I've been working to get this Mod installed today. I have installed Tapatalk SMF plugin ver 2.1.0. It is properly installed according to the Package manager, but I cannot access it from my iPad.

If you have the Tapatalk App installed you can try accessing the forum via a search for countryplans. The exact address is http://countryplans.com/smf/ (http://countryplans.com/smf/). I get an error message.

John
Title: Re: please enable TapTalk for iphone/ipad forum use!
Post by: duncanshannon on October 30, 2012, 10:30:11 AM
I installed the app, searched (and found) countryplans and then got the error:

"This forum is either restricting access from Tapatalk or the installed Tapatalk plugin is not working. Please contact your forum administrator"

Is there a permissions area / settings?
Title: Re: please enable TapTalk for iphone/ipad forum use!
Post by: MountainDon on October 30, 2012, 12:40:32 PM
Nothing I can see in the forum software settings for permissions on tapatalk. Perhaps there are file permissions that have to be set at the actual server file level?  Seems to me there was something mentioned about that.... something where permission types are set using three digit numbers.

Title: Re: please enable TapTalk for iphone/ipad forum use!
Post by: John Raabe on October 31, 2012, 11:52:31 AM
I have cleaned out the old installs and reinstalled the correct version for our forum software version (a secret known only by the support staff at tapatalk). Getting it setup did involve going into the file manager on the countryplans site and setting new file permissions. It is now working on my iPad (I installed the $2.99 version via the Apple App store).

Search the Tapatalk App for countryplans. See if it works for you. I will add more notes as this experiment progresses.

John
Title: Re: please enable TapTalk for iphone/ipad forum use!
Post by: John Raabe on October 31, 2012, 12:00:38 PM
Was able to login and tap out this message on the glass. My older iPad doesn't have a camera, but other tablet and phones with cameras should be able to post photos directly from the device to the forum. That will be cool!

According to taptalk: "Taptalk app allows user to upload photo directly from their phone to your forum as an image attachment."
Title: please enable TapTalk for iphone/ipad forum use!
Post by: Native_NM on October 31, 2012, 01:46:09 PM
Working great.  Thanks to all who assisted. 

Title: please enable TapTalk for iphone/ipad forum use!
Post by: Native_NM on October 31, 2012, 01:48:16 PM
(https://countryplans.com/smf/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fimg.tapatalk.com%2Fd%2F12%2F11%2F01%2Fena5ejep.jpg&hash=8354c5811786b8d6658367bbabea50b3)

Uploaded from my phone.
Title: Re: please enable TapTalk for iphone/ipad forum use!
Post by: John Raabe on October 31, 2012, 03:33:02 PM
That is something a number of folks will find useful.

I wondered if it was actually uploaded to our server as an attachment. I couldn't find the file stored in the SMF attachment directory. Then I inspected it a bit closer and see it is stored on the tapatalk site as a 640x480 jpg. http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/11/01/ena5ejep.jpg

This is similar to what we are doing with sites like Photobucket, but this is much easier and more direct. It also takes much of the image load off the CP site.
Title: please enable TapTalk for iphone/ipad forum use!
Post by: Native_NM on October 31, 2012, 06:19:31 PM
It's certainly easier.  Reading the posts is easier on my eyes, also.

Thanks again!
Title: please enable TapTalk for iphone/ipad forum use!
Post by: John Raabe on November 04, 2012, 12:52:53 PM
Test post and image upload. iPhone image will not post - reports "bad gateway" and server error. Will try later.

(https://countryplans.com/smf/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fimg.tapatalk.com%2Fd%2F12%2F11%2F05%2F7amyjyjy.jpg&hash=bd8e71e7c6f34faee472919c8e35838f)

Was only able to post small images (allows small, med, & large). I have marginal 3G cell service here.

(https://countryplans.com/smf/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fimg.tapatalk.com%2Fd%2F12%2F11%2F05%2Fugymuhe7.jpg&hash=cd5087a699102085ed5dd948a56bc3c3)

Above image is medium sized (tap to enlarge if viewing on phone) . Taken from the sunroom door w/ a somewhat better connection.
Title: please enable TapTalk for iphone/ipad forum use!
Post by: Native_NM on November 04, 2012, 01:35:39 PM
Wow.  What a beautiful place. We desert dwellers are jealous.
Title: please enable TapTalk for iphone/ipad forum use!
Post by: duncanshannon on November 04, 2012, 01:35:43 PM
Very Nice!

Title: please enable TapTalk for iphone/ipad forum use!
Post by: duncanshannon on November 04, 2012, 01:36:48 PM
I too am having problems uploading photos.  501 gateway error.
Title: please enable TapTalk for iphone/ipad forum use!
Post by: Native_NM on November 04, 2012, 04:27:09 PM
(https://countryplans.com/smf/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fimg.tapatalk.com%2Fd%2F12%2F11%2F05%2Fu5e5y3ag.jpg&hash=74bcbcdc43a65533f20099c85844edae)

Test from my phone...
Title: please enable TapTalk for iphone/ipad forum use!
Post by: duncanshannon on November 04, 2012, 05:51:49 PM
Again... (https://countryplans.com/smf/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fimg.tapatalk.com%2Fd%2F12%2F11%2F05%2Fe8epyheg.jpg&hash=c134a5c8f2aff2c206a1307045c5ff35)
Title: Re: please enable TapTalk for iphone/ipad forum use!
Post by: John Raabe on November 04, 2012, 07:51:52 PM
There may be a few bugs to work out on this. I'll try sending an image from a stronger signal area and see if I get a error (mine was not called a 501).
Title: Re: please enable TapTalk for iphone/ipad forum use!
Post by: John Raabe on November 18, 2012, 03:12:04 PM
It seems perhaps things are still a bit quirky when posting from smartphones. Successful photo posting needs a good connection, especially as the image size gets larger.
Title: please enable TapTalk for iphone/ipad forum use!
Post by: duncanshannon on December 01, 2012, 11:45:11 AM
Haven't tried posting yet... But I sure am enjoying reading from it right now!  Thanks again.
Title: Re: please enable TapTalk for iphone/ipad forum use!
Post by: John Raabe on December 01, 2012, 01:12:18 PM
We had some recent errors that were showing up in the logs that may have been limiting Tapatalk a bit. But MountainDon was able to muster help from a coder at the SMF forum who corrected one of our support files and things are running smoothly now.

Yes, this Tapatalk app makes reading and navigating the forum on phones and tablets much more intuitive.
Title: Re: please enable TapTalk for iphone/ipad forum use!
Post by: MountainDon on December 09, 2012, 07:34:45 AM
My curiosity has been raised by something. I do not have a smartphone so can't check it out myself.  It seems that when a forum member is accesing the forum on a smartphone through the tapatalk app, the "time online" counter may not be counting the time. It's a feeling I have from looking at some stats. Could any of you users of smartphones and tapatalk have a look at their time online before and after a tapatalk session and see what the numbers show.

The time online is found in your profile; select "show stats".

Thanks.

If that is so I think I know why.
Title: please enable TapTalk for iphone/ipad forum use!
Post by: John Raabe on December 11, 2012, 07:40:36 AM
Morning don

I'm typing this on the glass of my wife's iPhone using tapatalk. I'll close this now and go back on via my laptop and see what the total time log says.
Title: Re: please enable TapTalk for iphone/ipad forum use!
Post by: John Raabe on December 11, 2012, 07:47:06 AM
OK, I'm back on a keyboard now. The total time counter seems to have logged the Tapatalk time correctly. I have a stat that is 23 minutes longer than before I opened and spent time in the forum via Tapatalk.
Title: Re: please enable TapTalk for iphone/ipad forum use!
Post by: MountainDon on December 11, 2012, 08:45:20 AM
Well, it seems my theory is wrong or has a hole

It may remain one of life's mysteries

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