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"what happened to the app???"

Discussion in 'Ask All Sailors' started by Phil Herring, Oct 5, 2015. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. Phil Herring

    Phil Herring Dethroned Admin

    Joined Mar 25, 1997
    4,293 posts, 147 likes
    US Bainbridge Island
    Edited 11/14

    The mobile app many of you have been using was designed to work only with a specific version of the vBulletin forum software, and will not work with newer software.

    It was abandoned by its developers a couple of years ago and was degrading over time. You may have noticed the posts about newer iPads having problems logging in; that kind of trouble was headed your way, maybe as soon as your next iOS upgrade.

    Three options to replace the app on mobile

    Option 1: The new software employs what is called "responsive design." It redesigns itself on the fly to accommodate different devices. It looks awesome on iPad and quite good on a phone, simply by using Safari or Chrome mobile browsers.

    On an Apple device, just navigate to the site in Safari, then look for the share icon: Screen Shot 2015-10-05 at 4.20.12 PM.png

    One of the options is putting an icon (a "shortcut" for you Windows guys) on the home screen of your device. Tapping that will connect you to the forums.

    Option 2: Download an app called Forum Runner. Once installed click Forum Browser and search for sailboat. The forum you want is SailboatOwners.com 2015.

    Let me know how this works.
     


  2. Ward H

    Ward H

    Joined Nov 7, 2011
    1,455 posts, 86 likes
    Oday 25
    US Barnegat, NJ
    Works for me on my iPad.
     


  3. Ward H

    Ward H

    Joined Nov 7, 2011
    1,455 posts, 86 likes
    Oday 25
    US Barnegat, NJ
    And looks good on my iPhone 6.
    A lot of sites now "adapt" to your mobile device and SBO looks like it does pretty well.
    Posted from my iPhone 6
     


  4. Biobob Catalina 27

    Biobob Catalina 27

    Joined Dec 25, 2014
    66 posts, 10 likes
    Catalina 27
    US Pasadena, Md
    If there is a similar way for android please post it, still don't know my way around my phone for lots of things.
     


  5. Calif. Ted

    Calif. Ted

    Joined Jun 8, 2004
    1,954 posts, 55 likes
    Catalina 320
    US Dana Point
    So I'm guessing I'll need to uninstall and reinstall the ap on my Android then Phil ?
     


  6. Phil Herring

    Phil Herring Dethroned Admin

    Joined Mar 25, 1997
    4,293 posts, 147 likes
    US Bainbridge Island
    No, the app is done and it won't work again. Open your mobile browser and go to the forum list at http://forums.sailboatowners.com

    You can then make an icon on your home screen that will open your browser and open that page, like a bookmark. I don't know how to do that on Android but I'm sure someone here does.
     


  7. woodster

    woodster

    Joined Sep 15, 2009
    6,240 posts, 262 likes
    S2 9.2a
    US Fairhope Al
    how do i delete a reply i decided not to post
     


  8. Phil Herring

    Phil Herring Dethroned Admin

    Joined Mar 25, 1997
    4,293 posts, 147 likes
    US Bainbridge Island
    Is it "stuck" in your posting field? The good part about that is, if your computer crashes or you get interrupted, that will stick for 24 hours. If you wish to remove that, just highlight/delete or backspace through it all until the field is blank. Then let it sit there blank for a minute or two. Or ignore it, that will work, too. :)
     


  9. woodster

    woodster

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    6,240 posts, 262 likes
    S2 9.2a
    US Fairhope Al
    thanks thats sorta what i did ....back spaced everything and then wrote a new comment just to get rid of it lol
     


  10. Phil Herring

    Phil Herring Dethroned Admin

    Joined Mar 25, 1997
    4,293 posts, 147 likes
    US Bainbridge Island
    That's going to be a bit annoying 364 days a year but when that one day comes when we lose a 1000 word post, we'll be glad we have it.
     


  11. woodster

    woodster

    Joined Sep 15, 2009
    6,240 posts, 262 likes
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    US Fairhope Al
    lol ...i like the way you put monograms on all the non ativars
     


  12. Windtherapy

    Windtherapy

    Joined Apr 25, 2015
    281 posts, 6 likes
    Oday 26
    US Oscoda, MI
    Works great on my iPhone after I allowed cookies. I like it!
     


  13. isaksp00

    isaksp00

    Joined Apr 27, 2010
    805 posts, 27 likes
    Hunter 23
    US Lake Wallenpaupack
    Here is what I did in Android (though there are so many variants this may not always work).
    Opened the Chrome browser.
    Typed in the site URL (as noted by Phil above).
    Used the menu in the upper right (three vertical dots), selected "add to Home Screen".
    That puts a bookmark icon on your Android desktop that'll open the forums (whichever one you were on when you added to the home screen).
    In some versions you may have to create a bookmark in the browser and then in your Applications list, figure out how to add that bookmark to the desktop.
     


  14. Brian D

    Brian D Moderator

    Joined Feb 17, 2006
    3,481 posts, 325 likes
    Lancer 27PS
    US Oceanside, Ca MCB Camp Pendleton, Ca KF6BL
    I basically did the same thing using my Moto G and FF for Android. The forums look very nice on my Moto G, but I personally need a bigger screen. I might go with a 5.5" screen for my next phone.
     


  15. Phil Herring

    Phil Herring Dethroned Admin

    Joined Mar 25, 1997
    4,293 posts, 147 likes
    US Bainbridge Island
    My eyes are way too long gone to use a phone for this, except in dire emergencies. I can pretty much tell it's a forum, though. anything beyond I need a tablet or one of the iOS clown phones.
     


  16. Meriachee

    Meriachee

    Joined Aug 1, 2011
    1,843 posts, 297 likes
    Catalina 270
    CA Edmonton, Ab Wabamun - on the orange ball
    The ViewSonic 32" is a not a great mobile device, but the forum looks most excellent on it..
     


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  17. Phil Herring

    Phil Herring Dethroned Admin

    Joined Mar 25, 1997
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    Soon, we will have 32" phones and 6" laptops.
     


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  18. Meriachee

    Meriachee

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    CA Edmonton, Ab Wabamun - on the orange ball
  19. Chris Patterson

    Chris Patterson

    Joined Oct 17, 2011
    2,735 posts, 43 likes
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    US Back to Southport..
    Is it my perception, or has this new layout seemed to attract more people and comments?

    Which is a good thing.
     


  20. kappykaplan

    kappykaplan

    Joined May 1, 2011
    582 posts, 36 likes
    Pearson 37
    US Lusby MD
    Chris, I've noticed the same thing over the past week. Concur it's a good thing.
     



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