A heartfelt plea for Tapatalk
I'm just back from a busy few days in Montreal and often found myself cursing the fact that there's no Tapatalk plugin here.
Being able to access MERB on-the-go is vital for scheduling. Several agencies have useful information here and many post availability here before they do on their own websites. It's the only official source of service information about girls for at least one major agency which doesn't list this on their site. I tried accessing the site on my device's browser (an up-to-the minute Android device) but it just doesn't render very useably on a mobile screen. Tapatalk makes forums much easier to navigate on a phone screen and lets me participate in several forums when I'm away from a computer.
It would have given me better control over data costs, too. I use Droidwall to prevent unnecessary data access when I'm out of the country. I actually only permit Google Translate to use the cellular data connection. My preferred browser does background stuff such as syncing bookmarks, so it's disabled along with everything else. Tapatalk would have let me stay connected to MERB while incurring minimal data costs.
This could also be a boon to many of us even when not in Montreal. Accessing MERB from home is never going to get me in trouble with my wife, but that isn't true for many others. I certainly can't access MERB from work. When I was pre-booking prior to a recent trip I had to take my notebook to work and set up a wireless hotspot on my phone so I could access the site. Not only was that clumsy but it generated some unwanted questions about what I was up to.
The plugin is free to forum owners, though they do charge users for the app.
Tapatalk for mobile devices?
As best as I can tell, MERB is a pretty standard vBulletin site. There's a free Tapatalk module (as I understand it, from some other sites I frequent) that lets you use Tapatalk to view/post on Merb.
Is there any reason why Merb hasn't done this, other than it not being requested? It would make mobile posting/viewing a lot easier for some of us, I'm sure.
Threads merged. I suggest you guys email Fred. firstname.lastname@example.org
For those who haven't noticed, we can now use Forum Runner, which is similar to Tapatalk. There's a free version (with ads) that works just fine for reading MERB on the run.
I don't recall seeing any sort of announcement about this, but when I tried logging on from my phone using the browser I got a pop-up telling me about the addition.
I think it's worthwhile, so thanks to the powers that be for adding this function.
thanks for bringing this up. i knew i saw there was something for smartphones but couldn't track down the app. nice work muffinbuffer!
I meant to post this a few weeks ago...sorry. Ive been using ForumRunner for about 3 weeks. Works great and its free. Much better than through safari....
I've been sticking to Opera as my smartphone browser but i'll have to install ForumRunner this week.
My forum runner stopped working, I just keep getting parse errors, I think its due to merb changing from merb.ca to merb.cc
Anyone else have this issue?
Can we get the plugin reinstalled? Or get one for tapatalk?
Mods can you look into this please!!! Its so much of a hassle having to part take to the forum if I have to loggin each time, zoom in to read and click on the right links when I'm on my phone