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10 Dec 2012 01:33 PM   |   2299 clicks   |   Apple
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meg    [TotalFark]  
Well, it took long us long enough, but we finally did it.  We updated our app with both rotation support and support for the taller iPhone 5 screen.  Rotation support has been our most-requested feature on the app, so now you can read your favorite Fark comments in landscape mode.  
 
For those of you new to the game, the official "Hey! on Fark.com" app means you don't have to be constantly refreshing Fark to catch the stories that interest you (although there's nothing wrong with that!).  With the iPhone app, you can set up which stories interest you (stories with the "Cool" tag, stories from ESPN, stories about NASA or space exploration, etc) and your phone will let you know when one of those stories is posted to Fark.  We also incorporate our mobile site directly within the app, so you don't have to leave the app and go to Safari to read the article/comments.  Sure, you could just read Fark on mobile Safari, but then you wouldn't get notified of stories that interest you!  (By the way, that's why the app requires a login... to store your preferences for what stories you want to be notified about.)  
 
What this app is not:
* iPad compatible.  This started out as an iPhone-only app mainly because that's the device most people carry around with them.  We'll be working on an iPad version soon.
* Android.  We haven't forgotten about the Android folks.  But we've had a devil of a time finding an Android developer to port our app to that platform.  If you are one (or know of one) and would be interested in interviewing for the gig, let us know.

10 Dec 2012 12:19 PM
Pocket Ninja    [TotalFark]  
Have you incorporated that "out the submitter" button yet? I'm still waiting for it.

10 Dec 2012 12:37 PM
make me some tea    [TotalFark]  
I think Android has more market share than iOS at this point, but thanks for the update.

10 Dec 2012 12:39 PM
FlashHarry    [TotalFark]  
and there was much rejoicing....

/downloading it as we speak!

10 Dec 2012 12:39 PM
ecmoRandomNumbers    [TotalFark]  
I wish the Android one had more functionality, but it's pretty good for a mobile app, as apps go.

10 Dec 2012 12:40 PM
Unfreakable    [TotalFark]  

ecmoRandomNumbers: I wish the Android one had more functionality, but it's pretty good for a mobile app, as apps go.


The Android app is a third-party app, not done by us.

10 Dec 2012 12:48 PM
Elzar     

meg: Well, it took long us long enough, but we finally did it.  We updated our app with both rotation support and support for the taller iPhone 5 screen.  Rotation support has been our most-requested feature on the app, so now you can read your favorite Fark comments in landscape mode.  
 
For those of you new to the game, the official "Hey! on Fark.com" app means you don't have to be constantly refreshing Fark to catch the stories that interest you (although there's nothing wrong with that!).  With the iPhone app, you can set up which stories interest you (stories with the "Cool" tag, stories from ESPN, stories about NASA or space exploration, etc) and your phone will let you know when one of those stories is posted to Fark.  We also incorporate our mobile site directly within the app, so you don't have to leave the app and go to Safari to read the article/comments.  Sure, you could just read Fark on mobile Safari, but then you wouldn't get notified of stories that interest you!  (By the way, that's why the app requires a login... to store your preferences for what stories you want to be notified about.)  
 
What this app is not:
* iPad compatible.  This started out as an iPhone-only app mainly because that's the device most people carry around with them.  We'll be working on an iPad version soon.
* Android.  We haven't forgotten about the Android folks.  But we've had a devil of a time finding an Android developer to port our app to that platform.  If you are one (or know of one) and would be interested in interviewing for the gig, let us know.


So is this app any better than the other Fark IOS app whose name must not be mentioned? Because that one has been kicking ass for the 3+ years I have been using it. I'd love to switch to the official app, but had installer's remorse lasst time.

10 Dec 2012 12:52 PM
make me some tea    [TotalFark]  

Unfreakable: ecmoRandomNumbers: I wish the Android one had more functionality, but it's pretty good for a mobile app, as apps go.

The Android app is a third-party app, not done by us.


I just tried it, looks like all it does it bring up the mobile version of Fark, with an ad on the bottom. I can do that without an app.

10 Dec 2012 12:53 PM
R.A.Danny    [TotalFark]  
Thanks, meg

10 Dec 2012 12:53 PM
meg    [TotalFark]  
Elzar:
So is this app any better than the other Fark IOS app whose name must not be mentioned? Because that one has been kicking ass for the 3+ years I have been using it. I'd love to switch to the official app, but had installer's remorse lasst time.
 
You're free to mention any other app you like!  We don't support 3rd party apps, though, so if things go badly, we can't help fix it.
 
What didn't you like last time you installed?

10 Dec 2012 12:55 PM
CavalierEternal     
Improving the iPhone functionality while Android users still don't even have an app?

GO SIT IN THE SHAME CORNER.

10 Dec 2012 01:03 PM
Nothing To See Here     
The Total FARK comes with a greenlght flashing . . .

10 Dec 2012 01:04 PM
jackiepaper     
I still prefer the Kineso app

10 Dec 2012 01:05 PM
IronJelly     

meg: Well, it took long us long enough, but we finally did it.  We updated our app with both rotation support and support for the taller iPhone 5 screen.  Rotation support has been our most-requested feature on the app, so now you can read your favorite Fark comments in landscape mode.  
 
For those of you new to the game, the official "Hey! on Fark.com" app means you don't have to be constantly refreshing Fark to catch the stories that interest you (although there's nothing wrong with that!).  With the iPhone app, you can set up which stories interest you (stories with the "Cool" tag, stories from ESPN, stories about NASA or space exploration, etc) and your phone will let you know when one of those stories is posted to Fark.  We also incorporate our mobile site directly within the app, so you don't have to leave the app and go to Safari to read the article/comments.  Sure, you could just read Fark on mobile Safari, but then you wouldn't get notified of stories that interest you!  (By the way, that's why the app requires a login... to store your preferences for what stories you want to be notified about.)  
 
What this app is not:
* iPad compatible.  This started out as an iPhone-only app mainly because that's the device most people carry around with them.  We'll be working on an iPad version soon.
* Android.  We haven't forgotten about the Android folks.  But we've had a devil of a time finding an Android developer to port our app to that platform.  If you are one (or know of one) and would be interested in interviewing for the gig, let us know.


If I, or someone I know is interested in this gig, who should I or the other person who may or may not admit to being geeky enough to make Android Apps send an email to? Is it a bonus or a hinderance if the person in question can't do the iPad one because Apple and their odd app restrictions?

10 Dec 2012 01:07 PM
meg    [TotalFark]  
IronJelly:
If I, or someone I know is interested in this gig, who should I or the other person who may or may not admit to being geeky enough to make Android Apps send an email to? Is it a bonus or a hinderance if the person in question can't do the iPad one because Apple and their odd app restrictions?

It'd be best to send in a Farkback to the 'Tech question' category.  Thanks!

10 Dec 2012 01:09 PM
bulldg4life     
I like Mobile Fark in Safari. The site isn't half bad.

Two things though:
A) Can you make the user profile sections mobile friendly? It goes back to the full site version and is darn near impossible to use without lots of zooming/scrolling
2) Can you change the comment thread links to display new comments since last visited? The big purple-ish blue button is lame-o
d) Will the mobile version ever get access to smart/funny or voting buttons?

10 Dec 2012 01:10 PM
mongbiohazard     

meg: Well, it took long us long enough, but we finally did it.  We updated our app with both rotation support and support for the taller iPhone 5 screen.  Rotation support has been our most-requested feature on the app, so now you can read your favorite Fark comments in landscape mode.  
 
For those of you new to the game, the official "Hey! on Fark.com" app means you don't have to be constantly refreshing Fark to catch the stories that interest you (although there's nothing wrong with that!).  With the iPhone app, you can set up which stories interest you (stories with the "Cool" tag, stories from ESPN, stories about NASA or space exploration, etc) and your phone will let you know when one of those stories is posted to Fark.  We also incorporate our mobile site directly within the app, so you don't have to leave the app and go to Safari to read the article/comments.  Sure, you could just read Fark on mobile Safari, but then you wouldn't get notified of stories that interest you!  (By the way, that's why the app requires a login... to store your preferences for what stories you want to be notified about.)  
 
What this app is not:
* iPad compatible.  This started out as an iPhone-only app mainly because that's the device most people carry around with them.  We'll be working on an iPad version soon.
* Android.  We haven't forgotten about the Android folks.  But we've had a devil of a time finding an Android developer to port our app to that platform.  If you are one (or know of one) and would be interested in interviewing for the gig, let us know.


Shut up, Meg.

Sorry, just couldn't resist.

/Android user

10 Dec 2012 01:10 PM
TheTrashcanMan     
haha iPhone gets the app first.

/we win
//fark you android users
///you jelly

10 Dec 2012 01:12 PM
Fark Rye For Many Whores     
I object to all this farking on phones. I mean, I keep calling off!

/sorry
//bad

10 Dec 2012 01:13 PM
meg    [TotalFark]  

bulldg4life: I like Mobile Fark in Safari. The site isn't half bad.

Two things though:
A) Can you make the user profile sections mobile friendly? It goes back to the full site version and is darn near impossible to use without lots of zooming/scrolling
2) Can you change the comment thread links to display new comments since last visited? The big purple-ish blue button is lame-o
d) Will the mobile version ever get access to smart/funny or voting buttons?


Making the user profile sections mobile-friendly is probably our 2nd most requested feature.  It's high on our list... we've just got a small team and it keeps getting pushed behind other things on our mile-long todo list.  But it's definitely in the works.
 
I'm not sure what you're asking on #2... are you looking for the (+10) sort of thing on the main headline pages like we have on the regular site?
 
We'll add voting buttons if we can ever figure out where to put them so that they don't clutter things up on the mobile site too much :-)

10 Dec 2012 01:15 PM
JackieRabbit     

make me some tea: I think Android has more market share than iOS at this point, but thanks for the update.


The Android OS does, but only because it is offered on so many different devices and iOS is available only on Apple products. Apple currently enjoys 23% of the overall smartphone market share, the largest share of any individual device producer. All Android devices add up to 59%. That's not shabby. But unfortunately for Google, they are losing market share to Apple at a steady pace, because iOS and OSX are so tightly integrated and can use Apple's and other providers clouds seamlessly.

/both are very good OSs...

10 Dec 2012 01:18 PM
Bullseyed     

make me some tea: I think Android has more market share than iOS at this point, but thanks for the update.


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Been that way for years...

10 Dec 2012 01:18 PM
Bullseyed     
I guess there isn't much demand for an Android app because Android phones just work and don't need third party software for basic functionality.

10 Dec 2012 01:21 PM
meg    [TotalFark]  
JackieRabbit:
/both are very good OSs...

Agreed.  Also, despite whatever the numbers are for market share overall, based on our Google Analytics we have a higher percentage of Farkers reading Fark on iOS devices than Android.  That's a big reason why we did the iPhone one first.

10 Dec 2012 01:22 PM
Popcorn Johnny     
Not sure why people use apps instead of the mobile version of sites. A few tweaks and the mobile site will be perfect.

The place to start would be making it so it jumped to the first new comment when reloading a thread.

10 Dec 2012 01:23 PM
meg    [TotalFark]  

Popcorn Johnny: Not sure why people use apps instead of the mobile version of sites. A few tweaks and the mobile site will be perfect.

The place to start would be making it so it jumped to the first new comment when reloading a thread.


Yup, we'll be working on small improvements to the mobile site.  The big thing the app gives you over the mobile site is that it notifies you when stuff you're interested in is on Fark.  I don't get to read Fark as much as I like anymore (I'm too busy working on it instead), but I get 5-6 notifications throughout the day of stuff that interests me that I then go to check out, and I love that.

10 Dec 2012 01:25 PM
Reverend Monkeypants     

Bullseyed: I guess there isn't much demand for an Android app because Android phones just work and don't need third party software for basic functionality.


Zing!
But... no.

While we're here: The iPad app that does exist is great EXCEPT the viewing of comments is to farking small and annoying. How can I enjoy photoshop threads if I can fullscreen a comments section?

10 Dec 2012 01:25 PM
meg    [TotalFark]  
Popcorn Johnny: 
The place to start would be making it so it jumped to the first new comment when reloading a thread.

Also - this is a preference in your user profile.  If you enable "Automatically jump to first new comment when reading" in your Preferences pane of your myFark profile, it should do just want you want.  Send in a "report a bug" farkback if it doesn't, so I make sure to see it.

10 Dec 2012 01:27 PM
drjekel_mrhyde    [TotalFark]  
What's wrong with using the mobile site?

10 Dec 2012 01:28 PM
meg    [TotalFark]  
Reverend Monkeypants:
While we're here: The iPad app that does exist is great EXCEPT the viewing of comments is to farking small and annoying. How can I enjoy photoshop threads if I can fullscreen a comments section?

The iPad app isn't ours - it's a 3rd party app.  On the App Store page for it there should be a 'Support' link/email and you can contact them and ask for an update.

10 Dec 2012 01:28 PM
lohphat    [TotalFark]  
There's gonna be a Blackberry app too, right? RIGHT!?

10 Dec 2012 01:30 PM
meg    [TotalFark]  

drjekel_mrhyde: What's wrong with using the mobile site?


See my reply to Popcorn Johnny above.  We actually have no idea either why people would use an app for just viewing/reading the site instead of using the mobile site on Safari.  That's why we made an app that goes above and beyond that by doing something the mobile site can't - notifying you of stories that fit your interests.

10 Dec 2012 01:31 PM
HeartBurnKid     

JackieRabbit: make me some tea: I think Android has more market share than iOS at this point, but thanks for the update.

The Android OS does, but only because it is offered on so many different devices and iOS is available only on Apple products. Apple currently enjoys 23% of the overall smartphone market share, the largest share of any individual device producer. All Android devices add up to 59%. That's not shabby. But unfortunately for Google, they are losing market share to Apple at a steady pace, because iOS and OSX are so tightly integrated and can use Apple's and other providers clouds seamlessly.

/both are very good OSs...


Ummm... no, Google's not losing market share "at a steady pace". They did lose some share in the fourth quarter of last year, but went right back to gaining share.

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10 Dec 2012 01:31 PM
The Voice of Doom     
meg
based on our Google Analytics

There are still people who don't block Google Analytics?

/well, mostly iphone users apparently



Bullseyed
I guess there isn't much demand for an Android app because Android phones just work and don't need third party software for basic functionality.


While somewhat trolltastic, I've been wondering about that myself as someone who doesn't have an Android/iDevice:
if you have a website and there's a mobile version, what does one need a special app for?

10 Dec 2012 01:32 PM
special20    [TotalFark]  

Elzar: So is this app any better than the other Fark IOS app whose name must not be mentioned? Because that one has been kicking ass for the 3+ years I have been using it. I'd love to switch to the official app, but had installer's remorse lasst time.


This. The one I have has no refresh issues, and works on both my iPhone, and my iPad. Support for that app has been top of the line, too. No real complaints.

One thing I hope you can add to the "official" version, that would have a lot of value to me at least, is if you make your app content scalable (two finger stretch to zoom the display).

10 Dec 2012 01:32 PM
jbc    [TotalFark]  

meg: Yup, we'll be working on small improvements to the mobile site.


Can you fix the mobile site to allow someone to quote only part of a post? I reply far less often to people on my iPod because I don't want to add extraneous garbage.

10 Dec 2012 01:32 PM
brap    [TotalFark]  
Class Warfare, Fragmentation, Usability Gap? The Android vs iOS Engagement Paradox  
 
(actual Forbes article headline)
 
THIS IS MY CALL TO REVOLUTION APPS!

10 Dec 2012 01:33 PM
Disposable Rob     

make me some tea: I think Android has more market share than iOS at this point, but thanks for the update.


Android owners would just pirate the app anyway.

10 Dec 2012 01:34 PM
meg    [TotalFark]  

special20: One thing I hope you can add to the "official" version, that would have a lot of value to me at least, is if you make your app content scalable (two finger stretch to zoom the display).


Good suggestion.  We'll take a look at this.

10 Dec 2012 01:35 PM
skinink     
My wish for the mobile version of Fark: that the Smart and Funny buttons are added.

10 Dec 2012 01:35 PM
Gonz     

meg: Well, it took long us long enough, but we finally did it.  We updated our app with both rotation support and support for the taller iPhone 5 screen.  Rotation support has been our most-requested feature on the app, so now you can read your favorite Fark comments in landscape mode.  
 
For those of you new to the game, the official "Hey! on Fark.com" app means you don't have to be constantly refreshing Fark to catch the stories that interest you (although there's nothing wrong with that!).  With the iPhone app, you can set up which stories interest you (stories with the "Cool" tag, stories from ESPN, stories about NASA or space exploration, etc) and your phone will let you know when one of those stories is posted to Fark.  We also incorporate our mobile site directly within the app, so you don't have to leave the app and go to Safari to read the article/comments.  Sure, you could just read Fark on mobile Safari, but then you wouldn't get notified of stories that interest you!  (By the way, that's why the app requires a login... to store your preferences for what stories you want to be notified about.)  
 
What this app is not:
* iPad compatible.  This started out as an iPhone-only app mainly because that's the device most people carry around with them.  We'll be working on an iPad version soon.
* Android.  We haven't forgotten about the Android folks.  But we've had a devil of a time finding an Android developer to port our app to that platform.  If you are one (or know of one) and would be interested in interviewing for the gig, let us know.


You know what would be awesome? The ability to edit down a post you're replying to while on mobile, so you're not forced to make a wall o' text when responding to a long post.

//Just sayin'.

10 Dec 2012 01:36 PM
Glockenspiel Hero     

The Voice of Doom: meg
based on our Google Analytics

There are still people who don't block Google Analytics?

/well, mostly iphone users apparently



Bullseyed
I guess there isn't much demand for an Android app because Android phones just work and don't need third party software for basic functionality.

While somewhat trolltastic, I've been wondering about that myself as someone who doesn't have an Android/iDevice:
if you have a website and there's a mobile version, what does one need a special app for?


This.

Fark's mobile site is actually quite good. Works well on my DroidX and my Nexus 7. Why do I have any need of an "app" to do something any competent browser can do?

I get so tired of every single site I view demanding that I download their app. I'd have hundreds and hundreds of apps clogging up my machines if I actually used an app to view a web page instead of, you know, a *web* browser.

10 Dec 2012 01:38 PM
luthia     

TheTrashcanMan: haha iPhone gets the app first.

/we win
//fark you android users
///you jelly


Honestly though. Androids XML/JAVA mashup is the clunkiest most unstable thing I've worked with in.. ever.

I picked up one of those Asus tf300t's to give dev a go and it's just completely awful.

10 Dec 2012 01:39 PM
GRCooper     

meg: drjekel_mrhyde: What's wrong with using the mobile site?

See my reply to Popcorn Johnny above.  We actually have no idea either why people would use an app for just viewing/reading the site instead of using the mobile site on Safari.  That's why we made an app that goes above and beyond that by doing something the mobile site can't - notifying you of stories that fit your interests.


Heh, I use the app but dont have notifications on, but I'm weird

10 Dec 2012 01:40 PM
special20    [TotalFark]  

meg: special20: One thing I hope you can add to the "official" version, that would have a lot of value to me at least, is if you make your app content scalable (two finger stretch to zoom the display).

Good suggestion.  We'll take a look at this.


Ok, that would make a huge difference to me. Apparently, the only way I have to work around this (in my current Voldemort version) is with fixing the font size - which is half-assed, because the zoom/scale thing is obviously for the pictures of boobies (*grin*) and stuff, but it would be great if the content would behave like the Safari browser in the scalable display way.

Thanks

10 Dec 2012 01:42 PM
drjekel_mrhyde    [TotalFark]  

jbc: I reply far less often to people on my iPod because I don't want to add extraneous garbage.


like that?

10 Dec 2012 01:42 PM
meg    [TotalFark]  
Gonz:
You know what would be awesome? The ability to edit down a post you're replying to while on mobile, so you're not forced to make a wall o' text when responding to a long post.

//Just sayin'.


Unfortunately, there's a trade-off when it comes to mobile.  The small screen makes it difficult to put a whole bunch of text into a text box (like we do on the desktop) and then try to edit it, especially when all the html goes into there as well (a possible fix to that soon), or even try to write your own comment underneath all that text..  That's when we came up with the other option.  I agree it's sometimes annoying, but it's far better than the other option was.  If we come up with a 3rd way to handle this that addresses both problems, we'll put that in.

10 Dec 2012 01:42 PM
GRCooper     

jbc: meg: Yup, we'll be working on small improvements to the mobile site.

Can you fix the mobile site to allow someone to quote only part of a post? I reply far less often to people on my iPod because I don't want to add extraneous garbage.


Seconded

10 Dec 2012 01:42 PM
Mr. Fuzzypaws    [TotalFark]  

drjekel_mrhyde: jbc: I reply far less often to people on my iPod because I don't want to add extraneous garbage.

like that?


Yeah, like that.

/sent from my iPad using safari
//I highlighted the text I wanted to quote but it copies it all

10 Dec 2012 01:45 PM
Mr. Fuzzypaws    [TotalFark]  
Also, jump to first new post rarely works.

Again, I'm using Safari on the iPad, mini if it matters

10 Dec 2012 01:46 PM
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