Discussion in 'Admin News' started by dimopoulos, Jan 17, 2012.
Awesome I can't wait and thank you for all that you do.
@snookes: you're replying to an almost 4 year old post. The LHCF app is long gone and won't be returning any time soon.
Oh gee thanks lol
Awww, I thought the app was coming back.
I wish the app was back
Me too. I really never visit the site anymore because the app was easier.
I think we need to get a petition going. Between not having the app and having to resize your photos, it's annoying.
BRING BACK THE APP
Dang I got my hopes up and thought the app was back. Ran to the App Store and nothing
Lmao! Me too
Really need the app back
The app was so much better even though I save this as a thumbnail it's always kicking me out and I have to log back in all the time urgh
Bring that app back!
@dimopoulos is the app ever gonna come back?
Yes, please, bring it back!
Why did it go away anyway?
Bring back the app please.
agreed. Let's keep up with the times.
The software that we are using now (Xenforo) does not have an app that we can buy. The software that we used previously did, but caused alot of issues for you guys. We took into consideration all of the complaints and we listened We thought this software was the better solution even though it would not have an app to go along with this software. This site is web enabled for viewing through your browser. We can look to see if there are any other software alternatives out there which are secure, and caused less downtown, crashes, and functionality glitches. However this was the best solution the last time we upgraded the forum. if you are experiencing specific problems, please let me know what they are.
Hello, I hope someone can give me more information.
I am long time (I think) member of the longhaircareforum.
I believe that the one reason we have seen a decrease in the activity of this forum is the lack of an app.
However, I used to use the old app and it seemed there were a lot of bugs anyways.
I work as a Software Engineer and I want to try to make an app for this forum, it's something I am willing to work on outside of my Job. I would do it for free and I would try to make something that works for iOS and Android.
Let me know if that is something that you would be interested in. If so I would be willing to try to make it happen.
I am a software test engineer and specialize in mobile applications! I can work with @gforceroy to test the apps she creates!!! I’ll find the bugs & report them before official app release.
I hope so ladies.
Here is the issue. The current forum software works with an application called ForumRunner. Some of you are familiar with it.
ForumRunner was created by a guy (I forget his name) who was local to the NoVA area so it was nice to be able to talk to someone close vs. a corporation. His application would connect to both xenForo as well as vBulletin based forums (forum software).
Now some time later, after we were using ForumRunner and we had bought a customized application to be there just for our forum, vBulletin bought the app from this guy. After that it all went down hill. I would send numerous requests, pleas even to fix critical bugs with the application but nothing would happen. From time to time, the iPhone based one would be updated but not the Android one. It was frustrating but it worked for the most part.
After banging my head against the wall, I decided to drop it. There is no point in having an app if it does not work. Note the last update to that app was 2013. vBulletin clearly bought ForumRunner in order to kill it as a project and eliminate competition. That is all there is to it. Notable that the last time I contacted ForumRunner was 5/21/15 and I got a reply back (we cannot get support for Forum Runner) in 7/15/15. That gives you an idea.
Furthermore years back we tried this again with a company called Tapatalk. They were a rising star in the mobile apps for forums community and we even bought a customized app from them - something like $1,500 or so. They too after a while refused to fix basic bugs in our app, yet their own branded app would enjoy those. I believe at the time they were asking between $30-50 per hour to fix bugs in our app, which was a clone of theirs, that they had already fixed. So we stopped using that app too.
The forum software is very mobile friendly and yes it might not be 100% perfect as all web based applications on mobile devices but it works.
Now I have been waiting and looking for a decent vendor to offer us a quality mobile app, native to mobile devices. There is one coming up that looks promising but it is not ready yet.
That is all I have for now.
I don't like reinventing the wheel, so if there is a company that would put people behind it and make a mobile app, I would definitely look into that. Actually there are two potential candidates for mobile apps but I have to do some due diligence so as to find the company that will have a good application, fixes bugs and offers support for the long term.
Having written that, if all fails I will definitely take you up on your offer. The main reason behind the above is that we all get busy at any given point and working on something on your free time is always taxing.