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The Tortoise Forum App is going to be disabled on Oct 1, 2019

Discussion in 'Site Announcements' started by Josh, Aug 19, 2019.

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  1. Philip Rome

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    Ooohhps.... sorry, penny just dropped!
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    So sad to hear that, however if that is what needs to be done, then that is what needs to be done. I liked the app, as it is much easier to load photos directly from your phone. However I will just have to do it the long way round when I am at work. As I don't have a computer at home to work from.
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    Ok I’ve saved the browser as a favourite and while it’s slightly more awkward than the app for me, it is actually functional!
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    What's Tapatalk and app??? D-uuhhh!!! Long as I can just get on the internet and reach the tortoise forum that's all I need.o_O
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    Lyn W Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    I only ever use my laptop for TFO so it won't affect me, but I will be sad to lose good friends who may disappear from the forum if they can't use the app.:(
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    I use the app but as it seemed like an informative post vs something up for debate so I just accepted it and moved on. I would prefer to continue using it but understand the reasoning and accept the decision made on our behalf by the higher ups!
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    ZEROPILOT Well-Known Member 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    Maybe it's time for some of us to share Email or other contact information with members we wish to keep in contact with.
    I sure wish I'd done so with several past members.
    Just a thought.
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    KarenSoCal Well-Known Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    I've always been a Tapatalk user, because for me it works well and looks good.
    Trying to use the website is awful. Parts of the page are covered up by other info on the page. The actual post is ok, but the other items, such as "like" or "reply" are so tiny I can barely see them.
    In Tapatalk, all the posts of a particular thread are together. In the web version, there are multiple pages of the posts that have to be navigated.
    There is too much stuff on each page...it looks jumbled and cluttered, instead of a clean list of posts.
    The web is large and unwieldy, with tiny squashed fonts.
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    Moozillion Well-Known Member 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club

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    Gosh, I'm late to the game, here.
    Although I am REALLY BUMMED that we'll lose the app, I absolutely understand and appreciate the reason.
    I use the app very heavily, but will be glad to access the forum any way I can!!! TFO ROCKS!!!!![emoji2][emoji173]️
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    I’m just curious but is there a cost associated with the app? Apple and google already have our personal information. I don’t understand what you think they’re going to sell? If it’s money, I’d be willing to contribute towards keeping it. It’s much more convenient than the web page.
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    JoesMum Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    It costs a lot of money for a website to have a personalised Tapatalk app and that cost is probably not sustainable for a smaller forum.

    You can install native Tapatalk on your device and access the forum through that. Whether that will continue to work after October 31 I don’t know. I shall certainly be trying it.
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    I am an "old dinosaur" without apps, smart phone, taptalk etc. I only use my computer and that`s why I will not miss anything. But I can only speak for myself.
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    Grumble grumble grumble, app being taken away grumble... wait.... app.... I didn’t even know there was one. Well no point in trying it out now lol. Here’s to hope of a better option becoming available for an app in the future.
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    @TammyJ beat me to it. What's Tapatalk?

    I don't understand what is going away. I go on any device, laptop, desktop or cell phone, and I type in Tortoiseforum.org. If I'm not already logged in, I log in and then use the forum.

    So what am I not going to be able to do now?
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    jaizei Unknown Member Moderator 5 Year Member

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    Nothing will change for you. There was a separate app that allowed members to access the forum, that is being discontinued.
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    JoesMum Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Tapatalk is an app that talks to the forum instead of the browser you use (Chrome, Safari, Edge, Firefox)

    It presents the website in a clearer format for small screens.

    Josh pays Tapatalk for a customised version of Tapatalk which means that a TFO app can be downloaded from the app store. People using the TFO app are generally unaware that actually it is customised Tapatalk.

    It is this customised version of Tapatalk that is going.

    It won’t affect anyone who uses the forum through the web browser on their mobile device.

    Those that use the customised app, like me, can try:
    1. Downloading the basic Tapatalk app from the app store and trying to login to TFO through it. This may or may not carry on working.

    2. Login to TFO through the web browser on their device.
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    I hope that #1 works
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    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club

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    Why did we/do we need a separate "app" when the forum works fine on any device already? I thought TFO was an app? How was this separate app different than the regular TFO that I am used to?
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    Tapatalk is getting a little sketchy with the advancements in data analytics so that now you can be tracked over the whole internet. They pay sites like this to gather data so they may track all over the internet and make suggestions for purchases. That is why when you go to some sites it will have something you recently looked at in a window on the side of the browser that links to a seller! Very Scary
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    Maro2Bear Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Regarding this - That is why when you go to some sites it will have something you recently looked at in a window on the side of the browser that links to a seller! Very Scary.

    This happens now, all the time. If i search for a VRBO rental in MD, the next time i log into TFO, the ads are all VRBO cottages in MD.
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