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New mobile version of pf

  1. Nov 6, 2009 #1
    I absolutely HATE it!
     
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  3. Nov 6, 2009 #2
    Well explained and precise. Excellent feedback!
     
  4. Nov 6, 2009 #3
    haha yeah me too. curious what device you are using?
     
  5. Nov 6, 2009 #4

    Dembadon

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    Posts like this are extremely frustrating. Do you have anything constructive to add, or are you just venting?

    Edit:
    Please forgive my sharp response. We've had an unusual abundance of condescending emails and phone calls today from clients with the typical "It doesn't work" feedback.
     
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  6. Nov 6, 2009 #5
    thanks Dembadon, but it's ok :smile: i'm just playing with things at the moment
     
  7. Nov 6, 2009 #6

    Moonbear

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    :rofl: I guess at least now you know at least one person besides yourself uses it.
     
  8. Nov 6, 2009 #7
    I was not aware that we have a new moblie version... What is it through? Are you making an App for like the iPhone/iPod?
     
  9. Nov 7, 2009 #8
    iPhone
    it's all back to normal now... Phew!
     
  10. Nov 7, 2009 #9
    Just to respond to some of the comments: believe me if you had seen PF last night you wouldn't need any exlanation! I guess it was broken whereas I thought it was just some new terrible version :-)
    relief...
     
  11. Nov 7, 2009 #10
    what do you think of the new version?
     
  12. Nov 7, 2009 #11
    Prefered the old one by far but it's probably bearable now. It was perfect before though....
    :-(
     
  13. Nov 7, 2009 #12
    What device are you on?
    I think for a lot of mobile users it will be a good thing but for me I feel a massive step back.
     
  14. Nov 7, 2009 #13
    Iphone. Using the normal skin it was impossible to see anything. It loaded slowly and you had to zoom in and scroll everywhere.
     
  15. Nov 7, 2009 #14

    Moonbear

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    Do those gizmos have a way to do a screen capture so the rest of us can see what this mobile version looks like? I'm just nosey. :biggrin:
     
  16. Nov 7, 2009 #15
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  17. Nov 7, 2009 #16

    Moonbear

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    Cool! I'm going to have to ask my students how good the service is around here for iPhones. A bunch of them have them and now that I publish all my lectures as podcasts for them, they actually use them to review the lectures. I was impressed with the quality of the images on them, and they look really easy to use. I just don't know how good AT&T's service is around here. But, if I can get my PF fix from an iPhone, it's yet another check in the column in favor of getting one.
     
  18. Nov 7, 2009 #17
    I liked the old version, but the new is way easier to read and see. Well done Greg! :biggrin:
     
  19. Nov 8, 2009 #18
    Hi.

    I noticed it today.
    Looks like now my device is automatically detected as 'mobile' and I am transferred to the mobile version.

    Is it possible to use the non-mobile version on my phone?
    I am asking because I have XPERIA X1 with 480x800 screen, so I didnt have any problems before with a regular version

    Regards
     
  20. Nov 8, 2009 #19
    yes, there is a link at the bottom that says "use normal view"
     
  21. Nov 8, 2009 #20

    Dale

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    I use PF on a blackberry a lot. I like the readability of the new version, easy to see and scroll around. Also, the pages load pretty fast. However, the navigation is problematic. For example, from the "Forum Feedback & Announcements" page I cannot tell if there is another post after mine in this thread. To check that I actually have to load the thread. Then it drops me onto the first page so I have to load each successive page until the last. Only then can I tell if there was another post after mine or if all of the clicks were in vain. I would make the following recommendations:

    1) keep the layout
    2) at the forum level identify the last poster
    3) have, at a minimum, a link to the first and last page

    This could be done e.g. by
    "Name of Thread" "Last post by Someone"
    Where "Name of Thread" links to the first page and "Last post by Someone" links to the last page.
     
  22. Nov 8, 2009 #21
    I agree with pretty much all of dalespams post hence why I prefer the old version by far. I already tried clicking on the button at the bottom to switch it To normal but it does nothing.
     
  23. Nov 8, 2009 #22

    Dale

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    One other thing. As I mentioned before, I do PF on blackberry a lot and sometimes I am in places with unreliable signal. Therefore I always view with my browser set to not download images by default. So getting rid of icons and images as much as possible and replacing them with text would be beneficial. For example, there is an image of an oval with the text "Post Reply" inside of it. This could be replaced simply with the text "Post Reply".

    Basically, the standard version has good content and good linking/navigation. For the mobile version the clean formatting is very readable and it would be nice to even further minimize the number of icons or other images for faster loading in potentially low bandwidth locations.
     
  24. Nov 8, 2009 #23
    Thanks for the suggestions. I'll see what I can do!
     
  25. Nov 9, 2009 #24
    Greg, thanks for all the effort with developing this, I know it's hard when you get very few positives and lots and lots of negatives. I hope you understand that my original venting was 100% a misunderstanding as a result of some transition occuring on the site just before you went live with the new mobile version (and in that state it was completely unusable!)
    I agree that there are some gains with high load speed and ease of readability on the small screen, however, I feel a loss of *functionality*, I can't seem to edit my profile, as an example. Also, the big one for me is the loss of information eg. #posts for thread, who made last post, even silly things like how many lifetime posts a member has made is now missing. I know it's a mobile version and hence it's going to have less, but it's very frustrating for me because I can't switch back to the normal version and I am not comfortable with the new interface at all.

    is there any chance you could prioritise the bug with the button for switching to the normal version? That at least gives people the *option*. Purely selfish reasons of course :-)

    I think what you are doing is heading in the right direction for a lot of moble users.
    For me, as you know, it's not working out, but I do appreciate it may be a solution for other people and hence I can accept the need for change.
     
  26. Nov 9, 2009 #25
    I will be happy to use the mobile version, thank you for your efforts.
    But the VERY REASON why I connect somethimes from my mobile is to check if someone had replied to the thread(s) I watch. So that functionality is a must.
     
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