• @Woody-Thrower said:

    Many of the members of the community (myself included) use Tapatalk to access the forum. After seeing @luke's comment regarding NodeBB having a great mobile interface (thus making Tapatalk unnecessary) I decided to try it out in Chrome on my Galaxy Note 4. The experience was unpleasant.

    As I tried to scroll through messages, the browser would sometimes go blank (solid white), then come back. As I was reading thread summaries, sometimes the metadata (age of the post, etc.) would disappear then reappear. I experienced those issues in the first couple minutes of testing. They were severe enough that I didn't want to continue to see if there were other more subtle issues.

    Is worth mentioning that on iOS 8 both Safari and Chrome crash when browsing any forum that runs NodeBB. Also concerning Tapatalk, it requires a database. It might be doable if we get mysql integrated.

  • @xaoseric I have almost no crashes in Safari from NodeBB since upgrading to iOS 8 on my iPad2, actually. Chrome still crashes once in a while, but it does that on every site (try running a JavaScript benchmark in iOS Chrome - it's really just a bad piece of software). I was using Chrome as my primary browser on the iPad, but I've gone back to Safari since iOS 8 and it's a much better experience, now, though it can still be slow and crash occasionally.

    This is, of course, some pretty old hardware. My girlfriend's iPad3 runs NodeBB sites (even several tabs at a time) without a hitch, and browsing from her iPhone 4s seems workable (if not exactly pleasant due to the tiny size of the device). My Windows Phone 8 has some issues posting (mostly because IE10 mobile is garbage) but is functional for browsing. I have users on Android and other Apple hardware and never hear complaints.

    If you're having problems, you might try using paged mode (it's in your user account options for the forum). It might be nice if NodeBB could switch between "endless scroll" mode and paged mode for specific devices.

    Edited to add: I posted this from my iPad2 and do most of my browsing of this site on it.

  • I've had nothing but problems with iOS8 on my iPad 3. Topics with lots of links make the page refresh with the "Safari had a problem and restarted this page".

    If I type at my usual pace on the iPad, it crashes at random points and never recovers, so I have to close the app and reopen safari, fortunately the draft saves to a word or so before it crashes. Happens with other sites too though. Will probably buy myself the iPad Air 2 in a couple of months though.

    Just wish I could see when the last post was on tablets and phones. 😛 (Cough) 😄

  • @a_5mith said:

    I've had nothing but problems with iOS8 on my iPad 3. Topics with lots of links make the page refresh with the "Safari had a problem and restarted this page".

    How many posts and links are we talking about? I can feel the wheels start grinding on my iPad2 when the post count gets around 50-60 and has several embedded images in it (animated GIFs are especially fun on my iPad2).

    But then, of course, there's this, which I found waiting for me at my desktop today:


    This happened on a NodeBB page I had left open (I had four or five tabs open and only this one exploded) but it's happened on several other pages (generally ones that utilize a lot of AJAX, and whatever you'd call AJAX with JSON instead of XML) and I've seen it triggered by Flash and Java (I don't have Flash or Java installed, but I do on some VMs or other people's machines).

    I switched to Chrome because it was more reliable and faster than other browsers, but these things seem to happen with increasing frequency, recently. Their "suggestions"? Check for AV/firewall blockages (I have none), disable extensions (I only have Google extensions installed: Docs, Sheets and Slides), check for malware (I have none) or wipe out your user profile (really doubt that's the problem, Google, but thanks for the suggestion).

  • @Shaun Happens consistently for me in the NodeBB Plugin Voting topic. (The first one, not the second) When I'm around the list of plugin links, it stops loading the template properly, glitches, then refreshes.

  • I'd also just like to say, I cringe and run the other way as fast as I can every time I get that obnoxious "our forum sucks on your browser, but we have Tapatalk!" modal popup on a forum.

  • @a_5mith this thread? https://community.nodebb.org/topic/3097/voting-part-1-candidates-for-best-plugin-october-2014

    Has no problems for me on my iPad2. I have learned to keep apps shutdown pretty well (Apple stuff is notoriously bad when low on memory) but other than that, I don't think I do anything special.

    I have a few problems when responding, sometimes (spellchecker seems to hang once in a while, particularly when hitting backspace, and it sometimes has problems resizing/moving the response window when the keyboard opens) but I think those are really Safari-issues.

  • @Shaun I don't think I've closed an app that hadn't crashed since Flappy Bird was taken off the app store. 😆 Could be that.

  • tapatalk is for most plugins a problem. I had it on mybb running and disabled it be course of that.
    Best deal is if the forum supports Mobil directly.

  • i also don't think tapatalk is needed anymore. I use it with ipboard and i just want to get rid of it.

  • I would like to see this plugin made

    I think peoplea see this app the wrong way it's not for one forum but to consolidate multiple forums in one place

    Yes no reason to use it if you one forum you follow has a good mobile version

    But if your part of 10 different forums, as I am all in different fields of IT. It's a god sent to log into one app and have notification and reply from all of the different forums.

    This is just my point of view and I think it would be a nice addition

  • (Apologies in advance as my first post here is about such a boring topic as Tapatalk. And the semi necro)

    @tfraley touches the main problem; It's not that nodeBB doesn't work for your users or isn't better than TT - the users expect TT to work. They have used it for years as their goto app on mobile devices. Some might buy the claim that nodeBB works better natively, but quite a few are creatures of habit. Change is hard and some of us are looking to radically change the forum experience, which can be all the change users can handle at the time.

    I'm looking to move from a boring but stable phpBB forum to something newer. In my search for a platform I stumbled upon nodeBB. I have to give you guys credit - this leaps and bounds ahead of all the boring PHP-based forums I have looked at. I'm still restricted by what users expect. I'm not sure I can sell missing TT support simply because it is an expected service right now.

    In other words, the problem isn't technical, it's user expectance/experience. Users that don't agree that the latest and greatest is necessarily the best user experience.

  • I know this is an old topic but I wonder if anybody has made something related to Tapatalk´s support on Nodebb.


  • GNU/Linux

    @alejandrocobo , you could easily make a wrapper app for Android using NodeBB.

  • @meetdilip Thanks for your answer. Unfortunately, my community is asking me Tapatalk because of the centralization. So I need support just for Tapatalk. To have an app just to visit the forum is the same than visit the forum on a browser.

  • GNU/Linux

    @alejandrocobo said in NodeBB integration with Tapatalk:

    To have an app just to visit the forum is the same than visit the forum on a browser.

    Certainly not. Mainly, your presence on his/her smart phone changes everything. Also, there are local notifications, push notifications etc that can improve user activity while using a dedicated app.

  • Community Rep

    I think there's already a web view app for nodebb mentioned for android if you search for it

    I'm on the fence about TT support in NodeBB but I get why people want it. If it's really important, it seems like it should be feasible with the NodeBB write API plugin?

  • @meetdilip I am sorry but it is the same since the people want to centralize the information, not to have another app for another forum.

    @Bri Yes, it is unmaintained but it works and I use it. But once again, an app is not an alternative to Tapatalk. They are different things and a app doesn't stop people asking for Tapatalk support.

  • Plugin & Theme Dev

    Shouldn't this request be directed to Taptalk Inc? They seem to charge both the app user and the forum maintainer for "pro" features.

    As this is an open source project, they're free to provide a NodeBB taptalk plugin and earn more money 😉

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