I've been working on making the site more friendly to mobile devices. The mobile site is in a half-done, half-functional state, but I was wondering if anyone is interested in taking it for a spin. I've been using it on my iPhone, and I quite like it.
Honestly, at this point I'm not really looking for feedback. I know it's got a long way to go and I'm still working on it. But, it's actually kind of useful now, and I am curious to know if people think it's going in the right direction.
If you're interested, just drop a note here. I'll take a handful, not necessarily chosen fairly or randomly, and enable the mobile site for them.
*Note*: I'm going to make this beta invitation for *Ascendant only*. This will be a little extra perk for our Ascendant members. The final mobile version will be for everyone, but Ascendants get a sneak peek.
*Note 2*: The site will look normal until you log in on your mobile device. Then it will switch to the mobile site.
*Note 3*: Since it's not obvious, once you choose a campaign, click the little arrow in the top right to jump to tabs in your campaign.
In fact, I'm posting this from my iPhone...
I have a Droid X, rooted, running 2.3.3
Note: If you're on a non-standard browser like Dolphin on Android it may not work yet. I have to autodetect the mobile browser and it's not working yet for some 3rd party browsers.
Alternative Browsers I have installed:
I'm not really looking for reports on which browsers work. Realistically, I'm not going to make any special fixes/changes to support different browsers. I'm using some cross-browser compatibility tools that should allow it to work well in Safari and the Android browser. If it doesn't work in browser X then oh well...
Mainly I just need to find a list of all the possible mobile browsers and add them to the list of browsers that default to the mobile site. If you hate the mobile site, you can always click on 'Full Site' to go back to the original one.
So...any initial thoughts?
@RobJustice - Ok, cool. That's what I'm looking to hear. I agree that it's already more useful for quick lookup of info. I need to add campaign search plus some more basic editing, but it will never be as full featured as the main site. I intend it to be useful at the table for basic, immediate tasks. If you're writing and designing a whole layout and such, that's something to do at a regular computer.
I actually like the mobile browsing a lot. Seems faster. Little more intuitive.
Also, the site works fine with Dolphin (HD\Mini) and Opera (Normal\Mini) but doesn't kick to the mobile version for Skyfire. There are a few graphical oddities with Opera but nothing that effect usability.
I got a HTC with Sense 2.6.27
I think ;)
I have had some trouble jumping between pages though. It takes a couple seconds for the "Loading" prompt to come up, leaving me to wonder if I clicked or not.
Also, Editing just doesn't work. The box is way to small and it doesn't scroll. I know its not meant to be used to edit, but since the option is there I figured I'd play around with it.
Again, this is all on a Droid X (2.3.3). Others may have a different experience.
One, the button for newer posts is actually labeled "Older." That threw me for a loop.
Two, using the iPhone touch screen, I couldn't scroll down the collapsed list without accidentally expanding a post.
I'll add comments as I use it more often, but it's really many steps above browsing the full site. Thank you for your work!
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I'm trying to figure out a way to inject a little color, especially for campaigns that have a banner. But overall, it's coming along quite nicely. I really hope it will be ready for everyone in the next week or so.
Also, added everyone else to the beta. Give it a spin. Anyone else looking to give it a try?
I ask because that seems like a good way to determine if we're on the right track. For me personally, I really like the mobile version as-is and have no desire to use the non-mobile version when on my phone. I just want to know what others think.
It isn't great on my iPad. It doesn't really take advantage of the extra real estate -- I don't suspect you were aiming for that. At the moment, I would use the normal site on my iPad over this one. It works pretty well.
I think we'll focus our efforts on making the mobile app a nice utility for quick lookup and use at the table, while the main website is where you'll do the majority of your editing.