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Discussion in 'WCHA Website Suggestions' started by Dan Miller, Dec 2, 2013.

  1. Dan Miller

    Dan Miller cranky canoeist Staff Member

    Just curious - if there were a smartphone and/or tablet app available from WCHA, what would it be or what would it do?
  2. pklonowski

    pklonowski Unrepentant Canoeist

    It would allow access to the Knowledge Database and Forums.
  3. OP
    Dan Miller

    Dan Miller cranky canoeist Staff Member

    You can already do that. I use Safari on my iPhone. I've looked at add-ons like ForumRunner or Tapatalk, but so far they get mediocre reviews, and there hasn't been any requests...
  4. pklonowski

    pklonowski Unrepentant Canoeist

    Dan, you're way more techie than I am... I have a smart phone, but it has a dumb operator... :rolleyes:
  5. Andre Cloutier

    Andre Cloutier Firestarter. Wicked Firestarter.

    Deliver a non-lethal electrical shock any time i was attempting to purchase another old canoe?
  6. H.E. Pennypacker

    H.E. Pennypacker LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Forgive me for being blunt, but must there be an app just because apps are possible? Should we be searching for a purpose just so we can say we have an app? Technology for technology's sake... hmmm...
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    Dan Miller

    Dan Miller cranky canoeist Staff Member

    As I said, merely curious. No need is a perfectly acceptable answer.

    I do have other hobbies where apps on my phone have become part of my routine, including music (both playing and listening), timber framing / woodworking and birding.
  8. kayamedic

    kayamedic Kim Gass

    Help ID that barn find you just came across.. The deck details and some pics of relevant construction. Sort of like Bird ID only Canoe ID.
  9. Benson Gray

    Benson Gray Canoe History Enthusiast Staff Member

    I have used the FileApp package to create working prototypes of applications for the Wooden Canoe Journal archive, old catalog collections, and build record archive. However, I haven't found many reasons to use these for various reasons. I've tried Tapatalk occasionally but never found a connection to the WCHA forums. My use of Safari on the iPhone to read the WCHA forums is usually frustrated by having to spend most of my time zooming in and out. It would be nice to see the current Wooden Canoe Journal on my iPhone but I would probably still prefer to read it on paper. Some of the presenters at the Assembly might like to be able to run the projector for their evening sessions from an iPad but there doesn't appear to be a simple solution to that issue yet.

    A canoe identification application like Kim suggested might be interesting as an experiment in artificial intelligence. However, even this group is frequently stumped so software may not be able to adequately resolve that problem. Andre's proposal for impulse control may hold the most promise. My biggest issue at the moment is canoe storage space but the current hand held device technology doesn't offer an obvious solution for that either. Oh well,

    Last edited: Dec 3, 2013
  10. MackyM

    MackyM LOVES Wooden Canoes

    I can relate to the storage issue. I currently have a 15' sitting diagonally in my living room.
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    Dan Miller

    Dan Miller cranky canoeist Staff Member

    There is 2/3 of a Linkanoe standing upright in my living room. Takes up less space that way...
  12. pklonowski

    pklonowski Unrepentant Canoeist

    That has me thinkin'... once the kids' rabbits go bye-bye (this weekend?), I could put a canoe rack on the family room wall...
  13. kayamedic

    kayamedic Kim Gass

    I don't see the lack of an app a hindrance to the site. Now if someone would invent a stretchable garage that heats for nothing I would be very happy. Currently our restore project is in the garage. Once the snow starts flying we have to move it out somewhere. Somewhere above 50( a temp my garage will not see till May). Its called the family room...
  14. Andre Cloutier

    Andre Cloutier Firestarter. Wicked Firestarter.

    once the kids' rabbits go bye-bye (this weekend?)

    I like the way you think, i have'nt made a good stew in a while. Might use beef though.
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    Dan Miller

    Dan Miller cranky canoeist Staff Member

    That will free up oodles of space in your living room!
  16. Dave Wermuth

    Dave Wermuth Who hid my paddle?

    And Macky, I understand there may be more on the way?
  17. pklonowski

    pklonowski Unrepentant Canoeist

    35 square feet of pen... about in the middle of the room... yes, oodles!
  18. Steve Ambrose

    Steve Ambrose Nut in a Canoe

    If I were single the basement den would have storage racks. Actually the dining room gets used less so that might be the better choice!

    Rather than an app maybe make the forum available in a mobile version as Benson hinted at. I know the technology exists such that a site will load in standard or mobile version depending on the device used to access but not sure if that could be applied to the forum application.
  19. jchu

    jchu LOVES Wooden Canoes

    I agree with the mobile version suggestion. I have never been able to access the classified on my android tablet or s4 phone. Just goes to a blue screen. I use the tablet often. Forum can get funky loading to. Haven't checked out the store.
  20. Dave Wermuth

    Dave Wermuth Who hid my paddle?

    On my laptop just now, Internal server error. A second try and it was there.

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