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Announcing Forum Runner - XenForo iPhone/iPad/Android App!

Discussion in 'Add-on Releases [Archive]' started by ClemsonJeeper, Feb 12, 2011.

  1. ClemsonJeeper

    ClemsonJeeper Well-Known Member

    Introducing Forum Runner for the iPhone/iPad/Android!


    What is Forum Runner?

    Forum Runner is a XenForo add-on that allows your users to browse your forum using a native Android/iPhone/iPad client. This means faster access for those users since it only downloads the actual forum information rather than all the extraneous images that slow down the mobile connection.

    Forum Runner now supports the iPad natively! Download the Forum Runner app once and support both iPhone and iPad versions in one universal app!

    Forum Runner is FREE for forum owners to install, and takes less than 5 minutes. The client for the iPhone/iPad/Android costs 1.99$ which is LESS THAN THE COMPETITORS, and has more features. Please see the list below for full information on Forum Runner's features.

    Forum Runner inherits all the security built into XenForo, so users running Forum Runner will only be able to see the same forums and threads as they could using a regular browser.

    Forum Runner Feature List
    • Native Android/iPad/iPhone support
    • iOS 4 multitasking support
    • Browse your favorite forums in an easy-to-use-interface with multiple notification types (private message, subscription, etc)
    • Fully customizable home screen with your favorite forums
    • FREE PUSH NOTIFICATION SUPPORT : Get private message and subscribed thread updates from your favorite forums in the background!
    • Poll updates (private messages/subscriptions) from favorites on home screen - shows you a summary of which forums you have new messages or subscriptions on!
    • Graphical display of polls - view results and vote on polls
    • Moderation tools for your moderators/admins (close/open thread, stick/unstick thread, move thread, delete posts, etc)
    • Image attachment thumbnail and full size viewing from threads
    • View a thread's image attachments in one convenient screen (much like the native iPhone "Photo" app)
    • Save thread images to your iPhone/iPod touch library
    • Fully searchable forums!
    • Multi-quote support
    • View embedded links without leaving the app, including YouTube videos
    • Supports portrait AND landscape mode
    • Full posting options (quote posts, start new thread, etc)
    • Attach unlimited photos from your library (or take a photo from the camera and attach it)
    • Full support for private messages and private message folders
    • Full support for thread subscriptions - track your favorite threads and be updated via push when they have new posts!
    Forum Runner currently supports vBulletin 3.6.x, 3.7.x, 3.8.x and 4.0.x, phpBB 3.0.x, and XenForo 1.0.x. We are adding support for other mobile phones as well as forum software.

    There is a Free version available in the iTunes App Store and Google Market as well which allows your users to try out Forum Runner before making a decision to buy it. It has all the features of the full version except that it does not have the ability to post threads and a few other differences which are outlined on http://www.forumrunner.com.

    Some screen shots of Forum Runner running on various devices:

    iPhone: Home Screen with customizable icons and notifications:


    Push notification updates while outside the app:


    Image attachment browser from a thread:


    Fully searchable forums:


    Full forum browsing:


    How do I get the Forum Runner XenForo Add-On?

    To register and download the add-on for your forum, simply head over to http://www.forumrunner.com/?p=register. Full instructions to register your forum in the Forum Runner database are there. Once you register your forum, you can download the add-on there. There are also full installation instructions as well!

    Also, there is a support forum located at: http://www.forumrunner.com/forum Please post up your ideas or any issues you have with the App there.

    Get Your Own Customized App For Your Forum

    If you do not want your users to have to pay a fee for the app, you can purchase your own branded version of Forum Runner that is free for your users and goes directly to your forum. We take care of creating, listing, and maintaining the app for you! For more information, please visit http://www.forumrunner.com/?p=branding

    How can I get the Forum Runner iPhone Client?

    Either search "Forum Runner" in the App Store on your iPhone, or click one of the links below:

    Get Forum Runner Full Version from App Store

    Get Forum Runner Free Version from App Store

    How can I get the Forum Runner Android Client?

    Either search "Forum Runner" in the Google Market on your Android device, or click one of the links below:

    Get Forum Runner Full Version from Google Market

    Get Forum Runner Free Version from Google Market
    Ned, elbav, iTuN3r and 44 others like this.
  2. ClemsonJeeper

    ClemsonJeeper Well-Known Member

    This is the first release, so please let me know any and all issues with this add-on! I expect there to be many updates up front as I track down and fix bugs, so please keep the add-on up to date. :)
  3. Kier

    Kier XenForo Developer Staff Member

    This looks great. I'll download the add-on to check it out soon.
  4. Kier

    Kier XenForo Developer Staff Member

    I just had a very cursory glance over the code and it looks like this is a well-written XenForo add-on, properly making use of the XenForo framework. Nice job.
    HydraulicJack, pjfry, BRiT and 7 others like this.
  5. RobParker

    RobParker Well-Known Member

    Would it be possible to purchase the branding option but make it only available to members who're in our donators/supporters member group (so effectively passing on some of the costs to the members)? I don't think your competitors allow that but wasn't sure if you did.
    Floris likes this.
  6. RobParker

    RobParker Well-Known Member

    Also I know it's too soon but once you get people buying the branded option could you please keep this thread updated with a list to some examples?
  7. ClemsonJeeper

    ClemsonJeeper Well-Known Member

    I've written this add-on for many forum types and XenForo was by far the easiest to write it for. The way you guys have written the software makes it VERY easy to write add-on code to extend it. I was extremely impressed at the amount of time you spent on the add-on extensibility in the Admin Control Panel. Adding options was so easy compared to vB and phpBB!
  8. ClemsonJeeper

    ClemsonJeeper Well-Known Member

    Yep. Good idea. I can add support to only allow certain usergroups (whitelist) access through the app with a customized message if you are declined access. Good idea!
    dieketzer, Walter and ArnyVee like this.
  9. ClemsonJeeper

    ClemsonJeeper Well-Known Member


    There is a (large) list of forums that already have their apps listed by us. The branding support looks/works exactly the same regardless of the forum type.
  10. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    Funny you should say that every developer I've spoken to have said basically the same thing.

    That said, this looks like an add-on I'll be using after I pinch my husbands mobile (where's mine I hear you ask) I dropped it in a mug of hot coffee. That said, Nice job and really looking forward in seeing this one progressing. (y)
  11. RobParker

    RobParker Well-Known Member

    I use a few of those apps already and they work great :)

    I just meant it'd be nice to have a few examples using XenForo once they're available (or maybe just make it obvious on your branding page which software they're running)
  12. ClemsonJeeper

    ClemsonJeeper Well-Known Member

    That must have either been a large mug or a small phone! Either way.... ouch! :)
  13. mizter1nho

    mizter1nho Well-Known Member

    what about Symbian^3 app ?
  14. ClemsonJeeper

    ClemsonJeeper Well-Known Member

    Isn't Nokia going Windows 7? :) No plans for Symbian unfortunately. Next up for support is Blackberry.
  15. mizter1nho

    mizter1nho Well-Known Member

    Nokia is going to move to WP7 but is not going to throw own Symbian devices. [​IMG]
  16. kingston

    kingston Well-Known Member

    Will you add support for alerts?
  17. ClemsonJeeper

    ClemsonJeeper Well-Known Member

    Sure! Would you want push notification support for alerts? Or just in-app?
  18. yavuz

    yavuz Well-Known Member

    Wish I had a smartphone now, damn :D
  19. kingston

    kingston Well-Known Member

    both, and the option to turn on and off push for alerts is best!

    i have had people write some mods to take advantage of the alert system. this is pretty much badass if this works. kicks tapatalk's butt!
    faeronsayn likes this.
  20. Andy.N

    Andy.N Well-Known Member

    I'm watching this closely (Blackberry development). Do you have any timeline for it?
    What are the benefit of using this on BB? It does not have Push like iPhone/android as far as I know.

    And is there a minimum OS for BB like at least OS 5?
    0ptima likes this.

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