Board Express, the companion app for forum users (works with our Windows Phone forums too) which uses the TapaTalk standard, has been updated to version 2.8 and brings more functionality to the table. For a full run through on what's new:
Thanks-feature implemented. You can now see how many thanks a user got for his post, and who did thank him (press on the thanks-link). And you can thank yourself by press and hold on a post and then click on "Thank!"
Better handling of page loading
Fix for loading CRM-pages in vBulletin
vBulletin: Option to open a thread in the internet explorer
vBulletin: Option to send a thread as link by email
When entering a thread, it only gets marked as read when the last page has been opened. There was a bug while browsing in the thread-view. Now the thread gets marked as read as soon as the last paged has been browsed to.
Finally, the day has come for you forum junkies. Board Express, which uses the TapaTalk standard for forum interaction, has finally gone Mango with v2.7. And it adds that feature we were hoping it would with this update, namely the ability to pin individual forums to your Start screen:
You can create a Tile for each favorite forum! So you can enter your favorite forum directly from your Homescreen! (To do so, just press & hold on a forum in the favorite list)
Mango Fast App Switch Support: Unfortunately, due to the high caching of our app, the restoration still can last some few seconds.
We just gave it a shot and as can been seen in the pic above, it works perfectly. So now you can pin the WPCentral forums right next to our official WPCentral App and you have everything you need, right there on your Start screen. Brilliant!
Pick up Board Express Pro for $0.99 here in the Marketplace. You can also grab the free, ad-supported version here. *Note: Free version is still on v2.5 as of now, so no Mango yet. Thanks to Dave Blake, our Forums mod, for noticing!
For those of you who use Board Express, the Tapatalk client (site) which enables you to effortlessly browse and post to forums, you'll be glad to know that after an eternity, they've finally released a major update with bug fixes galore. It's last major update was in February with 2.0.The bad news, as seems to be the theme today, is it is not Mango-ready.
Still, lets not knock all the major fixes that are on board, which will hopefully resolve most of the problems some folks have been having:
Prior to opening a forum, for security reasons, the whole path to the forum will be displayed
to open a link, you have to double click on it. This prevents undesired browsing to a link
SMF => username and account name fix
A fix for entering a reply: sometimes while entering a character, the last one got deleted.
direct registration possible for a new forum (in a web browser)
deletion of threads
bug-fix for reports => didn't show the reported text
Fix for not showing the username after login
MessageBox "Do you really want to Exit" can be disabled
Fix for some wrong error messages
Possibility to turn on Confirmation prior to submitting a new post or a reply (Standard: deactivated)
fix for attachments-text not showing using dark skins
Hopefully a v2.6 is right around the corner with fast-app switching and the ability to pin individual forums to your Start screen, 'cause that would be awesome. And as you can probably see from the video above, Board Express works really well with the WPCentral Forums, meaning you can take 'em with you when out and about, plus post just like you were at your PC. Just load up the app and search for our site and you're in. Grab the Pro version (ad free) here for $2.99 with a free trial or just try the free, ad-supported version here.
Board Express Pro (see site) just went 2.0 this week and it was quite the major overhaul of the Tapatalk message board client. Featuring a new UI, faster scrolling and just overall smoother operation, it seems to have finally hit the "recommend zone" by us.
We just took v2.1 published the other night for a spin and were quite impressed. The app is compatible with thousands and thousand of message boards around the globe and even our own forums right here. Enabling you to log in, post messages, check your PMs, favorite forums for quick access--it seems to have it all from our end. Also new in 2.x is themes support--from dark to light, to using your accent color, to some presets, it gives a nice, custom look to your message board.
The app does fetch for $2.99 which is a bit high, but if you're a forum junky, we can say it is money well spent. There is also a full-trial that limits your to 60 characters per post and you can only favorite three boards--but it is certainly robust enough to let you decide if it's for your. Download the trial here in the Marketplace and post your thoughts in our thread on the topic--great way to get your feet wet, eh?
We ran across an interesting app that's headed to the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. Board-Express is an app that allows you to connect to thousands of internet forums.
Board-Express will allow you to view, post and receive PM messages from about 8,000 different forums. There will be three versions of Board Express available for Windows Phones:
Board Express (free): Allows you to read from the forums but does not have the ability to post or access your PM messages.
Board Express Pro ($2.99): Allows you to read, post, distinguish new threads and send PM messages.
Board Express Re-branding (for forum owners): This allows forum owners to publish a customized version with their own logo, name, splash screen, etc.
Board-Express has a search function to allow you to sift through the thousands of participating forums and the ability to tag your favorite forums. Board-Express uses the Tapatalk plugin which is currently installed on more than 8,000 forums including XDA Developers, HTC Mania and our personal favorite, WPCentral.
Board-Express will be available over at the Marketplace when Windows Phone 7 launches. It looks like an interesting way to stay in touch with all your discussion forums.