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7chan android app BrowserDev!p1JsdJzhRA 14/07/18(Fri)06:00 No. 8196

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As a browser of some of the boards here, I found it somewhat difficult to navigate on a mobile device, mostly just when trying to download/save a lot of images. So I wrote up a kind of “draft” for a 7chan android app. Just something that would let me browse boards/threads, read posts, view/save images, etc. I saw some threads in which people were asking for a mobile site/app, so I decided to share it. It’s extremely basic, since it’s only been in development for about a few days. It doesn’t have all the features I want in it yet, and I’ve put almost no work into the UI.

Since the app is only a few days old, I can’t make any performance guarantees. It does its job well enough that I find myself using it, but it does have some bugs and it’s ugly. If people are actually interested in the app I’ll keep improving it.

Download link: https://mega.co.nz/#!BosAQCgD!sd8fZ3bBAfP8Vr1yXW_GeFFlMaaN_0g3JLu9f2xeeE8

Most of the app should be self-explanatory, touch the board you want to browse, then touch a thread and it’ll open. Use the arrows you see at the top of a board to move between pages on a board. Touch images to view them full size and/or save them.

Touch the gallery icon at the top of a thread to view all the images in the thread as a list. When viewing an image full size in the gallery, touch the picture on the right to load the next image, touch it on the left to load the previous image.

There’s no way to post from the app, but you can touch the eye icon at the top of a thread to open it in your browser.

Saved images go to /sdcard/7chan, where they are saved by the board name + image id. So if you saved 124853265492.jpg from /co/, the image will be at /sdcard/7chan/co124853265492.jpg

BrowserDev!p1JsdJzhRA 14/07/18(Fri)06:05 No. 8197

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Bugs/features that’ll be fixed/added soon:

-Post subjects aren’t displayed yet.
-Boards with special formatting (like /a/) might not work/display properly
-No greentext support
-No gif support. They get displayed and saved as static images
-Replies to other posts in a thread are kind of broken. Some get highlighted, some don’t, and none of them actually “link” to the post they’re replying to.
-If a poster enters their email address, their name will be highlighted blue but it isn’t clickable.
-You can only “scroll” through fullsize pics in the gallery view, not if you inflate them from the thread view or board view.
-On posts with multiple pictures, the thumbnails for the pictures are kind of small

Anyway, it's still definitely a work in progress, but I'll probably fix these things and do my best to improve performance over the next few days. This is kind of a fun project, so if anyone's using it I'll definitely keep updating it.

BrowserDev!p1JsdJzhRA 14/07/18(Fri)06:32 No. 8198

Just realized the aforementioned download link isn't the most recent build, this one has less bugs:

BrowserDev!p1JsdJzhRA 14/07/25(Fri)04:50 No. 8207

Mega is kind of difficult to use on mobile devices, so here's a Google drive download link.
This is also a newer version that should run smoother and crash less. If people are interested in this, I guess comment in this thread so I know if anyone's using it.

Anonymous 14/07/27(Sun)03:36 No. 8216

Just wanted to let you know that I downloaded it and like it. Just keep improving it and i'll enjoy using it.

BrowserDev 14/07/31(Thu)02:28 No. 8223


BrowserDev!p1JsdJzhRA 14/07/31(Thu)04:55 No. 8230

Here's a new version. It adds 2 new features, though they're kind of buggy for now.

If you open any board or thread in your phone's browser, this app should come up as an option to view it.

Posting is now possible, though it's not very refined. In the thread view, there's a new icon at the top, a star. Touch the star to bring up the post form. Adding files isn't yet possible, but I don't think it'll be hard to add it some time in the next few days. However, the name, email, subject, and password fields work as you'd expect. Just input whatever, then click reply to post.

For now, posting a reply will open a webpage in your browser. I'm going to fix it, but for now you have to just press the back button after posting to return to the thread. It's kind of obnoxious, but I didn't have time to fix it yet. I'll also add the ability to create new threads from the app soon once the above bugs are worked out of thread replies.

Thanks. Hopefully soon I'll have all the features I want in it and I can start making it more user friendly.

BrowserDev!p1JsdJzhRA 14/08/15(Fri)22:50 No. 8278

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Here's another update, a bit bigger than the last one. This update brings thread watching to the app. While viewing a thread, you’ll notice a checkbox among the other menu items. Touch this to add the thread to the “watched threads” list. You can then access your watched threads by touching “Watched Threads” at the bottom of the board selection screen.
Every fifteen minutes, the app will check the RSS feeds of any boards that a watched thread is on. If there are new posts in a thread you’re watching, you’ll get a notification with the thread id (ie, 7ch8169) as the notification header, with the content of the post fully readable in the body of the notification. Touching the notification will open the thread in the app.
If there are new posts in more than one thread you’re watching, only the most recent will show up in the notification tray, which should be fixed in the next update.

There are also some bug fixes. Previously, posting from the app would attempt to open 7chan in your browser, as it redirected from the post succesful screen. Now that no longer happens, it all stays in the app. It still behaves as a webpage though, so if your post is successful, the post form will be replaced by the main page of 7chan. So posting from the app is a little less annoying, and after the main 7chan page pops up, you can just press your back button once to return to the thread view. Which, I guess, is better than previously where you’d have to press back once to return to the new post view, then again to return to thread view. It still needs work, but it no longer tries to open your browser, so there’s progress. In the next update I’m hoping to have the “choose file” button working, and automatically return to the threadview if the post was successful.
There was also a bug wherein the app would crash when scrolling forward in the gallery faster than it would load the thumbnails. This is fixed now, making the gallery a lot more pleasant to use. I haven’t seen the gallery crash since.
Additionally, a typo on the board selection screen was fixed.

The next update, which I’m hoping to release next week, should have some of the issues in >>8197 fixed, as well as support for showing images in the notifications for new posts.

BrowserDev!p1JsdJzhRA 14/08/15(Fri)23:47 No. 8279

Almost forgot the link:

BrowserDev!p1JsdJzhRA 14/08/18(Mon)23:31 No. 8282

Another update, to fix bugs introduced in the last update.
In the last update, I made a change to the code at the last minute that made the app show the wrong posts in notifications, rather than posts in the thread that's being watched.
Anyway, it's fixed now, and thread watching now works as described in my previous post.
Here's the apk: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9iPl8bnjjfWUExWTFlwOU0xNU0/edit?usp=sharing

BrowserDev!p1JsdJzhRA 14/08/18(Mon)23:40 No. 8283

Also, there's a new permission. In order to make sure the app starts checking rss feeds after a reboot, the app now requires the "run at startup" permission.

BrowserDev!p1JsdJzhRA 14/09/05(Fri)01:48 No. 8305

Another update, with more improvements. Most notably, I changed the way the app loads threads. Previously it would show each post one at a time as the thumbnails loaded, which resulted in posts slowly popping up as the images loaded. Now, all the posts are displayed immediately, with a loading icon as the thumbnail if the thumbnail hasn’t loaded yet. I find this to make the app feel a lot more responsive, since you don’t have to wait for all the thumbnails to load just to scroll to the bottom of the thread, and you can read posts even if the images aren’t yet loaded. However, this causes all the thumbnails in a thread to load simultaneously. So if you try to view an image fullscreen or interact with the gallery, it might be a little sluggish until the thread is finished fetching thumbnails. I intend to fix this in the next update, but at least now all the text in the threads is displayed almost instantly.

Other new things:
-Gif support has been added, and gif images are actually zoomable, unlike static images. (Zoomable static images will be implemented in the next update). At present the app lacks the functionality to save gifs, but at least they’re displayed.
-You can scroll through images in the threadview by touching the left and right sides of fullscreened images, just like in the gallery. Unless that image is a gif. Will be fixed soon.
-Post subjects are shown.

Here’s the apk:

Zodia!vEawx7Krcs 14/09/05(Fri)22:36 No. 8307

I'm posing on behalf of my butt-buddy NuMe:

He made this thread for a mobile UI for 7chan, it looks good. He was collaborating with some coders in IRC but progress is slow.

The little pixel Conductor Cat should be the app icon - NuMe

BrowserDev!p1JsdJzhRA 14/09/14(Sun)02:06 No. 8316

In the previous update, as described in the above post, I made it so the entire thread would load at once, which caused some pretty bad slowdowns in threads with lots of images. This update fixes that, by downloading image thumbnails sequentially, rather than simultaneously. Threads with lots of images (especially those with tons of multi-image posts) might still be laggy, but now that there aren’t dozens of images loading at once, you should be able to view a full size image without having to wait too long, even if images are still downloading in the thread. In the last update, trying to view a full size image before the thread was finished loading took quite a while. That might still happen, but it should be significantly less frequent.
I’ve also made some changes to the algorithm I was using to create the UI elements of the threads. The app should be able to handle larger threads than the last version(s) without crashing, but huge threads (like the /tg/ sticky, for instance) will most definitely crash the app.

Other small things added in this update include a loading icon being displayed during the initial loading of the thread. It’s animated but for now will probably freeze up during the last few moments while the thread’s ui elements are initialized. It’s also pretty ugly, oversized, and it’s not centered, but its better than staring at an empty white background while everything loads.
Placeholder logo has been changed as suggested by >>8307. Thanks for the suggestion. I think it looks a lot better, and the old logo was just a placeholder anyway.

Zoomable static images haven’t been added in this update, despite what I said in >>8305


Clover Anonymous 14/09/18(Thu)23:00 No. 8318

http://floens.github.io/Clover/ < open sauce 4chan browser. haven't peeked at the sauce yet ... but unless it is entirely built around their api it may be reworkable for other boards with minimal work. op's screens look pretty sexy but if 90% of the work is already done with Clover it may be easier to just mod what is there. again haven't looked at the sauce yet... could be a giant sack of fail.

N3X15!QeYBaiERz2!!WyLzD2MQAz 14/09/22(Mon)06:45 No. 8335

We're working on a major overhaul of the backend code to bring it up to date, get rid of a bunch of outdated shit, and, most importantly, bring in a new API stuff like this can interface with.

BrowserDev!p1JsdJzhRA 14/10/10(Fri)00:05 No. 8367

Using Clover's source was actually one of the first things I tried when I started working on this app. I learned a little bit from it, but some fundamental elements of 7chan are so different from 4chan (ie, multiple images in one post, etc) that it was really awkward trying to get it to work, especially considering the majority of the code is specific to 4chan's api.

Anyway, here's a small update. I haven't had much time to work on the app because of midterms, but I finally got a chance to do a little work on it. I changed the image loading code so that, if a post has multiple images, those images are only loaded if the post is on screen, to cut down on both memory usage and data usage. If the first few posts displayed onscreen have multiple images, those won't be loaded until you've scrolled a little bit. It'll still be laggy while all the posts are first loading in a thread, but hopefully I can fix that soon.

I'm also trying out different file hosts to see which are easiest to use on mobile and don't have any download limits.
Once I'm comfortable with how the app performs (which, at this rate, could be a while), I'll consider putting the beta on Google Play if I can find a way around their "no porn" restrictions. If anyone has a suggestion for a file host that has no download limits with no login required, I'd be happy to use that instead. In the meantime I'm still using Google Drive until I find something better.

Here's a link

Anonymous 15/03/05(Thu)13:26 No. 8549

open source this project op

Anonymous 15/03/24(Tue)10:42 No. 8591

4chan has a really good browser on android called mimi. Maybe see if the guy who owns it will let you fork a version for 7chan.

Anonymous 15/04/22(Wed)13:30 No. 8629

Does the app connect via HTTPS?

Anonymous 15/05/31(Sun)12:45 No. 8674


Anonymous 15/06/12(Fri)19:59 No. 8682

African Mammaries? strike one.
>guy who owns it
proprietary? strike two.
>let you fork
licensing agreement? strike three.

Anonymous 16/01/21(Thu)00:00 No. 8812

There's also Dashchan. Not open sores, but will be soon® according to the readme.


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