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Old 03-04-2007, 12:17 PM   #1
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Any way to make MobileRead more PDA friendly?

I've been struggling to get the MobileRead site to show up well in iSilo (see January thread in iSilo forum).

I tried http://www.mobileread.com/feeds/23_rss20.xml and
http://www.mobileread.com/feeds/34_rss20.xml

and while I can get the pages, the result isn't particularly user friendly!

When I click on an article link on the opening page, it goes to a page that has the article's text but it's way down on the page, 7-11 taps down. (And you know how spoiled we get in the PDA world--we want instant tap gratification!@)

Ironically, mobileread is now just about the only site I can't get working mobilely with a Palm!

(I tried enabling tables in iSilo which reduces the number of taps but then the text is partly off the screen, requiring scrolls left and right!)

It could be that I still haven't figured out the right settings in iSilo, although I have tried several different settings.

Maybe this is simply a limit in how the RSS feed is set up. Is there a more PDA friendly version of the site? A link or different address? Appreciate any help.
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Old 03-04-2007, 01:06 PM   #2
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We're a little behind the times, but we will catch up!

Yeah, kind of embarrassing since we are all about mobile reading! But there are changes in progress for a new site design to be built with the mobile access in mind. And there also a MobileRead magazine in the works with all the MR contents in easy to convert format.

But these things do take time and a lot of work, so please be patient. Alex has done such a good job of making everything very practical, clean and usable, and we don't want to lose that in the new design. Be assured he hasn't forgotten about mobile devices! I'll leave any other tidbits to Alex to share in time, but he's pretty amazing so I'm sure we'll be delighted with whatever he ends up bringing us.

In the meantime, I think we'd all be interested to hear about solutions others may have come up with...
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I will come up with something by this weekend.
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Old 03-06-2007, 03:36 PM   #4
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First a newsletter and now MR, the Magazine. Wow, this place just gets better and better. Can I get Alex and all to autograph my copy of the magazine?
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Old 03-06-2007, 04:06 PM   #5
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Heh A paper magazine, eh? That would be kinda retro given our focus here...

I haven't been around for a few weeks, and I am happy to be back now!
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Old 03-06-2007, 04:20 PM   #6
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I was thinking more of a signed electronic copy.
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Old 03-07-2007, 10:42 AM   #7
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Thanks! Look forward to the redesign. Nice to hear about... and thanks for all the hard work, tips, news, etc. It's appreciated!
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Old 03-16-2007, 10:22 AM   #8
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I sometimes use mobileread.com with my mobile phone (Fujitsu-Siemens T830) and it works brilliantly for me. I never treid the RSS thing, but the "mobile version" of the forum seems to be fine.
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Old 03-17-2007, 03:37 PM   #9
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We're still on it and cannot wait to introduce http://www.mobileread.mobi to you.
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Old 03-25-2007, 01:35 AM   #10
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robinson,

In the meantime, try:

http://www.skweezer.net/skweeze.aspx?q=mobileread.com

Alexander,

it's pretty easy to create an alternate, PDA-friendly template style for this particular forum software. It would need to be installed by a user with admin privileges, though, and the main key is get away from having the user detail on the left margin, going to a style that has just the user title across the top, inline with the message, and no avatars, with only text links on the attachments.

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Old 03-27-2007, 12:46 PM   #11
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Thanks for the tip, Matt! Yes, we could/should install a mobile style for our forum software soon. Unfortunately, we are still not up-to-date with our current software and I am waiting for our designer to finish his work before a major upgrade here. After that we can install the mobile style.

Simultaneously we are working on a separate mobile version of MobileRead that is more suitable for offline readers (those who download content and read it afterwards on the device). Something like "last 10 posts" or "top posts of the day" ... Unfortunately I am so booked with stuff that I haven't been able to finish it yet.

To speed things up: If someone of you guys is fluent in xhtml+css, wants to earn a few bucks and perhaps a lovely permanent link from MobileRead, drop me a mail.
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Simultaneously we are working on a separate mobile version of MobileRead that is more suitable for offline readers (those who download content and read it afterwards on the device). Something like "last 10 posts" or "top posts of the day" ... Unfortunately I am so booked with stuff that I haven't been able to finish it yet.

To speed things up: If someone of you guys is fluent in xhtml+css, wants to earn a few bucks and perhaps a lovely permanent link from MobileRead, drop me a mail.
It wasn't easy, but I finished it... Just Paypal the cash to the usual address

http://mobileread.com/forums/external.php?type=rss

Seriously there are a lot of things built into VB.

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http://mobileread.com/forums/external.php?type=rss

Seriously there are a lot of things built into VB.

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Thanks for the suggestion Matt. We are aware of vB's RSS capabilities... also check out this page. But we'd like to go one step further and design full-featured websites for mobile devices. Most likely this will happen in a second step after we've revised our website.
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Any more news on the officially "mobile" version of MobileRead, Alexander?

They just foisted a giant Crackberry on my and took away my reasonable sized pager, I'd like to get some sort of use out of the trade.

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First a newsletter and now MR, the Magazine. Wow, this place just gets better and better. Can I get Alex and all to autograph my copy of the magazine?
Wow! Will it have a centerfold?

Seriously though, I have been using Plucker to generate offline reading for my Palm. It doesn't seem to digest the RSS feeds supported here. It will convert an HTML web page just fine.

Does anyone have a tip? Is there another Palm app that will convert MR's RSS feeds?
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