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One of our clients is Fishing Mobile, which is the best app for anglers (available for iOS and Android).

You can plan routes, log your fish catches in detail, check tide information, check the weather, view sophisticated weather mapping, view knot and rigging illustrations, send morse code messages, and other cool things.

Fishing meets technology in perfect harmony -- Fishing Mobile

We didn't make the first versions of the apps, but for the last 6 months or so have been responsible for almost rewriting them and bringing them to market. The website is ocPortal-powered, with an integrated webapp version of the fish log management.

I've spent more time in the last month doing Objective C and Java coding than PHP coding ;). Going forward we're going to be doing deeper integrations between ocPortal and the apps, and are working on an ocPortal mobile toolkit to make it easier for us to build apps for other ocPortal users.

Check out the apps if you're into fishing. A lot of energy has gone into them, and they are getting very well reviewed.


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Hi Chris,

I'm not into fishing but I thought I'd check out the app anyway, but unfortunately you can't do or see anything without registering O_o.

I would have through that at least the compass, weather, tidal charts and "Riggings and Knots" would have been available and maybe even the map, but no such luck.

Having to register before being able to see any of the app is a real turn off for me. If I was into fishing I doubt I would have even bothered to register.

The app can definitely be useful to people that are into fishing but not into logging, but I wonder how many user are uninstalling right away because of the requirement to register without seeing any useful features.

I also noticed on the web site that it gave me the weather details in Fahrenheit instead of Celsius and no option to change it.

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Hi,

It's a fair point, but there is a reason for it (and it wasn't my decision :lol:). We're streamlining registration to make it easier for people. Maybe we can also implement a guest mode to access certain features.

The reason:
There's a lot of sync going on between the server and the app. Currently mostly relating to fish logging, which is one of the main features - but it will also be done for route planning in the future, and lots of other contextual stuff. It's kind of similar to needing to log into a Facebook app.

Temperature on website - good point, we'll get that sorted out.


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Chris Graham said

(and it wasn't my decision )
Say no more ;)

I wouldn't have thought syncing would have been a big enough reason. If you are logged in you sync, if not you don't.

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There's no strong architectural or business reason why we can't do it, and yes if I had been in charge of development from the beginning, I think we would have baked it in.

It's just there are conditional cases throughout the app to be considered when there's no log in (not just synching), so it's another thing to consider throughout the code-base. I think we'll likely do a guest mode in the next few months, it's not a big thing to do, and yes we do have a proportion of users dropping out due to it.


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I will check these guys out when I have some spare time and heading out for the weekend :)

ASk them if they want to buy catchmeonline.com :P J/k It's not for salezies
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DeGrincH said

I will check these guys out when I have some spare time and heading out for the weekend

Thanks, hope you liked it.

temp1024 said

Hi Chris,

I'm not into fishing but I thought I'd check out the app anyway, but unfortunately you can't do or see anything without registering O_o.

I would have through that at least the compass, weather, tidal charts and "Riggings and Knots" would have been available and maybe even the map, but no such luck.

Having to register before being able to see any of the app is a real turn off for me. If I was into fishing I doubt I would have even bothered to register.

The app can definitely be useful to people that are into fishing but not into logging, but I wonder how many user are uninstalling right away because of the requirement to register without seeing any useful features.

I also noticed on the web site that it gave me the weather details in Fahrenheit instead of Celsius and no option to change it.

Guest mode now implemented on iOS and Android :).

Weather on website now respects user account settings :).

We now have tide graphs, and a built in article reader, and a redesigned website, amongst other things.


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The link to the website from the Google Play store throws an invalid certificate error because of the www I assume.
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Ah, thanks for mentioning that, will get that sorted.


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Very Nice work Chris.  I'm hoping to hit you up for some custom work in the near future.
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Thanks :).


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