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Date: 05/15/19 07:30
how to access Trainorders.com from smart phone
Author: steamfan49

I can read and reply to threads I'm following, with my iPhone, but I can't access otherwise.  Am I missing something?  The main reason I'm asking, is because I want to give my son a gift membership, but he would mostly access the website with his iPhone.  I sent this question to Todd several weeks ago, but he has not replied, so I'm reaching out to the general membership. 

Thanks


Ronnie McCallay
Amarillo, TX



Date: 05/15/19 08:47
Re: how to access Trainorders.com from smart phone
Author: trainjunkie

He probably hasn't replied because there are many, many previous discussion threads on this already. Most people, including myself, use the desktop version of the site when viewing it on a mobile device. To set this preference, log in and go to "Forum Options" in the left column, then under "Use the mobile template when using a supported mobile device:" select No then click on the Submit button at the bottom.

Still, you probably won't be able to post video or photos directly from the phone. There is some sort of conflict between Apple's JPEG encoding and TO. But everything else works.



Date: 05/15/19 11:25
Re: how to access Trainorders.com from smart phone
Author: CPRR

trainjunkie Wrote:
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> He probably hasn't replied because there are many,
> many previous discussion threads on this already.
> Most people, including myself, use the desktop
> version of the site when viewing it on a mobile
> device. To set this preference, log in and go to
> "Forum Options" in the left column, then under
> "Use the mobile template when using a supported
> mobile device:" select No then click on the Submit
> button at the bottom.
>
> Still, you probably won't be able to post video or
> photos directly from the phone. There is some sort
> of conflict between Apple's JPEG encoding and TO.
> But everything else works.


Thant's how I do it and it works fine



Date: 05/16/19 06:04
Re: how to access Trainorders.com from smart phone
Author: walstib

The mobile interface on trainorders is woefully inadequate.

Good luck.

Posted from iPhone



Date: 05/16/19 06:14
Re: how to access Trainorders.com from smart phone
Author: steamfan49

Thanks for the replies.  I followed the recommendation by trainjunkie, and found that it works.  Still have to google Trainorders.com, to access it though, so agreed, it is not the most user friendly site for mobile.

At any rate, I did give my son a gift subscription, so that is all that matters.  Well, I also hope he likes it and uses it......
Thanks again.

Ronnie McCallay
Amarillo, TX



Date: 05/16/19 06:16
Re: how to access Trainorders.com from smart phone
Author: trainjunkie

steamfan49 Wrote:
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> Still have to google Trainorders.com, to
> access it though

Why don't you just bookmark it in Safari (or whatever browser you are using)?



Date: 05/16/19 06:30
Re: how to access Trainorders.com from smart phone
Author: steamfan49

trainjunkie Wrote:
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> Why don't you just bookmark it in Safari (or
> whatever browser you are using)?

Well hell, I didn't even think about that, as I have never used Safari.......and I've had an iPhone since model 3.

Perhaps that explains just how mobile illiterate I am.

But trainjunkie, it is now bookmarked in Safari.

Thanks again for the recommendations.

Ronnie McCallay
Amarillo, TX



Date: 05/16/19 14:24
Re: how to access Trainorders.com from smart phone
Author: walstib

If you’re using an iPhone, you have the option to make the bookmark a button — like an app — on your home screen.

Just choose “add to home screen” and you can give it a shorter name, like Steam, or Western.

That’s what I do, and I use the mobile template, which you set in your TO settings.

I have six TO buttons, one for each of the forums I visit.

It works pretty well, but the login screen is still a hassle.

Posted from iPhone



Date: 05/16/19 14:24
Re: how to access Trainorders.com from smart phone
Author: walstib

If you’re using an iPhone, you have the option to make the bookmark a button — like an app — on your home screen.

Just choose “add to home screen” and you can give it a shorter name, like Steam, or Western.

That’s what I do, and I use the mobile template, which you set in your TO settings.

I have six TO buttons, one for each of the forums I visit.

It works pretty well, but the login screen is still a hassle.

Posted from iPhone



Date: 05/19/19 10:19
Re: how to access Trainorders.com from smart phone
Author: clem

walstib Wrote:
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> It works pretty well, but the login screen is
> still a hassle.

I find that the “Recent” page supports Safari Autofill login (or vice versa). That is, clicking the Recent when not logged in produces an offer to login with Autofill, including via Touch ID. Once one does log in there’s a message that “This page is not supported on mobile,” but the login has been effected.

Edit: Trying each of the pages on the left sidebar, I find that "Recent" and "Static Photography" both offer Safari Autofill login. They are the two pages which simply demand membership, while all the others give you the usual limited non-member access with login on the sidebar. That might be an oversight, particularly for "Static Photography." (Why would "Static Photography" not link non-members to forum entries, while "Video & Audio" does?) But it is handy for logging in with an iPhone. If Todd ever changes those two pages, perhaps he could add a "Login" page which works like those two pages do now so that browsers will autofill.



Edited 4 time(s). Last edit at 05/19/19 14:00 by clem.



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