Site BeerAdvocate Mobile Kickstarter Project

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  1. AutumnBeerLove

    AutumnBeerLove Aspirant (233) Oct 16, 2010 Vermont
    Beer Trader

    Native GPS in app to search nearby stores and bars. Please and thank you, and I promise to donate.
  2. 916tmcmanus916

    916tmcmanus916 Initiate (0) Aug 31, 2009 California

    I thought having the ads now were for things like a beer app and new features and stuff? I'm not sure of Ratebeer situation, but their app has a scanner and works great and best of all free. Wish you guys could catch up as well.
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  3. SpencerMize

    SpencerMize Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2012 Indiana

    I'd love to help develop this! I work for cases of good beer--no need to pay hefty developer fees!
  4. Jstokey

    Jstokey Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2009 Colorado

    I am ready to give!!!
  5. MaaikeMae

    MaaikeMae Initiate (0) Aug 24, 2007 North Carolina

    I am behind it 100%.
  6. beernut

    beernut Aspirant (294) Jun 6, 2008 New Jersey

    Actually a good idea. With so many members, maybe everyone can donate $1.00. But will there be a set goal on how much money will be raised? Forgive me for saying, but if there is 100,000 plus members no way in hell will it cost that much. I'de rather have a mobile app than the digital magazine. Just make sure both iPhone & Droid can get it.
  7. GaryChalmers

    GaryChalmers Aspirant (275) Apr 25, 2006 Connecticut
    Beer Trader

    Make this site require an annual subscription fee. Almost 300k members now, select a price point that will eliminate the riff raff ($10? $20?) and satisfy the devotees. That revenue should finance any project and pay the Bros a nice salary for all their hard work.
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  8. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    I dislike this idea very much.
  9. BattleRoadBrewer

    BattleRoadBrewer Crusader (705) Oct 8, 2005 Massachusetts

    Does "vs." mean "instead of" or "in addition to"? Very interested in mobile-friendly non-app.
  10. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,508) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff Subscriber

    We'll see what we can do.
  11. BattleRoadBrewer

    BattleRoadBrewer Crusader (705) Oct 8, 2005 Massachusetts

    Sweet! About the only prob I have is that forums don't resize and wordwrap, so to be able to read I have to zoom in and then pan back and forth. Other than that annoyance (which is a major PITA), the site otherwise works fine on BB browser.

    Maybe as simple as some code that says if mobile device, omit avatar & don't enforce width or else make the default font huge. Maybe even can be done with same content but different style sheets per user agent?

    Planning on donating no matter what, BA is a living community. I'm not a fan of pay-walls, but like to hit the chip in button, esp. when it rolls out new features for everybody.
  12. Lukafer

    Lukafer Devotee (431) Dec 18, 2009 Michigan

    Although I don't use the new forums nearly as much as I use to, I'll definitely kick in some cash to help with the new endeavours. I can't wait to see what you guys come up with. Thanks a ton for all you do for the beer community!
  13. motorhed

    motorhed Initiate (0) Oct 27, 2008 Minnesota

    Def. looking forward to this, been watching the forums on the mobile app topic for what seems like ages. I'll contribute to help make it happen. I know we shouldn't mention the competition but they have a native Android app, i'm sure you can do better. =)
  14. abraxel

    abraxel Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2009 Michigan

    That can be fixed by using another browser. I use Opera Mobile, which is a great browser and can automatically wrap text to fit the width of the screen. BA is quite mobile-friendly to me -- perhaps the only (slight) annoyance is that when I zoom in to read posts, the avatars are off the screen to the left so it can be tough to keep track of who's talking. That's barely a complaint, though, since the username is listed below each post.

    Edit: Oh, and I will most definitely pitch in to the Kickstarter. I'd love to be able to search for nearby stores/bars based on BA ratings, and a barcode scanner, and forum notifications without bothering with email... but I'm sure you know all this already :slight_smile:
  15. gymst20

    gymst20 Aspirant (249) Nov 12, 2005 Florida

    This founding subscriber is more than happy to pitch in and help the effort. I owe my initial and continued interest in quality beer to BA. If it weren't for my discovery of the site back in '05 I would still be clueless, drinking bud light and therefore, (let's be honest) not as attractive to the fellas. :wink: You can count on me to pitch in financially and also spread the word to other BA's!
  16. djbreezy

    djbreezy Crusader (742) Dec 16, 2008 Washington

    Super excited for May 1. I don't see this having any trouble reaching funding.
  17. Pattelbert

    Pattelbert Initiate (139) Feb 22, 2009 Virginia

    I don't use one of those new fangled smart phones but would chip in for something that'd work on my Kindle Fire. Always nice to browse for beer from a local wifi hotspot!
  18. Holland

    Holland Champion (805) Apr 7, 2011 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Can I use the app on multiple devices? I have an Android phone and an iPad - will I need to pay for 2 apps (assuming it's pay to play), or can we pay by our user name?
  19. cosmicevan

    cosmicevan Poo-Bah (3,190) Dec 13, 2009 New York
    Beer Trader

    now as an ipad user, would love something that gave me the WYSIWYG editor functionality.
  20. RKPStogie

    RKPStogie Initiate (0) Nov 4, 2011 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    I'm. I have no problem donating money for a BA kickstarter project
  21. Paul68

    Paul68 Devotee (430) Dec 13, 2006 New Jersey
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    Todd or Jason,

    Is the announcement still on schedule for around the First of May?
    No rush, but just wondering how that's going.
  22. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,508) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff Subscriber

    Yes. We're aiming to post all of the initial info and get it in the Kickstarter approval queue on May 1. From there we'll work on updates and FAQs as needed.
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  23. EgadBananas

    EgadBananas Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2009 Louisiana

    I know when you had initially (long time ago) announced the app plans, you said you were going to go of course with iPhone/Android. Blackberry was in a distant 3rd. Since then, I believe Blackberry's share has plummeted as far as phones and marketplaces are concerned. Would Blackberry still be in contention? What about the Windows Phone Marketplace? Would Windows be the next venture for the app, possibly, if Blackberry is now no longer a worthwhile venture? Basically, I'm just curious if my donation will end up yielding something that I could use, because if the buck stops at iPhone/Android, It might not make sense to put forth a sizable contribution...

    Think about it... I mean, Nokia and Windows just came forth and confessed that all other smartphones were merely beta testers. :wink:
  24. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,508) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff Subscriber

    Highly doubtful. Combined, both represent just over 1% of our monthly use; declining every month.
  25. EgadBananas

    EgadBananas Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2009 Louisiana

    Bummer. Thanks for the reply though! Cheers
  26. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,508) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff Subscriber

    Update: After some discussion this week, we've opted to postpone the Kickstarter project until after American Craft Beer Fest and our trip to Washington, DC / SAVOR. Why? We feel it's important to take some more time to ensure that the message and rewards are solid, continue to research the build-out and related costs, and follow-up with interested parties. We can't do any of this if we're focusing on hosting a major fest and then travelling immediately after. And we want to do this right.

    Rest assured, we'll continue to work on it until then and launch it this summer.

    Until then, please continue to tell us what features you'd like to see:

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