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Author:  IJustWantLove [ Fri Jul 22, 2011 3:18 pm ]
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Hey guys! Guess what? Me too! mee too what? I Dont know :DD So I made a poll!
Ive been thinking...What is Housepets! got its own Iphone App? 8D

So~ I made this place thingy, so now you can tell me if you like it or not, and what would be on it if it was made?

I, for one, would EASILY pay $1.99 for such an amazing app. How about you?

Author:  RandomGeekNamedBrent [ Fri Jul 22, 2011 3:24 pm ]
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well, of course it would have the entire archives with the ability to read the alt-text on a phone or iPod. plus the latest comic.

Author:  44R0NM10 [ Fri Jul 22, 2011 3:26 pm ]
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if it was a free app, I'd download it. If not, I wouldn't. As simple as that, from me.

Although, the person who made the app could still get money from adverts.

Author:  RandomGeekNamedBrent [ Fri Jul 22, 2011 3:33 pm ]
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I might pay if Rick were the one who got the money.

Author:  Sleet [ Fri Jul 22, 2011 4:06 pm ]
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I don't have a smartphone so I don't know if my usage habits would involve me using this rather than a browser, but I'd probably at least buy it out of support/fandom if this happened and I had the right kind of phone.

Author:  zeekgenateer [ Fri Jul 22, 2011 4:26 pm ]
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Wouldn't the app just be (in essence) an RSS reader? Is there a need to reinvent the wheel?

Author:  Goforit [ Sat Jul 23, 2011 12:33 am ]
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I think it'd be helpful if it was designed more as a mobile website, with all the usual sections (characters, archives, news, contact etc.)

If the forums were included, somehow, that'd be outta this world... but that might be harder to achieve.

Author:  FlintTheSquirrel [ Sat Jul 23, 2011 10:22 am ]
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I put down Maybe since I do not have any thing with apps. In a matter of fact, I do not know what an app is exactly. XP (I think it is just another word for program?)

Author:  Ebly [ Sat Jul 23, 2011 11:18 am ]
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...wait, wasn't this joked about once in the context of a cynical "what'll those crazy fans do next" post?

maybe my memory's off, but if that's the case, this is pretty funny

as a more serious question, what on earth would be in a housepets app that isn't already available by just using a browser on the phone or RSS reader? i don't really see the reason to have a specific app for it

Author:  RandomGeekNamedBrent [ Sat Jul 23, 2011 11:21 am ]
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Ebly Wrote:
what on earth would be in a housepets app that isn't already available by just using a browser on the phone or RSS reader?

I don't know about an RSS reader, but phone browsers don't let you read alt-text.

Author:  Ebly [ Sat Jul 23, 2011 11:31 am ]
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RandomGeekNamedBrent Wrote:
Ebly Wrote:
what on earth would be in a housepets app that isn't already available by just using a browser on the phone or RSS reader?

I don't know about an RSS reader, but phone browsers don't let you read alt-text.

guys the most important thing about housepets is the alt text you cannot enjoy the comic without it

Author:  Sleet [ Sat Jul 23, 2011 12:16 pm ]
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It's true; sometimes Rick puts the punchline in the alt text. Or a physics textbook.

Wait, wrong comic.

Author:  yehoshua [ Sat Jul 23, 2011 1:45 pm ]
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How about an app that can check the script that was used to insert the image into the page and extract the "alt" text and place it in a neat format just below the image?

Since images are essentially placed with <img src=[source url]/> and images with alt text are <img src=[source url] alt="alt text here"/> You only need a script that checks the source code for the alt text written inside the script. I'm not good at writing apps or much of anything though so don't expect me to help with unobvious things.

Author:  zeekgenateer [ Sat Jul 23, 2011 3:36 pm ]
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Well if you just want alt text on your phone Rick or the web admin could add some javascript to each comic page which checks if your browser is a mobile browser then displays the alt text as text under the picture if so.

Author:  Cm4F [ Sun Jul 24, 2011 12:12 am ]
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Is it for the Android?

Author:  Ebly [ Sun Jul 24, 2011 12:51 am ]
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...Since it doesn't exist at the moment, I'm going to throw out a shot in the dark and say 'no'! It's not for iOS either, nor WP7. What with not existing.

But seriously, is it worth getting an app just so you can see the alt text? Because that appears to be the only thing you guys would have in the app that a phone browser or rss reader can't do. Since that was what my question was about, and all.

Author:  Aquablast [ Sun Jul 24, 2011 5:09 am ]
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Well, if alt-text is a problem, now you can also use the Housepets! Alt-Text Compendium as an alternative!

I mean, you can switch tabs on your mobile browser, right? (If you are reading through the archive on mobile)

Though if the app is more convenient than using browser, then maybe it is not a bad idea. Just it may or may not worth the time and effort to make one. Not that I know if it is hard or not to make one.

Edit: Oh wait, the question is would you "buy" a Housepets app. Then I guess not likely, unless it is to support Rick or something.

Author:  yehoshua [ Sun Jul 24, 2011 3:15 pm ]
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Since it would only provide alt text on mobile phones, I wouldn't pay for it.

I was thinking about the possiblilites of a cross platform webapp for html5 compatible browsers.

Author:  valerio [ Mon Jul 25, 2011 10:20 am ]
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I want it.

Author:  Foxstar [ Mon Jul 25, 2011 5:37 pm ]
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Little to no reason and why on earth would I pay a third party to view a comic that is free?

Author:  Kyderra [ Tue Jul 26, 2011 5:11 pm ]
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I can get a free RSS updater with dailycomix

Author:  Teh Brawler [ Fri Jul 29, 2011 3:58 pm ]
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Ebly Wrote:
...wait, wasn't this joked about once in the context of a cynical "what'll those crazy fans do next" post?

maybe my memory's off, but if that's the case, this is pretty funny

as a more serious question, what on earth would be in a housepets app that isn't already available by just using a browser on the phone or RSS reader? i don't really see the reason to have a specific app for it

Wasn't it joked about that we could make a radio show, Ebly?

Author:  RioluNation [ Thu Apr 26, 2012 4:30 pm ]
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Teh Brawler Wrote:
Ebly Wrote:
...wait, wasn't this joked about once in the context of a cynical "what'll those crazy fans do next" post?

maybe my memory's off, but if that's the case, this is pretty funny

as a more serious question, what on earth would be in a housepets app that isn't already available by just using a browser on the phone or RSS reader? i don't really see the reason to have a specific app for it

Wasn't it joked about that we could make a radio show, Ebly?


http://www.radiofreehousepets.net/
Looks like it's reality.

As for the app, I'd totally buy it. As long as my money goes to Rick.

Author:  Dissension [ Thu Apr 26, 2012 6:45 pm ]
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Yes, the radio play does exist - it's an audio dramatization of the comic they were talking about, not a talk show. As far as the revival of this thread... the most recent post before yours was made nearly a year ago.

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