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April 2, 2010

BP Unfiltered

iBPad

by Will Carroll

For those of you out there getting an iPad -- and at least two people I know of already -- we'd like to let you know that BP is happy to welcome our new tablet overlords. From some testing, we know that:

* All BP pages render well and look great in the iPad's native Safari app.

* The new consolidated PECOTA cards look awesome.

* PFM works and has been used in at least one fantasy draft. I bet it was a heck of a distraction!

* Spreadsheets downloaded work in either the Numbers app, in read-only mode in Mail, or in Google Docs through Safari. 

So what doesn't work? Not much, actually:

* Flash ads do not show up. They are an empty box. (For many, this is a feature, not a bug.)

* The BPR "bug" on the front page does not work. Again, it's Flash and we're looking into solutions. In the meantime, you can download BPR via iTunes and it should play on iPad.

* There's some question on how Team Tracker works on it. Until we have one in hand, we can't really be sure.

In summary, it appears that the iPad will be another great way to consume your favorite BP content. While there's no BP app, you can set the site to "Add To Home Screen" so you can get to your favorite baseball site quickly. I'll have a full review with screenshots later this week.

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adecker31

An app would be great by the way! The Guardian app or the NYT app could serve as a model...I mean - maybe.

I have to admit I probably spend more time on my iPhone than on my laptop and consume more reading material on my iPhone than I do any other way save the old way - you know, books...

It seems BP has been slightly ahead of the curve in a lot of ways going back a bit, so it's vaguely surprising you all haven't been a bit more aggressive in this direction.

On the other hand, I have faith that BP is probably a bit smarter than I am and there are probably some pretty advanced thoughts going on about what the apps and all these technological etcs mean for content delivery and profitability.

Peace!

Apr 02, 2010 19:21 PM
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BP staff member Will Carroll
BP staff

We've never found any compelling reason to do an app versus making sure our website was useable on as many platforms as possible.

Apr 02, 2010 22:24 PM
 
Richard Bergstrom

BP shows up fine on my iPod Touch in most cases, though that IQ test ad sometimes forced a reboot.

Apr 03, 2010 00:15 AM
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gluckschmerz

My iPhone should arrive sometime on Monday. I'm curious, any suggestions for baseball-related apps?

Suggestions for music apps beyond Pandora appreciated too. Thanks.

Apr 02, 2010 19:50 PM
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Wharton93

MLB At Bat is a must have. Rotowire has a free app with free info so no need to subscribe and pay. Twitter has a lot of apps and follow Will and Rotoworld and others for free updates.

Apr 03, 2010 07:18 AM
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Lou Doench

The Fangraphs app is a lot of fun as well.

Apr 04, 2010 06:12 AM
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Wharton93

Team Tracker seems to work fine. I just added a few random free agents to a team I just created on the IPad.

It's a compliment to both Apple and BP that (a) first thing I did this AM was get my IPad and 2nd thing I did was go to BP.

Site looks great. IPad is good so far too.

Will, good luck with the Louisville delivery. :)

Apr 03, 2010 07:05 AM
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BP staff member Will Carroll
BP staff

This reply is from my iPad. More soon.

Apr 03, 2010 08:58 AM
 
Richard Bergstrom

Such a large virtual keyboard, such a short sentence...

Apr 03, 2010 14:22 PM
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Roger Thornhill

What I'd love is a mobile version of the sight.

Apr 03, 2010 13:01 PM
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Andrew

+1 for this. While the BP site is usable on my iPhone, it really is just a miniaturized version of the main site which leads to a lot of time spent scrolling and zooming in and out.

A more streamlined option where upon loading you were presented with:

A: Across the top buttons for: Blogs/BP Unfiltered, Chat, Radio, MiL Update, Fantasy, Archives, etc. Clicking on any would take you to an overview page with headlines/leads for that category, or other relevant info (chat dates or stat glossary for example).

B: Headlines and leads of the day's main articles or perhaps past few days.

Just a thought, but I'm sure it would also be a lot of work leading to time taken away from the other great work you guys are doing with BP. Either way, love the site, mobile version or not!

Apr 04, 2010 09:42 AM
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quietgoesthedon

I'm probably going to wait a couple months, but I'm definitely going to get an IPad.

Apr 03, 2010 13:10 PM
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jrbdmb

Am I the only one annoyed that Apple refuses to support Flash on the iPhone (minor inconvenience) and the iPad (major limitation)? That and the lack of any real multitasking prevents me fro jumping on the iPad bandwagon just yet.

Apr 03, 2010 20:39 PM
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Lou Doench

I am starting to believe that this part of an attempt by Apple to muscle Adobe out of that section of the programming market. As a photographer, I know they really want folks to abandon Adobe for Aperture (Not happening BTW... :P)

Apr 04, 2010 06:14 AM
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Richard Bergstrom

I love Flash and learned some Actionscript, but to be honest, I remain skeptical of Adobe because of Adobe Reader. It always seems clunky to me for a program that's no longer the state-of-the-art in virtual documents and constantly requires updates.

Apr 04, 2010 19:57 PM
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djbrown

Microsoft's obvious vested interest in seeing Silverlight succeed plays a large role in their ignoring of all things Adobe-related.

Apr 04, 2010 10:22 AM
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acardonick

Is anyone else having real problems with speed on the site via an iPad? It is just painfully slow for me.

Drew

Apr 04, 2010 15:55 PM
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BP staff member Will Carroll
BP staff

No. I've been absolutely stunned how well everything on BP (and most sites, Flash excepted) have worked on the iPad.

Apr 04, 2010 19:59 PM
 
Richard Bergstrom

Most sites have Flash... and without having to load/run Flash, it should speed up the pages.
That being said, BP.com was a bit slower than normal last week.

Apr 05, 2010 09:44 AM
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