Are you what they term colloquially a “post count warrior”? Do you like interacting with thousands of others in a certain niche community? Or do you just want something else to while your time away online? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, then ProBoards is the app for you.
A seemingly endless amount of message boards are available for participating in through ProBoards. Essentially a mobile site for these forums, it allows you to partake in forum discussions anywhere and anytime as long as you have a working network connection. ProBoards presents you with a selection numbering in the thousands, from which you can choose from many categories to suit your personal interests. Following which, you can choose to save the boards of your choice for easy access in the future.
The simplicity of the app is lovable. There are no frills, and no fanciful features to distract you. Everything is presented in one neat page for your scrolling and reading pleasure. Forum signatures are not displayed, making load times much faster. How many times have you had a page take forever to load because one user chose to use a massive image for his signature? Forum posts just include the avatar and content, nothing more. There is even a toggle for users to choose if they want the avatars to be shown or not!
Organization wise, ProBoards groups everything neatly in categories and folders. Each section of a forum board is neatly categorized through folders, which in turn have tabs to separate the sticky threads from the normal ones, and a separate tab containing the announcement. All this adds to the wonderful user experience, making it easy to access sites that do not have mobile skin support.
At $2.99, this is one app that is really handy to have. While the steep price might not be justifiable for some, users who frequently access online message boards will love the convenience it brings as well as not having to deal with ridiculous skin templates that sometimes prove to be an eyesore.
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