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Old August 13th, 2012, 03:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I think it would be a great idea to have a Tasker sub-forum - perhaps included within the Android Applications forum.

I realize it's an unusual suggestion to dedicate a forum to a single app, but the immense potential the app holds for android users to fully control their devices makes this a unique application, in my opinion.

I envisage a forum with sticky guides and glossaries of %variables, allowing individual threads to be dedicated to a particular profile that users are endeavoring to create and/or share with others.

The complexity of developing even a single Tasker profile means that generic tasker-related threads with titles such as "what profiles are you using?" posted in other general forums become monster threads containing mixed up explanations and responses overlapping and confusing and getting lost in the megamultipaged thread that is just too daunting to even begin reading.

Although it might seem that such a forum would be giving unfair support to a single commercial concern, I believe that Tasker represents a capability that is unique to Android OS, and sets Android apart from the competition, and is therefore an innovative development that should be wholeheartedly encouraged. Google has a sub-forum...

Besides, more and more app developers are creating plugins for Tasker and otherwise making their apps compatible with Tasker. Such a forum would be a platform for other developers to become engaged in the expansion of this automating platform, and give them an opportunity to respond to users that might utilize their apps if they were Tasker-compatible. It would enable developers to contribute to the profile-making process if they could show that their app could be used in a particular context.

I believe that the scope of this application is too large for it not to have its own forum, as there is otherwise no way of collating Tasker information that is dispersed across the forums in isolated posts where often a solution to a problem is to use Tasker to create a profile.

Pretty Please can we have a Tasker forum?
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I know Tasker is technically an App but the power and capability of it are phenominal. I think a Tasker sub forum would be a brilliant addition top the forum
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I too like this idea. I bought it over a year ago but have barely used it since often it's just too over my head.
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Yeah its very technical and must also say I am nowhere lose to using its potential. The amount of content we could generate for a sub forum would be massive.

If it was created, I would even do some searches to identify tasker threads that could be moved to populate it.
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The amount of content we could generate for a sub forum would be massive.
I agree. I really see it as a place where people can share their initially limited knowledge which will quickly expand as we grow and discover new uses for our phones.

Each profile thread would allow users to exhibit their take on a solution, enabling others to pick and choose routines, and we could easily generate an extensive library of stock tasks.
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Wasn't there an update that would allow you to export a profile as an installable APK? This alone may warrant a separate forum.
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havent found that feature.

It's like an OS in an OS.
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Check this out. I haven't tried tasker yet, so I'm not sure how useful this is or if I understood it 100% correct.

Crafty Apps Launches Tasker App Factory (Beta), Allowing Users To Export (And Distribute) Tasks As Standalone Apps
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Check this out. I haven't tried tasker yet, so I'm not sure how useful this is or if I understood it 100% correct.

Crafty Apps Launches Tasker App Factory (Beta), Allowing Users To Export (And Distribute) Tasks As Standalone Apps
Yes this is great! I already have this installed but I haven't used it yet.

This is a very significant development. The ability to create and share our own apps is epic!
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Yes this is great! I already have this installed but I haven't used it yet.

This is a very significant development. The ability to create and share our own apps is epic!
You can also sell them in the Play market too if I am not mistaken, it really is like an app within an app. I would never recommend a separate forum for an app but this one is really unique.
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First off: please make us a Tasker subforum. No other app has the same need for it!

Second, if you put your profile(s) in a project, you can supposedly export it as a stand alone app .apk. Haven't tried it yet myself, though...
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First off: please make us a Tasker subforum. No other app has the same need for it!

Second, if you put your profile(s) in a project, you can supposedly export it as a stand alone app .apk. Haven't tried it yet myself, though...
I did this using an addon from play and although I have not shared them yet it was spectacularly easy!
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I don't have the plan to create this subforum at the moment but keep the conversation going, we'll consider it further in a few weeks.
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I had a tasker question today. I had to go to Google groups to get the answer
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Wow... What an app. I do thank You-tube for pointing me in the right direction. This app/program is amazing. Every day I say..... Oh, let me set up a profile for that ! By far, my favorite app to date !
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Wow... What an app. I do thank You-tube for pointing me in the right direction. This app/program is amazing. Every day I say..... Oh, let me set up a profile for that ! By far, my favorite app to date !
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I have to agree, the sheer depth and complexity of Tasker I feel warrants its own subforum. There are resources out there on the Web, but many feel outdated and not current.

It would be marvelous if we could make AF the go to location for Tasker questions and answers.

Sure, there are resources on XDA, but they're not exactly the most friendly bunch over there sometimes.

AF seems so much more welcoming and friendly. Folk here have a genuine desire to help other people out. I think we should capitilze that with Tasker!

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I was thinking... if the possible issue with a Tasker forum is that it is proprietary software, then we could have a more generic Automation or Profiling forum, where we could also discuss other profiling apps such as Llama, and NFC profiling apps such as NFC Re TAG.

It could be a Go To location for all the collated knowledge about automating our android devices.
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Another alternative is to place the Tasker forum as a subforum under Applications.

I would ideally like to have it a little easier to find right off the bat, but at least this way you don't give Tasker an advantage you will not be able to give another proprietary app with the corresponding "need" for a separate forum, without compromising the forum organisation tree completely.
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If AF were to provide a Tasker sub-forum at what point would they draw the line at providing free tech support for app developers? Titanium Backup does a lot of things for root users to, but I don't expect to find forums on specific apps on here.
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If AF were to provide a Tasker sub-forum at what point would they draw the line at providing free tech support for app developers? Titanium Backup does a lot of things for root users to, but I don't expect to find forums on specific apps on here.
It's a little different don't you think. TB does primarily one task - it backs up files.

Tasker can change the very operation of the whole device.

Not sure where we get to providing free tech support. This place is chock full to the brim of free tech support. Why should Tasker be any different? It's why people come here. They have an issue and others have answers they're willing to give.

It's why AF exists! If we don't do this then what's our purpose in life?
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If AF were to provide a Tasker sub-forum at what point would they draw the line at providing free tech support for app developers? Titanium Backup does a lot of things for root users to, but I don't expect to find forums on specific apps on here.
I don't know whether you read my comment two posts above yours, but I did suggest a generic forum dedicated to automation through created profiles, which in that case wouldn't have to be limited to a single specific app.

And as to the issue of providing free tech support, what is wrong with that?

If it's provided free by the contributors to the forum, where is the problem?

Isn't support one of the main purposes of these forums.
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I think it'd be great - I just loaded Tasker last night and spent a few hours setting up some automation profiles using the tutorials on this site - The Nonsense Monster » Tasker: Car Profile and Task - I've been trying to find a site which would offer more tutorials but haven't found one yet.
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An Angry Birds Seasons sub-forum would be much appreciated also, I can never seem to kill enough of those damn pigs!!
Honestly, I don't use Tasker and could care less as long as more forums don't drag performance of the site down.
If it would draw more people to here and make them spend more time on AF why not?
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An Angry Birds Seasons sub-forum would be much appreciated also, I can never seem to kill enough of those damn pigs!!

I may buy tasker, if a sub forum for tasker was made, I would love that!! Mainly cause I.gotta learn how to use it
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OK, I get your point.

However, joking aside, the difference between Angry Birds and Tasker is that Angry Birds is a cross-platform game, available to both iOS and Android, whereas Tasker is an Android-specific platform which enhances the unique abilities of Android.

A Tasker forum would not simply be about learning to use an app, but rather about sharing and developing our own profiles and producing our own apps, pushing the functionality of our Android devices further, and finding solutions to common problems found across the devices of all manufacturers.
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Okay along these lines how about a "Smart Actions" Sub Forum in the Motorola forum? It does much of what Tasker does and now comes on all Moto phones.
Actually looking at it from that point of view a few select forums on complicated apps that if set up correctly can improve every ones experience sounds like a good idea, the problem is what is the criteria going to be to keep request from growing into thousands of new forums?
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Whatever you think tasker does, you're not even thinking at 1%. This is the royal you, not anyone specifically. Anyone who doesn't own tasker really. Most of us who own tasker, still probably don't understand 10% of its capability.

When Dautley says smart actions does much of what tasker does, he is really saying it does much of the 1% people think tasker can do.

This is why Tasker deserves a forum of its own.
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I have to say that I like the idea of a Tasker forum. I bought the app long ago and use it here and there, but nowhere near it's full potential because it's a bit over my head. I'm far from a noob when it comes to Android, but this app is complicated (and powerful) enough that I don't quite get it. It would be very nice to have a place to come and learn up to date info on this that I don't have to search forever to find. Many places I have gone to after searching are a bit old/out of date. I can see such a section being quite popular and helpful to many members/lurkers here.

Just my 2¢.
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Okay along these lines how about a "Smart Actions" Sub Forum in the Motorola forum? It does much of what Tasker does and now comes on all Moto phones.
Actually looking at it from that point of view a few select forums on complicated apps that if set up correctly can improve every ones experience sounds like a good idea, the problem is what is the criteria going to be to keep request from growing into thousands of new forums?
That is interesting and I didn't know that. But I guess the reason I didn't know that is because it's manufacturer-specific. This is the biggest difference I see; Tasker and other automation apps are Android-wide. I can see that Smart Actions would benefit from collected info in the same way as Tasker and so could be contained within a generic Android Automation forum. Is this perhaps what you are suggesting?
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Old September 9th, 2012, 10:38 AM   #34 (permalink)
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I would think the most logical place to look for tasker forum would be it's own sub forum under Android Applications.
Apps that are manufacture specific like smart actions would be it a sub forum of the Motorola (or whoever the manufacture happens to be) forum.
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Alright guys, you won me over. Tasker created as sub forum to Android Applications. Now, fill it up with lots of Tasker goodness!
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Alright guys, you won me over. Tasker created as sub forum to Android Applications. Now, fill it up with lots of Tasker goodness!
WooHoo - you rock, Phases!
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Old September 11th, 2012, 07:41 AM   #37 (permalink)
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Alright guys, you won me over. Tasker created as sub forum to Android Applications. Now, fill it up with lots of Tasker goodness!
This is so awesome! Thank you so much, Phases.

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This is fantastic news. Thanks Phases. Thanks Davoid. Thanks everyone
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Could this get an announcement please? I'd hate for it to go the "Bluestacks" forum way
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