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iPhone App - Mint

Hi Guys,

I had requested a few months ago a Vista Gadget for Mint and my wish was granted =). Now with the release of the iPhone 2.0 Software, I’m curious to know if someone thought of creating a iPhone App for Mint!

Shaun? Anyone?

Kind Regards,

Andre Gagnon SeaGraph.ca

Sam Brown
Third-Party Pepper Developer
Posted on Jul 14, '08 at 05:16 am

I don’t really see the point, what with Junior Mints giving you a decent overview of all your Mint installs on the iPhone, or the actual iPhone Pepper for individual sites.

An app isn’t going to show you anything different, new or better.

Shaun Inman
Mint/Pepper Developer
Posted on Jul 14, '08 at 09:46 am

Sam is correct. There really isn’t a point; since the data Mint displays is real-time a native app would still need to grab that data from the server.

I agree with SeaGraph.ca, a iPhone APP would be nice. It would save a few clicks from doing it with the browser, and it maybe have support to view different accounts all in one interface.

Posted on Aug 05, '08 at 06:26 pm

Just add a link that points to your mint installation to your home screen.

Sam Brown
Third-Party Pepper Developer
Posted on Aug 06, '08 at 05:13 am

@ATLChris Go check out Junior Mints, it does that. Then add it to your home screen like Ram suggested. Voilą!

Still, with the advent of the App Store, we can now move beyond web-apps. This was what so many developers complained about with the initial launch of the iPhone, not having the ability to develop natively for the device.

Using mobile-safari as an operating system, or go between, just seems cumbersome and archaic. Have the developers out there settled for mobile browser apps? Or could something more comprehensive, streamlined and powerful be developed to run as a client-side app for mint and the iPhone come to fruition?

With the climate of responses so far, I could count a lot of applications in the app-store as being “good enough for just mobile safari” too. But people still flock to the app store to download them.

Sure, I could fire up safari, navigate to xboxlive.com and log in, then navigate through to see what friends are online. But I opted to download a free app that can narrow down the access to that information; streamlining the process. Think of one app tracking multiple installs at once, selecting what peppers you want to load or be active on the phone. (I hate waiting to load all the peppers on my iPhone that I have loaded on the server. Normally, I’m only after a few stats via my phone just to “check in.”)

In short, I would gladly pay for a native Mint iPhone App, already on top of the price for mint itself.

If I’m crazy, so be it, thanks for listening/reading… :-) Love mint, love what everyone has done for it, keep up the great work!

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If anyone still cares, check out Ego. It can display stats from Mint, Feedburner, Google Analytics, Google PageRank, Squarespace, and Twitter.

You need a Pepper for the Mint display, but otherwise it works perfectly for me. http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZSt … 85502&mt=8

There is really no need to make a mint app for iPhone, it already exists sort of. I’ve also found a way to make a web-app by just saving the bookmark, but you can also make it chromeless and have a startup screen like an ordinary iPhone app (if you’ve tried Fever its the same thing).

Here’s a step by step guide if you want to do the same as me.

First of all navigate to /mint/apps/includes and edit head.php Add the following code after <meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />

<meta name="viewport" id="viewport" content="width=device-width,user-scalable=no,minimum-scale=1.0,maximum-scale=1.0" />
<meta name="apple-mobile-web-app-capable" content="yes" />
<meta name="apple-mobile-web-app-status-bar-style" content="black" />
<link rel="apple-touch-startup-image" href="http://images.ec-comp.com/startup.png" /></code>

Close and upload the newly modified head.php *Note I use Mint Chocolate style, hence I have make the status bar black. I’ve not tried but I assume you can change it to white aswell i.e. <meta name="apple-mobile-web-app-status-bar-style" content="white" /> - I think you can only set it to black or white.

Next go to http://haveamint.com/peppermill/pepper/57/iphone/#v120 Download the Pepper, install and configure on your Mint configuration.

Now on your iPhone navigate to Mint Stats on your server and press the + to save bookmark to home screen. Then open the webclip/bookmark it has created and voila!

Feel free to download the startup image from my server and change the code in your head.php to point to the location of your choice, my hosting has been known to be quite unreliable recently…

RE: last post you need to change ec-comp.com to ec-co.mp if you want to use the images on my server.

I’m almost done developing an actual iPhone app. Here are some screenshots of it running on my iPhone -

Home view (it supports multiple domains) - http://i48.tinypic.com/fbl5xt.png

Home icon - http://i50.tinypic.com/fdggow.png

Add a new website - http://i50.tinypic.com/29m92yr.png

It might take a few weeks before the whole thing is ready, since I’m having to build some custom PHP backend in order for it to work perfectly, but I love using it already. I don’t mean to spam, but if you want to keep up with latest updates on the actual app, I post updates on my blog at http://dot29.tumblr.com

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