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Aug 13, 2010
Avatar JohnT 2 post(s)

Topic: Mobile version for iPhone/iPad?

I also love this sniper tool, especially because it works from a local desktop or other type device.
Is iOS4 making it any easier to make this happen to get this on our iPhones and iPads?

Even a semi automated app could be a solution, not brilliant I know.
It could work like this, get a warning (push note) that a auction is ending soon.
Then switch to the app and leave it active for the time needed.
Again not brilliant but…


Apr 9, 2010
Avatar specificobject 1 post

Topic: Mobile version for iPhone/iPad?

I’d love a iPhone app too — now that Apple will allow some multitasking maybe it’s possible?

Right now I’ve got an old PowerMac (Pismo / G3) that I’ve got jbidwatcher running on and I VNC into to set snipes when I’m on the road, it’s wonky and slow, but it works…

Jan 29, 2010
Avatar Morgan Schweers 1,204 post(s)

Topic: Mobile version for iPhone/iPad?

I wish; actually I’m a paid member of the iPhone developer program, and I’m trying to download the iPad dev kit right now.

The problem, however, is that neither the iPhone nor the iPad are multitasking, so JBidwatcher by definition can’t run in the background to snipe for you.

This means that sniping needs to be done on some other device. Right now, that device would be your desktop JBidwatcher instance. In order to allow an iPhone to control your desktop JBidwatcher instance, it needs to go through a service which both will talk to. (To avoid NAT problems, and firewall issues, and crud like that.)

Currently JBidwatcher is able to sync with My JBidwatcher ( and upload information. My goal is to make it able to receive changes (i.e. snipes placed) from the web service as well, allowing an iPhone app to talk to My JBidwatcher, which then talks to your desktop JBidwatcher, and sets/cancels a snipe.

The iPhone/iPad app could give a display of listings, and useful information about them (and allow browsing to them), but snipes wouldn’t work directly FROM the app, but would have to be synchronized down to your desktop app.

The other option, which I’m actively exploring, is allowing you to set snipes that are fired from an external web-based service. Specifically, right now, Gixen is the one I’m considering integrating with, because I respect the person making it, it’s inexpensive, and offers an API that I’ve already built a library to talk to.

This would allow you to see listings on your iPhone or iPad, and set snipes, which would then be executed by either your desktop JBidwatcher, or the Gixen server.

One way or another, the information has to flow through the My JBidwatcher web application, though.

This is also not going to be free, I’m afraid. I don’t see it as being expensive, but even if for bandwidth reasons alone, I can’t do it for nothing.

My real problem right now is figuring out how to make it simple.

— Morgan Schweers, CyberFOX!

Jan 29, 2010
Avatar WyldKard 1 post

Topic: Mobile version for iPhone/iPad?

Any plans to develop a version of this for the iPhone/iPad? We’ve used this app for years and love it, and would really love a version we can take out of the house!