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4 points by jp1989 456 days ago | comments
I've posted a few times regarding www.helishopter.com[1] , but I wasn't prepared to really post until we fixed up a few of the styling issues. Now, there are still a lot of bugs and UI issues, but you get the idea.<p>Our mission is:<p>"To be the premier destination for shopping inspiration and product research, by providing intelligent recommendations and tapping into the advice of our users network of social connections"<p>Of course, it will work a lot better once people start building follower/following lists, as one of the central features is to find inspiration by looking into other peoples "shopping bags".<p>Another issue is that the majority of our content is Swedish (we're based in Stockholm), but we're working on it now.<p>As always, we're looking for as much feedback as possible, so please let me know what's good, what's bad and how we can improve.<p>Note: 1. Mobile-version is non-existent (yet), please ignore.


Robby2012 456 days ago | link

Another web made with bootstrap. I've realized you're using jQuery 1.6.2 ┬┐why? we're already in jQuery 1.9

I actually love the idea but I think it's reaaaaally difficult to make it work because you require a lot of people to make it useful.

By the way, the video is fantastic, how have you done it?

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jp1989 448 days ago | link

Hey man. The answer is that at this point we will get a whole lot of new bugs pop up if we drop in a new version of jq. It will be done at some point when the timing is right!

Regarding the film, it was done by simplestoryvideos and I highly recommend them!

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kurt_ 456 days ago | link

I like your landing page, because it's simple and your video explain what your service do pretty well.

After viewing the video, i still have two questions unanswered: - Does my friend i need to ask about a product need to have an account on this site ? - Does it cost anything or it's just free (aka: what do i need to pay if i want to use your service ?)

Another thing that blocked me: on the video, your product's UI seems very simple, but after going to your blog and followed a link, i was on this page and it's seemed more complicated than on the video: [Spotify list](http://helishopter.com/jamespember/spotify/spotifypremium12m...). For example, what are all these spotify icons ?

What i like: - your design - the video (really well made !) - how your explain what your product do

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jp1989 456 days ago | link

Thanks for the kind feedback kurt :) I'll answer some questions below.

1. It will always be free.

2. You can send Suggestions or Questions to users without an account. You just use their email. However, that functionality is a lot easier if you both have accounts on the platform.

3. Yes, the video was made some time ago, before we updated our UI, so the functionality appears a little differently. We're working on a new video as we speak.

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seivan 444 days ago | link

It does kinda feel weird that http://helishopter.se doesn't work when the application is in Swedish.

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jp1989 444 days ago | link

Yep - we know. We're working on it.

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ankushcws 453 days ago | link

When I opened the homepage, at the bottom I could see some options and on the top of them it was written, you are using "Helishopter Lite", to enable full version click here... something like that, I clicked but nothing happened, then I refreshed the page, and the bottom part was not visible anymore, I think the issue was both mobile and web version got loaded at once.

The transitions on this page http://helishopter.com/s/*/fashion where the options to save it buy it and send it appears are not so smooth.

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jp1989 451 days ago | link

Hey.

Firstly, we don't currently have a mobile version of the app yet (it is a web app, not a website). It's coming soon though.

Helishopter Lite will appear if you don't have Javascript enabled - can you check that? Thanks!

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ankushcws 450 days ago | link

I never turned off my javascript. It was that I was able to see the both versions on one page and once I reloaded it was fine, probably the javascripts didnt load or broke somehwere as far as my understanding is.

and btw when you ll be launching the app? I am seeing it is still in beta

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jp1989 450 days ago | link

Hmm weird - I'll look into it now, but thanks.

Probably still a month or two off - just working on fixing up all the bugs & styling issues that we have.

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seivan 444 days ago | link

Let me know if you need an NSCoder.

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jp1989 444 days ago | link

Always interested. Send me an email james(at)helishopter.com Thanks.

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Julianhearn 456 days ago | link

Sorry but it seems to be an inferior version of sites like, thefancy.com, svpply.com, nuji.com, etc.

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jp1989 456 days ago | link

Thanks for the feedback Julian. In fact, we feel we're quite different to sites like that. Those websites concentrate on "curated collections" and "inspiration feeds", whilst we are trying to build a destination site for all online shopping. Of course the site is still in it's infancy and is nowhere near complete, but you get the idea!

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