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  • Photo app tutorial problem

    I just completed the photo app tutorial for Alpha Anywhere, and it works well on the desktop development machine. I also tested it with my Android HTC (t-mobile) mytouch 4g running Android 2.3.4, and it works smoothly there, too, except photos chosen from the photo gallery on the phone never upload; the "working" symbol just displays forever. Data changes are saved ok on the mobile phone, and photos are saved ok when uploaded from the development desktop. Does anyone know what the issue might be?
    Richard Urban

    Grocery Delivery Software for Stores and Entrepreneurs:

  • #2
    Re: Photo app tutorial problem

    Hi Richard,
    What photo app tutorial?


    • #3
      Re: Photo app tutorial problem

      There may be a problem if you have image compression turned on, since this requires writing the image to a hidden HTML5 canvas element and then extracting the Base64 encoded image and adjusting it's orientation based on client side EXIF data extraction. Then the Base64 data is currently converted to a JavaScript Blob object and finally uploaded. Not all Android browsers can handle this and I recently refactored this code to automatically handle a work around for some of them but that code hasn't made it into the shipping product yet. I'm still testing this code out on as many Android devices and browsers as possible. So expect to see additional support soon.

      In the meantime, try turning off HTML5 image compression in the builder.

      For more info see this blog post I recently published on my personal blog:

      Please keep in mind that the link above is from my personal blog and doesn't necessarily reflect the opinions of Alpha Software.
      Bob Moore


      • #4
        Re: Photo app tutorial problem

        Thanks Bob, how do I turn off data compression?. The tutorial is at Scroll down to number 7.
        Last edited by richardurban; 07-17-2013, 11:12 AM.
        Richard Urban

        Grocery Delivery Software for Stores and Entrepreneurs:


        • #5
          Re: Photo app tutorial problem

          Originally posted by richardurban View Post
          Thanks Bob, how do I turn off data compression?. The tutorial is at Scroll down to number 7.
          At around the 1:11:00 mark in the video you reference, uncheck Resize and compress image before upload.

          While the file size may be huge, (depending on the camera), that MAY work for you on your specific Android device.
          Bob Moore


          • #6
            Re: Photo app tutorial problem

            Success! The app works fine with the latest version of the Firefox browser for Android. I was using the (clunky) browser that came with the phone, and that did not work. Also, the default browser on the phone did not bring up the option to take a picture, but only to choose from the gallery. When I installed Firefox, the option to take a picture came up, and the app works fine with compression enabled, too.
            Richard Urban

            Grocery Delivery Software for Stores and Entrepreneurs: