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  • Android screen size constantly changing

    I'm having a terrible time with consistent font/screen size in my mobile app when viewing on my Android device versus a desktop WEB browser.

    Originally I wasn't using the Android device to view data. Then I changed my login from using just a UX component to use the AppLauncher so I could design a UX for the Android. I'm using the security built in to the AppLauncher now.

    When using a UX component for a login, the security field sizes were fine and very legible. Now when I try to log in using the Android, the login is sub-miniature. Yes, I can make it bigger fiddling around with taps and swipes. Didn't have this problem using a straight UX component.

    After logging in, the screen is OK. But then if I enter some text, while selecting a textbox, the screen zooms in. from that point on, the screen becomes unmanagable. It's almost impossible to get the screen back to the same way it looked when first opening the app. It's either too large or too small. End up tapping, swiping, rotating and sometimes logging out and back in.

    I tried playing with a number of setting in the appLauncher without much success.

    I'm not sure, but it's almost like the UX inherits something from the appLauncher. Maybe not.

    There are so many different settings for height, width. Does anyone have a good starting point. I'm sure I'm missing something.

    Alpha 5 Version 11
    AA Build 2999, Build 4269, Current Build
    DBF's and MySql
    Desktop, Web on the Desktop and WEB

    Ron Anusiewicz

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    Re: Android screen size constantly changing

    Ron, you'd be better off if you use PhoneGap Build for your Mobile App. Not that you won't run into issues, but they're way more fun and far more manageable. You won't get an "App" experience using a browser on a mobile device.

    However, is there a URL I can hit with my device and a login I can use to see what it looks like here? Even better than a URL, do you have a QRCode? Not a fan of typing URLs on mobile.


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      Re: Android screen size constantly changing

      I've done some more testing and it appears that the AppLauncher is the source of my trouble.

      I am running an older Build, 2999. The AppLauncher even messes up my iPad screen. I may have an improper setting but I pretty much went with the defaults.

      I went back to my original setup and my desktop browser, iPad and Android screens are all back to normal.
      Now I say normal, but this brings me back to my original problem. I need to activate a different UX component
      when I log in using my Android or for that matter, an iPhone.

      Without using the AppLauncher, is there some code I can put into the index.a5w page like:

      if iPhone or if Android then a5w_run_Component("loginM") else a5w_run_Component("login")

      Dave, I've heard the term PhoneGap many a time. But right now, I don't have a clue what it is. :-)

      Alpha 5 Version 11
      AA Build 2999, Build 4269, Current Build
      DBF's and MySql
      Desktop, Web on the Desktop and WEB

      Ron Anusiewicz


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        Re: Android screen size constantly changing

        PhoneGap Build is a service owned by Adobe which packages a Javascript/HTML app (like your UX) and allows that app to talk directly to mobile device hardware. The app gets installed like a native app... although it is not native.

        PhoneGap Build currently creates builds for Android, iOS, and Window Phone at the same time. For user installation, Android is very simple. For iOS the process is moderately complex and usually involves the App Store.
        When you're in Alpha's Web Control Panel, click the button on the right side labelled PhoneGap. Once the dialog is open you'll see a documentation link at the botton. Have a read through and see if it's something you could use.