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#6538599 Aug 12, 2012 at 01:28 PM
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Fun to do my first app!

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#6545608 Aug 13, 2012 at 05:48 PM · Edited over 8 years ago
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This was fairly technical, and I'm not sure I understand it all yet. I had to enable Java which took a little figuring out. And then I couldn't connect to my phone. I got the hang where the Block Editor says "Looking for project..." forever and never connects to my phone. The troubleshooting page suggested that that is a symptom of a firewall issue. I am using my school-issued MacBook, and I have no idea how the networking stuff all works. So I just used the emulator which was fine for building the app.



Now my problem is that I can't get the app onto my phone. I downloaded it to my computer and used a wiki I have to upload the file. I grabbed the link and made a QR code. When I scan it and my phone tries to follow the link, it just opens a browser window and says "Loading..." in the URL field forever.



Anyone have a suggestion?
Kristina Thoennes
Media Coordinator (a.k.a. school librarian? library teacher?)
Mooresville Intermediate School (grades 4-6)
Mooresville, NC

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#6566002 Aug 17, 2012 at 01:57 AM
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I finally managed to get this all working. My phone never did cooperate. I have a G2X which is a great phone that was supposed to revolutionize something or the other. It never seems to cooperate with anything else that is going on.

I did manage to get the app installed on my phone though and it works just fine.
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#6568195 Aug 17, 2012 at 10:28 AM
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I posted my app info about 2 weeks ago and I am amazed and thrilled by how much I've learned since then. I now have an android device and can see what I've made. Somehow the version that was connected to the QR code at first had the given image, which is not what I put in the app. I am still puzzled by how it got packaged that way, but I must have done it somewhere. Here I was thikning I was clever by putting Monster's image as the real image... I am happy to say I repackaged the app, and reuploaded it. One thing I learned is that the QR code goes to the link, which makes sense. Anything I put at that link will be what shows up from the QR code.


Now you can see my cat, Monster, and why he looks so innocent and still says what he says.

Kam, I love the drawing of your cat. I wish I could help with the downloading saying it is downloading forever. Have you tried anybody else's QR code? It may be that the site that is holding the app just does not want to release it to you. I just tried your QR code and for me it goes to a blank screen. For some reason the bit.ly link is not resolving to the location of an uploaded app. I think the link needs to go directly to the app's location, not a page where you can find the app or find something talking about the app. Try my QR code and you may notice a difference.

While I'm here babbling, I just wanted to mention that last night I was in one of the gamelab live sessions and learned about more of Google's treats. Not only can you use google to shorten a url, but you can use it to make the QR code. These are at 2 different Google sites so you may need to "google" both of them to get their locations- I don't remember them off the top of my head. It looks like Masticon is using the Google QR code generating site because he can designate the size of his QR code label. I am so new to all of this that even the tiniest things, like controlling the size of the QR code label, fascinates me. May be sad, but it is true.

Enjoy!
Mel
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#6568486 Aug 17, 2012 at 11:15 AM
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Not to be a Board Hog, but I'm trying other QR codes to see what happens.

Masticon, the url connected to your QR code does not fully resolve to an .apk spot. It has a redirect at the end of the URL so my device can not resolve it. My QR reader says, "Sorry, the requested application could not be launched. The barcode contents may be invalid." The URL that the QR code resolves to is: barcohttps://sites.google.com/site/teachergamerapps/config/pagetemplates/apps/HelloPurr.apk?attredirects=0&d=1desInc

Betniss, your download worked, but for some reason when I loaded it, it did not wipe out my HelloPurr app like my device said it would. That may be something with my device and not your app. Apparently your app downloaded, though.

Sara, yours downloaded just fine and I appreciate that you renamed it HelloMarfy. Smart thinking- it did not have to overwrite my HelloPurr. Did you change Marfy's pic?

Kimmy, your QR code takes me to a site where I need a username and password to access the app. Therefore I could not try yours :-(

timcgrace, your link takes me to a dropbox that does not show me an image, just that one should be there. The QR code link from your post here does take me to a QR code. That QR code, however takes me to your dropbox account where it looks like it wants to give me a copy of your app, but I can't tell that the .apk file actually downloaded. Aha- I had to go to the screen that lists my downloads and I was able to download Purr and I am incredibly impressed!!! Your character scares me a little bit and I will try to not envision him as a predator, but yes, I want to try something new! I now need to figure out how you did what you did. Hmm... the challenge awaits me. Thank you for showing this is possible.

Erica, I tried to download your app but it has been deleted or moved.

Honu, your picture is so adorable! It took me a while to figure out how to download and install your app, but I think it was because I still have a learning curve with how to use an android device. Newbie here.

Jennifer, I love how you used the EDTECH site to house your gamelab things. I'll have to check out some of the other things you've done in our classes. the link at your website takes me to downloading the app to my computer and I don't know how to install from my computer to my android device yet. Still too new at this. I'll have to figure this out sometime in the near future.

AgileBill, your upload taught me that my device recognizes apps as case sensitive. Your HelloPurr did not wipe out my hellopurr. Cool.

I'm not trying to show off or otherwise be annoying. I was really just trying to learn how to use my QR code reader, my android device, and more about apps in general. I just went off on a tangent to see what everybody else did. Thank you for sharing your ideas. There is much more for me to learn!
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#6797108 Oct 03, 2012 at 09:11 AM · Edited over 8 years ago
Guild Officers
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Here is my kitty phone app. I don't have an android phone so I took a screen capture using the emulator.



http://www.flickr.com/photos/82294872@N05/8050615822/
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#7017710 Nov 22, 2012 at 09:42 PM
28 Posts

Your BrainHex Class is Achiever.

Your BrainHex Sub-Class is Achiever-Mastermind.

Achiever: 18
Mastermind: 14
Conqueror: 13
Seeker: 10
Socialiser: 9
Daredevil: 3
Survivor: -4
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#7182966 Jan 03, 2013 at 05:56 PM · Edited 8 years ago
38 Posts


https://www.dropbox.com/s/wni64wg5fcqnq7f/HelloPurr.apk

Here is my app. The barcode option in the builder says it will only work for my email address, so I am posting the URL.
This was not too complicated, but did involve a lot of steps. I played with it a bit using different types of files, and I really like the gui interface.
Zetria
"I stand ready."
-Night Elf Sentinel
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#7183663 Jan 03, 2013 at 10:37 PM · Edited 8 years ago
Adventurer
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zetria,
We would love to see the photo of your app!
Make sure you check out the video under Step 3 (http://portal.3dgamelab.org/quests/16813?armory=true).
You would want to create a QR code that allows interested users to download your app by simply scanning the code.

Dr. Hsu
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#7183968 Jan 04, 2013 at 01:20 AM
38 Posts
Zetria
"I stand ready."
-Night Elf Sentinel
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#7183984 Jan 04, 2013 at 01:28 AM
38 Posts
Ok. Here is my app. I'm not sure why I get this little blue box instead of a picture, but the link is there.
Zetria
"I stand ready."
-Night Elf Sentinel
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#7185853 Jan 04, 2013 at 12:15 PM
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Here it is! I used a picture of my own cat, which had to resize in Pixelmator. I originally took it on my iPhone, whose resolution is much higher than the Android emulator's.

My QR Code:



And the App:

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#7186800 Jan 04, 2013 at 04:36 PM
Adventurer
97 Posts
Hm...can't see your photo.
You need to upload your photo to some site and get the link/URL of your image. In the text editor on this forum, paste the URL in the text box after clicking on the image icon, and click on ok.

Dr. Hsu
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#7207319 Jan 09, 2013 at 10:28 AM
Adventurer
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Hello here is my Hello purr pic and bar code:
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#7209674 Jan 09, 2013 at 09:00 PM
Adventurer
97 Posts
Nice pick of the photo on your app!
Couldn't see your barcode, though.

Dr.Hsu
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#7226800 Jan 13, 2013 at 10:20 PM
13 Posts
This Quest was a very pleasant surprise. Finished the app in less than 10 minutes...but then with a short power outage it took a couple of hours to get everything working again as the software kept producing various errors. Ended up re-installing on laptop number 2 and starting over and all good.

Image of finished app https://sites.google.com/site/sharonmbyrnes/home/IMG_2601.JPG
QR Code https://sites.google.com/site/sharonmbyrnes/home/DudleyQRCode.png
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#8227809 Aug 01, 2013 at 03:08 PM
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I skipped this one the first time I looked at tutorials on App Inventor. I used the I can has Cheezburger lolcat. Enjoy.

Dropbox won't allow me to post here. I will make an imagur account in the future. For now you can see the qr code here
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#8232035 Aug 02, 2013 at 10:52 AM
Adventurer
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#8227809 EpicPhelan wrote:

I skipped this one the first time I looked at tutorials on App Inventor. I used the I can has Cheezburger lolcat. Enjoy.

Dropbox won't allow me to post here. I will make an imagur account in the future. For now you can see the qr code here



Good idea to use dropbox for the QR code posting. Nice work around!
Your customization works well.
Two suggestions:
-Try attaching the image to the button so the image is clickable and respond to touches.
-Fix the orientation of your screen to Portrait. You can find the setting by clicking on Screen1 under Components. Then, under Properties, you'll find ScreenOrientation.
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#8234915 Aug 03, 2013 at 12:08 AM · Edited 8 years ago
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Well this was a long drawn out process as I had to try and figure out where to store the app and then store it before being able to create the bar code.
I was surprised at how much like Scratch this looks - not that I have used Scratch myself but have watched students playing with their creations from their extension classes outside of school.




This is a picture of the QR code - I would like someone to test it for me if possible as I don't have access to an Android phone. I tried storing the file in a Google Drive but it is hard to figure out how to link that to post it here. If this doesn't work I guess I could try uploding to my blog instead.
Thanks :)
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#8236424 Aug 03, 2013 at 09:55 AM
Adventurer
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#8234915 yvonneh wrote:

Well this was a long drawn out process as I had to try and figure out where to store the app and then store it before being able to create the bar code.
I was surprised at how much like Scratch this looks - not that I have used Scratch myself but have watched students playing with their creations from their extension classes outside of school.




This is a picture of the QR code - I would like someone to test it for me if possible as I don't have access to an Android phone. I tried storing the file in a Google Drive but it is hard to figure out how to link that to post it here. If this doesn't work I guess I could try uploding to my blog instead.
Thanks :)


Have you tested your app using the emulator?
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