Android emulator - Bluestacks. Having problems with swiping!

Hi - I am developing an app using commcare - some users will be using the
app on a mobile and others will be using it on an android simulator on a
laptop. The android simulator that is recommended in the commcare
documentation is called bluestacks, and is very good! the only problem I am
having is that to move from one question to the next you have to swipe the
screen, which on a laptop you cant do. has anyone bumped into this problem
before? how did they get over it?

Thanks!

Laura

Hi Laura,

Clicking, holding, and moving your cursor to the left or right should
register as a swipe event on the screen with Bluestacks (though sometimes
it can be finicky about the speed and length of the swipe). If this isn’t
working with your track pad or the motion’s too difficult then using a
mouse would probably be your best option.

Best,
Will

··· On Fri, Apr 25, 2014 at 11:41 AM, Laura Matthews wrote:

Hi - I am developing an app using commcare - some users will be using the
app on a mobile and others will be using it on an android simulator on a
laptop. The android simulator that is recommended in the commcare
documentation is called bluestacks, and is very good! the only problem I am
having is that to move from one question to the next you have to swipe the
screen, which on a laptop you cant do. has anyone bumped into this problem
before? how did they get over it?

Thanks!

Laura


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Thank you Will and Amelia for replying!

Will - Yes, after some research, clicking and swiping seems like the only
option… Its just a little awkward! but as you say - it will be better
with a mouse.

Amelia - Thanks! I did see cloudcare, but there isnt enough in our budget
to go pro, sorry!. The laptop version of the app is MAINLY for demoing as
you say, but some people who dont have an android want to see it - so i
had to create a how-to for bluestacks.

thanks a lot guys!

Laura

··· On Friday, 25 April 2014 16:41:33 UTC+1, Laura Matthews wrote: > > Hi - I am developing an app using commcare - some users will be using the > app on a mobile and others will be using it on an android simulator on a > laptop. The android simulator that is recommended in the commcare > documentation is called bluestacks, and is very good! the only problem I am > having is that to move from one question to the next you have to swipe the > screen, which on a laptop you cant do. has anyone bumped into this problem > before? how did they get over it? > > > Thanks! > > Laura >

Hi Laura,

We do recommend bluestacks as a good tool for demoing CommCare
applications:
https://help.commcarehq.org/display/commcarepublic/Demo+CommCare+for+Android+on+your+Computer

To our knowledge, it has not been used as part of a project’s ongoing
workflow, so this is uncharted territory! One word of caution is that we
don’t actively try to ensure compatibility with bluestacks, so we can’t
guarantee that CommCare applications will continue to work well in
bluestacks going forward.

If you are interested using CommCare on a computer rather than a phone,
check out CloudCare, our web-based version of CommCare:
https://help.commcarehq.org/display/commcarepublic/CloudCare+-+Web+Data+Entry

However please note that CloudCare is part of the Pro software plan.

Thanks,
Amelia

··· On Fri, Apr 25, 2014 at 11:46 AM, William Pride wrote:

Hi Laura,

Clicking, holding, and moving your cursor to the left or right should
register as a swipe event on the screen with Bluestacks (though sometimes
it can be finicky about the speed and length of the swipe). If this isn’t
working with your track pad or the motion’s too difficult then using a
mouse would probably be your best option.

Best,
Will

On Fri, Apr 25, 2014 at 11:41 AM, Laura Matthews lpdmatthews@gmail.comwrote:

Hi - I am developing an app using commcare - some users will be using the
app on a mobile and others will be using it on an android simulator on a
laptop. The android simulator that is recommended in the commcare
documentation is called bluestacks, and is very good! the only problem I am
having is that to move from one question to the next you have to swipe the
screen, which on a laptop you cant do. has anyone bumped into this problem
before? how did they get over it?

Thanks!

Laura


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Hi Laura,

I know Bluestacks is currently ‘free’, but I would also highly recommend
’Youwave’ as an emulator. We were using Bluestacks for access to whatsapp
on a computer, but it used to take forever for Bluestacks to load. Youwave
loads up in about a tenth of the time. Granted, it costs $20 (once off
licence), but when Bluestacks leaves beta testing it will probably cost
too, and you don’t have to comply with a weekly download of silly apps.

··· On Monday, April 28, 2014 4:11:57 PM UTC+2, Laura Matthews wrote: > > Thank you Will and Amelia for replying! > > Will - Yes, after some research, clicking and swiping seems like the only > option... Its just a little awkward! but as you say - it will be better > with a mouse. > > Amelia - Thanks! I did see cloudcare, but there isnt enough in our budget > to go pro, sorry!. The laptop version of the app is MAINLY for demoing as > you say, but some people who dont have an android want to see it - so i > had to create a how-to for bluestacks. > > thanks a lot guys! > > Laura > > On Friday, 25 April 2014 16:41:33 UTC+1, Laura Matthews wrote: >> >> Hi - I am developing an app using commcare - some users will be using the >> app on a mobile and others will be using it on an android simulator on a >> laptop. The android simulator that is recommended in the commcare >> documentation is called bluestacks, and is very good! the only problem I am >> having is that to move from one question to the next you have to swipe the >> screen, which on a laptop you cant do. has anyone bumped into this problem >> before? how did they get over it? >> >> >> Thanks! >> >> Laura >> >

Damian,

Thanks for your reply! - You wave certainly looks a lot better than
bluestacks, cheers. The problem is that it will be on a few different
computers, so $20 suddenly turns in to a lot more times by 10 or 20! My
original problem has been solved so i think i will stick with blustacks for
now, crossing my fingers that it wont cost very soon.

Thanks!

Laura

Hi, everyone,

Just wanted to chime in that I have also struggled with swiping on
bluestacks, but just discovered that if you push control + left or right
arrow key you can easily move from screen to screen. At least it works on
my PC.

Jeremy

··· On Tue, May 13, 2014 at 10:52 AM, Laura Matthews wrote:

Damian,

Thanks for your reply! - You wave certainly looks a lot better than
bluestacks, cheers. The problem is that it will be on a few different
computers, so $20 suddenly turns in to a lot more times by 10 or 20! My
original problem has been solved so i think i will stick with blustacks for
now, crossing my fingers that it wont cost very soon.

Thanks!

Laura


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