Category Archives: tips

PhoneGap Build News: Google, Icons and Splashscreens

Breaking news – PhoneGap has just announced that PhoneGap 6.0.0 is now being used by PhoneGap Build. Here’s the announcement: http://phonegap.com/blog/2016/02/09/phonegap_6_now_on_build/ it’s still too new for us to say what difference it will make. Today, a roundup of news having … Continue reading

Posted in news, tips | Comments Off on PhoneGap Build News: Google, Icons and Splashscreens

Making Apps which Scroll

Recently, there has been discussion on the web board about the proper way to make an app which can scroll. You might need to have more input fields than can fit on the screen at once: rather than going to … Continue reading

Posted in tips | Comments Off on Making Apps which Scroll

CSS Styling: The importance of !important

(This post is contributed by Frank K├Ânigl – Vielen Dank, Frank!) I recently ran into an interesting problem. I wanted to change the color of a jQuery Mobile button when I hovered over it. The normal way to do this … Continue reading

Posted in tips | Comments Off on CSS Styling: The importance of !important

New PlayTone() function

AppStudio has had a PlaySound() function for some time which lets you play mp3 and other sound files. In AppStudio 5.2, we added a PlayTone() function, which lets you play sounds with a specific frequency, duration and optional volume. Tones … Continue reading

Posted in tips | Comments Off on New PlayTone() function

PhoneGap: Getting rid of the Content-Security-Policy warning

I was messing around with a PhoneGap app using the Chrome Debugger’s Inspect feature, which lets me examine a running PhoneGap app for error messages, source code, elements, etc. I noticed an error message in the console I hadn’t seen … Continue reading

Posted in PhoneGap, tips | Comments Off on PhoneGap: Getting rid of the Content-Security-Policy warning

Chrome shortcut to inspect devices

The latest build of Chrome on the desktop makes it easier than ever to open the Chrome Debugger to look at an app running on a device. This works on apps running in the browser, apps running from the Home … Continue reading

Posted in tips | Comments Off on Chrome shortcut to inspect devices

OpenWeatherMap’s new API Key

A number of our tutorials use weather data from OpenWeatherMap’s website. It provides information about current conditions for anywhere in the world, with an easy to use API. Best of all, it’s free, so long as you do not make … Continue reading

Posted in tips | Comments Off on OpenWeatherMap’s new API Key

Using FileReader

FileReader lets you read files into your app. While it has a few restrictions, it’s by far the quickest way to get the data from a file so you can manipulate it. It’s also surprisingly fast.

Posted in tips | Comments Off on Using FileReader

Using System Fonts

Since the iPhone came out, Helvetica has pretty much been the standard font for all devices. It’s clean, simple and readable. However, both Apple and Google are tinkering with the default font to make it look even better on small … Continue reading

Posted in tips | Comments Off on Using System Fonts

Using calculations in bounds properties

Ever try to center a button on a form? Dead center, from top to bottom, from right to left, no matter how the size of the form changes? You can’t put a number like 100 into the left or top … Continue reading

Posted in css, tips | Comments Off on Using calculations in bounds properties