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Build in Progress Mobile

Build in Progress Mobile

by eunicel jrod241 ryanprinster scientiffic ttai vcjones zhaveriane | updated September 17, 2015

All updates related to the Build in Progress Android and iOS apps will be documented here! We're re-designing the mobile app to make it as easy as possible for you to create, update, and share your projects. Please comment if you have any questions, suggestions, or bug reports!

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All updates related to the Build in Progress mobile app will go here.  We’re designing the mobile app to make it as easy as possible for you to create, update, and share your projects.  Please comment if you have any questions, problems, or suggestions!

November 1, 2013 at 12:58 PM
Created by jrod241
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Today, we’re happy to release a prototype of the Android Build in Progress app!  With the app, you can create, view, and update your projects using any Android device with Gingerbread OS (version 2.3.3) or newer. We hope the app will make it much easier to upload images to your projects.  We’re currently working on video integration so you can upload video straight from your phone; stay tuned!

Right now, you need to have a consistent internet connection to use the app.

If you want to add a description to your steps quickly, try using the speech-to-text option to transcribe an audio description to text.

For full instructions on how to download the app onto your Android device, please go to the following page:

http://buildinprogress.herokuapp.com/android

We will be working on an iOS version soon, so look forward to that!

If you run into any issues or have any suggestions, please leave a comment.  Happy documenting!

November 5, 2013 at 11:56 PM
Created by jrod241
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Troubles: When I click "add a new image," the header bar turns white, but it doesn't go to camera. Upon hitting the back button, there is a brief glimpse of what the camera is seeing. Running on HTC Incredible, Ice Cream Sandwich.
over 3 years ago
I'm running into a few issues. When I exit the app and return to it, sometimes it crashes, especially when I'm in the middle of updating a step. Also, I'm finding that if I'm in the camera, exit out of the app, and then return to the app, when I try to add images, the app also crashes.
over 3 years ago
also, in putting together my project, I found that my camera was often out of focus when I launched it. it would be great to have a feature where you can tap to refocus the camera!
over 3 years ago
I think this is cool. The way it stayed in my hair is by wrapping the stem around my ear.
about 2 years ago

We're excited to launch a major update to the Build in Progress Android app!  With the new app, you can now upload video straight from your Android device to the Build in Progress website.  Like before, you can create new projects, add new steps, and edit your projects from the app as well.

We've also created an alpha version of the app that you can now download from the Google Play Store as long as you're on our list of testers.  To gain access to the Play Store listing, please click the "Request Invite" button and fill out the form.  

http://buildinprogress.media.mit.edu/mobile

After you've been approved, you'll receive an email with details on how to download the app.  

Finally, as an alpha tester, you'll be able to report to us if you run into issues while using the app.  Please fill out a crash report if you come across any problems, or leave a comment below on this project page.  

We're also brainstorming new ways to enable branching via the Android app and are happy to take any suggestions!

March 2, 2014 at 3:25 PM
Created by scientiffic
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Looking good!
Can't wait to see how what new features become available!
almost 3 years ago
It's crashing on my on a Droid 4 when I try to add media to a step
almost 3 years ago
sorry to hear that the app crashed on your device; do you mind hitting the "report" button when it crashes so I could see what the error message is?

thanks!
almost 3 years ago
I did that(report), let me know if you want me to repeat.
almost 3 years ago
The other comment I had is that my phone has a slide out keyboard (Droid 4) and I find it handy to type in usernames and passwords. The login screen doesn't handle orientation change.
almost 3 years ago
I believe I have fixed the issue causing your camera not to work in the app.

I'll try to work on a landscape version of the app to work with physical keyboards!
almost 3 years ago

This summer, we’ve added a few updates to the backend of the Build in Progress Android app!  This means that you may not notice them on the surface, but we hope they'll make your experience using the app a little bit faster and easier.

We’ve fixed some bugs to support cameras on different Android devices.  In particular, we worked to fix aspect ratio issues that were present on some Android devices and worked to ensure that images and videos are rotates correctly based on the orientation they were taken in. We've tested with several different devices, but as you may know, there is a huge number of Android devices, so if you're still experiencing issues, please let us know what device does not seem to be working as expected in the comments below.

Now you can also preview and view newly uploaded images or videos without having to refresh the page. When an image or video has been fully uploaded to the Build in Progress website, the thumbnail will change from faded to opaque. Then, you can tap on the image or video to view it in the preview window and delete it if you’d like.

The project and step pages loads a lot faster than before. For each step, a thumbnail of the first image is displayed to help you identify the step, instead of loading all the images from each step. You may also click on any step at any time to load a step immediately, even if the project page has not fully loaded yet.  

The implementation of a swipe-able media gallery is also in progress.  When it is done, you should be able to swipe left or right in a preview to view the previous or next image or video. 

August 13, 2014 at 9:20 PM
Created by scientiffic and eunicel
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One of the most interesting (and complicated) aspects of designing for Android is supporting lots of different devices and hardware.

Two of the most recent requests was for the app to work with devices that only have front-facing cameras and for the app to work in landscape mode.  With the new update, devices with front-facing cameras are now supported (such as older versions of the Nexus 7 tablet).  If your device has a back-facing camera, the camera in the app will default to this.

For supporting the app in landscape orientation, It turns out there are some tricks for doing this–for example, did you know that apps manually save your entry so that its maintained when you rotate your device from portrait to landscape?  An invaluable guide for working on this was the following tutorial:

http://onegullibull.com/WP-OneGulliBull/?p=252

We're working on enabling viewing of videos in landscape, so until that's done, all other screens except viewing your media (photos and video) are viewable in landscape.

Happy typing!

August 15, 2014 at 9:29 PM
Created by scientiffic
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I’m very excited to finally announce that we now have a beta version of the iOS Build in Progress app – and to finally create a branch for it in this project!

Like the Android app, the Build in Progress iOS app is designed to help you create and edit your projects on-the-go.  We introduced a limited subset of features to focus on the features that help you document your projects as quickly as possible.

With the Build in Progress iOS app, you can create and edit projects, add steps, and add images to your steps from your photo gallery.  We’ll be working on incorporating the camera and enabling more image and video uploading features in the near future.

We’re using Test Flight to release the iOS app.  If you’d like to request an invite to download the app, please fill out the following form:

http://tflig.ht/WAcCji

You will receive more information once you’re approved to use the app!

* Also, I found that Build in Progress is too long of a name to fit on your home screen.  Perhaps it’s time for a serious name rethink?  I had always wanted a better name for the project but wasn’t able to think of one.  If you have any suggestions, please feel free to leave them below!

* Many thanks to zhaveriane, eunicel, and ttai for helping to build the app!

Note: This app has been tested with iPhone and iPod Touch devices.

September 9, 2014 at 10:40 AM
Created by scientiffic
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I fixed a few bugs in the app today, so if you had any issues with adding steps to your projects previously, that should now be fixed!  

Those who already have the app installed via TestFlight should now be able to update the app – to do this, open the TestFlight iOS app and click to install.

If you don't have the iOS app already, you can request an invite here:

http://tflig.ht/WAcCji

Please report any bugs below!

September 27, 2014 at 12:58 AM
Created by scientiffic
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The Android app has been updated to fix some bugs but also make the app speedier.  Updates include the following:

  • Improved sound quality in video recording
  • Faster response times for adding new projects, steps, and images

Additionally, I'm working on introducing private projects on the site. When we introduce this feature (hopefully within the next week), you will have to use this latest version of the app to access your projects.  So please update the app!

October 30, 2014 at 2:40 PM
Created by scientiffic
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I also refreshed the iOS app with some bug fixes and also improved feedback when you're adding new projects or steps.

Like with the Android app, this update has an important security update that will enable us to have private projects on Build in Progress.  Please update to the latest version as soon as you can as those who have the older version will not be able to access their projects otherwise!

October 30, 2014 at 6:30 PM
Created by scientiffic
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You can now upload video from your gallery to Build in Progress via the iOS app!  

You can also view videos from your projects on your device, including YouTube and Vimeo videos.

Finally, the app should be faster overall, with background image loading and various bug fixes.

I'm beginning to work on the camera interface that lets you capture photos and videos straight through the app and hope to have something out by the end of the year.

Thanks to ttai for helping to implement these features.

If you'd like to request an invite to the app, please fill out the form below:

http://tflig.ht/WAcCji

November 29, 2014 at 4:19 PM
Created by scientiffic
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You can now officially download the Build in Progress Android app from the Play Store - no more requesting an invite!

Check it out at the following link: 

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bip_test.activities

NOTE: We support Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) and newer.

February 20, 2015 at 11:46 AM
Created by scientiffic
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Please consider adding system requirements to this invitation step. I wanted to try direct loading of media but when I got to Google play, I learned that my phone did not meet requirements. I used another phone and got it to work but others might not have that option.
over 2 years ago
done (:
over 2 years ago
Thanks. FYI, I am running the BiP app on a < $30 no-contract phone- Important because it lowers the cost barrier to programs like ours. Hoping that it will make the media documentation more seamless.
over 2 years ago
Are the Web and App interfaces compatible with each other? I created a step in the Web editor.
http://buildinprogress.media.mit.edu/projects/2307/steps?step=8958
Then I used the Android App to add media to the step and got some strange results. When I try edit the text of the step again, it takes me to a label node editor rather than the current step.
about 2 years ago
The problem I described in the previous comment seems not to be a consistent challenge. I was able to use the App to add media and then edit in the web interface. However, when I used the direct camera or video capture rather than upload mode, I had some difficulty understanding the process of mode selection and then taking the picture or starting/stopping the video recording. Do the icon buttons both select mode and control the 'shutter?'
about 2 years ago
Yes, the icon buttons are used to select the mode, and the center button is used to control the shutter (e.g., take the photo or start / stop the video recording). Let me know if you run into any other issues!
about 2 years ago

You can now download the Build in Progress iOS directly on the app store!

In the upcoming months, there willl be many updates to the app, including taking photos (almost done!) and video through the app and viewing your "Process Map."  Stay tuned!

June 9, 2015 at 1:55 PM
Created by scientiffic
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Introducing the Build in Progress iOS app camera feature! You now have the option to snap pictures and upload them right to your project - in a single step, and on the go!

We designed the camera to be as user-friendly as possible. It supports snapping photos of your creations in both portrait and landscape orientations. This is even supported with orientation lock on, so you don’t have to switch that on and off just to document your masterpiece!

In this update we are also rolling out a few bug fixes and improvements. If the project page gave you some grief after adding, deleting, or refreshing, that should be fixed now. Please let us know if you find any more bugs or have any suggestions for improvements.

Be on the lookout for more cool features coming soon!

June 28, 2015 at 10:03 AM
Created by ryanprinster
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I already use the Android BiP app. But I have access to an iPhone, too. Do the apps differ enough to justify using both?
almost 2 years ago
The apps are designed to have the same features, although we are just finishing up the video capture feature on iOS. So I would just pick whatever OS you're most comfortable with!
almost 2 years ago
Thanks.
almost 2 years ago

You can now add video to your projects directly in the iOS app!  When you click "Add Media" to a step, select the movie button (adjacent to the camera button) to begin recording.  

Additionally, we've added registration directly in the app so you can register without using the Build in Progress website.  However, you do need to confirm your email address before logging in.  After you register, you will receive an email with a link you must click before logging in through the app.

July 9, 2015 at 10:31 AM
Created by scientiffic
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Now you can swipe through your images and videos in a step!  To check this feature out, open up a step through the Android app and click on one of the images or videos in the project.  You can now swipe left and right to quickly view all the images within the step.

August 25, 2015 at 4:42 PM
Created by scientiffic and vcjones
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Huge update today – You can now view and edit your Process Map through the Android app!

When you open up a project in the app, it will default to the list mode you are all familiar with.  But there is now a toggle in the top toolbar to switch between the List mode and the Map mode.  In the Map mode, you can view the branches in your app via the Process Map, and you can also rearrange your steps.

Here are the steps for rearranging steps in the Process Map:

  1. Click the step you want to move.
  2. Drag the step over the step you want it to follow.  You can drop the selected step over any other steps highlighted in blue.

This looks especially good, I think, on tablet devices, which have enough real estate to show big projects!  If you have a very wide project, it will automatically rotate to landscape orientation so you have more space to view and rearrange.

As always, if you have any feedback, feel free to leave a comment.

September 11, 2015 at 1:42 PM
Created by scientiffic
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Huge update today – You can now view and edit your Process Map through the iOS app.

When you open up a project in the app, it will default to the list mode you are all familiar with.  But there is now a toggle in the top toolbar to switch between the List mode and the Map mode.  In the Map mode, you can view the branches in your app via the Process Map, and you can also rearrange your steps.

Here are the steps for rearranging steps in the Process Map:

  1. Click the step you want to move.
  2. Drag the step over the step you want it to follow.  You can drop the selected step over any other steps highlighted in blue.

This looks especially good, I think, on tablet devices, which have enough real estate to show big projects!  If you have a very wide project, it will automatically rotate to landscape orientation so you have more space to view and rearrange.

As always, if you have any feedback, feel free to leave a comment.

September 11, 2015 at 1:45 PM
Created by scientiffic
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