I've been using Appinventor ( classic and then AI2) for the past few years to create apps for research purposes - ie they only need to run on the tablets we have for this purpose (Samsung tabs 10.1 - tab2 tab3 and tab4 have all been used). For this reason I have always edited the images to the appropriate pixel size for our screens and have not had any difficulties*.
The games have been displaying properly on our tablets until the recent new release and I'm having difficulty narrowing down what the problem now is in order to fix it. I first noticed the problem when I was working on a new app and tried downloading it - the screen does not display properly. The app downloads, installs, and opens - but the screen is displaying oddly.
I then did a test by comparing an app that I installed a few months ago via ai2 (see attached screenshot image "before new release") with the exact same app downloaded more recently onto the same tablet (see attached image "since new release"). NB I have not edited the app in any way between the two downloads. But now, apps that were previously working only work if I use the old downloaded code, saved on my computer. If I download them again from appinventor I get similar display issues.
This is causing grief as I cannot make any updates/create new items as any new download has the same problem.
The responsiveness is still set to fixed - I literally have made no changes my end - but obviously there is a problem that is now causing them to display oddly. Any ideas?
I have tried a couple of other things and these may or may not be relevant to the problem:
SPARE PARTS:Initially ( in AI classic) I had difficulty getting the apps to display on tablet screens so spare parts was installed according to instructions found here and this solved the problem for all of the tablets. I have tried turning compatibility mode on and off ( restarting as required) to see if that helps - no joy.
APP2MARKET: The old Tab2s allowed me to download directly from app inventor to the tablet. Doing so now causes the problem described above.
The Tab3 and Tab4s would not download and display correctly in the same way. So for any apps developed for these tablets I used app2market. New downloads with or without app2market continue to have the same problem. The suggested fixes of removing/replacing the screen support tags by editing also have failed to rectify the problem.
I'll add a disclaimer here that I am a psych - not a programmer... so my technical knowledge is not as good as many on here. But I have been trying to find a solution before posting. I have been scouring the forums over the past few weeks hoping to find someone with a similar issue. I have also tried to systematically test a bunch of different factors ( as described above) but I think I may be at the end of my knowledge and thus stuck for ideas of what to try next.
Does anyone have any ideas - or can point me in the direction of other things to trial?
I have a bunch of kids with hearing loss mid-intervention at the moment and inability to create anything/fix anything is starting to be problematic!