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4th December 2013, 09:30 PM #1
MIT App Inventor 2 emulator
As app inventor is all web based I thought it would be great then I got reading about the phone emulator:
Installing and Running the Emulator in AI2 | Explore MIT App Inventor
Step 2: Turn off your firewall (don't worry, it's easy to do!)
4th December 2013, 10:46 PM #2
You would have thought with all of the clever people at MIT, they would be able to create a program that isn't a piece of crud.
Also, why does the emulator still use Android 2.3? No one should be designing apps for this ancient OS (especially not school kids)!
4th December 2013, 10:48 PM #3
It's doing my head in as they are saying they want it all installed but we use O365 and therefore to use it the students would have to create their own google accounts which worries me a bit.
4th December 2013, 11:12 PM #4
What about GenyMotion (the free version) + Android Studio?
9th December 2013, 12:12 PM #5
No idea why App Inventor is so arse about face, its causing me no end of problems.
I was hoping the release of App Inventor 2 might make it a little more straight forward, turns out I couldn't have been more wrong, more ill explained CMD windows popping up all over the place.
10th December 2013, 11:58 PM #6
After 12 hours of head scratching, gpo destroying, cursing and chocolate digestives I found out that with everything fully secured App Inventor 2 works, however you need to set the Chrome gpo to bypass <local> in order for it to connect
9th January 2014, 10:26 AM #7
- Rep Power
I have also been having problems getting app inventor to work. As we use a Proxy.pac file i am unable to tell it to bypass our firewall (smoothwall) for local addresses, so instead i told it to bypass for IP 127.0.0.1 because from the CMD prompt that appears to be the port it uses. However while the emulator opens it doesn't receive the blocks data from the online app and doesn't have the AI Companion App. Do they need some special privileges on the local machine other than CMD prompt access? It runs fine on admin account.
Originally Posted by Olliesaurus
Any help would be much appreciated, this thing is driving me insane.
EDIT: Here is a screenshot to help describe the issue, the countdown just loops indefinitely. I think i may have dragged the maps/phone icon onto the homepage in a fit of desperation ^^
EDIT 2: After performing the change to proxy.pac it runs on the base level local user account, which suggests a GPO is stopping it running properly. Any Suggestions would be great
EDIT 3: Problem solved, needed to delete the data it had copied to the accounts profile. Working now.
Last edited by Mattyhew; 9th January 2014 at 01:18 PM.
14th January 2014, 12:39 PM #8
Can I ask how you guys have distributed the new App Inventor 2 over the network? I need to do it in a CC4 environment.
20th January 2014, 09:20 AM #9
We're in the same boat, haven't found a way to get it working on CC4 without enabling the CMD prompt :/
Originally Posted by mansin
22nd January 2014, 11:41 AM #10
@mansin &@ Lee91...I've been following the RM communities posts for setting this up. Have now come to Edugeek because of the emulator not connecting and will be trying the above to open it up for students. Instructions got me up and running with the packaging of both Chrome and app inventor. Not had to enable the CMD prompt (it runs as above screenshot, but I don't get the countdown, so working on unblocking the local host through the Chrome permissions.)
22nd January 2014, 11:47 AM #11
Originally Posted by Squiffy101
I've tried eveything mentioned in the RM Communities as well. The Emulator won't run, keeps coming up with "Launch the aiStarter on your computer and then try again" , even though the aiStarter is running. I've checked the proxy bypass for *.local and 127.0.0.1 under the GPO for chrome but still nothing. It works fine for admin.
If I look at the developer tools for Chrome it reports:
"XMLHttpRequest cannot load EduGeek.net - Sorry page not found. No 'Access-Control-Allow-Origin' header is present on the requested resource. Origin 'http://ai2.appinventor.mit.edu' is therefore not allowed access.
So something is blocking the access, just can't figure out what
27th January 2014, 02:11 PM #12
Right then, its all sorted now. First of all, I've imported the Chrome.adm template into RMMC to make things a little easier.
Then simply adding the word "localhost" into the proxy bypass has solved it.
27th January 2014, 02:15 PM #13
Its a terrible piece of software really, surely there must be an easier way to get Android programming going other than App Inventor..
Glad you all got it working though!
27th January 2014, 02:33 PM #14
I'm hoping to get them to use appshed.com
12th February 2014, 05:51 PM #15
- Rep Power
Hi all, sorry to keep this thread going! Appinventor has been working for me on RM CC4 for the past few weeks, but it seems they have decided to update the software (yesterday) and it won't work unless you update it! There is a link here for more info Time to Update the Companion | Explore MIT App Inventor
So basically I have re-ran the newest version of the setup, tried running the emulator as normal and then connecting to it, however it just says "now the companion will be updated, click OK to update" and nothing happens after that! I am stuck in an endless loop where this will not update. I have tried restarting, uninstalling and reinstalling and am running it from my admin account. Has anyone else experienced this and has any ideas for me? Thanks very much for your help.
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