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bautify me photo app (cordova prototype)


  • DONE: setup package json to retrieve dependencies (requirejs, twitter bootstrap, grunt, ...)
  • DONE: edit config.xml and set default values
  • DONE: add grunt file to project
  • DONE: use grunt to copy vendor modules from node_modules to phonegaps www
  • DONE: use grunt and jshint to lint javascript code
  • DONE: setup sass and grunt watch to recreate css each time sass file gets edited
  • DONE: set the canvas to full width and fulll height minus the space needed for the header and the footer of the app
  • DONE: add the android platform to the project
  • DONE: add the camera plugin to the project
  • DONE: use camera plugin to take a photo
  • DONE: create a black and white filter
  • DONE: lock orientation to portrait in config.xml
  • DONE: add the splashscreen plugin
  • DONE: change the application icon
  • DONE: save image to phone photo library
  • DONE: add stickers to an image
  • DONE: show message (green / red) after each action
  • DONE: create the images needed by the splashscreen plugin
  • button to share a photo on social networks
  • load image from local device library to edit it
  • use the google drive API to backup images on drive
  • set the size of the canvas to the size of the image and change the canvas size using css, or the image will be small when it gets saved
  • the stickers functionality needs some improvents, would be nice to let the user choose a sticker from a gallery and then let him position and resize it manually
  • changing the filter should not reset the stickers
  • add more funny filters and / or let the user create own filters


  • cordova-plugin-splashscreen
  • cordova-plugin-whitelist
  • cordova-plugin-file
  • cordova-plugin-camera


phonegap configuration file documentation:

camera plugin options:

splashscreen plugin documentation:

application icon documentation:

project setup

install io.js or node.js:

install grunt and grunt cli globally: npm install grunt -g npm install grunt-cli -g

install ruby: on windows get the windows installer

install sass: gem install sass

install git: for example git for windows

install java jdk 1.7.x:

for windows: adndroid sdk requires java, so ensure you have a JAVA_HOME environment variable set JAVA_HOME should be something like C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.7.0_79

install stand-alone SDK tools:

install cordova: npm install cordova -g

checkout the project:

open your console and go into the root directory of the project where the Gruntfile.js resides and install the dependencies: npm install

if you IDE requires the path of the android sdk set it to something similar to this, this example is for windows: C:\Users\USER_NAME\AppData\Local\Android\android-sdk\SDK Manager.exe

if you are on windows and want to debug an android nexus device then you will need to install the google usb driver:

in this project the android platform has already been added, to add another platform, open your console and go into the app directory, then type the following command: cordova platform add PLATFORM_NAME

to test the app for android you need to setup the emulator, go into the android SDK folder and launch the AVD manager, then create a virtual device and start it:

if you get this error message "SSL certificate problem: unable to get local issuer certificate" when building the app, when the plugins get retrieved then you probably use the following command to disable ssl checks in git: git config --global http.sslVerify false ! this is not safe, but I didnt find better solution yet, you can enable ssl checks after the checkout using this command: git config --global http.sslVerify true

if on device ready the camera plugin is undefined, re-install the plugins: cordova plugin remove cordova-plugin-camera cordova plugin add cordova-plugin-camera

if the app does not build correctly try to reinstall the platform and plugins: cordova platform remove android cordova platform add android

  • cordova plugin remove cordova-plugin-splashscreen
  • cordova plugin remove cordova-plugin-whitelist
  • cordova plugin remove cordova-plugin-file
  • cordova plugin remove cordova-plugin-camera
  • cordova plugin add cordova-plugin-splashscreen
  • cordova plugin add cordova-plugin-whitelist
  • cordova plugin add cordova-plugin-file
  • cordova plugin add cordova-plugin-camera

to test the app in the emulator use this command: cordova emulate android

deploay the app on a device for testing, execute this command: cordova run android --device

if you try to debug on two different computers but on the same device, you will get this error message while building "INSTALL_FAILED_UPDATE_INCOMPATIBLE" on your device go to settings > apps and delete the app, then run the command again

to use the remote debugging of chrome: open chrome, go to more tools > inspect devices and there your device should show up, now click on inspect


  • distort
  • manipulate
  • image
  • effect
  • canvas
  • photo
  • filter
  • lens
  • share
  • selfie
  • retouch
  • transform
  • face
  • fun
  • frame
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