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GeoCam Mobile Documentation

Hardware Requirements

GeoCam Mobile, being an Android application, is best tested on actual hardware. The phone we are targeting the closest, and indeed, the only phone we officially support, is the Motorola Droid with Android 2.2. Even with this, we would prefer to keep this application mostly compatible with Android 1.6 devices, such as the HTC G1. The other device that this software has been tested to work on is the Nexus One. If you have success with other Android-based phones, please let us know!

With that, let's get the development environment setup and usable.

Software Requirements

GeoCam Mobile has a few requirements that you'll have to have in order to get started:

  1. Git: We use git for version control. You probably already have it installed due to forking and cloning our project on GitHub. If not, follow the directions on the Git website.
  2. Ant: While it's possible to use Eclipse with the Android SDK, we prefer using the command-line ant tool to build this android application. It allows us to put the version in the About dialog of the application. Your platform probably already has it installed, but if not, make sure to install it. It is in the aptitude package manager on Ubuntu.
  3. The Android SDK: You will want to download the latest SDK tools (r07 at the time of writing.) Follow the instructions to get it installed. You will want to download the 2.2 SDK, as that is the API we compile against.
  4. An editor: Vi(m), Emacs, etc. will work fine.

Note that we only have experience building on OS X (10.5 or higher) and Ubuntu Linux 10.10. Any Unix-like system should do. Windows is a wild-card, use at your own risk.

Setting up the Build Environment - Eclipse

Note: We include this for new Android developers, but please see the non-Eclipse way below for the preferred way.

Please make sure your Eclipse environment is properly setup to do Android development as per the instructions online.

After you fork ande clone the GeoCam Moble project, you will want to import the project into Eclipse. Under File->Import menu option, select Existing Projects into Workspace. Select the GeoCamMobile top-level directory as the root directory. It should display "android" in the available projects to import. Select the android directory and click Finish.

You should be able to build and develop with GeoCam Mobile now.

Setting up the Build Environment - non Eclipse

Note: This is the preferred way of developing and building the GeoCam Mobile software. If you want to officially release the software, please use ant. It will embed the git commit and branch into the about dialog for the software.

After you fork and clone the GeoCam Mobile project, you will need to run some commands to get it to compile with Ant properly.

First, we must find the ID of the 2.2 Google APIs that you installed with the SDK:

$ $PATH_TO_SDK/tools/android list target
Available Android targets:
id: 1 or "android-8"
     Name: Android 2.2
     Type: Platform
     API level: 8
     Revision: 2
     Skins: HVGA (default), WVGA854, WVGA800, QVGA, WQVGA400, WQVGA432
id: 2 or "Google Inc.:Google APIs:8"
     Name: Google APIs
      Type: Add-On
      Vendor: Google Inc.
      Revision: 2
      Description: Android + Google APIs
      Based on Android 2.2 (API level 8)
       * (maps.jar)
           API for Google Maps
      Skins: WQVGA400, WVGA854, HVGA (default), WQVGA432, QVGA, WVGA800

From the above, we can see the ID we want is 2.

Now we must update our build parameters to use this target. In the android directory:

$ $PATH_TO_SDK/tools/android update project -p . -t 2

Replace 2 with the ID that you found in the first step.

You should now be able to build the application with the following:

$ ant debug

This should generate a bin/GeoCamMobile-debug.apk which you can install to your device and test.

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