Mobile (Android) orientations

neil at neil at
Fri May 3 05:36:29 EDT 2013

Hi Alex,

I believe the issue you are experiencing is due to the way the kindle fire
handles it orientations.

To rectify this, you will need to create a config file that informs your
application of the correct orientations. More information on this can be
found on page 28 of the Android Release notes under "Device Specific

Kind Regards,

Neil Roger
RunRev Support Team ~


> I'm just starting to play with Mobile builds - so this could be the
> first of a series of dumb questions :-)
> I build a stack (one button, one field, no script at all), and build for
> Android (following the instructions from Colin's book).
> The "Initial orientation" is set to "portrait".
> I can't get any Virtual Devices to run - but I can download and test on
> my Kindle Fire.
>   - builds, loads and runs (i.e. does nothing :-) OK
> Rotating the device does nothing (i.e. the button/field) remain fixed
> relative to the device, and hence they also become sideways /
> upside-down / sideways again / OK again.
> If I then add
> on preopencard
>     mobileSetAllowedOrientations "portrait,portrait upside
> down,landscape left,landscape right"
> end preopencard
> to the card script, then rotating the device causes the button/field to
> re-orient themselves relative to the device, i.e. so that they are in
> constant "proper" orientation. BUT - in landscape mode, the button/field
> are upside down ! They're OK (i.e. right way up) in portrait and
> "portrait upside down" states, but in landscape the controls (and the
> status bar which shows the Kindle name + time + wifi/battery status) are
> upside down.
> What should I do ?
> Could someone donate a working, multi-orientation stack so I can test it
> (just in case it's something about Kindle Fire, or even some specific
> fault with my particular Kindle Fire device) ?
> Thanks for any suggestions ...
> -- Alex.
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