General Tips and Tricks for Thunkable

  1. Use different screens wisely
    Before starting to create another screen, first you should think about is it really necessary? See also Building apps with many screens and SteveJG’s post about advantages/disadvantages, because in only one screen you also can use vertical arrangements to simulate different screens, just set the arrangements to visible = true/false as needed…
    If you decided to use different screens, then you should switch them correctly, else you will run out of memory after a while… The recommended method of switching screens in App Inventor

  2. App Inventor works best if you use images whose size matches the size you want them to appear on your screen. If you import larger images into your app, your app may run out of system memory. Using Images with App Inventor

  • by @Italo First, you need to understand that the file size of an image is not the amount of memory it uses when it’s being displayed. The file size is the compressed size, much like a zip or rar file. When viewed, the image needs to be decompressed.
  • For example, if your image says its file size is 100 kb, and its dimensions are 1024 x 768, 32 bit color, then that image uses over 3 mb of RAM (not 100 kb!) when you show it on the screen. ((1024 * 768 ) * 32) / 8 = 3,145,728 kb (3 mb)
  • Now, this is a mistake most people make when using arrangements as “virtual screens”: They set different image components with their images loaded but hidden, instead of having only one image component and changing the picture according to the user’s selection or app events, not knowing that apparently the hidden image components are also using the ram, (yes, even though they are invisible!).
  1. Avoid redundancy
    Probably it helps to read chapter 19 - 21 in Dave’s book to get an idea how to do DRY programming with App Inventor - Don’t repeat yourself

  2. See SteveJG’s monster list of tips and tricks

  3. How to overcome the App Inventor project limit of 10 MB

  4. Backup your project frequently


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Cool as always, Taifun!

I wonder how to contact you on creating some extension? :grin:

you could send me a private message through the forum message system or you could have found my contact address on my webpage…

but why don’t you want to ask all extension developers instead of only one?


Maybe a bit off-topic. But I thought, why not to give a tip of mine for Thunkers/App Inventors/AppyBuilders/Makeroiders/Mad Robots/Punya Frameworkers there.
There is such thing as Zen of Python, principals for people coding with Python, but it is pretty good for app builders using block system too. I have “translated” every line of Zen of Python, to help people understand, what does every line mean. You can check out Zen of Python & my explanations about every single line here:

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This advice was really useful and it looks like several others have benefited from it as well. Maybe Team Thunkable could incorporate some of this in to your documentation so that users don’t make these mistakes. (I was stuck with image-sizing errors till I saw this).

Thanks Taifun!

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