Android Question Designer gui help (Layout option in file Menu)


Specifically what does this option do when you click it?, I see it does something, but don't know what it is, sometimes just saves the layout, some other times it just refreshes screen and then does nothing (apparently), If Open is for opening layouts and save is for saving them, then what does LAYOUT do?


Albert Kallal

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Interesting question. It looks like based on your windows color scheme, the "separator" is hard to see. Now I can't say thatUI would help huge, but I have/see this:

This suggests that the "separator" could be thicker - might help somewhat. As noted,, the name "LayOut" is a default layout that is created for you. I would thus suggest that MyLayout might have been a better name. Overall - minor UI issue. As noted, as you create your own layouts, they will appear as per above. In above, I of course deleted "Layout" and made a bunch more screens/forms/views - so the above shows the list of those views/forms I created, and thus I can simple click on anyone to select for viewing + changing in the view designer.

If you use a dark theme for the IDE, then those "separator" lines in the menus tend to disappear - and they probably would not as noted helped a lot with your question.

And when you create a new project? You now get a layout created automatic.
Cute story:
I think for the last 20 projects, the FIRST thing I did was create a blank layout, and THEN drop in a button. Guess what, the newer versions of B4A now do this for me! - (the B4A develops at night clearly snuck into my brain at night, and downloaded a B4A map - and adopted what I do over and over!!!).

The other nice UI change? I always had to create a new folder for each project, and then placed the files inside. Now? A new project does this for me.
So, B4A nailed this on two accounts - its minor, but is in fact a nice and welcome touch in B4A.

Albert D. Kallal
Edmonton, Alberta Canada
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Peter Simpson

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Save, not quite.
If you click to load the same layout file whilst that layout file is already open, then the designer will ask you if you want to save the current opened layout file (but only if you have made changes to the currently opened layout file). If you have loaded the layout file and made no changes to that file, then when you click to load the same layout file again, the designer will reload the same layout file again without asking you if you want to save the current layout file ;)
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