Tulip's mobile app is currently in beta. You can download it from the Google Play Store here.
The Tulip mobile app allows you to run the Tulip Player on your mobile device or tablet.
This guide will show you how to set up the app and get started with building your first manufacturing app in a mobile resolution,
Setting Up The Mobile App
The mobile app setup process is very similar to setting up the Tulip Player via the web.
After downloading the app, you will first need to enter your Tulip account name i.e. mycompany.tulip.co.
Then, a Tulip user will need to enter their email and password to authenticate the device. This means that when an operator is downloading the app for the first time, they must have another Tulip user to enter the account name and username/password.
After that, give your device a name:
After this, a user will be able to access any app in the account.
You will likely want to add this new device to a Station so that the operator can use the latest "published" version of all apps, or only see a select list of apps.
Here's what the splash screen looks like when the operator is ready to begin using an app:
Building a Mobile-Optimized Manufacturing App
You will first need to decide whether the app should be used in "landscape" mode or "portrait" mode.
You can change the resolution of an entire app using the "App" tab of the Context Pane.
Under "App Resolution", choose either "Mobile Portrait" or "Mobile Landscape".
Besides that, you should consider the size of font size, inputs and button size when building mobile apps- be sure there is enough room for a finger press within the app.
The "back" button on your device will work in the following ways:
- If the "menu" in the Tulip Player is NOT open, the "back" button will open the menu.
- If the "menu" in the Tulip Player IS open, the "back" button will exit the user and return them to their phone's home screen.
Building Apps for Multiple Devices
You can build an app for multiple device sizes by changing the resolution of each step.
For example, if you wanted the app to be optimized for both mobile and tablets, you could copy buttons and content from one set of step group to another within the app, and give the operator a choice on their preferred device size at the start.
To change the resolution of each individual step, choose an option under "Step Resolution" in the "Step" tab of the Context Pane.
Switching Tulip Accounts
If you have multiple Tulip accounts and you would like to switch between them, press the "back" button that appears in the initial loading screen to enter the name of a different account: