Appbuilder URLs Not Using Bitly URL Shortener - No longer work with QR scanner

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  1. Brandon Peterson
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    May 2007

    Posted 28 Jun Link to this post

    I've noticed in the last 2-3 days that the ad hoc build URLs are no longer using a shortened URL and have these nasty long URLs:

    itms-services://?action=download-manifest&amp;url=https%3A%2F%2Fplatform.telerik.com%2Fappbuilder%2FMist%2FMobilePackage%2Fmanifest%3FpackagePath%3Dhttps%25253A%25252F%25252Fab-builds-results.s3.amazonaws.com%25252Fw0C0YlB2VESDYHBOBjxtRA%25252Fapp.ipa%25253FAWSAccessKeyId%2525<some nasty long key>%26projectConfiguration%3Ddebug

    2 issues:

    1) These no longer work in my QR scanner, meaning the QRs are worthless.

    2) Sending these URLs to clients looks unprofessional at best - and unsafe at worse. I don't need my clients thinking I'm sending them viruses.

    Anyone else experiencing this? Or is this account specific?

     

     

     

  2. Nadya
    Admin
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    Posted 29 Jun Link to this post

    Hello Brandon,

    Thank you for contacting us and we apologize for your inconvenience.

    Let me walk you briefly through our qr codes logic. 

    As you've noticed, we use custom scheme along with numerous arguments to get the adhoc build URLs generated. These URLs are not insecure in any way - they're just long, containing specific, but not sensitive data that we use on our server side.

    To have the URLs prettier we use a third party service - in this case bit.ly.  But sometimes there are issues with the integration, so to keep everything running, we fallback to the real URLs.

    Some QR code readers, though, do not treat URLs with custom schemes as real URLs, and do not open them in the browser automatically. If you copy the URL in the browser it will work. Or you can try some other QR code reader - as we are talking about adhoc builds, I tested with this QRReader app for iPhone and it worked.

    I hope this helps and clarifies the issue.

    We expect to have the bit.ly service working in AppBuilder properly by the end of the month.

    Let me know if I can be in any further assistance.

    Regards,
    Nadya
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  3. Randy
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    Dec 2015

    Posted 30 Jun in reply to Brandon Peterson Link to this post

    Over the same time period (2-3 days) and immediately following a Telerik Platform extension for Visual Studio upgrade, I've been unable to successfully upgrade my app via the QR code, URL or 3-finger process. The build process appears to work fine and the deploy/upgrade process shows the "Downloading package" and "Extracting" messages as normal, but the device still has the older version of the code. Is it possible that this process was broken by the platform upgrade?
  4. Brandon Peterson
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    May 2007

    Posted 30 Jun in reply to Nadya Link to this post

    Nadya,

    The issue is not the custom scheme its the length/complexity of the URL. The QR code is so dense that my QR reader is unable to detect the presence of the QR on my screen. Perhaps its the resolution/pixel density of my monitor that is insufficient - I don't know. the app i use is within the top 10 QR apps on iTunes - so its not as if its some hack version - so in any case I imagine a lot of other developers have this issue.

    By end of the month - do you mean end of June or July?

    Brandon

  5. Nadya
    Admin
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    Posted 05 Jul Link to this post

    Hello Brandon,

    Thank you for getting back to us. I am glad to say that the URLs are now as previous and you should be able to use them as expected again.

    If there is any other way I can be of service, please let me know.

    Have a great week!

    Regards,
    Nadya
    Telerik
     

    Visit the Telerik Verified Plugins Marketplace and get the custom Cordova plugin you need, already tweaked to work seamlessly with AppBuilder.

     
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