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BlackBerry Tablet OS Graphical Aid

by BlackBerry Development Advisor ‎07-19-2011 01:24 PM - edited ‎08-22-2012 08:46 AM (120,172 Views)



This article applies to the following:

  • BlackBerry® PlayBook OS
  • BlackBerry® PlayBook™ Simulator
  • BlackBerry® Tablet OS SDK for Adobe® AIR®
  • BlackBerry® WebWorks™ SDK for PlayBook OS
  • BlackBerry® 10 WebWorks™ SDK
  • BlackBerry SDK for Android™ Apps




For AIR Developers

The BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR provides a user interface for thecommand line tools that can be used to build, sign and deploy Adobe AIR applications to a BlackBerry Tablet.  These tools integrate into Adobe® Flash Builder®, which provides an easy to use graphical interface.  


Developers without Flash Builder may find the command line only version of these tools inconvienient to use.  The BlackBerry Tablet OS Graphical Aid has been created to provide these developers with an easy to use graphical interface that calls out to the command line tools.


For WebWorks Developers

TheBlackBerry WebWorks SDK for PlayBook OS allows web and mobile web developers to use the SDK in combination with their development tooling of choice to develop, test and package up their web applications as BlackBerry WebWorks applications for tablets.

Developers without an automated build system to integrate with may prefer a graphical interface to build their WebWorks applications.The BlackBerry Tablet OS Graphical Aid provides a user friendly interface for building WebWorks applications for the BlackBerry Tablet OS

For Android Developer

TheBlackBerry PlayBook for Android Development Tool is an Eclipse plug-in that provides the ability to check your Android application package for compatibility, test and debug using a BlackBerry PlayBook or BlackBerry PlayBook simulator and repackage it into a BAR file for distribution.


The BlackBerry SDK for Android apps is a set of command line tools that provide similar features.  The BlackBerry Tablet OS Graphical Aid found on this page is a graphical front end that can be used with the BlackBerry SDK for Android apps.  However, we do recommend using the BlackBerry PlayBook for Android Development Tools over this because of the conventient integration it offers with the development tool used to create Android applications.



GUI Aid 2.5.png


This tool is provided in three forms.


  • BlackBerry Tablet OS Graphical Aid Flash Builder Project.zip - The source code of this application in Flash Builder project form.
  • BlackBerry Tablet OS Graphical Aid Eclipse Project.zip - The source code of this application in Eclipse project form
  • BlackBerry Tablet OS Graphical Aid Windows Installer.zip - A compilied version of this application in Windows exe form
  • BlackBerry Tablet OS Graphical Aid - Mac OS Installer.zip - A compilied version of this application in Apple drg form.

by Developer
on ‎02-21-2012 02:36 PM

The link to the Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR points to the old site, better point it to https://bdsc.webapps.blackberry.com/air/download

by BlackBerry Development Advisor
on ‎02-27-2012 11:23 AM

Good catch.  I'll get this fixed.

by Developer
on ‎03-12-2012 06:28 PM

Having trouble getting it to work.  Keep getting this message : 

The path to your SDK is not correct.  Please run configuration wizard.  Command not executed.


I've tried to point it to every possible directory with no luck.  Any ideas?



by BlackBerry Development Advisor
on ‎03-13-2012 04:32 PM

Are you trying to build a WebWorks application on Windows?  If so, try version 2.6.1.  That bug should be fixed there.

by Developer
on ‎03-13-2012 07:04 PM

Mark, I tried again with the latest and still having trouble.  Here is a screenshot of the way I set it up.



by BlackBerry Development Advisor
on ‎03-14-2012 11:44 AM

What action are you taking when you get that error message?

by Developer
on ‎04-18-2012 09:43 AM

Why is there no option to build a debug build(-d) with the webworks SDK?

by BlackBerry Development Advisor
on ‎04-18-2012 09:58 AM

You can build a WebWorks debug bar file.  If you don't check of "Sign Application" a debug version is created.

by Developer
on ‎04-18-2012 01:46 PM


by Developer
on ‎08-13-2012 02:30 AM

Hi. Thanks a lot for sharing such a solution. Is it already working for BB10 SDK? In summary BB10 is specified, but nothing about it in the details? Something we need to know when using for BB10 signing?

by BlackBerry Development Advisor
on ‎08-14-2012 04:19 PM

It supports BlackBerry 10.  There was an issue signing WebWorks applications for BlackBerry 10, which I've fixed in version 2.6.6.

by Developer
on ‎08-14-2012 05:23 PM

Hi Mark, thx for updating. Right now I do not really understand the way it should work since we have 3 WebWorks SDKs out. I have the PB SDK assign where it should be and for now the BB10 WebWorks SDK to the BB WebWorks SDK location. In this case it was packaging and signing the app for BB10 and it works well on the device, but how to change to PB. Think there need to be more differentiation since the BB10 and PB SDKs are not the same, isn't it?!!


It would be really well if we could have a signing tool to create PB and BB10 at same time or a radio button to select which of them to be created. I also posted issue signing for both, PB + BB10 by console using the same keys and it wasn't working for now. Now I have two sets of running sets of signing keys, the older one that works for PB and newer ones for BB10, but nothing worked for both OSs. I think it would be good to set up the folders on the system to check wether PB or BB10 should be signed. At this time it seems many devs running into issues with signing for both using one set of keys!!

by BlackBerry Development Advisor
‎08-15-2012 09:18 AM - edited ‎08-15-2012 09:19 AM

The SDKs for PlayBook and BlackBerry 10 currently are different.  They will eventually merge once PlayBook runs BlackBerry 10.  To switch between them using this GUI aid you'd need to change the path to your WebWorks SDK on the configuration tab.  You can use the same code signing keys in both SDKs.  They're installed in a universal location used by all PlayBook and BlackBerry 10 SDKs.

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