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Programming language: Java
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RoboDemo is a ShowCase library for Android to demonstrate to users how a given Activity works.

A sample is available in the download area of the repository.

RoboDemo is not maintained anymore. It works but you may find more convenient to use a maintained library in : https://github.com/amlcurran/ShowcaseView


Here is an example (from the sample application) :

Activity under showcase   Activity showcase animation step 1   Activity showcase animation step 2

From left to right :

  1. activity under show case
  2. activity showcase, first step of animation
  3. activity showcase, second & final step of animation


There are some cases where applications require more complex interactions from users, or new interactions not covered by Android UI Guidelines.

RoboDemo eases creating showcases / explaining / demonstrating of such activities to users. It will display an overlay activity to illustrate the Activity under showcase. The explanations consist of a serie of points to click on and their associated labels. The Activity under showcase is dimmed and the showcase highlights transparent areas to point views or positions users have to click.

Creation of DemoActivity is straightforward, have a look at the sample to put in place RoboDemo in your own app :

  1. create a DemoActivity, using a custom DrawAdapter
  2. in the Activity undershowcase, pass views or coordinates and their associated labels.

RoboDemo has been designed to be convinient.

To learn more, visit RoboDemo Starter Guide and browse RoboDemo Javadocs online.


RoboDemo can be customized in different ways :

  • using a custom drawable
  • using transparency or not to highlight the areas to click on
  • using custom Paint to render labels, and the area under labels
  • using custom drawable and text locations
  • and some more for sure...

To learn more, visit RoboDemo Starter Guide and browse RoboDemo Javadocs online.

Know limitations

The base class for DemoActivity is based on android.app.Activity. Unfortunately, this can't cover all inheritance cases for projects based on ActionBarSherlock or RoboGuice or a custom Activity base class per project.

In that case, we recommend using all classes from the library as well but rewrite your own DemoActivity changing only its super class.

In the case you use ActionBarSherlock, check the code comments, they will give you hints to support ActionBarSherlock themes.


  • a library that can be used inside Eclipse (with or without m2e)
  • a sample application


  • In maven : just deploy the library in your nexus, and copy sample configuration
  • In Eclipse :
    • Without m2e : unzip the library in the same workspace as your project, and use the library as an android library
    • With m2e : unzip the library in the same workspace as your project, and copy dependencies in the pom.xml file of the sample


Copyright 2012 Stéphane NICOLAS

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RoboDemo has been initiated during a project for Octo Technology as we implemented an Activity in which user had to move files in the filesystem. This kind of interaction is finally unusual in android and almost every file explorer app uses its custom workflow to achive it.

We decided to implement some kind of tutorial to explain our idea (basically, inspired from OI File Manager).

We asked a question about it on Stack Over Flow and were redirected to Espiandev / ShowcaseView. We finally decided to use our own solution, and it became a lib in September 2012 : RoboDemo.


You can also visit Espiandev / ShowcaseView. This project is mature and clean as well. It provides a "native" feeling of tutorial for apps.

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*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the RoboDemo README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.