Dictionary App Builder (DAB) allows you to create a complete Android app from your lexicon data, including images and audio. The finished product can then be distributed in multiple ways to users around the world.

Easy to build

With DAB the hard work of programming an Android app has been done for you. Just launch the program and follow the steps in the New App wizard, adding the lexicon data and associated files. You can create a useful Android app within a few minutes without any programming.

Distribute however you want, even offline

Once you have built the app, you can choose the best ways to distribute it to users. Depending on how you incorporate the audio files, the app can be used and shared completely offline. This means that it can be distributed via Bluetooth, microSD, email, websites or the Google Play store. Even if the audio files are stored online, users can still access the text immediately.

Complex font handling

Include the fonts that work best with your text, whether they are Roman or Non-Roman script, left-to-right or right-to-left. Apps can be packaged with the Grandroid font-rendering library, developed by SIL’s Non-Roman Script Initiative.

Localized and customizable

The app that you create can be fully customized to work for you context:

  • You can design your own app icon and optional splash screen. The files are standard PNG images that can be created in popular photo editing software.
  • Along with a number of color schemes, you can adjust the colors of individual items.
  • All of the app interface text can be translated and localized.

The user interface in Dictionary App Builder itself can be displayed in English, and soon in French.