Documentation

The following Reading App Builder documents can be downloaded as PDF files. You are free to print them for personal use and training workshops.

1. Installation InstructionsPDF (1.1 MB)
For both Windows and Linux: how to download and install each of the three components needed for Reading App Builder: the Java Development Kit (JDK), the Android Software Development Kit (SDK) and Reading App Builder itself. For Windows, these instructions are also available in HTML.

2. Building AppsPDF (1.7 MB)
Takes you through the steps of building your first app, answers frequently asked questions, and gives you more details about font handling, audio, analytics, EPUB documents, song books and picture books.

3. Installing and Building Apps on a MacPDF (2.9 MB)
How to install Reading App Builder on a Mac, create certificates and provisioning profiles, and build both Android and iOS apps.

4. App Publishing ChecklistPDF (520 KB)
A list of things to check in an app before publishing it widely, such as proofreading, icon design, package name, keystore, copyright and licensing.

5. Distributing AppsPDF (640 KB)
Describes different ways of distributing your apps, including publishing on the Google Play store, distributing by memory card, and transferring from phone to phone with Bluetooth or Wi-Fi transfer. Includes a comparison of the advantages and disadvantages of each method.

6. Using Audacity for Audio-Text SynchronizationPDF (1.2 MB)
Provides detailed instructions on how to create audio synchronization timing files using Audacity.

7. Using aeneas for Audio-Text SynchronizationPDF (865 KB)
Provides detailed instructions on how to install and use aeneas to automate the synchronization of text and audio.

8. Running WorkshopsPDF (620 KB)
Tips on running Reading App Builder training workshops.

Development Kits

These software development kits are a necessary part of Reading App Builder and will need to be installed in order to build the Android apps. These links take you to pages that have both the installation and help files.

Java SE Development Kit (JDK) – You need either version 8 of the JDK.

Android Software Development Kit (SDK) – Choose the basic command line SDK Tools, found at the bottom of the page, rather than the full Android Studio.

Audio Tools and Resources

Audacity – Audacity is a free and open source audio editor. Not only can it be used to edit the sound files for you app project, but it can be used to create the associated timing files that allow phrases and verses to be highlighted one-by-one as the user listens.

Other Links and Resources

Bloom – Bloom makes it easy to create simple books and translate them into multiple languages. Reading App Builder can import simple books which have been made using Bloom.

Android Asset Studio – Android Asset Studio provides an online tool, the Launcher Icon Generator, which can create a set of app icons for you from a single image file.

Google Analytics – The apps you build with Reading App Builder can be linked with a Google Analytics account.

Dictionary App Builder – An app builder for dictionaries and lexicons.

Scripture App Builder – An app builder for Bibles and Scripture portions.