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SCRIPTURE APP BUILDER

Customised Scripture Apps for Android


Scripture App Builder helps you to build customized Scripture apps for
Android smartphones and tablets. You specify the Scripture files to use,
the app name, the fonts, the colours, the about box information, the
audio and the icons. Scripture App Builder will package everything
together and build the customized app for you. You can then install it on
your Android device, send it to others by Bluetooth, share it on microSD
memory cards and publish it to app stores on the Internet.

http://software.sil.org/scriptureappbuilder

The Digital Bible Library (DBL) is an online


digital asset and licensing management
platform developed and maintained by the
United Bible Societies. DBL gathers, validates,
and safeguards a large collection of quality,
standardized, digital Scripture texts and
publication assets, in hundreds of languages
all contributed by a growing number of
partnering translation agencies. DBL enables
the secure licensing and distribution of these
resources to approved internal or external
ministry partners. In this way DBL seeks to
empower others to reach people from every
tribe, in every nation, with the power of Gods
Word in their heart language.

www.thedigitalbiblelibrary.org

inScript is a simple-to-use, secure, browser-based, Bible study


tool created by the Digital Bible Society, for both online and offline
use. inScript is an open-source, multi-lingual and freely-accessible
Bible delivery system. It supports a variety of browsers, and can
run off of a various media such as thumb drives, DVDs, and micro
SD chips.
It promotes clear and simple reading while supporting complex
search functions, side-by-side Bible comparison, concordances,
smart-scrolling Audio Bibles, multimedia, maps, footnotes,
commentaries, Strongs-notes for Greek and Hebrew studies, and
original language word studies. As an open source Bible project,
inScript promotes free and widespread distribution and was
specifically designed for restricted access countries and regions.

www.inScript.org

www.findabible.org

www.find.bible
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www.digitalbibleplatform.com

BROWSER BIBLE

Bible software that runs in


the browser.
Add your own Bibles text
and build your own Browser
Bible App.

https://github.com/digitalbiblesociety/browserbible-3

www.unfoldingword.org/apps/

www.unfoldingword.org

www.openbiblestories.com
50 key stories of the Bible, from Creation to Revelation, for evangelism & discipleship, in text,
audio, and video, on any mobile phone, in any language, for free.

translationStudio
translationStudio (tS) is a free utility
for translating the Bible and biblical
content into any language. The
purpose of translationStudio is to
make Bible translation accessible to
the global church. translationStudio is
fully functional without an internet
connection and enables collaboration
in the translation process. The app
includes numerous just in time
translation
helps
that
explain
keywords,
difficult
to
translate
phrases, and general translation
concepts. When translations are
completed,
the
app
enables
uploading and publishing through the
unfoldingWord platform.

https://unfoldingword.org/translationstudio/

Haiola Scripture Publishing Software


(Haiola means "preach salvation")

Input Formats

Standard Paratext format Unicode USFM 2.4;


USFX Haiola hub format
USX Digital Bible Library bundle or exported from Paratext

Output Formats
HTML5 which loads into browsers on cell phones;
inScript Digital Bible Society project (proprietary format)
USFX
Normalized USFM

Future Output Formats


PDF via XETEX
Others

www.haiola.org

www.bible.is

www.bible.com

www.bible.com/kids

www.cbn.com/superbook/superbook-free-kids-bible-app.aspx

www.globalrecordings.net

GRN is a provider
of evangelistic and
discipleship audio
visual materials to
the least reached
language groups
of the world.
5fish app
GRN content on
your mobile
device

https://5fish.mobi
GRN has audio and audio-visual materials for evangelism and basic Bible teaching in over 6000 languages and dialects.

Faith Comes By Hearing has


Bible recordings in 959
languages spoken by 6 billion
people. Over 359 million
people in virtually every
country have been reached
through their wide range of
programs.

www. faithcomesbyhearing.com

HearThis

HearThis is a simple recording tool that enables


any average user to create Scripture recordings
from Paratext texts.

PC software (no Mac version as yet)


"Offline" - no internet required
Scripts your Paratext project for single-voice
recording
Handles whatever you have in Paratext - 1
book or more
Supports popular player file formats (e.g.
Megavoice, AudiBible, Saber, mp3s, wavs,
and oggs)
Automatically manages all audio files
Great for translation checking with audio

www.hearthis.palaso.org

Through Virtual Recording, you can be a


part of a recording project in your language
from anywhere in the world.

Web-based
File-management & work-flow system
Portions - NTs - OTs

www.virtualrecording.com

Render is a software tool that guides oral


communicators in creating culturally relevant oral
materials for their own language group. It was
developed and designed with the oral communicator
in mind, guiding the user through an entirely oral
translation process by listening and speaking.
Render facilitates the various components of Bible
translation, including drafting, peer review, revision,
community testing, back translation, and consultant
checking, and also serves as an audio workflow
management system. However, the goal is to
develop a software useful to users with various levels
of formal education, literacy skills, and technological
savvy.
The software supports the loading of audio
recordings of Scripture to serve as sources for
translation. A translator or translation team can listen
to the source in one or more (up to four) languages,
translate orally into the target language, and record
the new translation.

www.renderpartners.com

translationRecorder
Designed to give mother-tongue
oral-only translators a tool for
recording
scripture
audio
content,
translationRecorder
focuses on a simple user
interface and high quality
recording.

The project was started by a


group of interns during "5
Weeks of Code" (which is
now 8WeeksOfCode.org), a
program of Wycliffe Associates.

https://github.com/WycliffeAssociates/translationRecorder

Glyssen
Glyssen makes it easy to produce a
high-quality dramatized audio recording
of Scripture. It takes the drudgery out of
the process by helping to identify all the
direct speech in the text and quickly
identifying the biblical character who
speaks each part.
A joint project between Faith Comes by
Hearing and SIL International, Glyssen
is a tool for parsing Scripture passages
and assigning characters who speak
each section. It allows a native speaker
to disambiguate blocks of text which
may be spoken by more than one
character.

https://github.com/sillsdev/Glyssen

www.indigitous.org

www.metavbible.com

Cybermissions is the use of


computers and the Internet for
the
cross-cultural
communication of the gospel of
Jesus Christ.
Cybermissions involves the use
of web pages, mobile devices,
social media and Internet cafes
to share the Gospel.
The Internet can also be used
for
theological
training,
counselling, and support of
missionaries and for pastor
training
and
leadership
development.

www.cybermissions.org

The Mobile Ministry


Forum is a network of
ministry organizations
that
are
working
together to use mobile
technology for the
advance of the Good
News of Jesus Christ.
The Mobile Ministry
Training Course is a
four-week,
online
course available to
help introduce any
Christian to ministry
opportunities
using
mobile
devices
(phones and tablets).

www.mobileministryforum.org

www.essentials24.org

www.mobileministrymagazine.com

Capillary is a next-generation learning


system, and powered by a new wave of
human connectivity. Capillary is intuitive,
and easy to use.

http://capillaryapp.com/

www.capillaryapp.com

Estante, is an Android app by MAF that works offline and allows isolated
pastors and church leaders to easily store, view, and share digital
Christian resources face-to-face, anywhere in the world.

Use Offline - Use resources in Estante offline, anywhere in the world. Connect
to the internet for updates or new releases (if desired)
Add - Expand your collection of resources by adding files from your device to
your personal library. Add and sort your resources into categories to use in
your ministry
Share - Estante to Estante, Estante to basic phone, Share the installation file
with others: SD card, Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi Direct
Change Languages - Change the user interface to a language of your choice,
Translate the user interface into a local language by simply entering the key
words and phrases into the apps language addition feature
Read, Hear & See - View common text, photo, and web formats (ex: HTML,
XHTML, HTML5 technologies). Play common audio and video formats

www.maflt.org/estante

www.globible.com

The BibleBox is a portable wifi router


which provides anyone with wifi enabled
devices access to digital Bibles and any
other digital resources made available on
the attached USB drive. It shares a digital
Library, a hub of Biblical learning
resources to support a disciples spiritual
growth in Christ.
BibleBox is available for WiFi routers and
Android Phones. Bible Box for Android, a
customization of the PirateBox app, turns
a rooted Android phone into a web
fileserver that people can connect to and
download content. But it will have a limit of
10 concurrent connections whereas the
router based version will not.

http://biblebox.org
https://app.box.com/s/dcm7stkfsekfol48a9oo

The LightStream is a portable media distribution system that allows


users to create a full featured digital library from which Gospel
media can be shared on mobile devices in an off-the-grid
environment without depending on access to internet or electricity.

www.renewoutreach.com/lightstreams/

www.renewoutreach.com/mobile-ministry/

The AudiBible, is a solar rechargeable audio


player, for oral learners. It can contain any
selection of audio you choose in more than
one language at a time: Full Bible, Bible
passages, Bible stories, drama, songs,
sermons, teaching, health, sanitation, and
community
development
materials.
Approximately 300 hours of good quality
audio can be loaded onto the AudiBible using
a standard 4GB Micro SD card. (expandable
memory up to 64GB)

www.davarpartners.com/audiotools/audibible/audibible

MegaVoice is known the world over as a leading


source of solar Audio Bibles for ministry work
among non-readers and unreached people
groups. These digital audio MP3 type Audio Bible
players are also used for humanitarian and
educational purposes by NGOs and relief
organizations.
This rugged, little, solar Audio Bible is tough-asnails and being used worldwide to communicate
with non-readers, illiterate, visually impaired and
blind people. Because the MegaVoice is sun
powered, our Audio Bibles are totally independent
of electricity. Solar powered is a valuable feature in
countries like India where millions are without
electrical power.

www.megavoice.com

Kulumi is a small LED lantern device with a built-in radio,


MP3 audio player and includes a small solar panel to
charge it in the box. This device does not use proprietary
formats or encryption like a number of other Scripture
players. Content is supplied via an internal hidden SD card
or an external USB port for use with a thumb drive.
The lamp produces a dim light that can last over 30 hours,
but also has an extremely bright lantern setting. It consists
of a battery powered LED light, an Audio Player a mobile
phone charger and a external Solar Panel. It is the first of its
kind and it helps create a brighter tomorrow for people living
in the Developing World. The goal of Kulumi is to
impact families in the Developing World by providing them
adequate lighting, audio education and training in their own
language.

www.hopetechglobal.com/kulumi

Omega Bible
The new OMEGA Player has a rugged, simple
design which they are dubbing the Swiss army
knife of audio Bibles. While the blades in the photo
are photoshopped, it's the world's first splashproof, solar-powered aluminium audio Bible.
Holding it, you can feel the difference. Fortunately,
it will cost significantly less than your average
Swiss army knife, with quantity.

www.talkingbooksinternational.com/the-omega-bible/

www.scripture-engagement.org/content/which-audio-player

Scripture Forge
Scripture Forge is a platform for Scripture checking that enables
people to answer questions about the text and interact. The
website has been used to check the Jamaican Psalms project
and feedback from that project has helped drive the development
effort. It is based on the StackExchange model, allowing for
questions to be asked and answers given about the text.
Scripture Forge provides a community feedback mechanism to
help your team test their scripture drafts for comprehension and
readability. When everyone plays their part in getting Scripture
translated and into the right hands, everyone benefits. It's the
power of collaboration that gets Scripture checking done faster
and better. This technology brings Scripture checking to the
masses, in a positive environment that focuses participants on
the task and works wherever they are. On the tablet, phone or
web, Scripture Forge is there.

www.scriptureforge.org

The Bloom app is a simple, template driven approach to


creating books in local languages without the complexity
associated with desktop publishing. It is as easy as adding
text and picture to a PowerPoint slide. The platform allows
for easy translation of content into other languages provided
the organization can use the existing templates or create
their own custom templates for the master copy.
Bloom is now in version 3 and has already been named a
finalist in the All Children Reading competition. Bloom
enables the creation of reading content with images without
tangling the creator in page layout and formatting. People
can author simple books, or use the Bloom interface and a
growing online library to translate available shell books into
local languages. Some of the latest improvements to Bloom
allow the creation of leveled readers and decodable readers.
Now Bloom has added more font size and spacing control, a
much requested feature.

www.bloomlibrary.org
www.bloom.palaso.org, www.public.languagedepot.org

Pathway prepares dictionary and


Scripture data in open document
(odf), e-book (epub 2.0), portable
document (pdf), TeX and J2ME (jar)
formats. Print and electronic
publications can be distributed on
web sites, Android cell phones, and
Java feature phones. Indirectly
Pathway can be used for doc, docx,
Kindle, and Nook. The epub format
will also work on tablets using
software for reading e-books.
Pathway installs as an add-on
of FieldWorks and Paratext, or it
can be launched in batch process.

www.pathway.sil.org

We Say helps non-linguists build a dictionary


in their own language. It has various ways to
help native speakers to think of words in their
language and enter some basic data about
them (no backslash codes, just forms to fill
in). The program is customizable and taskoriented, giving the advisor the ability to turn
on/off tasks as needed and as the user
receives training for those tasks. WeSay
uses a standard xml format, so data can be
exchanged with linguist-oriented tools like
FieldWorks. Users can collaborate via USB
flash drive, email, and (soon) via network
connections.

www.wesay.palaso.org

LingoPolo is a language learning website.

www.lingopolo.com

DIGITAL ENGAGEMENT TOOLS AND WEBSITES


by JOSHY KURIAN & RON LOCKWOOD is licensed under a Creative Commons
Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

with inputs from Peter Brassington, Doug Higby, Richard Margetts, Marc Penner, and
several others.