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Bloom

Learning to read takes books. Learning to read well, and developing a love of reading, takes lots of books.  Books at all different skill levels. But how are low-literacy language communities ever to get all those books in their language?  They can do it with Bloom.

Bloom uses collections of "shell books" that come with multiple source languages. Read the ones you understand, type in a translation in your language, and you're done!

Pub2SDwizard

A tool for publishing MP3 files on SD cards.

Why use Pub2SDwizard?

Just copying your MP3 files on to an SD card is easy enough, but:

  • What order do you wish them to play in?

    • Since different devices and applications will sort them in different ways, how do you force them to play in the order you desire? - While a simple radio can play files from SD cards or USB sticks, the files will probably be sorted and played solely on their filenames. But mobile phones may sort the files on their creation or last modified date or other embedded
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PDF Booklet

PDF Booklet opens a PDF file and creates a new one that can be printed as a booklet.  It has many functions for manipulating the pages of a PDF file.  PDF Booklet can scale the pages so that they can be printed on a different page size. You can adjust the margins, add blank pages and print multiple booklets in one run.

If you wish to create an A5 booklet that is printed on A4 paper and folded PDF Booklet can arrange the pages so that they are printed with the last and first page on the same sheet. It's simple then to fold and staple to produce a booklet.  However if you have a book...

Graphite

Graphite is a toolkit for developing "smart fonts" for complex scripts where the placement, order or selection of glyphs needs to adapt to the context. 

XeTeX

SUMMARY:  A Unicode typesetting system based on TeX

DETAILS:  XeTeX is a typesetting system based on a merger of Donald Knuth's TeX system with Unicode and modern font technologies and is still in the experimental stage of its development.

XeTeX is a command-line tool, like standard TeX and pdfTeX processors. It is most commonly used via a graphical environment such as TeXShop (Mac OS X), KILE (Linux), WinEDT (Windows), or others.

 

LibreOffice Linguistic Tools

This add-on inserts linguistic examples into LibreOffice and Apache OpenOffice documents.  It reads XML files from FieldWorks and Toolbox.

Other features include:

  • Data Conversion using SIL Converters.
  • Manage the list of grammatical abbreviations in a document.
  • Practice learning different scripts by typing.

SIL Unicode fonts

A basic need to do any language work on the computer is a font that will display the needed characters. Fonts that come with your operating system may have a certain number of characters already, but the SIL fonts frequently have a wider variety of characters.

The Latin/Cyrillic fonts differ mostly in the typeface. Charis, Doulos and Gentium are serif fonts. Andika is a sans-serif typeface designed for new readers with easily distinguished letter forms.

Bibledit

Introduction

Bibledit is a multi-platform Bible editor, providing tools to the Bible translator.

 

Features

  • Native USFM text editor, several texts can be opened at once
  • Project notes editor
  • Chapter and book outline view
  • Resizeable and moveable windows
  • Easy application of styles
  • Styles editor
  • Selection and display of project notes by various parameters
  • Online help
  • Backup and restore
  • Import and export
  • Resources display
  • Spelling check
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Webonary

Webonary gives language groups the ability to put their bilingual or multilingual dictionaries on the web with a minimum of technical help. Each dictionary is built around a search bar, which looks for a word throughout the dictionary, and returns the most relevant results to the top of the list.

Pathway

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.

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