My Picture Books

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MPB BMy Picture Books is an app for your Android tablet that helps you create picture books you can read to your children, using your own pictures and sounds.

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Core features

  • Reading a picture book to your children from your Android tablet.
  • Create a new digital picture book in the app, based on pictures of a physical picture book.

User Scenario

  • Visiting your sister you see she has a number of great picture books. It would be too much trouble to borrow them because she is uses them with her own children. You take a picture of every page of the picture book and create a digital picture book in the app. You then go home and can read this picture book to your own child.

Status

It’s a pet project that on the one hand helps me learn some new Android features, and on the other hand it has the potential to be a great app for parents. The basic idea assumes you have physical picture books you can use, but you can also get creative and use other pictures as the basis of your picture book.

More than a picture gallery

In the beginning it’s very close to a picture gallery, but it can then grow with features like:

  • Audio. Record your voice and perhaps some simple audio effects to enhance the story of the picture book. Audio update is done!
  • Simple visual effects.
  • Quick picture zoom to easily read texts in images.

Screen capture

Screenshot add audioScreen capture from before the audio update:

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Wireframes

Creating a new book

PictureBook2

Reading a bookPictureBook1

 

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5 thoughts on “My Picture Books

  1. Hi Julius,
    Great app with loads od potential improvements. Please add 🔙(back) to books at last page. Also, option to export as PDF will be awesome, or even better if you can export with all features as in app. I mean with audio, text and pictures. Importing other books will bring this app to new level. 😎 You can sell it, as well as people can create and sell their newly created books ++ options are limitless

    Cheers,
    Sinisa

  2. Congratulations!

    It’s a great app, very easy to use. My little students (5&6 years old) are able to create their oun photo-audio books.

    I’d like to suggest you only one thing. If you can to make an option to share the albums it will be the perfect app.

    Thanks a lot!

  3. Congratulations for this application !
    I would like to use it in classrooms. For that, I have to share books.
    I saw that it’s possible to export in zip file but I don’t see where is the button for that.
    Can you help me ?

    1. Hi Michel, on the main screen it’s the e-mail envelope icon. Perhaps I should have used the traditional android ‘share’ icon.. :) If you don’t see the icon, you probably don’t have the latest version of the app, so you’ll need to update. In the export is an HTML file. BTW I’d love to learn how you’d like to use it in the classroom. You give the kids an assignment?

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