Making a Android app can be an intimidating task. On top of simply writing the code for it, you have to produce all the necessary assets: logos, store listing screenshots, feature images, and videos (optional).
Today, we’ll look at the full package — all the tools and software — you need to be able to create each one of the necessary items for your next Android app.
Android Studio – Android
Unsurprisingly, Android Studio is now the staple IDE of every android developer.
While you can use Eclipse with its plugin for Android, Google does not officially support it anymore. Android Studio, as of right now, is the only recognized IDE for Android development.
There is a reason for this: Android Studio was created to address the shortcomings of the Eclipse environment. Eclipse was a versatile environment that could support multiple programming languages, but it did not excel particularly well when it came to Android — the jack of all trades but the master of none.
When Android Studio came it out, it was faster, had seamless Gradle integration, and incorporated tools specifically for Android development. The result? It soon became the leading IDE in the field.
Even if you, for some reason, choose to use Eclipse, you fill find that nowadays there are almost no tutorials using it; consequently, if you are just starting out, this will be a horrid nightmare for you.
What’s more, Android Studio provides an easy way for you to take screenshots and record videos (see below)
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To create a beautiful logo quickly, LogoMakr is the perfect tool for the job.
It has an easy to use interface with all the basic tools present with auto guidelines to help you align your images.
However, the main value of the website comes from its assortment of pre-built images you can incorporate into your own logos.
The site claims to have over a million graphics, and considering the hundreds of images available for any search term, it’s not hard to believe that.
For new developers creating their first few apps, there is no need to hire an artist when you can create simple, beautiful, and meaningful logos through this tool.
Although you will primarily make your logo using the above tool, you may need to do a little fine tuning of your own not only for creating logos, but also for other graphics related work — such as editing screenshots and creating feature images.
Paint.NET, a freeware, fits the bill perfectly for this.
It offers all the tools necessary for editing images in an easy-to-use and compact environment. With this tool, there is no need to blow money on a hefty PhotoShop package.
As to screenshots, it is all about making them look aesthetically pleasing while showing off your Android app’s main features to potential users visiting your store listing.
There are a number of websites that help you do this, but here are the websites I have personally used:
- Shotbot – a free tool that places your screenshots in device frames with beautiful backgrounds
- MockUPhone – features numerous device frames to wrap your screenshots in
Getting the Screenshots and Videos
As to getting the actual screenshots and recording the video, Android Studio actually provides us with all the tools needed to get them.
Once you have a device connected, you can go to Logcat (Alt + 6 is a useful shortcut) and click on the following buttons below to either take a screenshot or record a video:
As to editing the videos, I have found free VSDC video editor to be suitable for my needs.
For much simpler needs, using the YouTube editing tools can also suffice — to add background music, for example.
These should be all the tools you need in order to create and deploy your Android app from start to finish. There are many other options available, but I have found these to be the most efficient and user-friendly in their fields (not to mention free!).
If you would like to know any tools or software for Android development purposes I have not covered here, feel free to comment down below, and I will get back to you.
Until the next post!