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STEP 3 - Submitting an app

  • Fork https://github.com/espruino/BangleApps

  • You can either edit it using GitHub or can clone locally and edit

  • To test, enable 'GitHub Pages' on the master branch in GitHub settings

  • First, make sure the 7 (or less) character ID you chose in Step 2 isn't already in https://github.com/espruino/BangleApps/tree/master/apps - we were using timer

  • Now add the JSON you had (without .write) to apps/timer/my-timer.json

  • Now, add the JS you had (without .write) to apps/timer/my-timer.js

  • For the UI, let's add an icon - most icons are 48px. A quick, easy source of these is https://icons8.com. Most icons used are from the 'Color' group, for example https://icons8.com/icon/19613/sand-timer

  • Download the icon and save to apps/timer/my-timer.png

  • And now, we need to describe it for the UI. Open apps.json and add:

{ "id": "timer",
  "name": "My Timer",
  "icon": "my-timer.png",
  "description": "An Analog Clock",
  "tags": "",
  "type":"app",
  "storage": [
    {"name":"+timer","url":"my-timer.json"},
    {"name":"-timer","url":"my-timer.js"},
  ]
},

More info on what's allowed here is at https://github.com/espruino/BangleApps#developing-your-own-app

But you're basically good to go. If you updare your repo and go to https://yourusername.github.io/BangleApps you can now try your own personal app loader and see if it uploads your app properly. If it does, you could issue a PR!

Icons!

We added an icon for the UI, but not for the watch itself. The watch doesn't have a PNG decoder (and doesn't have much memory), so we need to convert the image to a low bits-per-pixel version first.

  • Head to http://www.espruino.com/Image+Converter
  • Upload the png icon you saved to apps/timer/my-timer.png - it should be 48px
  • Choose 4 bit Mac palette from the 'Colours' drop down
  • If the preview looks bad, experiment with 'Diffusion' settings, or worst case you can move to 8 bit Web Palette but this will use twice as much memory
  • Choose Image String from Image Object
  • Click Use Compression

Now copy the require("heatshrink").decompress(atob(...)) text (but not var img =) and paste it into a file called apps/timer/my-timer-icon.js

Add this line to apps.json under "storage":

    {"name":"*timer","url":"my-timer-icon.js","evaluate":true}

And you're done! Your app now has an icon!

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