This is the instructions to install the software to run on Windows operating system. It was verified on Windows 10 so far.
For simplicity and reference in this document, the ABC123 software is referred to as ABC123, and the JRE (Java Runtime Environment) software as JRE.
ABC123 is the software written in Java to run this text to speech software.
According to post online, JRE is a set of components to create and run a Java application such as ABC123. A JRE is part of a Java development kit (JDK).
It is made up of a Java virtual machine (JVM), Java class libraries, and the Java class loader.
A computer with at least 2GB RAM, 5GB of hard drive, speaker, mouse, and keyboard
A monitor with resolution at least 1,024 X 768 pixel, or higher resolution is better. Note: As option, a projector and/or speakers can be connected to a computer to be used at school, at church, and at any social gatherings.
Oracle JRE is needed to download and to install for the Windows operating system. Refer to its download instructions online, including setting up variable path.
There are two installations, one is for ABC123 and another one is for JRE. It does not matter which software should be installed first
The steps below apply for installation for the first time and subsequent updating for zip files only.
It is recommended to install and/or extract files to folder ABC123 just one level from the root for future software update.
Installing to different folder is fine too, but file ABC123Runt.bat needs to edit to point to the correct drive and path.
For file ending with .jar as extension, just use it as it is. This jar file contains all the bytecodes and other Java classes.
Backup all files before performing this procedure for software updates because old files and new file with the same names will be overwritten. Here are the steps.
Use File Explorer to locate the file. Shortcut key Window + E
To view how many files there are in the zip file, double click it with the left mouse button.
To extract the zip file, right click on it to show the extract window, then click Extract All... to show another window prompting for the folder. The extract software always prompts to use the name of the zip file as default.
There is field with drive and file name as the zip file to the left of button.
Click on this field to change to C:\ABC123 to extract the zip file to this folder. In case, this ABC123 folder does not exist yet because it is the first, this folder and all its subfolders with files will be created automatically.
Click the button on the bottom to extract.
This software belongs to Oracle, and it is available to the public for free of charge for personal use.
Some computers might already have this JRE installed.
Before downloading and installing, do the following steps first because if it is already installed, then no need to.
Theres is already a provided batch file VerifyJRE.bat under folder ABC123 to verify.
Below is a picture of running this batch file, and the picture shows that JRM is installed.
To run this batch file, use File Explorer to locate VerifyJRE.bat under ABC123 folder, double click it, then the window command prompt should display the messages.
If it is not installed, there should be a line showing 'java'is not recognized as an internal or external command, and more lines.
The following are provided in case the above does not work for any reason.
Shortcut key to to access the Run dialog window: Windows + R
The following steps are to verify if JRE is already installed in a computer with Window OS:
On the taskbar locating on the bottom of the screen, right click the Start button left side to bring up a menu.
On this menu, click Run to show its window, then enter cmd to run the command prompt.
On this command prompt window, type java -version followed by the return key.
If it is installed, there should be some displays similar below: java version "build 1.8.0_351"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_351-b10)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.351-b10, mixed mode)
If not installed, it might show something as below:
'java' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.
It seams that either MicroSoft or Oracle has done some good thing with regard to setting up the path for JRE.
For Windows 7, I had to set up the path, but lately for Windows 10, after downloading, locating the file, double click to install, then that was it.
Click this link for more instructions to install in case needed.
Steps to download and to install JRE:
Click the link above to go to the Oracle's download page.
Download the 32-bit or 64-bit, and save to any folder. I got the 64-bit version.
After downloading, locate the file with File Explorer.
Double click on it to show a window, then follow instructions.
After installing, use the Verify JRE steps above. If it still shows that it is not installed, then the path needs to be setting up.