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Archive for March, 2009

ESV Study Bible Now Available

Posted on: March 26th, 2009 by Craig Rairdin 18 Comments

The ESV Study Bible is now available for PocketBible for Windows, WindowsMobile and iPhone (Palm is coming)!

ESV Study Bible The ESV Study Bible recently received the “Christian Book of the Year” award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. It contains new study notes, maps, illustrations, charts, timelines, articles and introductions. All of this and the ESV text (if you already have the ESV text watch your email for a special discount on purchasing the ESV Study Bible). It’s the equivalent of having a 20 volume Bible resource library all in one study Bible (and all in the palm of your hand if you’re purchasing it for WindowsMobile or iPhone).

The ESV was created to help people understand the timeless truths of the Bible in a deeper way. It was created by a team of 95 evangelical Christian scholars and teachers.

I’ve been using it for a while now, both in print and in PocketBible and have found it extremely useful. It really is like having a reference library in the palm of your hand!

The ESV Study Bible is regularly priced at $29.99. Until the end of April you can purchase it for $23.99 (20% off).

Click your platform to go to the product page and add the study Bible to your order form.
Windows | WindowsMobile | iPhone (subscription required)

If you’ve purchased the ESV in the past, watch your email for a discount off of the ESV Study Bible.

UPDATE 3/28/2009 6:50AM EST…We released the Palm version of the ESV Study Bible last night! Check your email for the announcement.

PocketBible for iPhone Update

Posted on: March 18th, 2009 by Craig Rairdin

If you’ve been a Laridian customer for a while you know that our policy has always been to avoid talking about products that we are working on until they’re actually available. Starting with the Web-based version of our iPhone product (iPocketBible.com) we made an exception to that rule and openly talked about our development activities for iPhone. We continued that with the native PocketBible for iPhone. We did this as an experiment to see how it would work out.

It’s been an interesting experience. We’ve received many positive comments and suggestions on the blog and by email. Several emails, though, attacked both our products and our personal character, and criticized our programming and management skills. Needless to say, these both consume our time as we try to address the criticisms and drain us of enthusiasm for the project. Even the positive comments often result in lengthy email exchanges.

We’re at the point, especially with the upcoming version 3 of the iPhone OS, that we need to return to the old way of doing things and allow ourselves to work undistracted by both incoming emails and the pressure to release information to the PocketBibleiPhone email list. I’ve removed a few articles from our blog and disabled comments on others. We will return to a “no comment” policy with respect to products which may or may not be under development, and reserve the right to read but not reply to your emails.

We do appreciate your interest but hope you’ll understand our need to focus.

Meet me at BibleTech 2009 Conference in Seattle

Posted on: March 17th, 2009 by Craig Rairdin 3 Comments
Official Conference Portrait
Official Conference Portrait

Looks like I’ll be speaking at the BibleTech 2009 Conference in Seattle on March 27-28.

My session is the very first one on the schedule at 10AM Friday morning, March 27. I’ll be talking about our group SMS texting service for churches and demonstrating some features that are going to roll out right before that conference. Specifically, using the service for microblogging, voting, and receiving replies from your broadcasts. I’ll be demonstrating the service of course, but will also be opening the hood and talking about how it works. (Since this is a technical conference I have to include something for the programmers in the audience.)

Why am I not talking about Bible software at a BibleTech conference? The main reason is that I spoke on that topic last year; specifically about our synchronization feature that syncs notes, highlights, bookmarks and other personal data between our Windows desktop software and the various mobile platforms we support. And our friends from OliveTree will be there giving the same presentation they gave last year on mobile Bible software development. So I wanted to mix it up a bit and present something different.

Regardless of the topic of my presentation, though, I’d love to see you there and we can talk Bible software if you want. Visit www.BibleTechConference.com for details about the conference, and www.ChurchTextingManager.com for information about our group texting service.

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