Archive for July, 2010

PocketBible 1.4.3 Available on App Store

Posted on: July 25th, 2010 by Craig Rairdin 22 Comments

The first of four new PocketBible products is available on the App Store. “PocketBible FREE” was approved earlier this evening.

We’re still waiting for approval on the Life Application Study Bible Collection, the NIV Study Bible Collection, and the NIV Reference Collection. These are primarily targeted at new users of PocketBible, but depending on the state of your PocketBible Library, you might find them to be valuable as an existing customer.

The new version features a built-in link to the PocketBible Bookstore. The approval snuck up on me this evening and I’m not quite done with all the tweaks to the product catalog. If you find a problem with any of the product pages, send me an email at Please don’t post them here.

Note that when you purchase a book from the built-in bookstore, we’ll eventually be able to tell PocketBible to automatically download it when you go to Add/Remove Books. That feature requires some more work on the server, which I hoped to get done this weekend but it’s looking less and less likely. Soon.

This version should also fix any lingering task-switching problems for iPhone 4 owners.

Now on the App Store: PocketBible 1.4.2

Posted on: July 12th, 2010 by Craig Rairdin 31 Comments

We’ve updated PocketBible to fix an annoying little problem on iPhone 4 in which what we call the “launch options” screen is displayed when you re-start PocketBible after the OS has dumped it from memory while it was idle. While we were in there, we added a couple little features:

iPhone and iPad Features

  • Added an option to enable/disable the use of colored buttons in the Bk/Ch/Vs verse selection forms to indicate sections of the Bible. Some people really hated what one of you called the “funky button colors” so we gave you the option to use a very un-funky gray for all the buttons.
  • Added an option to set margins and line leading for single- and multiple-pane screen configurations. Some people wanted to see more text on the screen in the single-pane mode. This lets you do that. While we were at it we gave you the option of setting margins and leading in the multiple-pane view, too.
  • Fixed a bug in which the temporary highlighting of the linked-to verse could disappear after synchronization with our server, removing or updating books, or coming out of the suspended state (iOS 4).

iPhone-only Features

  • Added “Split Screen” to Context menu. It’s a little more convenient there than going to Menu, Settings, Open Panes, and choosing “2”.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the launch options form to sometimes be displayed when coming out of the “suspended” state.

The next update won’t have any new features in it per se, but gives us the ability to sell our “collections” on the App Store and sets us up for in-app purchasing of books.

New for PocketBible and MyBible: Oracle of Fire Series

Posted on: July 10th, 2010 by Michelle Stramel

We recently released a fiction series, Oracle of Fire, for use with PocketBible and MyBible. The Series by Bryan Davis contains four titles:

  • Eye of the Oracle
  • Enoch’s Ghost
  • Last of the Nephilim
  • The Bones of Makaidos

The books are fantasy adventure with clear spirital insight targeted at readers 13 and up. Available for the following platforms:

Palm OS  |  Windows Mobile  |  Windows PC  |  iPhone/iPod touch/iPad

New for PocketBible: The Expanded Bible New Testament

Posted on: July 10th, 2010 by Michelle Stramel

We recently released The Expanded Bible New Testament for use with PocketBible for Windows PC and iPhone/iPod touch/iPad.

The Expanded Bible is a unique translation which offers study aids right in line with the Bible text. Expanded translations and other helps make it possible for you to study the Bible while you read.

Sample Verse:

But Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth [literally, Truly, Truly I say to you], unless you are born from water and the Spirit [equivalent to being born again (3:3); water could symbolize spiritual cleansing which brings renewal; Ezek. 36:25-27] you cannot enter God’s kingdom.” John 3:5

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