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Archive for June, 2011

Is the iPad the perfect platform for PocketBible?

Posted on: June 21st, 2011 by Michelle Stramel 41 Comments

In a recent post, I asked if you were still using a print version Bible along with PocketBible. Although not a scientific survey, of forty-some comments via Facebook and the web, around 35% of you are still using print regularly and another 20% are using it occasionally – mostly for personal study at home or in preaching (we still can’t trust electronic entirely!). I related to the person who mentioned that he uses print so he is not distracted by emails, texts, Facebook, etc. when he is trying to read the Bible. I can further add that a printed Bible does not attract the notice of children (or adults) in the same manner that an electronic device does, giving the printed Word another advantage for quiet times. In summary, the electronic and print still seem to offer something that cannot be replaced entirely by the other. Although I couldn’t help but notice a certain “extra” enthusiasm about PocketBible from the iPad owners.

I’ve always thought the iPad looked cool but there’s no way I’d part with $500 for what I consider to be a non-essential electronic device. However, your comments intrigued me and I was able to borrow an iPad and use it for the last week or so. Let’s just say, I “get” your enthusiasm. I haven’t felt this way about a device since I first got my iPhone. As a personal study tool and a replacement for a paper Bible, I can’t imagine anything better. However, if I prepared Bible studies or wrote sermons, I think I would continue to use PocketBible for Windows at my desktop. And, of course, PocketBible on my iPhone would be used because I always have my phone with me. But, yes, PocketBible for iPad along with all the other features of the iPad is making $500 seem like a wise investment rather than an extravagance.

What’s to love about the iPad?

1. iPads are more portable than a laptop and they turn on instantly. I don’t carry my laptop around the house and it sure doesn’t turn on instantly even from sleep mode.

2. It still has that “geeky-cool” factor (as one customer put it) and everything, including PocketBible, game apps, web sites, looks great on it.

3. PocketBible for iPad. It beats out PocketBible for iPhone in my book for one really important reason: screen size. For the first time, I’m using the split screen option regularly – up to 5 windows open on the iPad is amazing. The extra buttons on the toolbar and the extra toolbox make changing settings and adding highlights and bookmarks easier. And I love that the search feature shows results for all my books instead of just the current one. On the iPad, there is more room to spread out and, for me, that makes it more enjoyable to use.

iPad owners, am I missing anything about PocketBible or the iPad in general?

iPhone feature: Switching between a split window

Posted on: June 14th, 2011 by Michelle Stramel 14 Comments

Recently a customer sent in a feature request for PocketBible for iPhone that I thought was a great idea. He asked that we add a button on the toolbar so he could easily switch to a split screen with two books and then back again.

Shortly thereafter I was reading through the PocketBible Help book (not something I do often enough evidently) and discovered that we already have that feature! Simply hold down any place on the screen while you have PocketBible open and a context menu pops up that includes an option to change the screen from one open book to two. That’s as easy as a button on the toolbar! While you are looking at the pop-up screen, you’ll see a few more things you can easily do such as set a bookmark, add a note, close the book and more.

Maybe everyone else knows about this one but on the off chance that there are a few others out there like us that haven’t read the Help, I gladly share my discovery.

Simple Bible Pro for webOS Status Update

Posted on: June 11th, 2011 by Craig Rairdin 2 Comments

Bits of God Software has posted an update on their progress on Simple Bible Pro for webOS. As you recall, Simple Bible Pro reads Laridian books, so customers who have upgraded to a webOS device will be able to access books purchased for their previous devices on their new webOS device.

Get all the details here.

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