PocketBible 3 is now available on the App Store! Version 3 is fully iOS 7 compatible but runs on iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch devices back to version 5.
PocketBible 3 is still free, and for existing PocketBible 2 users it should show up as an available update. If you already own the Advanced Feature Set, it will unlock the Advanced Features of version 3.
As you can see here, PocketBible 3 introduces our new iconography for iOS, which is based on the “Holy Spirit descending like a dove” from the old stained-glass icon from version 2. So don’t be surprised when you can’t find the old PocketBible icon after you upgrade. Just look for the dove.
Here are a few things you will notice as new in version 3:
ADVANCED FEATURE SET
- The Journal lets you create notes that aren’t associated with any Bible verse. In all other respects they act like notes in PocketBible, including being sync’ed to the Laridian cloud — though they will not yet be visible in versions of PocketBible running on other platforms.
- Name your highlight colors to make it easier to remember what your colors mean.
- All the previous Advanced Feature Set features from version 2 are present in version 3, and your version 2 Advanced Feature Set will enable the version 3 features without an additional purchase.
- Autosync allows you to automatically sync changes to your notes, highlights, bookmarks, and other user-created data with the Laridian Cloud without pausing to manually sync as you had to do with version 2. You have the option to require WiFi for autosync in order to avoid data charges. Manual sync is still available, and it runs much faster than the older sync protocol.
- Added , , and highlight styles.
- Added option to display one verse per paragraph. (Start each verse on a new line.)
- Now supports book (non-Bible) notes on iPhone. Previously, these were only available on iPad.
- Added a Night Reading color scheme which puts white text on a black background for reading in the dark.
- iOS 7 users will have multiple user interface color schemes in addition to “Night Reading”.
- Optional Book Position Indicator at the bottom of each book pane shows you how far into the book you are.
- Added Pane Options button to the iPad toolbar. Lets you turn on/off tabbed panes and select the number of panes you’re viewing.
- Better management of notes, highlights, and bookmarks by being able to delete them from lists using the standard iOS “swipe” gesture. When deleting a category, all the bookmarks in that category are now deleted rather than being moved to “uncategorized” as they were before.
- Improved the iPad launch speed for users with lots of notes, highlights, or bookmarks.
- A number of small user interface tweaks, including:
- Rearranged the Main, Context, and Settings menus to move frequently accessed items to the top and collect similar operations together under task-related headings.
- Got rid of Undo and Redo in the iPhone note editor; added Bold, Italics, and Unordered List buttons to the iPhone note editor toolbar.
- Made the Toolbox Expand, Next Page, and Previous Page buttons smaller to increase the space available for the contents of the Toolbox panels. On the Note View/Edit panels, rearranged the controls at the top to provide more room to view the note.
- Added Email Passage and Text Passage to the list of possible “Passage Actions” in the Context menu.
Here’s what to Expect
Here are some screen shots to let you see what the new version looks like. Visually, it’s similar to the previous one. Most of these images use the default color scheme. Click on an image to see a full-size version.
iPad with Toolbox, Toolbar with new Book Panes button, and default color scheme
iPad in landscape with Toolbox, multiple book panes, and Context menu
iPad with my favorite “Chocolate” color scheme, also showing Book Progress Indicator bars across the bottom of each book pane.
Other than the iOS 7 color scheme, the iPhone version looks pretty similar to version 2.
An early beta view of the “Night Reading” color scheme on the iPhone. Toolbar buttons are in red to aid in retention of night vision.