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PocketBible Bookmark Basics

Posted on: July 25th, 2012 by Michelle Stramel 9 Comments

The bookmark feature in PocketBible is meant to be used the same way you would use a bookmark in your printed Bibles or books. To provide a method for easily returning to a place that you think you might want to go back.

Put a bookmark on a Bible verse and it will be shared between all Bibles.

Put a bookmark in a book other than the Bible and it will take you back to the start of the table of contents entry for the section of text you’re reading. So don’t be surprised when you return to a bookmark in a reference book and you find it is a few paragraphs earlier than what you remember setting it at.

How do you set a bookmark in the different versions of PocketBible?

  • iOS – Hold down your finger on a verse and you’ll get a context menu. Choose Menu and then “Bookmark Verse #”. With the iPad version, use the B’Marks button on the toolbox to easily view your bookmarked verses. If you turn your iPod touch or iPhone to landscape, we use the extra room on the toolbar for a “Bookmarks” button which serves the same purpose.
  • Windows PC – use your right-click menu to set a bookmark. You can delete it from the personalization window.
  • Windows Mobile - press and hold your stylus on the reference you want to add or choose Bookmarks from the Edit menu.
  • Palm OS – from the menu choose Edit | Bookmarks.
  • Android OS – bookmarks are planned but not yet available.

How do you delete a bookmark? The same way you added it! If you try to set a bookmark on a verse or place you’ve already bookmarked, instead of an “add” option, you’ll get a “delete” option.

Do you like things organized? Use categories when you store your bookmarks. For example, you might want to organize your bookmarks by topics such as “salvation” and “repentance.”

Of course, you don’t have to use categories – you can keep your bookmarks “uncategorized.” Conversely, you can place a verse in more than one category if you’d like. Keep in mind that if you delete a bookmark from a category, it is only deleted from that specific category. When you delete an entire category, you’re only deleting the category. Any remaining bookmarks in the category will show up as being uncategorized.

If you’ve already whole-heartedly embraced this feature and have tons of bookmarks, make sure you are backing them up or synchronizing with our server. There are instructions for this in the help for each version of PocketBible.

How are you using bookmarks? Let us know in the comments.

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9 Responses

  1. Liam Burns says:

    When I first used pocket bible on a palm PDA it was possible to delete a whole set of bookmarks at one go. This meant that I would create a dozen or more when listening to a talk, check them out afterwards and then dump the lot. The present method on my iPod is too slow and cumbersome to use in this way. I miss it.

    • Liam, that is certainly something for our suggestion list. I’m not personally a heavy user of bookmarks so didn’t know or remember you could do that with MyBible on the Palm. It is great to know how that would come in handy.


  2. Stephen says:

    Synchronisation doesn’t work on Windows 8 for some reason. Any plans to look at it?



    P.S. Any plans re Windows Phone 8 due in the autumn? The same code can effectively be used for both.

  3. Stephen says:

    I meant synchronizing highlights and categories, it was my mistake. I had forgotten that I needed to install the desktop provider AND the Synchronization Provider (it was the i at the beginning – I assumed it was only for iPhone or iPad or iEtc).

    I am happily synching away again.

  4. Wayne says:

    I am a heavy user of highlighting and bookmarks. When highlighting I can highlight more than one verse at a time, but when I want to bookmark three scriptures in a row, I am not able to do that.
    Example: Prov 1:1-3.
    This would sure save me a lot of time.

    • Wayne, thanks for your comments. We’ve always thought of bookmarks in the way you would use them in a real book, as a place holder. Therefore, we don’t have it built in to “bookmark” a “passage”. If you put a bookmark on Prov. 1:1, you’d be taken back to where you were or could mark a place you wanted to remember.

      We have found people don’t use bookmarks exactly as we had envisioned, which sounds like the case here, and it is something we are keeping in mind going forward.

      Michelle S.

  5. John Abitz says:

    I’ve bookmarked over a thousands verses and placed them in several categories. System bogged down. Cannot access the verses within categories. Laridian website explains this is not the way it was supposed to be used.

    Now I want to remove many of the categories and verses I entered into them to return the functionality of the category search feature. Cannot find how to delete entire categories or even a category that does not contain any verses saved to it.

    Would appreciate any suggestions. Thanks.

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