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PocketBible 4 for Windows Mobile

Posted on: May 25th, 2008 by Craig Rairdin 11 Comments

It’s about time I got around to writing an article about PocketBible 4. It’s been a busy week.

On Tuesday we released an upgrade for both PocketBible for Pocket PC and PocketBible for Windows Mobile Smartphone. In order to reduce confusion about whether you have a Smartphone, Pocket PC, Windows Mobile Classic, Windows Mobile Standard, or Windows Mobile Professional device, we put both programs into one installer and called it PocketBible 4 for Windows Mobile. Regardless of the type of Windows Mobile device you have, this product should work for you.

PocketBible for Windows Mobile should work on all Pocket PC’s back to Pocket PC 2000, including PocketPC 2002, 2003, and 2003SE. It works on the new Windows Mobile 5 and 6 devices. It works on the old Windows Mobile Smartphone 2002 and 2003. It works on any device that calls itself Windows Mobile Classic, Standard, or Professional.

Our excitement over reducing the confusion was short-lived. The problem now is that since the feature set is different between the two programs (PocketBible 4 for Pocket PC has a few more features than PocketBible 4 for Windows Mobile Smartphone, to use the older device names), you all are looking at the features of one and deciding that’s what you want, then you’re confused when you install to your device only to discover you have a different feature set. All I can say is read carefully.

Jeff has written a good article on how to tell the difference between the different devices. It’s really quite simple: Just ask yourself, “Does my device have a touch-screen?” and “Is my device a phone?” Based on those answers, here’s what you have:

  • Has a touchscreen, no phone: Windows Mobile Classic (it’s a Pocket PC)
  • Has a touchscreen, is a phone: Windows Mobile Professional (it’s a Pocket PC Phone Edition)
  • No touchscreen, but it is a phone: Windows Mobile Standard (it’s a Windows Mobile Smartphone)
  • No touchscreen, no phone: Ummm… it’s a BlackBerry without a service plan? An iPod? A pencil?

You can tell which version of PocketBible is going to be installed on your device based on whether or not it has a touchscreen. If it has a touchscreen, you’ll get “PocketBible for Windows Mobile Classic/Professional/Pocket PC”. This is the one with the most features. If you don’t have a touchscreen you’ll get “PocketBible for Windows Mobile Smartphone”. This is the one that could be argued is the most improved. The previous version only let you view Bibles and didn’t have the ability to do notes, highlights, or bookmarks. It was pretty basic. The new version gives you access to commentaries, dictionaries, devotionals, and all the rest of our books. Plus it has notes, highlights, bookmarks, and devotional reading progress.

The most common problems we’re seeing are mostly questions related to ordering and installing. For example: “Will PocketBible 4 work with my existing books or do I need to re-purchase or update them?” If you’re upgrading from PocketBible 3, there’s no need to update your books. If you’re upgrading from PocketBible 2 you don’t need to re-purchase your books but you do need to update them. In both cases there are articles in our Knowledgebase to help you upgrade.

We’re hoping to post some videos of PocketBible 4 both as marketing and tutorial tools. I think if you can see features like the customizable toolbar and maximized windows in action it will give you a better idea of how these can improve your Bible study experience.

Finally, a few of you have written to say you didn’t get our upgrade offer. We’ve identified a few thousand customers that did not get our initial email and we’ll be re-sending to those customers on Tuesday. In the meantime, if you want to upgrade just contact tech support to get the appropriate priority code. You can reach tech support through our Web site.

11 Responses

  1. Ken says:

    Hi Craig,

    Once again you have released a wonderful product!! Thank you for your commitment to Bible software. I like every new feature

    Blessings,

    Ken

  2. Bruce Gilliland says:

    Quicker Lookups – If I wanted to lookup a place name on a map in PB3, I would have to have the maps or map dictionary as my default dictionary (something I did not like), or I would have to tap on View/Add Book, then select the map book and then tap on OK. Then I would have to tap and hold on the place name and select Lookup to finally see it in the map book.

    With PB4, I simply tap and hold on the place name, select Lookup in All Dictionaries, and then tap on the entry for Bible Maps in the list of dictionary topics. For me, this is easier and quicker.

    Sometimes an item might be in one dictionary but not in another. This way you don’t have to guess or open multiple books (one at a time).

    Also, being able to go directly to another Bible from the View in All Bibles is much quicker than having to open another Bible manually.

  3. Craig Horlacher says:

    I’m still only using some of the new features but the ones I am using will save me a lot of time. I was really kind of blown away by the reworking of the interface and the usability. I’m not sure there is anything you could add to this.

    – I love sliding my finger to change pages and, even more so, to switch between open books! Showing more than one on the screen at a time is great but sometimes that just doesn’t work so well. It’s great to be able to maximize and switch between them now.

    – For a long time I’ve been thinking it would be great to be able to open a verse in all the Bibles at one time on one screen. Now it does and your implementation is great! Being able to go to that verse in any of the translations with one tap is icing on the cake!

    – I didn’t get to try the searching yet but now that you support boolean searching I think you’ve got all the bases covered. A while ago you added options that include highlighting and other parameters for more specific queries.

    – I noticed now icons, at least for vga, that are definitely more detailed.

    – I’ll have to try the auto-scrolling for awhile to see if I like it. I think it’s a great idea and again, very well implemented with the speed variation on the toolbar.

    – I’m looking forward to having enough time to create custom tool bars and save some custom layouts! Again, great ideas and feature adds!!!

    Thank you Laridian! Now, I need to get back to reading Psalms!!!

  4. Glad to hear you’re enjoying the program.

    Just a note: We’ve supported Boolean searching since version 1.0. We added “NEAR” searches in 4.0.

  5. John Brock says:

    Hi Craig:

    Blog is getting pretty quiet. Any newsworthy comment on the iPhone always stimulates discussion. Anything happening on your end regarding the iPhone and a native pocketBible app? WWDC is on monday going to be any news from Laridian?

  6. So have you read the blog or do you just post comments? :-) If you read our recent iPhone articles you know that we’re not going to comment on the iPhone until or unless we have an application ready to ship.

    I’ll give you this: There won’t be any news on Monday regarding Laridian’s plans for another iPhone product. :-)

    With respect to it being quiet, let me add this: We’ve been very busy for the last couple of weeks with the PocketBible 4 upgrade. We’re getting some very positive comments back from users about the features in this new version. So most of the back-and-forth with customers has been via direct email, not here on the blog.

    I’m hoping to post more videos of PocketBible 4 in action when I get home.

  7. Linda Long says:

    I am new to the PDA world. I love computers and have just purchased my HP IPAQ 111 Classic Handheld. I am a Christian and found you thru the Windows Mobile website. This is all so “new” to me, I am have a wonderful time exploring. I love the way I can have my Bible and reference books all in one little compact “box” and can study and read anytime, anywhere! I didn’t know that I didn’t know about PDA’s until this year!

    Thank you so much for helping me experience more of God’s Word in an easy format!

    I have just finished reading Pilgrim’s Progress, the first time in my 60 years of being on God’s green earth! Totally an amazing book, and was wondering, will you be adding other Christian books – fiction and non fiction? The PocketBible is such an amazing program. I am so glad I found it. Keep up the good work and may God Bless you thru these difficult times with all the flooding.

    Sign me – one excited and thrilled and truly happy customer!

  8. Dolores O. says:

    I want to purchase your product, but will I be able to use it on my Blackberry Curve 8320?

    Thank you for any help you can offer.

  9. First: Direct all sales and support inquiries to support@laridian.com. That’s significantly better than posting a blog comment.

    PocketBible 4 for Windows Mobile will not run on your BlackBerry because your BlackBerry does not run Windows Mobile.

    We do have BlackBerry software. Go to http://www.laridian.com and select the BlackBerry link.

  10. Barry says:

    Firstly, may I say THANK YOU for making my bible so portable! During those long business trips and delays at airports its great to be able to escape the hustle and bustle of corporate life and reflect on a few verses or a devotional!
    I’ve been an enthusiastic user of Laridian over many years over many phones and platforms…and I have now finally succumbed to the ubiquitous BLACKBERRY! I was keen to download the Blackberry versions of my bibles etc – only to be disappointed by the comparitive lack of features / colours etc on the Blackberry equivalent :( Maybe I have been spoilt with my previous versions of Windows on my XDA – but I found the layout and functionality of my Blackberry quite boring and “clunky”) I’d appreciate your expert opinions please: is this lack of “screen sizzle” due to Blackberry’s “business like” operating system or will we ever be able to benefit from Laridian’s software creativity on future software releases for the Blackberry?
    Many thanks

  11. Our Noah reader for BlackBerry is written by Beiks (http://www.beiks.com). We resell the reader on their behalf, and we have converted a number of Bibles for it. (Beiks sells the public domain Bibles and we do the copyrighted ones for which we already have licenses.)

    Noah doesn’t do devotionals nor reference books, just Bibles. We continue to support the development efforts at Beiks but since it is not our product we have little control over the features.

    BlackBerry is primarily targeted at business users and most operate under a corporate IT department that limits what they can install on it. It also uses the Java programming language, which limits what it can do.

    PocketBible for Windows Mobile was our first product (originally called PalmBible for Windows CE) and represents the best of “Laridian’s software creativity”. It was developed in-house and the code for PocketBible for Windows Mobile forms the basis of the other products we have created. MyBible for Palm OS was developed by a third party developer but we brought development in-house a couple years ago. Version 5 begins to reflect more of our influence than previous versions have had. PocketBible for Windows desktop was developed in-house and pretty much embodies our vision for desktop Bible software. We’re working on PocketBible for iPhone, which also uses the shared PocketBible for Windows Mobile code base.

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