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Coming Soon: MyBible 5!

Posted on: November 6th, 2008 by Craig Rairdin 7 Comments

MyBible 5 is complete and will be available soon!

We expect to begin sending upgrade announcements to registered, active customers as early as next week. If you’re a registered owner of MyBible, you can take these steps to ensure that you receive your upgrade announcement in a timely manner:

  1. Make sure that email from makes it through any junk mail filters that you use. If you’re not sure how to do this, we offer some suggestions here.
  2. If you have not placed ordered with us within the past 18 months, you may have rolled off of our mailing list. If you’ve not ordered from us in a while, one easy way to be sure that you’re an active customer is to place an order for any of our products, including a free product.

So, what’s new in MyBible 5?

Zoom: MyBible now supports two viewing modes: Zoomed and Unzoomed. Unzoomed is the method provided by previous versions of MyBible. Zoomed is the new method supplied in MyBible 5. Zoomed allows any book to be zoomed to near full-screen size, allowing you to easily switch between seeing several books at a time and only one book at a time. A screenshot of MyBible 5 in zoomed mode is shown below.

MyBible 5, Zoomed Mode

Autoscroll: Any Bible or book can be automatically scrolled at a rate of your own choosing. Both books and Bibles scroll by a line at a time.

Enhanced Bookmark Features

  • Bookmarks can now be categorized into categories of your choosing.
  • The number of bookmarks that you can add to your Bibles has been increased from 250 to over 64,000. (You probably won’t ever hit that limit!)

Enhanced Note Features

  • Your notes can now include html tags to apply formatting such as bold and italics.
  • The maximum size of each note has been increased from about 2000 to about 10,000 characters, and limits on the number of notes per book of the Bible have been removed.
  • Bible references in your personal notes are automatically linked to the specified Bible verse or passage.
  • Navigation from note to note has been improved.
MyBible 5, Notes

Synchronization of Personal Data: Your personal notes and bookmarks are now in a format that can be synchronized with other Laridian products, such as PocketBible for Windows. Any notes and bookmarks from a previous version of MyBible will be automatically converted to the new format. Additional (free!) synchronization software is required and will be released in conjunction with MyBible 5.

A while back we invited some of our blog readers to beta test this new version of MyBible and personal data synchronization. What are our best testers saying about the new MyBible?

I love the zoom feature. Not only does it make having multiple resources open much more useful, navigation is virtually effortless–I just zoom in on the resource I want and use the 5-way navigator on my Palm T|X. I’ve been very happy with every Laridian product I’ve purchased over the years and MyBible 5 is clearly another success.
– Jeffrey S., Rockledge, Florida

Comparing how different translations treat a particular verse or phrase has never been easier. MyBible 5’s Zoom feature enables you to display 3 of your favourite translations full-screen and switch between them with a single click. Time is of the essence in Bible class and sermon prepararion today. I now prefer MB5 over my paper Bible.
– Roland R., Whitby, Ontario Canada

Laradian’s MyBible version 5 is easily the most comprehensive and powerful Bible software that I’ve ever found for the Palm Treo and Windows. I am one VERY happy customer!”
– Bill Z. Hillsboro, Missouri

We’re excited to be able to bring you this upgrade and (finally) data synchronization with PocketBible for Windows! Registered MyBible customers can watch their inbox for an upgrade anouncements. And if you’re not yet using MyBible 5 on your Palm OS device, now’s the time to give it a try!

7 Responses

  1. Wayne Smith says:

    Another excellent upgrade from Laridian…

    Keep up the Kingdom work!

  2. Orlando Marcano says:

    As a beta tester, My bible 5 has to be the best version of ANY bible program in ANY handheld platform. No other PDA/Phone OS seems to have the speed and simplicity of MyBible.

    I’m just waiting for some of the PPC product to be ported over so I can stop using my old Dell PPC.

    Kudos to Jeff and the crew at Laridian.

  3. Nathan Youngman says:

    Is the personal data in a human-readable format like XML, such that I could get my notes/highlights out of MyBible? (I presently have no plans of buying a Palm device or other device that Laridian [adequately] supports. It’s just me and my Mac and my iPod touch, but I do have VMware and might still have a Palm emulator kicking around).

  4. Texaszman says:

    Any news on native iPhone version? I signed up for the email list, but have seen no updates or emails regarding news on this front. I am beginning to look for another option – sorry but your web version is useless in most church locations – 3G connections are just too poor in large church buildings.


  5. Jeff Wheeler says:

    Nathan: Data on every Palm device is in Palm database (i.e. non-human-readable) format. On PCs and with the iPocketBible Web-based service, the data is in an SQL database (also non-human-readable). It sounds like you want to move your MyBible notes to another device (such as your iPod Touch). This would require MyBible 5 to convert your data, PocketBible for Windows to synchronize your data, and iPocketBible (Web-based) synchronization to move the data to your iPod Touch.

    Texaszman: an iPhone update was sent to the iPhone email list just last week. If you didn’t receive it, then please check your junk mail settings and folders. You might also verify that you are actually subscribed to the email list – i.e. that you received a confirmation email when you subscribed. Here in Iowa, we don’t have any 3G service, and I don’t have reliable service from AT&T at church, so Edge doesn’t work either. However, we do have a wireless access point that provides access.

  6. Nathan Youngman says:

    So, when said native iPhone/touch app comes out, I won’t be able to sync from Palm to it without [purchasing] PocketBible for Windows??

  7. Jeff Wheeler says:

    Nathan, mobile products synchronize with PocketBible for Windows. By syncing two mobile products with PocketBible for Windows, you can effectively sync the two mobile devices together. So, yes, since all synchronization takes place via PocketBible for Windows, you’ll need PocketBible for Windows if you want to sync data from a compatible Laridian mobile product. More details about syncing are available here.

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