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PocketBible for iPhone Beta 4 Released

Posted on: August 8th, 2009 by Craig Rairdin 19 Comments

I told you a few weeks ago I’d let you know when Beta 3 of PocketBible for iPhone went to the testers, but I forgot to do that. I’m here this evening to let you know that Beta 4 went out the door a few minutes ago.

Click here for a few videos showing PocketBible for iPhone in action.

I think the program is coming together well and we’re down to tasks like writing the documentation. One of the cool things about the iPhone app is that the documentation is “just another book” inside the program. So as we revise the User Guide, our testers just go to the “Add/Remove Books” function of the program and grab the latest version from our server. It is downloaded directly into the program.

Back in January we asked our Alpha testers, “Would you rather that we release the program as soon as possible but perhaps missing a few features, or wait until we’re completely done before releasing it?” They were very vocal in their opinion that we should get something out ASAP. So we’re going to be asking that you bear with us just a bit through the first 3-4 updates of the program once we release it to the App Store. Version 1.0.0 will be missing a few features that we fully intend to have in the program. In fact, by the time Apple approves 1.0.0 we’ll probably already have 1.0.1 ready to upload to the App Store with the additional features. I anticipate doing this very regularly for 3-4 versions until the program gets its full set of features.

This is not to say that the first release won’t be a useful program. It will support all our Bibles and reference books but will be missing a few things like note taking and tracking your devotional reading progress. Those features will come quickly after the initial version is released.

Thanks for your patience and prayers. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and it’s looking less and less like an oncoming train.

19 Responses

  1. Mary says:

    Grateful for the update, Craig, thanks for taking the time to post it. To you, and to the rest of the team, your time and efforts are so deeply appreciated. For some of us, perhaps, this time of being separated, as it were, from our Laridian materials, in that, for everything else, we have fully migrated to the iPhone, has made us all the more aware of how much we appreciate that which y’all make available, to us, and at a price that we can afford. If, by this means, you and your children can be fed, physically, and we can be fed, spiritually, it appears to be God’s economy working as it should. We, who faithfully await your next update, will continue to pray you the rest of the way home!!

  2. Adrian says:

    Thanks for the update Craig.
    I am so excited that it’s close to release. Praying that God provides the peace, patience and wisdom that will see you through to release. I am already recommending my friends to look out for it.

  3. Wilson Howell says:

    May i be a beta tester or is it too late????
    I love Laridian and have many books and devotionals and reading plans that i have used for Palm and Windows mobile.
    I have now an iphone and if its possible would love to beta test. Thanks

    Wilson Howell

  4. Apple limits the number of people to whom we can distribute the program outside the App Store. We actually over-committed originally and had too many testers and had to eliminate a bunch. There’s no room for more.

    Glad to hear you’re interested in the program.

  5. Lionel Dyck says:

    Craig – The Lord does indeed bless us and He teaches us in various ways. One way He has been teaching me is in the area of patience as I await your iPhone release. I am grateful for your ministry on our behalf in making the Words of our Lord available on the mobile platforms and I look forward to using it on my iPhone when the time is right.

  6. You and me both, Lionel.

  7. T-Will says:

    Waiting patiently… ;-)

  8. Stephanie says:

    I would love to get notified of the release. I just purchased an ITouch. Now that the original PDA is a dinosaur I have been unable to use my previous PDA version of the bible. My previous PDA died. Anxiously waiting.

  9. Margaret says:

    Will the “Memorize” program be available on the iphone? I miss using it!

  10. Adam Keegan says:

    Well done for listening to your testers – your work & speed will be rewarded by many great reviews even if it’s missing a few features in the beginning.

    Ahh to have my library on my phone again!

    Any chance of a Mac version? :)

  11. Margaret: No announcement regarding Memorize yet.

    Adam: No announcement regarding a Mac version yet.

  12. Lionel B Dyck says:

    Question – will there be an ability to place a virtual ‘finger’ on a page while going to other books/verses and then easily return. Such as when listening to a sermon and going to referenced verses and then easily return to the primary passage?


  13. Lionel,

    Tap and hold on the verse to put a bookmark there. Go do your other browsing. When you’re ready to come back, go to your bookmark list and go there. To make it easy, create a bookmark category called “virtual finger” and put the bookmark there. Then when you go to return, you can more easily find it.

  14. Gary Lee says:

    Thanks for the update and best of luck pushing this to the finish. I cannot wait to be able to access the library of Laridian files I have purchased over the years (plus add a few more!)

    One question on pricing. Is your plan still to give the iPhone reader away for free? I keep looking at the iPocketBible application, but at $ 1.99 per month, I question purchasing this knowing that your intent is to have the native app available. Not sure what your pricing plans are the iPhone in general and how the native app will be positioned against the iPocketBible offering. Please advise.

    Keep us posted and best of luck.

  15. We haven’t announced our plans with respect to once PocketBible for iPhone ships.

    The plan is for the PocketBible program for iPhone to be free. That doesn’t mean it will always be free or that there won’t be a “deluxe” version that costs something. It also doesn’t mean that everything we do for iPhone will be free.

    We may also distribute collections of books on the App Store that include the PocketBible program. Those would not be free but the pricing of the bundle would take the free reader into account.

  16. Joe says:

    Free? If I can “pickup from where I left off” from my PDA with notes and my same 6 versions of the Bible and still sync with my desktop version then put a Paypal Donate badge on your website – i’m good for $10. It is the right thing to do. The loyal user base shouldn’t expect 12 months or more of development to end up on a device that is amazing for absolutely nothing. We are not talking about a tic-tac-toe game. PocketBible is used on a daily basis and is apart of our daily lives. Is it not worth $10 to transform our daily lives and have this avaialable to us everywhere we go? I understand the need for it to be free to attract new users but for us that know what we’re getting, we should put some money where our praising mouths are and help to support these guys.

    Thanks guys

  17. John says:

    Is support planned for saved views? Thanks for a great product.

  18. John: There are no “views” per se. The program remembers where you were between sessions.

  19. Tim says:

    Can hardley wait for the iPhone version! Hopefully, we’ll be able to use the bibles we’re already purchased / downloaded with the iPhone!

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