We often get asked about what we are working on. While you can be sure we are always working, and that our work probably involves some version of PocketBible, we understand you may be interested in a more detailed explanation of what is going on behind the scenes. It is in that spirit that we are going to try something new with an occasional post on what’s in the pipeline for apps and books.
You’ll notice we don’t talk about release dates. We’ve been in this business for a long time and have learned that our best-laid plans often go awry. In fact, in the software business, that’s the rule rather than the exception. So we don’t spit into that wind nor tilt at those windmills. We’re pursuing the goals you see below at our best pace and will release new books and updates to our apps as soon as they’re ready.
- PocketBible for Android – Version 1.3.0 was released on 9/22/14 and added devotional tracking features to the app and some other minor enhancements. We are currently working on what will become the Advanced Feature Set for the Android version.
- PocketBible 3.1 for iOS – version 3.1.0 was uploaded to the App Store on 3/28/14. The program seems to be working well under iOS 8, so there wasn’t an update specific to iOS 8. We’ll be taking another look at PocketBible for iOS soon.
- PocketBible for Mac OS X – Version 1.1.0 with support for the new Advanced Feature Set was released on 10/28/14.
- BookBuilder for Mac OS X – Currently working on this. The features of BookBuilder, VerseLinker, and DocAnalyzer (components of BookBuilder Professional) will be integrated into one program. The basic BookBuilder and DocAnalyzer functionality is complete and we’re working on pulling in VerseLinker.
- PocketBible for Windows Phone – Send us your suggestions for enhancements.
- PocketBible for Windows Store – Send us your suggestions for enhancements.
Here’s what our editorial team has in the queue for you (not in any particular order):
- Additional volumes of the Ancient Christian Commentary Series (IVP)
- The Applied New Testament and Old Testament Commentary (Cook)
- Wesley Study Bible (Abingdon)
- ESV and NASB Bible text Updates
- Add Words in red to KJV text
We’ve been working through a process of enhancing the security of our website. There are three parts to this:
- More of the communication with our apps is now being sent through SSL connections. PocketBible for Mac OS X, for example, uses only secure connections for its Web-based traffic such as the bookstore and cloud library.
- An extended validation SSL certificate has been added to the site. This gives you a reassuring green address bar (what it looks like depends on your browser) that says “Laridian, Inc.” to verify that you’re really at our site and not someone else pretending to be us.
- We’re currently upgrading our credit card processing to use a more up-to-date payment gateway instead of the CyberCash system that has been serving us reliably and securely since 1998. This will allow us to support CCV and AVS for added security and to do voids and refunds without actually storing your credit card number or any other personal financial information on our servers. The new gateway is in use at our main site and will roll out to on-device stores over the next couple of weeks.
Disclaimers: All this is subject to change in priority, feasibility, copyright licensing, etc. That means we reserve the right to never release these features or books. We are sharing with you the current plan which is written in sand, not stone. Also, just because something is not on this list doesn’t mean we are not considering it. Finally, we are open to your requests, suggestions and comments!Tags: Android, features, iOS, New Books, PocketBible, Upgrade, Windows Phone, Windows Store