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iPad Update

Posted on: March 27th, 2010 by Craig Rairdin 26 Comments

With the WiFi iPads shipping for delivery in less than a week, I thought we should update you on our status.

Today (March 27) is the last day to submit apps to the App Store and be guaranteed they’ll be available on the iPad App Store on its official release date (April 3). For a while that was our goal, but as time went on we realized it would be in everyone’s best interest if we had a chance to see what PocketBible looked like on the actual hardware. The emulator we run on our Macs is good, but it’s not the real hardware. We’re concerned about performance and simple things like the usability of the user interface, given that we can’t really tell how big our buttons are or what it’s going to “feel” like on a real device until we have one in our hands.

So, we won’t release a product to the App Store until we have a chance to see it running on real hardware. So that means sometime after April 3.

The great thing about the iPad is that it runs our iPhone code pretty much as-is. The bad thing is that it runs our iPhone code as-is. The experience of running an iPhone app on the iPad will be less than optimum, but it at least will give the iPad a couple hundred thousand apps on day one. Ideally, every iPhone developer will be customizing their apps for the iPad, and that’s what we’ve been doing.

While the iPad is a mobile device, it has the screen real estate of a desktop or laptop device (1024 x 768). That means while we’re using our iPhone code as a base, we have to think like we’re developing for the desktop. Not a desktop computer with a mouse and a real keyboard, though, but a desktop computer you operate with your fingers and type on a pop-up keyboard. So the interface is an interesting intersection of desktop and mobile paradigms.

So what will be new or different on the iPad? First, You’ll have plenty of space on the screen for some controls to be present all the time, just like on your desktop where menus and toolbars are generally always there. This makes it easier and more intuitive to get around.

Second, the bigger screen means there’s room to split the screen and show you more than one book at a time if you want.

Third, we’ve taken advantage of this opportunity to add a frequently requested feature: The ability to search your entire library at one time. The larger screen means there’s room to give you both a search results browser and a library browser at the same time. We think this is going to be a great addition to the program.

Finally, you can expect changes to how you open books and navigate within books. It should take fewer touches to find your way around your library.

We’ll post some more details as we get closer to releasing the product. With the actual release of the iPad itself coming up, we just wanted to give you some advance notice of what’s coming. We think you’re going to like it.

26 Responses

  1. Wesley Walls says:

    Craig,

    Excellent update…and I would commend you on your decision to hold on release until you’ve had a chance to test on actual hardware. As a long-time Laridian user (Palm, then Windows Mobile, then Palm, then iPhone…), I’m excited to see you leverage your hard work on iPhone OS onto this new hardware. I, for one, think the iPad will be quite successful. Apple was brilliant in building this as a “mobile” device around their (now) huge iPhone software market…making it instantly legitimate by way of the massive software base. And the new “large” touch format makes for endless possibilities…a full-size bible being one such application.

    As one who was hovering around the idea of an e-reader, I’m excited to consider the iPad and will (eventually) call myself a user. Thanks for supporting this! I’m excited to see how you’ve adapted to the new screen format!

  2. Paul Iossi says:

    Any chance of some screenshots to drool over while we wait for our iPads to arrive? :-)

    -Paul.

  3. Tony says:

    That is the right thing to do, I live in the UK so I won’t be needed it from day one. Many thanks for you hard work.
    When you do the split screen could you make it possible to view two passages of the same version of the bible. Preacher tend to move between passages at times (what would be a great function to have, if you haven’t already thought of it)and sync with hightlight ect of iPhone app, that would save me a lot of time.

    God Bless

    Tony

  4. Scott says:

    Thanks for the update. I agree that is better to wait than to throw something out there just to have it on Day 1. Looking forward to seeing it when it is ready.

  5. Mark Flach says:

    Craig and Jeff,

    Just loaded PocketBible on my iPad and well….. Let’s just say I’m anxious for the release of the iPad version to be ready. If you need Beta testers let me know.

    Mark

  6. The good news is it’s really fast.

    We were right to wait, though. There are some behaviors that clearly aren’t emulated correctly (or not at all) in the emulator.

  7. Mike in Oklahoma says:

    Please let us know when it will be available for the iPad via your email blasts. I love using PocketBible on my PC & my Pocket PC as I keep 6 books/windows open at one time on the PC, mainly a commentary along with at least 3 versions of the Bible, the search window, & a dictionary. I wish my iPhone allowed at least 2 books like my Pocket PC, maybe in a future release? Either way, I’ve been using your products since Quickverse until you sold that company. I hope you stay with Laridian as Quickverse support was awful after you sold. Thanks for the great support after the sale, allowing us to use books we’ve purchased across platforms, & overall great products! Mike

  8. Steve says:

    Got my iPad. Actually using it for this.
    Really looking forward the release of my absolute favorite app.
    Love the new features you mentioned above.
    My top request would be an in app “note pad” type area that I could copy and paste a compilation of verses before a final copy and paste out of the app into email etc
    Thanks for your service for the Kingdom

  9. Andy O. says:

    Thanks so much for doing this right. Be encouraged. We’re praying for you folks through the long hours of hard work on this project.

  10. Brett says:

    Any updates for us on the iPad version?….trying to be patient!

  11. Bob says:

    Waiting on pins and needles for the iPad app. Love all tha you have done.

  12. James Lyon says:

    How about some attention to Android? Please.

  13. Don says:

    Looking for the iPad application daily::>).

  14. Shannon says:

    Looking forward to the iPad version.

    Long time user: Palm, Windows Mobile, Blackberry, iPhone & now iPad.

    Thanks for helping me always have a bible within reach.

  15. Anthony says:

    Any chances to ‘enhance’ the existing iphone app to work on ipad in 2x mode w/out blurring ?

  16. Anthony,

    That really isn’t possible. Wait till you see what we’re doing for iPad. It’s coming together very nicely now.

    One of the nice side-effects is that we’re improving the iPhone app at the same time.

    I hope to be at the point this week where we’d be comfortable posting some screen shots.

  17. Bret Deardorff says:

    Craig – Love how you are progressing with an iPad version. Do it right is a much better philosophy than do it quick. Can’t wait to see what you come up with. I am sure it will be fantastic. I use my iphone version all the time and will likely do the same on the ipad!!

  18. Lawson Culver says:

    Don’t forget about us beta testers… :-)

  19. Bob says:

    I would also be willing to beta test the iPad version

  20. Apple limits the number of beta testers we can have for iPhone/iPad. We already have a group of testers we can go to for the iPad version. If we need more it will only be a handful (no more than 5 more probably) and we will announce it here on the blog. Such announcements tend to be on the blog only long enough for us to get a sufficient number of applicants that we feel we can choose some good testers. So you have to be paying attention. :-)

  21. Ken Maynard says:

    Sitting on ready to purchase the iPad. It is just a few days until May and it would be great to have the iPad version to download soon. Is there a new update as to when it will be ready?

  22. I have a goal of going to the beta testers at the end of the week.

  23. Ernest Asamoah says:

    When will the iPad version be ready? The current iPhone version of pocketbible is not pleasant to the eyes. Olive got the ipad version and I must admit that it looks very nice with the bookshelf and the whole presentation. I am trusting the Laridian will come up with even a better version.

  24. Ernest Asamoah says:

    Still waiting for the ipad version of Laridian.

    When is that going to happen.

    Is there a chance you can have a format like OLIVE TREE with the bookshelf?

  25. Ernest,

    You’re commenting on an old post regarding iPad. Read our newer posts. There are videos and screen shots of PocketBible for iPad in the newer posts.

    It took Apple about a month to approve Olive Tree’s app from what I hear, though Apple claims they approve 98% of apps within a week. We just submitted ours a week ago. We’re hoping for quick turn-around, but it’s all in Apple’s hands now. There’s nothing we can do to speed it up.

    You’ll find in general that we focus on practical features, usability, and consistency. That bookshelf is cute, but that’s about as much as I can say about it. It doesn’t help you extract truth from the text, and that’s what you use Bible software for. That’s not to say we’ll never have a bookshelf metaphor in our app — just that if you want eye candy, pay a dollar for Olive Tree’s Bible reader app. If you want to enhance your walk with Christ, wait a few more days and download the free PocketBible app for iPad. :-)

  26. Ron Priest says:

    Actually, I think Jesus is the original “Candy Man” ….. well you know what I mean. :)

    Ernest, I believe we are going to be pleasantly suppressed with the functionality of the new PocketBible for the iPad. I anticipate It will be the “top-of-the-line” Bible Study Software for the iPod as well as the iPhone. Actually, it already is for the iPhone so I don’t expect any less for the iPad.

    I too like the looks of the other application you speak of with the cool looking bookshelf and Im sure we’ll see stuff like that with the PocketBible in the future. Right now though, I have to agree that functionality is more important.

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