PocketBible 1.3.0 – Bible/Devotional Reading Progress Tracking

Posted on: September 22nd, 2014 by Michelle Stramel 15 Comments

PocketBible for Android version 1.3.0 has been released to the Google Play Store. If you downloaded the app from Google Play, you should be automatically updated. If you are using a Kindle Fire (or other non-Google Play device), you can download the latest version by browsing to http://lpb.cc/android while on your device.

This update features full devotional/Bible reading plan tracking and the ability to sync your reading progress with your other devices. Complete details on how you can use this new feature are included in the Devotional section of Help.

The PocketBible app offers a variety of free reading plans and devotionals with registration. You can purchase additional devotionals and plans at any time.

Other enhancements included in this update are:

  • GoTo Navigation – we’ve added two alternate methods for going to a specific verse in the Bible: Calculator and Spinner. The default remains the current style of the Book/Chapter/Verse picker. You can change styles from the menu: Settings | Program Settings | GoTo Style.
  • New highlight options – you can now choose Underline, Dotted Underline or Dashed Underline as a verse highlight option.
  • You can now delete PocketBible books from your device without an internet connection.
  • My Special Offers – you can now see any special offers available for you when shopping inside the app.

Take a look at the devotional features in the video below:

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15 Responses

  1. Steve Aubrey says:

    Woohoo! Nice updates. I think I’ll stick with the Spinner style of GoTo – makes sense, seems quicker to appear compared to the original Book/Chapter/Verse.

    And you can tap outside of the control to make it go away without changes.

    The Strong’s Number is now a positive choice!! I’m not sure when you changed it – it used to be a negative (the setting was Hide, so the setting being on would NOT show the numbers). I asked a while ago for this to be positive https://blog.laridian.com/?p=1773#comment-5714 and somebody listened! Thank you so very much.

    I work in the software industry, and know that you can’t make all of your customers happy all the time. You folks do your very best, and succeed at a very high rate. Adding in the responsibility of properly handling the word of God, and you all rock. There cannot be enough praise. Thank you again.

    • Michelle Stramel says:

      Steve, thanks for your kind words. We did change the Strong’s Number choice somewhere in the recent releases to be a positive choice and appreciate your input on that.

      Hope you enjoy the new features!


  2. David W says:

    It’s great to have devotional tracking on PocketBible for Android at last – it’s a feature I have missed since moving from Windows Mobile to Android.

    On setting up tracking for the devotional I’m currently working through, I found myself having to reset the book and mark every devotional so far as read. Is it possible to have additional options in the ‘Manage’ dialog to:

    * clear all read marks, mark all readings up to the current one as read, and set the first unread devotional to today or tomorrow

    * set the start date of the devotional explicitly using a calendar widget (if I remember correctly, this was available in PocketBible for Windows Mobile)

    A UI option to display the red/green box at the bottom of the devotional (so you don’t have to scroll back to the top after reading) or at both the top and bottom of the reading would be welcome.

    • Michelle Stramel says:

      David, if you use the Devotional option on the navigation menu (under the dove icon) and then choose the Manage button, you’ll have the normal catch up options that we have in our other versions of PocketBible that provide the items you mention. If you choose to Start Over, you’ll get a calendar to choose your start date.

      Thanks for your request on the option to display the done box in both places.


  3. Susan says:

    Yay! So great to be able to maintain devotional tracking across ALL the platforms I use now (Windows, iOS, and Android). Now all you need is to implement the ability to scroll to the iOS platform! Thanks, Craig, for all your efforts.

  4. Brad Mier says:

    I’m glad to hear that the reading plans are now supported. I have used both One Year Bible (oyb) and the New Testament in 3 years for many years starting with my Windows PC; then Microsoft type devices and finally, 3 years with Android. When it was just my Windows PC and the Pocket PC’s, the two would sync. I still Use Pocket t Bible on my PC Does it or will it ever sync the reading plans with my Android devices?

    • Michelle Stramel says:

      Brad, yes, the reading plans will now sync between all versions of PocketBible that we now offer including between Android and Windows PC.


  5. Rick says:

    This upgrade is just wonderful! It took me awhile to realize what you are doing with the highlighting for the day’s reading (I thought something messed up, and I was trying to delete the highlighting). If you’re up for a challenge, I’d like to see a button (or something) that move from one selection to the next, in a day’s reading list. The OYCB can sometimes present several readings in a day, and it can be tough for me to remember which is next. I’d love a way to move from one to the next without having to figure which is the next. Am I lazy, or what?

    • Michelle Stramel says:

      Rick, thanks for letting us know you like the new feature. We’re always open to enhancements so thanks for the request on the moving between readings.


  6. David Brainard says:

    Love Laridian but will we ever see Text-to-Speech for Android?

  7. Bob Spooner says:

    I have a friend who also uses the NASB with software from another company. His version includes footnotes and references that can be called up. Is there a plan to include these in the future?

    • Craig Rairdin says:

      Our NASB text includes all the translators’ footnotes that came from the publisher of the NASB (The Lockman Foundation). In addition, we offer dozens of commentaries and reference books that work alongside the NASB that contain notes and cross-references. It’s possible that’s what you’re seeing on the other program — the NASB text plus something like the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge cross-references or a study Bible. We have all of that material, too.

  8. Patrisha says:

    Hi All,

    I appreciate all your hardwork. Is it possible to hilight areas in the commentaries? If not, I hope it’s something that can be put on the to-do list.

    Thank you.

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