PocketBible 1.4.0: The Advanced Feature Set is Here!

Posted on: February 5th, 2015 by Michelle Stramel 16 Comments

PocketBible for Android version 1.4.0 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 provides the capability to add notes to non-Bibles and supports the newly released Advanced Feature Set for PocketBible for Android. The Advanced Feature Set can be purchased from within the app (Dove menu | Buy/Apply Upgrade ) or via our website for $9.99. If you purchase in-app, the Advanced Features will be applied automatically. Otherwise, choose Buy/Apply Upgrade from the menu and it will be applied.

Advanced Features

  • Automatic verse studies. Select a verse and PocketBible presents the following to you. (See video of this).
    • The text of the selected verse from all your Bibles (you choose which ones)
    • The text of the selected verse with Strong’s numbers (if you own one of our Bibles with Strong’s numbers)
    • The definition of each English word in the verse from all of your dictionaries (you choose which ones)
    • The definition of each Strong’s word number from your Strong’s dictionaries (you choose which ones)
    • Commentary on the verse from all your commentaries (you choose which ones)
    • Cross references from the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge (if you have it installed)
  • Automatic word studies. Select a word and PocketBible presents information from your library about the selected word including:
    • Definition of the selected word from all of your dictionaries (you choose which ones)
    • A summary of search results from selected Bibles (you choose which ones)
    • A list of related Strong’s numbers (original language words translated to the selected word)
    • Definitions of the related Strong’s word numbers (you select which Strong’s dictionaries)
  • Automatic today studies. Select a date and choose your Bible reading plan and Bible translation. PocketBible will give you today’s (or any day you select) Bible verses to read in a convenient one-page format. You can also have it put together all the readings from your devotionals for a specific day.
  • Listen to the Bible. Let PocketBible read the Bible or any book to you with its text-to-speech capability. (this feature only requires Android OS 4.1 or later)
  • Auto-Scroll text . Set a book to auto-scroll for easier reading. Increase or decrease the speed of scrolling to match your reading speed. Great for public or devotional reading.
  • Journal. Create notes which are not attached to any verse or book.
  • Customize Color Schemes. Specify colors for text, background, etc. exactly how you like it. See video of this.
  • Rename Highlight Colors. Name your highlight colors to something meaningful to you and categorize by name and color. See video of this.

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16 Responses

  1. GillesnNault says:

    You can correct me if I am wrong but does the Ipod/Iphone version of Pocketbible simulate page turning? If so will this be a future feature for the android version of PocketBible?


    • Michelle Stramel says:

      Gilles, we do not have that feature with any of the PocketBible versions. Thanks for letting us know of your interest in it.


    • Craig Rairdin says:

      Just to clarify: The iOS version of PocketBible “paginates” the text. You move through it a page at a time, just like you do in any of the popular ebook apps.

      The page is animated in from the right (or from the left if you’re going to a previous page) but it does not do a skeumorphic animation of the corner of the page being turned up, nor does it make the sound of paper, nor do the edges of the page darken over time to simulate the oils on your fingertips attracting dirt to the page. 🙂

      • Steve Aubrey says:

        Craig, maybe you should add in the page edge darkening technology. It could be another “holier than thou” measurement. But then there would be people hacking their Bibles to add in decades of use. Okay, bad idea. But still . . .

  2. Gilles Nault says:

    Thanks for the quick reply. I am enjoying the new advanced features set. The automatic verse and word study features look like they will be extremely useful.


  3. Ann says:

    Great features I have enjoyed them all. Great work Laridian team.

  4. Polli Turner says:

    The new verse studies feature reminds me how much I miss the footnotes that were available in my old NASB Bible. I hope in future those can be added to my Pocket Bible version of NASB!

    Loving the new updates! Thanks!

    • Craig Rairdin says:

      The NASB text has a few notes and cross-references included with it. These are the same in any NASB you own. You probably had a study Bible that had additional notes. Those notes are written by someone else and are included with the NASB through a special arrangement with the owners of the NASB text. There are hundreds of these study Bibles. We offer quite a few with PocketBible. Look in the “Commentary” section of our website.

  5. Wayne says:

    I really like the idea of the journal module. I currently use a different program to journal and was excited to use the PB version. However, since it doesn’t have a search feature, and no ability to do an undo or at least cancel editing I have to stick with my other program. Are there any plans to implement these features?

    • Michelle Stramel says:

      Hi Wayne, we’ve put them on the list for consideration. Thanks for the requests. We don’t have a feature list worked out for future versions having just released this version.


  6. Paul Gee says:

    Would it be possible to add the ‘no screen timeout feature’ to Autostudy. There is a lot of information to read in the digest provided by this feature and I often get a screen timeout before I get to the bottom of the page on a large screen Android device. It seems the screen timeout option doesn’t apply globally while Pocketbible is open but only when in the main reading part of the application.

    Great new feature though, Thanks Paul.

    • Michelle Stramel says:

      Paul, thanks for the suggestion! In the meantime, one of the things you can do is save the Autostudy to a file to look at it elsewhere so you don’t to be subject to the time limit of your device screen.

      Michelle S.

  7. Paul Gee says:

    Would be cool if the Autostudy feature could also pull out any relevant information from any of the installed devotional books, which often have useful insights and links to various bible verses.

    This could also be extended to any of the ‘other books’ installed. Maybe not by extracting information from the book because automatically working out what is relevant would be difficult, but providing a hyperlink to the point in the book would be useful. Would be a good reason to buy the book for Pocketbible rather than say Kindle etc. if this additional level of cross referencing was available.


    • Michelle Stramel says:

      Paul, thanks for this suggestion also. There is enough variation between devotionals and “other books” as to format and purpose, I don’t know if it would be possible or useful but we appreciate knowing of your interest in that.

      Michelle S.

  8. Sambodo says:

    Thanks for suggestion. 🙂

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