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Updated: PocketBible, Pocket PC Edition

Posted on: December 12th, 2006 by Craig Rairdin 7 Comments

The Pocket PC edition of PocketBiblehas been updated to version 3.045. The book reader engine remains 1.059. This is a free update for registered PocketBible 3 for Pocket PC owners.

This version includes one new feature based upon customer feedback — several color choices can now be selected via the Colors tab in the options settings. You can now select various text and window background colors to match your reading preferences.

Two minor bugs were corrected as well.

  1. On low resolution devices, the new horizontal scroll bar was too tall. It now appears with a standard height.
  2. Under some circumstances, changing various options may not have immediately been reflected in the search results / list window. This has been corrected.

To install the update:

  1. Exit PocketBible on your Pocket PC.
  2. Login to your personal download account at the Laridian Web site.
  3. Download the latest version of PocketBible for Pocket PC.
  4. Run the PocketBible setup program, downloaded in step 3, to guide you through the setup process.
  5. After installation is complete, verify that PocketBible 3.045 is installed by starting PocketBible on your device, then checking View > About PocketBible.

For additional assistance, please visit the Help Desk.

7 Responses

  1. Wayne Bird says:

    Thanks for making the scroll bar standard height, now if it only operated like all the other scroll bars in PocketBible and every other program for that matter it would be good. When you tap and hold on the right or left arrow the screen doesn’t scroll.

  2. Victor Ong says:

    Any plan to create a prayer journal database?

  3. Jerry says:

    Craig – I know your development energy has been focused on the iPocketBible and the sync providers lately, but I wanted to offer the following usability suggestions for the Windows Mobile version. I have submitted these in the Help Desk but was curious to know your thoughts about their relative merits and how difficult such additions would be:

    1. Most important! Better one-handed operation. Using WM5 soft keys works okay, but operations like selecting a book in the Change Book and Add Book dialogs are difficult (impossible?) to do one-handed. Pressing the Action key (center button on a five-way dpad) doesn’t select the book, nor does the round “ok” button select or close the dialog (It closes the program). The same is true for the Copy Passage, Find, Categories, Go To dialogs. Also – in the Copy Passage dialog boxes / windows the right directional button doesn’t expand a collapsed tree structure like it does in the Add / Change Book dialog, requiring use of the stylus. This is even more noticeable in the Go To dialog when using a multi-level tree commentary like SOTR.

    2. Ability to customize other WM buttons/keys to operations rather than just the d-pad.

    3. Ability to have the “Find Results” pane and/or the “Daily Reading” pane disappear after clicking an entry. This gives more screen real estate for a Bible. Presumably, some people wouldn’t need to keep the results on the screen since it is possible to assign Next/Previous Find results to buttons and/or screen taps.

    4. Option to control relative size of panes when 2 or more books are displayed.

  4. Thanks for the suggestions. Some comments:

    1. Change Book and Add Book use standard Windows Mobile built-in functions to display their tree-views. All of the interaction is standard Windows Mobile behavior. If the built-in buttons don’t work with the built-in software, there’s not much we can do about it. BTW the program works exactly the way you want it to on my Pocket PC running a version of WinMob before 5. So the action key selects a book; the round OK button closes the dialog, not the application; right and left expand and collapse in both the Add/Change Book and Copy Passage dialogs; etc.

    2. I’d have to review whether or not the “other” buttons are standard across vendors or if they’re handled differently by each vendor. If the latter, that’s a problem. I wouldn’t be surprised either way.

    3. Interesting idea; you can close it manually of course after selecting a link, but it’s not automatic.

    4. We used to allow you to resize the panes. Not sure when that feature went away to be honest. Probably it was never implemented on Pocket PC but was implemented on the old HPC and HPC Pro devices.

    Thanks again for the suggestions.

  5. Jerry says:

    1. Is it possible to publish the Windows Mobile key codes that link to various functions within PocketBible here or in the Knowledgebase? I am specifically curious which key code will activate the round “ok” button in the Add Book dialog box.

    2. You should be able to map standard WM key codes to different functions. Not sure how tough that would be for most users to work with though.

  6. The OK button is the default button on that dialog and is activated by the Enter key. The Escape key is the same as the X button and the ? button (help) is ALT-H.

    In order to provide a function that allowed the user to map keys to functions we have to know what keys are on the device. That means knowing what device we’re running on and knowing what keys it has. Or we could provide functionality where you press a button and we attempt to figure out what you just did. That assumes that all “other” buttons return some kind of virtual key code.

    Just FYI you’re the first person in 10 years to request this. It’s not going to be at the top of the priority list. :-)

  7. Ed Hansberry says:

    “The OK button is the default button on that dialog and is activated by the Enter key. The Escape key is the same as the X button and the ? button (help) is ALT-H.”

    Strange. On my Tytn II, neither the enter key nor pressing the center pad button does anything for that blue “Ok” button – I just get a beep. And Alt-H? What WinMo device has an ALT key? I have 4 recent models (2005 or later) and none of them do.

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