PocketBible 2.0.1 Approved by Apple

Posted on: October 12th, 2011 by Craig Rairdin 19 Comments

We’ve just been notified that PocketBible for iOS version 2.0.1 has been approved. This is essentially an update that tries to squash the inevitable little bugs that show up in any x.0.0 version.

Some of you were completely unable to run PocketBible at all. Turns out if you weren’t running a relatively recent version of the operating system, PocketBible would display its splash screen then immediately exit. This has been fixed. We were all somewhat surprised we hadn’t found that problem before releasing the program, since it was trivial to reproduce once we set our minds to it. We get used to our programming tools warning us when we try to do something that’s not available in older versions of the OS and don’t always test for compatibility as thoroughly as we could.

Some of you were surprised to hear Heather or Ryan or one of our other voices start reading the Bible to you when you hung up after a phone call. Turns out if you paused PocketBible’s synthesized voice instead of stopping it, then any interruption would restart the reading. That was an easy fix once I figured out what was going on. Sorry if it caught you at an inopportune time.

This brings up an interesting point: You probably didn’t realize that the “mute” switch on your iPad or iPhone is only a “suggestion” to the device. You might think you’re turning off the sound, but you’re not. Apple treats the iPod app and other apps that play “foreground” sound (such as PocketBible) as immune from the effects of the mute switch. They believe you only intend to mute background sounds from games, key clicks, and that kind of thing when you flip the mute switch. Hmmm.

A couple of you reported that you only had two panes/tabs on your iPhone after upgrading to the Advanced Feature Set, instead of the advertised five panes/tabs. It could be fixed by exiting the program and re-launching. We were able to find the problem and fix it so you won’t have to do that in the future.

While printing out one of my own sermon notes I discovered the Autostudy CSS settings for ordered and unordered lists were overriding my list types. So my nice outline with roman numerals and upper/lower case letters was displayed with all arabic numerals. I made a change to the default CSS so this won’t happen.

Some of you were able to crash the program while doing a “Paste to Email” or “Paste to Text” operation. When we looked at the code, it looked like it should always crash, yet it never crashed for us and it didn’t crash for many of you. So this is one of those cases where we’re not sure why it ever worked at all. Nevertheless, it’s fixed in 2.0.1.

Finally, we got a nice note from Apple saying they were concerned about the effect our Bibles and books would have on the amount of data backed up to their new iCloud service. Data that can be re-downloaded from our server, they said, should not be stored in a directory that is automatically backed up. We see it the other way. We think you’d like to have your entire PocketBible library restored when restoring from a backup set, without having to separately log into our server (and any other server for any other program you might have with ebooks or other downloadable data). We read the developer documentation as “suggesting” that we don’t do that, so after considering the suggestion we decided to leave it the way it was.

However, Apple seemed really concerned about the few dollars this might cost them in additional hard drive space for iCloud, and given that they’ve gone through some tough times lately we decided to help them out. Version 2.0.1 automatically moves your books to a folder that does not get backed up to iCloud. So if you ever have to restore a backup, you’ll have to log into your account on our server and re-download your books. Just don’t everyone do it at the same time. 🙂

19 Responses

  1. Lawson Culver says:

    I got a friendly phone call from Apple on my app almost a year ago, letting me know they were forcing me into In App Purchases. I’ve also experienced the “I can’t believe I didn’t check that” feeling, when I added in printing to my app and broke in on all OSes before 4.x.

  2. Alan Wynn says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

    Now I’m back to my studies…

    Alan Wynn

  3. Alan Wynn says:

    I spoke too soon! I just downloaded the new program update on the ap store. My program still crashes right after the splash screen. I have shut down and rebooted the iphone and it still crashes. I am using OS 3.0.1 on my iphone.

    Thanks for any help.

    Alan D Wynn

  4. Alan Wynn says:

    I am sorry, I have version 3.1.3 on my iphone.

    Alan Wynn

    • Alan, contact tech support for support issues. In the meantime, it’s unlikely you’re running the new version. Delete all copies of PocketBible and try again.

  5. Rick Totton says:

    The last paragraph seems to explain why all my books are missing after upgrading to iOS 5 on my iPhone 4. I’m waiting till I get a wifi connection, then I will reload them. Always good to know the reason behind odd behavior – thanks.


  6. Matt Elliott says:

    So are the notes and highlights moved to the cache/tmp directories or just the bibles? Nasty/Hidden feature of ios5 is that if the device runs low on space it starts dumping app data stored in these locations that aren’t getting backed up to iCloud. I hope I don’t run into a situation where the bible I need isn’t on my device when I need it. Or worse yet, find my notes have been erased to free up some space for more spam in my incoming mail box.

    • Matt, your notes and other personal data are stored in a folder that is backed up to iCloud. It is our understanding that the folder where we keep our books is NOT subject to deletion by the OS if it needs space.

  7. Me says:

    Fyi, the apple docs about which directories get deleted is misleading. Look in the dev forums for the accurate information.

  8. Chris says:

    I wish that you had not caved in to Apple on this iCloud issue. My preference would be that how users allocate their 5GB be up to them. I for one would much prefer to have it all download from iCloud. Perhaps a user setting to set the behavior would be best. Also, how much data are we really talking about? What is the average size and the max possible? I have Wired magazine. Each issue is currently running about 380MB. I found this one app is using 1.6GB of my allocation!

  9. Bruce Gilliland says:

    The book backup issue is one more reason for me to hang on to my WinMo6 phone and PB4 for as long as possible. All my books are on my PC and backed up on an external hard drive.

  10. Wolfgang says:


    Thanks for all the work. I have been using your products since my OLD Palm days. 🙂 I just got an Ipad and love the new version! I was wondering if I can use panes AND tabs (To get a couple panes inside a tab and still have a few tabs). Or, do you think that may be added in a future release? Yes, I want everything ! Thanks again.

  11. Marc Thompson says:

    I’m running iOS 5 and having copy & paste issues . If I try copying a scripture it pastes it like this….

    For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.

    Anybody else having this problem ?

  12. Marc Thompson says:

    Ok that’s wierd…on my screen it had all these HTML codes, but now I see it went through fine. Anybody know what this is about?

  13. Bev N says:

    Thank you for the info on the Copy/paste HTML codes showing. I was trying to find the option to Tap it off.

    Thank you for your hard work. This makes preparing for Women’s Bible Study group so easy.

  14. Cheryl Croney says:

    Still love it!

  15. Jordan says:

    I’d also love a user-preference. I just upgrade to an iphone 4s and I would have loved it if all my bibles had showed up. I don’t need Momma Apple deciding which apps I want to backup to my 5gb, I’m perfectly capable of making that decision myself. I can understand the defaults not, but giving the user choice would be nice.

  16. Rick rump says:

    love the synch voice feature. Two wishes:
    1. Could the speed be somewhat adjustable? It is a little too fast to digest at times.
    2. Could the “read point” be kept in the middle of the screen rather than at the top? Related to 1, I need to look down and see the word I didn’t recognize and usually it has scrolled off the screen.

    Love it for devotions. Can shut my eyes and just listen.


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