Please note the date on this post. Read our more recent posts on the iPhone for more up-to-date information.
Pre-Launch Access for our Blog Readers
As promised, iPocketBible is now available to our blog readers. We wanted to give you first shot at it before we send out emails and press releases next week.
Complete details are at www.iPocketBible.com. From there you can read more about the subscription plans and link to the iPocketBible application itself.
Before going any further, let me remind you: Use two fingers to scroll the text in iPocketBible.
If you already have a collection of Laridian Bibles and books for PocketBible, MyBible, or one of our other readers, you’ll find all these Bibles and books available to you when you subscribe to iPocketBible.
If you don’t yet own any of our Bibles or reference books, you can purchase them when you subscribe to iPocketBible. You’ll also find several free Bibles and reference books on the order form that will help you get started.
iPocketBible is a subscription service. Monthly subscriptions are $1.99/month and are automatically charged to a credit card you provide when you purchase the product. Your first payment will be charged a month after you order, so you have until then to try the program out. If you don’t like it, simply contact us and cancel any time before you’re billed. Billed amounts are not refundable.
The annual subscription is $19.99 and has the benefit of being payable by check or money order if you don’t want to use a credit card. Because the service can be tried for up to a month using the monthly subscription, the annual subscription is not refundable.
iPocketBible is a Web application so it’s very easy for us to update it and add new features. As a result, we decided to make it available to you just as soon as a reasonable amount of functionality was present. This first version of iPocketBible has the following features:
- Access to your complete collection of Laridian Bibles and reference books
- Easy Bible navigation either by choosing book, then chapter, then verse, or by entering a reference like “John 3:16″
- Easy reference book navigation by hierarchical table of contents
- Easy daily devotional navigation by interactive calendar
- Search for words, phrases, or combinations of words
- Search for words matching all prefixes or all suffixes of a particular word
- Chose a passage from a list of search results to see it in context, then use “previous” and “next” functions to see other results in context.
- Set bookmarks on your favorite passages
- Words of Christ in red
- Extensive online help
Highlight verses using several highlight colors– done 9/19/07 Enter your personal notes on any verse– done 10/06/07 Quick word look-up for dictionaries (rather than navigating the table of contents)– done 9/17/07 Context-sensitive verse look-up for commentaries (again, rather than navigating the table of contents)– done 9/20/07 Track your progress through daily devotionals and Bible reading plans– done 12/10/07 Synchronize all your personal data with PocketBible for Windows. Notes, highlights and bookmarks entered on the desktop will show up on your iPhone, and vice versa.– done 2/20/08 Strongs numbers in Bibles that contain them (they are currently there but not displayed)— done 9/21/07
One thing you’ll notice is that Greek and Hebrew characters don’t display correctly on the iPhone. This is due to the fact that the iPhone does not contain a standard Unicode font. If you view these reference books that contain Greek and Hebrew in your desktop browser you’ll see that the characters are there. They just can’t be displayed with the current iPhone operating system. We’ve left them in place so that if/when Apple releases an update containing a Unicode font, they will start working correctly.
You can expect to see some of the new features very, very soon and others will be a few weeks away. The program is very usable as-is. We’ve really enjoyed using it these last few weeks and we appreciate your patience as we get the new features rolled into the program.