Let me start this posting with the instruction that I try to mention everytime I talk about iPocketBible:
Use Two Fingers to Scroll
Having dispensed with that, I’ve got information about a couple recent updates to iPocketBible and some iPocketBible-related news.
On Monday we uploaded changes to support the Lookup button. Selecting the Lookup button allows you to look up a word either in the current dictionary (if you have a dictionary open) or your preferred dictionary (from the Options page).
Related to this feature is support of certain links in some of our dictionaries (especially the Strong’s dictionaries) to other words in the dictionary. Those links weren’t working. They are now.
Today we added the highlight feature. Just select a verse number to go to the verse context menu and select a highlight color. iPocketBible supports the same palette of highlight colors as PocketBible on the desktop and Pocket PC.
We’ve also added the latest release date to the About screen, and a link to “What’s New” so you can see the history of revisions. To make sure you’re running with the latest version of the program, either reload www.ipocketbible/go or select the button on revision history page that loads the current version.
Staying Informed About Updates
To make sure you’re up-to-date on the latest updates to the program we’ve created an email list at lists.laridian.com for iPhone users. We’ll use this list to announce program updates. Since these can be frequent and contain only minor changes to the site, we won’t necessarily send an email out to our entire customer base. But we will send these announcements to members of the iPhone email list. This is the best way to make sure you know when new features have been added. Updates will be relatively frequent over the next couple of weeks but will likely slow down as we get our full feature set implemented.
I’ll probably go after the commentary feature next. This will allow you to quickly jump to the commentary on a passage without having to open a commentary and navigate the table of contents to find the correct section.
Enabling Strong’s number links in the KJV and NASB needs to be tackled soon. This is a trivial exercise for the most part, but I’m concerned about the hit we’ll take on page loading speed because of the huge number of links on each page. I’m trying to think about ways to minimize that.
I’m anxious to get to the notes feature. That one might take some time depending on how fancy we get with note editing.
We’re also looking at some user interface changes that we think you’re really going to like. I’ll probably get in trouble if I say any more than that because I don’t want to make more promises than we can deliver.
I’m just looking forward to not having to start every iPocketBible blog post with an admonition about using two fingers to scroll. Yeah, I probably shouldn’t reveal too much.