Seems the iPhone is the only thing we’ve been writing about lately. Another update is available. This one adds user-created notes and gives you the ability to use the browser’s forward and back buttons to navigate the history of pages you’ve viewed.
To write a note on a verse, tap the hyperlinked verse number in the Bible text. This takes you to the context menu. If you have a note on this verse, you’ll see it at the top of the menu. Otherwise, you can select the “Add Note” button to add a new note.
You just type your note and select OK to attach it to the verse. When you get back to the Bible text you’ll see the word “Note” beside the verse number. Tap that link to see your note. You can read the note from the context menu, and select the button below it to edit it or delete it.
Any Bible reference you enter in a note is automatically linked to the Bible. You can use about any abbreviation for the book of the Bible that you’re used to using. So “1Co 7:12”, “1 Cor 7:12”, “i cor 7:12”, “First Corinthians 7:12”, etc. all will be recognized as a reference to 1 Corinthians 7:12.
You can use HTML tags in your notes if you know them. Basic HTML tags let you add bold, italics, and underline with very little effort. If you know more HTML or can learn a little about it from a book or Web site, you can easily create tables, bulleted or numbered lists, colored text or backgrounds, etc. You don’t have to know HTML to use the note feature, but if you do know it, it adds capability to your notes.
Browser Back and Forward Buttons
Until this version you could only go back to pages you previously visited. Now you can also go forward. Use the Safari browser’s back button in the lower left corner of the screen to go back, and the right arrow next to it to move forward in the list of pages you’ve visited.
As a result of adding this capability you can also add browser-based bookmarks that link to particular passages. It works best if you first go directly to a particular verse using the Go To button in iPocketBible, then set a bookmark.
Next up is devotional reading progress and a better means of navigation. I’m not sure how long that’s going to take. I’m hoping to get it in by next weekend but we have a lot going on in the area of synchronization right now and I have code to write on the Pocket PC to support it. We also have a new book coming out that will require some extensions to the PocketBible code so that’s keeping me busy.
The last remaining big task after devotional support is synchronization with the desktop version of PocketBible for Windows. After that we may turn our attention to supporting some additional phones. We’ve had good reports from Nokia S60 users and users of the Opera Mini browser. We just need some tweaks to make it easier to navigate the program on platforms that don’t have the rich multi-touch interface of the iPhone.
Flick Scrolling on your Pocket PC?
I thought you might get a kick out of this little video of “flicking your Pocket PC”. This was a proof-of-concept implementation I did on the Pocket PC. I made the video to demonstrate it to other Laridian employees.
It isn’t as smooth as the iPhone because we don’t have the advantage of being able to render the entire document at one time (since on the Pocket PC the Bible is presented as one long document, instead of one chapter at a time as on the iPhone). As a result there are some pauses in the scrolling as the program loads pages. So I don’t know if I’ll leave the code in place or not. Just thought you might find it interesting to see.