Wow it’s been a month since my last article. Time flies.
So I was working on the devotional features of iPocketBible for iPhone when our new Bible Atlas product came out. I thought I had all the programming for PocketBible done to support maps, but of course some issues came up. So I tabled the iPocketBible devotional work and finished up maps for the Pocket PC (and indirectly, for the desktop).
When I came back to iPocketBible fresh off the work on the atlas I realized I needed to make some changes to iPocketBible to support maps, too. So I worked on that until I got to a point where someone else needed to do their changes before my changes could be finished.
About then we finalized some decisions regarding new CD-ROM and USB thumb drive collections for Christmas. These require a new setup program, a new product registration method, changes to the Web site to support automatic ordering of CDs from our duplication facility, and changes to the product we use to load USB devices. I’m in the midst of doing that.
Today I got a call and it seems our CD duplicator messed up disc 3 of The Message Remix audio product for iPod. In the course of that conversation we realized there’s a bad file on disc 1. So that required a new master for disc 1. The duplication house is going to re-do all the disc 3′s and when we get both discs back from the manufacturer, we’ll be sending out replacements to everyone.
So now I’m back working on the new collections which we hope to have out very soon now. After that I’ll get back to getting maps to work on the iPhone, then daily devotional reading progress on the iPhone. It’s like my projects have been stacking up but I think I’m over the mountain top and the stack is getting smaller.
Meanwhile, work continues on the synchronization providers for PocketBible for Windows and PocketBible for Pocket PC. As we got into the project we realized that the database format we were using for devotional reading progress just wasn’t organized correctly to handle synchronization. Changing it meant writing some code to convert the old format to the new, in addition to the code to do the synchronization. Because of the change, more testing was required since we want to make extra-sure that we don’t mess up your data. We’ve done our internal tests and now we’re just starting the customer beta that will be followed by the product release. (No need for more volunteers at this point — thanks for your interest!)
In addition to all of this, large portions of MyBible are being updated to accommodate synchronization. We’re seeing good progress there but there’s still plenty to do before we’ll be able to sync MyBible data to the desktop. It’ll be a free update when it’s done, so hang in there and we’ll keep you informed.
In the next couple of weeks you should be seeing the New International Reader’s Version (NIrV), filling out the “NIV Family” of Bibles (the other being the TNIV). Due to a new contract with the publisher we’re going to be able to offer these three Bibles together at a very attractive price. We’ll also be releasing some new “classic” Bibles that we’ll probably distribute for free.
In the midst of all this I also want to let you know that we’re making some changes in Tech Support so we can better handle all the email and Web-based Help Desk support requests that come in. Starting a couple weeks ago we reduced our phone hours so we can focus on support email, which is significantly more efficient than handling one problem at a time on the phone.
I think that’s it. We’ve been really busy here for the last few weeks and I apologize for not posting more news here sooner. We have to stay busy so we can clear our to-do lists in time for that native iPhone app, right?