We’ve just uploaded an update to iPocketBible with new features related primarily to keeping track of your devotional reading progress. Some other small enhancements are also in the program.
To make sure you’re running the latest version of the program, use the “reload” button in the Safari browser, which is to the right of the address bar at the top of the page.
New Features and Enhancements
Devotional Reading Progress. The Go To page for devotionals has changed. The first time you go there for a particular devotional book you’ll see a way to select the start date for the devotional. This allows you to say when you want to start reading the book. The first article in the book will be associated with that date. As you read an article, tap the “Mark as Complete” link at the top of the page to indicate you’ve read it.
Back on the Go To page you can go to the reading for a particular date, for today, or go to the first unread reading in the book. You can also see a summary of your reading progress. You can change the start date for the book and reset your reading progress. If you get behind in your reading there’s a Catch Up button that changes the start date to make it so you’re back on schedule.
Commentary Links. When you select the verse menu by tapping the link on a verse number, you’ll see a link to your preferred commentary (assuming it has commentary on the verse). Some commentaries have comments on an entire chapter along with comments on each verse in the chapter. Previous versions of iPocketBible would take you to the first section in the commentary that dealt with the verse you’re on, which could be the general comments on the chapter instead of the specific comments on the verse. This version tries to take you to the most specific commentary that pertains to your verse.
Notes and Bible Links. When you create a note, iPocketBible automatically links every reference to a Bible verse to your preferred Bible. Unfortunately that takes some time. It used to take LOTS of time but we’ve trimmed that down significantly. We want it to be faster still, but it’s at least faster than it was.
We’ve had at least one case where a person thought the program had failed and didn’t wait for it to complete. As a result the note was lost. We’ve changed the code so that if you entered a really, really long note (not fun on an iPhone or any PDA for that matter) and you get impatient and exit the program, we will at least save the un-linked version of your note so it’s not lost. The next time you load the page containing that note, the program will link it and save the linked version so it doesn’t have to do it again. The point here is to make sure your note doesn’t get lost in the process.
We’ll be working on ways to speed this up. In the meantime, brief notes — the length that most of you have been writing — are plenty fast.
We’re close to being able to put our new Bible Maps book on the iPhone. We have it working on our testing site. We are working on scrolling and zooming features. That will probably be the next thing you see.
As soon as we release the Pocket PC Sync Provider to sync user-created date from our desktop version of PocketBible with the Pocket PC version, we’ll start work on the iPocketBible Sync Provider.
After that there’s a list of handy features and performance improvements we’ll be working on.
If you want to make sure you get notified of each new update to iPocketBible, go to lists.laridian.com and sign up for the iPhone list.