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PocketBible for iOS users: Have you discovered Autostudy?

Posted on: July 1st, 2012 by Michelle Stramel 9 Comments

Sometimes a verse hits you right in the heart and you want to know everything about it. That is what Autostudy does for you. It tells you everything there is to know about any one verse (or word) in your PocketBible library…in just a few seconds.

What do you need to accomplish an Autostudy?

Currently this feature is available exclusively for those who have downloaded the free version of PocketBible 2 for iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) and purchased the Advanced Feature Set ($4.99 at our website). We hope to roll it into other versions of PocketBible as we go along because it is such a useful tool.

How do you produce an Autostudy?

It couldn’t be simpler. With PocketBible open and a Bible translation onscreen, hold down your finger on a verse and a menu will pop-up. Choose menu and then Autostudy verse. You can do the same with any word in the Bible.

What does Autostudy give you?

As mentioned previously, Autostudy tells you everything there is to know about a verse or word based on your personal PocketBible library. When you pick a verse to Autostudy, PocketBible will provide information regarding that verse based on other Bibles, commentary, dictionaries, etc. that you have installed. You can choose to see everything in your library or just items of a specific category (i.e. Other Translations, Exhaustive Concordances, Commentary). Under the Settings you can choose to exclude specific Bibles or books from results.

For example, if you chose to Autostudy John 3:16 and chose Other Translations in the options, you would see how John 3:16 reads in all your Bible translations.

Your results will vary with a word or verse Autostudy. The word Autostudy is going to offer information from word-based resources such as dictionaries. The verse Autostudy will offer information from verse-based resources such as Bibles and commentary.

You can take your Autostudy results and copy them to another program, save as HTML or plain text or print with or without the formatting (printing requires a printer with AirPrint support). If you don’t like the formatting, you can change this on the Autostudy menu by choosing to Customize CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). If you need a primer on CSS, check out this Guide to Cascading Style Sheets.

Questions about this PocketBible feature, let us know in the comments.

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9 Responses

  1. Bruce Gilliland says:

    Now, this is a feature I will want in the Android and Windows versions (my PB4 for WinMob is on life support). I have seen similar features in recent releases of other Bible study programs. This means I don’t have to keep so many Bible translations and commentaries open all the time. I know Craig is busy on the Android app, but I hope we see this sooner rather than later.

  2. bornagnr says:

    Wow, that feature sounds amazing! I’ve been waiting (not so patiently) for over 2 years with Android. I’m giving up and going with an iphone so I can have my Bible back. When I had it on Palm it was the best tool ever for studying, searching, researching, etc. And I couldn’t beat it for quick reference since it was always right there at my fingertips on my phone. We have no excuse for not knowing God’s word – I’m so excited I can’t wait.

  3. Scott says:

    I saw this feature a little while back and only recently realized how powerful this really is. I have really enjoyed your product over the years (first with pocket pc and now iphone). Keep up the great work. As a programmer I can appreciate what great functionality (and hard work) you have put into your software. Thanks!

  4. Tim Miller says:

    I absolutely love PocketBible! For several years, I have only carried my iPad to church with me. I also use it daily for Bible reading! It is the best Bible tool that I own.

    I have noticed one small problem… when highlighting text to copy, it really lags when you drag the highlighting handle. Is it just my iPad or do others experience this?

    Thanks again for a great product!

    • Tim, I don’t find a lag on my iPad when using the handles. You could try using the Passage Action under the menu instead although there may be a few extra steps there.


  5. EdH says:

    Tim, I get the same lag on my iPad 3 when dragging handles. I have to drag, stop, then wait for the UI to catch up, then fine tune the drag, wait, fine tune, wait, etc. until I finally have what I want selected.

    • Ed and Tim,

      This is something new. Mine is doing it too, but Michelle’s is not. It didn’t used to do this. I tried turning a bunch of settings on/off to see if any affected it with no luck. Will have to look into this further.

  6. Paul says:

    I had forgotten about this blog post and was looking around in the menus of PocketBible, saw Autostudy and gave it a try.

    I must say A++++!

    Looking forward to the release of the advanced feature set for Windows.

    Excellent work.

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