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Using Your Bible Resources – Bible Maps

Posted on: February 14th, 2008 by Michelle Stramel 8 Comments

Awhile back I had created a series of articles on using your Bible resources.  This included commentaries, reference books, devotionals and more.  If you missed that series or could use a brush-up on the information you can enter “Using Your Bible Resources” in the search dialog box to the left of this article and do your search.  Once you have the list of articles you should scroll down to the September 9th article and work your way up so you read them in order.

This new article is on how to use the Bible Maps. The Bible Maps are available for use with PocketBible 4 for Windows Mobile and our PocketBible for Windows software for desktop PCs running Windows.

The Bible Maps is a book similar to your other books.  It is classified as a Dictionary.  With PocketBible for Windows you need to select the option from the File menu to open a new dictionary set (or click the More tab if you already have a dictionary set open).  With PocketBible 4 on a Windows Mobile touch screen device you need to select the Change Book option or select View -> Add Book and select it from the book list under the Dictionary category.  On the list you will see a Bible Maps as well as a Bible Maps – Articles.  In most cases you will probably want the Bible Maps.  The articles are a complement to the maps and does not contain any maps itself.

With PocketBible 4 for Wiindows Mobile on a non-touch screen device,  select Menu, expand down on Dictionaries, select MDM and then Done.

Once you have your Bible Maps open, you will find that at the bottom of every map you have a Contents and an Index link.  The Contents link will take you to the table of contents allowing you to see the list of maps available.  The Index link will take you to a map index with a list of the names of places located on the various maps. Following the name of each place it will list the names of the maps on which that name appears.  Each map name is a link so you can select that link to be taken to that specific map that contains that specific location.

Each map is filled with names of places for which you can read more information.  Just tap (or click) the name of any location on the map and an article will appear (not available on non-touch devices).  If you do not currently have the Bible Maps – Articles book open and your preferred dictionary is something other than Bible Maps – Articles then the system will first look in your preferred dictionary for the information and open the appropriate article.  If you want it to only look in the Bible Maps – Articles book then you need to either:

  1. Change your preferred dictionary to Bible Maps – Articles OR
  2. Close your preferred dictionary and open the Bible Maps – Articles so that both the maps and the articles are on the same screen. By doing one or the other then it will default to opening the article within Bible Maps – Articles.

To change the preferred dictionary setting in PocketBible 4 go to View -> Options -> More Options.  Select the Prefs tab at the bottom.

To change the preferred dictionary setting in PocketBible for Windows go to Edit – > Options, select the Preferred Books tab at the top and make your change.

There are a couple of cool features with the Pocket 4 (touch screen) version of the Bible Maps that will make it easier and more enjoyable to use on your small screen. One is that you can use your stylus to move your map around. Just press your stylus to the map window and drag it up, down, right, left, around in circles, whatever you’d like to do. You will see your map move with the stylus.

Another cool feature is that if you have a book open in addition to the maps (such as a Bible or commentary) and you see the name of a place listed in that other book, you can press and hold your stylus on the name of that place and select Look up.  Because the maps are a dictionary, PocketBible will look up that location in the maps.  If that place can only be found on a single map then it will automatically open that map.  If that location can be found in multiple maps then you will receive the map index showing the name of that location and on which maps that location appears.  You can then select the map you’d like to view.

With the desktop version of Bible Maps you have a much larger screen with which to work. This allows you to easily see an entire map on a single screen. If you are currently viewing a small window, just click the Zoom button in the upper-right corner of the maps window (blue button with double-arrows) or at the top of PocketBible. Click Zoom again to toggle it back to the previous window.

The PocketBible 4 version doesn’t have a zoom feature but you can shrink the images to see an entire map on a single screen.  The print will be too small to read but there may be times when you want to get an overall view of what the region looks like.  To shrink the image, select View -> Options -> More Options.  Put a check mark in the box for Shrink images and tap OK.  Reverse the procedure to bring the maps back to normal size.

With PocketBible 4 on non-touch devices, select Menu, Options, Appearance, scroll down and put a check mark in the box for Scale images.

You will find that the Bible Maps are a great edition to your library.  It is a very simple book to use and it can provide you with additional insight behind the many stories we read about in the Bible.

NOTE: If you are having trouble with your PocketBible or Bible Maps software, please do not post your technical support issues as a comment.  Instead, you need to send an email to support@laridian.com for assistance.  Be sure you’ve checked the Help Desk Knowledgebase before you request assistance.  Thank you.

8 Responses

  1. Michael Roach says:

    I just downloaded Bible Maps to my AT&T Wireless 8525 pocket PC for use in conjuction with PocketBible 3. I can open the maps just fine but can’t zoom into a given map to see the details. I read your website instructions on how to zoom in but none of those options appear on my map software. My stylus can drag the map up or down but doesn’t move it left or right, mainly because it’s so small that it fits into the width of a single screen. No magnification options appear either by pressing and holding the stylus down or any other means since no menu items appear anywhere around the map window. What’s wrong?

    Thanks.

  2. Please re-read the last paragraph of the article.

    Thank you.

  3. Bruce Gilliland says:

    If the device supports a landscape view, the maps will display somewhat larger in landscape. At least they do on my PDA.

  4. When the “Shrink Images” checkbox is checked, we scale the image to be no wider than the width of the screen. So if you run in landscape mode, the image will be wider. The user above has this box checked but doesn’t realize it. Once that box is unchecked, the maps will be at full zoom level and everything will be fine.

  5. ANDREW says:

    just downloaded Bible Maps to my SAMSUNG OMNIA II WINDOWS MOBILE PROFESSIONAL 6.1 smartphone for use in conjuction with PocketBible 4. I can open the maps just fine but can’t zoom into a given map to see the details. My stylus can drag the map up or down but doesn’t move it left or right, mainly because it’s so small that it fits into the width of a single screen. No magnification options appear either by pressing and holding the stylus down or any other means since no menu items appear anywhere around the map window. PLEASE HELP.

  6. The article above describes the behavior you’re seeing. You have the program set to shrink images to fit the screen. If you have problems un-selecting this option, take a look at the program help or contact tech support at support@laridian.com.

  7. John Fidel says:

    Craig,

    I just purchased the bible maps and they do not work too well on my ipod touch. Will they work better on the ipad or is this currently for pocketbible for windows version only? I can see them, I just cannot move them around, so they take up several pages.. not the best way to view a map. Using the shrink images helps a bit.

  8. The best way to use the maps on the iPhone or iPod touch is to turn on “Shrink Images to Fit” in settings, then rotate the device to landscape to make them as large as possible.

    On the iPad this is still the best approach, but since the screen is bigger it’s easier to select the links and in general, easier to view the maps.

    Eventually we’ll get to where we can stop putting out fires and work on some of the fine-tuning that will make it easier to work with large images on the small screen. Between the iPad and now iPhone 4 it seems we’re always catching up and not getting ahead. :-)

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