Posts Tagged ‘Advanced Features’

PocketBible 1.2.0 for Mac OS X Available

Posted on: March 28th, 2016 by Craig Rairdin

We released an update to PocketBible for OS X today primarily to address some issues that came to light with the release of Deluxe Bible Maps and Timelines. While we were in there we made a few other little adjustments.

The main difference you’ll see is when viewing large images. Previously, large images would bleed off the right edge of the pane, requiring side-to-side scrolling. This worked fine but it made it hard to see the whole image. Version 1.2.0 resizes images so they fit in the width of the pane. If you make the pane wider, the image is re-sized to fit.

Perhaps of more interest are a couple little behavioral tweaks I’ve been meaning to make for a while. First, Advanced Feature Set owners will notice that I’ve extended the hover behavior so that hovering over a Bible link in your notes will show the verse in a pop-up preview window. This is the same behavior you already have for links in books. You’ll also notice that the preview pop-up now uses the same font and size as you have selected for your books instead of using the default font and size provided by OS X. For those of you who like larger print, the small print in the preview pop-up was kind of hard to read.

Second, I’ve added a separate color and underline setting for Strong’s numbers. This allows us to display Strong’s numbers in a slightly lighter shade of the text color so that they’re still readable, but don’t interfere as much with reading the text. And being able to turn off the underline just makes the text look cleaner.

Finally, I’ve made some changes to how we handle the clipboard when you copy an image. Previously we put both the image and an HTML image tag on the clipboard. This allowed programs like PowerPoint that understand images to get the image directly while permitting programs like our note editor to get the same image in the form of a snippet of HTML. Unfortunately, we discovered that the HTML version was confusing a number of other programs (in particular, the Office apps), causing some to refuse to paste and others to go through some kind of weird, paranoid security dance. Hopefully this will work better.

PocketBible 3.4.0 for iOS Available at the App Store

Posted on: November 3rd, 2015 by Craig Rairdin 2 Comments

PocketBible iOS IconApple approved PocketBible 3.4.0 on Monday. The motivation for this update was support for iOS 9 multitasking (“Split View”) on the newer iPads. Of course we took advantage of the update to roll out some new features and enhancements at the same time.

Version 3.4.0 adds Passage Actions to the main menu. This gives you a way to copy, share, or print a verse or passage without actually going there first. I use this to grab verses to insert into sermon notes without losing my place in the Bible.

A number of features were added for new users to ease them into the admittedly complex PocketBible navigation methods (such as swiping from right to left to turn a page, just like a book and just like every ebook app). A new Welcome to PocketBible slideshow is triggered when the program is launched without having previously been registered. It introduces the basic functionality of the program. And the navigation overlay has been enhanced to remind you that you can also swipe instead of tap to navigate.

Version 3.3.7 eliminated the need to purchase voices to take advantage of audio features of the program, but introduced a bug that made it impossible to choose between two voices in the same language. Version 3.4.0 fixes this issue. We also discovered that iOS 9 voices speak more slowly than the same voices in iOS 8, so we changed the default rates and gave you more rate choices if you’re running iOS 9.

You can read the full list of new features, enhancements, and bug fixes when you download the update from the App Store. Or, you can read it below.

What’s Next?

Next up will be a fairly significant update to PocketBible that I’m tentatively planning to call PocketBible 4. We think the new version will be easier to use and will introduce some new features in the Advanced Feature Set that will make the AFS more valuable for those of you who choose to purchase it.

You should note that we plan to raise the price on the AFS at some point in this process, so now is the time to upgrade if you haven’t already. You can do so from within the app, but it’s cheaper to do it on our website. After purchasing the AFS on our site, just choose Buy/Apply Upgrade from the menu in PocketBible to enable the advanced features.


NEW FEATURES

  • Support for iOS 9 multitasking (Split View)
  • Added Passage Actions to the main menu for easily copying or sharing any verse or range of verses without first finding the passage and selecting it in the text.

ENHANCEMENTS

  • New Welcome to PocketBible slide show for new users.
  • Touch zone overlay now shows swipe direction in addition to the functions of each touch zone.
  • Add Share to the press-and-hold menubar to give quicker access to sharing selected text.
  • Leave the Note Viewer open on the iPhone when following an external (Web) link. Makes it easier to get back to where you were.

BUG FIXES

  • Show iOS 9 voice names so that you can choose between two voices in the same language and locale.
  • iOS 9 voices are slower than iOS 8 voices were. Changed the rate options for iOS 9 so that voices sound more natural at the “normal” rate.
  • Make sure status bar background and text colors gets set correctly.>
  • When copying/sharing text, do not include the “Note” marker at the beginning of a verse that has a user-created note. Also, do not include translator’s footnotes.
  • Don’t use the Context menu Share submenu for non-Bibles, as it will have only one item in it. Just do Share Selected Text directly.

PocketBible for Android: What Can Advanced Features Do For you?

Posted on: February 13th, 2015 by Michelle Stramel 15 Comments

If you are using PocketBible on your Android OS device or Kindle Fire, here are some good reasons to upgrade to the Advanced Features (and how to do it).

Why upgrade?

The Advanced Features available for PocketBible on Android smartphones and tablets offers some handy additions to the basic features of PocketBible.

You can watch an overview of the Advanced Feature Set below:

Autostudy – Verse, Word or Today

Autostudy makes it easy to pull information out of your library on a specific verse or passage. Choose a verse and AutoStudy will put together information about that verse from your PocketBible Bibles, commentaries, cross-references, etc. on one page. It can even give you a definition from your installed dictionaries for every word in the verse. You can get more details on this feature in our article: Have you discovered Autostudy? You can also do a today Autostudy that puts all your Bible and devotional reading for “today” on one page.

Autoscroll

Autoscroll will scroll the text of a Bible or book for you for easier reading. You can adjust the speed at which the text moves along. This feature is great for public or devotional reading.

Listen to the Bible

Would you like to have PocketBible read the Bible to you? The Advanced Feature Set adds the ability to do this using the text-to-speech voice already installed to your Android device. These voices are synthesized which means they are electronic and therefore not always perfect in pronunciation or inflection. However, they don’t take up as much space on your device as an “audio Bible”. There are many benefits to listening to the Bible. I have found this feature extremely handy for keeping up with my Bible reading in the car, as I clean the house, on a run — time that might otherwise be wasted can be reclaimed for a good purpose.

Journal Notes

Even if you are not a prolific note-taker, you will enjoy the new Journal feature. PocketBible already lets you add a note to any Bible verse or book passage. Now you can create multiple free-form notes not attached to any book, that can be used for any purpose you’d like.

Customize your colors

New color options include the ability to rename your highlight colors. For example, you could change the label for salmon to love and use your highlights to collect and categorize specific verses (see video of this). We’ve also added an option you can use to create your own personalized color scheme for the app (see video of this).

How to upgrade

If you are already using PocketBible 1.4.0 or later:

  1. Purchase the Advanced Feature Set at our web site for $9.99 (it is also available in-app – choose Buy/Apply upgrade from the menu).
  2. Open PocketBible on your Android device and the Advanced Features should be automatically applied – a quick message will flash across letting you know this. If you miss the message, you can double-check on the menu | About PocketBible. It will say it is using the “Advanced Feature Set” there if it is installed.

If you are still using PocketBible 1.3.0 (or earlier) for Android, you can update by visiting our Google Play Store page or following the instructions for installing from our website for Kindle Fire and other devices not connected to Google Play.

Have You Discovered Autostudy?

Posted on: February 11th, 2015 by Michelle Stramel 14 Comments

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

What do you need to accomplish an Autostudy?

This feature is available exclusively for those using PocketBible on an iDevice (iPhone/iPad/iPod touch), Android smartphone or tablet or a Mac. It also requires that you own Advanced Features for the specific operating system as well (Advanced Features are sold separately for each OS).

How do you produce an Autostudy?

AutoStudy makes studying simpler. Choose a verse and choose Autostudy from the menu. Select which books or type of information you want to see on your AutoStudy report and choose to view.

What does Autostudy give you?

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 from Bibles, commentaries, 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). 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.

The differences between the two types of Autostudy options – word or verse – is based on the type of information you are requesting. If you are doing a verse Autostudy, you will get information from books that are indexed by verse. This includes commentaries, cross-references, Exhaustive Concordances and other translations. It can also include definitions for every word in the verse. A word Autostudy will provide information from word-based books, primarily dictionaries.

You can keep your Autostudy results by copying them to another program, saving for later or printing (requires compatible printer).

One additional Autostudy option, available on Android and Mac, is a Today Autostudy. This is especially handy if you are reading multiple devotionals or a Bible reading plan that includes verses from different places in the Bible (i.e. OT/NT). Choose to Autostudy today, choose your reading plans or devotionals and PocketBible will present you with all your readings for that day on one page.

See an AutoStudy in action! Choose your platform below to see a short video of an AutoStudy (links to video on youtube):

Swiping through the Bible on your iOS Device

Posted on: November 11th, 2014 by Michelle Stramel 14 Comments

Since the release of PocketBible 3.1.0, if you own the Advanced Feature Set for PocketBible iOS, you have the ability to customize your movement through PocketBible Bibles and books.

By default, PocketBible offers specific touch zones depending on whether you are in a Bible or other type book. Bible touch zones include options to move by page, verse or chapter as well as moving to the next/prev open book. Non-Bible Book touch zones include options to move by page and to change books. To view navigation options for the current active book, tap in the center of the book and a temporary navigation overlay/guide will appear.

The Advanced Feature Set adds an option to Customize Touch Zones under the Settings menu. With this option, you are able to customize touch zones down to the book level (i.e. Bible, Devotionals, other), but we also include a set of pre-defined configurations. Here are suggested alternatives but feel free to try them all and see what works best for you:

  • If you find yourself swiping instead of tapping to move through a book, try the Alternative Default (option 2)
  • If you like the default touch zones but sometimes change books when you meant to move to the next page, try the Defaults with No Book Changes (option 3)
  • If you like swiping up to move through books but inadvertently change books, try the Alt Defaults with No Book Changes (option 4). To change books, tap on the title bar in the open window.

Watch the video below to see how to use this customization feature. It shows how to setup PocketBible so that swiping up will move you through the Bible (rather than changing books).

PocketBible for iOS users: What can Advanced Features do for you?

Posted on: September 11th, 2012 by Michelle Stramel 8 Comments

If you are using PocketBible 2 or later for iOS, here are some good reasons to upgrade to Advanced Features and how to do it.

Why upgrade?

The Advanced Features available for PocketBible on the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch offer some handy additions to the basic features of PocketBible.

You can watch an overview of the Advanced Feature Set below:

Tabs (or tabbed panes) are especially wonderful on the iPad. I keep 5 tabs open on my iPad and each tab contains a specific type of book so the headings display category of book (i.e. Bibles, Commentaries) rather than book abbreviation. When you mix different types of books within a pane, PocketBible shows the abbreviation for the top book instead of the category. Tabs make it fast and easy to move from my Bible to a commentary or other type of book and get the information I need to understand what the Bible is saying.

Autostudy is very useful to me because I often compare Bible translations when I read the Bible. If I particularly like or, conversely, don’t understand a verse, I want to see how it is translated elsewhere. Autostudy will put that together in seconds–all on one page. It will do the same for information from other types of books as well – commentaries, dictionaries, etc.. You can get more details on this feature in our article: Have you discovered Autostudy?

Would you like to have the program read the Bible to you? The Advanced Feature Set adds the ability to do this but you will need to make one more purchase of a voice (at $1.99 each) to take advantage of that ability. PocketBible voices are synthesized which means they are electronic and therefore won’t take up as much space on your device as an “audio Bible”. I have found this feature extremely handy for keeping up with my Bible reading in the car, as I clean the house, on a run — time that might otherwise be wasted can be reclaimed for a good purpose.

If you like to copy passages from your reference or other type books, you’ll want the Advanced Features as they allow you to do just that. And if your printer supports AirPrint, you’ll be able to print from the program.

Advanced Features were enhanced with the release of PocketBible 3 and now offers these additional capabilities!

  • A new Journal feature lets you add comments to PocketBible that are not connected to a specific book.
  • You can now rename your highlights colors. For example, you could change the label for salmon to love and use your highlights as categories for specific types of verses.
  • Change the behavior of the touch zone nagivation. The most common customization is to use swipe up and down for page changes instead of swiping left and right. Other customizations are possible.

How to upgrade

If you are already using PocketBible 2 or later on your iDevice, adding these new features is straight-forward:

  1. Purchase the Advanced Features at our web site for $4.99 (it is also available in-app for $1.00 more). Add a Voice at the same time if you think you want to use that feature. I prefer Tracy but our best-selling voices are Heather and Ryan.
  2. Go into PocketBible on your iOS device and choose the Menu button and Buy/Apply Upgrade (if you’ve already purchased at our website, you’ll just be applying). Choose Add/Remove Voices to download a Voice if you’ve purchased one.

You’re all set!

If you are still using PocketBible 1.4.7 (or earlier) for iOS, follow our 3 Steps to Move from PocketBible 1 to PocketBible 3 on your iOS device.

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