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PocketBible 2.0.6 Available on the App Store

Posted on: October 31st, 2012 by Craig Rairdin 14 Comments

We’ve just been notified that our latest update to PocketBible (version 2.0.6) has been approved by Apple. It should become available in the App Store over the next 24 hours.

We apologize for the delay getting our iOS6-compatibility fixes into PocketBible. We ran into a couple of issues getting our update past the Apple approval process. In the end, being forced to address those issues caused us to find a couple tricky bugs that wouldn’t have turned up otherwise. But the whole process ended up taking longer than we wanted.

The complete list of new features and bug fixes is below, but a couple are worth highlighting. First, this version adds support for the Greek New Testament. You should find the SBL Greek New Testament in your list of downloadable books in “Add/Remove Books”. There are instructions in the built-in Help for enabling the Greek keyboard so that you can do searches in Greek.

Several bugs introduced in iOS 6 have been circumvented. In particular, you may have noticed PocketBible would only read the first verse on the screen to you when you asked it to start reading. This has been fixed. And it’s not really a bug, but PocketBible will now take advantage of the full height of the screen on the iPhone 5. (This wouldn’t have been a problem except that Apple “lies” to our app when we request the size of the iPhone 5 screen, apparently to maintain compatibility with apps that aren’t as clever as PocketBible by making them think they’re running on an older device.)

I believe we’ve finally fixed the problem of books and voices disappearing when memory runs low. Apple changed the way they do this a couple of times over the last year or so and kept defeating our efforts to preserve our files. We think we have it figured out now.

Finally, PocketBible now requires at least iOS 5. The latest version of the development tools only produces ARMv7 binaries and there are no ARMv7 devices that don’t support iOS 5. We’d like to support older versions of the operating system, but we’re limited by what the development tools support.

 

What’s new in this version?

  • Support for the SBL Greek New Testament including display, searching and copy/paste.
  • Added “Find Selection” to the Selection menu. Rearranged the Selection and Context menus to put more frequently used items closer to the top.
  • iOS 6 compatiblity including:
    • Fixed a bug where PocketBible would stop after one verse when speaking the text
    • Addressed rotation issues
    • Added 4″ Retina launch image and support for the full height of the new iPhone 5 screen
  • Bug fixes including
    • Fixed a bug in certain books with images where they did not appear when “shrink to fit” was selected
    • Changed the way text is selected to address sluggishness on devices with Retina displays
    • Fixed a problem that manifested in ZIBBCNT and HBH where images in tables were not shown if “shrink images to fit” was selected.
    • Made sure the built-in KJV, Help, and Welcome documents plus downloaded voices all get marked as “do not back up to iCloud”.
    • Related to the above, downloaded books and voices were moved to a folder that should not be purged under low memory conditions.
  • Set the minimum iOS version supported to 5.0.

Exploring the places of the Bible with Maps

Posted on: September 22nd, 2012 by Michelle Stramel 3 Comments

You wouldn’t go on a long trip without taking a good map or atlas. In the same way, it’s good to have some maps when you’re travelling through the Bible. The events of the Bible take place in an area that is unfamiliar territory to most of us. And in certain parts of the Bible where many cities, mountains, countries and territories are mentioned (the Pentateuch and Acts come to mind), a map is indispensable. One of the best resources for seeing the places you are reading about while in PocketBible is our Bible Maps product.

Bible Maps is a set of 13 vector-based color maps covering the major events of the Bible. The product also includes a dictionary of place names with descriptions for over 350 cities, sites and locations. With the Bible Maps and Maps Dictionary open in PocketBible, you can simply tap on a place name (i.e. city, river, mountain range) to view the related article. If you are using PocketBible for Windows, you can hover over the place name with your mouse to see the dictionary article.

You can also connect to more in-depth articles on the places of the Bible from your maps by opening a PocketBible Bible Dictionary (i.e. Tyndale Bible Dictionary, New Bible Dictionary, Nelsons New Illustrated Bible Dictionary – each sold separately) instead of the Maps dictionary. Then when you tap (or hover) on a place name, the article that comes up will be from your Bible Dictionary. PocketBible will use what is open. If you like to have multiple dictionaries open, you can set a “Preferred Dictionary” in PocketBible to make sure it looks in your favorite first.

Of course, we usually start our Bible study with the Bible and not a map. It’s when you are reading a passage such as Matthew 11:20-21 that you think about how nice it would be to see the places mentioned on a map: “Then Jesus began to denounce the cities in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent. ‘Woe to you, Korazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.” You can hold-down (or right-click) on any of the cities mentioned in this passage and choose to “Look up” the city. This will take you to your Preferred Dictionary (if set) or to the first dictionary that has an article available. I have my preferred dictionary set to the Bible Maps dictionary. Then when I am taken to an article, I can choose a relevant map to see the cities in context of what I’m reading. You could also set the Bible Maps themselves to be your preferred dictionary which would take you directly to a map and then link to map articles from the map itself (tap on the city name).

Below is a screencast video of using the Bible Maps in PocketBible for iPad.

If you have any questions on using Bible maps, feel free to leave a comment.

Using cross-references in PocketBible

Posted on: September 17th, 2012 by Michelle Stramel No Comments

Cross-references are often included with Bibles to lead you to other places in the Bible that relate to the verse you are reading. Cross-references can help you see how Scripture interprets Scripture. As Martin Luther said, “Scripture is its own expositor.”

You often see cross-references, in print, in the center column of your Bibles. In PocketBible, you will find cross-references included with some of our Bible translations (i.e. NIV, ESV, HCSB, NABRE), some commentaries reference related verses in their comments, and of course, in the ultimate cross-reference resource: Treasury of Scripture Knowledge. The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge is a classic Bible study resource known for its exhaustive cross-references covering the entire Bible—over 500,000 entries in all—and is free for use in PocketBible.

Viewing cross-references in PocketBible

Verse references are hyperlinked in PocketBible meaning you can click or tap on them to view the related verse. If you click or tap to go to the verse and view it in context, all versions of PocketBible include Back buttons (usually an arrow) which will return you to your starting verse. There are some variations among the versions of PocketBible to keep in mind:

  • PocketBible for Windows PC users: you can hover your mouse arrow over the cross-reference to see the verse quoted without even going to the verse.
  • PocketBible for Windows Phone users: By default (and popular demand) the back button is set to take you out of the program. You can change this behavior to take you back through previously viewed verses under Settings | History.

PocketBible gives you a mechanism via its Notes feature to record your own thoughts on related verses. Anytime you put a verse reference in a note, PocketBible will link it automatically so you can view the verse with a tap (or hover).

Turning cross-references on/off in PocketBible

Cross-references in PocketBible Bibles can be turned on/off for ease of reading.

  • PocketBible for Android: tap on the Menu button and choose Display Settings and Footnote Style. Choose Hide to completely eliminate footnote indicators; Mark will show the asterisk to mark a cross-reference or footnote; Expand will show you the entire footnote inset in the text.
  • PocketBible for iOS: tap on the Menu button and choose Settings and Footnotes. Choose Hide to completely eliminate footnote indicators; Collapse so you just see an indicator of a footnote available to tap on or Expand to see the footnote in its entirety.
  • PocketBible for Windows PC: choose Edit | Options from the menu and there is a drop down box for Translator’s Footnotes to turn them on/off/expand.
  • PocketBible for Windows Phone: choose Settings | Appearance from the menu and choose Footnote Style to to turn them on/off/expand.

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.

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.

You can watch a quick overview of the upgrade process and how to use the advanced features at the video link below:

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 2 on your iOS device.

Bible Searching Tips using PocketBible

Posted on: August 28th, 2012 by Michelle Stramel 8 Comments

A printed Bible limits you to the concordance in the back of the Bible (or your memory) for finding verses but PocketBible lets you search the Scriptures by any word, phrase or combination thereof. How does that work? – keep reading…

Let’s say you want to find every verse in the Bible where Jesus spoke. You could start your search with the phrase “Jesus said.” Depending on what platform you are using PocketBible on, tap or click on the Find icon in PocketBible (or choose Find from the menu) and type Jesus said in the search box. Hit the Search button. The results will list all verses containing the phrase “Jesus said” but only when the words appear in exactly that order. That means you won’t get every verse where Jesus said something. For example, you’d miss Matthew 12:48 where it says, “Jesus didn’t respond directly, but said…”, because the words Jesus and said are not together. To get this additional verse and others like it, modify your search to jesus AND said. AND is one of several Boolean operators you can use to enhance your searching in PocketBible. You can read about using Boolean operators for more effective searches in the program Help File (tap on the ? in any version of PocketBible). Below is a video that explains this concept as well:

Another way PocketBible can help is when you are trying to find a verse but can’t remember the reference (i.e. Book/Chapter/Verse) for it. For example, you want to find the verse where Jesus miraculously feeds the large crowds. PocketBible will let you narrow your search to just the Gospels (since you know the verse is somewhere in those books). Then search for loaves OR fish.

In addition to picking specific books or sections of the Bible, PocketBible will also let you narrow your search to look only in verses you’ve highlighted or bookmarked. Just be careful to clear these options out after you are done with your search or you may end up getting “No verse found” on your next search (when you know there is a verse that contains what you are looking for).

Do you have any questions or tips about searching in PocketBible? Please share them in the comments.

PocketBible Bookmark Basics

Posted on: July 25th, 2012 by Michelle Stramel 9 Comments

The bookmark feature in PocketBible is meant to be used the same way you would use a bookmark in your printed Bibles or books. To provide a method for easily returning to a place that you think you might want to go back.

Put a bookmark on a Bible verse and it will be shared between all Bibles.

Put a bookmark in a book other than the Bible and it will take you back to the start of the table of contents entry for the section of text you’re reading. So don’t be surprised when you return to a bookmark in a reference book and you find it is a few paragraphs earlier than what you remember setting it at.

How do you set a bookmark in the different versions of PocketBible?

  • iOS – Hold down your finger on a verse and you’ll get a context menu. Choose Menu and then “Bookmark Verse #”. With the iPad version, use the B’Marks button on the toolbox to easily view your bookmarked verses. If you turn your iPod touch or iPhone to landscape, we use the extra room on the toolbar for a “Bookmarks” button which serves the same purpose.
  • Windows PC – use your right-click menu to set a bookmark. You can delete it from the personalization window.
  • Windows Mobile - press and hold your stylus on the reference you want to add or choose Bookmarks from the Edit menu.
  • Palm OS – from the menu choose Edit | Bookmarks.
  • Android OS – bookmarks are planned but not yet available.

How do you delete a bookmark? The same way you added it! If you try to set a bookmark on a verse or place you’ve already bookmarked, instead of an “add” option, you’ll get a “delete” option.

Do you like things organized? Use categories when you store your bookmarks. For example, you might want to organize your bookmarks by topics such as “salvation” and “repentance.”

Of course, you don’t have to use categories – you can keep your bookmarks “uncategorized.” Conversely, you can place a verse in more than one category if you’d like. Keep in mind that if you delete a bookmark from a category, it is only deleted from that specific category. When you delete an entire category, you’re only deleting the category. Any remaining bookmarks in the category will show up as being uncategorized.

If you’ve already whole-heartedly embraced this feature and have tons of bookmarks, make sure you are backing them up or synchronizing with our server. There are instructions for this in the help for each version of PocketBible.

How are you using bookmarks? Let us know in the comments.

Shortcuts for turning on/off Strong’s Numbers in PocketBible Bibles

Posted on: July 5th, 2012 by Michelle Stramel 3 Comments

Do you own a PocketBible Bible that features Strong’s Numbers? The possibilities include:

While you probably chose these Bibles because of the Strong’s numbers and links they provide to included and related dictionaries, it is sometimes nice to turn them off! Especially when you are simply reading the Bible text. Here’s the quickest way to do that in each version of PocketBible:

  1. Windows PC – Use the keys CTRL + U. This keyboard combination quickly toggles the Strong’s numbers on and off. You can also go to the menu and choose View and click the option on and off there. The toggle will work for viewing the text in a Bible window or in “hover” mode when you are hovering over a verse link.
  2. iPad – tap on the Settings icon (looks like a gear) on the toolbar and tap on the menu item “Strong’s Numbers.” You can also find the option via the pop-up menu when you tap and hold on a book and the menu button on the toolbar (Menu | Settings).
  3. iPhone/iPod touch – tap and hold any place in an open book to get a pop-up menu. Choose Menu and tap on “Strong’s Numbers” to turn the numbers on and off. The menu button on the toolbar (Menu | Settings) will also provide this option.
  4. Android OS – choose the menu button and then Display Settings. There is a check box option for hiding Strong’s numbers. Check to hide; uncheck to show.
  5. Windows Phone – tap on the three dots to get the menu and then hide Strong’s numbers to hide or show Strong’s numbers to show.
  6. Windows Mobile – tap View, Options, and Show Strong’s Numbers.
  7. Palm OS – tap Options, and Strong’s Numbers.

Related article: Accomplishing Word Studies in PocketBible.

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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