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PocketBible for Mac OS X Update

Posted on: January 9th, 2014 by Craig Rairdin 4 Comments

PocketBible for Mac OS X 1-9-14It’s been a while since I updated you on our progress on PocketBible for Mac OS X, so I thought I’d do that here.

For those of you who don’t follow us as closely as we’d like to think you all do, last summer we launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the development of a Mac OS X version of PocketBible. The campaign was successful, so in August we started working on it.

We ran into some problems right away, as iOS 7 took a large percentage of our attention in September and November. And in October. And quite a bit in December. But I think that is behind us.

As you can see, there is some rudimentary functionality in place. I spent a lot of time up-front working on details of the user interface. I’m trying to build a sturdy framework on which to hang functionality. So it may seem like the program doesn’t do much yet, and it doesn’t. But there is a lot going on under the hood.

For example, all the shared C++ code that reads our Laridian Book (LBK) files has been imported into the program and is working great. You’re seeing real Bible text being displayed. And the program is able to access our server to get a list of the books you own (well, currently, it always gets the list of books I own, but once I add some user interface so you can enter your own customer ID and password, it will get your list). It allows you to maintain multiple layouts so that you can configure one for devotional reading, one for sermon prep, one for Greek word studies, etc. without having to open and close books all the time.

PocketBible Mac OS X Cloud Lib 1-9-2014While implementing PocketBible for Windows Phone and Windows Store, we added a capability to download cover art for every book. I’m taking advantage of that in the Mac version to display cover art for every book when you go to download it, and again when you select a book to open. Cover art is downloaded in a “background thread” which just means it doesn’t make you wait while it gets all those image files. It is cached locally so you don’t have to download it every time.

The screen shot on the right shows the “Cloud Library” function where you see a list of all the books you own. Unlike the iOS version of PocketBible, the list is organized by type of book (Bibles, commentaries, dictionaries, etc.) to make it easier to navigate. Books you’ve already downloaded are dimmed, or you can check the box to hide them entirely.

The “Open Book” dialog looks very similar, except it only shows you books that you’ve already downloaded from our server and installed on your Mac.

The program will support the “type-n-go” feature of the Windows Desktop version. This allows you to simply type “John 3:16″ to go to that verse, or even type “find jesus” to find everywhere in the Bible “Jesus” is mentioned. I’ve implemented an early form of this feature, which is really handy for testing. That is, I can test my go-to-verse functionality before inventing a fancy book/chapter/verse chooser.

Even though a large percentage of the code is shared with PocketBible for iOS (developing for iOS and for Mac uses the same Xcode programming environment, Cocoa class library, and Objective-C/C++ programming languages), a lot of the design of the text display system will actually be ported from the Java code in our Android version. This means we’ll be able to have continuous scrolling of the text, which we chose not to support in the iOS version.

Remember that we carefully construct our screen shots to hide all the bugs. Don’t assume since you’re looking at Bible text that the program is done. We think we’re still on schedule but there’s a lot left to do. I just thought I’d bring you up to date.

If you’re a Kickstarter contributor but you have not been notified yet about your reward(s), please contact support@laridian.com and tell us about it. We think we’ve fulfilled all the rewards we can (obviously the program itself hasn’t shipped) so if you haven’t heard from us it means we must be missing you on our list.

PocketBible 3 for iOS Now Available on the App Store

Posted on: October 31st, 2013 by Craig Rairdin 38 Comments

PocketBible 3 is now available on the App Store! Version 3 is fully iOS 7 compatible but runs on iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch devices back to version 5.

PocketBible 3 is still free, and for existing PocketBible 2 users it should show up as an available update. If you already own the Advanced Feature Set, it will unlock the Advanced Features of version 3.

What’s New

As you can see here, PocketBible 3 introduces our new iconography for iOS, which is based on the “Holy Spirit descending like a dove” from the old stained-glass icon from version 2. So don’t be surprised when you can’t find the old PocketBible icon after you upgrade. Just look for the dove.

Here are a few things you will notice as new in version 3:

ADVANCED FEATURE SET

  • The Journal lets you create notes that aren’t associated with any Bible verse. In all other respects they act like notes in PocketBible, including being sync’ed to the Laridian cloud — though they will not yet be visible in versions of PocketBible running on other platforms.
  • Name your highlight colors to make it easier to remember what your colors mean.
  • All the previous Advanced Feature Set features from version 2 are present in version 3, and your version 2 Advanced Feature Set will enable the version 3 features without an additional purchase.

STANDARD FEATURES

  • Autosync allows you to automatically sync changes to your notes, highlights, bookmarks, and other user-created data with the Laridian Cloud without pausing to manually sync as you had to do with version 2. You have the option to require WiFi for autosync in order to avoid data charges. Manual sync is still available, and it runs much faster than the older sync protocol.
  • Added underline, dotted underline, and dashed underline highlight styles.
  • Added option to display one verse per paragraph. (Start each verse on a new line.)
  • Now supports book (non-Bible) notes on iPhone. Previously, these were only available on iPad.
  • Added a Night Reading color scheme which puts white text on a black background for reading in the dark.
  • iOS 7 users will have multiple user interface color schemes in addition to “Night Reading”.
  • Optional Book Position Indicator at the bottom of each book pane shows you how far into the book you are.
  • Added Pane Options button to the iPad toolbar. Lets you turn on/off tabbed panes and select the number of panes you’re viewing.
  • Better management of notes, highlights, and bookmarks by being able to delete them from lists using the standard iOS “swipe” gesture. When deleting a category, all the bookmarks in that category are now deleted rather than being moved to “uncategorized” as they were before.
  • Improved the iPad launch speed for users with lots of notes, highlights, or bookmarks.
  • A number of small user interface tweaks, including:
    • Rearranged the Main, Context, and Settings menus to move frequently accessed items to the top and collect similar operations together under task-related headings.
    • Got rid of Undo and Redo in the iPhone note editor; added Bold, Italics, and Unordered List buttons to the iPhone note editor toolbar.
    • Made the Toolbox Expand, Next Page, and Previous Page buttons smaller to increase the space available for the contents of the Toolbox panels. On the Note View/Edit panels, rearranged the controls at the top to provide more room to view the note.
    • Added Email Passage and Text Passage to the list of possible “Passage Actions” in the Context menu.

Here’s what to Expect

Here are some screen shots to let you see what the new version looks like. Visually, it’s similar to the previous one. Most of these images use the default color scheme. Click on an image to see a full-size version.

iPad

iPad with Toolbox, Toolbar with new Book Panes button, and default color scheme

iPad in landscape with Toolbox, multiple book panes, and Context menu

iPad with my favorite “Chocolate” color scheme, also showing Book Progress Indicator bars across the bottom of each book pane.

iPhone

Other than the iOS 7 color scheme, the iPhone version looks pretty similar to version 2.

An early beta view of the “Night Reading” color scheme on the iPhone. Toolbar buttons are in red to aid in retention of night vision.

New! 3 Month Bible Reading Plan

Posted on: June 10th, 2013 by Michelle Stramel 3 Comments

Just in time for the summer! We have released a “through-the-Bible” reading plan that will help you stay in the Bible during these relaxed months. Our new 3 month (92 day) plan takes you through the entire Bible with a selection from the Old Testament and New Testament for each day. Perfect for summer or any 3 month period in the year.

This free reading plan is automatically available for download on your device if you are using PocketBible for iOS, Android, Windows Phone or Windows Store. If you are using PocketBible for Windows PC or Windows Mobile or MyBible for Palm OS, you can add this plan to your account here and download it to your device.

If you prefer less reading per day, we also offer a 3 Month Reading Plan that takes you through the entire New Testament. This plan is available as part of our Laridian Reading Plans Bundle.

Now available! PocketBible for Windows Store

Posted on: May 9th, 2013 by Michelle Stramel 23 Comments

Windows 8 users, this one’s for you! We are pleased to announce the availability of PocketBible on the Windows Store. Download it now for free!

PocketBible for Windows Store runs on devices using Windows 8 (includes tablets, laptops, desktops). We think you’ll find this an amazing new version of PocketBible with a true Windows 8 look and feel! PocketBible for Windows Store features include:

  • 40+ Free Bibles and books with registration. Download past purchases of Bibles and books into the app at no charge. The 20 title download limit in the app can be exceeded with purchase of Advanced Feature Set ($6.99).
  • Move easily through Bibles and books by simply scrolling. Quickly move around the bible using an intuitive table of contents display
  • Quickly find any word or phrase
  • Split screen display
  • Mark your place with bookmarks
  • Share verses by Text, Email or Facebook
  • Use the daily reading feature to visually track your progress through a devotional book
  • Pin a book to your start screen!

We hope you’ll support continued development of PocketBible on this platform by purchasing the Advanced Feature Set for $6.99. Advanced Features include:

  • Highlighting of Bible text
  • Add notes to any verse of the Bible
  • Synchronize bookmarks, highlights and bookmarks with our server and your other devices that use PocketBible (and are able to synchronize)
  • Split screen into 2 to 5 windows
  • Download as many Bibles and books as you own (no limit but based on what you own)
  • Quickly access recent verses

If you are using Windows 8, we hope you’ll give PocketBible for Windows Store a try and let us know what you think!

PocketBible for Windows Phone now available!

Posted on: March 1st, 2013 by Michelle Stramel 19 Comments

We’re happy to announce that PocketBible for Windows Phone is now available for free download at the Windows Phone Store. This version of PocketBible works with Windows Phone 7.5 or later.

PocketBible for Windows Phone is designed to help you read and study the Bible on-the-go. It comes with the KJV Bible and you’ll be able to choose from 40 additional Bibles and reference books to download after registration. You will also be able to use any Laridian titles you’ve purchased in the past in this new program. An internet connection is not needed after initial download.

The standard features included with the free version of PocketBible for Windows Phone allow you to install up to 20 books at a time and use them for reading and studying. You can also search through and bookmark your books. Advanced Features are available for $6.99 and allow you to download an unlimited number of titles, view multiple books at once, add highlighting and notes and more. Additional Bibles and books can be purchased for use with the program at the Laridian website.

Greek New Testament Now Available for PocketBible for Windows

Posted on: September 12th, 2012 by Michelle Stramel 7 Comments


The SBL Greek New Testament is now available for use with PocketBible for Windows (versions 1.100 and later).

The SBL Greek New Testament is a new text edited by Michael W. Holmes. Mr. Holmes utilized a wide range of printed editions, all the major critical apparatuses, and the latest technical resources and manuscript discoveries as he established the text. The result is a critically edited text that differs from the Nestle-Aland/United Bible Societies text in more than 540 variation units. This new text was jointly sponsored by the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) and Logo Bible Software to provide a free, reliable, critically edited version of the Greek New Testament for use by students, teachers, pastors and laypeople throughout the world.

The PocketBible version of this text is available for use with PocketBible for Windows, Windows PC-based Bible software which can be ordered and downloaded for free. Current users of PocketBible for Windows will need to update to version 1.100 (book reader engine version 1.071) to use the Greek text. This can be done by logging in to your Laridian account at the Laridian web site and downloading the latest version of the software.

PocketBible for Windows Updated

Version 1.100 of PocketBible for Windows includes the following updates and fixes:

  • Support for Greek books:
    • Searching
      • Added underscore (_) as a wildcard character that matches zero or more diacritical marks
      • Modified question mark (?) wildcard character to match one character and its attached diacritical marks
      • Enabled Greek character support in the search entry fields
      • Searching requires the installation of a Greek keyboard input method in Windows, which is done through the Control Panel and is fully described in the updated Help included with the program
    • Hover text (tool tips)
    • Copy/Paste
    • Added capital letters with iota subscript to Laridian Greek font
    • Normalized the order of Greek diacriticals in books, search phrases, and notes
  • Note Editor changes:
    • Added <pb_lang> HTML Helper
    • Used the font and size selected by the user for the Note Tab in the Personalization Window. Notes are now displayed and edited using the same font.
  • Other enhancements:
    • Changed the behavior of phrase searches so that punctuation between words in a book will not cause it not to match
    • Updated the Help file
  • Bug fixes:
    • Fixed a bug introduced in 1.014 where the wrong Bible abbreviation would be attached to text copied using Copy Passage (“KJVEC” instead of “KJV” and “HCSBEC” instead of “HCSB”.
    • Fixed a long-standing bug in which browsing to a new verse while editing a note with the note lock turned off would cause an error, and doing so with the lock turned on would cause the note to be saved to the current verse instead of the verse it was originally on. Also put code in place to keep user from editing or deleting a note that was already being edited.
    • Fixed a bug in which accented characters in the name of a book or Bible were displayed as HTML character entities instead of the actual character.
    • Fixed a long-standing bug in which the left mouse button appeared to be stuck down after opening or closing a book in parallel display mode. This caused text to be highlighted as the mouse was moved until the user clicked the mouse or toggled the “parallel” button.
    • Fixed a problem in which book categories were not indicated correctly for the NABRE. (May not have affected the Windows version.)

What’s free with PocketBible?

Posted on: June 28th, 2012 by Michelle Stramel 2 Comments

Free PocketBible Books

We often get asked about what free books are available for use with PocketBible. Here’s a one-stop answer to that question.

We offer a variety of free books in different book categories so you can try the program out and see what it can do as well as build your library. Step one is to make sure you actually own PocketBible (or one of our related readers/software programs). Or in other words, you need a reader even to use the free books we offer.

All versions of PocketBible are free to download. This includes PocketBible for iOS (aka iPhone/iPad/iPod touch), Android OS, Windows PC, Windows Mobile and Palm OS. Laridian Bibles also work with Simple Bible Pro for webOS and Noah Bible Study Viewer for BlackBerry (non-PocketBible programs have to be purchased – see product pages for details).

Once you have PocketBible downloaded for your smartphone, tablet or PC, you can download and access our free books (as well as any titles you purchase). For iOS and Android OS, the books are available to you upon registration automatically. Simply log in to your Laridian account within the program and download them. For other platforms or devices, you must order them on our web site (links are below) to add them to your Laridian account for download.

We can offer these titles free because they are in the public domain (not copyrighted). If you have any suggestions for other public domain titles you’d like to see us publish, let us know in the comments below.

PocketBible is now free!

Posted on: April 18th, 2012 by Michelle Stramel 5 Comments

Now that we have made our PocketBible Bible software free (for every platform which we currently offer it), it is possible to enjoy and use PocketBible with no investment other than a little memory on your device. How do you get started?

First you need to choose a device type or operating system (OS). We currently offer PocketBible on the following platforms:

  • iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) – Start at the App store and search for PocketBible. Download the program to your device and register it the first time you go into the program. To download and install free or previously purchased Bibles and books, choose Menu | Add/Remove Books.
  • AndroidPocketBible for Android is currently in an alpha or pre-release form but is still being actively used by many of our customers. Click here for step-by-step instructions to download. Once you register in the program, you can download free or previously purchased Bibles and books using the My Library menu option.
  • Windows PC – start at our website and order PocketBible for Windows for free. You’ll also need to add some Bibles and books to your account when you place your order to use with the program. Once your order is complete, we’ll send you a confirmation email with instructions to download and install your software.
  • Windows Mobile – not many people are still using these devices, but if you are, you’re in luck! Start at our website and order PocketBible 4 for Windows Mobile for free. You’ll also need to add some Bibles and books to your account when you place your order to use with the program. Once your order is complete, we’ll send you a confirmation email with instructions to download and install your software. (Note: This program will not work on Windows Phone 7 or later).
  • Palm OS – Technically, this is our MyBible software but it’s still free if you are using one of these older devices. Start at our website and order MyBible 5 for Palm OS for free. You’ll also need to add some Bibles and books to your account when you place your order to use with the program. Once your order is complete, we’ll send you a confirmation email with instructions to download and install your software. (Note: This software will not work on webOS – click here for webOS solution).

You can order and download the following Bibles and books for free: American Standard Version, Bible in Basic English, Darby’s New Translation, Geneva Bible NT, King James Version, Webster’s Bible, Weymouth Bible NT, World English Bible, Young’s Literal Translation, Jamieson Fausset and Brown Commentary, Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary, Scofield’s Reference Notes, Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, Easton’s Bible Dictionary, Nave’s Topical Bible, Hitchcock’s Dictionary of Bible Names, Torrey’s Topical Textbook, Condensed Bible Cyclopedia, 7 “Through the Bible” Reading Plans, Morning and Evening Devotionals by Spurgeon, Daily Light on the Daily Path, Works of Josephus (5 Volumes), Works of Augustine (5 Volumes), Imitation of Christ, and Foxe’s Book of Martyrs.

We also offer best-selling Bible translations such as New International Version (NIV), New Living Translation (NLTse), English Standard Version, The Message and more. And popular reference material including NIV Study Bible Notes, Life Application Study Bible Notes, ESV Study Bible, Expositor’s Bible Commentary (NT), Vine’s Complete, Expository Dictionary of the Bible, New Unger’s Bible Dictionary, and more. You’ll find a wide variety of material starting at $7.99 each.

You will be able to use your Bibles and books on all your devices that work with PocketBible. For example, install PocketBible on your iPhone and PC and use your Bibles and books both places. You can use the synchronization feature to keep your notes, highlights, bookmarks and other personal data the same on both devices.

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