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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 4 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) – Open the App store on your iDevice and search for PocketBible Bible Study. Download the app to your device and register it the first time you go into the program – either as a new or existing user. To download and install free or previously purchased Bibles and books, choose Menu | Add/Remove Books.
  • Android – Open the Google Play Store on your device and search for PocketBible Bible Study. Download the app to your device and register it the first time you go into the program – either as a new or existing user. To download and install free or previously purchased Bibles and books, choose Download Books from the Dove icon (upper left corner of screen).
  • Windows Phone – Open the Marketplace on your phone and search for PocketBible Bible Study. Download the app to your device and register it the first time you go into the program – either as a new or existing user. To download and install free or previously purchased Bibles and books, choose Menu | Cloud Library.
  • Once you download the books you want, open them in the Device Library.

  • Windows Store – Open the Store on your PC or tablet and search for PocketBible Bible Study. Download the app to your device and register it the first time you go into the program – either as a new or existing user. To download and install free or previously purchased Bibles and books, choose Menu | Cloud Library. Once you download the books you want, open them in the Device Library.
  • 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).

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, Practice of the Presence of God 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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