ipad pro 10.5 from WWDC 2017

WWJD at Apple WWDC 2017: Theotek Podcast #100

Our team talked about the Apple WWDC 2017 in our 100th episode of the Theotek Podcast. WWDC stands for  World Wide Developer Conference and at this event Apple reveals their new plans for iOS and macOS as well as other interesting tidbits. It’s for developers, but a lot consumer-focused information often hits the newswire after the keynote event that opens the conference.

ios 11 on ipad and iphone

In this episode we talk about tvOS, which powers the Apple TV, as well as watchOS 4 for the Apple Watch. Then we discussed macOS High Sierra and MacBook Pros, iMacs and iMac Pros powered by the new updated operating system. Next, we discussed iOS 11, the new operating system that will run iPhones and iPads. Apple revealed a new iPad Pro with a 10.5-inch screen so we all discussed that as well. Finally, we covered the new HomePod Sierra speaker coming out this year just in time for Christmas.

ipad pro 10.5 from WWDC 2017

Watch the video from YouTube and of course, subscribe to your YouTube channel if that’s your preferred way to enjoy Theotek Podcast. You can also scroll to the bottom of this post to listen to the audio version or click on our link in the menu to find out how to subscribe to the audio version.

Also, if you want to watch the full Apple WWDC 2017 Keynote address, here it is.

Summer Hiatus

We’re taking a summer hiatus. We might do some Theotek Extra Podcasts, but there won’t be a regular Theotek Podcast with Wes, Rick, LaRosa, Antoine or Kevin until August. Our relaunch will likely take place in August or September.

Bible Software Training: Theotek Podcast #099

If you’re a Bible software user, then you’ll want world-class training on how to use your software like a master. We’ll give you advice on how to best improve your skills and learn to use whatever program you prefer whether it’s a Bible software program on Windows, Mac or an app on your smartphone or tablet.

We started out talking about getting training direct from the software maker’s website. For example, head over to the Accordance Bible Software website to find their large college of podcast, visual training offerings and even webinars or live seminars in your area. Other sites have them as well so go to your program’s website and look for a support link or training link.

Your next stop should be the company’s support forums, if they have one. For example, one of the most active forums for a Bible software company comes from the Logos Community. You’ll find an active collection of users ready to help out quickly. They get a little prickly if you complain about Logos, but they do like to help new users. Accordance has a good community too. Many of the others offer one as well.

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Look for the Help menu in your Bible Software.

If you can’t find the help you need or just want to learn more, then check out the in-software help files. They will open a great set of help files in most of the packages. Rick bragged that Accordance won an award for their in-app help system.

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Go to the Logos Home page in the program and click the Question Mark in the upper right corner.

It’s not as easy to find the in-software help in Logos. If you click the Help menu button on a Mac, you’ll find nothing. It’s only there to conform to macOS menu standards. They should make it link to their help online or something. Instead click on the Home button in the upper left and then click on the Question Mark in the upper right. See the screenshot above.

Another good place to look for help on Bible software is third-party sites like Udemy, which has a great set of Logos Help videos for a low price. If you use Logos, look into the Logos official trainer’s Morris Proctor Seminars for help. They’re not cheap, but he’s talented. There’s also LearnLogos.com.

Finally, ask us. We like to help viewers and listeners. We’re busy guys, but enjoy helping out when we can so send us an email using the contact info in our page about the Theotek Contributors.

Getting Fitness with Tech: Theotek Podcast #098

Our team all uses tech of some kind to track fitness and such. We’ll talk about what we use to get fit, stay fit and track our health from fitness tracking watches to apps for calorie counters and devices we connect to our phones for keeping diabetes in check, at least for two of us.

Sorry, no show notes with links. Just had to get this one up and it’s been really busy as ministry happens!

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Your Questions: Theotek Podcast #097

We take questions from our viewers and listeners in this week’s episode of the Theotek Podcast. We won’t list them or anything, so just watch the video below to enjoy those.

Our Favorite Things

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I had two favorite things this week. The first is my new Samsung Chromebook Plus. I’ve got a full review over at GottaBeMobile.com. I love this Chromebook, partly for the great hardware quality and for the S Pen feature. You can use it as a tablet and take notes with a fine tip.

samson q2u recording and podcasting pack

The other favorite thing is a Mic I’m reviewing. It’s the Samson Q2U Recording and Podcasting Pack. It’s a nice USB and XLR microphone with a useful stand and other accessories.

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Digital Libraries in Bible Software: Theotek Podcast #096

With the huge libraries of books available today in Bible software and eBook readers, some people now own massive libraries. Is this a good idea?

In this episode of the Theotek Podcast, we talked about that and shared reasons to avoid it as well as tips for what to do if you already own a lot of eBooks in Kindle or in your digital library of Bible software.

digital libraries

There’s also a few ways to convert eBooks so you don’t get stuck with books in a format you can’t use anymore because the program goes away like the old Pradis software. This includes making Kindle books from Bible software book and converting Kindle books to a less proprietary DRM-laden format. We even get a workflow for converting papers books to digital library books using a scanner and cutting the binding off books at Kinkos or other office supply stores.

Convert Digital Libraries – To and From

We mentioned a few things in the Podcast. First, here’s the link for exporting Logos books to Kindle using the Send to Kindle printer driver. You could adapt this to work with any books in any Bible software although it may not work as easily as this system found in the Logos user community forums.

Next, Wes talked about converting Kindle books to other formats. He uses a tool called Calibre to do this. Digital Trends hosts a useful tutorial on how to convert books using Calibre among other tools.

Favorite Things

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Speaking of Kindle, we shared our favorite things and Antoine picked the Kindle Paperwhite ($120) as his. He likes to use it for distraction free reading. He also mentioned using a paper Bible, something Rick agreed is a good way to do your devotions.

I shared the Christian Standard Bible or CSB translation as one of mine. You can buy paper copies of it or get the free CSBible app for iOS and Android. It’s also online. Accordance Bible Software published the digital book first, followed by Olive Tree. WORDsearch will offer it soon for free to all users. Logos will release it April 5. I’m not sure about other software companies plans.

Rick’s favorite thing was his new Logitech 922x Webcam, which he used to podcast with in this episode. Get it for under $90 at Amazon.

Fujitsu Scanner for Converting Paper Books to Digital Libraries

The Fujitsu ScanSnap ix500 does a great job of scanning books once the user cuts the spine off the book. Scan with any sheet fed double-sided scanner, like the Fujitsu. Here’s my review of this great scanner from Notebooks.com.

Fujitsu ScanSnap ix500 Review: Powerful and Fast

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Live Streaming Your Church: Theotek Podcast #095

We do a live streaming podcast each week at Theotek Podcast so we thought we’d talk about whether a church should stream their services live each week. Then, we got into the best reasons to live stream and where to do it. Finally, we looked at the Mevo from LiveStream, which streams in high quality to Facebook Live and LiveStream. The company just announced a service which will live stream to YouTube as well.

Live Stream with Mevo

The Mevo camera that I mentioned in the podcast offers a great way to stream to Facebook Live and other services. The free version of the service only works with Facebook Live and LiveStream, but a paid service that costs $10/month just opened up. It streams to the following:

  • Facebook Live
  • Livestream
  • YouTube Live
  • Periscope
  • Twitch

It claims to do this at the same time. I’ve not tried it out yet, so I can’t say how well it works streaming to all five sites. I have tested it on my Facebook page and it worked well considering I don’t yet fully get how to use the software.

The Mevo streaming app runs only on iOS right now. They may come out with an Android version.

mevo live stream app

Our Favorite Things

For our favorite things this week, I talked about the Mevo camera.

mevo live streaming camera

Just a few more details about the camera:

  • Sony 4K Sensor.
  • 12.4 Megapixels.
  • 4K video resolution but streams at only 720p.
  • 16:9 aspect ratio.
  • 30fps streaming.
  • H.264 codec.
  • Dual analog mics with 65db signal to noise ratio.
  • Streams audio in 8kHz to 192kHz at 8/10/12 bits.
  • Inputs for audio via iPhone.
  • Only works with iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi in either Access Point mode, which then streams through the iPhone or iPad’s LTE network connection or over Wi-Fi through your local network’s connection to the Internet.
  • Bluetooth 4.0 used only for configuring the camera.
  • Up to 1 hour battery life.
  • 100Mbps over Ethernet if you get the Mevo Boost attachment which costs $249.99 and adds a USB charger and lifts the camera 6.18-inches and adds up to 10 hours of battery life.

mevo boost accerssory

There’s a bundle that buyers can get that includes the camera, the Mevo Boost and a case for carrying. It costs $699.97. You can get a $50 off coupon if you use this link.

BAGSMART Travel Universal Cable Organizer

BAGSMART Travel Universal Cable Organizer

Rick shared a slightly less expensive accessory. The BAGSMART Travel Universal Cable Organizer costs less than $19 and keeps all of your cables and adapters in order in a nice zipper pouch.

 

Theotek Extra: LaRosa Johnson Author and Bible Software Engineer

LaRosa Johnson works for Olive Tree Bible Software helping them publish content and working on making it one of the best Bible apps on Android and iOS. He’s also one of our Theotek Podcast co-hosts. We talked about his personal life, professional life and the projects he’s working on outside of his work in the Bible software industry, which focuses on teaching scripture in creative ways.

You can watch the video above and if you do, please subscribe to our Theotek Podcast YouTube Channel.

Here’s a list of links to things we talked about in the interview:

  • LaRosa’s website where you can find all of his online content.
  • Devos.hiphop the devotional podcast where he takes a hip hop song and makes a devotional out of it.
  • LaRosa’s author page at Urban Scholar Books where you can get his great book Raw Material.
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How to Create and Publish an eBook: Theotek Podcast #093

Pastors and ministers can make use of their sermon series’ and bible studies by turning those into an eBook. They might have a devotional book they want to use to disciple their congregation or a small group. Whatever you want to put out there in digital written format you can do with an eBook. We discussed how to make an eBook in this podcast with special guest Kathy Mansfield, wife of our co-host Rick Mansfield and a talented children’s eBook publisher and author.

In the podcast we referred to Kathy Mansfield’s author page on Amazon. Be sure to check it out and get some of her books, especially if you work with young kids or have some in the home. You can also find Kathy at her website And a Poem, which she explained in the podcast, so be sure to listen below or watch it above. That’s also her official Twitter author account.

Kathy was a school librarian for 26 years and now serves as the state library consultant for the Kentucky Department of Education.

Tools for Making an eBook

We discussed a bunch of tools that help people make eBooks. Here’s the list…

pixabay.com photos for your ebooks

  • Pixabay – a great site for free, public creative commons photos you can use in your projects.
  • Create Space – the site used by handling eBook publishing via Amazon’s website and eBook store.
  • DIY Book Formats – a great site to help you learn how to create eBooks and how to format them for publishing.
  • APE by Guy Kawasaki – I mentioned this book by former Apple Computer evangelist Guy Kawasaki who has published a bunch of eBooks.
  • Sigil – a tool for creating eBooks.
  • Creative Book Builder – another tool for creating eBooks mentioned by Wes Allen
  • Press Books – yet another site dedicated to helping you create your eBooks mentioned by Wes.
  • Smashwords – a place to distribute your eBook instead of using Amazon
  • Creative Penn – another site dedicated to helping you create your eBook.

If you use any of these or any of our suggestions to publish your book, please be sure to let us know and we’ll publicize it on our show.

raw material ebook

Get LaRosa Johnson’s book RAW Material to help in your own discipleship or someone else’s as a gift.

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Theotek Extra: Wes Allen Pastor and Tech Consultant

Wes Allen is one of our regulars on the Theotek Podcast. In this Theotek Extra I go one on one with Wes. We talked about his entry into tech, his church ministry and his work with the American Baptist Churches of New Jersey as their Communications Consultant.

Wes blogs at Painfullyhopeful.me where he posts frequently.

wes allen painfullyhopeful

Wes talked about his Smugmug portfolio of photos.

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How to Start a Podcast: Theotek Podcast #092

This week we talk about how to start a podcast with tips for getting started, where to host it and how to handle the workflow. We used LaRosa Johnson’s Devos.hiphop podcast as our case study. Make sure you check it out.

devos.hiphop podcast

Would you like to post your sermons online or maybe create a weekly show to tell members of your church about upcoming news. Maybe you’ve got something you want to say the Christian world or just want to give tips for how to make mac and cheese. An audio podcast can bring your message to the greater world in a fun and interesting way. Watch the video below to learn more about how LaRosa creates and Devos.hiphop podcast. And make sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel as well.

Podcast Recording Hardware

In the video we talked first about the tools needed for recording a podcast. You can record on your computer with a mic hooked up to it. That’s how LaRosa records his podcast. He and Rick Mansfield both use the Blue Yeti microphone.

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The mic will plug into your computer’s USB port. It’s got a number of modes great for using solo, with 2 people on either side of the mic, or with a group of users. It’s noise cancelling too, so you get a pretty good recording.

zoom recorder

Some people record their podcast using their iPhone or Android phone. Others use a tablet like an iPad or Android tablet. We also talked about using the Zoom Recorder, which records to flash storage. Then you can copy it over to a computer or mobile device.

The computer used doesn’t need to break the bank. Most basic machines work great. Any Mac or Windows computer made in the last five years will work. It’s the same for phones or tablets.

Podcast Recording Software

Audacity

A great piece of software called Audacity records audio and makes for easy editing. It’s free and open source, has a great community of users supporting it and is both easy to learn and powerful enough for complex multi-track recording.

Other recording options include the high-end tools like Pro Tools or Adobe Audition. On a Mac, use Garage Band. Most phones or tablets have an audio recording app either pre-installed or available in the app stores. We talked about Ferrite Recording Studio, a great iOS app.

Hosting Your Podcast

Lybsyn is a great service for hosting your podcast. It costs $5/month to upload up to 50mb/month. If that’s not enough, you can pay $15/month for 250mb. Our podcast runs about an hour and takes up about 20-25mb each file. Since we do more than 2/month we’d need the 250mb/month tier.

seriously simple podcasting

Theotek uses a host and WordPress to run our site. I upload the file to our host and link to it in WordPress using a plugin called Seriously Simple Podcasting. It puts a section at the bottom of your WordPress screen where you can either upload the MP3 file or past the link, if you use something like Lybsin. Then add other information. Notice in the screenshot above you can add the following info:

  • Episode Type – click audio or video.
  • Podcast file – either paste the link here or click on Upload File and choose the MP3 file on your hard drive and it uploads it for you.
  • Duration – this will fill in automatically when you save the page or publish it.
  • File size – this also will fill in automatically like the duration.
  • Date recorded – click the box and a calendar pop lets you choose the date you recorded the podcast.
  • Explicit – hopefully churches or ministers won’t need to check this.
  • Block – if you don’t want this one to show up in iTunes for some reason check this.

You could upload the files to the Internet Archive or to YouTube. The first will host your files. LaRosa used to use that for his Blaizin’ Faith podcast. With YouTube, you’re really creating a video, but the focus will be on audio. Just use your album cover art as the image.

Tips for Podcasting

Finally, we’ve got a few tips for a successful podcast.

  • Pick a topic that’s interesting and that you’re passionate about so you can keep going.
  • Edit your ID3 Tags, so your podcast has the details embedded in the MP3 files (title, artist, description, copyright, etc).
  • Share your podcast on iTunes and Google Play Store podcasts (follow Libsyn’s How To).
  • Make an attractive cover art, which shows up in your podcast app or the podcast service like iTunes.
  • Use Google’s Feedburner to make a good RSS feed that will work with iTunes and the other services.

Favorite Things

Rick Mansfield shared his Favorite Things – the KDLinks Dash Cam. Find out more about it at their website. Here’s a couple of samples of the video you get from the camera.

Antoine Wright joined us at the tail end of the podcast because he was travelling. His favorite thing was more of a tip. He suggested using something like Impact Hub, a coworking space. This is an office for those who don’t have one. It provides a workspace with Internet, a mailbox and address for deliveries, and camaraderie of being with others even if you work alone. This might offer a nice option for solo pastors or those who are planting a church and don’t own property yet.