We took a nice two week vacation across the Southeastern US and a couple of our stops were at an Alligator Farm in Louisiana and Navarre Beach, FL near Pensacola. I shot a short video of those two places.
Here is a picture from Ft. Myers of the view from our hotel room there.
In the video below I compare how well Logos 4 runs in two different operating systems on the same computer. Thanks to Parallels I can run Logos 4 for Mac and Logos 4 for Windows on the same PC. As you will see the two run almost the same.
But that is not a good thing. A program running under a virtual operating is not the same as running it natively in an operating system. The VM is actually running inside the native OS. It is running using half the memory and has to draw the screens not only in the virtual OS but also in the primary OS. It should run slower. So here is the comparison:
Click response speed – Parallels is faster for most things
Both have same hard drive, video card, and processor
Parallels is only allowed 4GB of RAM while OS X has access to all 8GB
The above differences show that the only real difference between running Logos 4 on a Mac v. running it on a Windows PC is boot time. If you keep Parallels running all the time or factor that you only have to start it at the beginning of the day, that difference goes away.
My point is that I think Logos has some work to do on the Mac side. I don’t wan’t to beat this dead horse. I believe they are working on it. The only way I was able to make Logos comparable on a Mac was to install a Seagate Momentus Hybrid hard drive which uses a fast 7200 rpm traditional hard drive plus a 4GB SSD combined to add some speed. My research and experience shows that the Seagate is only slightly less powerful and fast than a regular SSD for many things.
Most people won’t be doing what I did; they will just take the basic 5400 rpm drive Apple offers. And they will have poor performance.
I find it amusing when the secular media discover Bible software in any form, but this one is really funny. A web site that I frequent for tech news is GigaOm.com, started by an interesting guy by the name of Om Malik. Today they have a post that asks in the title, “What if the Apostles developed an iPhone app?” The whole post is about YouVersion, the free Bible App that I have mentioned here before and said is decent as far as Bible readers go but is too limited for a serious Digital Bible student. The opening paragraph is a hoot:
After more than two years worth of apps for the iPhone, not to mention other handsets like the Android, there are very few applications that come as a complete surprise. But one app I looked at recently definitely fell into that category — if only because it has been installed close to 10 million times, and has millions of regular and devoted users, but hardly anyone in the tech press ever writes about it. It’s called YouVersion, but it is better known simply as “the Bible app.”
Yes, the Bible has an app.
Welcome to the party Mr. Ingram.
All fun aside, and I hope Mr. Ingram the author if he should see this understands this is all in fun, it is a nice post and good to see the Bible get some love from outside the Christian circles.
The good folks at Gottabemobile got their hands on a new Windows 7 based tablet like the iPad, that is basically a netbook in slate format. The Tega V2 tablet will run any Digital Bible Study application that runs on Windows. Check out the review and video of the tablet.
I’d love to try this out. If anyone gets one and runs some Bible software, let me know.
This has to be the coolest family science experiment ever. Sure beats anything I’ve ever done with my kids. This family launched a weather balloon with a video camera on it into space. Here is the video.
Mark Barnes created a nice video highlighting the great new features in the upcoming Logos 4.1 update that should be shipping soon. It is at the RC or release candidate stage now.
Here is Mark’s description of the new features:
Logos Bible Software 4.1 includes several new features: tweaks to the Passage Guide and Bible Word Study, mouse gestures, Smart Tags for Microsoft Word, Sentence Diagramming and the eagerly anticipated Print/Export feature. This video demonstrates each of the new features.
Great video Mark! And good update Logos! Here’s the video:
Bible.Is is a new iPhone Bible app that reads the Bible to you. It is not like many of the Bible apps that have introduced audio. Instead of computer generated Bible reading, it uses dramatized Bible readings. They get the audio from Faith Comes By Hearing, a ministry that supplies the Bible in 400 languages and free for download. Thanks to Bible.is you get it on your iPhone or iPad. It is also available on other platforms, like Android and hopefully Windows Mobile, Blackberry and Symbian OS in the near future. Until then you can subscribe to the SMS version which sends a text message with links to the MP3 of that day’s reading. They say it will take you 40 days to listen to the entire New Testament.
I really like the iPhone app and think it is well worth the price, which is Free. But it would be worth it if it costs even more. Below is a video of the app reading from 1 Kings.
As you can hear it is high quality dramatized Bible reading. But that is not all Bible.is can do. You can of course read from a few different translations, including the ESV, one of my favorites. It doesn’t have as many modern translations as some apps, but it is free.
The app also lets you highlight text, take notes, and bookmark your favorite verses. Notice from the screen shots below that you can listen to the Bible by simply opening to a verse and hitting the play button. You choose to read from several English translations including ASV, BBE, CEV, ESV, KJV and NRSV. The audio is available only for some translations and sometimes only for the NT.
Dramatized Available: ESV OT & NT, KJV OT & NT, NRSV NT only
Non Dramatized Available: KJV NT only, NRSV NT only
These will have to be downloaded via the More option in the toolbar at the bottom of the screen (see bottom left row of screen shots).
If you want to get through the NT in just 40 days there is an audio listening program available for that (see above right).
You can search the Bible and add bookmarks, highlights, and notes. To add these just tap and hold the verse and the screen above center will appear. Tap the first icon on the top toolbar to add a bookmark. The center icon brings up the highlighting color options. And the third icon is for sharing the verse on Facebook. I wish it had Twitter, but maybe in a future release.
Once the verse is highlighted it will look like the upper left screen shot. The bookmarks list is in the center above and the right is for changing the text size or the language.
Below you will see the More screen options. Share is for sending verses via email. The settings screen is the one on the upper right. Download is for adding translations and audio Bibles. Support and About are what you would expect. The screen shot below on the right is for changing the toolbar icons. You can change the default to include other things as you wish.
I think Bible.is is a great Bible listening app. My only complaints are that it doesn’t have my favorite translations, the HCSB and it doesn’t share via Twitter. Other than that it is a wonderful app well worth your time to download and use to listen to God’s word. I plan to listen to the program on the go via my car stereo (cassette adapter).
Tecarta produces a very capable Bible reader that is so good it is almost ready to compete with the more powerful Bible study apps from the likes of Logos, Mantis, Olive Tree and Laridian. But I still chose to keep it among the Bible reader apps since it is not quite as advanced as those apps.
Tecarta has a lot to offer including in translation purchases of more modern translations like the NIV, The Message, NLT and NKJV. They are all $5.99 extra. If you want you can just buy the NIV version outright instead of this one. The NIV version is also $5.99.
The video review highlights the features, but some of the nicer ones include note taking which works as a window along the right side or can be expanded to fill the whole screen. There is a parallel view for showing multiple translations. You can also get content out via email or copying to other apps. It also has a night mode, which many readers do not. Other features include bookmarks and red letter in the NIV and TNIV.
My only complaint is that the parallel modes do not sync up with one another so that if you scroll in one the other translation follows it. But it is a very good reader app for not a lot of money.
WorldBible as a Bible reader app is a mixed bag. It has some nice features and actually includes more modern translations than most of the simple Bible reader apps. But it has a couple of glaring problems. For that reason I cannot recommend it.
The first thing you notice when you open it is that the interface is very attractive. It is simple. In fact too simple. Look at the screen shot below and tell me if you can see anything missing in this Bible reader app.
If you said verse numbers then give yourself a cookie. Now I can stand not having verse numbers as an option. But this app has no option to turn them on.
The screen shot above has the options tool open. You get there by tapping on the paper clip in the upper right corner. It has some nice options. You can access the books of the Bible. See below.
You will also notice that WorldBible has some nice modern translations like NIV, NASB, and the Amplified Bible. Most of them are international versions.
WorldBible lets you change the font. But what in the world is this (see below)? Why would you want this font? I can only image. There are some nice options but some totally unthinkable options. Clearly this is put together by someone who doesn’t even use the Bible.
The fact is when you visit the WorldBible’s web site you see some questionable apps there. At least one would be offensive to most people who revere the Christian scriptures. It is clear that this app is made by people who don’t really use the Bible daily or even much at all. So I cannot recommend it.
Below is my video review saying much the same thing. At least you can see for yourself.
I’m not going to bother with a list of pros and cons. Just don’t bother. Get one of the other apps.