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Digital Bible Blast 002 Covering Logos, PocketBible and More

In this second episode of the Digital Bible Blast we cover a few things. Here are the show notes that go along with this episode.

Story One – Preaching Workflow

We cover the steps for writing sermons using a Mac and then getting those sermon notes on an iPad using the Pages app from Apple on the iPad. It amounts to writing in Pages on the Mac ($19.99) and then saving to iCloud and opening the sermon notes in Pages on the iPad ($9.99).

Store Two – Logos March Madness

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Check out this year’s Logos March Madness at LogosMarchMadness.com.

Story Three – PocketBible for Windows Phone

Laridian announced that they made PocketBible available on the Windows Phone platform. Get it for free and $6.99 for the advanced features.

Story Four – iOS Bible App Updates

A few Bible apps received updates. The biggest came from YouVersion which added support for iPhone 5′s larger screen and the inclusion of video clips from The Bible miniseries from History Channel, the Jesus film and the Lomo Project as well as the KJV included in the download. Other app updates include:

  • Olive Tree Bible
  • e-Sword
  • MantisBible

Story Five – More Logos News

Morris Proctor, the official Logos Bible Software trainer posted about the new features available in Logos 5 to coincide with the free barebones version of the Logos 5 engine becoming available for download. Check out the post to see what comes new in Logos 5.

They also started their March Madness campaign  Vote for favorite authors and save money on books based on the outcome of the competition. They’re now in round 2 with a 30% discount.

Morris Proctor explains what’s new on Mar 4 on Logos Blog

Free engine update available
Beta has new Notes editing engine that should improve things a lot

Christian Computing Magazine Article – Olive Tree CEO Stephen Johnson

Here’s my latest article in Christian Computing Magazine. I interview the new Olive Tree CEO Stephen Johnson about his new job, how he got started in app development and some other fun stuff. Check it out and let me know what you think.

Ccmag article


Olive Tree Bible Reader for Windows Now Available

Olive Tree Bible Reader for Windows was finally released after releasing an Alpha preview earlier. Users can now install their excellent app for reading and studying the Bible on almost every popular operating system available including Mac, Windows, iOS, Android and others.

Bible Reader for Windows

If you read my post about the Mac version or my Christian Computing Magazine article, then you already know what the app can do. If not, hit those links to learn more about the app. I won’t rehash all of that since the app behaves almost identically.

The good news: if you know how to use Bible Reader on another platform, you won’t find this Windows version much different. Paraphrasing Steve Jobs’ words about the iPad – you already know how to use it.

Great Bible app! If you build a nice library of language tools and commentaries you can do all you need to do right inside the Windows Bible Reader app from Olive Tree which you can get free.

Like their other apps, my biggest wish would be that they add automatic syncing of notes, bookmarks and highlights. I’ve been told it may be coming soon. Let’s hope that’s coming soon as you and I think of the phrase instead of the biblical coming soon which means it could happen time between now and the end of time.


Olive Tree Release BibleReader for Windows Alpha Preview

Olive Tree released Bible Reader of the Mac a while back, but today allowed the public in on BibleReader for Windows version in Alpha so you can get a preview and start using the app even though it isn’t quite ready for prime time.

I downloaded the Alpha of BibleReader for Windows, which you have to do by first logging into your Olive Tree account. They make a big deal about this, so don’t following the link below without doing that first. Once you do you can get the Alpha Preview from the Oive Tree website.

Olive Tree Bible Reader for Windows

As you can see from the above screen shot, it looks a lot like the Mac version (see below). The biggest difference is the Tools & Notes window that slides out when you click the button on the far right end of the toolbar. Instead of have tabs for the various tools, it has a list with icons.

Olive Tree Bibel Reader for Mac

Right now it’s a little slow, but still usable. I’m downloading my content and haven’t given it a workout yet. I will over the next few days and share if I see anything new or exciting.


Christian Computing Magazine Column About Olive Tree Bible Reader

My monthly column at Christian Computing Magazine just went live today. This month I focus on the new Olive Tree Bible Reader for Mac with an overview of the program and a review of its features and a few weaknesses.

Christian Computing Magazine

You can get it by signing up for a free monthly digital subscription delivered by email. Check it out and the other content.



Olive Tree Mac Bible Reader Resource Guide Explained on Video

The Olive Tree Bible Reader for Mac contains a wildly useful tool called the Resource Guide, which Olive Tree’s Steven Johnson explain in a video posted over at their YouTube channel and I’m posting here for your benefit. I love the Resource Guide and it makes me wish I had all my books in Olive Tree so I could quickly find my content there.

Here’s the video:

Check out Bible Reader, the great and simple Bible tool at the Mac App Store. You can find out more at Olive Tree’s website.



Olive Tree Bible Reader in Mac App Store

Finally, there’s a decent Bible study tool in the Mac App Store. While not as serious a problem as it would be if there were not a good Bible study tool in the iOS App Store, it’s been a terrible shame that Bible software hasn’t cracked the popular software and app curation store governed by Apple and loaded on every Mac with the latest version of OS X. Thankfully Bible Reader from Olive Tree ends the drought.

Olive Tree Bible Reader in Mac App Store

I know some of the other Bible app makers might be offended by my statement that there hasn’t previously been a decent Bible study tool, especially Glo Bible‘s creators. In case you’ve not heard of it, Glo Bible focuses on multimedia tools for bringing the Bible to life. It  is a really nice package, for young students in a home school setting, as an addition to a pastor or scholar’s Bible software collection or for people who like to teach the Bible using multimedia. However, the tools for serious scholarly level Bible study just aren’t present in Glo.

The other Bible apps (do a search for Bible in the Mac App Store) return a list of either very simple Bible readers or tools that really only have public domain works or public domain works plus one or two modern translations. None of them competes with Bible Reader. Here’s a list of what’s available today in addition to Bible Reader and Glo:

Of the above, only A-Bible really offers a complete Bible study tool but fits in the category of mostly public domain works. You can add NIV and NASB and it has ESV included. You can also get access to Greek texts but no Hebrew texts, so it offers the most serious option, yet it’s still lacking. I’ve not used it so

That said, Bible Reader is no Accordance Bible or Logos Bible software. However, a serious Bible student can do scholarly level language study using this simple and elegant software tool.

In my next Christian Computing Magazine I will be doing a full overview/review of the program so be looking for it in September. You can look at this months column about Accordance’s addition of an Interlinear Bible to their great application.

By the way, for those of you using Windows, Olive Tree’s Bible Reader will make its way to Windows soon. It’s in beta now. For Android and iOS users, get their mobile app now. It’s one of the best!

Kindle Fire

Bible Apps on Kindle Fire

Just got a Kindle Fire and already like it. One of the first things I did, after getting some of my favorite Android apps, was to download my favorite Bible apps. Sadly, one of them doesn’t show up in the Amazon App Store but others are well represented. Fortunately, you can download the beta version of the one.

So how does the new kid on the block measure up as a Bible study tablet? Well! Not great, but well. My “first impressions” post is over at the tech site that I write for, GottaBeMobile.com. Just a quick list of what I think about the tablet in general before getting to Bible specifics …

  • The interface looks nice – nicer than basic AndroidKindel Fire
  • The hardware is simple and works
  • The on/off button is on the bottom. Why?
  • The screen is beautiful and 7 inches is plenty for reading and simple tasks
  • It’s no iPad killer, but might be able to wound Apple sales a little bit for simple needs users
  • The Silk browser stinks!!! Too slow and clunky.

Here are the links to the apps (free unless otherwise labelled) that I have or will soon install on my Amazon Kindle Fire.

There are many more, but these are my choices as the best apps.

So how does the Kindle function as a Bible study tool. Not great. There’s just not enough screen real estate to make it functional, but like your smart phone it will be a great tool for just reading books and commentaries for the next Sunday’s passage while on the go. I’m excited about the fire. Be looking at GottaBeMobile for some other posts and reviews coming up.

To install the Logos app you will have to enable third-party app installation. Do this by going to the Settings screen (the little icon in the upper right of the screen that looks like  a gear sprocket. Then tap on More+. Next choose Device and switch the ON/OFF switch next to Allow Installation of Applications to ON.

Olive Tree’s Mac Bible Reader Nears Completion

Olive Tree’s Bible Reader app for the Mac entered the important Release Candidate phase this past week signaling the near completion of the new entry into desktop/laptop Bible software. Can an app originally designed for a mobile OS compete against the big boys on your computer? Based on my early use of the beta and now RC1, most definitely. Bible Reader for Mac looks beautiful, successfully marries simplicity and functionality, but does have room to grow.

The Application uses the typical Windows Explorer/Mac Finder style of interface with your list of books and resources along the left and the content in a window on the right. A toolbar across the top gives access to some of the features you need.

Olive Tree's Bible Reader for Mac

By default the best feature of the app stays hidden until you open a second window pane by clicking on the Tools & Notes button. Be sure to do so because the power of the program shows up.

Inside the Tools & Notes window, you get something called the Resource Guide. If you use Logos, think of the Passage Guide or the Exegesis Guide. Bible Reader doesn’t have all the features of Logos nor the power, but it borrows the same concept of finding all the resources related to the current passage displaying them in a categorized list. I love this feature.

In addition to the Resource Guide the syncing notes, bookmarks and highlighting, gives you all of your mobile device content from the past on your desktop or laptop. I’ve been using Bible Reader on my iPhone, iPad and for a while my Android devices. So I have a bunch of notes, highlights and a few bookmarks. I do wish these would sync automatically every time I open the app on the Mac or my mobile device. You have to remember to do it. Because you have to remember to do it, I wish they’d at least put a sync button on the toolbar.

Because I want to use Bible Reader more, I’m a bit miffed. I hate that I’m using it more. The reason? I now find myself wanting to use within Bible Reader all of my great resources available in Logos, Accordance, Bibleworks, WordSEARCH and other Bible software I’ve used over the years. I’d have to buy them yet again to do so. This reason alone keeps me from doing more in Bible Reader than I would otherwise. At least Accordance gives users a discount for books they’ve already purchased.

Bible Reader won’t be available to the general public for a few weeks. I’m guessing they want to have a Christmas launch, so look for it by the end of November or early December.

See Olive Tree’s website for more information.

iPad Bible App Sales Getting Mainstream Attention

This week the Atlantic noticed something that readers of my blog have known for quite some time. The iPad is a great tool for Bible study. According to the site, Olive Tree cracked the top 100 highest grossing book applications for the first time. They are citing Drew Heninger, CEO of Olive Tree.

BibleReader 4 for iPad Screenshots

The huge selection of Bible apps actually has one affect that likely waters down the overall figures. Since there is likely only going to be a few apps that will sell popular books from NY Times best selling authors, those sails will rise. The latest Dan Brown or John Grisham can be bough from two or three at the most. But the Bible can be had in more than a dozen different iPad apps. This dilutes their impact. If you could combine all of the Bible app sales and rank them against all the sales of each of the other titles in all their various outlets like Kindle, iBooks, etc., I would bet the Bible dwarfs most books. But despite the dilution, the Bible is  breaking into the top 100.

The Atlantic is trying to say this somehow gives us a hint at who iPad users are. I doubt that. But it does show that the most popular book in human history is popular even as an eBook too!