Monday, March 18, 2013

Those reading the book of Revelation...

Rather, those using VerseWise Bible KJV or RSV to read the book of Revelation when the v4.4 update for the iPhone came out. You may have noticed the app now crashes on start-up. Sorry!

Doing data migration is always a tricky prospect and I had to do some in v4.4 for the iPhone when I added to the deuterocanonical books in KJV and RSV, mostly dealing with bookmarks and highlights. Fortunately I think the intended migration logic works fine.

Unfortunately, those in the non-deuterocanonical Revelation had one value incorrection caught up in the migration -- their "last book" number. The one the app uses to go back to the last book you were reading. That got changed from "66" to "67". The app, knowing their is no book "67" in the non-deuterocanonical Bible, refuses to open it. And crashes.

Sending out a fix ASAP!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Spread the word!

I'm personally very excited by the upcoming Daily Readings in Orthodox Study Bible. I know, too often, I fall short trying to maintain a daily reading discipline. I need all the help I can get and I hope that this feature helps others as well.

To that end, I'd like to spread the word about this as much as possible. Will you help? Please follow Orthodox Study Bible on Facebook and/or on Twitter. I have some free download codes I'd like to share and will post details on that tomorrow.

Thank you!

OSB Daily Readings

Coming soon: Daily Readings for the Orthodox Study Bible!

It takes only one tap (and a periodic connection to the internet) to read the Epistle and Gospel readings of the day.

Swipe left to view previous days, swipe right to view upcoming days.

This update is in Apple review right now. I hope to have it available by the beginning of (Orthodox) Lent. If not exactly then, it should be available soon after. Stay tuned!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

VerseWise Bible 4.4 now in App Store

An update to VerseWise Bible for the iPhone is now available in the App Store!

  • Improved Facebook sharing, especially with longer scriptures
  • Psalms introductions
  • Fixed Psalms chapter number in Bible 1-year plan
  • Fixed Day 32 Genesis reading in Bible 1-year plan
  • Many textual fixes, especially in Psalms (thank you Zechariah C!)
  • Restored missing "verse 18s" in Exodus
King James Version
  • Improved Facebook sharing, especially with longer scriptures
  • Added 2 Esdras to deuterocanonical books
Revised Standard Version
  • Improved Facebook sharing, especially with longer scriptures
  • Psalms introductions
  • Added 2 Esdras and 4 Maccabees to deuterocanonical books
Revised Standard Version (Catholic Edition)
And hopefully more stability. Will continue to hunt down crashes.

Also, a note on Facebook. I'm not particularly happy with the current implementation. Facebook changes things periodically, sometimes breaking functionality. I'm investigating a better way of doing things here. This "better way" would also allow for Twitter sharing. Stay tuned.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

1 Samuel in OSB reading plans

Thank you to Katie T. for pointing out that 1 Samuel is broken in the Orthodox Study Bible reading plans. This is because the plans, adapted from other Bible versions, don't take into account that the OSB calls this book "1 Kingdoms". 2 Samuel (2 Kingdoms), 1 Kings (3 Kingdoms) and 4 Kings (4 Kingdoms) are also broken.

This affects the "Bible in 1 year (mixed)", "Bible in 1 year (chronological)" and "History" reading plans.

As it is, I have an OSB update almost ready to be sent for review. I will include this fix and it should be in your hands in a week or two.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Psalm introductions in VWB

Some improvements are arriving soon for Psalms in RSV, RSV-CE and Douay-Rheims. These three have short introductions to many of the Psalms, such as "A Psalm of David".

These have always been in the RSV/RSV-CE source text but not in VerseWise Bible. They are now visible.

They have always been in Douay-Rheims, as verse 1. (And sometimes the first part of verse 1, sometimes verses 1 & 2). They are now italicized.

Ah, but better than that: in Douay-Rheims the introductory phrases are no longer included in the Psalms chapter list.

Oh and I did I mention the typos that got fixed in Douay-Rheims' Psalms? Special thanks to Zechariah C. and everyone else for all the corrections they sent in.