Saturday, July 26, 2008

v1.0.1 coming

We're beta testing a 1.0.1 release this weekend. I foresee uploading it to the store on Monday. It may take a while for it to actually appear in the store, depending on what the backlog at Apple is.

Along with some minor bug fixes, I've added pop-up hints to point out some of the possibly less intuitive aspects of the app (like swiping left & right to change chapters).

And yes, this is the first step towards new functionality in a 1.1 release. I just felt I had some 1.0 housekeeping to do before moving on to the fun, new stuff. Thank you for your patience.

Update: Uploaded Monday night.
Update: Released to store Friday night.

Friday, July 18, 2008

v1.0 bugs

Here's a list of 1.0 bugs that have been discovered and will be fixed in the next release.
  • Sometimes won't return to proper screen when app is exited/restarted. (Main menu and sometimes Book and Chapter lists.)
  • Defined defaults (such as autorotation and font size) do not take effect until user visits Settings.
  • About and Contact pages can be entered (and viewed) in landscape mode.
  • Hebrews and James should come after Philemon, not after 3 John.
To report a bug, please leave a comment.

If you're having trouble with VW crashing upon launch, this is an OS 2.0 problem. Please read this comment for a work-around.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


Please leave a comment here with the Bible translation you'd most like to see.

I've had one vote for Reina-Valera (in Spanish), which definitely looks doable as the 1909 version is in the public domain. Which means no licensing necessary.

I've seen some complaints in the iPhone app store about the modern translations costing too much, some saying they'll wait for the "free" version. Unfortunately, the most modern translations will not be free any time soon. Those of us who want our Bibles installed on our devices locally will have to pay a fee to the publisher.

Now, if you're always connected to the internet and are willing to put up with the slower response, there are some web sites (and corresponding iPhone apps) that offer modern translations for free. Good for them! I'm glad such ministries exist. If anyone wants to underwrite, say, the NIV for VerseWise, contact me and I'll let you know where to send your checks. ;)

Not to say I'm not interested in modern translations. I have contacted some publishers. But when released, these versions of VerseWise will cost more than the King James and Reina-Valera versions, not because that's what *I* want but because that's what the licensing fees + app store overhead require.

Anyone know of good public domain Bible translations in other languages? Drop me a line.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

v1.0 released

VerseWise Bible 1.0 has been released to the App Store. Kudos to the Apple employees working over the weekend approving apps!

The main focus of this release was the reading experience. The ability to read in portrait and landscape mode (and turn it off if you prefer), remembering where you last were when reading in a book, and easy navigation (including skipping chapter selection if you prefer and using side-swipes to go to adjacent chapters) all contribute to this.

If you have any ideas on how the reading experience could be made better, please leave a comment or send me an email.

For example, does anyone *not* like the side-swipe navigation? Would simple arrow buttons (as other apps do it ;) be preferable? I know sometimes the device sometimes misinterprets your swipe and goes horizontal when you meant vertical and vice-verse. It can take some practice getting it right every time. Let me know what you think about this. I could make it a configuration option.

By the way, be sure to check out the configuration options in the VerseWise section of Settings. There are several options you can turn on/off here along with changing the reading font size.

Friday, July 11, 2008


Welcome to VerseWise News! I am your host and the author of VerseWise Bible for the iPhone and iPod touch. Come here for information and discussion about upcoming updates and features.

I'd also like to use this as a feedback forum. Feel free to report problems, ask questions or make suggestions. I have a lot of ideas for future versions of VerseWise but would love to hear yours as well.