Equipd Bible Version 3.7.0

Version 3.7.0 introduces the following changes:

  • Initial support for iOS 12.
  • A number of UI improvements.
  • You can now highlight a verse, even if the Note has no text content.
    • Tap the verse number to open the Note window, choose the color, slide across the highlight button on the toolbar, and save the Note.
  • On the iPad you can now choose to have the Clipboard Lookup button permanently showing on the toolbar. Normally this button only appears when in Split Screen mode, but some users prefer to disable the automatic clipboard lookups and instead trigger the lookups manually using this button.
    • Change your preference in Settings > Bible Settings > Detect Scriptures in Clipboard. This button is not enabled for an iPhone.

If you are enjoying the Equipd Bible app please take the time to add a quick review on the App Store. Your review helps others to see the value of the app, and it definitely helps me to keep motivated in supporting and improving it further.

Thanks your ongoing support.

Equipd Bible Version 3.6.0

Version 3.6.0 introduces the following changes:

  • Added a search bar to the Bookmark Topics.
    • Accessed via the open book icon on the top toolbar, then go into a specific Bookmark Topic. It will search both the scripture and any custom comments you have added to the bookmark.
  • Added a search bar to the list of Notes.
    • Accessed via the open book icon in the top toolbar, then go to the Notes tab, then into a specific book like Matthew, then into a chapter or “All Notes”. See the screencast below for a demo.
  • Catalan Bible Book names added for the Hebrew Scriptures.
  • French Bible Book names updated.
  • Improvements to the Chinese Pinyin, Yale, Zhuyin (Bopomofo), and Sidney Lau romanisation.
  • Improved formatting of underlined Chinese words.
  • Reduced the overall app size.

Here is a quick demo of how to search within a Bookmark Topic or within a list of Notes…

If you are enjoying the Equipd Bible app please take the time to add a quick review on the App Store. Your review helps others to see the value of the app, and it definitely helps me to keep motivated in supporting and improving it further.

Thanks your ongoing support.

Equipd Bible Version 3.5.1

Version 3.5.1 is a snapshot update with the following changes:

  • Fixed issue where scripture links were not being detected when app first opened.
  • Added Bible Book names in Catalan and other new languages.
  • Improved scrolling of EPUB settings page on iPhone X.
  • Reorganised some of the Settings screens.

If you are enjoying the Equipd Bible app please take the time to add a quick review on the App Store. Your review helps others to see the value of the app, and it definitely helps me to keep motivated in supporting and improving it further.

Thanks your ongoing support.

Equipd Bible Version 3.5

I am pleased to announce version 3.5:

  • Improved handling of scripture links when in Split Screen mode on an iPad.
  • Improved screen layout when in Split Screen mode.
  • Improved formatting of Psalms acrostics when in side-by-side view.
  • Fixed display of Nepali verse numbers.
  • New setting to keep the device awake while the app is open.
  • Hopefully fixed an issue causing the app to crash for Korean users only.

If you are enjoying the Equipd Bible app please take the time to add a quick review on the App Store. Your review helps others to see the value of the app, and it definitely helps me to keep motivated in supporting and improving it further.

Thanks your ongoing support.

Equipd Bible Version 3.4

This update optimises the app for the iPhone X.

Equipd Bible now requires iOS 8 or above.

If you are enjoying the Equipd Bible app please take the time to add a quick review on the App Store. Your review helps others to see the value of the app, and it definitely helps me to keep motivated in supporting and improving it further.

Thanks your ongoing support.

Equipd Bible Version 3.3.2

This is a bug fix update following version 3.3 with the following changes:

  • Improved the accuracy of the auto-generated 2-line Furigana above Japanese characters.
  • Minor improvement to the auto-generated Yale Cantonese Romanisation above Chinese Simplified or Traditional characters.
  • Fixed a crash that occurred when selecting a scripture from the NWT Book Outline (for Bibles that support this feature).

If you are enjoying the Equipd Bible app please take the time to add a quick review on the App Store. Your review helps others to see the value of the app, and it definitely helps me to keep motivated in supporting and improving it further.

Thanks your ongoing support.

Equipd Bible Version 3.3.1

This is a bug fix update following version 3.3 with the following changes:

  • Added support for Footnotes when using Yale Cantonese romanisation.
  • Improved scrolling of the Bible Settings window.
  • Added detection of an App Crash, and when the app is restarted it will automatically clear the clipboard and any incoming files. Basically it is attempting to automate what you can do yourself by:
    1. Go into iOS Settings
    2. Scroll down to Equipd Bible
    3. Turning on the options to “Clear Scripture History” and “Clear Incoming Files”

iOS 11.1 Beta 3
Note that there are a number of users trying out iOS 11.1 which is still in Beta. Beta 3 in particular seems to cause the app to crash. The fix is simple – follow the steps above. A number of Korean users are having this problem – here is a screenflow of the steps they need to take to fix this issue:

Equipd Bible Version 3.3

Coming soon – Equipd Bible version 3.3!

It has been over a year since the last update to this app I am ashamed to say. The last 12 months have been extremely hectic for me with both my wife and my father experiencing major health issues. At the same time I was struggling to keep momentum up on a new app that has finally been released – a ministry focussed app called ServicePlanner. Anyway … things are finally looking up and getting back on track! Yay!

So what’s new in Equipd Bible version 3.3?

Yale Cantonese Romanisation

For a while now Equipd Bible has supported Sidney Lau, a form of romanisation for Cantonese learners developed in the 1970’s.

An alternate system of romanisation for Cantonese learners is the Yale system. It seems to be more popular, especially in Hong Kong, and is widely used in textbooks for language learners. It is easily recognised by the use of a silent “h” to represent syllables that have tones in the low register and the use of tone diacritics similar to Hanyu Pinyin.

I am excited to bring Yale to the Equipd Bible app. Similar to the existing Pinyin, Zhuyin (Bopomofo) and Sidney Lau support, Yale can be enabled for any Chinese Bible compatible with the Equipd Bible app. The 2-line format will work above Chinese Traditional or Simplified characters.

You can see a visual comparison of the 4 systems side-by-side in the following screenshot. From top to bottom – Yale, Sidney Lau, Pinyin, Zhuyin (click to enlarge the screenshot).

Bible Reading Schedules

I am pleased to add the Weekly Bible Reading Schedule for 2018.

This update also fixes the issue with the current Weekly Bible Reading Schedule where the reading was one week out of sync due to changes in the weekly reading back in June when reading Lamentations. Actually I published a fix for users already on the forums which many have used. Tip: If you are currently experiencing issues with the 2017 schedule you should go to the Schedule Settings – Reset the Schedule Progress, Stop the Schedule, and Start it again.

At the end of 2017 you should stop the current Weekly Bible Reading Schedule and switch to the newer 2018 schedule.

Also on the forums you will find the Daily Text Schedule for 2018 is ready to go in English – other languages coming soon. And thanks to the help of one of our most active members of the forums, the Memorial Bible Reading Schedule for 2018 is also ready to go – thanks @Gabriel 🙂

Other Improvements

This update fixes a number of random issues that have popped up over the past few months:

  • Fixed the Bible search for newer EPUB formats.
  • Fixed the Split Screen rotation issues in iOS 11.
  • Fixed auto-lookup of JW Library scripture links.
  • Fixed support for markdown *italics* and __underlining__ in Notes showing in the Side Panel.
  • Fixed issue where copying content from external websites would sometimes not Paste into a Note.
  • Improved the placement of inserted cross-references for some verses.
  • Fully translated and localised for Japanese users!
    • If you would like to help translate the app into your language, please register your interest on the Support Forums.

I hope you enjoy these changes in version 3.3.

If you are enjoying the Equipd Bible app please take the time to add a quick review on the App Store. Your review helps others to see the value of the app, and it definitely helps me to keep motivated in supporting and improving it further.

Thanks for your patience over the past months, and your ongoing support.

Equipd Bible Version 3.2

I am pleased to announce the availability of the Equipd Bible version 3.2:

 


I hope you enjoy these changes in version 3.2.

If you are enjoying the Equipd Bible app please take the time to add a quick review on the App Store. Each app update resets the reviews. Your review helps others to see the value of the app, and it definitely helps me to keep motivated in supporting and improving it further.

If you are able to help with translating the app please let me know. I am especially after translators for the following languages.

Thanks for your support.

Equipd Bible Version 3.1

Following closely on the heels of 3.0 I am pleased to announce version 3.1.

New “Highlight” button in Note Settings

When you open a Note you will see a new button on the toolbar. Toggle this button “on” to highlight the verse in the Bible. It will use the colour of the Note as the highlight colour. The highlight will be applied to the verse in the Bible, and also to the Note in the Side Panel. This is a really handy way to make a verse stand out from the rest while reading your Bible – perhaps to indicate a major point for the field service, or for personal application, or just a favourite scripture.

See the screenshots below for an example of the button and highlighted verses.

New Highlight Button Verse 1 now has background colour

Notes Window now shows Formatting and Links

In the 3.0 update the Side Panel started to support links and markdown formatting options such as bold, italics, underlining, highlighting etc. But if you went into the Note window it did not show you these new features – it went straight into “edit” mode so that you could start changing the contents of the note. This is not ideal in situations where you jump straight from the verse number to the note.

The Note window will now show you a fully formatted note with links and highlighting etc. Links to scriptures and external websites and apps work just the same as in the Side Panel. If you want to update the contents of the note just tap anywhere and it will switch to “edit” mode and enable the keyboard.

The example screenshot shows a Note with highlighted text and clickable scripture links.

Note Window with Formatted Text and Links

Side Panel now auto-scrolls to matching Verse Note

When you looking up a scripture, if you have a Note that matches the first verse you are looking up, then the Side Panel will autoscroll to that note. If you have a lot of Notes showing for the current chapter in the Side Panel, you often had to manually scroll to find the relevant note. Now it will scroll to the matching note automatically.

Side Panel Scrolls to matching Verse Note

Support for a 2nd Web Search

Do you use the Web Search feature of the Equipd Bible? This is an incredibly powerful tool, and allows you to hook into external website resources as part of your Bible Study. To turn this feature on go into Admin (top/left) > Settings > Web Search Settings. From here you you can turn on the Web Search feature, and configure the websites you want to integrate with. See the Info button (ℹ) on the toolbar? Click this to get useful tips and examples of how to use the Web Search.

Here are examples of the Web Search screen and the places throughout the app that you can then perform searches from. Note the associated description under each screenshot…

 

Other improvements in 3.1…

  • Do you use Microsoft OneNote? You can now create links inside a Note to a Section or a Page inside your OneNote Workbooks. Read more about how these links work here.
  • Long-press on a Note in the Side Panel and it will now lookup the verse. This is an experimental enhancement – I could well change how this works in future updates.
  • Supplementary cross-references and footnotes have been added for a number of EPUB files in Japanese, German, Chinese Simplified/Traditional, Italian, French and Spanish.
  • You can now delete groups of Notes in the Note Library. On the top toolbar click the Library button (looks like a book) and then click the Notes button. Select a Book. From here you can slide left on a chapter row or “All Notes” and choose to delete all the notes in that section.
  • The Vietnamese Bible Book names are now supported for the Hebrew Scriptures. Before they were only localised for the Greek Scriptures.

Issues fixed in 3.1…

  • Fixed an issue with the Spanish localisation which caused the interface labels to default to English.
  • Fixed an issue the supplementary cross-references sometimes caused invalid HTML and some verses would not display. A user reported this issue with Luke 2:35.
  • Fixed an issue with the Concordance search where consecutive searches for the same phrase would not show the results.
  • Workaround added for Bible Reading Schedule descriptions being cut off in the settings window.
  • Fixed an issue where the EPUB Viewer window would not load properly if you clicked EPUB links across different Bibles.
  • Fixed error where the Swedish NWT EPUB would load another book instead of Revelation.

 


I hope you enjoy these changes in version 3.1.

If you are enjoying the Equipd Bible app please take the time to add a quick review on the App Store. It helps others to see the value of the app, and it definitely helps me to keep motivated in supporting and improving it further.

If you are able to help with translating the app please let me know. I am especially after translators for the following languages.

Thanks for your support.

 

31 May 2016 NZDT: Version 3.1 is now with Apple for review.
3 June 2016 NZT: Version 3.1 was approved by Apple and should be on your App Store soon.