Archive - September, 2007

100 things you can do with YouVersion: #37

Count this also as Tips & Tricks…

Use your Home/End button to goto Previous/Next Chapter.

Use your Page Up/Page Down button to goto Previous/Next section.

Use your scroll wheel to scroll the Bible reader.

YouVersion Beta is Now Public

**Post from Swerve**

Three months have quickly passed since we revealed the concept of YouVersion.com – a free online Bible that connects the interactivity of Web 2.0 with the timeless truths of scripture. After several stages of Alpha testing and one Private Beta release, we are excited to announce the Public Beta version is now LIVE and ready for you to explore!

Simply go to YouVersion.com to see how it works. Everything is free and will remain free, but to interact with some of the personalized features you’ll need to go through a simple registration process.

Here is what you can do with YouVersion in this release:

• Search for scripture, jump to a book/chapter/verse, or scroll through our Bible Reader
• Star verses and content
• Tag verses and content
• Contribute and/or associate images, videos, links, and text to verses or series of verses
• Start journaling in the “My Journal” feature
• See what others are sharing
• Email items to your friends and family
• Rate content
• And so much more…

Currently we have integrated the following Bible translations:

New King James Version (NKJV) – Thomas Nelson
New Century Version (NCV) – Thomas Nelson
English Standard Version (ESV) – Good News Publishers/Crossway
King James Version (KJV)
World English Bible
American Standard Version (ASV)
Smith and VanDyke Arabic Bible

We have signed license agreements and will very shortly be making available:

The Message (MSG) – Navpress
Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) – Holman Bible Publishers/B&H

We also have a commitment from:

Contemporary English Version (CEV) – American Bible Society

At this point, default translation will be King James Version, but you can easily change that if you’d like by simply clicking on the title.

Our Digerati Team has been eating, sleeping, and dreaming all things YouVersion for the last three months and it is nothing short of incredible to see how their commitment has paid off as we are right on schedule. I’d also like to express our appreciation for the hundreds of Alpha and Private Beta testers who contributed their time and given feedback! Additionally, I’m very thankful for the publishers who have captured the vision of this project and been willing to allow us to use their translations. We certainly couldn’t have made it to this point alone.

This is just the beginning. Several more features will be rolling out in the coming weeks as we continue to develop this tool.

Now it’s your turn to discover YouVersion and help us make it better by giving us feedback during this beta release. For those of you that blog, we’d love to have your post your thoughts about it. I look forward to seeing what God has in store for this new community of people reading, reflecting, and sharing how God is moving in a brand new and exciting way. I’ll see you there!

YouVersion Private Beta Release

Late yesterday the Private Beta Preview release rolled out to our existing Alpha testing group. Many bugs have been fixed since the previous Alpha release, and quite a few new core features have been added.

New features and functions:

* Journal
* Internet Explorer 6/7 support
* Safari 3 support
* Rate It
* Updated Help section
* Edit Account features
* Direct links to other users’ profiles
* Many more small bug fixes and features

We are excited about launching the first Public Beta next week. There is no doubt we still have a long way to go, and the “idea” list is longer than you could possibly imagine…but that’s the fun part, right? Stay tuned, we have a lot of exciting announcements coming soon in regards to additional translations, exciting partnerships, new features that are right around the corner…and even some fun stuff we are involved in at an upcoming conference!

100 things you can do with YouVersion: #36

Link a relevant Myspace video to a verse or verses.

100 things you can do with YouVersion: #35

Use the content “ribbon” as a visual indicator of which verses users have contributed the most content to while reading the Bible.

YouVersion Alpha 3.0 Release

Progress, progress, progress. Or you might say, “no rest for the development team!”. Today the YouVersion Development Team released Alpha 3.0. You might not realize it, but less than a month ago we launched Alpha 1.0, and are excited how quickly the functionality is expanding. Your feedback has been awesome, and we are looking forward to welcoming a lot more participants later this week and next.

Today we added the following:

* Content Ribbon (visual content indicator)
* Additional Search functionality and improved design
* Added MySpaceTV video support
* Added Brightcove video support
* Updated Rate It design and usability
* Updated change translation design and usability

A few more features will show up this week before the big “Beta” launch! Private Beta is now less than a week away! So, if you are interested in participating, and have not already done so, please let us know by sharing your email address with us here. You can also subscribe to this blog to get future announcements about YouVersion.

Alpha 2.0 Release

Alpha Release

Some Alpha Invites Flagged As Spam

It has come to our attention that some of our Alpha invite emails have been flagged as email spam. What a bummer if you guys had an invite a few weeks back but it was in your spam filter! D’oh!

We apologize and have made some adjustments today to help with the problem. On that note, 200 more invites shot out of the system today, and there will be a lot more invites spinning out later this week and next.