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The Bible App #33 Most-Downloaded iTunes App in 2011

Every December, Apple announces the top apps in each category in the iTunes Store for the entire year. For 2011, in the free Reference category, the Bible App™ from YouVersion was #33 on iPhone and #100 on iPad! Just to offer a little perspective, Apple recently announced that it’s seen more than 18 billion downloads go through the Apple App Store. And there are currently more than 520,000 different apps there.
iTunes App Store Rewind 2011 and the Bible App™
If you don’t already have the Bible App on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, why don’t you give it a try? (It’s always 100% free.) And if you do already have the Bible App—especially if you haven’t found The Other 16 yet—you might consider bringing up Apple’s Rewind 2011 as a way to share about it. Mentioning that the Bible App was one of the best apps of the year is a great conversation starter!

If you’d like to see all of the top apps mentioned in Rewind, just visit the iTunes Store and click the Rewind 2011 button scrolling through the top menu:
iTunes Rewind 2011 Button

New Features and Fixes for Bible App for iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch)

Profile Settings page on the Bible App™ for iPhone v. 3.7Release 3.7 of the Bible App™ for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch is available now in the iTunes App Store. We’re introducing two convenient new features in this latest release:

  1. User Profile View. Now for the first time, you’ll be able to review and change your account settings all in one place—like your name, your avatar image, your contact information, and more. You can even browse your Friends’ profiles, and the profiles of people who are following you.
  2. Sign Up With Google. If you already have a Google account, you can sign up for your free YouVersion account using your Google login, right inside the Bible App. This makes creating your account one simple step, since you won’t need to verify your email address.

We value your feedback! When the YouVersion community reports issues to us—whether through our Support website, Facebook, or Twitter—we try to investigate each one, prioritizing them according to which ones are affecting the most users. For example, here are the main challenges we’ve fixed in release 3.7 of the Bible App for iOS:

  • Language Change. When you changed languages in your Bible App Settings before, it could cause the app to crash.
  • Residual Popups. Sometimes on iOS 5, when a message popped up (such as from a launcher notification), you couldn’t make it go away.
  • Long Book or Chapter Display (iPad). When trying to select from books with more than 30 chapters, or from chapters with more than 30 verses, the iPad wasn’t correctly displaying all of them.
  • Main Reader View Distorted (iPhone). When you received a call or if you used your iPhone as a Wi-Fi hotspot, the notification slide-in was compressing the main Bible Reader view.

Get Your Update Now:

If you already have the Bible App installed:

  1. On your Apple device, tap the App Store icon.
  2. When the App Store opens, tap the Updates icon.
  3. Tap Update for the Bible App.
    OR
    Tap Update All.

If this is your first time installing the Bible App:

  1. On your Apple device, tap the App Store icon.
  2. When the App Store opens, tap the Search icon.
  3. Search for “Bible”.
  4. Tap the Bible App from LifeChurch.tv.
  5. Tap the FREE button.

Bible App for iPad Gets Highlights and Advanced Bookmarks, Plus More Great New Features for All iOS Devices

You can get Version 3.6 of the Bible App™ for iOS (iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch) right now at the iTunes App Store. Here’s what you’ll find new in this latest release:

  • The Bible App™ for iPad v. 3.6 Advanced HighlightsHighlights and Updated Bookmarks Now on iPad. The advanced highlighting and bookmarking features from iPhone and iPod touch are now available for your iPad! Select individual verses or entire passages, then highlight them in a variety of default colors, or mix your own custom colors. Sync your highlights between YouVersion and other compatible Bible applications. Select one verse or several to bookmark them. You can give your bookmark a name, add a label—even apply a color to it.
  • Reading Plan Search. With more than 190 Bible reading plans to choose from, now, for the first time ever, you can search for specific keywords across all of them. Want a plan about fasting? Search “fast.” Which plans cover “faith,” or “wisdom,” or “prayer”? Find just the right plan for you, faster than ever before.
  • Reading plan daily reminders. When you start a new Bible reading plan, the Bible App will ask if you’d like to set a daily reading reminder on your calendar. It’s a quick, easy way to help yourself remember to spend time with God’s Word every day!
  • Change the Bible App Language. For supported languages, the Bible App has always used your mobile device’s default language. But now, for the first time ever, you can leave your device’s default language as it is, and change just the language used by the Bible App’s interface, menus and buttons. Simply tap Settings (the gear icon), General, Language, and select from Indonesian, Czech, German, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Norwegian, Netherlands, Polish, Russian, Romanian, Slovak, Swedish, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Simplified or Traditional Chinese, and Ukranian.
  • Improved Notes Interface. The interface for Notes now more closely resembles how other parts of the Bible App work. Also, you can now tag a Note with a color to help you identify it later, similar to highlights.

The Bible App™ for iPhone v. 3.6 Language Selection The Bible App™ for iPad v. 3.6 Bookmark Options The Bible App™ for iPhone v. 3.6 Notes Screen
We also improved performance and fixed some bugs. Get your upgrade now in the iTunes App Store. Good friends tell their friends about the Bible App—great friends help them install it! And be sure to come connect with the rest of the YouVersion community on Facebook and Twitter. It’s more fun when you’re there!


Get Your Update Now:

If you already have the Bible App installed:

  1. On your Apple device, tap the App Store icon.
  2. When the App Store opens, tap the Updates icon.
  3. Tap Update for the Bible App.
    OR
    Tap Update All.

If this is your first time installing the Bible App:

  1. On your Apple device, tap the App Store icon.
  2. When the App Store opens, tap the Search icon.
  3. Search for “Bible”.
  4. Tap the Bible App from LifeChurch.tv.
  5. Tap the FREE button.

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

In 1440, Johannes Gutenberg first shared his concept for the printing press. By the early 1450’s, he had put his ideas into action, printing the Bible faster and for far less money than the only option previously available: hand-copied versions that took years to create. Through a series of unfortunate events, Gutenberg lost his printing presses to a creditor a few years later. In 1468, he died, having never achieved financial success. Worse, there was no way he could have foreseen at the time how his amazing invention would go on to change the world. 

Today, of course, we recognize how this early Bible printing device ultimately gave birth to modern publishing. Gutenberg’s contribution was the spark that made possible the vast proliferation of knowledge and information that the rest of us have benefited from over the last 571 years.

In our generation, many inventors and technologies have dramatically shaped the landscape of our everyday lives, reaching into every corner of society and every industry. Arguably, the greatest innovator and creative genius of this generation has been Steve Jobs. His ideas, leadership, and life’s work influenced the direction of entire industries: broadcast media, motion pictures, music, publishing, communications, and of course, computing.

Jobs was actually able to achieve the financial success that eluded Gutenberg, leading Apple to become the highest-valued company in the world shortly before his passing. And although he was fortunate to actually get to witness the massive growth and adoption of his inventions, Steve Jobs was likely unaware of just how his creations would be used to further the vision of Johannes Gutenberg.

Using the Bible App on their iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches—to say nothing of the countless other devices influenced by Steve Jobs’ ideas—30 million people now have free access to the very book that Gutenberg started printing.

Many people now know the Bible as the Bible App, primarily because Jobs envisioned a new kind of communication device. Just as research was indicating a rapid decline in Bible reading and engagement, millions of people all over the world are now spending billions of minutes reading, listening to, and sharing the Bible—using mobile devices that Jobs either created or influenced.

Once again, history repeats itself. When Gutenberg set out to print the Bible, he unknowingly sparked a revolution that changed the world. Jobs turned publishing, media, entertainment, and communications upside down through his iNventions. And in so doing, he unknowingly sparked a revolution in Bible engagement that we believe will change the world.

More Powerful Search Comes to Bible App for iPhone and iPod touch

Find exactly what you’re looking for! The newest update of the Bible App™ for iPhone and iPod touch was just released. Version 3.5—available now in the iTunes App Store—offers inline translation notes, improved signup with Facebook, easier Help, faster performance, and enhanced Search features. Today we’ll share some quick tips to help you take full advantage of the most robust, flexible Search tools the Bible App has ever offered.

Note: For now, these enhanced search features are available only on iPhone and iPod touch.

Quick Search in the Bible App™ for iOS Version 3.5Quick Search. As always, search is available directly from the Dashboard Launcher, right at the top. Simply click in the “Reference or Keyword” text field, key what you’re looking for, then tap the [Search] button. You can search on individual words, whole phrases, and even jump to specific passages with book names, and/or chapter numbers, and/or verse numbers.
 
Advanced Search in the Bible App™ for iOS Version 3.5More Search Options. As soon as you tap Search, the Bible App presents you with several additional options:

  1. Sort Order. Choose Traditional (in book order) or Relevance.
  2. Advanced. Once you’re in Search mode, switch Advanced to ON to see more options for refining your search results:
  3. Version. Select the Bible translation you want to search.
  4. Section. Choose Old Testament, New Testament, or both.
  5. Book. Select the specific book(s) of the Bible where you want to search.
  6. Instant Results. Based on the options you’ve selected, your search results display—in context—at the bottom of the screen. Simply tap one to jump to it in the Bible Reader. Try a new search from the “Reference or Keyword” text field at the top, and your results update instantly.
  7. Search History. Tap the clock face button (top right) to display your previous searches. (More details below.)
 
Search History in the Bible App™ for iOS Version 3.5Search History. When you have a free YouVersion account, the Bible App saves all of your previous searches in this list.

  • Cancel. Tap the [Cancel] button to return to the Advanced Search screen.
  • Previous Search. Tap a previous search to once again see its results on the Advanced Search screen. (You can even refine those results with the Advanced features.)
  • Clear. Tap the [Clear] button to empty your Search History.
 

We hope these enhanced features will make it faster and easier than ever for you to find whatever you’re looking for in the Bible. Our passion is to help as many people as possible freely connect with the Bible, no matter where they live or what language they prefer. And great new tools like enhanced search can be a great conversation starter to help you share the Bible App with your friends.

Thank you so much for the part you play in the global YouVersion community!

Version 3.5 Update: Enhanced Study Tools for Bible App for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

The newest release of the Bible App™ for iOS (iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch) has all-new additions like inline study tools, as well as helpful upgrades like more robust search, more information connecting with Facebook, and Technical Support at your fingertips. In addition, we addressed several functional issues that you, the YouVersion community, reported to us.

  • Study and Translation Notes. Wherever translation and study notes are available, you can view them directly within the context of the passages they refer to. (You can turn them off just as easily.) Check out Psalm 119 in the New Living Translation (NLT) or in the King James Version (KJV) to see examples.
  • Improved Search. When you search the Bible, now you can limit where you’re looking. For example, you can search in just the Old or New Testament, in a range of books, or even within a single book! You can also sort your results—such as displaying them in book order—making it easier to quickly find what you’re looking for. (For now, enhanced search is available only on iPhone and iPod touch.)
  • Facebook Signup. You could already quickly sign up for your free YouVersion account using Facebook. But now, this handy feature displays even more useful information—even your Facebook profile picture!
  • Help. Another step in making Technical Support always-on, always available, we added direct access to Help straight from the Dashboard Launcher.

Inline Study Notes in the Bible App™ for iOS v. 3.5  Powerful New Search in the Bible App™ for iOS v. 3.5  Help on the Dashboard Launcher in the Bible App™ for iOS v. 3.5

Of course, we try to take advantage of every release to repair known bugs and to tweak the Bible App’s performance. You can update your Bible App to version 3.5, available right now in the iTunes App Store. Simply follow the instructions below to get yours.

Tell your friends! If you haven’t talked to your friends about the Bible App, a new update like this can be a great conversation starter. You can show them your favorite new features on your device, then maybe even offer to help them install it on theirs. Sharing is fun! Come let your friends in the YouVersion community on Facebook and Twitter know what you’re reading, and how God’s Word is speaking to you.


Get Your Update Now:

If you already have the Bible App installed:

  1. On your Apple device, tap the App Store icon.
  2. When the App Store opens, tap the Updates icon.
  3. Tap Update for the Bible App.
    OR
    Tap Update All.

If this is your first time installing the Bible App:

  1. On your Apple device, tap the App Store icon.
  2. When the App Store opens, tap the Search icon.
  3. Search for “Bible”.
  4. Tap the Bible App from LifeChurch.tv.
  5. Tap the FREE button.

Bible App for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch: New Features Debut, Others Improved

Version 3.4 of the Bible App™ for iOS (iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch) introduces some exciting, brand new features, as well as enhancements to existing tools. You can update yours right now in the iTunes App Store! (You can learn how at the end of this post.)

All-New Features:

  • When you’re listening to audio Bibles, now volume control displays on the screen, right where you’re already listening. We’ve also added a button for AirPlay, which lets you listen through speakers you’ve set up on your wireless network. (AirPlay requires Apple TV.)
  • For the first time ever, if you’ve downloaded offline Bibles to your iOS device, the Bible App lets you know when one of them has been updated. So now you can always maintain the most current version of every translation—even in those times you don’t have access to the Internet.
  • The Bible App now takes advantage of Apple’s great built-in VoiceOver features, using sounds to make it easier for visually impaired people to engage with Scripture.

Updates:

  • YouVersion Live is easier than ever, with an updated interface designed specifically to help you quickly find Live events close to where you are.
  • The Bible App’s connection to Twitter is streamlined, making it even easier for you to connect your free YouVersion account to share with your social media followers.
  • Each time YouVersion introduces a new update, we try to take that opportunity to bundle standard bug fixes and performance enhancements to save you time.

Onscreen Audio Controls in the Bible App™ Offline Version Updates in the Bible App™ Updated YouVersion Live Interface in the Bible App™
Please help us get the word out. If you have friends with Apple devices, a new release of the Bible App represents a great opportunity to share YouVersion with them. Please consider helping friends new to iOS install the Bible App from the iTunes App Store. And remember: The YouVersion community on Facebook and Twitter loves hearing your stories about spreading the Bible App!


Get Your Update Now:

If you already have the Bible App installed:

  1. On your Apple device, tap the App Store icon.
  2. When the App Store opens, tap the Updates icon.
  3. Tap Update for the Bible App.
    OR
    Tap Update All.

If this is your first time installing the Bible App:

  1. On your Apple device, tap the App Store icon.
  2. When the App Store opens, tap the Search icon.
  3. Search for “Bible”.
  4. Tap the Bible App from LifeChurch.tv.
  5. Tap the FREE button.

Updated Bible App for iPhone and iPod touch: All-New Highlights, Expanded Bookmarks

If you haven’t heard, the Bible App™ for iPhone and iPod touch recently got a comprehensive update. Version 3.3 is available immediately in the iTunes App Store. Over the last few days, we’ve been sharing tips with you on how you can take full advantage of many of the Bible App’s new features, including the updated Bible Reader and Sign in, Sign up and Support. Today we’ll introduce highlights for the first time, and we’ll show you your expanded bookmarking options.

All-New Highlights in the Bible App™ 

  • Highlights. Now, if you like, you can bring some of your favorite features from paper Bibles to your personal Bible App account. (Instructions for how to highlight are in the next section below.)
    • New Bible readers. Highlights are a great way you can mark verses you enjoy, or that speak to you in special ways, so you can easily spot them later.
    • Experienced Bible readers. If you’ve been highlighting in your Bible for years, you’ll realize quickly that Bible App highlights work pretty much just as you’d expect.
  • Sync Your Highlights. When you add a highlight in the Bible App on any device, you’ll see your highlight on any YouVersion platform that supports that feature.
Highlighting in the Bible App™To add a highlight

  • Tap a verse (or more than one) to select it.
  • Bottom right: Tap the sharing icon that appears.
  • Tap the color you want your highlight to be.
    OR
    Tap the rainbow to select a custom color

    • Drag the color picker icon to select your color.
    • Lighter/Darker: Slide the shading bar.
    • Bottom: A sample of your color displays.
    • Tap Choose.

To remove a highlight:

  • Tap the highlighted verse(s) whose highlights you want to remove.
  • Bottom right: Tap the sharing icon that appears.
  • Tap the bright red ‘X’ selection.
Advanced Bookmark Options in the Bible App™
Bookmarks. For the first time in the Bible App, now you can bookmark multiple verses at a time. Here’s how it works: 

  • Tap the verse(s) you want to bookmark.
  • Bottom right: Tap the sharing icon that appears.
  • Tap Bookmark.
  • Optional: If you selected more verses than you intended to bookmark, tap the list and remove the ones you want to.
  • Optional: Select a highlight color.
  • Optional: Name your bookmark with a title.
  • Optional: Add a label(s) to your bookmark to categorize it for faster future reference (like Counseling, Encouragement, Fundamentals, etc.).

Use bookmarks to label verses you want to share with friends, to enhance your own personal studies, or however you want. The possibilities are truly only limited by your imagination and creativity.

At YouVersion, our simple mission is always the same: to make it as easy as possible for people to freely engage with the Bible, no matter where they live. It is this vision that drives the features and functions we add to the Bible App. If you’re not already, we hope you’ll consider using the Bible App to connect to the Bible every day. And if you do: Thanks! Please also share with your friends how fulfilling it can be to engage with God’s Word–anytime, anyplace.

Updated Bible App for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad: Sign in, Sign up, and Support

After the announcement of the Bible App™ version 3.3 release for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, we promised we’d give you specific tips on how you could get the most out of it. First, we covered Bible Reader updates. Today, we’ll tell you about enhancements to Sign in, Sign up, and integrated Technical Support.

Sign up for the Bible App™ Using Facebook

  • Sign in is cleaner and offers more options, such as signing in with either your email address or username.
  • Sign up now lets you sign up for a free YouVersion account using your Facebook login, saving you time:
    • You won’t have to verify your email address, and
    • Your YouVersion account connects automatically to your Facebook account, making it easy to share the Bible App, verses, or Bible plans with your friends.
 
Access Technical Support from Directly Inside the Bible App™

  • Now you can access Technical Support from directly inside the Bible App. When you email Support from within the Bible App, your request automatically includes information that helps our team quickly troubleshoot your issue.
 
View Tech Support Knowledgebase from Inside the Bible App™Also from directly inside the Bible App, you can:

  • View solutions to Frequently Asked Questions from the YouVersion knowledgebase.
  • Watch video tutorials, and
  • See recent tweets on known issues from @YouVersionHelp, YouVersion’s official support account on Twitter.
 
 

 
Still don’t have your Apple device updated to the latest release of the Bible App? What are you waiting for? You can get it right now in the iTunes App Store. And be sure to come back tomorrow to learn all about the brand-new highlighting features and exciting updates to bookmarks! These much-requested, new and updated features promise to make your experience connecting with the Bible through the Bible App richer than ever before.

Updated Bible App for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad: New Bible Reader Features

Yesterday we announced the major release of version 3.3 of the Bible App™ for iOS. Over the next few days, we’ll be sharing with you some specific details about how you can take full advantage of this comprehensive update. Today, we’ll focus on enhancements to the Bible Reader: what they do for you and how you use them.

The Bible App™ Reader
Fullscreen Mode: (iPhone/iPod touch only) 

  • Enter fullscreen: Double-tap anywhere on the text portion of the screen. The Reader fills the entire screen, removing menus.
  • Leave fullscreen: Double-tap anywhere on the text portion of the screen.

Simplified Navigation:

  • Swipe Up/Down: Move backward/forward in current chapter.
  • Swipe Left/Right: Jump to previous/next chapter in current book.
 
The Bible App™ Multi Select Options
Multiple Verse Selection: 

  • Select the verses you want to work with.
  • Bottom right: Tap the options icon.
  • Your choices display, including:
    • Adding a note
    • Sharing
    • Copying
    • Bookmarking
    • Highlighting (with choice of colors)
 
The Bible App™ Book/Chapter/Verse NavigatorBook/Chapter/Verse Navigator: 

  • Top bar: Tap the chapter title.
  • Tap Book, Chapter, or Verse to quickly jump directly where you want to go.
  • Bottom bar: Select whether you want to view books in the order they appear in the translation you’re using, or alphabetically.

 
Keep checking back here for more tips about some of the great, time-saving features you can find in the updated Bible App. If you haven’t updated yours already, go check it out now in the iTunes App Store. And please tell your friends!

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