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iPhone Bible Update 2.0 Submitted to iTunes Store

An update of the Bible app is on the way! Version 2.0 of the YouVersion iPhone Bible app (Bible) is waiting patiently in line for approval at the iTunes Store. Last week we pushed out an update that included new YouVersion Live functionality and some Twitter features that we’re pretty excited about. The last update was also supposed to include the ability to view The Message as an offline translation. But a couple wires got crossed somewhere in that process that prevented The Message from showing up offline and also caused different translations to disappear offline for some users.

We apologize for the bugs that kept some of you from having access to your translation of choice. This update solves all of those issues, and refines the Bible app and some of the new features launched last week. Specifically here is what this update, version 2.0, includes:

  • The Bible translation “The Message” is available as an offline download.
  • A fix for the bug that caused certain translations to disappear when the Bible app was restarted or rebooted.
  • Several improvements to YouVersion Live Events and detail pages.
  • The addition of a webkit/browser into Bible app, so when clicking on links from within YouVersion Live, it doesn’t require leaving out to Safari.
  • Completion of API implementation across the entire Bible app.
  • Several speed and performance improvements.

In the midst of all the YouVersion Live launch excitement, we also had the pleasure of  connecting with many of you last week during Catalyst and asking you the question, “What do you love about YouVersion?” Go to the YouVersion Facebook Page to see what people had to say and to share your answer!

What do you love about YouVersion?

Share what you love about YouVersion at our Facebook Page.

Blackberry Update 2.0.3 Adds Twitter Features and More!

Blackberry users,

You have probably noticed a number of updates coming to your Bible app over the past couple of weeks. Our developers have been hard at work adding in the new YouVersion Live functionality, squashing bugs and in the most recent update adding the ability to share scripture on Twitter. With all the updates that have come to YouVersion in the last week, we also paid extra attention to detail to make this version feel very polished.

Make sure your Blackberry device has this most recent update which is version 2.0.3. Here are some other items included in this update:

  • When you leave a YouVersion Live event, the message to save notes is better. Pressing save on the dialog takes you to the screen to email your notes.
  • There is a new menu item on the YouVersion Live event screen to go to the edit notes area.
  • YouVersion Live Event description has been removed from the header and added to top of scrolling area.
  • YouVersion Live Event times are now added to the date area of the header.
  • The YouVersion Live Event widget titles should now completely reflect what was entered by the admin of the event.

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Also, be sure to check out the videos and stories we got from Catalyst in Atlanta, GA this past week, to view click here.

YouVersion Live Event Examples from the First Weekend

YouVersion Live has been growing like crazy since launching last week, with more than 1,200 groups and 1,000 events taking place this weekend. In the midst of all those events, we noticed a couple of groups that came up with especially creative ways to use YouVersion Live at their church. Check it out:

The first event is from Hope Fellowship in Frisco, Texas:

The second event is from the Seacoast Church in Mount Pleasant:

Did you see any great events this week?

Interview with Shaun King of Courageous.tv

Tony Steward and Shaun King talk about YouVersion and the happenings at The Courageous Church.

Shauns Blog: http://www.shauninthecity.com

Atlanta Flood Victims: http://www.hopeatl.com

YouVersion Live: Launched!

YouVersion Live is now ready for you to use!

YouVersion Live is the latest addition to YouVersion, and it’s a brand new way to experience church services and other live events. On your mobile device or any computer with an Internet connection, you can follow along with message outlines and take notes, read related Bible verses and click through to the expanded passage, vote on a poll and see the results live, ask questions anonymously, give, request prayer, and take it all home with you on your phone.

Want to see it in action? We’ve created a demo event so you can get a feel for how it works. Just open up the Bible App on your mobile device, select the “Live” icon from the dock at the bottom, and you’ll see it as an available event.

In the future, you can search for a locality (state or city or zip) and it will return a list of nearby events. If your phone has GPS enabled, it will detect your location and return the results automatically. Tap the event that you’re participating in and enjoy.

Ready to get started? Great! Setting up an event is an easy process, and we think you’ll have lots of fun finding creative ways to use this new feature.

1. Set up a group. Churches, Bible study groups, and other organizations create a group as the first step to setting up an event. It helps users know who’s hosting an event (and we’ll be adding some cool features for groups in the future). Any YouVersion user can join a group and can belong to multiple groups at the same time. So, the first time you’re creating an event, just go to www.YouVersion.com, choose “Groups” from the “Community” tab, and you’ll be led through an easy step-by-step process to set up your group.

2. Create your event. Once you’ve created your group, you’ll be taken to an area that’s just accessible to you, the administrator of the group. Choose “Create a Live Event,” fill in the required information, and then customize the event with by dragging and dropping the event items in the order you’d like them to occur. Preview your event to make sure everything’s ship-shape, and you should be good to go at the start time you designated.

We can’t wait to see how YouVersion Live takes your communication full circle. Try it out

Introducing YouVersion Groups

We love the community that’s been building in YouVersion over the past couple years. YouVersion was built so that people could experience the Bible in online communities, and YouVersion Groups is the next big step in seeing that dream come true. YouVersion Groups is, at its core, a simple way for you to find people and ideas to which you relate and begin to build the foundation for tight community interaction through an increasingly shared Bible experience.

Although “groups” is a commonplace concept in the social web, we decided to take a fresh look at how the Bible is currently shared in community, how we could build on that firm foundation, and bring that experience to the web in as natural a way as possible. Naturally, most shared Bible experiences happen in real-life groups (worship gatherings, Bible studies, support groups, etc.), so our first foray into this space is YouVersion Live, which will be connected to the Group you create.

Right now, the function of a Group is focused on the Live portion, but we have fun and useful things planned for this new piece of YouVersion.

Introducing YouVersion Live

We’re thrilled to introduce a brand new concept for YouVersion.com. It’s called YouVersion Live and it brings a new level of interaction to the communication of God’s truth and love.

YouVersion Live is a free service that will give pastors, conference speakers, teachers, and group leaders the ability to share content and real-time feedback on mobile devices during live events, services, and more. Here’s an idea of how a church leader could use YouVersion Live…

A pastor would love to be able to get his congregation more involved in his message, ask questions and get answers, survey the room with a simple poll, give them an easy and natural way to take notes on his talking points, and maybe even give them a follow-up thought with a blog post or YouTube video as they’re leaving. And, in a perfect world, they’d be able to keep all that information in a place they look every day so they can refresh themselves on what he spoke about.

YouVersion Live allows this pastor to do all this (and a little more) by simply dragging and dropping in a super-simple dashboard on YouVersion.com. During a service, his congregation will pull out their web-enabled phones, open up YouVersion (either on the mobile website or a native application), read the Bible, take notes, ask questions, submit prayer requests, answer polls, find links to external content (event details, blog posts, videos, etc), and give online. Before they leave, they can send all that great content to themselves (or a friend) via email for future reference.

With YouVersion Live, a pastor can offer his congregation a rich and engaging way to experience the Bible and his message. Plus, with millions of people already using YouVersion on their phones, he’s got a head start towards telling his congregation about this new tool.

YouVersion iPhone update 1.9 Available Now

The latest YouVersion update hit iTunes this afternoon, which was a sweet Friday surprise and a great way to kick off the weekend! Here’s what it means for you:

  • Now you can tweet verses you’re reading directly from the Bible app with a shortened http://read.ly URL
  • We’ll have some YouVersion Live goodness ready to share with you when we launch on Tuesday. (Don’t forget to check out the webinar if you haven’t seen it yet!)

To get these latest features, you’ll need to update to the latest version of YouVersion for the iPhone, which is Version 1.9. Unfortunately this means that afterwards you’ll need to re-download any offline versions you previously downloaded, but that shouldn’t be necessary when upgrading in the future because this update fixes several issues related to offline translations.

If you’ve never downloaded an offline translation, it’s pretty easy:

  • Open the Bible app on your iPhone or iPod Touch (with a wifi connection) and go to the “More” tab.
  • Tap “Settings,” then “Offline Translations,” then scroll to find the list of available offline translations.
  • Once you’ve selected the translation, tap “Download.” The translation should begin downloading immediately. (You’ll see a bar showing you the progress of the download in real-time.)

Now that you have it downloaded to your device, you’ll be able to read the Bible anytime as long as you have your downloaded translation selected. It’s perfect for reading the Bible in remote areas with no connection or on airplanes while traveling.

We can’t wait to share YouVersion Live with you next week!

YouVersion Live Webinar is Available

For everyone that didn’t get a chance yesterday we have put up an archive of our YouVersion Live Webinar at http://youversion.com/live.

You’ll find out how YouVersion Live is creating a brand new way to experience church services and other live events. It’s been great to see all the reactions, observations and questions on Twitter after yesterday’s webinar. Continue the conversation by using #youversion in your tweets!

Thanks for sharing our excitement about the many ways YouVersion Live can be leveraged to reach our culture. Just a few more weeks and people around the globe will be able join in!

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