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YouVersion for BlackBerry Storm … sorta..

Terry Storch walks through how to get the Blackberry Tour version of the YouVersion Bible app working on the Blackberry Storm. This obviously isn’t a perfect fix, but for those of you with a Storm that want YouVersion this is an option!

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.

When YouVersion Live launches, this pastor will be able 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’ll be able to 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.

We’ll be talking more about YouVersion Live over the next several weeks, so stay tuned for more information and announcements!

Screenshots:

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YouVersion Now Available on Android!

We are excited to announce the debut of the YouVersion Bible App for the Android Mobile Phone…also know as the Google Phone. Users of the Android Mobile Phone can download it now for free from Google’s built-in App Store called Android Market. The Bible App, which is also available for Blackberry, iPhone, and web-enabled mobile phones, includes many of the features you’re familiar with from YouVersion.com, like the reader, search, daily reading, bookmarking, and user contributions. Here’s a quick look:

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You can choose from 40 different translations and 21 languages in the Bible App. Now, the ease of use you’ve come to expect from YouVersion.com is at your fingertips on your Android Mobile phone. Explore Scripture, expand your perspective, and experience community—all for free—by downloading the Bible App today.

YouVersion Update 2.0.3

Update 2.0.3 was pushed out earlier this week…you might have already seen some of the amazing new features and fixes. Here is the punch list of new features and updates:

Features:

  • Implement a new widget in the Reader, it’s an audio Bible with many translations to choose from and is powered by Faith Comes by Hearing.
  • Implement short URLs (read.ly), this can be seen in the Link to Reference widget in the Reader.
  • URL has been setup at http://www.youversion.com/download that will take anyone who visits the URL from their Blackberry, iPhone or Android device straight to the correct place to download the app for their phone. If you’re coming from a mobile device not listed, it sends you to m.youversion.com automatically.
  • Book, chapter and version pickers in the Reader now scroll down to the position you are currently at when opened.
  • If you search for a reference (ex John 3:16) it will now take you straight to the Reader. If you do this while on the Reader page, there is no page refresh it just loads the chapter/verse up instantly.
  • You can also do a search for reference on the mobile site (m.youversion.com) to jump straight to a chapter/verse. This makes navigation on the mobile site much easier now.

Changes/Improvements:

  • All HTMLs sent from YouVersion.com (sign up, invite, following, etc) are in plain text instead of HTML emails, this makes it easier to read on a mobile device.
  • Parallel reading has been greatly improved. We now only sync the right side with the left, so if you’re scrolling the left side, the right side will attempt to sync but if you start scrolling the right it stays independent. The main reason for doing this was to cut down on some of the erratic behavior that can start to happen in certain situations (screen sizes, etc). It has made the Parallel mode a lot more stable and usable.

Bugs Fixed:

  • Duplication of “likes” on your Likes page.
  • Sometimes after removing a “like” it would still show up on your Likes page.
  • If you “liked” something in the Reader, it wouldn’t show up on the individual contribution page for that item that you had liked it, thereby presenting you with another “Like” button but then throwing an error.
  • Sometimes switching versions it would not line back up to the verse you were on in the previous version.
  • When in Reader and highlighting verses, if only one contribution was found for the verse(s) highlighted there would be a navigation error that made it impossible to view the contribution content.
  • Now you can type just the book name in the Reader input field (ex Genesis) and it will take you to Genesis 1:1, before it would throw an error.
  • Bug in Safari on Community page where display formatting would get messed up under certain orders of contributions, likes, bookmarks, etc.
  • Links in Daily Reading RSS feed now go to the right location.
  • HTML code for the last badge on the Badges page was the code for the one above it, this has been fixed.
  • Many other minor bug fixes.

Look for a few blog posts in the near future highlighting some of these new features! Thanks again for your support, and Happy YouVersion’ing!

YouVersion 2.0.2

Update 2.0.2 was pushed early this afternoon with the following features/fixes:

  • Now you can create/edit journal entries in Bible reader page
  • Invite your friends – step-by-step process to invite friends across your social networks
  • Post YouVersion badges and search bars on your site from the Badges page
  • When you press the bookmark/tag/like button and have no verse selected – top verse is highlighted
  • Fixed minor sign in bug
  • Page through contributions in widget with next/previous button

YouVersion Mobile 2.0!!

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If you haven’t checked out the new look of m.youversion.com, now would be a good time! YouVersion mobile has undergone a significant redesign, offering you access to your profile while also putting you one click away from the Bible Reader! Some of the other features include:

  • Sign-up for a new account,
  • Sign-in and access your profile,
  • View contributions and users profile,
  • Add a new journal entry tied to scripture,
  • And view all the translations and versions  available to YouVersion web users.

Access YouVersion mobile from any web enabled phone and engage in Scripture like never before, utilizing the YouVersion community’s contributions and adding your own thoughts to the scripture text via the journal.

[NOTICE: IE 6 users will be automatically redirected to m.youversion.com – to access the full site we recommend downloading IE 7 or Mozilla Firefox to access the full site.]

YouVersion 2.0.1

As we roll out YouVersion updates you will be able to check back here for a description of the features added and bugs fixed.  We are working hard to enhance YouVersion to give you the best possible online space for Biblical engagement.  Update 2.0.1 was pushed yesterday afternoon with the following features/fixes:

  • Redirected all old url links to new YouVersion (so you don’t have to go back and update your links)
  • Daily Reading RSS is now available
  • Recent Contributions RSS is now available
  • All links on the reader page bring up sign-in lightbox
  • Improved User search
  • Verse highlighting in Reader will highlight range of verses
  • Fixed bug in Daily Reading Widget
  • Fixed bug in Journal Create
  • Bookmarks now show the correct version you bookmarked verse in
  • Sign in with Email now avail
  • Fixed scroll to problem in Reader
  • Reader saves version, reference location, and widget order

YouVersion 2.0!

After much anticipation YouVersion 2.0 has launched! Here’s a look at what’s new, as well as some things to look forward to in the coming months:

  1. A new design: We have given YouVersion a facelift, making the Bible reader the first place you land. Anyone can browse Scripture immediately upon hitting the site, giving people direct access to the Bible with fewer clicks.
  2. Widgetized: The right window pane now contains contribution, daily reading, and journal widgets that can be organized within the pane. See what you want, where you want it!
  3. Tag, Bookmark, and Link: Now found in one area above the widgets, this new location gives you the ability to organize your thoughts and readings without ever having to leave the Bible Reader.
  4. Parallel Readers: Want to see the what two different versions have to say about Matthew 5-7?  Now you can compare NIV and The Message without having to grab two different Bibles. It can also be used to read two different languages – read in English on one side and Korean on the other.  Or if you want to read the Sermon on the Mount in Mark and Matthew, you can un-sync the parallel readers and browse separately. [keyboard shortcut = control + option + p]
  5. My Page: Take a look at the contributions of those you are following, and see your likes, bookmarks, contributions, and journal entries.
  6. Community Page: A global view of YouVersion user activity, the community page is your place to engage with the YouVersion community.  See what people are contributing, liking, and tagging!
  7. Mobile Pages: Access the mobile apps (iPhone, BlackBerry and other mobile devices) through these specific mobile pages.  Download instructions and compatibility specifics are found within these pages.

They say seven is a symbolic number… so we’ll stop there, but be on the lookout for much more to come as we turn our attention to mobile, tying in user interaction from mobile to web to give you seamless integration from your mobile device to your home computer or laptop. Also look for an updated <a href=”http://m.youversion.com”>m.youversion.com</a> in the coming weeks, with the ability to log-in and add journal entries from your phone.

We’re excited to get this update out the door and in your hands! It’s been an exciting few months here at LifeChurch.tv as we’ve spent many hours designing, tweaking and developing this release. YouVersion first launched in September 2007, promoting online Scripture engagement through a community of dedicated users. Our desire was to make the Bible accessible and spur users to engage with Scripture through their contributions of text, links, photos and videos. With the addition of the iPhone Bible app in July 2008 and the Blackberry app in October, it has become evident that YouVersion was experiencing momentum and plans to enhance YouVersion began to fall into place.

We want to take a moment and give praise to God for the awesome opportunity He has given us to further Biblical interaction using the Web! We also want to thank you for the valuable contributions you have made (and will continue to make) to YouVersion. With every contribution, you show that engagement with Scripture is valuable to your spiritual journey!

YouVersion Milestone!!

Yesterday, YouVersion passed one million unique users on the iPhone/iPod touch through the YouVersion Bible App. Since the launch of the Bible App users have spent 407,000,000 plus minutes engaging with God’s word!! Wow!

I’m gonna let that number soak in for a second.

407,000,000 minutes = 326,388 days, 21 hours and 20 minutes of Bible engagement.

Our excitement stems from our desire here at LifeChurch.tv to lead people to become fully devoted followers of Christ. From the start YouVersion’s purpose has been to open new doors to help people connect the Bible to their daily lives. At the core, our focus remains on relevancy as we consistently strive to demonstrate and teach people how God’s Word relates to everyone, no matter where they are in life.

YouVersion isn’t just a tool to impact the world using innovative technology, more importantly, it promotes engaging people into a relationship with God as they discover the relevance the Bible has for their lives. So thank you for spreading the news, twittering, and blogging about YouVersion. We are looking forward to many more minutes of Scripture engagement as we all strive to become fully devoted followers of Christ!

YouVersion Celebrates…

Over the past few months the YouVersion team has been working diligently to spread the good news and encourage scripture engagement throughout the interwebs.  After much collaboration we are excited to announce two strategic partnerships that introduces Bible engagement to thousands of users across the globe.

tangle February 1st, GodTube announced the launch of tangle, a social networking tool for the faith-based and family friendly marketplace.  In expanding tangle introduced a Virtual Bible which is powered by YouVersion.  We are excited to partner with this growing community allowing more people to engage with scripture.

purpose driven connectionOn February 16th, PurposeDriven.com introduced a new online magazine driven by Reader’s Digest, this robust website is dedicated to inspiration, information, and conversation on your Christian walk. The website includes a Bible Search link that directly ties into YouVersion, giving their wider community access to authentic connectivity within the Biblical narrative.

Check out both sites as each offer unique community and a plethora of options for digital media interaction.

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