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YouVersion.com Release 8.0

The fun doesn’t stop! Check out what we’ve been up to for this release of YouVersion.com.

- Added the CEV (Contemporary English Version) translation

- Added another (125px125p) Bible Search widget – great for blog sidebars!

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- Many of the bugs you’ve submitted (and that we’ve found) have been fixed.

As always we appreciate your feedback!

YouVersion Release 7.1

Last week, we announced a YouVersion release that included the NIV and new RSS feed options to name a few features. Today, we’re adding even more features in Release 7.1.

We’ve added:

  • The TNIV translation
  • Social Network invite tool (Facebook, MySpace, etc.)
  • A search sidebar widget for websites and blogs

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If you’re not already, I encourage you to use one of the great sidebar widgets in your blog. You can find a variety of them (including the new search tool) here.

NIV Translation and Many New Features Added

Our digerati team has been cooped up in the dimly lit digerati den cranking out code and features for this new release of YouVersion.com. We are so excited to announce the new features in Beta R7.0.

NIV TRANSLATION
– The NIV translation is now up and live on YouVersion.com! We know how many of you use the NIV and we are very grateful to the IBS for their help!

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We have also added several new features!

Searching
– Search results are now expanded to include Community Results as well as Scripture, so you can see who is talking about the topic you’re interested in!

RSS
– You can now subscribe via RSS to recent contribution feeds. Be the first to know when someone has added content! Even more specifically, if you like what a particular user is contributing, you can also subscribe to his or her RSS contribution feed and be notified when that user publishes new content.

Invite a Friend
– We’ve also made it easier for you to spread the YouVersion love! You can invite your friends to check out YouVersion by easily importing your address book.

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Follow Someone - Following your friends is now all the rage in social networking. Did you know YouVersion has a similar feature? If you find someone you think is interesting on YouVersion, simply follow them. You’ll be able to easily access their public contributions, see their tags and starred verses.

Follow ImageYouVersion.com today to check out the new updates! And while you’re there, invite some friends!

YouVersion Beta R6.5

YouVersion Beta R6.5 is live, and you can now enjoy the goodness. Why you might be asking is this 6.5 and not R7? Well, it is actually not a full release, it is a release update or a release patch. Most of the updates you can see are highly focused around fixing many Internet Explorer 6 bugs and display challenges.

However, there are a few nice bonuses. R6.5 does clean up your account pages, and your account edit pages. We also added a great way to share YouVersion with you friends, you can simply go to YouVersion.com/share.php
to see more. But, the biggest bonus is we added the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB).

Enjoy Beta R6.5. Let us know what you think.

YouVersion Beta R6

10 days until Christmas and the YouVersion development team is still crankin’ it out…They are like little elves in Santa’s work shop. I walked into the “workshop” the other day to learn this little tidbit.

“We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.” -Buddy the Elf.

Anyway, I wanted to share with you another new release…R6 is here. Some of the noticeable fixes and new features include:

Enjoy Beta Release 6, and look for more to come soon! Don’t forget to send us your feedback and thoughts. We love hearing from you guys and gals.

YouVersion Beta R5

So here we are…two weeks from the last blog post and we have another new release. I am pleased to announce YouVersion Beta R5! Some of the noticeable fixes and new features include:

  • Vimeo video support- now contribute your videos located in your Vimeo account.
  • Edit/Delete- now you have the ability to Edit your text and link contributions or Delete any of your contributions.
  • New Dashboard and Sign Up pages.
  • Some other really nice little touches I am sure you will see.

I say this every time, but I really do mean it… your feedback and thoughts have been great, so keep them coming. Here is some insiders info, the next few weeks will be dedicated to installing many additional Bible translations. See, we are listening to your feedback!

YouVersion Beta R4

Beta R4 is now live and available for your viewing pleasure. This release has some really cool new features that I think you will enjoy. Some of the noticeable fixes and new features include:

  • Dashboard- quickly view new contributions and new users.
  • Flickr support- now contribute your images located in your Flickr account.
  • Content rankings- user contributions are now weighted based on ratings, etc.
  • 1 year Bible reading plan- the first of many Bible reading plans.
  • And as always…fixed many submitted and unsubmitted”bugs”.

In the past few weeks literally thousands and thousands of new users have joined YouVersion and provided some amazing feedback. We are continuing to work hard improving YouVersion and adding new features and functionality. Please don’t hesitate to give us your feedback or ideas…we have received some awesome ideas!

Enjoy Beta R4!

YouVersion Beta Release 3

YouVersion Beta R3 is now active. R3 includes many bug fixes and some new features. Some of the noticeable fixes and new features include:

  • Link it- with Link it you have the ability to select multiple verses and get direct links to each of them.

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  • Remember Translation- when you leave YouVersion and come back we now remember your previous translation.
  • Rate it- When you rate a piece of content the stars now display correctly.
  • Journal dates- Journal date fixes.

Your feedback and thoughts have been great, keep them coming. Enjoy Beta R3, and as always…there are some really interesting things coming in the near future. Including more translations, some major feature releases, and more.

YouVersion Beta Release 2

Since YouVersion Beta released Sept 27th, we have really enjoyed hearing from you via the Feeback Form. Like any project, we were so excited about our first public release, but we also know that we have a long way to go. A few minor patches and bug fixes have already rolled out, but this is the first official update release.

  • Now includes The Message (MSG)- Navpress
  • Now includes Reina-Valera Antigua (RVA) Spanish
  • “Email it” for Community contributions (screen shot)
  • Deselect / Jump to verses quickly (screen shot)
  • Highlighted search results in the Bible reader view
  • Quick link to users profile within contribution
  • Fixed hidden Table of Contents
  • Fixed Journal error message
  • And we fixed hundreds of submitted and unsubmitted “bugs”

Enjoy Beta Release 2, and look for more to come soon! Don’t forget to send us your feedback and thoughts. We love hearing from you guys.

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!

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