Now in Dutch: The Entire YouVersion Experience

De Bijbel App icoon in het NederlandsNow, for the first time, everything that YouVersion has to offer—the interfaces at YouVersion.com and in the Bible App™, technical support, communication, of course Bibles, and so much more—are all available completely in Dutch. While we’ve offered a Dutch language option at YouVersion.com for some time, the website is just one small piece of the YouVersion world.

Dutch represents our tenth complete language launch. The first was English, followed by Norwegian, Spanish, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Russian, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, and most recently, German. And today, we’re excited to share with you many of the ways that you can now engage with the YouVersion community—entirely in Dutch:

  • Menus, Buttons and Controls in Dutch. Thanks to our world-changing community of YouVersion volunteers, you can now experience the entire YouVersion user interface in Dutch, directly on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android, or BlackBerry device. Simply set your default language to Dutch.
  • Communication in Dutch. At the top right of our blog’s English version, one of the alternate languages you can select is Nederlands. Whether you start there or simply jump straight to the Dutch version, you’ll find blog posts relevant to you, written in Dutch. You can also connect with us in Dutch on Facebook or Twitter, or email us a question in Dutch. And we’ll get back to you—in Dutch! How do we do it? We couldn’t… except that amazing Dutch-speaking YouVersion volunteers are passionately devoted to assisting you in your own language.
  • Dutch Technical Support. If you have any questions about YouVersion.com or about the Bible App, try visiting our all-new Tech Support site, also available completely in Dutch. And even if you don’t find what you’re looking for there, send us your question in Dutch, and Dutch-speaking volunteers trained in YouVersion support will gladly get back to you.

Your story is an important part of YouVersion’s story. If you’d like to share how YouVersion has helped you connect with the Bible, please come tell us on Facebook and Twitter. And if you have friends whose heart language is Dutch, please direct them to the Bible App and YouVersion.com, too. Our desire is to help as many people as possible freely, easily engage with God’s Word, all over the world, and in any language. Your participation makes that happen.

We’re glad you’re here! We couldn’t be happier to welcome you, our Dutch-speaking friends, to our growing YouVersion family. Please keep checking our blog in the coming days, and we’ll share more details with you about all that this Dutch language launch means. And most of all, please start sharing and getting to know other people in your YouVersion community. Welcome!

The Opportunity of 7 Billion Lifetimes

This week the United Nations officially recognized that the global population has now reached 7 billion people. Let that sink in for just a moment…

Counter: 7 Billion

This historical milestone has already brought weeks of speculation about critical aspects of our lives on Earth—resources, waste, employment, communication, even about how we’ll all be able relate to each other.

And in the YouVersion community, hopefully we can recognize this event from an additional perspective: Opportunity. The fact that there are now 7 billion of us simply means that there are more people than ever who need to discover and connect with the life-giving power of God’s Word.

“When [Jesus] saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.’”
—Matthew 9:36–38, New Living Translation

The YouVersion community is spread all over the world, representing diverse languages and cultures, each of us uniquely equipped to share God’s Word with the people around us. God’s story of love for people has already transformed our hearts and lives. Now, just imagine the unprecedented opportunity that God has entrusted to us: That together, we get to help others connect with that same story, perhaps for the first time. It’s awe-inspiring to consider that we could participate in becoming the most Bible-engaged generation of all time.

NIV and NLT Available for Download from YouVersion—for 48 Hours Only!

Download NIV and NLT through the Bible App ™ for a Limited Time

[ARCHIVED POST FROM 2011]

You will once again be able to download the NIV and the NLT for offline use
Starting 12:00 AM Sunday, October 30 Central Time U.S. (GMT -5)
Ending 11:59 PM Monday, October 31 Central Time U.S. (GMT -5)

Some Bible App users who have downloaded the NIV and NLT during special events in the past have let us know that they lost these versions while upgrading or replacing their phones. We reached out to Biblica and Zondervan, publishers of the New International Version (NIV), and to Tyndale, publisher of the New Living Translation (NLT), to see if there was anything we could do to help these users get their versions back. They graciously agreed to allow us to make their versions available for download again, but only during this 48-hour window. Don’t miss your chance starting this weekend!

Other Bible publishers also generously offer their versions for free to the YouVersion community for download—all the time. Check the list of available versions on your device right now to see which ones you want to download!


Note: When you look at the available versions on your device, remember to tap the “Refresh” button, to ensure that the list you’re seeing is the most current.


Downloading offline versions:

What does offline mean? Many versions in the Bible App™ are available to download to your mobile device. When you download a version, you can read it literally anytime, anyplace, even when you can’t connect to your service provider or to the Internet.

Below are links to detailed instructions on how you can download your free copy, once these two versions become available again on Sunday, October 30. Mark your calendar, and be sure you don’t miss this opportunity!

YouVersion in German: Publishers Contribute Bibles, Volunteers Translate

At YouVersion, we’re convinced that experiencing the Bible in your own language is the most powerful way you can engage with what God wants to say to your heart. Translating the Bible into the many languages that people ask for is not something we would be able to do ourselves. Fortunately, partners from Bible publishing societies around the world generously join with YouVersion to make sure that as many people as possible have access to God’s Word. Another thing we could never do on our own is translate the many tools YouVersion provides—interfaces, menus, websites, blogs, tech support, etc.—into every language. And that’s where you come in. The same passionate commitment of an extraordinary, worldwide community of volunteers has already brought YouVersion to you in English, Norwegian, Spanish, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Russian, Korean, and Brazilian Portuguese, and now—in German. We are honored to serve in God’s kingdom with you.

Bible Publishing Societies

Our partners have graciously provided the YouVersion community with several options that allow us to together enjoy the Bible in German:

  • Neue Genfer Übersetzung (NGÜ2011). Offered by the Geneva Bible Society, the New Geneva version of the Bible includes the New Testament and Psalms. This translation is well-regarded both for its accuracy and for its writing style: easy-to-understand, contemporary German.
  • Schlachter 2000 (SCH2000). Franz Eugen Schlachter, the son of Franz Joseph Butcher, was a Protestant theologian and pastor who translated the entire Bible into populist German from the original Hebrew and Greek. First published in 1905, his “Butcher’s Bible” grew in popularity throughout the 20th century, largely because he had managed to keep its concepts accessible through simple language, even as he maintained exceptional accuracy to the original source texts he used. Because of its popularity and historical significance, the Geneva Bible Society republished it as an updated version in 2000.
  • Hoffnung für Alle (HFA). Provided by Biblica, the HFA is a very popular German version of the entire Bible, striving more for smooth and comfortable reading in conversational German than for a strict, literal, word-for-word interpretation.

In addition to these more contemporary translations from publishing partners, YouVersion also offers “classic” versions available in the public domain, including Albrecht New Testament and Psalms (GANTP), Elberfelder 1871 (ELB), and of course the timeless Luther Bible 1912 (DELUT).

Volunteers

While great German translations are absolutely necessary for German readers and speakers to engage in the Scriptures, YouVersion has several other important pieces. The Bible App™ is only useful if its users can actually read its controls, buttons, and menus. Volunteers from all over the world united their ability to translate with their love of God’s Word, to make these tools as easy as possible for German users. And while YouVersion’s German-speaking community is already awesome, certainly we can always use more help. We never stop working on growing and improving the Bible App, not to mention all our other tools. We also now offer assistance and technical support in German, whether requests come in through email, Facebook, or Twitter. If you can help with German translation in any of these areas, please let us know.

So what’s it like to translate for YouVersion? Here’s what just a few amazing German language volunteers recently had to say about their own experiences serving the YouVersion community all around the world:

German Language Volunteer Manuel W.

“It’s my deep desire to read God’s Word. Unfortunately, I’m not always getting down to it very regular. I’m studying Computer Science so I’m naturally using my computer and smartphone a lot. This is how I first stumbled upon YouVersion’s Bible App. It made my daily reading a lot easier. At first, when I used it, the App was kind of unstable, and I thought about joining the dev team to improve it. Then I heard about helping as translator. Immediately I volunteered. During recent months the developers put great work in the App, and I was thankful helping out by translating. May the YouVersion community reach a lot of German people, and may everyone be blessed as I got blessed.”
—Manuel W., Darmstadt, Germany

German Language Volunteer Barbara S.

 

“I find the YouVersion Bible App very useful, and I like to help make it available to as many people as possible. For several years, I have been doing volunteer work as a translator and proofreader for various Christian projects. I know this is a special task God wants me to fulfill.”
—Barbara S., Stetten am kalten Markt, Germany

 

German Language Volunteer Steffen B.

“One year ago I first discovered YouVersion while I was looking for Japanese and Korean translations of the Bible. I’m studying these languages and wanted to combine reading the Bible with my study of these two languages. Later that year I read about a need for German volunteers at YouVersion, and I thought about getting more involved. At first I translated into my mother tongue, and now I’m a member of the German support team. It really helps me to improve my translation skills and is a great service for God.”
—Steffen B., Germany

 

German Language Volunteer Tobias K.

“I always had difficulty getting myself to read the Bible every day. I’m an engineer, and I have a smartphone, and one day I found the Bible App from YouVersion. It took me a little while, but once I had spent some time exploring the Bible App, I actually found myself reading God’s Word more consistently. While I don’t mind using an app that’s in English, I know that deters many other people. Then, when I saw that YouVersion was asking for help translating their interface, I realized that I had the chance not just to be a part of the YouVersion community, but to actually help other people use God’s Word more. Now I’m very excited about what God is bringing to our work at YouVersion.”
—Tobias K., Leipzig, Germany

YouVersion Now Available to German Readers, Speakers All Over the World

The Bible App™ Now Available in DeutschIf you read or speak German, no matter where you live in the world, the YouVersion community is excited to welcome you to the Bible App™ and to YouVersion.com! Thanks to partnerships with generous publishers of Bibles in German, the rapidly growing global community of YouVersion users now has access to popular German versions like Hoffnung für Alle (HFA), easy-reading translations like Neue Genfer Übersetzung (NGU2011) and Schlachter 2000 (SCH2000), and even beloved classics like the Luther Bible 1912 (DELUT) and Elberfelder 1871 (ELB).

Although everything at YouVersion is centered around the Bible, that’s just one aspect of what we do. YouVersion also has an extraordinary community of volunteers who have recently devoted themselves to bringing everything YouVersion has to offer to readers and speakers of German. And that doesn’t only mean the interface (menus and buttons), but also exchanges on social networks like Facebook and Twitter, conversations in email, reading plans—even comprehensive technical support!

  • German Speakers in Germany. According to Wikipedia, German is the most commonly spoken first language in the European Union, with close to 100 million native speakers. Just in Germany alone, The World Factbook says there more than 81 million people, making Germany the sixteenth most populous nation in the world, uniquely equipping our German brothers and sisters to reach out to their neighbors in the EU in ways the rest of the YouVersion community simply cannot.
  • German Speakers Worldwide. Of course, Germans are spread throughout the rest of the world, well beyond Germany’s borders. While millions live in places as far away as the United States or Russia, millions also live closer to home, like the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg, and the United Kingdom. But a lot more people speak German than just Germans. In fact, German is the most widely spoken language of Austria, Switzerland, and Lichtenstein. And some other nationalities who speak German as a second or third language include Luxembourgers, Dutch, Danes, and Slovenians—to name just a few—raising the popularity of the German language up to something more like 200 million speakers.

Now, for the first time ever, if German is your preferred language, no matter where you live, you can find the Bible App on all major mobile device platforms. Right in your pocket, you have instant access to the Bible translations of your choice, as well as to a whole host of tools designed to help you connect with God’s inspired Word every day—all in easy-to-understand German.

Welcome to our global YouVersion family! Even when we speak different languages, still we share the bonds of unity in Christ’s transforming love. We’re glad to join with you, and we can’t wait to hear your stories about how God’s Word is reshaping your heart, your life, and your world.

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.

Experience All YouVersion Has to Offer: Completely in German

The Bible App™ Icon (in Deutsch)Today we’re excited to announce the official launch of the German language interface across all of YouVersion, including the Bible App™! While of course the YouVersion.com website has already offered German since February, what we’re sharing today is much more than that. Thanks to the generosity of our publishing partners, and to the passionate dedication of our YouVersion volunteers, now every interaction you have with YouVersion—whether it’s sharing with your friends or engaging with the Bible—you can do entirely in German! German is our ninth complete language, after English, Norwegian, Spanish, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Russian, Korean, and most recently, Brazilian Portuguese.

Here are just a few examples of the many ways that you can now enjoy God’s Word and His people—completely in German:

  • Great German Bibles. Our publishing partners generously provide—for free—high quality, widely read German versions of the Bible for all of us in the YouVersion community. To see a complete list, visit the Versions page and look for “Deutsch.” Or, in the Bible App, select the Bible version you’re using, and you’ll see a long list of other versions, including several excellent ones in German.
  • Entire User Interface. Try selecting German at YouVersion.com or in the Bible App on your mobile device—iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android, or BlackBerry. Now you can display all of your controls, buttons, and menu options in German, all thanks to YouVersion’s worldwide community of amazing volunteers.
  • Communication in German. In the upper right corner of the English language version of our blog, you’ll see a place to select other languages—including Deutsch. You can also go directly to the German language version, where you’ll find articles specifically relevant to YouVersion’s German-speaking users, courtesy once again of translation by YouVersion volunteers. And if you send us an email in German, or post a question on Facebook or Twitter in German, German-speaking volunteers will respond to you—in German!
  • Support in German. Need help with the Bible App or YouVersion.com? If you submit your question in German, German-speaking volunteers trained in YouVersion support will gladly assist you. Even our all-new Tech Support site now offers a German version.

At YouVersion, one simple vision guides everything we do: To help as many people as possible freely, easily engage with God’s Word, no matter where you live or what language you prefer. And you can help—if you have friends whose heart language is German, please share this great news about YouVersion.com and the Bible App with them. Also, please come connect with us on Facebook and Twitter and share your personal YouVersion story!

Just the beginning… To all of our German speaking friends: We are thrilled and honored to welcome you to the YouVersion family. We’ll continue sharing more details about the German language launch over the next few days, right here on our blog. We hope you’ll be as excited as we are about all that your new community has to offer you!

From YouVersion: The Brand New Bible App for Java!

The Bible App™ for Java DashboardAs a mobile platform, Java can reach hundreds of millions of devices, literally all over the world. So to reach the most people possible, we wanted to make version 1.0.1, the latest release of the Bible App™ for Java, the best app for Java mobile devices we’ve ever done.

So we started fresh and completely rewrote it from scratch! The Bible App for Java is back and better than ever, available for immediate download from GetJar. The Bible App for Java can now do almost everything that the Bible App can do on all of our other major platforms. You’ll find significant improvements to its basic presentation, specifically designed to make it much faster and easier to use:

  • Dashboard. The brand new Dashboard Launcher gives you instant access to the features you use most—right from the first screen.
  • Bible Reader. The Bible Reader keeps track of where you left off, returning you when you come back to the last version, book, and chapter you were reading. And it’s all-new, cleaner and faster loading, designed specifically to make it comfortable for you to read for long periods, in any conditions.
  • Notes. Capture your thoughts about verses or entire passages, keeping your notes organized with titles, labels—even colors. Keep private notes for yourself, or share them with friends or the entire YouVersion community.
  • The Bible App™ for Java Reading PlansReading Plans. Take full advantage of the more than 190 Bible reading plans YouVersion has to offer, in 10 languages (so far). Reading plans make it easy for you to read the Bible on a schedule, just a little each day.
  • Bookmarks. Bookmarks are a great way to label individual verses, whether you want to look them up later to share with friends, or just jump quickly to your own favorites.
  • YouVersion Live. Event coordinators use YouVersion Live to help attendees interact with what’s happening onstage. You can follow along with message outlines, take notes, read Bible passages, vote on polls, ask questions, donate, request prayer, and more! Simply look up YouVersion Live events by ZIP code or city.
  • Settings. When you sign in to the Bible App with your free YouVersion account, now you can personalize how you use it, and it remembers your unique settings between uses.
  • Search. Jump quickly to verses or passages based on keywords you enter.

Get your update for the Bible App for Java now. And please come connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. We’d love to hear your YouVersion stories!

The Bible App for Windows Phone Now Offers Audio, Highlights, Easier Reading

You can get the newest release of the Bible App™ for Windows Phone right now at Windows Marketplace for Mobile. Version 2.1 of the Bible App for Windows Phone brings more functionality than ever, adding features and settings specifically designed to help you make the most of the time you spend in God’s Word.

  • The Bible App™ for Windows Phone 2.1 Audio BibleAudio Bibles. For the first time ever on Windows Phone, now you can listen as the Bible App reads to you through streaming audio, no matter where you are or what you’re doing. (Be aware of the data usage plan for your provider or, for best results, use Wifi.) Listen while you drive, work, exercise—even read along! Audio versions are available in several languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, and Chinese (to name just a few).

How it works: You can tell if the version you’re reading offers audio if it displays a speaker icon. Simply tap the icon to display controls for playing, pausing, and jumping forward and back within the chapter. If you don’t see the speaker icon, tap the current version’s “short code” (the abbreviation at the top). A list of available versions displays. The versions offering audio have a small speaker beside them.
 
 

  • The Bible App™ for Windows Phone 2.1 Color OptionsCustom Highlight Colors. When you sign in to the Bible App on your Windows Phone with a free YouVersion account, you’ll find many of the same features offered by your favorite paper Bible. One great example is highlights. You can use highlights to mark your favorite passages—and even create your own custom highlight colors.

How it works: Select the verse(s) you want to highlight. Tap the rainbow icon to select a custom color. Select your basic color, then slide the shading bar to make it lighter or darker. (A preview displays your custom color as you make adjustments.)
 
 
 
 
 

  • The Bible App™ for Windows Phone 2.1 Reader SettingsEasy Reading. Even on the best mobile devices, sometimes surrounding lighting and screen resolution can interfere with your reading experience. This update of the Bible App for Windows Phone includes tools that help you customize your Reader display for maximum readability. You can change font faces and sizes, and alternate colors between the font and background.

How it works: In the Bible Reader, tap the settings icon (the little gear) to display the viewing controls. Tap the sun icon to make the background white and the text black, or tap the moon icon for white text on a black background. Tap the little “A” to make the font smaller, or the larger “A” to make it bigger. Tap the font name for a list of available fonts, then simply tap the one you want. Try experimenting to find the combination that works best for you. Once you get your view how you want, simply tap the settings icon again to hide the viewing controls.

The latest update for the Bible App on your Windows Phone is available immediately. If you have friends with Windows Phones, please spread the word and let them know, too. Also, we’d love to connect with you on Facebook and Twitter and hear your feedback.

The Bible App So Far: 30 Million Installs

30 Million Installs of the Bible App™Just last week, we invited you to celebrate YouVersion.com’s fourth birthday with us. Today, we’d like to share yet another phenomenal milestone from the ever-growing YouVersion community:

The Bible App™ has been installed on
30 million unique devices around the globe.

You read that right. Thirty. Million. (Just for some perspective, that’s more than the current population of the entire nation of Peru!) Of course, 30 million is just one small step toward 1 billion…

And while 30 million installs would be notable by itself, looking at some additional numbers reveals a more complete story. The Bible App and YouVersion.com today offer more than 150 unique versions of the Bible in 45 different languages. And with more than 190 Bible reading plans, it’s simpler than ever to read through topics and devotionals—even the entire Bible! It’s obvious the Word is getting out… Together, the YouVersion community has now read the Bible for more than 11 billion minutes, added more than 30 million bookmarks, and shared more than 1.6 million verses. (To help you visualize what we’re talking about, click the image at the right.)

We’ve never been more excited than we are right now, standing at this remarkable moment in history. Taken together, these numbers clearly show that every day, more and more people, from literally all over the world, are choosing to take their Bibles with them everywhere they go. And if you use the Bible App yourself, then of course you already know why: Because the Bible App makes it easier and faster than ever to engage not just with God’s Word, but with His people. No matter where you are, what you’re doing, or even which of YouVersion’s 45 languages you prefer—your Bible App is right there with you.

If you haven’t already installed the free Bible App on your mobile device, it’s not too late! Get it now on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, HP WebOS, Java, and almost every other mobile platform. If you do have the Bible App, then this milestone is a celebration of you. Thank you for the part you have played in helping get the Bible not just more into your own life, but sharing it with your friends and seeing it touch them too. It’s because of you that literally tens of millions of other people are connecting with the Bible. Together, let’s keep spreading the story of God’s love, one (more) person at a time.