The Future is Bright

This week the YouVersion development team came together and planned out the next few core releases. There has been a lot of activity here at the YouVersion Ranch…a lot of phone calls, a lot of faxing, and a lot of…well…planning. And as you are reading this, I know you are thinking…phone calls and faxing??? Why? Well, phone calls and faxing is how you work with publishers, and there has been a lot of that going on!

The Future is Bright…and over the next few weeks we will be releasing Beta R7.0 and sharing some cool news with you guys! Stay tuned, and subscribe so you don’t miss it.

Welcome, North Point Community Church!

To our friends from North Point Community Church, Buckhead Church, and Browns Bridge Community Church we say welcome! As you explore the Bible during “Text,” we hope that YouVersion can provide a place for you to experience Scripture in a meaningful way. You can organize content that’s important to you, connect with others, and share content with your family, friends, or anyone online.

We are excited to have you join the YouVersion.com community!

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 Translation Tutorial

Did you know…?
YouVersion currently has twelve translations (nine English & three Spanish). And it’s easy to choose a translation!

When you first visit the YouVersion page, you’ll notice the default is the KJV. To change translations, simply click on the current translation name.

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Then select your preferred translation!

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As always we appreciate your feedback on how to make YouVersion more interactive and engaging. Feel free to send more thoughts our way!

One Year Bible on YouVersion

**post from Swerve**

Our Digerati team has quietly continued to update and improve YouVersion since the public beta launched a few months ago. In fact, the 6th update was released a couple of weeks ago. You can read about the details of that release here and check out the updates at YouVersion.com.

One thing that has rapidly expanded since the original release is the number of translations that you can use. Currently, YouVersion contains the following translations:

American Standard Version (ASV)
Amplified Bible (AMP)
English Standard Version (ESV)
King James Version (KJV)
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
New Century Version (NCV)
New King James Version (NKJV)
The Message (MSG)
World English Bible (WEB)
La Biblia de las Americas (Spanish)
Nueva Biblia de los Hispanos (Spanish)
Reina-Valera Antigua (Spanish)
We have licensed and will soon release the Contemporary English Version (CEV) and Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB). We are also in discussions with other publishers and hope to announce some additional translations soon. So, to put it simply, there are now many more options.

One of the main goals of YouVersion is to engage people with God’s Word. If you have not read the entire Bible, today is a great day to start. If you have read it through, you might try reading through a different translation this year. There is a one year reading plan on YouVersion that should make it easy (and free) to start now.

What translation(s) would you recommend that new Bible readers use? How about suggestions for people who might be looking to read a new translation? Are there any one year reading plans that you have used and would recommend to our swerve readers?

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.

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