New Year’s Resolution – Read the Whole Bible!

As we begin 2009, there’s no better time to get a fresh perspective and realign our priorities. For many of us, that includes finding new ways to integrate the Bible into our daily lives. YouVersion is here to help!

Our One-Year Reading Plan will take you through the entire Bible in 2009—just read the selections mapped out for you each day and you’ll cover the Old Testament once and the New Testament twice this year. Invite friends to join you in this journey and you’ll have built-in accountability along with enhanced learning.

And don’t forget that you can use your mobile phone to read the Bible no matter where you are. Find the YouVersion.com that works for you while you’re on the go:

Check out some of the other ways that nearly 700,000 individuals are using YouVersion from all over the world:

  • Coffee, morning tunes, and daily reading on YouVersion.com
  • Using YouVersion to keep track of my notes on verses
  • Grabbing my iPhone when I wake up and reading the Bible before my feet hit the floor
  • Looking up Scripture references during church with YouVersion
  • Reading YouVersion while waiting in line
  • Love YouVersion for my iPhone. I’m reading through the NT for the second time this year and highlighting w/bookmarks.
  • Using YouVersion as a personal devotion tool for my wife and I to do in-depth devotions during lunch hours, out-of-town trips, or anytime it caught our fancy.
  • Wrapped up in a blanket chilling on the front porch swing.
  • Reading www.youversion.com and writing. Pretty perfect way to end the evening.
  • Having one of those toss and turn can’t sleep kinda nights.  Think I will do a little bible reading on YouVersion.

We’ve got lots of exciting plans for YouVersion in 2009 and can’t wait to share them with you. Thanks for being a part of the YouVersion community!

Have a Happy New Year!

YouVersion Adds New Living Translation (NLT), GOD’S WORD Translation (GW) and others…

Thanks for being a part of the YouVersion community! After many requests we are excited to announce the release of NLT – New Living Translation on YouVersion.com, along with GOD’S WORD Translation (GW), and Reina-Valera Antigua an addition to the available Spanish translations. To make your time online even more valuable, here’s a handy tip: pick your favorite version of the Bible and make it your default in YouVersion. We offer 40 translations with 22 different languages represented, so try out a few and choose the one that hits home.

 

We hope YouVersion is a daily destination where you find ongoing inspiration in God’s word and community with others. Please be sure to share what you’re learning along the way so we can all grow together!

Blackberry Bible App 1.0

Annoucing the Blackberry Bible App [powered by Youversion.com] is now out of beta and into version 1.0!

Biggest UI change is an upgrade to a more elegant design, while also integrating sleek carousel navigation in the interface. Other features include the ability to email verse to a friend, view contributions from YouVersion users and compatibility with a wider range of Blackberry handsets. Models included in this update are: 9000, 87xx, 88xx, 83xx, 8220, 7130, 81xx… Look for the Storm compatible Bible App coming soon.

Below are some screenshots of the new look! Go here to download new update (Blackberry OS v. 4.2.1 or higher required).

WordPress YouVersion Plug-in Now Available

Attention Blogosphere: You can now link scripture references directly to YouVersion from your blogposts, with the option to have a text bubble within the post of the scripture itself.  For instance:

[youversion]Matthew 5:1-8[/youversion]

You have the option in your wordpress admin to enable the text bubble or just have a straight link to YouVersion.  Text bubble is limited to public domain translations, so if you disable the text bubble in the plugin’s administration page you have the ability to link to any available translation on YouVersion.  You also have the option to change bubble color.  So go check it out!!  Download the YouVersion plugin, and then upload it into your plugin folder in your wordpress account.

New Update on Black Berry Bible App

This afternoon we pushed a new update for the Blackberry Bible App powered by YouVersion.  This update includes:

Hot Keys - for quick chapter advance

Share - share verses with friends

Better UI - a more stylized user interface and icons

Book List – for easy scrolling and searching.

We are excited to get this update out to all of our Blackberry users, and we are continuing to improve this app with more improvements to come in the next few weeks.  You can get the Blackberry download Here.  Enjoy!

Linking to YouVersion Now Made Easy!

YouVersion Link Tool

This new tool allows you to link to specific verses in YouVersion via a shortened url, useful for twitter posts, emails, and blog posts.  It also gives you the ability to link to specific verses on the m.youversion.com site. Below is an example of the url’s generated from a search for Matt 5:12:

Just type in the verse, select the translation, and hit the go button.  Underneath the search bar you are given the web url, the mobile url, and the verse itself. The new link tool can be found on the footer of YouVersion.com and can also be accessed at http://www.youversion.com/linktool

iPhone Bible App Version 1.6!!

Stop what you are doing, check out the App Store on your iPhone, and download version 1.6!!  We are very excited about this update as it offers you the ability to bookmark your favorite verses, which has been one of the most requested features on our feedback page.  We also have improved the translations page giving it a new look with alphabetical scrolling and nifty sidebar shortcut (much like the contact scrolling on the iPhone).

We have also fixed some minor bugs and are continuing to add languages and translations for your specific taste!  Enjoy version 1.6 and keep us in the loop on any requests, bug reports and comments on our feedback page!

iPhone Bible App version 1.5

Version 1.5 has been pushed to the iTunes App Store! Go get your FREE update Today!

Version 1.5 has some small tweaks including improved searching, more translations, and some refinement on the appearance.  We also fixed a few offline bugs, specifically the ‘tunnel affect’ which happens when someone is on an online translation and goes through a patch of no-connectivity (tunnel).  Before this crashed the app, now it will give you an option to pick a offline translation.  This along with some other fixes should make your iPhone Bible reading experience much smoother.

We want you feedback, any suggestions, bugs, or ideas can go here.  Enjoy!

Introducing the Blackberry Bible App!

In April we released YouVersion Mobile…in July we launched the iPhone Bible App…and today we’re excited to announce a new Bible App for the Blackberry.

As we’ve been working on the enhancement of YouVersion.com, many of you let us know that you’d like a Blackberry App that took you directly to YouVersion Mobile. Today, you have your wish!

Here are a few ways you can enjoy the Bible App for the Blackberry:

- Use the reader to study any part of Scripture—the entire Bible is at your fingertips.
- Take your pick from 35 different translations available in 19 different languages.
- Search the entire Bible for a word, phrase, or verse, and you’ll get your results in seconds.
- The One-Year Reading Plan provides daily selections to keep you on track when you’re on the go.
- Learn from others by checking out recent contribs.

Over the past few months we’ve been overwhelmed by the response and the feedback that you’ve provided for the iPhone Bible App and Youversion.com, with more than 365,000 iPhone Bible App unique users and the equivalent of 105+ years of time spent in the Bible. Wow!

Thank you all for the encouragement and the great feedback. Our team really appreciates it, as our desire is to see the world engage with Bible, whatever the medium.

You can download the Bible App for the Blackberry today at http://www.youversion.com/bb! We want your feedback! Give us comments, ideas, and support on our YouVersion support page.

YouVersion.com Google Gadget

Today we officially launched the first YouVersion.com Google Gadget. If you find yourself using the very useful igoogle.com interface take a minute and install the gadget.

We are very excited about some upcoming features that are going to hit YouVersion.com, our Mobile site at http://m.youversion.com and the iPhone Bible App.