PocketBible® User's Guide

Reflects Features in PocketBible 4.0.1 for iOS

 

 

L A R I D I A N ®

Marion, Iowa

 


Laridian PocketBible Software and Documentation Copyright © 2017 by Craig Rairdin. All Rights Reserved. Distributed under license by Laridian, Inc.

“Laridian” and “PocketBible” are registered trademarks of Laridian, Inc. Other marks are the property of their respective owners.

Introduction

This User's Guide will introduce you to the features of PocketBible.

PocketBible is easy to use but this ease hides a lot of power. You'll benefit greatly from reading through this book after you've had a chance to use the program for a while.

If you have questions while using PocketBible you can open this User's Guide at any time. Select the question-mark Help button on the Tool Bar or select the Menu button on the Tool Bar, then Help. The User's Guide is just another book like any other book you might view in the PocketBible app. It will be opened in the current pane and can be searched, navigated, closed, and opened like any other book.


PocketBible Screen

The text of your Bibles and books is displayed in one or more panes that occupy the majority of the screen.

Title Bar

At the top of the pane is the Title Bar, which tells you which book is displayed in the pane and indicates where you are in that book. For Bibles, the Title Bar shows the verse reference for the topmost verse on the screen. Only a portion of that verse may actually be visible.

Book Position Bar

At the bottom of the pane is an optional Book Position Bar. This bar is colored in to give you an idea of where you are reading relative to the entire book. For example, if you are near the middle of the book, the left half of the bar will be colored in and the right half will be empty. Note that the Book Position Bar is not shown by default. You can enable it in Settings.

Tool Bar

The Tool Bar is usually displayed across the bottom of the screen. The Tool Bar gives you access to most of the major features of PocketBible. Depending on the width of your screen, there could be additional buttons to the right of the visible Tool Bar. Swipe the Tool Bar from right to left to reveal these buttons. See Tool Bar for more details.

On the iPad, the Tool Bar follows the position of the iPad “Home” button as you rotate the device. See tool bar for more information.

Tool Box

On the iPad, you can choose to show or hide the Tool Box by selecting the Tool Box icon on the Tool Bar. The Tool Box is a pane that contains a variety of functions that allow you to search books and add notes, highlights, and bookmarks. Like the Tool Bar, the Tool Box follows the position of the iPad Home button, so it could appear at the top or bottom, or the right or left side of the screen depending on the orientation of your device. See Tool Box for more information.


Getting Around

Navigating through books and Bibles is easy. Drag or flick to scroll the text up or down. Swipe left or right to turn to the next or previous page of text. If you own the Advanced Feature Set, you can configure left/right swipes to move by page or by chapter in Bibles. See Settings.

When viewing multiple books, only one book pane will be active at any given time. Other panes will be dimmed to indicate they are not active. You can only interact with the active pane. To activate a pane, simply tap it.

Go To a Verse

To go directly to a verse, make sure a Bible is active, then choose the Go To button from the Tool Bar. You will be presented with one of three methods of choosing a book, chapter, and verse, to which to navigate. In each of these, book names may be color-coded according to their traditional categorization (“pentateuch”, “history”, “gospels”, etc.) and they may be in Bible order or alphabetical order, depending on settings you configure in PocketBible.

The three methods of verse selection are:

Each of these three verse selection forms includes a settings button in the upper right corner that allows you to change the verse selection method itself, whether or not the book names are alphabetized, whether or not you want them color-coded by category, and whether you want to show the full names (as opposed to abbreviations) when using the Book/Chapter/Verse Grid.

Table of Contents

For books other than Bibles, you will navigate using the table of contents for the book. When you choose the Go To button when a book other than a Bible is active, you will see the table of contents for the book. The table of contents is presented hierarchically, so first you will see the top level of topics in the book. When you select one of those you will see sub-topics under that topic. When you get to a level that has no subtopics, making a selection will take you to that location in the book.

When you first select the Go To button, the table of contents will quickly change to the location you are currently at so that you can navigate from there.


Splitting the Screen to View Multiple Books

Bibles and books are displayed in panes in PocketBible. If more than one pane is visible, one of them is active. Inactive panes are dimmed. Certain actions, such as selecting the Go To button to go to a different verse, act on the active pane. Gestures to scroll or turn pages only apply to the active pane. To activate a pane, simply tap it.

A pane only shows one book at a time, but it can have multiple books open in it. The non-visible books can be shown by tapping on the Title Bar for the pane. You'll see a list of other books that are open in the pane. If you select one, it will become active. The previously visible book is still open in the pane, but it is hidden by the active book.

You can split the screen into two panes on an iPhone or up to five panes on an iPad. To split the screen, choose the Panes button on the Tool Bar or choose Split Screen from the menu, then choose the number of panes desired.

The Advanced Feature Set allows you to split the iPhone screen into as many as five panes. It also permits you to display panes as tabs, so that each of the five panes takes up the entire screen.

Bibles and commentaries can be made to scroll along with the active Bible in the active pane by enabling Sync Bibles/Commentaries on the menu. When this mode is enabled, as you scroll the active Bible, any other Bibles or commentaries you have open will try to go to the same verse as is at the top of the active Bible pane.

You cannot selectively close a pane. That is, when two panes are open, switching to one pane will cause the bottom or rightmost pane to be closed (depending on device orientation), leaving the original single pane open. The result is similar when three or more panes are displayed. That is, you cannot close the “middle” pane. When you reduce the number of panes, the bottommost and/or rightmost panes are closed.

Note that any books you have open in a pane that you subsequently close remain open in that pane. The pane itself is hidden, but its contents are still there. The next time you show that pane, the same books will be there as were there before.


Interacting with Images

PocketBible will shrink images to make them fit on the screen. This is not usually a problem, but if the image contains details that you want to see more clearly, double-tap on the image to open it in a full-screen window that can be panned and zoomed. Use standard pinch and drag gestures to zoom and pan. Double-tap the image to cycle between “fit to screen”, full-size, and slightly zoomed. Select the Done button when you are done viewing the image.

For some images, a higher resolution version of the image may be available from our server. By default, PocketBible will check for these high-resolution images and download them if you are connected to the Internet via WiFi. You can change this behavior on the Settings menu.

Once downloaded, the high-res version will replace the original version of the image when you are viewing it in the full-screen image viewer. In order to save time in the future, the image is retained on your device. Images are cached in a special folder that will be automatically deleted by iOS as you need more memory. If PocketBible discovers that an image has been deleted, it will simply download it the next time you ask for it, assuming you've enabled that option in Settings.

You can experiment with this image. It is fairly low resolution and has been scaled to fit the width of this pane, if necessary. Double-tap it to open it in a window in which you can pan and zoom. The first time you do so, a high-resolution version may be downloaded from our server, depending on your settings. You should see a brief message if the image is downloaded from the server.


Downloading and Opening Books

When you register PocketBible, a number of books are automatically placed in your account on our server. We call this your “Cloud Library”.

When you purchase a book, it is also placed in your Cloud Library.

To access books in PocketBible, you need to download them from your Cloud Library to your iOS device. Once you do this, though, the book will stay on your device and you won't need to have access to the internet to use it.

Once you download a book from your Cloud Library, you can open it for viewing in PocketBible.

Downloading and opening books is handled by the Library Manager.

If you are trying to access books you have created with BookBuilder, see Creating Your Own Books for PocketBible.


Purchasing Books

Because PocketBible books are shared across various supported mobile and desktop platforms, books you purchase for any other platform at our website at www.laridian.com can be downloaded to your iOS device. When you purchase books at our website for use on any platform supported by PocketBible, you are dealing directly with Laridian so we are able to offer discounts and refunds that we can not offer with purchases made directly in PocketBible.

Purchasing books through the built-in bookstore using Apple In-App Purchase is a convenient way to add content to your PocketBible library. Select Shop for Bibles and Books from the menu. Purchases you make here are handled by Apple, so Apple's policies regarding refunds for in-app purchases apply, should you have a problem.

Regardless of where you purchase your books — either on our website for use on any of our supported platforms or through the in-app bookstore, your new purchases will be marked for automatic download. To download your newly purchased books, simply follow the instructions under Downloading and Opening Books to see your list of owned books (i.e. your cloud library). Newly purchased books will be marked for automatic download. You will be prompted to download these books automatically, or you can selectively download them now or at a later date.


“How Do I...”

In this section we'l attempt to help you solve particular problems using the features of PocketBible.

Access books "offline"

Access books "offline" Some Bible apps differentiate between books you can access “offline” (when you are not connected to the Internet) and those you can't. With PocketBible, all your books are available offline. That is, once you've installed a book, it is on your device until you delete it, and you can access it even when you don't have a data connection. For information about downloading and opening books, see Library Manager.

Download books and Bibles I bought for other devices like Android or Windows

Download books and Bibles I bought for other devices like Android or Windows In virtually every case, books and Bibles you purchased for PocketBible on other platforms will be available to you in PocketBible for iOS. Simply download them from your cloud library. See Library Manager.

Buy Bibles and books

Buy Bibles and books You can purchase Bibles and books using in-app purchase inside PocketBible. See Shop for Bibles and Books.

Get access to all the free books that come with PocketBible

Get access to all the free books that come with PocketBible When you register PocketBible, we create a cloud library account for you on our server and stock it with a number of free Bibles and reference books. You can access these like any other book you might purchase for PocketBible. See Library Manager.

Open all my books

Open all my books You can open books in the active pane by tapping the Title Bar for the pane or by selecting the library button on the Tool Bar. To open all of your books at once, you need the Advanced Feature Set (AFS). If the AFS is enabled, you can open all your books at once from the Device tab on the library form.

Create my own books for PocketBible

Create my own books for PocketBible Laridian is perhaps the only Bible software company that offers an end-to-end publishing solution for both users and commercial publishers. Our BookBuilder™ app for Windows or Mac is the same tool we use in-house to create books. See Creating Your Own Books for PocketBible.

Know if a book has been updated

Know if a book has been updated From time to time we update books to correct typographical errors or to make changes requested by the author or publisher. When we do this, PocketBible will notify you when you go to the library screen to view your cloud library. You'll have the option to automatically download all updated books or put that off until later. See Library Manager.

View more than one book at a time See Viewing Multiple Books.

Compare verses in multiple translations of the Bible

Compare verses in multiple translations of the Bible See Viewing Multiple Books.

Expand a pane to full-screen

Expand a pane to full-screen If you own the Advanced Feature Set (AFS), you have two options for full-screen viewing. First, you can view your panes as tabs. In this mode, each pane occupies the full screen and you use the tabs across the top of the screen to choose which pane you are currently viewing. See Viewing Multiple Books.

Second, you can enter Reading Mode by selecting the expand button on the tool bar. See Reading Mode.

Reduce the brightness for reading at night

Reduce the brightness for reading at night In addition to using the features of your iPhone or iPad to reduce brightness, you can change the color scheme in PocketBible to one of the “night reading” schemes. Go to the Settings menu and choose Color Scheme. If you have the Advanced Feature Set (AFS) you may have more than one color scheme available for night reading.

Hide the pane that shows my search results on iPad

Hide the pane that shows my search results on iPad The “pane that shows my search results” is called the Tool Box in PocketBible. To show or hide the Tool Box, select the icon on the Tool Bar that looks like a tool box. See PocketBible Screen.

Change the PocketBible color scheme

Change the PocketBible color scheme Go to the Settings menu and choose Change Color Scheme. More color schemes are available if you own the Advanced Feature Set.

Find a passage when I know a few words

Find a passage when I know a few words See Searching.

Find everywhere a particular Strong's word number occurs

Find everywhere a particular Strong's word number occurs See Searching.

Go to a verse

Go to a verse See Getting Around.

Find background information about a verse

Find background information about a verse Books that contain historical, cultural, and theological background information about a verse or passage are called commentaries. A number of free commentaries are available for PocketBible. See Library Manager to download these books. There are many commentaries available for purchase for PocketBible. See Shop for Bibles and Books.

Look up a word in a dictionary

Look up a word in a dictionary Make sure the dictionary is open and active, then go to the menu and select Look Up Word in Dictionary.

Look up the definition of a Strong's word number

Look up the definition of a Strong's word number Make sure the dictionary is open and active, then go to the menu and select Look Up Word in Dictionary. Strong's word numbers have a G (for Greek) or H (for Hebrew) prefix, followed by the number. So G26 is Strong's Greek word number 26. If you have an appropriate dictionary, you can simply enter G26 to look up the meaning of that word.

Find everything in my library related to a verse

Find everything in my library related to a verse There are two ways to do this. First, if you have an iPad, use the search feature and just enter the reference for the verse (like John 3:16) in the search form. PocketBible on the iPad will search your entire library of installed books and find everywhere the verse is referenced. Since the iPhone version of PocketBible only searches the active book, this type of search is not available there.

The other way to do this is to purchase the Advanced Feature Set (AFS) for PocketBible and perform an Autostudy on the verse.

Find everything in my library related to a word

Find everything in my library related to a word There are two ways to do this. First, if you have an iPad, use the search feature and just enter word in the search form. PocketBible on the iPad will search your entire library of installed books and find everywhere the word is mentioned. Since the iPhone version of PocketBible only searches the active book, this type of search is not available there.

The other way to do this is to purchase the Advanced Feature Set (AFS) for PocketBible and perform an Autostudy on the word.

Keep my search results from changing to the results for the active book (iPad)

Keep my search results from changing to the results for the active book (iPad) There is a small “lock” in the upper right corner of the Tool Box pane that controls whether or not that pane will try to follow along as you change and scroll through books. When this lock is unlocked, the pane will try to keep up with you as you change books and as a result, the search results (or whatever else is in the Tool Box at the time) will change to reflect the results for the active book. If you tap this button to lock the pane, it will not move unexpectedly. See also the next question.

Keep my search results, bookmark list, highlight list, or note list from changing as I scroll through the Bible (iPad)

Keep my search results, bookmark list, highlight list, or note list from changing as I scroll through the Bible (iPad) See the previous question. If you lock the pane, it will not try to keep up with you as you scroll through the Bible. When the pane is unlocked, the pane will attempt to keep its contents relevant to the active book.

Understand what "word attributes" are

Understand what "word attributes" are See Word Attributes.

Keep my device from turning off while I'm reading

Keep my device from turning off while I'm reading See Settings and select Disable Sleep on Idle.

Synchronize my data with my other devices

Synchronize my data with my other devices See Cloud Sync.

Transfer data to another device

Transfer data to another device See Cloud Sync.

Find out what version of PocketBible I'm using

Find out what version of PocketBible I'm using Scroll to the bottom of the menu and look for About PocketBible.

Move PocketBible to a different iPhone or iPad

Move PocketBible to a different iPhone or iPad The normal iCloud backup and restore process can be used to move PocketBible and your data to a new device, but in the process your books and Bibles will not be moved. Apple does not allow us to place these files in a folder that gets backed up during iCloud backup and restore, so after you move PocketBible, you'll need to re-download your books using the Library Manager.

View Strong's numbers in translations that include them

View Strong's numbers in translations that include them There is a Toggle Word Attributes button on the toolbar that will turn Strong's numbers and any other word attributes on or off.

Start each Bible verse on a new line

Start each Bible verse on a new line Go to the Settings menu and look for Each Verse on a New Line.

Choose a different font or change the font size

Choose a different font or change the font size Look for the Font/Size button on the Tool Bar.

Use a font I installed using a font utility app

Use a font I installed using a font utility app The free version of PocketBible works with a large number of built-in fonts but has some strict requirements on which fonts it will allow you to select. If you own the Advanced Feature Set (AFS) you have the option to select from “non-preferred” fonts. When this option is enabled, there are fewer restrictions placed on the fonts PocketBible will allow you to choose from.

See words of Christ in red

See words of Christ in red Go to the Settings menu and look for Words of Christ in Red.

Turn off highlights so I can read the text more easily

Turn off highlights so I can read the text more easily Go to the Settings menu and look for Highlight Style. Hiding highlights does not delete them, it just keeps them from being shown on the screen to make it easier to read the text.

Change the margins

Change the margins Go to Settings and look for Display Settings. You can set the margins to be different when you are viewing a single pane vs. multiple panes.

Change the spacing between lines of text

Change the spacing between lines of text Go to Settings and look for Display Settings. You can set the line leading (that is, the line spacing) to be different when you are viewing a single pane vs. multiple panes.

Synchronize two Bibles so they move together

Synchronize two Bibles so they move together Go to Settings and look for Sync Bibles/Commentaries. Make sure it is checked.

Keep my Bibles from always moving to the same verse when I scroll one of them

Keep my Bibles from always moving to the same verse when I scroll one of them Go to Settings and look for Sync Bibles/Commentaries. Make sure it is not checked.

Read through the Bible in a year

Read through the Bible in a year Install one of several available devotional reading plans from Library Manager depending on how much you want to read and over what period of time. PocketBible offers a number of these reading plans at no charge. You'll find them listed under Devotionals.

Once you have installed a devotional containing your reading plan, select the Today button from the Tool Bar. Choose Start Tracking Progress if you haven't already, and choose a start date — the date on which you want to start your reading plan.

As you read each day's reading, tap the heading on the reading to mark it as completed. See Today Menu.

Catch up on my reading plan if I get behind

Catch up on my reading plan if I get behind See Today Menu. Select Devotional Settings and look for Catch Up.

Start over when I've finished a devotional (or when I just want to start over)

Start over when I've finished a devotional (or when I just want to start over) See Today Menu. Select Devotional Settings and look for options related to resetting your progress and changing the start date.

Enlarge maps and images so I can read them better

Enlarge maps and images so I can read them better Double-tap on the map or image. This will display it using the full screen. Pinch to zoom; swipe to pan.

Have PocketBible scroll the text for me while I read

Have PocketBible scroll the text for me while I read This is a feature of the Advanced Feature Set (AFS). Select the Audio Control button from the Tool Bar, then select the Autoscroll button to start scrolling. See Audio Control.

Slow down (or speed up) automatic scrolling

Slow down (or speed up) automatic scrolling (AFS feature) If the text is scrolling too fast or too slow, drag the text into the position you would like it to be in. For example, if it is going too fast, the text will be at the top of the screen before you can read it. Drag the top of the text down to the bottom or middle of the screen. PocketBible will learn how fast you can read by monitoring your adjustments and will eventually get to where it is moving at a more natural pace.

Know where I am in this book

Know where I am in this book Your current position in the book will be shown on the Title Bar at the top of the pane. For Bibles, this is a familiar Bible reference. For devotionals, it is a date. For other books, the Title Bar displays the table-of-contents entries for the current section of the book, but in reverse order.

You might also like to turn on Book Position Bars. These bars appear at the bottom of the book pane and indicate your relative position in the book. See Settings and look for Control Settings, then Book Position Bars.

Listen to the Bible

Listen to the Bible (AFS feature) Select the Audio Control button from the Tool Bar. Press the Play button and PocketBible will start reading to you from the top of the screen. You can either let it read to you (even after turning off your device) or you can follow along. You can turn on automatic scrolling using the Autoscroll button on the Audio Control. PocketBible will attempt to scroll the text at the same speed at which it is being read. This is an inexact science, so it may take it a few verses to get the speed just right.

Change the voice that reads the text

Change the voice that reads the text (AFS feature) Go to Settings and look for Voice Settings.

Slow down or speed up the reading of the text

Slow down or speed up the reading of the text (AFS feature) To adjust the speed at which the voice reads the text, go to Settings and look for Voice Settings. You can select the rate of the voice there. If the text is scrolling too fast or too slow for the voice, be patient. It will fairly quickly figure it out and will adjust the position of the text to match its reading speed.

Set a bookmark on a verse or many verses at one time

Set a bookmark on a verse or many verses at one time See Selection Tool Bar

Create bookmark categories

Create bookmark categories Select Settings from the Tool Bar or PocketBible menu, and look for Manage Bookmark Categories.

Bookmark a verse in more than one category

Bookmark a verse in more than one category See Selection Tool Bar. As long as you remain in the Bookmarks menu and are setting bookmarks on the selected verses, you can continue to set bookmarks on one or more of the selected verses in as many categories as you desire.

Highlight a verse or many verses at one time

Highlight a verse or many verses at one time See Selection Tool Bar.

See a list of all highlighted verses, or all verses highlighted with a certain color/style

See a list of all highlighted verses, or all verses highlighted with a certain color/style If you are running PocketBible on an iPad, see Tool Box. If on an iPhone, select the Highlight List button from the Tool Bar.

Assign names to highlight colors

Assign names to highlight colors (AFS feature) Go to the Settings menu and look for Manage Color Names.

Attach a note to a verse

Attach a note to a verse See Selection Tool Bar.

See a list of all my notes

See a list of all my notes If you are running PocketBible on an iPad, see Tool Box. If on an iPhone, select the Note List button from the Tool Bar.

Find all my notes that contain a particular word or phrase

Find all my notes that contain a particular word or phrase If you are running PocketBible on an iPad, see Tool Box. If on an iPhone, select the Note List button from the Tool Bar.

Turn off the beige highlight when I link to a passage

Turn off the beige highlight when I link to a passage Go to the Settings menu and un-check Highlight Linked Passage.

Link to a Web page from a note I'm writing

Link to a Web page from a note I'm writing See Notes.

Link to a Bible verse from a note I'm writing

Link to a Bible verse from a note I'm writing See Notes.

Create a note that isn't connected to a Bible verse

Create a note that isn't connected to a Bible verse (AFS feature) On the iPhone, go to the PocketBible menu and select New Journal Note.

On the iPad, you can create Journal notes by going to the NoteEdit pane in the Tool Box and select the Add Journal Note button.

Export or print my notes

Export or print my notes There is not a direct way to export or print your notes from within PocketBible. If you are sync'ing your notes to our server using Cloud Sync, you can log into your account at www.laridian.com and choose the option to export your data from the menu on that page.

Print a verse or verses

Print a verse or verses See Selection Tool Bar.

Post a verse on Facebook

Post a verse on Facebook See Selection Tool Bar.

Copy a passage and paste into another app

Copy a passage and paste into another app See Selection Tool Bar.

Print out my bookmarks

Print out my bookmarks There is not a direct way to export or print your bookmarks from within PocketBible. If you are sync'ing your bookmarks to our server using Cloud Sync, you can log into your account at www.laridian.com and choose the option to export your data from the menu on that page.


“Why Can't I...”

In this section we'll address why you can't do some things in PocketBible or tell you how to solve problems that look unsolvable.

Why can't I set a bookmark in some places in a book?

Why can't I set a bookmark in some places in a book? You cannot set a bookmark in the front matter or back matter of a Bible, because your Bible bookmarks are shared between all your Bibles, and not all Bibles include the same front matter and back matter.

Why can't I highlight in books or devotionals?

Why can't I highlight in books or devotionals? PocketBible only supports highlighting verses. Since non-Bible books and devotionals do not have verses, they cannot be highlighted.

Why can't I highlight a single word or many words?

Why can't I highlight a single word or many words? We have chosen not to implement this feature for a number of reasons including the challenges related to synchronizing these across all our supported platforms and concerns about the impact on performance of PocketBible. This is not an easy feature to implement and we have been able to cause it to misbehave or even crash when testing it in other Bible software that claims to support it. This is not a critique of these other apps, but rather demonstrates the point that it is difficult to implement this feature correctly.

Why can't I highlight AND underline a verse?

Why can't I highlight AND underline a verse? Underline styles were originally implemented to support monochromatic devices. These devices could not display colors of any kind. To keep this compatible with devices that did support color, PocketBible stored underline styles as a special “color number”. This allowed both monochrome and color devices to use the same highlight database format. There is no provision for a verse being highlighted in two or more colors, and therefore no provision for storing both a color and an underline style. Making it possible to store two or more highlight colors would require a rewrite of PocketBible on all supported platforms and a redesign of the highlight database schema. This is a non-trivial task.

Why can't I edit a note and view the Bible at the same time on my iPhone?

Why can't I edit a note and view the Bible at the same time on my iPhone? There is insufficient space on the screen to display Bible text, the note editor, the note editor toolbar, and the keyboard on an iPhone.

Why can't I find a book or Bible I own?

Why can't I find a book or Bible I own? You are probably not logged into the same account you were using when you purchased that book or Bible. Sometimes, when users register PocketBible they accidentally create a new account instead of logging into their old one. Obviously, the new account will not contain previously purchased books. Contact Tech Support if you need help logging into your account.

Why can't I find my books after getting a new iPhone or iPad?

Why can't I find my books after getting a new iPhone or iPad? The normal iCloud backup and restore process can be used to move PocketBible and your data to a new device, but in the process your books and Bibles will not be moved. Apple does not allow us to place these files in a folder that gets backed up during iCloud backup and restore, so after you move PocketBible, you'll need to re-download your books using the Library Manager.


Main Menu

Most of the functions of PocketBible can be accessed directly from the tool bar. Additional functionality can be accessed on the main menu, which is displayed when you press the Menu button on the Tool Bar.

Actions

Actions

The top of the menu contains a few frequently used actions that weren't considered suitable for placement on the Tool Bar.

Look Up If you have one or more dictionaries installed, this menu item will be active. It allows you to enter a word to look up in your installed dictionaries. Another way to look up words is to simply search for the word in a dictionary. If an entry is found for the word, PocketBible will take you there immediately, much like this Look Up Word in Dictionary operation does.

Autostudy Word (AFS)

Autostudy Word This menu item will be visible if you own the Advanced Feature Set for PocketBible. It allows you to automatically perform a study of a word using all the resources you have installed. If you have a dictionary installed that includes definitions of word attributes (like Strong's numbers), you can enter one of those attribute names here to study the definition and occurrences of that attribute.

Passage Action

Passage Action This function gives you a way to copy, email, text, or otherwise share a Bible passage. It is available only if the active book is a Bible, and acts on the active Bible. Select the start and end verses, then choose from many available functions, including email, highlight, share, etc.

Note that as of the release date of this version of PocketBible, Facebook does not permit apps to populate the text portion of a status update. When posting a passage to Facebook, first copy the passage to the clipboard, then choose the option to share with Facebook and paste the passage into the status field.

Copy/Share Settings

Settings on this menu control how Bible verses are copied to the clipboard. These settings affect all output, such as sharing via text or email.

Include Verse Numbers

Include Verse Numbers When enabled, verse numbers are included. This is the default. You can disable this option to hide verse numbers and copy only the text.

Compatibility Setting

Compatibility Setting PocketBible places both “plain text” and “rich text” snippets on the clipboard. It is up to the app into which you are pasting to decide which to use. Apps like Microsoft Word should choose our rich text format. Simpler apps like Notes should choose plain text. But iOS clipboard formats are badly documented and arguably poorly implemented. It is easy for the app into which you are pasting Bible passages to believe that our rich text (HTML) format is really plain text. If you are pasting into an app that does not have a way to display bold or italic text and you are seeing HTML tags (less-thans and greater-thans) in your verses, or if you are pasting into an app that should support rich text but you are only getting plain text, try changing this option. Choices are:

Note in this case that PocketBible is putting the right contents on the clipboard. The problem lies in the receiving app, but it isn't their fault. The documentation of this feature of iOS is sparse.

Reference Location

Reference Location Controls where the citation for the passage should be placed, for example “Psalm 1:1-6”. Choices are self-explanatory.

Reference Format

Reference Format Controls how the citation for the passage is formatted. “John 3:16 (KJV)” is used only as an example. The choices are:

Reference Delimiters (Text)

Reference Delimiters (Text) Controls the delimiters that surround the citation for the passage in the plain text version of the copied passage. Choices are parenthesis, brackets, emdash (long dash), and none.

Reference Delimiters (Rich/HTML)

Reference Delimiters (Rich/HTML) Controls the delimiters that surround the citation in the rich text (HTML) version of the copied passage. Choices are the same as for plain text.

Bold Reference

Bold Reference Controls whether or not the citation for the passage is displayed in bold in the rich text version of the copied passage.

Italicize Reference

Italicize Reference Controls whether or not the citation for the passage is displayed in italics in the rich text version of the copied passage.

Underline Reference

Underline Reference Controls whether or not the citation for the passage is underlined in the rich text version of the copied passage.

Verse Number Delimiters (Text)

Verse Number Delimiters (Text) Controls the delimiters that surround the verse numbers embedded in the passage in the plain text version of the copied passage. Choices are brackets, parenthesis, or none.

Verse Number Style (Rich/HTML)

Verse Number Style (Rich/HTML) Controls the style used for verse numbers embedded in the passage in the rich text (HTML) version of the copied passage. Choices are superscript, bold, or italic.

Program

Program

This section of the menu contains items that are related to the program itself, such as changing program settings, checking for updates, and shopping for books.

Register PocketBible

Register PocketBible This item will not be visible if you have already registered PocketBible. If you choose not to register when prompted the first time you run the program, you can come here to register at any time in the future. Registration entitles you to a large collection of free Bibles and reference titles, technical support, and new product/upgrade notifications. We encourage you to upgrade for the best PocketBible experience.

Settings

Settings Shows the Settings menu.

Change Login ID or Password If you change your password or the email address associated with your account, you will need to update that information here so that PocketBible knows how to access your account for various functions such as accessing your Cloud Library. Note this is not where you create a new password for your account. That is only done on the Laridian website. Instead, this is how you tell PocketBible that you have changed your password.

Store

Store

Shop for Bibles and Books

Shop for Bibles and Books Takes you to the in-app bookstore to shop for add-on Bibles and books for PocketBible. Purchases are handled using Apple's In-App Purchase and charged to whatever payment method you have on file with Apple associated with your App ID. Apple's purchase/refund policies apply; we are not involved in these transactions. After you make a purchase, go to Cloud Library to automatically download your new books.

You may have purchased books for iOS or other supported platforms at our website. These are treated the same as books you purchase through the app with respect to being able to download them into PocketBible. You do not need to re-purchase any books you already own in order to use them in PocketBible.

Buy/Apply Advanced Features

Buy/Apply Advanced Features If you do not yet own the Advanced Feature Set, this menu item will show you information about those features and give you a chance to purchase it. In this User's Guide, features that are a part of the Advanced Feature Set are marked AFS.

If you believe you already own the Advanced Feature Set but PocketBible isn't letting you use those features, make sure you are logged into your account (see Change Login ID or Password) then select this item to apply the AFS.

Manage AFS Subscription

Manage AFS Subscription If you subscribed to the Advanced Feature Set by purchasing an auto-renewing subscription using in-app purchase, you can view information about your subscription by selecting this item from the menu.

If you purchased a multi-platform subscription to Advanced Features at our website, you won't see it here. You will renew/cancel through our website instead.

Restore In-App Purchases

Restore In-App Purchases Normally, if you follow our recommendations to register PocketBible and maintain an account on the Laridian server, when you make an in-app purchase, those purchases are logged to your Laridian account and you can download them not only to any other iOS device on which you are the primary user, but to any other supported device (Android, Windows Phone, etc.). If, however, you choose not to register and you subsequently make purchases with In-App Purchase, we will not know about those purchases when you upgrade your phone or use PocketBible on another device. This Restore In-App Purchases menu item communicates with both the Apple and Laridian servers to enable you to download purchased items without maintaining a Laridian account. Again, we strongly recommend you register PocketBible, as it will make upgrading your device and accessing your library across platforms not only easier, but possible.

Check for Update / App Update is Available

Check for Update / App Update is Available Select this menu item to check for an update or to take you to the App Store to download an update when one is available. In order to minimize use of your data, PocketBible will only check for an update about every 10 days. So you may hear of an update directly from the App Store before you see it here.

Write a Review of PocketBible

Write a Review of PocketBible If you're enjoying PocketBible we'd appreciate a positive review on the App Store! If you're having trouble with the app, we'd first like to say, “Thank you for reading the User's Guide!” But if you can't find an answer here, contact Technical Support and we'd be happy to help.

User Data

User Data

Items in this section of the menu are related to your notes, highlights, and bookmarks — which we collectively refer to as “user data” or “user-created data”.

Because most of these items are easily accessed on the iPad via the Tool Box, they do not appear on the menu on the iPad.

Manage Cloud Sync

Manage Cloud Sync Gives you access to all Cloud Sync functionality. This is how you synchronize your notes, highlights, bookmarks, and any other user-created data in PocketBible with our server for the purpose of archival and transfer to another device.

(Note that PocketBible uses the word “synchronize” to refer both to synchronizing your user-created data with our server and also the action of causing your Bibles and commentaries to scroll along with the active Bible. Here we are talking about the former, of course.)

New Journal Entry (AFS)

New Journal Entry (AFS) Creates a new Journal note. Journal notes are notes that are not tied to a particular verse or reference book. They are simply named, like documents on your computer, and accessed by that name. (iPhone only. Available in the iPad Tool Box). Requires the Advanced Feature Set.

All Journal Entries (AFS)

All Journal Entries (AFS) Shows a searchable list of your Journal notes. (iPhone only. Available in the iPad Tool Box). Requires the Advanced Feature Set.

All Notes

All Notes Shows a searchable list of all your notes in the active book or Bible. (iPhone only. Available in the iPad Tool Box).

Highlights with Color

Highlights with Color Shows a list of highlight colors. When you select a color, shows a list of all verses highlighted in that color. (iPhone only. Available in the iPad Tool Box).

To view a list of all your highlights on the iPhone, use the highlight list button on the tool bar. This functionality is available in the Tool Box on the iPad.

Bookmarks in Category

Bookmarks in Category Shows a list of categories. When you select a category, shows a list of all bookmarks in that category. Only bookmarks in the active book are shown. (iPhone only. Available in the iPad Tool Box).

To view a list of all your bookmarks on the iPhone, use the bookmark list button on the tool bar. This functionality is available in the Tool Box on the iPad.

Manage Bookmark Categories

Manage Bookmark Categories Allows you to add, remove, and rename your bookmark categories.

Manage Color Names (AFS)

Manage Color Names (AFS) Allows you to change the names used for the highlight colors. Requires the Advanced Feature Set.

Find

This section contains menu items related to searching.

Clear Search Results

Clear Search Results Clears the results of the last search.

Reset Search History

Reset Search History Discards the list of previous searches.

About

About

About PocketBible

About PocketBible Displays the program version on the right, and if selected, shows detailed version and technical information about the program.

About This Book

About This Book Displays information about the active book.

Help

Help Displays this User's Guide.


Tool Bar

The Tool Bar is usually displayed across the bottom of the screen. On the iPad, it follows the position of the iOS “Home” button as you rotate the device, so it may appear along any edge depending on how the device is oriented.

On narrow screens, the Tool Bar may contain more buttons than can be shown. When this happens, the right edge of the Tool Bar will show three dots, indicating there is more to the right. Swipe the Tool Bar from right to left to scroll the additional buttons into view. In this configuration, there will be three dots on the left end of the Tool Bar to indicate there are more buttons in that direction. Swipe left to right to reveal the original buttons.

Which buttons are shown also depends on whether you are running on an iPhone or iPad, and if you have the Advanced Feature Set. These exceptions are noted below.

Library Manage your PocketBible library. Download books, remove books, open books, and close books. See Library Manager.
Go To (Verse or Table of Contents) Go to a verse (if the active book is a Bible) or navigate another type of book by its table of contents.
Find Show the input window for searching. On the iPad, you can do simple searches by entering a word or phrase directly in the search field on the Find pane in the Tool Box. On the iPad, then, this Tool Bar button can be thought of as “advanced search” since it allows you to further limit the scope of your search.
Back Takes you back to what you were just looking at. Only applies to the book panes. That is, it won't take you back to a menu, the note editor, or anything else you might have had open. It only acts on the contents and configuration of the book panes. Note it also does not undo font changes, color scheme changes, or other related display options as you move back through its history.
Forward Opposite of Back. After going back, moves you forward through the places you've been before.
Today If the active book is not a devotional, this button takes you to today's reading in your preferred devotional. If you are looking at any reading in any devotional, displays the devotional (“today”) menu.
Toggle Tool Box (iPad only) Shows or hides the Tool Box, where you have access to search results and your user-created data.
Panes Provides a way to change the number of displayed panes. If you own the Advanced Feature Set, this is where you choose to display book panes in tabs rather than tiling them on the screen.
Audio Control (AFS) Show/Hide the audio control (Advanced Feature Set feature).
Toggle Word Attributes Toggles word attributes in books that have them. The most common word attributes are Strong's numbers in certain Bibles. Use this button to toggle word attributes on to use them, or off to declutter the text and make it easier to read.
Font/Size Provides a way to change the font and size of font used to display book text and, on the iPad, the text used in the Tool Box. (That is, the same font is used in both places.)
Settings Gives you direct access to the Settings menu without having to go through the main menu.
Help Shows this User's Guide. Will make it active in a pane if it is already open, or will open it in the active pane.
Expand (Reading Mode - AFS) Enter full-screen Reading Mode (Advanced Feature Set feature).
Menu Shows the PocketBible menu.

These buttons are only shown in iPhone and iPod touch. When running on an iPad, these functions are readily available in the Tool Box.

List Bookmarks Displays a list of the bookmarks you have set in the active Bible or book.
List Notes Displays a list of notes for the active Bible or book.
List Journal Entries (AFS) Displays a list of Journal notes. Requires the Advanced Feature Set.
List Highlights Displays a list of highlighted verses in the active Bible.

Reading Mode Tool Bar

Advanced Feature Set owners have the option of hiding the user interface controls and displaying book or Bible text using the full screen. We call this Reading Mode and have designed it to optimize the reading experience in PocketBible.

While in this mode, a single button is displayed in the lower right corner of the screen. This button toggles the Reading Mode Tool Bar on and off. This tool bar contains a very limited subset of the buttons on the full PocketBible Tool Bar. These buttons perform the same function here as they do on the normal Tool Bar.

The single exception to this is the Compress button, which reduces the text pane back to its normal size and exits Reading Mode.

See Full Screen Reading Mode for more information.


Tool Box

The Tool Box is only available on the iPad. It is a pane that contains your user-created data and search results. The Tool Box can be shown or hidden, and when shown, can be in a normal (small) or expanded (large) state.

The Tool Box contains a pane for each of the following features of PocketBible.

Find

Find

The Find pane gives you a way to search your entire library of installed books. Enter a word or phrase at the top of the pane. The program will search all of your installed books and display a count of the number of “hits” in each book in the left/top list, and a detailed list of results for the selected book in the right/bottom list.

See Searching for details on how searching works.

Bookmarks

Bookmarks

The B'Marks pane shows your bookmarks. At the top is a drop-down list of books. This list will contain only those books in which you have set bookmarks, so for many people the only book in the list will be “Bibles”. Since bookmarks set in one Bible work for any Bible, you will not see each of your installed Bibles listed here. Below that (below and to the left if the Tool Box is wider than it is tall) is a list categories. Choose a category, or choose All Bookmarks to see all bookmarks regardless of category. The bookmarked text will appear in the list on the right/bottom of the Tool Box.

The Bible text in this list will be generated from the active Bible, if a Bible is active in the active pane. Otherwise, it will be generated from your preferred Bible. If neither of those Bibles are available, a Bible will be chosen at random from your installed Bibles to be used to create the excerpts for this list.

To go to a bookmark, simply select it from the right/bottom list of bookmarks.

Bookmarks can be deleted from the list on the right/bottom by swiping across the bookmark like you can do on any list in an iOS app.

To set a bookmark, see Bookmarks.

Highlights

Highlights

The H'Lites pane shows the verses you have highlighted. At the top/left is a list of highlight colors. Choose a color, or choose Any Color to see all highlighted verses regardless of color. The list of verses you have highlighted in the chosen color will be displayed on the right/bottom of the Tool Box.

The Bible text in this list will be generated from the active Bible, if a Bible is active in the active pane. Otherwise, it will be generated from your preferred Bible. If neither of those Bibles are available, a Bible will be chosen at random from your installed Bibles to be used to create the excerpts for this list.

To go to a verse, select it from the right/bottom list of verses.

Highlights can be removed from a verse by removing the verse from the list on the right/bottom by swiping across the verse like you can do on any iOS list.

To highlight a verse, see Highlights.

Notes

The Notes pane gives you a way to search your notes or simply view a list of notes. Enter a word or phrase to search for in the box at the top of the pane, or delete what is in the search box and just press Enter to see a list of all your notes. You will see an indication of the number of notes containing the word/phrase in the list of books on the left/top of the pane, and an excerpt from the note in the list on the right/bottom.

You can go to the full text of the note by selecting it from the list on the right/bottom of the pane.

You can delete a note by swiping across it on the list of notes on the right/bottom of the pane, like you can do with any other iOS list.

For more information about searching notes, see Searching.

EditNote

EditNote

The EditNote pane provides a way for you to take notes on a Bible verse or a passage from a reference book. This pane provides three views into your note: In View mode, the note is “read only” and any links in the note are active. In Rich Edit mode, the note can be edited using bold, italics, and other visual styles. In Text Edit mode, the note can be edited in its raw, HTML format.

The easiest way to create a note is to press and hold on the verse to which you want to attach the note until the Selection Tool Bar appears. Select the Note button from the Selection Tool Bar to open the note editor in the Tool Box.

To view a note, tap the Note link associated with the verse in the Bible text or select the note from the list of notes in the Notes pane.

One way to delete a note is to press and hold on the noted verse until the Selection Tool Bar appears, then select the note button. Since there is already a note on the verse, you will be given a choice to delete or edit the existing note. You can also delete a note from the Notes pane.

For more about creating notes, see Notes.


Settings Menu

Bible Settings

This settings primarily affect the way that Bibles are displayed.

Sync Bibles/Commentaries

Sync Bibles/Commentaries (We use the word “synchronize” in two ways in PocketBible. In this case, you are synchronizing the scrolling of Bibles and commentaries to the same verse as is current in the active Bible. The other way we use this term is to refer to the synchronizing of your notes, highlights, and other user-created data to the Laridian Cloud for exchange with PocketBible running on your other devices.) When Sync Bibles/Commentaries is enabled, all open Bibles and commentaries will track along with the active Bible. As you scroll or go directly to a verse in the active Bible, a signal is sent to all other open books telling them to go to the same verse, if possible. Note that these books will move even if they are not currently visible, so that the next time you view those books they will be positioned to the most recently viewed verse.

Note that this type of synchronization does not apply when the active book is a commentary. That is, moving through a commentary will not cause the Bible to follow along. There are a number of reasons for this, including allowing you to be able to freely move around in a commentary while studying a passage, keeping your study Bible-centric, and the fact that one section of a commentary might be tied to several discontiguous Bible verses (which would require additional, awkward user interactions to resolve).

Words of Christ in Red

Words of Christ in Red When enabled, causes the words spoken by Christ to be displayed in red. This feature is only available when the specific Bible you are reading has Christ's words tagged so the color of the text can be changed.

Footnote Style

Footnote Style Some Bibles and reference books contain notes or cross-references in the text. These are not to be confused with your own notes or study Bible notes you might purchase separately for PocketBible. Here we are referring to footnotes within the Bible text itself. Normally, these notes are marked with asterisks. Tapping the asterisk reveals the note. But there are other options for the display of these footnotes:

Indent Poetry

Indent Poetry When enabled, any special indenting of poetic passages present is honored by the program. When this option is disabled, lines of poetry that are normally indented in the book you are reading are rendered flush with the left margin, like any other paragraph. Note that each Bible is different; some do not do any special indenting of poetic passages. Enabling this option would have no effect on those Bibles.

Each Verse on a New Line

Each Verse on a New Line When enabled, line breaks are added to the text so that each verse begins at the left margin. Note that some Bibles are formatted in this way by default, so disabling this option will have no effect on the text.

MSG Verse Numbers

MSG Verse Numbers The publishers of some of the Bibles we offer with PocketBible ask us not to display traditional verse numbers so as not to impose any artificial divisions on the text. Enabling this option overrides their preference so that you will see verse numbers, even in Bibles in which they are normally suppressed.

Highlight Style

Highlight Style Normally, when you highlight a verse, the entire verse is shown with its background color set to the highlight color you choose for it. This option lets you choose how highlights are displayed:

Highlight Linked Passage

Highlight Linked Passage When enabled, any time you select a link to a verse or passage, the verse(s) will be temporarily highlighted to make it easier to see what verse you were linking to.

Display Settings

Settings in this section affect the display of all books.

Single Pane Settings

Single Pane Settings Allows you to choose the left and right margins for book panes. Margin settings are in points where one point is 1/72 of an inch. The units are arguably inconsequential; choose a setting that you like.

You also choose line leading here. Line leading is the distance between the baselines of successive lines, where 100% is the natural or “single spaced” distance based on the font that is in use.

Determining “line height” for a given font is not as straightforward as you might think. PocketBible uses information from your chosen font along with heuristics and generally accepted industry practices to determine a likely height for each font, which it treats as 100%. You might find that you need to increase the line leading for certain fonts to avoid descenders on letters like g and j from being cut off, especially when text is highlighted.

Multiple Pane Settings

Multiple Pane Settings The margins and line leading for panes can be set to different values when multiple panes are displayed. Generally, margins are smaller and lines are closer together when multiple panes are displayed, so as to make better use of the limited space.

Color Scheme

Color Scheme Choose a color scheme for the program that matches your preferences.

Use Textured Backgrounds

Use Textured Backgrounds When enabled, the text background will appear to be lightly textured.

Image Downloads

Image Downloads Controls options related to downloading high-resolution images (when available). When you double-tap on an image in PocketBible, the image is displayed in a full-screen window so that you can zoom and pan it to see more detail. For some images in some books, higher resolution images are available from our server. PocketBible will check the server for better images using the method you choose here:

Disable Sleep on Idle

Disable Sleep on Idle Many people like to configure their iOS device to turn itself off after it has been idle for a minute or two. This can be annoying when reading or when using PocketBible in church when your attention is divided between listening and reading — you look down at your iPhone or iPad to read and find that it has shut off. When this option is checked, your device will not turn itself off no matter how long it sits idle. Needless to say, this could cause your battery to die if you forget to manually turn off your device.

Miscellaneous Settings

Preferred Books

Preferred Books

There are situations where PocketBible needs to open a certain type of book and you may have several of those installed. For example, you may have three Bibles installed but none are open. If you select a link to a Bible verse, PocketBible will not find any open Bibles, so it will open your preferred Bible. You select that Bible here.

Voice Settings (AFS)

Voice Settings (AFS)

Requires the Advanced Feature Set. For each language supported by PocketBible, allows you to choose the voice, pitch, and rate of speaking. PocketBible makes use of features built into iOS to synthesize speech, so the voices you see listed here are those you have installed or enabled in your device's settings.

Search Settings

Result Style

Result Style Search results can be displayed as only the Bible verse reference, with a short excerpt, or with a longer excerpt. Note that these styles affect all lists of verses or book excerpts in the program, including those used for your list of bookmarks and highlights.

Mark Results in Text

Mark Results in Text By default, search hits are indicated in the text using colored, bold text. You can disable this if you prefer. Note if what you want to do is simply clear the last search results, you can do that from the main menu, under Find.

Enhanced Note Search (Takes Longer)

Enhanced Note Search (Takes Longer) Enables enhanced note searches. By default, only exact matches are searched for when searching your notes. This is because your notes are not compressed and indexed the way PocketBible Bibles and books are, so doing these searches takes significantly longer. We give you the option to turn this on, but strongly recommend that you do not.

Control Settings

Control Settings

System Status Bar

System Status Bar (iPhone only; not all models) Controls whether the iPhone status bar is visible. The status bar is the top line on the iPhone that shows the signal strength, time, battery life, etc. Because the entire screen has to be redrawn when this setting changes, it is applied immediately.

Tab Title Style (AFS)

Tab Title Style (AFS) When displaying book panes in tabs, you can control what appears on the tab for each pane. This feature requires the Advanced Feature Set.

Title Bar

Title Bar Show or hide the Title Bar at the top of each book pane. Disabling the Title Bar gives you a little more room to read, but also removes any indication you have of where you are in the book and what book you're reading.

Book Position Bars

Book Position Bars Show or hide Book Position Bars that appear at the bottom of each book pane. Book position bars show your relative position in the book with respect to the entire contents of the book. This is disabled by default.

Swipe L/R in Bible (AFS)

Swipe L/R in Bible (AFS) Allows you to choose whether swiping from right to left or from left to right causes the page or the chapter to change when viewing a Bible. Requires the Advanced Feature Set.

Swipe L/R in Devotional (AFS)

Swipe L/R in Devotional Allows you to choose whether swiping from right to left or from left to right causes the page or the reading to change when viewing a devotional. Requires the Advanced Feature Set.

Reset

Reset

Allows you to reset certain settings and cached values.

Reset Settings to Factory Defaults

Reset Settings to Factory Defaults Resets all settings. Does not delete your Bibles and other books, just puts all settings back to factory defaults. You can do this if you have made changes to the settings and just want to start over, but you shouldn't need to do it under normal circumstances. If you find you have to reset your settings just to get PocketBible to run reliably, you may want to contact Tech Support.

Reset Cloud Sync History

Reset Cloud Sync History Resetting your sync history causes PocketBible to believe that none of your notes, highlights, bookmarks, or other user-created data have ever been sync'ed to the Laridian Cloud server. This can come in handy in certain situations when tech support is trying to help you resolve a problem with synchronization. It is not normally necessary to do this.

Reset Library Cache

Reset Library Cache PocketBible maintains information about every book you have installed so that it doesn't have to open every installed book and read this information every time you launch the app. If you have problems related to PocketBible not recognizing books you have installed or continuing to insist that a book is installed after you have removed it, you might want to try deleting this cached information. This operation is relatively harmless. It may cause the app to launch more slowly the next time it runs, as it will have to re-create this data.

It is not normally necessary to do this. If doing this does not fix your problem — or especially if it does — you might want to contact Tech Support.


Selection Tool Bar

Actions related to a particular verse in the Bible, such as highlighting or bookmarking a verse, sharing a passage, or copying a verse or verses to the clipboard, are accessed via the Selection Tool Bar.

When you want to do something to a verse, press and hold on the text of the verse in the active pane. After about a second, the text you are pressing on will be marked as “selected” and the Selection Tool Bar will be displayed. This tool bar contains buttons for copying, highlighting, bookmarking, sharing, and adding a note to a verse or verses.

When the Selection Tool Bar is displayed, you are said to be in selection mode. In this mode, tapping on a verse causes it to be selected (or deselected if it is already selected). You can select as many verses as you need to while in selection mode.

The functions on the Selection Tool Bar are applied to the verses you have selected. For example, if you choose the Copy button, the selected verses will be copied to the clipboard.

If the book you are reading is not a Bible, selection applies generally to entire paragraphs and certain options (such as highlighting) are not available or work differently. This is explained below.

On certain devices, the Selection Tool Bar may be too wide to display. In this case, just as with the main tool bar, some buttons may be pushed off the right end of the tool bar. When this happens, you'll see three vertical dots indicating the tool bar can be swiped to see the additional buttons.

Button Functions

Button Functions

Copy Copies the selected verses (if a Bible) or paragraphs (non-Bibles) to the clipboard. Options you have chosen in Copy/Share Settings apply to the text you place on the clipboard.
Highlight (Bibles only) Allows you to choose a color to use to highlight the selected verses and to remove highlighting from selected verses. See Highlights.
Note Allows you to attach a note to a verse or to a section of non-Bible text. If a note exists on the selected verse, allows you to view or delete the note. See Notes.
Bookmark Allows you to bookmark a verse or location in a non-Bible book, or remove a bookmark from a selected category. See Bookmarks.
Autostudy (AFS) Performs an Autostudy on the selected verse(s). See Autostudy. Requires the Advanced Feature Set.
Share Allows you to share verses or selections from non-Bibles. The options you have for sharing may vary depending on your device. Note that Facebook places unusual restrictions on apps, which include not being able to pre-populate a status message with text. This seems strange to us, as sharing status messages is kind of what Facebook is about. But it is a rule nonetheless. So to share with Facebook, first press the Copy button to place your verse(s) on the clipboard, then press the Share button and choose Facebook. Paste your verse(s) into the status field and share your verses on Facebook.
Close Closes the Selection Tool Bar and exits selection mode. Any selected verses or paragraphs are deselected in the process.

Overview

Today Menu

PocketBible makes it easy to use Bible reading plans to read through the Bible over a period of time or read a daily devotional book every day. The Today Menu provides functionality for tracking your progress through this type of book. Press the “today” button on the toolbar to activate this menu.

If you press this button while viewing any book other than a devotional, PocketBible will switch to your preferred devotional. If you have not selected a preferred devotional when you press this button, PocketBible will prompt you to choose one. You can select a preferred devotional book by going to the Settings menu and looking under Miscellaneous Settings.

If the active book in the active pane is a devotional when you press this button, you will see the Today Menu.

Begin Tracking Progress

Begin Tracking Progress When you buy a printed devotional book, it will usually have dated readings that start on January 1. PocketBible lets you start your devotional reading any day of the year. If you haven't yet chosen a start date for reading this devotional book, you will see this menu item where you can choose one.

Mark Today as 'Read' (or 'Unread')

Mark Today as 'Read' (or 'Unread') PocketBible lets you record your progress as you read through a devotional book. This menu item will toggle the state of today's reading.

Mark Top Reading as 'Read' (or 'Unread')

Mark Top Reading as 'Read' (or 'Unread') If the top reading is not today's, you will see this option, which lets you toggle the state of the topmost reading on the screen. Note that the “topmost” is the reading described in the Title Bar, which actually could have mostly scrolled off the screen.

Go To Today's Reading

Go To Today's Reading Takes you to the reading scheduled for today, regardless of whether you've read it or not.

Go To First Unread Reading

Go To First Unread Reading Takes you to the first reading that you have not yet marked as “read”.

Autostudy Today's Reading (AFS)

Autostudy Today's Reading (AFS) If you have the Advanced Feature Set, this option takes you to the Autostudy feature for today's reading. From there you can create a report that includes the text you need to read from all of your selected devotionals and the text of any Bible verses mentioned in those readings. This report can be printed, sent by email, or saved to a file for transfer to your Mac or PC for later reading.

View Reading Progress

View Reading Progress Displays a list of readings that is color-coded to show you what has been read and what has not. You can use that to find unread readings or you can use it to navigate to a specific reading.

Open Preferred Devotional

Open Preferred Devotional Opens your preferred devotional if it is not already the active book.

Open Another Devotional

Open Another Devotional Takes you to a list of your devotional books so you can choose a different one to read.

Devotional Settings

Devotional Settings Allows you to change the following settings for the active devotional:


Overview

Advanced Feature Set

The free version of PocketBible contains all the features you need for Bible reading and study on your iOS device. But we've put together some additional features that will enhance your experience with PocketBible if you want to get more from the program.

The Advanced Feature Set (AFS) is an auto-renewing subscription that you can purchase one month or one year at a time. When you own the AFS, PocketBible will automatically make additional features and enhancements available to you

If you purchased the Advanced Feature Set for an earlier version of PocketBible before it became a subscription service, the features in that AFS will continue to work in this version of PocketBible. Features marked [NEW] below are those that were added for the subscription version of the AFS. You can purchase a subscription to access those features. If you cancel your subscription, the previously purchased, older AFS will continue to apply and you will continue to have access to those features.

Feature List

The following are included in the Advanced Feature Set for PocketBible when running on iOS:

How to Purchase

You can purchase a monthly or annually auto-renewing subscription to the iOS AFS for PocketBible using In-App Purchase. Go to the menu and select Buy/Apply Advanced Features.

Advanced Feature Sets are unique for each platform on which PocketBible can be used. If you own the AFS for PocketBible for Android, it only applies to the Android version of PocketBible. If you purchase a subscription to AFS using in-app purchase here in PocketBible for iOS, it only applies to the iOS version of PocketBible. The exception is if you purchased the multi-platform AFS package at our website, it will apply to PocketBible running on iOS and any other platform for which an Advanced Feature Set is available.


Overview

Library Manager

The Library Manager is where you access books and Bibles from your account and make them available on your iOS device.

Some background:

  1. When you register PocketBible, you are given access to several dozen free Bibles and reference books. These are placed in your account on our server, which we refer to as your cloud library.
  2. When you purchase books using in-app purchase in PocketBible, or at our website, or in PocketBible running on other platforms, those books are added to your Cloud Library and are available to you in PocketBible for iOS. (To purchase books using in-app purchase, select Shop for Bibles and Books from the menu. See Purchasing Books.)
  3. Unlike other Bible apps that require you to be connected to the internet to access your library, PocketBible lets you download your books to your device so that you have access to them even when you do not have an internet connection.
  4. Books that have been downloaded to your device can be opened in one or more book panes in PocketBible. You can have many books open in a single pane, though only the active book will be visible in a pane.

If you are trying to access books you have created with BookBuilder, see Creating Your Own Books for PocketBible.

The Library Manager is accessed by selecting the Library button from the Tool Bar. You can also get to the Library Manager by tapping the Title Bar on a book pane (or the tab for the pane if you own the Advanced Feature Set).

Cloud Library (Downloading Books)

To download books, select the Cloud button to see the books in your Cloud Library. To download a book, simply select it. Selecting a book that is already in the process of downloading will give you an opportunity to abort the download.

To make it easier to find a particular book, there is a category list at the top of the Library form that allows you to limit your view to Bibles, commentaries, or some other type of book. In addition, you can hide books that are already installed on the device, and you can search for books by typing a few letters of the title in the search field.

Device Library (Opening Books)

To open a book for reading, select the Device tab at the top of the form. You will see all the books installed on your iOS device. To open a book, simply select it.

To find a particular book in your device library, you can choose a category from the list at the top of the form, or enter a few letters from the name of the book in the search field. You can also choose to hide books that are already open in the current pane.

If you swipe from right-to-left over a book in this list, you will be given an opportunity to delete the book from your device. The book will remain in your Cloud Library account, so you can always download it again later.

Open Books in a Pane

The Open button on the Library form shows the books that are open in the active pane. Choose a book from this list to make it active in the pane. You can close books by swiping from right-to-left on the book you want to close. Closed books are still on your device; they are just not open in the active pane. You can re-open them from the Device button on this form.

Book Categories or Kinds

PocketBible categorizes books into five broad categories based on how the book is organized:

These categories are used in all three sections of the Library Manager to help you find the book you're looking for.


Overview

Taking Notes

You can attach notes to Bible verses. If you have more than one Bible installed, you will find that notes you attach to a verse in one Bible also appear attached to the same verse in the other Bible.

Notes are displayed in the note viewer. To modify a note or add a new note, you enter the note editor. There are two forms of the note editor, the rich editor and the text editor. The rich editor is a what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSISYG) editor with a selection of text and paragraph styles you can easily apply to your notes. The text editor exposes the HTML tags that PocketBible uses internally to format your notes. If you are familiar with HTML tags, you can edit this form of the note. More often, this view of your note is used to fix tagging problems that might be introduced by PocketBible on other platforms or by your own misunderstanding of how tags are used.

On the iPhone, you attach notes to verses by pressing and holding on the verse until the Selection Tool Bar appears. Then select the Note button. If there is already a note on the verse, you will be given the option to delete or edit the note. If you choose to edit the note, you will be taken to the note editor.

The same process works on the iPad, but the note editor is located in the Tool Box instead of in a full-screen window like on the iPhone.

To view a note, select the “Note” link next to a verse. On the iPhone, the note viewer will open. On the iPad, the Tool Box will be shown if it is not already visible, and the note will be shown.

You can view a list of your notes by selecting the Note List button on the Tool Bar on the iPhone, or by going to the FindNotes pane in the Tool Box on the iPad.

You can remove a note by swiping from right to left across the entry in the note list. This is a standard iOS gesture to remove an item from a list. You'll see a red Delete button you can select to confirm the deletion, or you can tap anywhere else to cancel the deletion.

You can perform searches in your notes. On the iPad, go to the FindNotes pane and enter a word or phrase to search for at the top of the pane. On an iPhone, select the Note List button on the Tool Bar.

To What May I Attach a Note?

To What May I Attach a Note?

In Bibles, notes are attached to verses. Furthermore, a note on a verse in one Bible will appear in all installed Bibles that contain that verse. That is, notes are not uniquely connected to one translation of the Bible.

For all other books, when you select a paragraph and add a note, the note is actually attached to the immediately previous table of contents entry, which could be right where you set it, or some distance before. Unlike Bibles, notes on other types of books are unique to the book in which they are created.

Taking Notes

Taking Notes

Taking notes is simple. Just type your note. If you enter a Bible reference (like “John 3:16”), it will be automatically linked when you view the note in the note viewer.

Note text can be styled using both the features built into iOS and the editor tool bar in PocketBible. To make text bold, italic, or underlined, select the text and iOS will show you a menu bar containing a button labelled BIU. Select this button to style the text. Depending on your device, this button may also appear on your keyboard pane.

Additional functions can be found on the editor tool bar, which appears just above the keyboard. These functions are summarized below:

Undo Undo the previous edit. This might not be present on the editor tool bar, or might be located somewhere else on or near the keyboard pane, depending on your device, device orientation, and version of iOS.
Redo Reverse an undo action.

Paragraph Style Choose from one of several paragraph styles to apply to the paragraph in which the cursor is located. These include:

  • Normal Paragraph – Makes the selected paragraph a left-justified, normal paragraph if possible.
  • Heading 1 (Largest) through 6 (Smallest) – Makes the text in the paragraph larger and bolder than normal text. Used for headings (obviously).
  • Blockquote – Indents the paragraph slightly from the normal left margin.
  • Numbered List – Converts the paragraph to a numbered list, starting with item 1. When you hit Enter at the end of an item, a new item is created. When you are done, hit Enter twice to end the list.
  • Bullet List – Converts the paragraph to a bulleted list. When you hit Enter at the end of an item on the list, a new item is created. When you are done, hit Enter twice to end the list.
Font Size Choose from one of seven text sizes. The particular tag used by the note editor to accomplish this has some shortcomings and your experience with it may be counterintuitive. It does its best to work as expected.
Text Color Choose a color for the selected text.
Link Allows you to link the selected text to a Bible verses or Web page. To link to a Bible verse, prefix the reference with bible: as shown below:

bible:John 3:16

To link to a Web page, follow normal conventions using either http:// or https://. So to link to the Laridian website, you might type:

https://www.laridian.com
Unlink If the cursor is on linked text, this button will cause the link to be removed.
Horizontal Rule Draws a horizontal line across the full width of the screen at the location of the cursor.
Strike Causes the selected text to be drawn as if struck through.
Superscript Causes the selected text to be drawn slightly above and slightly smaller than the text that surrounds it.
Subscript Causes the selected text to be drawn slightly below and slightly smaller than the text that surrounds it.
Remove Formating Does its best to remove all formatting from the selected text.

Creating Links to Bible Verses in your Notes

If you want to include a cross-reference to a Bible verse in your note, you just type the reference, like “John 3:16”. The note viewer will automatically link the reference to the Bible.

Links are not enabled immediately when you type a Bible reference in the editor. You will see your links and be able to select them only when viewing the note in the note viewer.

In order for the automatic verse linking to work, you need to be explicit about your Bible references. The note viewer won't recognize “3:16” as a Bible reference unless you put a book name in front of it (“Jn 3:16”). You can use almost any abbreviation of the book name you can imagine; just don't put a period after it. So “Gen 1:1” is recognized as Genesis 1:1, but “Gen. 1:1” is not.

If you're working with a Spanish Bible like the NVI you might be tempted to use Spanish book names, like “Juan 3:16”. While PocketBible recognizes Spanish book names in other contexts (like links in the footnotes of the NVI itself), they are not recognized in your notes.

If you want your link to say something other than “Jn 3:16”, you need to manually add the link yourself. Say you want to write “The Bible says God loves us” and have “God loves us” link to John 3:16. Simply enter the sentence, then select the phrase you want to link (“God loves us”). Now select the Link button on the tool bar and enter bible:John 3:16.

When you subsequently view the note in the note viewer, you'll see that “God loves us” is underlined and blue, indicating it is a link. Select it and PocketBible will take you to John 3:16.


Setting, Using, and Deleting Bookmarks

Bookmarks

PocketBible lets you create any number of categorized bookmarks to refer to Bible verses or locations in other books.

To set a bookmark, press and hold on a verse (or a paragraph in a non-Bible book) to reveal the Selection Tool Bar. Select the Bookmark button. Next you will see a list of categories. Select Uncategorized to simply set the bookmark, or choose a category to put the bookmark in that category. To add a new category, select the Add (+) button.

To go to a bookmark on an iPhone, select the Bookmark List button on the Tool Bar. You will see a list of categories. Choose the category, then choose the verse (or table of contents entry for non-Bibles) that you have previously bookmarked. Note that the bookmark list applies to the active book in the active pane. So if you want to go to one of your Bible bookmarks, make sure you have a Bible active in the active pane.

To go to a bookmark on the iPad, open the Tool Box and select the B'Marks pane. Choose the category at the top of the Tool Box pane, then select the book you want to use from the list on the left or top, then select the bookmark in that book from the list on the right or bottom.

An easy way to delete a bookmark is to first go to the location that is bookmarked, then press and hold to bring up the Selection Tool Bar. Select the bookmark button and you will see a list of choices that include deleting the existing bookmark.

Another way to delete a bookmark is to bring up the list of bookmarks (either by using the bookmark button on the Tool Bar on an iPhone, or by going to the B'Marks pane in the Tool Box on an iPad). Swipe from right to left over the bookmark in the list of bookmarks to reveal a red Delete button. Press the button to delete the bookmark.

What May I Bookmark?

What May I Bookmark?

In Bibles, bookmarks are attached to verses. Furthermore, a bookmark on a verse in one Bible will work in all installed Bibles that contain that verse. That is, bookmarks are not uniquely connected to one translation of the Bible.

For all other books, when you select a paragraph and add a bookmark, the bookmark is actually attached to the immediately previous table of contents entry, which could be right where you set it, or some distance before. Unlike Bibles, bookmarks on other types of books are unique to the book in which they are created.

Bookmark Categories

You can use categories to organize your bookmarks.

To create a category, select the Add (+) button while setting a bookmark, or go to the menu and select Manage Bookmark Categories. Note that PocketBible considers two categories that differ only by capitalization to be the same, so it will not let you create both “FAITH” and “Faith”.

To rename a category, go to the menu, select Manage Bookmark Categories, and select the category. Type a new name for the category. When you rename a category, all the bookmarks in the old category remain in the newly renamed category.

To delete a category, go to the menu, select Manage Bookmark Categories, and select Edit. Select the red minus (-) button next to the category you want to delete. When you delete a category, the bookmarks in that category are also deleted.

Note that categories are not sent to the Laridian Cloud during Cloud Sync, but rather the category name is added to each bookmark, and it is the bookmarks that are sent to (and received from) the server. So if you add categories on one device but never add any bookmarks to that category, the categories will not show up on your other devices. Similarly, if you delete a category on one device, you will find that all the bookmarks in that category are removed from the other device, but the category remains.


Highlighting Verses

PocketBible lets you highlight Bible verses with a variety of background colors. Highlights apply to entire verses. You cannot highlight individual words in a verse.

To highlight a verse, press and hold on the verse to reveal the Selection Tool Bar. Select the Highlight button. Choose a highlight color from the list that appears next.

To change the highlight color of a verse, or to remove the highlight, repeat the process and choose a different color, or choose the Highlight Eraser.

You can view a list of all your highlighted verses. To see the list on an iPhone, select the Highlight List button on the Tool Bar, then choose a color. You can go to one of your highlighted veres by simply selecting it from the list.

The highlight list is only available if there is a Bible active in the active pane.

To see a list of highlights on an iPad, open the Tool Box and select the H'Lites pane. Choose the color at the top of the pane, then select the Bible you want to use from the list on the left (or top) of the Tool Box pane, and the list of highlights in that color in the selected Bible will appear in the list on the right (or bottom) of the Tool Box pane. You can go to a highlighted verse by selecting it from the list.

You can remove a highlight from a verse by bringing up the list of highlights (either by using the highlight button on the Tool Bar on an iPhone, or by going to the H'Lites pane in the Tool Box on an iPad). Swipe from right to left over the verse in the list of highlighted verses to reveal a red Delete button. Press the button to delete the highlight.


Bibles and Books

Searching

One of the most powerful features of PocketBible is its ability to quickly find all occurrences of any word or phrase in the Bible or any of your installed books. You simply enter a word or phrase. PocketBible performs about a dozen searches in parallel to find exact matches, matches containing any form of the word, and matches containing words that sound like the word(s) for which you're looking.

When searching a Bible, you can limit the search to a range of verses, your bookmarked verses, and/or your highlighted verses.

To perform a search on an iPhone, select the Find button from the Tool Bar. Enter the word or words you want to find and press the Search button. The active book in the active pane will be searched and a list of results will be displayed. Note that searches take place “in the background”, so some results will be displayed right away, while others will take more time to come in. You may find that the list refreshes itself in that case.

Select one of the results to view the verse (or passage of a non-Bible) in context. You can return to the search results by simply selecting the Find button on the Tool Bar again.

On the iPad, there are two ways to search. Simple searches can be done by opening the Tool Box (select the Tool Box button on the Tool Bar) and going to the Find pane. Enter the word or words you want to find and press the Enter key. On the iPad, your entire library is searched. Choose a book from the list on the left (or top) of the Tool Box pane to view results in the list on the right (or bottom) of the pane.

You can also select the Find button on the Tool Bar to search on the iPad. This method gives you the option to limit your search to a Bible passage, to your bookmarked verses, or to highlighted verses. Results are displayed in the Tool Box Find pane.

How PocketBible Searches

PocketBible is able to find not only the exact words you enter, but it also looks for words with the same root and words that sound like those for which you're looking.

When performing root-word searches, the program doesn't necessarily reduce the word to its English root, but rather it removes common prefixes and suffixes to find a pseudo-root it can use to compare. So you may find that similar, but not strictly related, words are found.

Sounds-like searches are performed by reducing the search words to their component sounds and in most cases, removing vowels. While it will almost always find exact sounds-like matches (such as profit and prophet) it will also find seemingly unrelated matches that will require some thought to figure out how it concluded that the words sound alike.

We say we have found an exact match when the words occur in the same order with no intervening words. For example, when searching for “Simon Peter”, “Simon, who is called Peter” is not an exact match even though it contains both words in the right order.

We say we have found all the words when they all occur in the same verse but not necessarily in the right order or right next to each other. In the example above, “Simon, who is called Peter” matches all the words in “Simon Peter”.

These word form searches are combined in different ways to get results that include:

Searching Notes

You can search your notes for words and phrases just like you search books. However, since notes are not exhaustively indexed the way PocketBible books are, note searches take longer. In order to limit the time it takes to search, note searches are limited to returning only exact matches. That is, if you search for “son of God” in your notes, you will only find notes that contain that exact phrase, not some combination of the same words.

To search your notes on an iPhone, select the Note List button on the Tool Bar. Select the word or phrase you want to find. If you leave the search field empty, you will see a list of all your notes. Otherwise, you'll see a list of the notes that contain the word or phrase for which you're searching. If you select one of the notes from the list, you will be able to view the full note.

To search your notes on an iPad, open the Tool Box and select the FindNotes tab. Enter the word or phrase you want to find in the field at the top of the pane. Select a book or Bible from the list on the left (or top) of the pane. Results are displayed in the list on the right (or bottom) of the pane. Select the note from that list to see the full note in the note viewer.

Enhanced Note Search

In order to save time while searching notes, only exact matches will be found. You can enable a broader range of searches by selecting Enhanced Note Search from Search Settings in the Settings menu. This will slow down your note searches in proportion to the number of notes you have.


Cloud Sync

The notes, highlights, and bookmarks you create (your user data) in PocketBible can be synchronized with the Laridian Cloud for the purpose of archival and coordination with PocketBible running on other devices. This is not to be confused with iCloud, which is an Apple service.

To sync your user data to the Cloud, you must first be registered to create an account on our server. Then go to the menu and select Manage Cloud Sync. Enable automatic synchronization or perform a manual sync by selecting Sync Now!. Your data will be intelligently uploaded to the Cloud. Any new data from the Cloud will be downloaded to your device. In the case of conflict, the newer data will be used. That is, if a verse is found to be highlighted in two different colors on two of your devices, whichever one was highlighted most recently will take precedence over the other.

When automatic synchronization is turned on, any data you create or edit will be uploaded immediately (subject to their being an Internet connection at the time, and subject to your choice of whether or not to require a WiFi connection for Cloud sync). Any new data from the server will be downloaded at that time.

Updates from the Cloud are only requested as needed. For example, as you scroll through the text of the Bible, the program will check to see if there are new highlights, since they are required for proper display of the text. But since bookmarks are not displayed within the text, the program will not take time to update those until you ask for a list of your bookmarks.

In order to save time, data, and battery life, the program will not actually poll the server every single time you move from verse to verse. It will follow the schedule you select when you enable automatic synchronization. That is, if you have selected the Normal setting for Auto Sync Frequency, PocketBible will still write your new notes, highlights, and bookmarks as soon as you create them but will not check for new data more often than once per hour. If you are using PocketBible on one device, or if you occasionally switch between devices for different purposes, then that is probably often enough. It will generally be more than an hour since your last update on a particular device when you pick it up to use it, so it will be updated as soon as you launch the program.

On the other hand if you move frequently between two or more devices and want to make sure they both have the most recent data, you can set them up to request new data more frequently.

In no case is Cloud sync a push service. That is, there is not a way for the Cloud server to communicate with your device and send it data it has not requested. It is also not a polling service. That is, PocketBible does not make continuous requests of the server, nor does it even make requests every five seconds if you have selected that rate on the Manage Cloud Sync screen. Instead, when it needs data, it checks to see if it has been at least five seconds (or however long you select) since its last request, and will ignore the request if enough time has not passed.

Also, Cloud sync is not a background process. If you're not using PocketBible, it is not going to communicate with our server.


Overview

Autostudy

Autostudy is a powerful addition to the Advanced Feature Set. It takes advantage of the computing power of your device to automatically search your library of installed books to extract information about a Bible passage or word that you are studying. It can also collect all of your devotional reading for any date so that you can take it with you even if you don't have access to PocketBible.

The reports generated by the Autostudy feature consist of a number of sections that are built around a type of book. For example, when studying a verse, you will have a section consisting of the text of that verse in each of your selected Bibles. There will be another section that defines the words in that verse from selected dictionaries. So part of configuring your autostudy is choosing the order of these sections and selecting whether or not you want to include each one.

Within a section there is a list of books. For example, when studying a word, there is a dictionary section. You can select which books are included and in what order the contents of those books are shown.

Autostudy reports are text files that use HTML markup tags. If you are familiar with Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), you can edit the CSS that PocketBible uses in its Autostudy reports. Most users won't need to do this, so don't worry about it if it's not something you're familiar with.

Autostudy Verse

To perform an autostudy on a verse, select the verse by pressing and holding on it until the Selection Tool Bar appears. You can select additional verse at this time if you would like, but they need to be contiguous. Then select the Autostudy button.

The Autostudy Verse menu will be displayed. The passage field will be filled in with the selected verse(s) but you can change it if you like.

Show Results Causes the autostudy to be performed with the options selected below.

Content and Order Displays the categories of books that will be included in the autostudy report, in the order you have chosen for them. Tap an item to remove it from or add it to the report. Select Order to change the order of these categories within the report.

Bibles Shows a list of installed Bibles. The report will include your selected passage in each of these Bibles. Select a Bible to remove it from or add it to the report. Select Order to change the order of these Bibles with the report.

Bibles with Word Attributes Shows a list of installed Bibles that include word attributes (Strong's numbers, part of speech, etc.). The report will include your selected passage in each of these Bibles. Select a Bible to remove it from or add it to the report. Select Order to change the order of these Bibles with the report.

Commentaries Shows a list of installed commentaries. The report will include commentary (if any) about your verse(s) from these books. Select a commentary to remove it from or add it to the report. Select Order to change the order of these commentaries with the report.

Cross References Shows a list of installed sources of cross-references. The report will include any Bible references from these books that are associated with your verse(s). Select a book to remove it from or add it to the report. Select Order to change the order of these books with the report.

Dictionaries Shows a list of installed dictionaries. The report will include definitions from these dictionaries (if any) for every word in the chosen verse(s). Select a dictionary to remove it from or add it to the report. Select Order to change the order of these dictionaries with the report.

Word Attribute Dictionaries Shows a list of installed dictionaries that include definitions of word attributes (the most common example being Strong's word number dictionaries). The report will include definitions from these dictionaries for every word attribute associated with every word in the chosen verse(s). Select a dictionary to remove it from or add it to the report. Select Order to change the order of these dictionaries with the report.

My Notes There is generally nothing to select; your notes are either included or they are not. The report will include your notes on the chosen verse(s).

Customize CSS Allows you to edit the cascading style sheet used to display the report. See CSS for Autostudy.

Autostudy Word

To perform an autostudy on a word, select Autostudy Word from the PocketBible menu. The Autostudy Word menu will be displayed. Enter the word you want to study in the field at the top of the form.

Show Results Causes the autostudy to be performed with the options selected below.

Content and Order Displays the categories of books that will be included in the autostudy report, in the order you have chosen for them. Tap an item to remove it from or add it to the report. Select Order to change the order of these categories within the report.

Dictionary Definitions Shows a list of installed dictionaries. The report will include definitions from these dictionaries (if any) for your word. Select a dictionary to remove it from or add it to the report. Select Order to change the order of these dictionaries with the report.

Bibles to Search Shows a list of installed Bibles. The report will include a summary of how many times your word occurs in each of these Bibles. Select a Bible to remove it from or add it to the report. Select Order to change the order of these Bibles with the report.

Bibles with Word Attributes Shows a list of installed Bibles that include word attributes (Strong's numbers, part of speech, etc.). The report will include a list of word attributes that are associated with your chosen word in these Bibles. Select a Bible to remove it from or add it to the report. Select Order to change the order of these Bibles with the report.

Word Attribute Dictionaries Shows a list of installed dictionaries that include definitions of word attributes (the most common example being Strong's word number dictionaries). The report will include definitions from these dictionaries for every word attribute associated with your word. Select a dictionary to remove it from or add it to the report. Select Order to change the order of these dictionaries with the report.

Customize CSS Allows you to edit the cascading style sheet used to display the report. See CSS for Autostudy.

Autostudy Today

There are two ways to perform an autostudy on a date. First is to select any text in the reading for the day you want to study. Do this by pressing and holding on it until the Selection Tool Bar appears. Then select the Autostudy button.

The second way to launch an autostudy on a date is to choose Autostudy Today's Reading from the Today Menu after selecting the Today button from the Tool Bar.

The Autostudy Today menu will be displayed. The date field will be filled in with the selected date but you can change it if you like.

Show Results Causes the autostudy to be performed with the options selected below.

Content and Order Displays the categories of books that will be included in the autostudy report, in the order you have chosen for them. Tap an item to remove it from or add it to the report. Select Order to change the order of these categories within the report.

Devotionals Shows a list of installed devotional books. The report will include the full text of the reading for the date you have chosen. Select a devotional to remove it from or add it to the report. Select Order to change the order of these devotionals with the report.

Bibles Shows a list of installed Bibles. The report will include text from each of these Bibles for any Bible passages mentioned in the devotionals you selected. Select a Bible to remove it from or add it to the report. Select Order to change the order of these Bibles with the report.

Customize CSS Allows you to edit the cascading style sheet used to display the report. See CSS for Autostudy.

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) for Autostudy

You can customize the styles used in the autostudy reports by modifying the CSS for each of the styles listed on this menu. The context of each style is fairly obvious from the element names; you can experiment with them to see how they are used.

If you are not happy with the changes you have made, you can revert to the default settings by choosing Reset to Default Values at the bottom of this menu.

Note that if you override these settings, your settings prevail even if we issue an update in the future that changes the default values. We might also add some styles in a future release, so if you see anything odd in your reports after changing the CSS, you might want to verify that we have not added something that you have not modified to match your style preference.

It's not a good idea to mess with this unless you understand CSS. That being said, this is a relatively simple style sheet and you should be able to make some changes just by observing what we're doing and doing something similar but different. For example, if we have a style that sets the font size to 120%, it wouldn't hurt anything to try 150% or 80%. And you can always revert to the defaults.


Overview

Audio Features

If you own the Advanced Feature Set (AFS), you can configure PocketBible to read the Bible (or any book) to you. PocketBible will continue to read even if you turn off your device. You can optionally choose to have the text scroll along with what is being read. You can use this function to simply auto-scroll the text without having PocketBible read it to you. These features are described here.

The Audio Control Bar

Audio Control Bar

The Audio Control bar is activated by selecting the Audio button on the Tool Bar. This will cause a small bar of buttons to be displayed in the lower right corner of the screen. These buttons control both the audio functions and the automatic scrolling of the text.

The Play button causes PocketBible to start reading the active book in the active pane. It will start at the beginning of the verse or paragraph that is at the top of the screen, which may mean it is reading text that is off the screen when it first begins.

The Pause button is active when PocketBible is either reading or auto-scrolling. It causes the voice and/or scrolling to temporarily stop. When you press Play after that, it will pick up where it left off.

The Stop button functions like Pause except that it resets the state of reading/scrolling so that when you next press Play, PocketBible will start with the text at the top of the screen again.

The Autoscroll button causes PocketBible to begin scrolling the text in the active pane. If PocketBible is already reading, or if the Play button is pressed after this, PocketBible will attempt to match the scroll speed to what you are hearing. This is not a precise process, since PocketBible can't tell what is being read, only when each verse or paragraph starts and ends. But if you're patient, it will settle into a speed that matches the audio fairly well.

The Close button does not stop the audio or the auto-scrolling; it only closes the Audio Control bar.

Volume At the bottom of the Audio Control is a volume slider. The volume slider is not the same as the volume control on your device. Since PocketBible audio can be played at the same time as music or other audio on your device, this control affects only the volume of PocketBible audio relative to other audio that might be playing at the same time.

Controlling Scroll Speed

Controlling Scroll Speed

When PocketBible is reading to you while the text is auto-scrolling, it will control the scroll speed to match what it is reading. If you are using the auto-scroll feature independent of audio, you control the speed.

To control the speed, drag the text to where you would like it to be. So if the text is scrolling too slowly, drag it up to position the text from the bottom of the screen so that it is in the middle or nearer the top of the screen. PocketBible will use this position to adjust its speed. If it is scrolling too fast, pull the text you missed back down onto the screen.


Full-Screen Reading Mode

Overview

Overview

If you own the Advanced Feature Set, you can expand the active book in any pane or tab to use the full screen. All tool bars, the iPad tool box, title bars, and other controls are removed from the screen and the full screen is used for text.

In this mode, a single button is displayed in the lower right corner to give you access to a small tool bar that contains features essential to reading. Many features are intentionally left off of this tool bar — the point is to focus just on reading the text. That being said, any settings you have configured in the program, such as font, font size, margins, and line leading will be honored in this mode.

To return to the standard user interface, use the Compress button to reduce the text window back to its previous size and put the controls back on the screen.

Interaction with Other Features

Interaction with Other Features

Under the hood, Reading Mode is actually the result of turning on tabbed-pane mode, then removing the tabs and all other controls. This is done by temporarily changing program settings. Many of these settings, like showing or hiding the Title Bar and the Book Position Bars, are user-configurable on the Settings menu. So as not to disrupt your preferred configuration of these items, your previous settings are retained when you enter Reading Mode so they can be restored when you are done.

Changes to your settings are never retained in your navigation history, and they are not retained here. That is, if you change the font size then use Back to back up to a book you were viewing before the font change, the book will be rendered using the more recently selected font. Because your settings are not part of your navigation history, the Back and Forward buttons may seem to behave strangely as you switch between Reading Mode and the normal mode of the program. While you are in Reading Mode, you have access to the Back button so you can theoretically go back to a configuration where you had multiple panes displayed. You will not exit Reading Mode; the screen will just display the panes. If you leave Reading Mode and later use the Back button to go back to what you were viewing in Reading Mode, you will not actually be returned to Reading Mode but instead, the book you were reading then will be displayed in its tabbed pane. Rather than putting complex restrictions on the use of the Back and Forward buttons, PocketBible just allows you to do this.

If you are listening to the Bible and using the autoscroll feature, moving between normal usage and Reading Mode might change the width of the active pane. The result will be that the text may not be initially positioned in the same place in Reading Mode as it was in its pane in the normal mode of PocketBible, and the screen will be scrolling through text that may not match what you are hearing. As the synthesized voice reaches the end of the current verse (or paragraph, if reading from a book other than the Bible), PocketBible will attempt to re-synchronize the scrolling. This may cause it to jump, slow down, or speed up. Be patient; it will quickly settle in on the correct speed.

Because of the way Reading Mode works (as described above), when you open or close a book, you are affecting the contents of the pane that was active when you entered Reading Mode.

If you choose to create or edit a note on an iPad while in Reading Mode, PocketBible needs to display the Tool Box. Doing so will drop you out of Reading Mode. In fact, any operation on the iPad that causes the Tool Box to be displayed will cause you to exit Reading Mode.


Word Attributes

Description

“Word attributes” are bits of additional information that are attached to the words in a book. They tell you more about that word, such as what Greek or Hebrew word it was translated from or what part of speech it is functioning as. Since this User's Guide describes the features of PocketBible and not necessarily how to best use the constantly changing library of books available for PocketBible, we will speak only in general of them here. You should consult the front matter of the specific book or Bible you are using to find out more about what word attributes it might contain.

Since these are an important feature of any book that contains them, they will not be “hidden”. That is, there should be a clue in the name of the book (eg. “King James Version with Strong's Numbers” or “Greek New Testament (Parsed)”) that would indicate there may be additional information lurking behind the text. (Saying that a Greek text is “parsed” suggests that it contains morphological or part-of-speech “tags” attached to each word.) Our catalog description of the book should mention the presence of this information.

The most common word attributes you might encounter in PocketBible are Strong's numbers. Strong's numbers tell you the Strong's concordance word number corresponding to the original language word from which the associated English word is translated. Word attributes might also include the “parsing” tag for a Greek word, or the actual Greek word (or dictionary form of the Greek word) associated with an English word.

Strong's Numbers

Some of the Bibles available for PocketBible contain Strong's numbers. Back in the mid-nineteenth century, James Strong created a list of all the words in the Hebrew and Greek editions of the Bible, then numbered those words (roughly in alphabetical order). He then went through the King James Version of the Bible and attached the word number for the original language word to each English word in the Bible. This allowed a layperson who lacked training in the original languages to have at least a limited degree of insight into the full meaning of the original text from which our Bible was translated.

Laridian offers a number of Bibles for PocketBible that include these Strong's numbers. In a Bible that includes Strong's numbers, most of the English words in the text will have a number beside or beneath them. You can select the number to see the definition of the Hebrew or Greek word from which that English word was translated (assuming you have an appropriate dictionary installed).

Most of the Bibles we offer that contain Strong's numbers also come with dictionaries that are indexed by these numbers for easy reference. We also offer separately sold dictionaries that can be used with any Bible that contains Strong's numbers.

Strong's numbers are a major feature of the Bibles that contain them. If you do not see Strong's numbers mentioned in the description of the product in our store, then they are not included.


Creating Your Own Books for PocketBible

Laridian is perhaps the only Bible software company that offers an end-to-end publishing solution for both end-users and commercial publishers. Our BookBuilder™ app for Mac OS X or Windows is the same tool we use in-house to create books for PocketBible, and is available to authors, publishers, and any interested PocketBible user at our website at www.laridian.com.

If you are using BookBuilder Pro, Laridian will host your books on our server so that you can download them using the Library Manager just like any other PocketBible book. But during testing (and if you are using BookBuilder Standard), you may need to be able to manually deploy books to your iOS device.

To do this, you need to be familiar with iTunes File Sharing. Note that the exact procedure for using this feature often changes as iTunes is updated. You can read more about the details on the Web, but the basic idea is to connect your iOS device to your Mac or PC, then click on your device in iTunes. You should see File Sharing in the left sidebar. Select that, then select PocketBible. This will reveal the documents you've previously shared with PocketBible, and any documents PocketBible is sharing with you. This can include Autostudy files if you own the Advanced Feature Set.

Simply drag and drop your Laridian Book (LBK) File into this area (or use the Add button if you see one there). This will copy your book onto your device.

IMPORTANT: PocketBible can't tell that you have added a new file to its folder. It checks for new files every time it is launched. It can get very confused if you update your book while it is still running! Make sure you completely exit PocketBible before adding new books to the Shared Files folder in iTunes. Once you have added or updated your books, launch PocketBible again and it will detect the new or updated files.

To completely exit PocketBible, follow the process on your iOS device to exit an app. As of the date this document was written, you do this by bringing up the list of running apps, then swiping PocketBible up and off the screen. This does not remove PocketBible from your device; it just exits the app.

When you re-launch PocketBible you should see your book(s) in the Library Manager's Device tab.

If you forget to exit PocketBible before adding or updating books, you can do so as soon as you realize it. It might crash in the process of quitting, or its crashing could be what causes you to realize what has happened. Simply launch PocketBible again and it should recover.


Technical Support

Your best source for information about PocketBible is right here in this User's Guide.

If you can't find an answer here, submit a trouble ticket at our website. Go to www.laridian.com and select the Help Desk link. There you can read any FAQs that might apply to your problem and link to our support ticket system if you have a more specific question.

You can also submit a trouble ticket by email to support@laridian.com.


The Fine Print

Copyright Statement

Laridian PocketBible Software and Documentation Copyright © 2017 by Craig Rairdin. All Rights Reserved. Distributed under license by Laridian, Inc.

“Laridian” and “PocketBible” are registered trademarks of Laridian, Inc. Other marks are the property of their respective owners.

Third-Party Copyrights and Disclaimers

Third-Party Copyrights and Disclaimers

PocketBible makes use of certain snippets of code from outside developers. Some of these developers require attribution and publication of their own disclaimers. These are not significant to you but we are required to publish them.

Note that these copyright statements and disclaimers do not apply to the PocketBible program itself. See Fine Print, above.

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