Archive for February, 2011

Olive Tree’s first official Android tablet!

With today’s release of the Motorola Xoom by Verizon, one of Olive Tree’s Android developers, Scott Currie, braved the foot of snow that fell last night here in Spokane to be one of the first to get his hands on one. Upon entering the Olive Tree office, the new Xoom found itself immediately surrounded by not only the Android development team but also our iOS and other department teams excited by the new addition to our expanding tablet family.

Within minutes of arriving Scott installed BibleReader for Android. This tablet is sleek! Actually having a “live” Android tablet in the office is only fueling our developer’s drive to bring Android BibleReader’s potential to fruition.

One of Olive Tree’s employees has installed BibleReader on his personal Notion Ink Adam, also an Android Tablet. The picture is a little out of focus, but you can still see the text.

Bible on Xoom

Zondervan Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Bible on Xoom

Greek New Testament on Xoom

slightly fuzzy picture of TDNT on the Notion Ink Adam

Pastor John Piper mentions Olive Tree

In a previous blog post we mentioned our trip to Minneapolis and the Desiring God Pastor’s Conference. Wow!…was it a busy time! There were times at our booth that conference-goers were stacked three deep the width of our booth. Personally, I was drinking tea and popping mints just to keep from losing my voice!

It was exciting to hear Pastor John Piper give a shout out to Olive Tree in the the last session. In the video below you can hear him mention his use of Olive Tree in his personal devotions at 1 hr 24 mins. into the video.

Yesterday, he mentioned Olive Tree in the Desiring God blog as a great resource to commune with God. He wrote, “I’m serious. Never has God’s voice been so easily accessible. The ESV app is free. The OliveTree BibleReader app is free. And so are lots of others. Let the Bible threaten your focus. Or better: Let the Bible bring you back to reality over and over during the day.”

Thank you, Pastor John.

BibleTech 2011 – Intersection of Bible Study and Technology

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What better place to see the unchangeable Word of God meet the fast and fleeting world of technology…

Does the Bible change how we look at technology or does technology give us new light into the changeless truths found in God’s Word?

This year at BibleTech 2011, the Intersection of Bible study and Technology, Olive Tree will present two talks. Drew Haninger will be “Laughing at Radical Changes in Electronic Publishing Especially as it Relates to Bible Software,” and Steven Cummings, our Chief Content Engineer, will talk about Olive Tree’s latest development, “BibleReader 5: Reinventing BibleStudy for Mobile.”

If your passion is the Bible and technology, this conference is for you! It will feature both a high- and low-level technology track, offering something for the interested layperson, hobby technologist, and technical programmer. This two-day conference is designed for publishers, programmers, webmasters, educators, bloggers and anyone interested in using technology to improve Bible study.

From Palm to iPad

The years have been good...

I have been using Olive Tree Bible Software since 2004. I began mobile study with an ancient Handspring, moved to a Palm T3 then a Palm T5. I loved the T5 and it served me very well for several years, but eventually I was won over to the iPhone by apps like Olive Tree’s Bible Reader 4.0+. These days I am LOVING study on the iPad using the BR5 and awesome features like the Resource Guide, note-taking capabilities, and resources like the ESV with Strong’s and the lemma feature.

I have been a pastor for over 20 years and remember the days when my study for a sermon took at least 10+ square feet of space, with a Strong’s Concordance opened up, several commentaries scattered about, and other background study volumes in addition to one or two notebooks for recording my findings. I have always had a strong desire for greater compactness and mobility in my study. Wouldn’t it be beyond amazing to be able to do a study from an entire, well-equipped biblical library while at the same time keeping sermon notes and do the entire study regardless of where I am? I can do that now! With the IPad and BR5, whether I am in my office, at the mall, in the van waiting for one of my children to finish choir practice, or doing a mission trip in the Ukraine, I have all I need in one compact device. Text to detailed study to observations to sermon notes seamlessly!

This is also a great way to buy up those 5, 10, or 15 minute time slots during the day. Open up the IPad, choose Olive Tree, and I am suddenly and instantaneously surrounded by all the Bibles, commentaries, and original language resources I could need, and they are even put in systematic order for me in one place with the dream-come-true Resource Guide. My thanks to God for the technologies that have been harnessed for Kingdom work and to Olive Tree for pressing on to develop tools for those of us who use them not only for our devotional life but for vocational work for the Body of Christ.

Mike Williamson
Pastor, Fellowship Bible Church of St Cloud, MN

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