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Top 5 Advantages of Windows Desktop

July 31, 2015 8:00 am Published by 22 Comments

Who doesn’t love a good Top 5 list? I know I do! Here are the top reasons why you should use our new Windows Desktop app alongside your mobile. Ready. Set. Go! 1. Multiple Windows One limitation of working with the Bible Study app on mobile is that you can only have two resources open at a single time, or three if you count pop-ups. This limitation exists for various reasons, ranging from screen size to processing power. You don’t have this problem with Windows Desktop. Open multiple windows to your heart’s content and resize them however you’d like. The possibilities are endless. 2. Universal Search Have you ever wanted to search your entire library for a topic or word? The Resource Guide helps with this to an extent, but it only works with enhanced resources. With the Windows Desktop app you can type anything you want in the search field and you’ll get hits from your entire library. This alone is a time saver or reason to get lost in rabbit trails, you decide. 3. Multitasking Do you like using Microsoft Word or Google Docs to write your sermons or notes? That’s easy with the Bible Study app on Windows Desktop. If you have multiple monitors, have... View Article


New Commentaries for Windows Desktop

July 27, 2015 1:59 pm Published by 4 Comments

It doesn’t matter whether you’re someone who feels you can never have enough commentaries or the person who believes that one or two solid commentaries are enough, commentaries are an indispensable part of good Bible study. They help you double check your interpretation and understanding of the Bible, and even help with those difficult passages you just cannot make sense of. The great thing about the Bible Study App is the convenience of carrying around all these commentaries in your pocket. On this blog we’ve talked a lot lately about all the new titles available with the latest version of our app, and it’s with good reason. As someone who works in Olive Tree’s book formatting department, let me share some inside information with you. These app updates, starting with the release of iOS last summer, have been several years in the making (even before I started working here in the beginning of 2013). A good part of that preparation meant converting our existing titles to work with our new format. With the apps still being in development, it also meant we were pulling double duty on any new titles we released, creating them in both the old and new formats. This was our process until last December... View Article


Quick Tip: TDNT & HALOT Quick Dictionary Lookup

July 27, 2015 8:00 am Published by 5 Comments

With the Bible Study App we make it easy for you to read & study the Bible wherever you are. This is especially true with original language study. Instead of hunting down the dictionaries and lexicons that possess the information you’re looking for, we put it at your fingertips. Today we’re going to show you how to use the lookup feature in the Bible Study app to access HALOT and TDNT entries in the BHS Parsed and ESV Greek-English Interlinear Bible. We’ll show you how to do this on a Samsung Galaxy Note 4, but the steps are exactly the same on iOS. BHS & HALOT Step 1: Find a word that you want to study in-depth. Tap on that word to get a basic definition and parsing information. Then tap on “Lookup” to begin searching your installed dictionaries for your currently selected word.Step 2: Find your dictionary, in this case HALOT, and tap on it.Step 3: Read the entry for your word in the resource you selected. Greek-English Interlinear & TDNT These steps work exactly the same way for Greek resources. We’ll perform the same steps to lookup a Greek word in our ESV Greek-English Interlinear Bible. Step 1: Find a word... View Article


Maximize Interlinears and Gospel Harmonies on Your Desktop

July 24, 2015 8:00 am Published by 3 Comments

One of the advantages of using Olive Tree’s Bible app is it’s built for mobility. You can read and study the Bible anywhere. Yet, there are times when you need more screen than your phone or tablet can give you. Lesson and sermon preparation are a couple times that come to mind when having additional screen real estate is of benefit. This is why we made the Bible app for Mac & Windows. Just like there are different types of study that benefit from using a desktop or laptop computer, there are resources that work particularly well on these platforms. Two resources that take advantage of a computer’s additional screen size are our Greek-English Interlinear Bibles and Harmony of the Gospels. Today we’re going to show you how to maximize your use of these resources on Mac & Windows. Harmony of the Gospels Gospel harmonies are a great tool to manage the sometimes confusing chronology of the first four books of the New Testament. Did this event happen in just Matthew, or was it in Mark too? How does John’s gospel fit in with the other three? A gospel harmony can help make sense of those questions. That advantage alone is worth its weight... View Article


Bible+ 6.0 for Windows Desktop is Here!

July 20, 2015 10:31 am Published by 40 Comments

It’s Here! Download Today! Click here to download Bible+ 6.0 for Windows Desktop! Note: Your current Windows Desktop app will not automatically update to Bible+ 6.0. You will have to manually download & install it from our website via the link above. This release only works on Windows 7 and higher. Here’s a quick look at what you can expect with this update. Look and Feel One of the first things you’ll notice when you open the new Bible+ app is that it looks different. The look has been updated with a color scheme that better reflects our company’s branding, while flattening the icons for a sleeker look. Even though the app looks different, the way you interact with the app has not changed. This design refresh is meant to get the app out of the way so you can focus more on the content you’re studying. This design refresh also means many of our resources will look better on your Windows desktop. No longer do you have to manually look up passages because they were in a table that was converted to a graphic. Things like tables now display in the app like they should, enabling us to hyperlink passages within them. Images will flow better... View Article


Bible+ 6.0 for Windows Coming July 20

July 17, 2015 11:50 am Published by 11 Comments

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8mMPT50ND4?rel=0 It’s coming on Monday. Take a look at our post from earlier this week to see why you’ll want to install this new version. Note: Your current Windows Desktop app will not automatically update to this new version. You will have to manually download & install Bible+ 6.0 for Windows Desktop from our website. This release will only work on Windows 7 and higher.


Coming Soon: Bible+ 6.0 for Windows Desktop

July 14, 2015 8:30 am Published by 9 Comments

Last summer we released our big iOS update. Last month we released an even bigger update for Android. Who’s stepping to the plate next? Windows desktop. Later this month we will release Bible+ 6.0 for Windows Desktop. Like our iOS update, many of the improvements for Bible+ 6.0 for Windows Desktop take place under the hood and will not affect how you use the app. That being said, we didn’t completely ignored how our app looks and functions. Here’s a quick preview of what you can expect with this update. Look and Feel One of the first things you’ll notice when you open the new Bible+ app is that it looks different. The look has been updated with a color scheme that better reflects our company’s branding, while flattening the icons for a sleeker look. Even though the app looks different, the way you interact with the app has not changed. This design refresh is meant to get the app out of the way so you can focus on the content you’re studying. The design refresh also means many of our resources will look better on your Windows desktop. No longer do you have to manually look up passages because they were in a table that was displayed... View Article


Create Your Own Parallel Bible

July 1, 2015 1:00 pm Published by 14 Comments

There are lots of different methods for studying the Bible, but the common denominator is they all require you to read the Bible. More often than not, we read the Bible in our preferred translation; but, what do you do if you want to compare one translation to another? The Bible Study App makes it easy to read two Bibles side by side. Today we’re going to show you a few easy ways to do this. The screenshots below are from a Nexus 10 Android tablet, but the process works identically on iOS devices. The methods described below require the split window to be open and assume a Bible is already open in the main window. Method 1: Library View The first way to create a parallel Bible is through the library view. If your split window is currently open to Resource Guide or My Stuff you can return to the library view by tapping the back arrow in the header. Once in that view, if you don’t see a list of your resources, tap the title of the currently open resource and select “Library” which will open a list of your resources. If you have a large library, you may want to filter... View Article


Look Inside: Courson’s Application Commentary

June 29, 2015 1:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Commentaries are an essential part of any Christian’s library. Yet how do you decide which ones to buy? A lot of people gravitate toward commentaries that focus on explaining the meaning of the text. Personally, those are the kind I prefer and what I lean on most when studying the Bible. But a good part of Bible study also involves applying the text to your life. For many, myself included, this isn’t always the easiest thing to do. This is where resources like Courson’s Application Commentary are useful. It is a commentary whose primary focus is explaining the text devotionally and how it applies to our lives. Let’s take a look inside Jon Courson’s commentary and see how it works in the Bible Study App. Screenshots are from a Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Resource Guide Like any enhanced resource you purchase for the Bible Study App, Courson’s Application Commentary is built to work hand-in-hand with the Resource Guide. As you’re reading the Bible the Resource Guide follows along and gives an overview of resources in your library that have content related to your passage. In the screenshot below you can see we have a hit in our commentary section for Courson’s commentary. After reading other commentaries or... View Article


Encouragement from the Prince of Preachers

June 22, 2015 12:49 pm Published by 4 Comments

Charles Haddon Spurgeon is a popular figure in Christianity. Most Christians have encountered his works at some point in their spiritual walk, even if it’s just his Morning and Evening devotional. His works have impacted millions of lives, so it’s no wonder we often commemorate his birthday when it comes around. Today, instead of giving you details about why Spurgeon was such a great preacher and writer, I want to share this morning’s entry from his beloved Morning and Evening devotional. I read it this morning as part of my quiet time and I felt it was an encouraging word to share that speaks perfectly to the heart that Spurgeon had for those he ministered to. “He shall build the temple of the Lord; and He shall bear the glory.” Zechariah 6:13 Christ Himself is the builder of His spiritual temple, and He has built it on the mountains of His unchangeable affection, His omnipotent grace, and His infallible truthfulness. But as it was in Solomon’s temple, so in this; the materials need making ready. There are the “Cedars of Lebanon,” but they are not framed for the building; they are not cut down, and shaped, and made into those planks of cedar,... View Article