Category: App Tips

Organize Your Notes [VIDEO]

Posted by on 05/22/2018 in:

Organize your notes

Want to organize your notes? It can be a big task, especially if you’ve been note-taking for years without much of a structure. Below is a video and some instructions on how I like to structure my notes. As an example, I’m showing you how to organize notes you take during sermons—but the steps can be applied in other ways.

GO TO NOTES TO ORGANIZE YOUR NOTES

First step of organizing your notes is… opening up your notes. Big surprise there!

ADD SERMON CATEGORY

Categories are my best friend. Again, calling it “sermons” is just my example. You could call it “My Notes on Matthew,” “SOAP Studies,” “Unanswered Prayers,” or “Grocery Lists.” Although, we don’t recommend keeping your grocery lists in the app. There’s probably a better app for those types of notes.

ADD SERMON SERIES CATEGORY

If categories are my BF then subcategories are my BFFL (best friend for life… if you don’t get 2000’s text lingo).

One way to stay organized is to make folders than take you from very broad topics to narrow topics. In the example, I use subcategories to delineate different sermon series that I have heard.

ADD NOTE (title it content)

Inside the sermon series subcategory, I add notes. Make sure to title them something obvious-sounding. You want to be able to read the title and know exactly what is inside the note later.

ADD A TAG

Tags are unsung heroes. You can create and add tags to notes—but why? So that later you can search for information about a certain topic and we can show you resources AND notes that discuss what you’re looking for.

FUN FACT: OPEN YOUR BIBLE THROUGH YOUR NOTES

My favorite feature of our notes: hyperlinked verses. Just type a verse reference and.. WHAM! You can tap the hyperlinked verse just like you do in resources all the time. So much power.

One creative way I have used this is when I’m going to read several passages of Scripture aloud. I don’t necessarily save this note for later use, but in the moment, it’s super helpful to have all the passages you need to access right there.

USE CUSTOM ICONS

There are two ways to make notes in our app: in the notes section and in a resource.

So, if you’re taking notes in your Bible, and it’s on a Sunday morning, you can add a pulpit icon to your note. Later, when you’re reading on your own, use a heart icon to mark a note you make about God’s love. There are tons of icons (and different colors!) and you can apply them as you see fit.

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Mix & Match Study Bibles

Posted by on 04/11/2018 in:

Mix & Match Study Bibles

When you buy a paper study Bible, you have the Bible text and study notes. Because there is just one Bible text, that means you are limited to that translation if you want to refer to those study notes. Here are some problems that may arise:

You want to use a different translation. 

Paper solution? Open another Bible. Now you have two books open: twice the flipping, twice the confusion, and twice the time.

You want to look at two sets of study Bible notes.

Paper solution? Same as above. Now you have THREE books open! And that’s just the beginning.

There is another way.

With digital study Bibles at Olive Tree, we give you two resources: the Bible text and the study notes. This way you can mix and match translations and study notes as often as you’d like. The options are ENDLESS.

Study Bible Example 1

Also, if you take advantage of the Parallel tab, you can have two resources open in the Study Center. That means double the study notes or even creating your own parallel Bible.

You’ll never need to spread out a bunch of books on a table ever again… unless you get a thrill from that kind of thing. Then I suppose we wouldn’t stop you!

MIX & MATCH STUDY BIBLES

Ready to start mixing and matching your favorite Bible translations and study Bible notes? Head on over to olivetree.com.

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Interlinear Bibles in the App

Posted by on 04/07/2018 in:

Interlinear Bibles in the App

Learning Greek can be a difficult task. It takes years of study and countless hours of practice before you reach the point of reading the Greek New Testament without the help of additional resources. Unless your aim is to be a New Testament scholar, most will not achieve that level of comfort with the Greek text. But that doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from using the Greek New Testament in your studies. Whether you’re someone who can read Greek proficiently or have only ever used a Strong’s Bible, Olive Tree’s Interlinear Bibles are here to meet your needs.

Here’s a look at some of the top features of interlinear Bibles in the Olive Tree Bible App.

Not only can our app display the text in an Interlinear format, we’ve tagged the Greek word with the Greek Parsing and Strong’s Definition: Simply tap a word to get more details on that Greek word.

We’ve also tagged the English Word:

And the Strong’s Number:

Searching for this Greek word in the text? No problem. Tap “search” and the app will bring you a list of results for that Greek Word:

You can also tap “lookup” to find dictionaries already downloaded to your device. This list contains dictionaries that have more information on the selected Greek word:

You can also search the Greek word itself:

LEARN MORE

Go here to see the available Interlinear Bibles based on top English translations!

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3 Time Management Tips

Posted by on 03/07/2018 in:

3 Time Management Tips

Here are 3 time management tips to help you be more efficient as you study the Bible.

USE THE STUDY CENTER AT FULL-FORCE

The Study Center has four tabs: Resource Guide, Parallel, Notes, and Lookup. Have you discovered how to take advantage of these tabs all at once?

Here’s our tip:

Use the Resource Guide as you normally do. Use it to jump between commentaries, maps, outlines, and more.

But, use the Parallel tab to keep that other resource you know you REALLY want to use open. It could be a commentary or study notes. Or, you could use this tab the traditional way, keeping another translation available at all times.

Then, open up a fresh note in the Notes tab and get to typing! You can quickly copy and paste what you find into a note to save for later. Also, you can search through your notes to remember what you learned in the past.

Lastly, use Lookup to search for topics. You want to know more about Berea, so search for it! We’ll show you what information you have in your dictionaries and concordances.

KEEP YOUR NOTES ORGANIZED

Can’t stress this tip enough: stay organized!

You can create categories AND subcategories for your notes. For my personal study, I have folders for prayers, sermons, and quiet time. Inside these I separate types of prayers and if they are answered, different sermon series, and books of the Bible I’m reading.

Not all of my notes are tagged within my Bible text, either.

With your notes organized (with great titles and headers), then you should always be able to quickly search and find what you’re looking for.

Remember when we used to flip through endless pages to find what we wrote three months ago? Never. Again.

CUSTOMIZE YOUR GESTURES

A fun setting I like to adjust inside my iOS apps are the gestures. Under Advanced Settings, you can select “Gestures/Shortcuts” to see all your options.

Brainstorm your most common actions within the app and set them up to happen just a tap or swipe!

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A Feature to Keep You Focused

Posted by on 02/23/2018 in:

When I was in Bible college, my homiletics professor said that for every minute you preach, you should spend one hour studying. I would sit down, ready to put a few good hours of research in… and I would get distracted. The worst part is that I wasn’t primarily distracted by people, or noise, or daydreaming.

I was distracted by all the resources.

Maybe you’ve experienced this, too. Your table is full of commentaries. You’re unsure which one to crack open first. Will it have the type of information you’re looking for?

Before you know it, you opened four more commentaries, went down six rabbit holes, and spent most of your time flipping pages. You’ve lost focus on your sermon. And you’re drowning in all the information. At least, that’s how I always felt by the end of it!

GAIN FOCUS

Imagine that you’re sitting at that table full of commentaries. As you flip through your Bible, all the commentaries automatically turn their pages as well. You can stand up and get a bird’s eye view of all the content you have on a passage at once.

Then, you can easily focus on what’s vital and relevant to your study.

Guess what? THIS IS POSSIBLE.

Well, not with paper resources… that would defy laws of nature. But with digital resources, we’ve found a way to work smarter, not harder.

THE COMMENTARY / STUDY NOTES FEATURE

Underneath the list of features on the Life Application Study Bible, you’ll see that “Commentary / Study Notes” is listed. This means that the commentary or study Bible notes in the resource are enhanced. They will follow along with your Bible reading. It looks like this:

Even when you switch books of the Bible, the commentary or study Bible notes will keep up with you.

Also, this feature will help you make the preliminary decision of which resource to open up. When you have a Bible open, look at the Resource Guide to see which commentaries or study Bibles have related content.

Even if you aren’t doing hard research, this feature is useful. Picture yourself in small group and you’re about to start reading 1 Kings. You wonder if there’s any quick insights you could get about the passage before everyone starts asking questions.

You open up the Study Center and check out the list of applicable commentary the Resource Guide has found for you:

Now you can focus on what’s important (the passage, the conversation in the room, and questions being asked) instead of flipping pages, trying to find something relevant to share.

GET THIS FEATURE (AND MORE!)

We recently published a blog about ALL of our different features: what they are, how they work, and what they look like in the app. If you want to see a list of our top-selling enhanced resources, visit our website by clicking here.

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What’s an Enhanced Resource?

Posted by on 02/19/2018 in: ,

At least once a year, we like to highlight our enhanced resources: resources that we’ve enriched so that it’s more useful inside our app. Instead of our resources simply being eBooks that you only scroll and read, we’ve made the content discoverable by search and the Resource Guide, hyperlinked verses, activated cross references, and more.

Digital resources have their perks!

Truth is, most of our resources are enhanced in some way now. This is great for you… but only if you know how they are enhanced! So, first let’s look at where to find which enhancements a product has. Then, we will go through all the different enhancements we are currently implementing and how they work.

IS THIS PRODUCT ENHANCED?

Here is a screenshot of our website:

Inside the green circle, you can see a list of features (enhancements) that are inside this resource. If you tap the arrow, you will be able to see the full list.

Not sure what the feature means? No problem. Tap on the name of the feature and a description will appear.

These descriptions are also available in the store while you are inside the app.

13 DIFFERENT ENHANCEMENTS

1) STRONG’S NUMBERS

Gain the insight of studying the Bible in its original language without knowing Greek or Hebrew. Simply tap a linked word and read the original definition in a pop-up window. You can also build your understanding by searching for other uses of the word in the Bible and looking up related articles.

2) PARSINGS

Tap on a word and access it’s parsing instantaneously. A pop-up window will display a dictionary definition, a link to more information, a gloss, and parsings. For more advanced study, you can search on the word’s morphology as well.

3) COMMENTARY / STUDY NOTES

Gain reliable knowledge on any passage of the Bible, exactly when you need it. The Resource Guide will let you know when information in this title is relevant to anything you’re reading in the main window. It will also conveniently track along with you as you read through the Bible.

The number inside the purple circle lets you know how many related articles a resource has on the passage you are reading.

4) MAPS

Wondering where that ancient Israelite city is located that you just read about? Check out the maps the Resource Guide found for you, pulling in maps from all the resources you own. Then, zoom-in or make it full-screen—or both.

5) CROSS REFERENCES

Quickly see all the verses relevant to the current verse you’re reading. Tap on the cross reference, a pop-up window will appear, and then you can quickly navigate to the corresponding verse—without ever leaving the passage you’re reading.

6) DICTIONARY / ARTICLES

This is so much more than a traditional dictionary. While you’re reading the Bible and other titles, the Resource Guide will pull up related articles dictionaries you own. You can even select words you want clarity on, tap “Look Up”, and access any relatable information in a convenient pop-up window.

In this example, we saw that the Resource Guide suggested we see if there were any articles in our library on “Apostles.” This is what it found!

7) READING PLANS

Not sure what to read during your devotional time each day? Stay committed to growing spiritually with daily readings, personalized reminders, and a calendar to track your progress.

When you see this feature on a product, it is most likely a devotional book. Instead of leaving this file as an eBook, we’ve adapted it to work like our other reading plans.

8) CHARTS

Learn more with information displayed in visually-appealing ways. Not sure what charts you have? The Resource Guide will automatically pull up charts from any relevant sources while you’re studying.

This screenshot was taken directly after tapping on a chart that the Resource Guide pulled up.

9) OUTLINES

Get a feel for how books of the Bible are laid out and how your commentaries will be structured. You can also access these from the Resource Guide when it’s applicable to the passage you’re reading, providing additional context.

10) INTRODUCTIONS

Quickly find information about a book of the Bible, its author, date, audience, purpose, and other topics worth keeping in mind. If you have an introduction to the book of the Bible you’re currently reading, the Resource Guide will make it easily accessible for you.

11) SERMONS

Read sermons prepared by famous pastors. If you’re reading a passage of Scripture that one of the sermons addresses, it will appear in the Resource Guide for quick access.

12) TAGGED IMAGES

Reading about a person, place, or thing but don’t know what it looks like? If this book has an image of what you’re looking for, the Resource Guide will let you know. Just glance under “Image,” and tap to see the photo enlarged.

13) LINKED VERSES

Did your resource mention a passage of Scripture, but you can’t remember what the verse says? No fear! Tap the linked verse and a pop-up window will appear, giving you quick and easy access to the verse in context.

SEE OUR TOP ENHANCED RESOURCES

If you are wondering which enhanced resources could be helpful for you, we’ve pulled together a list of our top-sellers! Visit our website to see the list and check out which enhancements each resource has.

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Look Inside: Maps & Atlases

Posted by on 01/01/2018 in: ,

3 WAYS TO USE MAPS & ATLASES

Maps and atlases are great tools in the Olive Tree Bible App. You’ll be able to quickly see the region you’re reading about and gain more insight about the Bible. Here’s a look inside on the ESV Bible Atlas.

FULL SCREEN MAPS

Enlarge a map to fill the whole screen. Zoom in and learn more!

OPEN IN THE STUDY CENTER

The Resource Guide will let you know when you have a map that corresponds to the text you’re reading in the main window. Just tap and enter into the Bible lands.

OPEN THE ATLAS

By opening the atlas in the main window, you’ll find lots of articles and content surround each map to give you more insight.

PICK OUT AN ATLAS

Head on over to our olivetree.com to see all of our atlases and map resources.

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How To: Dictionaries in the App

Posted by on 12/28/2017 in: ,

HERE ARE 3 WAYS TO USE A BIBLE DICTIONARY WITH OLIVE TREE

All of the screenshots are taken from our Mac app. But you can use this resource in all the same ways on your phone or tablet.

1) RESOURCE GUIDE

The first way is through the Split Window and Resource Guide.  Open your favorite Bible translation in the main window and the Resource Guide in the Split Window.  As you read through your Bible text, the Resource Guide searches through all the downloaded resources in your library to find related Bible study content.


You’ll notice that the Resource Guide pulls related content from all of your downloaded resources.  If you scroll down the Resource Guide results, you will see the section headings “People,” “Places,” and “Topics.”  These headings give you the results of articles based on your downloaded resources.

Click on the person/place/topic you want to learn more about. I chose “Nebo” in this example.  Our app then brings you results from within the resources you have on your device.  We’ll look at theNew Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible (NIBD) within the Resource Guide as an example.

You’ll notice that the resource has the words “Article to Nebo” underneath the book cover.  Click on the book cover and you’ll go directly to the article within the New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible (NIBD). As you are reading the article, any Scripture references become hyperlinks that you can click to view as a pop-out window:

2) A TRADITIONAL DICTIONARY

You can also use these dictionaries in a more traditional sense.  Just pull down the Go To menu and scroll through this awesome resource as you would a hard-copy dictionary.

2) THE LOOKUP FEATURE

The third way is to use the Lookup Feature. Use your mouse to highlight a word and right-click in the Bible text, and an option menu bar will pop up.  If you select “Search full library for ‘Nebo’” button you’ll receive a list from your resources on just that specific word. From here you can follow the same steps as you would in the resource guide option above.

PICK OUT A DICTIONARY

Head on over to our olivetree.com to see all of our dictionaries.

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