Category: App Tips

Mac Update!

Posted by on 06/20/2016 in: ,

It’s here, download Today!

The long awaited update to our Mac App is now available!

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 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 Mac. 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 with the text, along with many other visual improvements.

Along with the interface refresh we have significantly improved the app’s performance. Scroll through text faster. Navigate menus more efficiently. Watch the Resource Guide populate quicker. All around we’ve made the app better to help you study with fewer distractions.

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New Titles

One of the biggest advantages of the Bible App Update for Mac is all the new titles you can add to your library. Our old app had significant limitations in its ability to display text, which kept us from creating resources with complex layouts. We now have the ability to display interlinear Bibles, text-wrapped images, and properly-formatted tables. The update also gives us the ability to make our resources more closely resemble what you would find in print.

With this update, you can now enjoy all the same resources that our iOS and Android users have been enjoying, including interlinear Bibles, Gospel harmonies, the BHS with Critical Apparatus, the Reformation Study Bible, and Tyndale Commentaries to name a few.

You will also be able to purchase hundreds of new eBooks that were not available on our old platform. So not only do our books look nicer, but you can build a more robust Bible study library too.

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 Find this update in your Mac App store or go HERE!

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Resource Updates

Posted by on 06/16/2016 in: ,

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The benefit of eBooks and other digital resources is that when a particular resource needs to be updated it can happen quickly and easily. You’ve probably noticed in the past that there are periodic updates available for books in your Olive Tree library. The most common reasons have to do with fixing minor errors in the text, formatting changes, or revisions from the author or publisher.

Just as we are always working to improve the Olive Tree Bible App, we are also working to keep your resources up to date, looking beautiful, and working smoothly. It’s with this in mind that we wanted to let you know of a massive update we just pushed out to a majority of titles for the Bible App. This update is part of our ongoing innovation and commitment to providing you with the best reading and Bible study experience. We understand that it can be an inconvenience to update your resources and so we appreciate your patience and understanding as we strive to provide you with the most up to date resources available.

We can’t tell you how much we appreciate your trust in us to provide you with best Bible study tools possible! Thank you, and may God continue to inspire you through his word!

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The top question about study Bibles

Posted by on 06/02/2016 in: ,

One of the most common question people often ask about a particular study Bible is,”What translation is it in“?

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The beauty of using a digital study Bible in the Olive Tree Bible App is that you can actually use them with any translation that you prefer and they will give you the same great insight. Our store offers study Bibles as either notes only or as two files that contain the notes and the Biblical text. Regardless of which study Bible you use in our app, they all function the same way.

The most common way that study Bibles are used is by accessing them in the Resource Guide where you’ll find the study notes appear under the commentaries section. Like anything in the Resource Guide, they are connected to the text you have open in the main window and as such will work with any translation you are reading from.

For Example: In the screenshot below, taken from the Olive Tree Bible App on a PC, I have an NIV Bible open in the main window and the notes from The Message Study Bible open in the Resource Guide. Even though the translation is different these notes stay in sync with the Bible text no matter what translation I’m using.

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Watch this video for more on how study Bibles work in the app:

Checkout all of our available Study Bibles HERE!

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Two Ways To Give

Posted by on 06/01/2016 in:

Do you want to give someone the gift of Olive Tree resources but aren’t sure how?

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Here are two ways you can give.

#1 Digital Gift Card

With an Olive Tree gift card you can give any amount starting at $10. Fill out the form and choose to have it sent directly to the recipient or send it to yourself for later delivery.

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Once the form is filled out you’ll see the following screen. You can then add more gift cards or continue to checkout by clicking on the ‘Purchase Cards’ button.

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After you’ve completed the checkout the gift card redemption code will be sent to your recipient or yourself depending on what you chose.

#2 Gift a Resource

Another way to give is by gifting a specific title.

Go to the specific product page of the title you want to give. Under the ‘Add to Cart’ button you’ll see the option to ‘Give As Gift’.

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Once you click/tap fill out the next screen. Similar to Gift Cards you have the option to have the redemption code sent directly to the recipient or sent to your email so you can deliver it later.

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Quick Tip: Search

Posted by on 05/19/2016 in:

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Want to quickly find a word or passage?

Tap the Search button and find exactly what you’re looking for.

For iOS search looks like this: searchIcon


For Android search looks like this:  search

Search works on any type of book that you have open in the main window whether it’s a Bible or eBook.

Looking for more app tips? 

  • Check out our help section for tips on all the devices our app runs on.
  • For top iOS features checkout this blog.
  • For top Android features checkout this blog.

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Ten Tips For Bible+ on Android

Posted by on 05/11/2016 in:

If you’re new to using our Bible App you may be wondering where to start or what features are available. Here are 10 tips to get you started with the Bible App for Android!

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Tip #1: Library

libraryThe Library button is where you’ll find your favorite Bible translations, commentaries, eBooks or whatever else you’ve added to your library. Don’t have much in there? Tap Store to download more free resources or purchase additional ones and build your own study library.

Tip #2: Search

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Want to quickly find a word or passage? Tap the Search button and quickly find exactly what you’re looking for. Search works on any type of book that you have open in the main window whether it’s a Bible or eBook.

Tip #3: Book Ribbon

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If you want to save the spot where you’re reading then tap the Book Ribbon. Similar to a physical Bible this will drop a digital version of a book ribbon so you can pick back up where you left off earlier. This particularly useful if you use the app on multiple devices as you can start reading on your Phone and then access the book ribbon on your Tablet or laptop thanks to our great sync feature. (Note: sync only works if you have a free Olive Tree account.)

Tip #4: History

historyReading History feature comes in handy. Tap this icon to see previously read passages or even sections of eBooks. Just tap to go back.

Tip #5: Quick Settings: Reading Options

settingsAt the top of the menu bar you’ll the letter A with a gear. Tap this for some great quick settings such as font size, options or a theme selection that allows for easier reading in lowlight or daylight.
Tap font sizesmall to increase or decrease the font size for easier reading.

Tip #6: Advanced Settings

Looking for further customization? From the Quick Settings pop up tap the Adanced Settings icon. Here you’ll find things like scrolling options, color options, and much more!

Looking for more features? Keep reading.

Tip #7: My Stuff

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The briefcase is also known as My Stuff and it’s where you can find your saved highlights, tags, book ribbons and tips 6 and 7.

Tip #8: Saved Passage

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Saved Passages are similar to Book Ribbons in that you can mark specific place in the text but they are created differently. To save a passage tap on the verse number or tap and hold to select as much as you want. Then tap ‘Save’. You can now navigate back to that passage later by tapping the Saved Passages section.

Tip #9: Reading Plans

Reading PlansBible Reading Plans in the App are a fantastic way to read through the Bible. With plans as short at 5 days or as long as two years you can select the right one for you in the season you’re in. The app comes installed with some great ones or you can tap ‘Get More Reading Plans’ to download more.

Last but not least the most powerful and beneficial feature of  the Bible App is the Resource Guide!

Tip #10: Resource Guide

split windowsmall<–In the main window tap this to open the split window and then tap the small arrow a the top of the window to access the Resource Guide. 

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The Resource Guide is your personal research assistant, pulling in any content that is relevant to the passage you are reading in the main window. The bigger your library is the more content you will have to help you unpack the passage you’re reading. Go HERE to see a preview of how the Resource Guide works.

If you are looking for more tips and information about the app check out our Help Site.

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Nine Tips for Bible+ on iOS

Posted by on 05/11/2016 in:

If you’re new to using the Bible+ App you may be wondering where to start or what features are available. Here are 9 tips to get you started!

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Tip #1: Library

libraryIconThe Library button is where you’ll find your favorite Bible translations, commentaries, eBooks or whatever else you’ve added to your library. Don’t have much in there? Tap Store to download more free resources or purchase additional ones and build your own study library.

Tip #2: Search

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Want to quickly find a word or passage? Tap the Search button and quickly find exactly what you’re looking for. Search works on any type of book that you have open in the main window whether it’s a Bible or eBook.

Tip #3: Book Ribbon

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If you want to save the spot where you’re reading then tap the Book Ribbon. Similar to a physical Bible this will drop a digital version of a book ribbon so you can pick back up where you left off earlier. This particularly useful if you use the app on multiple devices as you can start reading on your iPhone and then access the book ribbon on your iPad or laptop thanks to our great sync feature.  (Note: sync only works if you have a free Olive Tree account.)

Looking for more features?
Tap the three bars in the upper left  to access the menu –> burger menu

In the menu you can access all  of your saved annotations like highlights, book ribbons, notes and the deeper features of the app. Here are a few of the top ones. 

Tip #4: Saved Passage

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Saved Passages are similar to Book Ribbons in that you can mark specific place in the text but they are created differently. To save a passage tap on the verse number or tap and hold to select as much as you want. Then tap ‘Save’. You can now navigate back to that passage later by tapping the Saved Passages section.

Tip #5: History

historyRecentIconWhat if you’re jumping around in different passages of scripture and want to go back to a previously read passage? This is where the Reading History feature comes in handy. Tap this icon to see previously read passages or even sections of eBooks. Just tap to go back.

Tip #6: Reading Plans

readingPlansIconBible Reading Plans in the App are a fantastic way to read through the Bible. With plans as short at 5 days or as long as two years you can select the right one for you in the season you’re in. The app comes installed with some great ones or you can tap ‘Get More Reading Plans’ to download more.

Tip #7: Font Size

fontDecreaseIcon fontIncreaseIconAt the top of the menu you’ll see a theme selection that allows for easier reading in lowlight or daylight. In addition to this you’ll notice the letter A with a + & -. Tap these to increase or decrease font size to further customize your reading experience.

Tip #8: Custom Settings

settingsMenuIconLooking for further customization? Scroll down in the menu and tap the App Settings icon. Here you’ll find things like scrolling options, gestures, background colors, and much more! Don’t worry, if you change something and want to go back just select ‘Reset Fonts and Colors’ at the bottom of the App Settings menu.

Last but not least the most powerful and beneficial feature of Bible+ is the Resource Guide!

Tip #9: Resource Guide

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The Resource Guide is your personal research assistant, pulling in any content that is relevant to the passage you are reading in the main window. The bigger your library is the more content you will have to help you unpack the passage you’re reading. Go HERE to see a preview of how the Resource Guide works.

If you are looking for more tips and information about the app check out our Help Site.

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Bible+ Quick Tip: History

Posted by on 04/27/2016 in:

Whether you are in church or your personal study or devotion time, the ability to easily jump to another scripture passage reference and then back to the main passage you are reading is invaluable. Here’s how to easily do that in both Android and iOS.

For Android simply tap the history button in the top right hand corner and you’ll get a list of previous passages you’ve been reading. In the left screen the passage is open to 1 John 3 but if I want to quickly jump back to a previous passage it’s only two taps away.

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For iOS devices the History button is in the menu. Tap the three bars in the upper left and then the ‘Reading History’ button.

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Thanks to iOS gestures there is another, even quicker way to jump back and forth in your history.
With a two swinger swipe left or right on the screen you can easily jump back and forth between your history.

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Looking for more tips?
Checkout our help section!

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