Category: App Tips

New iOS Reading Plan Experience

Posted by on 12/06/2016 in: ,

In our latest iOS update we’ve completely revamped our reading plan experience to make it easier to find the reading plan that is just right for you. You can also setup reminders on the day and time that you choose!

You can find reading plans by tapping Reading Plans in the menu. Then tap Featured to see available reading plans for download*. Scroll through the featured categories or  use the search feature to find a reading plan by keyword or length. There are reading plans from as short as 5 days to as long as two years.

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If you’re interested in a particular reading plan tap it to get more information.

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Once you tap Start Reading Plan you’ll be taken to a screen with more details and options. One of the new features of our reading plans is the ability to set custom reminders. To do this tap Plan Details and Options.

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At the bottom of the Plan Details and Options page you’ll see options for setting a date and time to be reminded to continue your daily reading. Set a time that works best for you and you’ll get a friendly reminder** to continue your plan.

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*Please note that an internet connection is required to view and download any reading plan. Once installed however you do not need an internet connection to read.
**You will need to have Push messaging enabled to receive reading plan reminders.

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Use Study Bible Notes With Any Translation!

Posted by on 11/30/2016 in: ,

The great thing about using a study Bible in the Olive Tree Bible App is that they can be used with any Bible translation!

Because of the way our Resource Guide connects Bible study resources with the text you’re reading in the main window, study notes can be used with any Bible translation. In the screenshot below (taken from an iPad) I have the King James Version of the Bible opened in the main window and under the Commentaries section of the resource guide I see a number next to my study Bible notes. This number indicates available entries based on John 3:1-7. You’ll also notice that the study notes I have installed are not based on the King James Version of the Bible yet they still work the same.

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Again, any Bible opened in the main screen will work with any study Bible notes that you have installed. In the screenshot below I have the English Standard Version opened in the main window and I’ve got the NIV Study Bible Notes opened in the split window. The notes will stay in sync with what I’m reading regardless of the translation difference.

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We have 90 different study Bibles to choose from, all with a variety of insight and tools. See them all here!

Watch the video below for more on how study Bibles work in the app.

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Three things to try in the app right now!

Posted by on 11/21/2016 in:

Whether you’ve just downloaded the Olive Tree Bible App for the first time or have been using it for years, if you haven’t tried these three things then you need it’s time you did!

1. Make a Note

There are plenty of good reasons to make a note. Maybe you were reading a scripture for the 456th time and the truth of it finally hit you, or maybe your Pastor is preaching on a specific passage and he’s unpacking it in a way that is cutting to your heart. Notes in the app become a reference point in your Bible reading that help you remember and capture truth.

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You can make a note by tapping on the verse number or by opening them up in the split window of the app. If you tie them to a particular verse, a note icon will be available so the next time you are reading there and you can tap it for quick access.

2. Share to Social

There are already enough kittens and political statements on social but there will never be enough scripture. Share what you’re reading to social by tapping or highlighting a verse reference and then select the social media platform of your choice. This isn’t limited to just the Bible, you can even share from an eBook or devotional.

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3. Download Free Resources

Have you checked out the in-app store? If not the best place to start is the Free Resources. With over 100 to choose from you’ll want to add another Bible translation, an eBook on prayer, or maybe a Bible commentary like Matthew Henry. You can also browse free resources on OliveTree.com.

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Don’t delay, go try out each of these three things right now!

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iOS 6.1 Release

Posted by on 11/07/2016 in: ,

The latest release of the Olive Tree Bible App for iOS devices now supports multitasking!

On certain iPads you can use more than one app at a time. This means that you can have the Olive Tree Bible App opened and your favorite note taking app at the same time.

In this screenshot the Bible App is opened on the right and the app Notability is opened on the left side.

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Evernote is one of the most popular note taking apps. Here it is opened on the right side and the Bible App is opened on the left.

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Update now through the App Store to use the split screen feature!

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Enhanced Sermons

Posted by on 10/05/2016 in: ,

Of the many Bible study tools that Olive Tree offers, sermon collections are another great resource that are specifically enhanced to work in the Resource Guide of the Olive Tree Bible App.

Sermons work much the same as a commentary in the resource guide. In the screenshot below (from an Android tablet) the resource guide recognizes that I’m in Romans chapter ten and so when I look at the sermon section of the resource guide I see that in my installed sermon collections Charles SpurgeonD.L. Moody and John Piper have preached on this particular section of scripture.

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A simple tap/click then takes me to the text of their sermon for easy reading and also to help me in my understanding of the passage.

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We’ve just released a 63 Volume updated version of C.H. Spurgeon’s sermons. Spurgeon wrote his sermons out fully before he preached, but what he carried up to the pulpit was a note card with an outline sketch. Stenographers would take down the sermon as it was delivered and Spurgeon would then have opportunity to make revisions to the transcripts the following day for immediate publication. His weekly sermons, which sold for a penny each, were widely circulated and still remain one of the all-time best selling series of writings published in history.

You can read more about one of the most prolific sermon writers HERE.

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Parallel Bibles in the Olive Tree Bible App

Posted by on 07/27/2016 in: ,

Parallel Bibles are a very useful way to compare two different Bible translations. In print you can often find parallel Bibles that have the English language on one side and another language on the other side or possibly a more literal translation one side and a more dynamic (sometimes called paraphrase) version on the other. With our Bible App you can easily setup your own customized parallel Bible and in this blog we’ll show you how.

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The screenshots below are from an iPad Mini but the process works almost identically on Android devices. The options described below require the split window to be open and assume a Bible is already open in the main window.

Option #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 Notes you can return to the library view by tapping the more button (circle with 3 dots) found in the upper left in the split window. Tapping Open Library will open a list of your available resources.

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Now select a different Bible translation to open in the split window. In the screenshot below I already had the NIV opened in the main window and I’ve selected the ESV to have open in the split window.

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With both Bibles now open, you can read the Bible in your main window and your secondary Bible will stay in sync and follow along.

Option #2: Resource Guide

If you’re someone who frequently uses Resource Guide, this second method is quick and easy. With Resource Guide open, scroll to your Bibles section. Here you are presented with a list of all the Bibles in your library that contain the passage you currently have open in the main window. Select the Bible you want to read and it opens to the same location as the main window. Like in the first method, this Bible will stay in sync as you scroll through the Bible in the main window.

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Bonus Option: Even More Bibles on Desktop

Do you use our Windows desktop or Mac app? If so, we have a bonus method that allows you to open multiple parallel Bibles simultaneously. First, access your first parallel Bible by using one of the methods outlined above. Once you have your Bible open in the split window, you can then click the Popout Window button. This will open a copy of the Bible (or any resource) in a popout window that you can resize and move anywhere on the screen.

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Now go back to the split window and choose a different Bible. At this point you will have three different Bibles open to the same location that sync with the main window. Repeat these steps to open up as many translations as you would like. Below is a screenshot with four different translations open.

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Why Multiple Translations?

Now that you know how to create a parallel Bible in Bible App, why would you want to use one?
Here are some ideas:

  • Read a more literal translation (KJV, ESV, NASB) alongside a more dynamic one (NLT, Message, TLB) to get a better idea of what the text says
  • Have an English translation open alongside the a different language text
  • Compare commentaries or dictionaries by having those resources open instead of a Bible

See available Bibles for the Olive Tree Bible App here!

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Look Inside: Thompson Chain Reference Study Bible

Posted by on 07/21/2016 in: ,

By Olive Tree Employee: Genny Gager

Bible commentaries and study notes are great tools for understanding what the Bible has to say to us today. Often overlooked, however, is the value that using scripture to understand scripture can bring. God’s inspired word is a complex tapestry of themes all woven together, and the development of those themes can provide us with insight into the relevant message of the Bible for today’s readers.

Finding our way around these themes can be a daunting task, especially given the variety of subjects covered in the Bible. A word search can be helpful, but it can give an incomplete picture due to the complexity of language and the context in which words are used. The great news is that Olive Tree offers the Thompson Chain Reference Study Bible, which links various themes together as they are touched upon and developed throughout Scripture. The very heart of this product is the thematic chains that number in the thousands, and people at all stages of learning about the Bible have used it in the 100 years since its initial release. The Thompson Chain resource is also a great study Bible, offering cross references, book outlines, book introductions, maps, and harmonies to aid us in our study.

We’ve put quite a bit of attention into converting the rich topical content so it can be used in the Bible Study app. Our goal was to make navigating the famous topical chains easy and intuitive and to allow quick access to the additional materials as well.

We’re going to walk through a quick example of how the Bible Study App can make navigating the Thompson Chain Reference Study Bible enjoyable and easy. The example uses and refers to the iPad version of our software. We’ve designed this resource to work seamlessly with the built-in resource guide.  Although we’ll be relying on the iPad version in our example, other versions of our app will have similar functionality.

If you want to follow along with the example, bring 1 Samuel chapter 17 up in your Bible. With everything set up, the screen will look similar to this (your screen may look a little different depending on what resources you have and how you have your resource guide set up):

To activate the chains, tap the name of the Thompson Chain under the commentaries section of your resource guide. Your split-window view will change to a listing of verses directly related to your location:

Choose the verse you want by tapping on it in the split window. In this example we’ll choose 17:4:

You can now choose the theme you want to explore in the list under that verse, for instance choosing 1409, Giants, results in the following:

Now it’s as easy as tapping on each verse reference to get a popup where you can read the appropriate Bible text.

When you are done with this chain, you can tap the back arrow at the upper left corner of the split screen to return to the verse menu.

The wealth of other information in the Thompson Chain resource is easily available as well. Return to the base screen of the resource guide by tapping the back arrow until your screen looks similar to this:

Notice the entries for the Thompson Chain located in the Introductions and Outlines sections. Just tap on an entry to quickly access the information.
Finally, some other gems are available but a little less obvious. For this example, tap the David entry under the People section. After you’ve tapped on it, the screen will look like this:

The Resource Guide automatically shows you that there is an article on David available in the Thompson Chain resource. Tap on the article to read it.

There is also an image on the Journeys and Life of David under the Images section that you can open.

Tap the “double arrows” to make the image full screen, and pinch and zoom to make the image larger:

We hope that this quick example will help you explore and learn about the Bible with the Thompson Chain Reference Study Bible, a trusted resource that has been used by generations of Bible enthusiasts. When used in combination with the Bible Study App, you are just a few taps away from unlocking the themes of the Bible as they weave in and out of the entire text.

Right now you can get the Thompson Chain Reference Study Bible for 40% off the regular price.

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Share Some Encouragement

Posted by on 07/06/2016 in: ,

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If you’ve ever been through a tough season in your life than you know how important it is to get support and encouragement from those close to you. A kind word can be a much needed ray of hope and really give you the perspective you need.

From your smartphone you can easily text a quick word or prayer to a friend right when you’re thinking of them. With the Olive Tree Bible App you can actually share a scripture verse or even an entire devotional reading right from the app, via text, to your friend or loved one who needs to be encouraged. Here’s how to easily share right from the app!

For Android

  1. Tap and hold to select the text you want to share.
  2. Select ‘Share’ in the menu bar. For some phones you’ll need to scroll the menu bar to the side to see the share button.
  3. Select your messaging app and then enter the recipient just as you would for any text message.

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For iOS

  1. Tap and hold to select the text you want to share.
  2. Select ‘Share’ in the menu bar. For some phones you’ll need to scroll the menu bar to the side to see the share button.
  3. Select your messaging app and then enter the recipient just as you would for any text messaging.

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This sharing feature works with any type of word based resource like a Bible, Devotional, eBook and more. Try it out today and share some encouragement with someone you know!

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