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Read company news as well information about new products and new Bible Study App releases.

Version 5.5 for iOS

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If you haven’t seen the update yet in your iOS App Store make sure and check it out. The latest version of The Bible Study App for iOS is out and is fully compatible for iOS 7. Go HERE to see what new features have been added.

In the coming weeks we’ll also be giving you a preview of the new app design changes that are coming for both Android and iOS!

 

What’s new in the latest Android release?

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Olive Tree Bible Software just released the 5.4.0 version of The Bible Study App for Android devices. Besides some design tweaks there was one major new feature: Background Sync

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What is Background Sync?

If you have The Bible Study App on multiple devices then you already know that the ability to sync your notes, highlights, bookmarks, and reading plans between devices is a great feature. In the past if you were using The Bible Study App on your laptop and forgot to hit the sync button, your current annotations wouldn’t be available on your other device. Background sync now takes care of that problem.

As long as you are signed into your free Olive Tree account, The Bible Study App will now automatically sync all of your notes, highlights, reading plans, etc. To see when the last automatic sync happened just tap on the My Stuff icon and look at the bottom of the window. (See image right) You still have option to manually sync by simply tapping the sync button.

What about if I don’t want automatic sync turned on?

To change your sync settings tap Settings>Advanced Settings> Sync Settings

You’ll then see two options. You can uncheck ‘Auto-sync’ (on by default) and only sync manually or you can leave it checked and never have to think about it.

If you’re concerned about your data plan you can also check WiFi only (off by default). Doing this will only allow The Bible Study App to automatically sync when connected to a WiFi network. Leaving it unchecked allows automatic sync to happen on both a cellular connection or WiFi.

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Discipleship Journal Reading Plan

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Thanks to our friends at NavPress there’s a great new reading plan available for download in The Bible Study App.

The Discipleship Journal Bible Reading Plan offers special features that aid you in your journey through the Bible. By reading form four separate places in the Scriptures every day, you should be able to better grasp the unity of the Scriptures, as well as enjoy the variety of four different viewpoints. To prevent the frustration of falling behind, which most of us tend to do when following a Bible reading plan, each month of this plan gives you only 25 readings. Since you’ll have several “free days” each month, you could set aside Sunday’s either not to read at all or to catch u on any readings you may have missed in the past week.

If reading through the entire Bible in one year looms as too large a task, you an alter the plan to meet your needs. For example, you could read gospels and the wisdom books this year, and the other two categories next year. In the year ahead, ask God each day to speak directly to you from the Scripture portions you read. Be expectant, and let your continual exposure to God’s Word reshape your attitudes and behavior as you gain a better understanding of every part of His written testimony to us.

You can find the Discipleship Journal Reading Plan under My Stuff> Reading Plans> Get More Reading Plans.

 

 

Look Inside: Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary

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The Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary offers easy access to articles on people, places, things, and events in Scripture. Here are two ways you can use this comprehensive resource in the Olive Tree Bible Study App.

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.

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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.

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Tap or click on the person/place/topic you want to learn more about. I chose “Samaria” in this example.  The Bible Study App then brings you results from within the resources you have on your device.  This is where you will find the Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary within the Resource Guide.

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You’ll notice that the resource has the words “Article to Samaria” underneath the book cover.  Tap/Click on the book cover and The Bible Study App will take you directly to the article within the Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary.

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As you are reading the article, any Scripture references become hyperlinks that you can tap/click to view as a pop-out window:

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The Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary is a comprehensive resource with 5,000 articles by leading evangelical scholars.  There’s also 400 color illustrations, maps, and photos.  Here’s one example from the Samaria article we’ve been reading:

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The second way you can utilize the Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary is as a traditional dictionary in The Bible Study App.  Just Tap/Click the “Go-To” button and scroll through this awesome resource as you would a hard-copy dictionary.

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With our Search feature, The Bible Study App takes the Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary to another level. Tap/Click the “Search” icon and type the word you are looking for to find all of the references in the Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary.

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As you can see, the Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary is a helpful resource for studying the Bible.

Click here to see all Bible dictionaries available for The Bible Study App.

What’s New in the Windows Desktop Release

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The Bible Study App for Windows Desktop, version 5.4.0 has just been released and there are two new features that you should know about!

 

New Automatic Sync

Now you never have to wonder if that work you did on your PC synced. Automatic sync does just what it says and will always backup your notes, highlights, and bookmarks making them available on any other device that The Bible Study App is installed on. You can check your Sync status easily by looking at the bottom of the split window on the right.

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To take advantage of the Automatic Sync feature you will need a free Olive Tree Account. Sign up for one HERE. Once you’ve signed up for an account simply login on The Bible Study App and Automatic Sync will be ready to go.

New Downloadable Reading Plans

In addition to pre-installed reading plans you can now download additional reading plans. To access these, click on the My Stuff button in the split window. Then click Reading Plans> Get More Reading Plans

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Click on any of the available reading plans to find out more information. Once you’ve found the one you want click “Install Free Reading Plan”. You’ll then be prompted to give it a name. Now it will be available to start under My Stuff> Reading Plans

 

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Do you have any other questions about this release? Feel free to leave a comment below or contact our Support team!

New features in the Windows Update

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The latest update for Windows is out today. Here are a few of the new features that have been added.

Web site links in notes

Web site links now show as hyperlinks in the notes view and will open in the user’s default web browser. These links must start with “http://”, “https://”, or “www.”. To open one of these links hold down Ctrl and click on the link (Figure 2).

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Multi-verse highlights

To access this feature click on a verse hyperlink (Figure 3) and select the highlight option. You’ll then see up and down arrows that allow you to select multiple verses to highlight (Figure 4).

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Categories can be organized with drag and drop

In 5.3.1 the ability to drag annotations into a category was added. In this release that same functionality has been expanded to categories as well. From the annotation lists this allows you to move a category into another category (Figure 5).

Categories can also be organized from the managed categories view. In this view categories can be holistically managed. They can be moved into or out of each other to achieve the desired hierarchy (Figure 6).

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Additional Changes
  • The current search hit now displays with a different color to differentiate it from other search results.
  • Search suggestions are now displayed when typing in the main search field.
  • Right clicking on a resource in the library views now allows you to select where the resource will be opened. This include resources shown in the quick launch sections on the left sidebar.
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