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Mobile Quick Tip – Using the History Feature

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Have you ever heard a sermon where the preacher says something like “turn to Luke 4:5, hold your finger there, then turn to 2 Kings 17:29″?  Well, then you know that turning to both passages and “holding your finger” in a digital Bible can be a challenge.

This is where the History Button can come in really handy.

(screenshots are taken from an iPad and an Android Phone. Click on the images for a larger view)

First, use the Go To Button and navigate to the first Scripture Reference (Luke 4:5 in this case).

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Then navigate to the second Scripture reference (2 Kings 17:29) using the Go To Verse chooser.

Now, tap  - the History Button(the clock icon)

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From here, you can use the left/right arrows to see your forward and back history.

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This will help you navigate quickly between the two passages.

You can also tap “View History/View All”.

Now you can view your history by date or by Scripture reference You can view by date or by title (depending on your device).

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The “View All” feature is especially helpful if you’ve ever gotten three verses into a Bible Study and want refer back to one of those previous verses.

Extra Tip for iOS:

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If you have any iOS device (iPhone/iPad), you can also use Gestures as shortcuts for the History back and forth.  By default, 2 finger swipe left will take you into your History Forward, and 2 finger swipe right will take you to your History Back.  You can also go to Settings > Advanced Settings > Gestures/Shortcuts to view other Gestures/Shortcuts or set your own customized Gestures/Shortcuts.

How do you navigate quickly in The Bible Study App? Do you have any quick tips for navigating your history?

Expositor’s Bible Commentary in The Bible Study App

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An award-winning legacy continues; completely revised and featuring world-class evangelical scholarship, the Expositor’s Bible Commentary-Revised includes brand new commentaries and updates throughout the volumes. In The Bible Study App, the Expositor’s Bible Commentary-Revised comes to life.

(Click any of the images to zoom)

Verse references become hyperlinks:

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The split window allows you to read the Bible side-by-side with the commentary:

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Easily copy and paste from the text into notes, or make your own notes:

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Enhanced for use in the Resource Guide:

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Windows Desktop

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Let The Bible Study App simplify your study with The Expositor’s Bible Commentary-Revised.  Get it 30% off now through October 21st!

Video Review

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Thanks to Ant Blair for his review of The Bible Study App!



Have you reviewed The Bible Study App? We’d love to hear from you. You can email your review to connect@olivetree.com and we may feature it in an upcoming blog or newsletter.

A Look Inside the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible

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The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible has been a classic Bible study resource for more than thirty years. Now thoroughly revised, this new five-volume edition provides up-to-date entries based on the latest scholarship. ios-introandroid-intro

The Zondervan Encyclopedia includes more than 7,500 articles, hundreds of full-color and black-and-white illustrations, charts, graphs and maps from 238 contributors from around the world.

With this much content, how can you sort it all out to see what’s relevant for your Bible study?

Here are three ways The Bible Study App makes the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible even more powerful (screenshots are from an iPad and a Nexus 7 – click on an image for a expanded view):

ONE:

Open your favorite Bible in the main window. (I’ve got the ESV open in this example.)  Tap the split window handle and drag it to a width or height you like.  As I scroll through the Bible text, the resource guide keeps up with me and searches through all the books in my library for content related to the Scripture passage in the main window.

If you scroll down the resource guide results, you will see the section headings “People,” “Places,” and “Topics.”

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Tap or click on the person/place/topic you want to learn more about.  I chose “Altar” 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 results from the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible.

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You’ll see that the resource has the words “article to altar” underneath the book cover.  Tap/Click on the book cover and The Bible Study App will take you directly to the article within the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible.  After you’ve tapped on the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, you can scroll down and read the entire article without having to leave your Bible text.

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When you encounter a map, chart, image or photo, you can tap to bring up a closer view.

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If there are scripture references in the article, just tap the verse and it will appear in a pop-up window.

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You can also tap the top right-hand corner of the pop-up window to bring up the option to open these hyperlinked references in the main window or the split window.

TWO:

You can also utilize the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible as a traditional encyclopedia in The Bible Study App.  Just Tap/Click the “Go-To” button and scroll through this awesome resource as you would a hard-copy encyclopedia.

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THREE:

The Bible Study App Search feature takes the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible to another level. Tap/Click the “Search” icon (magnifying glass icon) and type the word you’re looking for to find all the references of that word in the Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible.

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EXTRA:

In iPhone/iPad app, you also have an additional option.  Tap and hold a word in the Bible text and an option menu bar will pop up.  From here you get the options to Copy, Highlight, Note, Bookmark, Share, Define, Lookup and More.

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If you tap “Define” you will get the integrated iOS dictionary pop-up.

If you tap the “Lookup” button you’ll get “hits” 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.

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Discounts end September 9, 2013 at 11:59 pm EST.

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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Looking for Help?

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So you just downloaded The Bible Study App and like any other new thing you’ve poked around a bit and discovered some of the new features but you’re wondering how to do ________?

Here are a few places that may help!

1. The Help Center

Here you’ll find platform specific (ios, android, desktop, etc) help sections that will help you learn the basics of The Bible Study App. Click the image below to browse the various articles in the Help Center.

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2. Social

Are you on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+? So are we and we’re constantly communicating about new releases, app tips, study resources and a whole lot more. Connect with us today by clicking one of the social networks in the sidebar!

3. Contact Support

If you can’t find the answer to your question then we have a great support team that is waiting to help you out with all your questions. You can click the button below to submit a support request.

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