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Nine Tips for the Olive Tree Bible App on iOS

Posted by on 05/11/2016 in:

If you’re new to using the Olive Tree 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


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


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


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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<–In the main window tap this to open the split window and then tap the Resource Guide icon.  resourceGuideIcon (1)

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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What’s New in Bible+ 6.0 for iOS

Posted by on 10/19/2015 in:

Bible+ 6.0 Splash Screen

You might have heard that we’ve been working on a big update for Bible+ on iOS. The rumors are true and it’s our biggest release to date. With this update we’ve completely redesigned the look and feel of the app so you can study the Bible better. We took a lot of your feedback into consideration and are confident this app is much easier to use and better looking than anything we’ve done before. But, with a new look and feel come changes. Today we want to tell you about some of the more important changes and new features in Bible+ 6.0 for iOS.

My Stuff

Remember that icon in Bible+ 5 that looked like a briefcase? Do you know what it was for? If not, you’re not alone. Unfortunately, a lot of our users didn’t know what it was for either. After listening to your feedback, we finally got the message that we needed to rethink that icon’s functionality. In it’s place we implemented a centralized menu where most of the app’s features now reside. Looking for your notes, highlights or book ribbons? Now all you have to do is tap the “hamburger menu” icon at the top left. The same is true with reading plans, or anything else you’re looking for. Everything is organized according to its function in the app, so you can find what you’re looking for at a glance. This change alone makes Bible+ much easier to use.

Bible + 5.0 vs Bible + 6.0 - My Stuff

Bible+ 5 vs Bible+ 6.0 – My Stuff

Verse Navigation

In changing the look and feel of the app, we thought it was time to give the verse chooser a much needed face lift. Gone are the tan and gray boxes. Welcome a more streamlined design that is easy on the eyes. And, if you want a more colorful verse chooser (see below), you can tap the gear icon & turn on the shading effect. Another change is in how you access the verse chooser. Instead of having a separate “Go To” button cluttering the screen, you now tap on the book title or passage to bring up the verse chooser. Alternatively, you can access it from the main menu, but that makes it a two-step process. The new verse navigation helps Bible+ get out of the way so you can study without distraction.

Old vs. New Verse Chooser

Old vs. New Verse Chooser

Night Reading Mode

We know that a lot of you like to study your Bible or read a devotional before the sun comes up or late at night. That proved difficult in the Bible study app because it felt like the bright screen was blinding you when in a dimly lit room. Even lowering the brightness of the device didn’t do much to help with the problem. Well, we’ve finally done something about that. With Bible+ 6.0 we are introducing a dark theme that is conducive to reading in low light situations. Toggling the feature only requires two taps: 1) tap the menu icon, 2) tap on the dark theme & you’re done.

Night Reading Theme in Bible+ 6.0

Night Reading Theme in Bible+ 6.0

Saved Passages

This is a relatively minor change, but it is another that comes as a direct result of your feedback. Book ribbons and bookmarks, what’s the difference between the two? Honestly, most Olive Tree employees couldn’t clearly articulate the difference either. Therefore we thought it was time to change the terminology to better reflect what each does. Book ribbons remain unchanged, and should be used like you use the book ribbon in your Bible. You use it to mark your place in a book or Bible for future reading. Book ribbons are meant to serve as temporary placeholders.

Bookmarks, on the other hand, are now called “Saved Passages.” Saved passages are better used as long term markers for verses you would like to navigate to again in the future. This change in terminology better reflects how the feature is to meant to be used in the app. You’ll see this change in two places. First, when you tap on a verse to save a passage, the popup menu now says “Save” instead of “Bookmark.” And the main menu says “Saved Passages” instead of “Bookmarks.”

Bible+ 6.0 Popup Menu

Bible+ 6.0 Popup Menu

Saved Passages in the Study Helpers Section of the Menu

Saved Passages in the Study Helpers section of the Menu

Changing Font Size

Changing the font size was another feature that got a minor update. Again, thanks to your feedback and expressing the confusion of not knowing whether to tap the briefcase or the “A with the gear,” we made this change with you in mind. Now all you have to do is tap the new menu icon and then increase or decrease the font size. No more having to remember where the setting is. And, if you need to change more settings, those are now found near the bottom of the menu.

Bible+ 5.0 vs. Bible+ 6.0 - Font Size

Bible+ 5 vs. Bible+ 6.0 – Font Size

Leave Your Feedback

If you enjoy what we’ve done with the Bible+ 6.0 update please do a couple things for us: 1) rate and/or review the app in the App Store, and 2) share the app with your friends. Those 4 & 5 star ratings help us have greater visibility in the App Store, and word of mouth is the best form of advertising. Thanks for your years of support, it means a lot! We wouldn’t be here without you & we did this update for you!

Note: Bible+ 6.0 will only work on iOS 8 or later.

Update (10/28/2015)

Click here to get answers to some of the more frequently asked questions concerning the new app.

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5.9 Update Now Available for iOS!

Posted by on 07/14/2014 in: , ,

Split Comparison 1We are excited to release this latest update (iOS 6 &7) after over two years of hard work! You may say, “but I don’t see anything new,” which for many of you means we did our job right! We have completely rewritten our core software that displays the text you see on screen. This means you will need to re-download all your titles. Why?  Besides having a cleaner text layout we want to bring you brand new tools for studying the Bible. Many of these were not possible with our older technology, but are now a very near reality!

Here are a few things of note:

  • The first time you use the app, it may feel a little sluggish. This is because we are updating all of your notes, bookmarks, and highlights in the background to the new format. If you have a lot of them this may take a few minutes. (Remember, patience is a virtue)
  • Users with lots of annotations may see a slow initial start up
  • Re-download all of your titles.  Because of the new text display layout, we’ve re-designed the text layout of several favorite Bible study resources.

Watch short preview of the version 5.9 Bible Study App for iOS devices.

New text display:

  • Text wraps around images, charts, and tables eliminating all the blank space around them
  • Beautiful new layout for your Bible study tools such as: Study Bibles, illustrated Bible handbooks and atlases

Here’s one example from Archaeological Study Bible Notes

Full Screen Comparison

What it means for the future:

  • We’ll be able to support more language fonts like Korean, Japanese, Russian, and more!
  • Greek Interlinears!
  • Enables us to do things like dynamic timelines and flashcards (memorization aids)
  • Enables multi-media like video and audio resources

What’s this mean for Android and our desktop apps?

We are hard at work to bring the same update to our other platforms that we have done with iPhone & iPad. We hope to see this technology on Android, PC, and Mac very soon!

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Free Resource Friday

Posted by on 04/25/2014 in:

The Story Of Jesus As Told By His Friend John is the the Gospel of John put into contemporary English and told as a first-person account. Where John uses the pronoun “we/us/our” he is referring to himself and the other disciples. Let John be your narrator. He was there when it all happened and will tell you the story in his own words.

Find this great title to read in the in-app store of The Bible Study App!

Don’t have The Bible Study App? Get it here!

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Sneak Peek: Archaeological Study Bible Notes

Posted by on 03/07/2014 in: , ,

One of the great things about our upcoming 5.9 iOS release is how The Bible Study App will be better able to layout text in ways that we could not before.  We wanted to show you a few examples of this using the Archaeological Study Bible Notes. (Screenshots taken from an iPad 2.  Click for a larger view.)

Compare the Study Notes in the Resource Guide in the Split Screen

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On the current iOS 5.5.4 App, The Archaeological Study Bible Notes require the entire width to display the images, and that the text cannot flow around the images. In the new iOS 5.9 App, note how the caption actually looks like a proper caption, and the text flows around the images as intended.

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Compare the Study Notes in Full Screen

Full Screen Comparison

Text display is just one of the many advantages to this future app update.  Make sure you have our latest iOS update that paves the way for this future update by clicking the link App Store graphic below:


The Archaeological Study Bible Notes and all enhanced titles for the Resource Guide are discounted this weekend.

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Sneak Peek: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament

Posted by on 02/28/2014 in: , ,

The Olive Tree Bible Study App developers are hard at work on our upcoming 5.9 iOS release (aka “Flying Eagle” as it has come to be called around here). You may have noticed a little teaser in our latest iPhone & iPad release that said “This update paves the way for a future App update…”

One of the great things about this upcoming release is how The Bible Study App will be better able to layout text in ways that we could not before.  We wanted to show you a few examples of this using the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. (Screenshots taken from an iPad 2.  Click for a larger view.)

Compare the Introduction to 1 Corinthians

Current iOS App 5.5.4                                               Future iOS App 5.9

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Notice how the introduction text can now be displayed in the gray box to notate the 1 Corinthians Introduction (a feature mentioned in the commentary series preface).

Compare the Translation Text

Current iOS App 5.5.4                                               Future iOS App 5.9

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Notice the author’s translation of the text is in a different font type than the exposition text.

Text display is just one of the many advantages to this future app update.  Make sure you have our latest iOS update that paves the way for this future update by clicking the link App Store graphic below:


The Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament and other top commentaries are discounted this weekend. Go here to get it!

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