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What’s New in Bible+ 6.0 for iOS


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.

5.9 Update Now Available for iOS!

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!

Free Resource Friday

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!

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Sneak Peek: Archaeological Study Bible Notes

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

Split Comparison 1

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.

Split Comparison 2

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.

Sneak Peek: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament

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

IMG_1031     IMG_1029

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

IMG_1032     IMG_1030

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!

Vine’s Expository Dictionary in The Bible Study App

Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary is a great resource for those who don’t have any background with Greek or Hebrew.

Here’s how I used it in a recent sermon. (screenshots are taken from an iPad 2. Click on the images for a larger view)

I read this verse in Genesis 39:2: “And Jehovah was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.” (ASV)

This passage got me thinking about the word “prosperous”, so I opened the Resource Guide in the split window of The Bible Study App, found the “lookup” option in iOS and typed in “prosper” and then tapped “search”.


From there I got two search results, and tapped the one for “prosper”.


This brought up Vine’s under the search menu for tsaleach צָלַח, along with an article about the word.

vine's hit     vines article

The article shows some of the different occurrences of tsaleach in the Bible.  All I have to do is tap the reference and the biblical passage appears in a pop-up window. This gives me instant access to other places the word is used in the Bible and helps me keep my Bible study on track by not having to stop in the middle of my study to find the reference.

verse hyperlink

Another great thing about this resource is that Vine’s gives the Strong’s number (6743 in this case) and is tied into the Olive Tree Enhanced Strong’s Dictionary that is included in this resource.  This allows me to tap on the Strong’s number and see the definition of the word and the words in both the original language and transliterated form.

strongs link

If you have a Bible Tagged with Strong’sVine’s Complete Expository Dictionary is a great addition to your Bible Study library.  This is also a great Bible study method to see how other versions of the Bible translate different words.

Since I have the English Standard Version (ESV) with Strong’s, I pulled it up found that the ESV translates “prosperous” as “successful”.  I verified this by tapping on the word “successful” and confirmed that it is the same word for “prosper/prosperous” that the ASV uses.

strongs tagged popup

From there I tapped “look up tsaleach צָלַח”.  This brought up the Olive Tree Enhanced Strong’s dictionary and Vine’s.  From there I also can tap Vine’s and read the article on tsaleach צָלַח.

lookup word from strongs  vines article from strongs

Lastly, I find that the popup windows can be a little small sometimes, so the popup window gives me the option to open in the Main or the Split window.  This way I never have to leave my Bible text to do a quick word study and study more in depth.

open in split window

As you can see, Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words is a fantastic, easy-to-use resource that gives anyone access to the original languages. With over 6,000 key biblical words that have reference to Strong’s numbers, it makes a great addition to any Bible study library.  There is no end to how it can help you understand the Bible and keep your study on track.

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