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Top 5 Advantages of Windows Desktop

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Who doesn’t love a good Top 5 list? I know I do! Here are the top reasons why you should use our new Windows Desktop app alongside your mobile. Ready. Set. Go!

1. Multiple Windows

One limitation of working with the Bible Study app on mobile is that you can only have two resources open at a single time, or three if you count pop-ups. This limitation exists for various reasons, ranging from screen size to processing power. You don’t have this problem with Windows Desktop. Open multiple windows to your heart’s content and resize them however you’d like. The possibilities are endless.

Multiple Windows

Multiple Windows

2. Universal Search

Have you ever wanted to search your entire library for a topic or word? The Resource Guide helps with this to an extent, but it only works with enhanced resources. With the Windows Desktop app you can type anything you want in the search field and you’ll get hits from your entire library. This alone is a time saver or reason to get lost in rabbit trails, you decide.

Universal Search

Universal Search

3. Multitasking

Do you like using Microsoft Word or Google Docs to write your sermons or notes? That’s easy with the Bible Study app on Windows Desktop. If you have multiple monitors, have the app open on one screen and Word open in the other. Don’t have two monitors? Resize your windows and you can still do the same. Try doing that on your phone!

Easy Multitasking

Easy Multitasking

4. More Text on the Screen

My phone has a higher resolution (1440 x 2560) than my computer (1920 x 1080). But given the fact my phone is 5.7″ versus the 15″ screen of my laptop, I can still fit a lot more text on my laptop’s screen than I can on my phone. This means I can study a lot easier than I can on my phone. I can read more with less scrolling, which saves time and effort.

Look how much more text you can fit on a desktop computer versus a tablet (Nexus 10).

Greek-English Interlinear Bible - Android Tablet

Greek-English Interlinear Bible – Android Tablet

Greek-English Interlinear Bible - Windows Desktop

Greek-English Interlinear Bible – Windows Desktop

5. Distraction Free Studying

The refreshed user interface of Bible+ 6.0 for Windows Desktop was designed to get out of the way so you could focus on studying. How often have you tried reading the Bible on your phone only to get distracted by a call, text message, or notification? Happens to me all the time, and sometimes I don’t have the luxury of turning on Airplane mode to keep it from happening. The simple gesture of sitting at a computer often implies that it’s time for serious work, which can make it easier to focus and get your studying done distraction free. Plus, it’s easier to “unplug” your computer from the Internet without feeling like you’re cut off from the world.

What Are Yours?

What are some of your favorite features and tips when using the Windows Desktop app? Leave a comment and share them with us and other Olive Tree users.

Bible+ 6.0 for Windows Desktop is Here!

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It’s Here! Download Today!

Click here to download Bible+ 6.0 for Windows Desktop!

Note: Your current Windows Desktop app will not automatically update to Bible+ 6.0. You will have to manually download & install it from our website via the link above. This release only works on Windows 7 and higher.

Here’s a quick look at what you can expect with this update.

Look and Feel

One of the first things you’ll notice when you open the new Bible+ app is that it looks different. The look has been updated with a color scheme that better reflects our company’s branding, while flattening the icons for a sleeker look. Even though the app looks different, the way you interact with the app has not changed. This design refresh is meant to get the app out of the way so you can focus more on the content you’re studying.

This design refresh also means many of our resources will look better on your Windows desktop. No longer do you have to manually look up passages because they were in a table that was converted to a graphic. Things like tables now display in the app like they should, enabling us to hyperlink passages within them. Images will flow better with the text, along with many other visual improvements.

Along with the interface refresh we have significantly improved the app’s performance. Scroll through text faster. Navigate menus more efficiently. Watch Resource Guide populate quicker. All around we’ve made the app better to help you study with fewer distractions.

Old Windows Desktop

Bible+ 6.0

New Titles

One of the biggest advantages of the Bible+ 6.0 Update for Windows Desktop is all the new titles you can add to your library. Our old app had significant limitations in its ability to display text, which kept us from creating resources with complex layouts. We now have the ability to display interlinear Bibles, text-wrapped images, and properly-formatted tables. The update also gives us the ability to make our resources more closely resemble what you would find in print.

With this update, you can now enjoy all the same resources that our iOS and Android users have been enjoying, including interlinear Bibles, Gospel harmonies, the BHS with Critical Apparatus, the Reformation Study Bible, and Tyndale Commentaries to name a few.

You will also be able to purchase hundreds of new eBooks that were not available on our old platform. So not only do our books look nicer, but you can build a more robust Bible study library, too.

Bible+ 6.0 with Internlinear

Bible+ 6.0 for Windows Coming July 20

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It’s coming on Monday. Take a look at our post from earlier this week to see why you’ll want to install this new version.

Note: Your current Windows Desktop app will not automatically update to this new version. You will have to manually download & install Bible+ 6.0 for Windows Desktop from our website. This release will only work on Windows 7 and higher.

Coming Soon: Bible+ 6.0 for Windows Desktop

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Last summer we released our big iOS update. Last month we released an even bigger update for Android. Who’s stepping to the plate next? Windows desktop. Later this month we will release Bible+ 6.0 for Windows Desktop.

Like our iOS update, many of the improvements for Bible+ 6.0 for Windows Desktop take place under the hood and will not affect how you use the app. That being said, we didn’t completely ignored how our app looks and functions. Here’s a quick preview of what you can expect with this update.

Look and Feel

One of the first things you’ll notice when you open the new Bible+ app is that it looks different. The look has been updated with a color scheme that better reflects our company’s branding, while flattening the icons for a sleeker look. Even though the app looks different, the way you interact with the app has not changed. This design refresh is meant to get the app out of the way so you can focus on the content you’re studying.

The design refresh also means many of our resources will look better on your Windows desktop. No longer do you have to manually look up passages because they were in a table that was displayed as an image. Tables now properly display in the app as text, enabling us to hyperlink passages within them. Images will flow better with the text, along with many other visual improvements.

Along with the new interface we have significantly improved the app’s performance. Scroll through text faster. Highlight & take notes more efficiently. Watch Resource Guide populate quicker. All around we’ve made the app better so you can study with fewer distractions.

Old Windows Desktop

Old Windows Desktop

Bible+ 6.0

Bible+ 6.0 for Windows Desktop

New Titles

One of the biggest advantages of the Bible+ 6.0 Update for Windows Desktop is all the new titles you can add to your library. Our old app had significant limitations in its ability to display text, which kept us from creating resources with complex layouts. We now have the ability to display interlinear Bibles, text-wrapped images, and properly-formatted tables. The update also gives us the ability to make our resources more closely resemble what you would find in print.

With this update, you can now enjoy all the same resources that our iOS and Android users have been enjoying, including interlinear Bibles, Gospel harmonies, the BHS with Critical Apparatus, the Reformation Study Bible, and Tyndale Commentaries to name a few. If you’ve been using our interlinear Bibles and gospel harmonies on your phone or tablet, just wait until you use them on the desktop!

You will also be able to purchase hundreds of new eBooks that were not available on our old platform. So not only do our books look nicer, but you can build a more robust Bible study library, too.

Bible+ 6.0 with Interlinear

Bible+ 6.0 with Interlinear Bible

Coming July 20th!

Note: Your current Windows Desktop app will not automatically update to this new version. You will have to manually download & install Bible+ 6.0 for Windows Desktop from our website. This release will only work on Windows 7 and higher.

Windows 8 The Bible Study App Update

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Olive Tree recently released an update to The Bible Study App on Windows 8.  I sat down with Adam, our lead Windows 8 developer, to talk about the update.

Monty: How is the Windows 8 app different from the Windows 7 desktop version?

Adam: The Windows Store app targets a fast and fluid experience across a wide range of devices, where the Desktop app has an eye for much more advanced Bible Study that can require more processing.

Thus far the Windows Store app has worked well as a basic Bible reader, but that is only the beginning. We recently updated the app to add popups for footnotes and Bible references, and will be continuing to build it into an incredible experience for even more advanced users.

Monty: Why use the Windows 8 app?

Adam: My favorite reason is the speed, even on my tablet. I’m not an advanced user, so having a Bible app that I can easily snap to the side of the screen during church while I take notes in OneNote makes for a great experience for me.

Monty: What are the top features of the Windows 8 app?

Adam: Right now, I get really excited when using the Search screens, both for the view of results in all my books, but also to easily navigate the results within a specific book. We have also leveraged common Windows 8 features like Semantic Zoom and the app bar to filter and navigate through the results quickly.would say the top features are the search and reading experience.

With reading, I’ve already mentioned the performance. The responsiveness when scrolling is, I believe, unparalleled by any of our other apps. It makes it a real joy to use, especially because the text just plain looks great!

Monty: What’s new in the Windows 8 app?

Adam: We recently updated the app to include popups on footnotes and verse references. This is particularly important to me because it’s the first step beyond a “simple” Bible reader. This past Sunday in church I was able to jump ahead of the pastor as he called out a cross reference because I saw the footnote and could open the location in the popup.

Monty: Anything else you would like to add?

Adam: We are working hard to enable the rest of our available titles in the Windows Store app. I’m excited to see the continued interest in what we’re doing on Windows, and for the opportunity to keep working at making it better!

Thanks Adam!  Go here to find our newest Windows 8 release for the Bible Study App, or search “Bible+” in the Windows Store.

Updates in Bible+ 5.3 for Windows Desktop

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For those of you using The Bible Study App for Windows, our newest update (5.3) just went live. As with many app updates that come out, sometimes it’s hard to tell what’s new. Here are a few of the new features in this latest release for Windows:

Daily Reading
We’ve added daily reading to the 5.3 release. Daily reading plans can be accessed from ‘My Stuff’ in the split window.

 

Custom highlighters can now be created
Custom highlighter can now be created in the 5.3 version. This feature can be accessed by clicking on Highlights from My Stuff.


New Category Interface
This gives you greater control to setup your own categories. Simply edit or create a category to get this new interface which is very similar to Windows Explorer.


Search list when doing a search within a book

When performing a search within a book, there is now a button the user can click to display a list of all of the search results.

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