Bible App

6) YouVersion is Great, but if you Need an Offline Bible Version…

laridianThanks to Brian who wrote about Laridian’s Pocket Bible in his comment about YouVersion (a couple of weeks ago). Find Laridian at…

http://www.laridian.com/

He wrote, “I find it helpful to have a second go-to app that allows me to both operate fully offline and provides better study tools.” He’s right, especially about offline use. (If you’re out of connectivity, YouVersion is toast.) Laridian has been a great stand-by for many users for years. It’s worth the look.

10) Finally — Bible Software the Way You Want it

I’m really enjoying Logos Bible software…

http://www.logos.com/brigada

One of the features I like most is the ability to change the layout. I can decide which translations (lots of options) I want positioned where on the page (complete flexibility), alongside which tools (commentaries, word studies, and more). Once I get things the way I like them, I can save that layout under the name I choose. And there’s no end to how many layouts I can design for multiple and varied purposes. It’s Bible software the way I need it. And, I have to add, I love that in the NIV, when I mouse over a word, I get a status bar at the bottom of the screen that shows the original Greek, along with declination or conjugation. What’s more, if I right-click … whoa… there are DOZENS of choices for further study on that word. Well done, Logos. (Truth in Brigada: LOGOS has stated it will make a donation to Brigada for every product they sell at the link above. However, my opinion of their software stands, regardless of whether or not they do so.)

3) The Right Bible

Bible AppIf we line up a dozen smartphone and tablet users, asking them for their favorite Bible app, my guess is we’d get a dozen different answers. By now, maybe every smartphone user has downloaded at least one Bible app, even if he or she still carries a printed Bible for backup. Truth is, when I travel, I still carry one myself — the thinnest Bible I can find that has print that is easily readable for my own eyes, while teaching in a dark environment. Still, my slightly-stepped-up-font Old and New Testament is no more than 1 inch thick. What if the power goes out for an entire day and I exhaust the batteries on both my laptop and phone? But beyond that, I’m convinced that in some contexts, it still just looks too… WEIRD to teach using a phone or laptop Bible.

But what about the other times, when you CAN read the Bible on your phone or tablet? Which Bible program do you like most as your iPhone, iPad or Android device? I’m biased toward Bibles that act as “apps” rather than just portals to a web page (to make sure I can see them when my phone is offline). Therefore, I’m not as big a fan of “YouVersion” or whatever it’s called. I’ve tried Zondervan’s “Bible Gateway.” For some reason, that hasn’t become my favorite. I’ve been a long-time big fan of Olive Tree Bible. Lately, I’ve also tried the Faithlife study Bible, the Logos Bible, and e-Sword LT. What’s your own favorite?

If you’re looking for an app for your PC, many point directly to Logos Bible at…

http://www.logos.com/brigada

What’s your own favorite?

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