Main Screen

Contents

Introduction

BibleReader’s main screen is easy and intuitive to use. The toolbar at the top consists of six controls: Library, Go To, Suitcase icon, Font & Advanced Settings icon, Magnifying Glass search icon, and the Ribbon icon. Two additional controls appear at the bottom of the screen: the History icon and the Split-Screen icon.

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Most of these controls expand to reveal additional layers of controls. Our purpose here is to provide a quick overview of BibleReader’s main screen and the top control levels. Each control will be discussed in depth in subsequent chapters.

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Library

Tap the Library button to display the Library Quick View screen.

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This control allows you to select which book you wish to work with, as well as to list recently opened books, books you have added to your favorites list, to display your whole library, and to go to the Olive Tree store.

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Go To

Return to BibleReader’s main screen, and tap the Go To button to display the Verse Chooser screen.

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Verse Chooser allows you to go to any location in any book. In book-chapter-verse structured books like Bibles and commentaries, Verse Chooser allows you to go to any book-chapter-verse location. In alphabetically structured books like dictionaries, Verse Chooser allows you to go to any article. And in books structured by chapters and subchapter elements, Verse Chooser allows you to go to any chapter or element in a chapter.

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Suitcase Icon

Return to BibleReader’s main screen, and tap the Suitcase icon to display the My Stuff screen.

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The My Stuff options allow you to go to the Learning Center, to access Bible reading plans, and to manage Book Ribbons, Annotations, Highlights, Bookmarks, and Tags, as well as to use external linking services.

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Font & Advanced Settings Icon

Return to BibleReader’s main screen, and tap the A-shaped Font & Advanced Settings icon to display the font and advanced settings screen.

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The font icons at the top allow you to adjust the font size of the main text. The Font Options button allows you to select which fonts are used in BibleReader’s various windows.

Tap the Advanced Settings button to display the Advanced Settings screen.

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The Advanced Settings screen allows you to configure all of BibleReader’s settings to suit your preferences. You must scroll the screen to display all the settings you can configure.

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Magnifying Glass Search Icon

Return to BibleReader’s main screen, and tap the Magnifying Glass search icon to display the search dialog.

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Tap you finger in the text-entry field to display the keyboard.

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Type a search term, e.g., covenant.

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Tap the Search button to run the search.

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Tap the highlighted search term (covenant) in the first entry to display it.

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Ribbon Icon

Return to BibleReader’s main screen, and tap the Ribbon icon. Notice how it changes color. Tapping the Ribbon icon places a ribbon marker at the current location.

To go to a ribbon marker, return to BibleReader’s main screen, and tap the Suitcase icon to display the My Stuff screen.

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Tap the Book Ribbons selection to display all the book ribbons you have created.

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Notice in the screen shot above how book ribbons are associated with the books you created them in. Scrolling the screen displays more book ribbons.

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History Icon

Tap the History button in the lower left corner of the screen to display the History control.

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The History control allows you to scroll bidirectionally through all open BibleReader windows and to view the history of the windows you have visited in the past. In this context, a “window” refers to a BibleReader book.

Tap the left arrow to display the previous book you have viewed. The graphic below shows an ESV Study Bible note on Genesis 1.

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Tap the View History button to display your window browsing history.

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Use the Group By Date and the Group By Title buttons to display your window browsing history by date or by title. In the graphic above, the information is displayed by date, most-recent to least-recent.

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Split-Screen Icon

Tap the Split-Screen icon at the bottom of the window to split the screen. (This icon looks like two horizontal lines, one above the other.) The main window will be on top, and the secondary window on the bottom. The last window you visited will be displayed as the secondary window.

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The two graphics above illustrate how the split-screen view looks. The graphic on the left shows the toolbar present in the main window. The graphic on the right shows the toolbar hidden and the names of the books displayed, the ASV translation of the Bible on top and the ESV Study Bible notes on the bottom.

Press and hold your finger on the Split-Screen icon and drag it down a bit to increase the amount of text displayed in the main (top) window.

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Scroll the main window down a bit. Notice how the secondary window tracks along. The main and secondary windows are linked so that scrolling the main window causes the secondary window to track with it.

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BibleReader’s default setting is for the main window to be the parent window and the secondary window to be the child window. This means that scrolling the main window causes the secondary window to track with it, but scrolling the secondary window has no effect on the main window. This default setting can be changed.

To unsplit the windows so that only the main window is displayed, tap the Split-Screen icon.

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If you tap the History button while using BibleReader’s split-screen mode, the History control displays controls for both windows.

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Text

BibleReader allows you to change the font face, font size, and font color in which text is displayed.

Click here for an explanation about how to make quick font-setting changes, including reducing and enlarging fonts and changing font faces.

Click here for an explanation about advanced font settings, and click here for an explanation about advanced color settings.

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Text Selection

To select a word, touch and hold your finger on the word you wish to select until the magnifying glass pops up (left graphic below). Lift your finger and the selection menu pops up. Tap More on the menu bar to display more options for the selected text (right graphic below).

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To select a phrase, touch and hold your finger on one of the words you wish to select until the magnifying glass pops up. Then position the grab points (blue pins) to select the phrase. When you are done positioning the grab points and have removed your finger from the screen, the selection menu pops up.

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Note: To move a grab point (blue pin), touch and hold the round head of the pin, move the pin to the desired location, then release your finger.

Note: Click here for an explanation about using the options on the selection menu—Copy, Highlight, Note, Bookmark, and More.

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Tapping on Verse Numbers

Tap on any verse number to display the selection menu (left graphic below). Tap More on the menu bar to display more options (right graphic below).

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Note: Click here for an explanation about using the options on the selection menu—Copy, Highlight, Note, Bookmark, and More.

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Hyperlinks

Hyperlinks are links between elements in a text—for example, verse numbers, superscripted letters, and superscripted numbers—and related information, for example alternative readings and cross references.

BibleReader displays hyperlinked information in a pop-up window. Information in pop-up windows can be scrolled, and pop-up windows can contain hyperlinked information.

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Tapping an underlined item in the pop-up window—for example, “See Matt. 5:12” in the right-hand graphic above—displays the information at that location.

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Strong’s Bibles

Many BibleReader texts include Strong’s numbers. Strong’s numbers refers to a numbering system developed by Dr. James Strong (1822–94) for his Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, which was first published in 1890.

Dr. Strong and his colleagues assigned a number to each unique Hebrew and Aramaic word used in the Hebrew Old Testament and a number to each unique Greek word used in the Greek New Testament. They linked each word in the KJV translation to its underlying Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek word, using the Strong’s number for the underlying original-language word.

Integrating Strong’s numbers into an electronic text, such as the ESV with Strong’s numbers used in the screen shots below, enhances Bible study in several wonderful ways. For example, in the ESV you can tap a hyperlink to a Strong’s number and pop up the number, the original-language word, and a definition of that word. (Dr. Strong’s definitions are based on his analyses of the various ways original-language words are used in the Bible.)

Tap the word rejoice in Romans 5:2 to display information about the underlying Greek word καυχαομαι.

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Tap the lower left button that says “Look up g2744” to display resources that contain articles about this word.

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Tap “NASB Strong’s Dictionary” to display the article.

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Go back to the original pop-up screen (the first graphic in this section) and tap “Look up καυχαομαι” to display resources that have articles about this Greek word.

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Tap “Analytical Lexicon of the Greek New Testament” to display the article.

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Parsed-Text Bibles

A parsed-text Bible is an original-language text—Hebrew Old Testament or Greek New Testament—that includes morphological parsing for each word. Olive Tree also offers a parsed Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Old Testament).

The graphics below show the the GNT-Parsed (Mounce-Koivisto) text.

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Tapping the first word in Romans 5:1 displays the lexical form of the word (sometimes called the “root form&rdquo)—δικαιοω—and parsing information for the inflected form of the word in Romans 5:1.

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Tap “Look up δικαιοω” at the bottom of the pop-up window to display resources that contain articles about this word.

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Tap “Louw and Nida Greek-English Lexicon” to display the article.

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Original Language Texts

Olive Tree offers various Hebrew Old Testament and Greek New Testament texts, including the Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Old Testament). Click here for a full list.

An example of the Greek New Testament is shown in the left graphic below and the Hebrew Old Testament in the right graphic below.

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Split Window

BibleReader allows you to work with a single window (called the main window) or to split the screen and work with two windows. The second window is called the split, or secondary, window.

Tap the Split-Screen icon at the bottom of the window to split the screen. (This icon looks like two horizontal lines, one above the other.)

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The main window will be on top, and the secondary window on the bottom. The last window you visited will be displayed as the secondary window, in this case a section in Wayne Grudem�s Systematic Theology.

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No More Focus Window

Unlike BibleReader 4, in BibleReader 5 you do not have to tap a window and get it to “highlight” in order to perform an action in that window. In BibleReader 5, each window has its own toolbar.

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Syncing Split Window

BibleReader’s main and secondary windows can be synced. Syncing only works if both windows are displaying texts that are structured by book-chapter-verse, for example, Bibles, study Bibles, and commentaries. Synced texts track together. The position of the main window determines the position of the secondary window.

This example begins with the ESV Study Bible open to Romans 5:1 in the main window. Tap the Split-Screen icon to split the screen.

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The secondary window opens to the last-viewed text.

Tap the Open button in the secondary window to display the Library & Tools dialog.

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Tap the “Library Favorites” option on the menu to display books marked as “favorites” in your library. (You also could tap “Resource Guide” on the menu or the Open Full Library button at the bottom of the dialog.)

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Tap “NIV Compact Bible Commentary” to open this resource.

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Notice that the commentary opens in the secondary window positioned to Romans 5:1, the same location as the ESV Study Bible in the main window. As you scroll the top window, the text in the bottom window tracks along; the two books are in sync.

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Hiding/Unhiding Icons

BibleReader’s icons—its menu bar, also known as the toolbar—can be displayed or hidden simply by tapping the screen once.

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Notice the slight rearrangement of icons when viewing BibleReader in landscape mode.

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Back History

BibleReader makes it easy to display the history of resources you have used, to cycle through your history, and to go to a previous location in any resource you have used. In this context, history refers to the resource, the exact location in the resource, and the date you used the resource, for example, “Systematic Theology Mar 10, 2011.”

Tap the History button in the bottom left corner of BibleReader’s screen to display the History control.

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The History control allows you to cycle forward and backward through every book you have used since you installed BibleReader, as well as to view your history by date and by title.

Tap the left arrow to cycle forward and the right arrow to cycle backward.

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Tap the View History button to display the history of the books you have used.

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For a more detailed explanation about the History control, click here.

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“Open in” button

The “Open in” button is displayed in the top right corner of pop-up windows.

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Tap the “Open in” button to display the options “Open in Main Window” and “Open in Split Window.”

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Tap “Open in Main Window” to display the contents of the pop-up window in the main window.

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Tap “Open in Split Window” to display the contents of the pop-up window in the secondary window.

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