BibleScope

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017
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Description of App

BibleScope is a Bible study application designed exclusively for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

Other version of BibleScope available in the App Store:

  • BibleScope with the NIV, The Message, and ERV
  • BibleScope with the MSG and ERV

iPad - All versions of BibleScope have a new built in user interface that is shown automatically that is specifically written for the iPad.

BibleScope includes these translations:

  • King James Version (KJV)
  • New Simplified Bible (NSB)
  • World English Bible (WEB)
  • Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary,
  • Spanish Reina Valera Antigua
  • Easton's Bible Dictionary

Also available for free download from within BibleScope are the following translations and commentaries:

  • NET Bible
  • KJV with Strongs
  • ASV
  • Young's Literal Translation
  • Darby Translation
  • Darby's Commentary
  • Spanish Sagradas Escrituras
  • Portuguese Translation
  • German Luther Translation
  • Russian Translation
  • Chinese Union Simplified and Traditional
  • Latin Vulgate
  • Turkish Translation
  • Korean Revised Version
  • Byzantine Greek New Testament with accents
  • Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
  • Adam Clarke Commentary
  • Italian La Nuova Diodati
  • Japanese Colloquial Bible
  • John Gill Commentary
  • and more...

NOTE: I have some translations available for purchase from within BibleScope:

  • New International Version (NIV, NIrV, and TNIV) available in the U.S. and Canada
  • English Standard Version (ESV)
  • New American Standard Bible (NASB)
  • La Palabra de Dios Para Todos (PDT)
  • Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

NOTES:

  • Notes can be entered for any verse by selecting the verse # as you are reading, or in the main Notes screen
  • General notes can be used for capturing sermon or teachings that are not directly related to a single verse reference
  • Add folders to your general notes to keep them organized
  • Email the notes to a friend or somewhere else to share
  • Sync your notes with my server so you always have a backup in case of a reinstall
  • Edit your notes from a browser so you can add notes from other Bible sources and sync them back to your iPhone or iPod Touch

BOOKMARKS:

  • Bookmarks can be entered for any verse by selecting the verse # as you are reading
  • Organize your bookmarks by folders if you prefer to group some together
  • Assign a name to each bookmark
  • Sync your bookmarks with the server so you always have a backup in case of a reinstall

HIGHLIGHTING:

  • Add highlights to any verse by pressing the verse # and selecting highlighting mode.
  • Choose from many different colors to highlight verses

SEARCH

  • Keyword or phrase search to find key passages in the Bible
  • Options to search in current book, OT, or NT
  • Search the Easton's dictionary for many common Bible definitions

MORE FEATURES:

  • Landscape mode for viewing the text widescreen including a split-screen view.
  • Navigate all books and chapters of the Bible using either a "wheel dial" selector, a table selection with a shortcut bar to the right side, or single page with buttons for the book,chapter, and verse.
  • Settings screen inside BibleScope includes background, font, font size, colors and many more options to customize your experience.
  • No Internet connection needed. All Bible content is locally within the app
  • Bars at the top and bottom slide in/away with a press of the screen
  • Split-screen display that shows two Bible versions simultaneously
  • Words of Christ in red for the KJV, WEB, NIV, ESV, and NASB translations
  • Verse history that keeps track of all navigated verses, and can easily navigate between them
  • Daily devotional texts include Charles Spurgeon's Morning and Evening, Daily Path devotional, and a Daily Bible Reading selection. An additional screen is available for a daily reading plan to read through the Bible in a year.

More screenshots and information available at http://www.biblescopeapp.com

Version

5.1

Free or Paid

Free

Apple Watch Support

Not Known

Device(s) App Was Tested On

iPhone

Accessibility Comments

The actual content of this app seems to be fully accessible, but the interface and controls do have some issues.

Each verse number is announced as a link, and when you double-tap on this a menu containing a number of options is displayed on screen. Unfortunately you need to tap directly on this for VoiceOver to switch its focus away from the verse. Thankfully, the menu takes up a large part of the screen, so this is fairly easy. Once you have focus on the menu you are able to navigate by flicking.

At the top of most pages is a button labelled 'arrow down'. When you double-tap on this it slides a row of buttons into view near the top of the page. The button label now changes to arrow up, and double-tapping will now slide the menu bar back out of sight.

The main navigation controls are in a bar at the bottom of most pages. Once you start reading a verse, these slide out of view. To bring them back, you need to double-tap when VoiceOver focus in on a non-active page element (such as a block of text). You will need to physically locate the bottom menu bar with your finger for VoiceOver to switch focus onto it.

If you can tolerate these quirks (and probably a few others that I haven't yet found) you might find this a usable Bible study resource.

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads most page elements.

Button Labeling

Most buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability

There are some accessibility issues with this app, but it can still be used if you are willing to tolerate these issues and learn how to work around them.

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