Monday, November 17, 2014

Menghilang dari Play Store? / Disappear from Play Store?

Kepada para pengguna dan calon pengguna aplikasi Alkitab,

Seperti yang beberapa dari kita telah ketahui, bahwa aplikasi Alkitab, dan akun YUKU (akun pengembang dari aplikasi ini) dihapuskan dari Play Store. Dengan kata lain, aplikasi ini telah hilang. Kami pun turut berduka cita atas hal ini :(. Kami sedang mencoba menghubungi pihak Google untuk mengajukan banding, sebab kami percaya aplikasi ini baik-baik saja, tidak melanggar ketentuan dan syarat apapun yang diajukan oleh Google. Sementara itu, anda masih bisa mendapatkan aplikasi ini secara langsung dengan mengunduh apk yang tersedia. Terima kasih atas perhatiannya, mohon dukungan doanya dan nantikan pengumuman lebih lanjut mengenai hal ini.

Salam,
tim aplikasi Alkitab

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To all users of Quick Bible app,

As some of you may have noticed, the Quick Bible app, as well as YUKU account (the publisher of the app) was removed from Play Store. In other words, it is gone. We are sad for this too :(. We are trying to contact Google to appeal, as we believe the app itself does fine, as in it doesn’t violate any terms and conditions that Google set. Meanwhile, you can still get the app directly by downloading the apk here. Thank you for your kind attention, please help us in prayer and stay tuned for any further notice regarding this.

Best Regards,
Quick Bible team

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Cara Memindahkan Pembatas Buku, Catatan, dan Sorotan ke Perangkat Lain

Terima kasih sudah menggunakan aplikasi Alkitab. Entri kali ini kami akan menjelaskan cara untuk memindahkan Pembatas buku, Catatan, dan Sorotan ke perangkat lain.

Untuk memindahkan (back up) pembatas buku/catatan/sorotan ke perangkat lain, silakan ikuti langkah berikut:
1. Buka halaman marka.
2. Tekan overflow menu di bagian kanan atas, pilih "pindahkan", pilih "Ya".
3. Kirimkan data tersebut ke diri anda sendiri melalui program email/drive/dropbox, dst. Contoh paling sederhana adalah melalui email.
4. Anda telah mempunyai backup data pembatas buku.



Untuk mengembalikan (restore) di aplikasi Alkitab di handphone lain caranya:
1. Bukalah attachment yang anda kirim di email anda (Anda harus membuka email dari handphone yang lain itu)
2. Pilihlah untuk membuka attachment tersebut (biasanya .xml file) dengan aplikasi Alkitab.



Semoga informasi ini dapat bermanfaat. Apabila anda masih memiliki kesulitan, silakan menghubungi kami.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

How to Transfer/Export Your Bookmarks, Notes and Highlights to New Device

This post will show you how to back up and restore your Quick Bible data (Bookmarks, Notes and Highlights) from one device to another. To back up, please follow these steps:
  1. Open Markers page.
  2. Press overflow menu on the top right corner, choose "Transfer", choose "Yes".
  3. Send the data to yourself using other applications (email/drive/dropbox, etc). The simplest way is using your email.
  4. You have already had backup data for your bookmarks and highlights.
Back Up Data — Click to Enlarge

To restore your markers data in different device:
  1. Open your stored data that you have sent in your email(you have to open your email through your new device). 
  2. Open your attachment (usually .xml file).
  3. Choose to complete action using Quick Bible app.
Restore Data — Click to Enlarge
Note: Transfer will allow you to back up and restore your Quick Bible data directly from your new device. On the other hand, Export will allow you to read and edit from desktop's text editor (e.g. Microsoft Word, Notepad or Pages)

Hope this information will help. Should you have any problems, please contact us.


Friday, November 22, 2013

About YES file

Since version 2.0 published more than 2 years ago, Bible for Android apps have been using a file format for storing Bible translations. It is commonly called YES files, since the files are saved with a ".yes" file name extension. When you choose a Bible version from the version list screen, a YES file is downloaded to your device. With that, you can have more than one version/translation of Bible on your device.

The YES file contains the version information (name of the version, short name, description, language); the Bible text itself (keyed by book, chapter, and verse numbers); and optionally: pericope headings, footnotes, and cross references.

YES files consist of binary data that is not intended to be read by human, but it is optimized to be read by computer programs. Some of the content can also be compressed to make the YES file smaller. A YES file for one complete Bible translation is approximately 2 MB in size.

If you try to open a YES file from the email client on your Android device or from the file manager, you can choose to import it to Bible for Android app. You can also share a version by long-pressing on an item from the version list screen and selecting Share.

Tools to create the YES file

First option is to convert it from an PalmBible+ file, which are also known as a PDB file. You can open a PDB file from the version list screen, or you can also use the online converter here. Using the online converter produces a compressed YES file.

Second option is to create a plain text file called a YET file. It serves as a human-readable alternative to YES file. The data contained in a YET file is the same as the one contained in a YES file. The specification of the YET file can be read here.

We also plan to support The Word modules, hopefully this can be done in coming months!

1,000,000 downloads!

Thanks be to God! Alkitab has been downloaded by more than 1 million users!


Currently this is the most popular Bible app in Indonesia (the author's home country). There are more and more new Android users in Indonesia, when combined with relatively religious nature of Indonesian people, we feel blessed to be able to participate in bringing a good Bible-reading app for Indonesian people.

In the future, we plan to do the following, with God's grace:

  • to keep the app simple and straight-forward for regular-reading of the Bible
  • to introduce more Bible study tools, so users could dig deeper to understand the Bible
  • to create an open-source platform for publishing Bible translations

Currently our app is on Android only, but hopefully there comes a time where we or other contributors can create the app on other platforms as well.

We also want to thank contributors in sending suggestions, corrections, and bug reports, helping in processing the text, giving technical advices, doing UI translations, and generously making donations!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Bible Daily Verse App Widget

When a Christian read a quote from the Bible in a book or on TV or even at a tombstone, usually the object will immediately catch his attention. It is not only because he read it before, but I believe the Word of God reminds him about his conviction deep inside his heart. That's why many Christians put a plaque or picture with a quote from the Bible in their houses. That's why many Christians want to have a quote from the Bible in their mobile phone to remind them about their faith. The new Android bible app widget does just that.

The app widget brings to your home screen a new quote from the Bible everyday. At the midnight it is scheduled to display a new quote. The quotes itself has already been selected by the developers not randomly selected from the Bible, to ensure that the verse displayed in the widget is not cut in the middle of the sentence.

When you bring the app widget for the first time, a configuration screen will be displayed where you can customize the app widget.


In this screen you may configure the version of the Bible. It depends on the active versions you have in the application. You can also adjust the text size in the widget from the seek bar. Lastly, if you already have a pretty wallpaper and do not want the app widget background to block your wallpaper, you may want to turn on transparent background option and select dark text if your wallpaper is dominantly white or uncheck the dark text option if your wallpaper is dark.
After you're done with the configuration, an app widget will be displayed in your home screen.


With a transparent background it will look like this:


In this app widget, you can navigate to the next or previous verses (in case you already remember that verse or you are curious about the next verse). And the most important thing is you can click the verse and it will open the Bible for you at the verse you see in the widget.

We hope that this feature will help you to remember about the Word of God and bring joy to your busy day.

Troubleshooting: If you do not see this Bible app widget on the widget list, make sure you install this Bible app on your phone or tablet's internal memory, not on removable SD Card. Android does not support showing widgets from apps in removable SD Card. Go to system settings > Apps > select Alkitab or Quick Bible, and then click "Move to phone" to move it.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Bible Version Update

Thanks to Alkitab (Quick Bible) users who gave their comments on bible versions that were provided to be downloaded. We recently updated and replaced some versions to new ones. These versions are King James Version, Chinese Union Version and Reina Valera (Spanish).

King James Version

For King James Version, there is an error in the previous version:

Lamentations 1:1  How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people how is she become as a widow she that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary
In the new version it is written:
Lamentations 1:1  How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people! how is she become as a widow! she that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary!

The new version has extra exclamation marks in the verse and it is easier to understand.

Another feature in the new version: it includes song titles in the book of Psalm.

However there is a minus in the new version: in the previous version, the word of Jesus could be displayed in different color. In the new version, it does not mark the word of Jesus so we cannot display them in different color. You can download the previous version from the Versions screen, it's listed as King James (Red Letter).

Chinese Union Version

In the previous Chinese Union Version (Simplified), the are some known errors, for example:
Deuteronomy 15:7:
在耶和华─你神所赐你的地上,无论那一座城里,你弟兄中若有一个穷人,你不可忍着心、?着手不帮补你穷乏的弟兄。
2 Timothy 3:2
因为那时人要专顾自己、贪爱钱财、自夸、狂傲、谤?、违背父母、忘恩负义、心不圣洁、
In these verses we can see question marks that should not be there. Probably the source text uses non-standard characters, but we're not sure.

In the new version Chinese Union Version Modern Punctuation (Simplified)

Deuteronomy 15:7:
“在耶和华你神所赐你的地上,无论哪一座城里,你弟兄中若有一个穷人,你不可忍着心,攥着手不帮补你穷乏的弟兄,


2 Timothy 3:2:
因为那时人要专顾自己,贪爱钱财,自夸,狂傲,谤讟,违背父母,忘恩负义,心不圣洁,


CUVMPS version has no error in these verses. However the chinese translation is not exactly same as the CUVS, which may cause confusion for those who already familiar with CUVS.

Reina Valera

The difference between the new Reina Valera 1909 with the previous one, in the previous version:
Genesis 17:23:
Entonces tomó Abraham á Ismael su hijo, y á todos los siervos nacidos en su casa, y á todos los comprados por su dinero, á todo varón entre los domésticos de la casa de Abraham, y circuncidó la carne del prepucio de ellos en aquel mismo día, como Dios le

The new Reina Valera 1909:
Genesis 17:23:
Entonces tomó Abraham á Ismael su hijo, y á todos los siervos nacidos en su casa, y á todos los comprados por su dinero, á todo varón entre los domésticos de la casa de Abraham, y circuncidó la carne del prepucio de ellos en aquel mismo día, como Dios le había dicho.

As we see, the previous version missed "habia dicho." in the verse.

We hope with these revisions, the Bible preserves its originality and helps people when they read it.
At the end, we would like say thank you to ifbweb for the KJV, ccel.org for the Reina Valera, and also to Biblegateway.com for the CUVMPS.