Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Future plans

This is subject to change: and this post will be updated if necessary. Please feel free to comment below.
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Future plans (updated 2011-01-14):
  • Search whole phrase e.g. +"ada di" instead of either +ada or "ada di"
  • Support for converting .pdb format to .yes format -- Thanks Yohanes Nugroho for the code to read .pdb format!
  • Lock orientation
Further plans:
  • Multiple verse selection

Red Letters in KJV for Jesus' Words (English 1.4)

Red Letter support for King James Version (KJV) is now available!

What is "Red Letter"? Wikipedia says:
The term red letter edition is used to describe Bibles in which words spoken by Jesus, commonly only while he was on the Earth, are printed in red ink. [...] Especially in King James Bibles, this format can be useful as quotation marks are not used.
Sample text with red lettering:
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
And here is the screenshot!

Now with Red Letters!

For the source of which I obtained the red-letter formatting, it is CCEL. I didn't know about ebible at first, so I didn't get it from there, although it seems simpler to parse their formats as opposed to the more complex ThML from CCEL.

A plan to upgrade the plain KJV version to Red Letter KJV:
  • English version (Quick KJV Bible) will automatically get version 1.4 (no 1.3), and the red lettering is built-in, so there is no problem at all.
  • Indonesian version (Alkitab) will still be at 1.3 and the optional KJV add-on will still point to the plain KJV. When this version is updated (1.4.* or 1.5), the download address of KJV add-on will point to the new .yes file which contain the red lettering. However users will need to delete the kjv.yes file in the memory card so that the new KJV with red lettering will be downloaded.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Color highlight and whole-word search (1.3)

Thanks to the suggestions of many people, we can now finally implement color highlights! Now your digital Bible is more colorful than ever!

Choose from 6 different colors
You can choose the highlight (or some Indonesians know it as "stabilo") color from the 6 options.

Initially I thought, how can we let the users choose the color, while allowing the users to change both the background and text colors? Won't the highlight be invisible at times, or even worse, be the same color as the text and make the text unreadable? Fortunately, we have a solution here (praise God! I didn't think of it before), which is by using transparency. The highlight color is applied 50% only (50% alpha for geeks). The result is great! See the same screens below when using different color themes. All the text are still greatly readable.

Another new feature is whole-word search. I got the idea when I was trying to search Adam in the New Testament, but I got so many "padamu" (on you) and "kepadamu" (onto you). Now you can search for +adam to get the exact-word, the person, Adam. Remember not to put spaces after the plus sign.

That person, Adam 
Also, I would like to thank 10,000 downloaders of the Indonesian version! Thanks for all your encouraging suggestions and comments on the Android Market!