This page will give an overview of the workflow of the mobile app. We think everything is self-evident, but in case not, here are the explanations.
- Simple interface - while the website is mobile-friendly, it does have more to it than just the scripture commentary pages and we've occasionally broken it when updating the website. This app strips away everything unnecessary, leaving just the core of the website's content and only relies on the website's database.
- Designed for mobile - this is a full app for Android
and iOS(coming soon) and is available on the respective app stores. It's fast and responsive.
- No huge download - the app is still somewhat tied to the internet, so that you can be sure you're always getting the latest revision of a page. We make corrections and updates almost daily, so you'll want to be sure you're seeing the latest. Consequently, the app will not be one massive download of all available content. Instead, the app will download content as-needed.
- Hybrid online/offline app - while the internet is needed to download pages initially, they are stored for offline viewing and are only updated if a new revision to the page is detected. This means you can visit the pages you'll need for the following week, then go on vacation to the middle of nowhere and still access those newly-downloaded pages while offline. Just be sure to look at those pages once before you lose internet access! See the 'Limitations', below. And also, please don't just download a ton of pages 'just because'. We run this on a shoe-string budget so we can keep things free. Thanks!
- Android 6 operating system
- Images are NOT stored locally on your device at this time. They may be in a future version. They will therefore not appear when you're offline with no internet connection available. It is not a bug.
Please use the Contact Us form with Mobile App as the subject. If you don't meet the requirements above, please don't report bugs. Also, see the limitations, above, before reporting a bug.
The i (info) menu
Slide-out menu, before selecting a page
The Settings menu
- Delete Menu will delete the whole menu structure stored on your device, plus the identifier of the current page. This will allow the app to re-download the menu structure. Why? In order to save a little bit on server resources, and because we rarely make any changes to the page structure of the website (we're talking one or two changes every few years), once the menu is downloaded, the app will not ask the website for updates, but will rely only on the downloaded menu. If we have made a change, then you can clear the menu to make sure you get the latest. A future version may include a push notification that would alert you to menu changes and ask if you want to update it at that time.
- Clear All Stored Data will delete all menu data, and all stored pages. You would do this if you see that too much storage is being taken up by this app and you want to free some up. This app will store every page you ever look at so that it can load it when you're out of Wi-Fi or cell service. So it's possible that you'll eventually have pages stored that you haven't looked at in months or years, nor intend to look at anytime soon. Clearing all of the stored data will refresh things so you can start again.
Show the first menu tier
Once the first menu selection is made
Clicking the second menu
Once the second menu tier has a selection
The third menu can have collapsed parts
The chosen page
Scrolling down removes header and footer
"Back to top" button
That's all there is to it for this initial version. Send any bug reports or suggestions to us through our contact page.
Here is what things look like on small tablets:
Here is what things look like on large tablets: