Mobile App Help

Intro

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.

Current Version

  • 1.0

Features

  • 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!

Requirements

Android

  • Android 6 operating system

iOS

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Limitations

  • 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.

Bug reports?

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.


Initial screen

This is the screen you would first encounter when opening the app for the first time. The app will remember your last page, so you shouldn't see this page again, once you select a page.
 
The icon to the left of the logo is the MENU button. The icon to the right is the INFO button. See below for more information on each.
 

"Initial Screen"

The i (info) menu

Depending on the size of your screen, this dialog box will either be a popup, or will fill the screen. It contains links to this website (top link) and this help page (bottom link). Clicking DONE will close the dialog.
 

"Info screen"

 

Slide-out menu, before selecting a page

You can get to the menu either by clicking the MENU button in the header, or by swiping right from the left side of the screen. When you first run the app, there are no menu selections made, so this is what you see. Once you have a selection, you will always see some variation as shown farther down below.
 

"Slide-out menu"

 

The Settings menu

Like the INFO dialog, this will either fill the screen or not, depending on your screen size. There are two options in the SETTINGS dialog at this point:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
Clicking DONE closes the dialog.

"Settings"

 

Show the first menu tier

You'll need to touch the empty space or the 'down arrow' to show the options of the menu's first tier. You can then select the book you'd like.
 

"First menu tier"

 

Once the first menu selection is made

The first tier selection will be shown and the page loaded in the background. The second menu tier will then become available. Like the first tier, touch the empty area or the little 'down arrow' to show the second tier selections.
 

"First tier selected"

 

Clicking the second menu

The second tier's options will then be presented. Make a selection. This menu is scrollable, so use your finger to scroll it if necessary.
 

"Second menu tier"

 

Once the second menu tier has a selection

The second selection will be shown and the third tier will be presented. This menu is also scollable. The page will also be loaded in the background. Note the arrow next to Genesis 1. This indicates a collapsed menu, where a child page is under a parent page. Click the arrow to expand it.
 

"Second tier selected, third tier shown"

 

The third menu can have collapsed parts

You can then directly select either parent or child, as you wish. You do not have to expand parent/child nodes if you don't want to get at the child.
 

"Third tier collapsable"

 

The chosen page

Once you've selected a page from the third menu tier, you can close the left pane by touching the background, or swiping it from right to left. Notice the PREVIOUS and NEXT buttons in the footer. They will appear only if you can reasonably go forward or backward within the current book - in this case, Genesis. PREVIOUS in this example will take you to Genesis 1; NEXT will take you to Genesis 2; So these buttons include traversing parent/child structures.
 

"Chosen page"

 

Scrolling down removes header and footer

Once you begin to scroll down to read the content, the header and footer will get out of the way. Don't worry, just scroll up a bit and they'll both return.
 

"No header or footer"

 

"Back to top" button

Also, once you scroll down far enough, scrolling back up in order to reveal the header and footer will also add a new button to the footer - the BACK TO TOP button. This will take you immediately to the top of the page.
 

"Back to top button"

That's it!

 That's all there is to it for this initial version. Send any bug reports or suggestions to us through our contact page.

Small Tablets

Here is what things look like on small tablets:

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Large Tablets

Here is what things look like on large tablets:

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