Major upgrade for Mormon Gospel Library app announced

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  • Arizona Border Dude NACO, AZ
    July 3, 2013 8:41 p.m.

    @Imapatrio2 Could it be that Apple might have had a hand in the slow release of MS Excel etc. I strongly suspect the problem may have been the Apple unwillingness to understand why their customers want those things. I go back to the Novell resistance to making an interface for Microsoft files to be used on their network programs. In fact, it was so blatant that Microsoft developed NT to satisfy their customer needs.
    Today we are seeing the same situation with Google. It finally got resolved with some changes by Google.

  • kimnprovo Orem, UT
    July 3, 2013 3:09 p.m.

    cdsn, were you syncing your notations/highlighting using your login? If so, I would think your notations/highlighting would sync on the new version. Is that not the case? I have Android, so I will have to wait a bit it seems.

  • OjaiDave Ojai, CA
    July 3, 2013 12:55 p.m.

    When will Android get it?

  • klepsydra Longmont, CO
    July 3, 2013 11:15 a.m.

    There is a reason why Android gets Apps later than iOS by almost every organization creating Apps. iOS is much simpler to develop applications for because the market is much less fractured. With iOS almost everyone is running the latest OS, and there are very few screen sizes to support. Android has hundreds of screen sizes, and very few people running the latest version of Android.

    There are Pros and Cons to iOS vs Android. iOS gets apps faster because it is easier to develop for, that is the choice you made by choosing an Android phone. Not saying that is a bad choice, just reality.

    My biggest complaint so far is that there is some content that was in version 2.5 that is no longer in version 3.0. Hopefully it gets added.

  • bw00ds Tucson, AZ
    July 3, 2013 10:10 a.m.

    @cdsn You can adjust the text size. Go to options (the gear) and Appearance. Also with your highlights not syncing over, this is version 3.01 and not yet connected as an update to version 2.x. (It will be soon.) Did you sync your highlights with your online account with the old version first? You should. Then you can sync your highlights, etc. with this new version.

    @Filo Doughboy This version of scriptures is the newly edited 2013 version (coming out next month) of the printed version. Same as online scriptures.

    I've used LDS Scriptures since it's inception. Was a great app, the best out there. Emphasis on "was." For the last year or more, support and development for this app has been scant. Since January, nil. No conference updates, no bug fixes, still typos in the scriptures, no response from support, broken and non-functioning features, not honoring his stated 100% money back guarantee. I've been waiting for the church's app to catch up with a more robust feature set to switch. I just switched. I love this new version and it will continue to improve.

  • JP Chandler, AZ
    July 3, 2013 8:44 a.m.

    Windows phone has 5.6% market share in the US, and less worldwide. You are likely to be in for a long wait. As for iOS and Android, the church's apps have been leap-frogging each other. Sometimes the iOS version of an app will jump ahead and sometimes the Android version will. If one is finished before the other, why should they wait to release it?

  • maclouie Falconer, NY
    July 3, 2013 7:10 a.m.

    UtahVET1: I believe Windows should not take greater precedence than Mac OS. They should come out with both at the same time.

    All companies/entities have limited resources. What do you suggest? Develop for one before the other and then not release it until both are done?

  • Red Headed Stranger Billy Bobs, TX
    July 3, 2013 6:54 a.m.

    I like endless pages of black and white. No seriously. I'm much, much more interested in the text than any background images. When I update my Android tab and download the latest Ensign or say Teachings of the Presidents of the Church Wilford Woodruff, it uses very little space. Images take up much more space to download. I'd rather have more text using very little space than pictures of smiling posed models.

    July 3, 2013 3:29 a.m.

    To Arizona Border Dude: Now you know what it felt like when Microsoft delayed developing a Word and Excel application for the Macintosh platform. The Mac application is still years behind the Windows platform application. There is no justice in technology development, it is all about maximum profits and maximum users? :-)))

  • Hi Huntington Beach, CA
    July 3, 2013 12:17 a.m.

    I wish that the new app had a home page that it would open up to.Even if it was a picture of the Savior or a temple. It drives me crazy that it opens up to the last thing that I had open. That is usually is not what a person wants anyway.

  • Arizona Border Dude NACO, AZ
    July 2, 2013 3:35 p.m.

    I love LDS Library. And I lie what I see for the Apple Dumpling gang. But, there is Android and Windows that comprise the other sets of phones.
    I do expect the Windows phones will be left out for a long time. Many Utah folks have 'thing' with Microsoft and they take it out on those of us who have them. They won't develop things for the items we use.
    Many of the members in my ward have Windows 8 tablets because they were inexpensive. I bought my Windows phone because I have some issues with Apple; and, Google's privacy policy allows worse data mining than the NSA spy thingy they built in Utah.
    I'll patiently wait for it to catch up to the better things that are out there.

    July 2, 2013 2:09 p.m.

    When will this be ready for Android?

  • UtahVET1 Sandy, Utah
    July 2, 2013 1:18 p.m.

    I believe iPad should not take greater precedence than Android. They should come out with both at the same time.

  • Utah Hiker Utah, UT
    July 2, 2013 9:42 a.m.

    cdsn - You can change the text size on the new app by choosing the settings button (looks like a mechanical gear) and then choose the appearance menu option which will bring up several appearance options with sliders. Choose the slider that has a small A on the left and a large A on the right. That will change your text size. Cheers and happy reading.

  • dung beetle Bountiful, UT
    July 2, 2013 8:55 a.m.

    When will an Android version be released?

  • cdsn Orem, UT
    July 2, 2013 8:27 a.m.

    The app updated on my Ipad this week. I am excited about the new features, but disappointed that the things I had already marked in the old version didn't transfer across in the update, so I have to highlight again everything that I already had marked.

    I also don't appreciate how the text is smaller - I don't see a way to increase the text size, but the size on the old version was nice and readable, this one (since it has columns on either side to accomodate the new features) is smaller.

  • Filo Doughboy Bakersfield, CA
    July 2, 2013 8:17 a.m.

    I would think that Gen. Conference should be of prime importance for this app. If that's where your prophetic inspiration is delivered from, and former/original scriptures and revelations are fluid and/or out-dated, why not keep everyone current?

  • Filo Doughboy Bakersfield, CA
    July 2, 2013 7:53 a.m.

    Are these topics and scriptures editted, redacted or in any way compromised from the originals? If they are in their pure, originally-given forms, this will truly be helpful and expedite research and dialogue.

    If the older historical versions are "editted" or removed, then white-washing serves no one. Since no church history references were made, I assume there's no Journal of Discourses, personal diary entries or 19th-century Conference talks stored. For instance, the Prophet Joseph's funerary "King Follette" discourse, etc. could be studied and discussed. Or Brigham's firey SLC Tab sermons...

    I am not LDS, but my family is. This will be a valuable tool in our evangelistic discussions, if we have a commonly accepted "official church" reference as foundation. Looking forward to checking it out.

  • utah cornhusker NORFOLK, NE
    July 2, 2013 7:48 a.m.

    My ensign shows up every month, but general conference doesn't update.

  • BYR Woods Cross, UT
    July 1, 2013 9:36 p.m.

    I agree. LDSScriptures app is great. I do have problems with syncing between devices, it takes longer than I like, but it eventually gets there. Good app and I can work offline.

  • Bob Lonsberry Mt. Morris, NY
    July 1, 2013 7:10 p.m.

    I love and appreciate this app on my Android phone, and can't wait for this new version to come out in Android. If I could offer a suggestion, I'd sure like it if there was a feature that would give me a daily reading assignment -- like a "read the book of mormon in a year" or "read the book of mormon in a month" or "read the standard works in two years." The YouVersion Bible app has some wonderful reading plans that take you through the Bible. I use that, and sure wish there was a similar LDS product. I think it would be good for individual or family scripture study. Again, really appreciate Gospel Library. Thank you.

  • stuff Provo, UT
    July 1, 2013 2:57 p.m.

    It's still not as intuitive as the iOS app ldsscriptures (.com). It takes too many taps to switch books, it's difficult to highlight, tag and bookmark. And, it doesn't sync as well across multiple devices. And, there isn't a desktop app, just a web interface to My only association with ldsscriptures is as a customer. Yes, it costs like $15 but it's worth it, imho. My own study has been greatly enhanced.

  • Uncle Gadianton Salt Lake City, Utah
    July 1, 2013 2:41 p.m.

    What are the people who have wrong type of iPad (I just tried to download it). It will only work with the IOS of 6.0 or hgher.

  • BYR Woods Cross, UT
    July 1, 2013 2:41 p.m.

    I would like to see this work offline, still giving me access to all my personal content.

  • The Sensible Middle Bountiful, UT
    July 1, 2013 1:25 p.m.

    Hopefully now when searching all relevant scriptures will come up up not just the ones that are chosen by some individual or committee.

  • SillyRabbit Layton, 00
    July 1, 2013 1:23 p.m.

    "As you subscribe to select content, when new issues of the Ensign or other content comes out, it will appear automatically in your library."

    I hadn't thought of it since my family purchases the subscription, but if you don't subscribe, can you not download the latest Ensign articles?

    Just curiosity.