To download Palm Bible+, please visit the Files page (http://palmbibleplus.sourceforge.net/files.htm) and download the latest version*. Palm Bible+ is contained within a .zip file format. To unzip, use a program such as WinZip. That program will extract the files and place them onto a folder on your computer's hard drive. Identify where you unzipped the program and open the Palm Bible+ folder and open the folder.
PalmBible+ is distributed in three differnt versions:
|Full||This is the full suite of Palm Bible+. It includes versions for other languages, fonts, plugins, and snapshots for use with Palm Bible+. It also includes tools for creating fonts and snapshots.|
|Minimal||This is the minimum of programs that would be used to run Palm Bible+ on your PalmOS device. It contains only the English version, fonts, and a few of the skins.|
|Sources + Binaries||
This is the complete distrbution of Palm Bible+. It is meant for those who will be developing for Palm Bible+. It contains all that is included within the Full version, plus the source files and binaries which are used to create and modify modules for Palm Bible+.
Please note that Palm Bible+ islicensed under the GPL, pursuant being a fork of BibleReader (http://www.asaisoft.com/), which was under GPL. Any modifications to the program should include references to Palm Bible+. For more information about the GPL and its rules of use, please visit http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html.
*From time to time there will be beta (or testing) versions of Palm Bible+ availiable from the Files page. Please use these beta versions at your own risk. For the best stability, use the latest non-beta versions of Palm Bible+.
Within Palm Bible+, there are four versions of the program designed to meet the needs of nearly all PalmOS users. Below, you will find the names of each of the versions of Palm Bible+ and their purposes.
|Palm OS Version||Palm Bible+ Name||Comments|
|For PalmOS 5 and above||Palmbible_eng.prc||This is the regular version of the Palm Bible+ program.|
|Palmbible_eng_big.prc||This is the same as the above, but it also includes Greek and Hebrew fonts for viewing those manuscripts.|
|For all versions of the PalmOS||Palmbible_eng_lite.prc||This version is not optimized for PalmOS5 and works best with PalmOS 4 devices.|
|Palmbible_eng_xlite.prc||This version is an even further slimmed down lite version that works on PalmOS 3.5 devices, and may work on some PalmOS 3.3 devices.|
To install, double click on the version of Palm Bible+ that best suits your device. If you are not sure as to which one would work for you, install Palmbible_eng.prc. HotSync your device to install Palm Bible+.
For Palm Bible+ to be used, you must have at least one bible installed. Bibles can be downloaded from the Bibles page (http://palmbibleplus.sourceforge.net/bibles.htm). Once you have downloaded the bible(s) that you would like to use, follow the same steps as above for installing PalmBible+ during the HotSync.
Palm Bible+ can support up to 48 bibles/commentaries. For inquiries about specific bible versions please visit our Forums. If you would like to create your own bible for use within Palm Bible+, please visit the Create Your Own Bible page (http://palmbibleplus.sourceforge.net/createbible.htm) at the Palm Bible+ website.
Palm Bible+ has come about becasue of the work of many different programmers. Some have added to the functionality of Palm Bible+ by the addition of some features. These features, included with all distributions of Palm Bible+, are listed below.
|Snapshots||Snapshots allow you to save a search, or a page of scriptures for later reference. There is one sample shapshop included within the Palm Bible+ download.|
|Skins||Skins allow you to change the appearance of the menu. You can add a cross icon, high resoulution graphics, or customize icons. There are two skins that are included with the Palm Bible+ download: hiresskin.prc and crossskin.prc.|
|Fonts||Palm Bible+ supports the use of fonts to change the appearance of text within the program. To install a font, double click on the font on your computer, HotSync it to your PalmOS device, and then go to the Menu > Options > Skins and Plugins and select the font that you wish to use. Please note that you can only have one Hebrew and one Greek font active at any one time.|
|Cross References||As with print bible, cross references allow you to view several scripture references for a particular verse. The cross references file can be downloaded from http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/palmbibleplus/tsk.pdb?download. It can be installed within the RAM or on a storage card within the PALM/Launcher directory.|
|Plucker Plugin Interface (PPI)||
The Plucker Plugin Interface (PPI) was created by Alexander Pruss (http://www.prussfamily.us/PPI.html) as a means to use Road Lingua (http://www.absoluteword.com/) or BDicty (http://www.beiks.com) resources in concert with Palm Bible+.
To use PPI, you must first download it from http://www.prussfamily.us/PPI.html; then HotSync it to install it to your handheld. Open PPI from your PalmOS device; choose the program to look up the word in (if BDicty, choose custom and then write BDicty in the Name line); and check clipboard (for BDicty users, make sure to write 212 in the Command CustomBase+ line); click save and exit PPI. Enter Palm Bible+ and select Menu > Options > Preferences; from the top right drop down menu, select Interface, check both boxes; hit OK.
To activtate PPI, double click on the word that you want to know the meaning of within Bible+. It will then copy the word to the clipboard, and then to your dictionary program and show you the definition. NOTE: if you have multiple dictionaries, you may have to specify which dictionary that you are using after the dictionary has come up.
Now that you have installed Palm Bible+ (and possibly some of its options); here is an explaination of the features of Palm Bible+ and how to use them.
When you first open Palm Bible+, you have a splash scree that tells you the version of Palm Bible+ that you are running, plus a scripture of encouragement. You are then greeted with the scripture and menu icons at the top of the screen.
(from left to right)
|The Current Book, Chapter, and Verse|
|The Swap Split Windows Button||Used to swap the contents of the windows while in the Dual View Mode|
|The Select Bible Button||Used to select which bible is to be used (up to 48 bibles/commentaries can be in this menu)|
|The Go To Book Button||Used to go to a specific book|
|The Find Button||Used to search for words or phrases within the currently active bible|
|The View Bookmarks Button||Used to show all bookmarks the user has saved|
|The Navigate Snapshots Button||Used to show all the snapshots the user has saved|
|The Toggle Split Button||Used to switch between two versions of bibles/commentaries within Bible+|
Bible+ was designed with the general and advanced bible reader in mind. Therefore, navigation throughout Bible+ follows a simple mindset of allowing the user to do many things with either icon taps or Graffiti™ input.
(activated by a bottom left to top right stroke in the Graffiti™ area then writing the corresponding letter)
|Forward||F||advance to previously viewed scripture|
|Back||B||go back to previously viewed scripture|
|Jump to Book||J||go to book selection screen|
|Goto Chapter/Verse||Z||go to chapter and verse selection screen for the current bible|
|To Personal Notes||M||go to personal notes (can be exported to Memo Pad)|
|To Bookmark||K||go to Bookmarks management screen|
|Add Bookmark||A||adds a bookmark to currently viewed scripture; also allows categorization and adding an annotation to that bookmark|
|Find/Search||S||go to Find screen|
|Toggle Footnotes||N||toggles footnotes on and off (for versions that contain footnotes only)|
|Swap/Unsplit Window||D||switches between single version and dual version view|
|Swap Bible Windows||W||switches between two bible versions (to customize which two versions, go to the Jump to Book screen and select the dual view checkbox)|
|Copy Screen||C||copies the bible verses on the screen; will copy the verse in completion if it is cut off at the bottom of the screen)|
|Copy Verse||copies only the active verse (as noted at the top left of the screen)|
|Preferences||R||configures look, feel, and management of utilities within Bible+|
|Skins and Plugins||edits availiable fonts, plugins, and skins|
|Set Controls||O||allows for customization of all icons and commands within Bible+|
|Delete Bibles||deletes bibles and other resources used within BIble+|
|About Installed Bibles||gives all copyright information for all installed bibles and resources within Bible+|
|About Bible+||copyright and other information about Bible+|
PalmBible plus supports writing notes and exporoting them to Memo Pad. It also has support for viewing embedded footnotes, and annotations within bookmarks.
To get to the notes screen either do the command stroke (activated by a bottom left to top right stroke in the Graffiti™ area) and then writing the letter M; or, by tapping the menu button and going to Go, then clicking To Personal Notes. You will be presented with a screen that looks similar to the Memo Pad screen. There are two buttons on the top right of the screen. The Export button sends all text on the screen into a Memo Pad file. The Close button sends you back to the bible versions screen.
Bible+ supports viewing footnotes (activated by the command stroke and then writing the letter N). These footnotes are embedded within the bible and cannot be edited. You can add annotations to a verse via the Bookmark function. Either tap the bookmark icon at the top right of the screen, write the command stroke and the letter A, or tap the menu button > Go > Add Bookmark. You will then see a button that says Note. This button will lead you to a screen that will enable you to write a note within that particular verse. On verses that are commonally accessed, a good idea would be to date each annotation.
PalmBible+ is a very versatile bible reading program. Via the preferences, set controls, and skinning options, one can personalize Bible+ to be as comfortable as possible.
Fonts and Colors
|customize colors for book name, title, chapter number, verse number, text color, highlight color, divider (inactive side), and divider (active side)|
|Font Size||three options: thin, normal and large|
|Spacing||single, 1.5, and double line spacing; single, 1.5, and double word/letter spacing; equal-length verse number spacing option; minimize space after number option|
|Remove Blank Lines||remove blank lines when in single window or split window views|
|Hide Footnotes||footnote markers can be hidden, identified by a star (*) or by a degree symbol (°)|
|Sort Books||Choose alphabetically or canonically (default)|
|Ask Verse After Choose Book||Sends you to the GoTo Chapter Verse screen instead of just going to the book and writing the chapter, colon, then number|
|Old Chapter/Verse Selector||Gives the user the Olive Tree style GoTo menu instead of the slider-enabled version|
|Save History||saves a history of the scriptures visited even if you leave the Bible+ program; can be buggy with some PalmOS versions|
|Enable Cross References||Enables the use of the TSK Crossreferences file. To enable the cross references, double click on the verse number when viewing Scripture text. See the Links section to download the TSK Crossreferences file.|
Switch title to/from Verse
|Will show either verse or title of the version used|
|Include Bible version in Title Bar||Will show the bible version in the title bar; in dual view the first bible will be shown then the second version|
|HiRes Title||For hires devices only, will show smoother verse numbers/title in the title bar|
|Smooth Scroll||Scrolls smoothly verses jerky|
|Scroll Entire Screen||When checked, will not show the last line of text when scrolling to the next screen|
|Smart Qutation Mark Spacing||Sets appropriate character spacing for text which uses smart quotes|
|Horozontal Dual View||When checked, the dual view will show the bibles side by side instead of one on top of the other|
|Window Size Ratio||Give several options for the size of the main window verses the secondary window when in dual view; 1:4, 1:3, 1:2, 2:3, 1:1 (default - equal sized), 3:2, 2:1, 3:1, 4:1 - the first number represents the top/left window|
|Rotate||Rotates screen for landscape (clockwise or counter-clockwise) or portrait (right-side-up or upside-down)|
|Faster Search||Activates the ARMlet search capabilities in OS5/Garnet devices|
|Continous Redraw||Contiunally redraws the screen for greater screen clarity|
|Don't Map Fonts for FontHack|
|PPI Lookup||Allows for the use of the Plucker Plugin Interface to view dictionary and lexicon information without leaving Bible+. This option enables PPI and activates it by double-clicking on the selected word. You will need RoadLingua (http://www.roadlingua.com) or BDicty (http://www.beiks.com) to use this feature. Please see the Links section to download PPI for your device.|
|Transliterate Greek before PPI||Converts Greek text to English when using PPI.|
Bible+ can be enhanced by different skins, fonts, and plugins. To use a particular skin, font, or plugin: download the desired skin, font, or plugin; install via Hotsync; then go to Options > Skins and Plugins. Once there, activate the desired skin, font, or plugin. Bible+ will then restart. Reenter Bible+ to see the skin, font, or plugin in action.
NOTE: Only one Greek and one Hebew can be active at one time. Enabling more than one of each will result in your handheld freezing and restarting.
To create a skin, font or plugin, please visit the PalmBible+ website (http://palmbibleplus.sourceforge.net), click on Bibles (http://palmbibleplus.sourceforge.net/bibles.htm) and then click on Create Your Own Bible (http://palmbibleplus.sourceforge.net/createbible.htm). For more assistance, please visit the Help section within our Forums (http://palmbibleplus.sourceforge.net/forums.htm) .
The Set Controls option allows for you to customize buttons and icons to your preference. There are numerous ways to use this function to customize Bible+ to your liking. There is an option to go back to the default settings if you feel that your customizations are not right and want to start over.
NOTE: When upgrading to a new version of Bible+, your preferences may or may not be saved (depending if there is need of a clean install or not). If a clean install of PalmBible+ is required for an upgrade, the PBPLConfig.pdb file can be moved to an expansion card via program such as Filez or McFile. Then you can proceed with the upgrade.
For all questions regarding the operation of PalmBible+, including installation, bible versions, and availiablity, please refer to our Forums (http://palmbibleplus.sourceforge.net/forums.htm) and its Help section. Anncouncements about new versions and bug fixes can also be found in the Forums.
If you are having problems with a new version after installation, please follow these steps:
Here is the team responsble for putting together Palm Bible+ and all of its resources:
Bible+ is copyright © 2003 Yih-Chun Hu
Original code is copyright © 2001 Poetry H.C. Poon
HiRes+ support © 2003 Alexander Pruss
HiRes+ support modified from code © 2003 Adam McDaniel
LowRes Fonts copyright © 2002 Michael Neuhold
HiRes Fonts copyright © 2002 J. S. Park , NON-COMMERCIAL USE ONLY
Website created by Antoine RJ Wright © 2004.
Manual updated by Antoine RJ Wright and Cosmin © 2004.