However until it [BB-Nokia] ever happens I recommend GoBible
I would greatly appreciate feedback on how GoBible and other Bible software for pda's and smart-phones compares to the Berean Bible study freeware (aka BerBible aka BB). Have you used it on a PPC? How about a Palm Treo?
Following are a suggested list to take into account, in the categories of performance, capabilities, and 'other'.
Timings: how long does the alternative (GoBible, e-Sword-PPC, etc.) take to:
- "launch" on the device
- display a long chapter like Ps 119 or Luke 1
- input the verse-reference to lookup, or the word(s) for which to search
- do a 'typical' case-insensitive, all-words search for "Pride fall" (should find several, depending on which translation used)
- depending on the s/w search flexibility, do a case-sensitive, exact-match, all-words search for "Pride fall" in the range of Old Testament (Should find only Prov 16:18, depending on which translation used. This can be a relatively time-consuming search ... several minutes with some Palm software.)
- compare the "most complicated" search for which BerBible and the other software can both do to get an "apples and apples" comparison (in general, exact match takes longer, case-insensitive takes longer, entire Bible takes longer,
- In fairness to GoBible (and other Bible software), BB-PPC has very few "scholarly" capabilities, and negligible "rendering"
- BerBible-Desktop and BerBible-PPC both have an "oddball" menu-item for "View + Timings (elapsed ms)" to show ... uh ... elapsed milliseconds in the "Find" button.
- 'rendering' ... availability of 'tags' such as bold, supescript, highlighting, 'eye-candy', etc.
- scholarly capabilities (Strongs numbering, CrossRefs, commentaries, FootNotes, dictionary lookups, etc.)
- resources for free, including modern English Bibles, foreign Bibles, commentaries
- resources for pay
- advanced searching (does s/w have more or less flexibility compared to BB, such as range limits, phrase, exact matching, regex, verse-spanning, EXCLUDE, BOOLEAN, etc. BB-PPC has less search flexibility than desktop PC version)
- internationalization ... non-English resources, especially Bibles
- end-user notes and end-user highlighting (preserved and can be recalled)
- other capabilities
- other considerations, like download size, ease-of-use, learning curve, etc.
- download size
- ease-of-use and learning curve
- ease of installation
- memory usage and usability from flash-card
- how convenient or cumbersome to 'refine' search (limit range, case-sensitive, etc.)
- whether same resources work on Desktop and smart-device (don't have to pay twice)
- whether device software 'works-alike' to version for Windows PC desktop (if available) to reduce learning curve .... (i.e. 'desktop replacement')
- whether 'works-alike' for Linux and/or Mac desktop
- open source vs closed source (BB is closed source to facilitate publisher permissions)
- ongoing maintenance ... new releases to 'keep up with the times'
- reliability .... presence or absence of crashes, hangs, glitches, flaws, etc.
Here is a list of "vendors" of which I am aware have Bible software for 'devices' (pda's and smart-phones)
- Olive Tree
- e-Sword for the PPC
Here is a list of "platforms" for which Bible software is available:
- Nokia (used to be 3 different platforms ... maybe more now ... development done in C++)
- Palm, especially Treo (development done in C++, maybe other languages like micro-Java)
- BlackBerry (micro-Java)
- iPhone (? ... Objective-C? ... Object-Pascal? ... my impression is that it is relatively 'closed') ... looked very good for the 2 minute demo I saw
- Google G1 (C++?)
- Mobile 5/6 devices without touch-screen and/or QWERTY keyboard (BB-PPC doesn't work on these yet)
See this post for links to 'animated slideshows' that illustrate BerBible-PPC and BerBible-Palm in use.http://berbible.org/forums/index.php?topic=3.0
See this link for a FAQ regarding "Other Bible Software". I have always acknowledged that BerBible is not for everyone. Depending on your specific situation, expectations, and requirement, there may well be better 'fits'.)http://www.berbible.org/faq_other_software.php
See this link for a FAQ regarding "Road Map of Envisioned Enhancements" (primarily related to version for Windows PC desktop) http://www.berbible.org/faq_roadmap.php