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PocketSword for iOS

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Key Details of PocketSword

  • PocketSword is a Bible Study app for the iPad, iPhone & iPod touch (iOS 8.0 and above) that is built upon the powerful SWORD backend developed by...
  • Last updated on 9/30/2017
  • There have been 9 updates
  • Virus scan status:

    Clean (it's extremely likely that this software program is clean)


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Editors' Review

Download.com staff

PocketSword is a Bible reading app -- it comes complete with the King James Version of the Bible when downloaded and offers a handful of useful, albeit often limited tools for reading the Bible. While the app doesn't offer quite the depth of other Bible readers on the App Store, it is free and clearly has the accessibility of the material in mind in each of its design choices.

After downloading, you can start reading right away. The app is expandable, as well, with options to download other versions of the Bible, search indices (you cannot search by default), and commentary files. Despite a warning message about third-party access to your device that was a bit alarming, the download feature offers quite a few upgrades to the app, all for free. This all works well enough, but the sheer lack of options out of the box limits the use of the app, especially if you heed the warnings about downloading. Another issue we found is that the text has some formatting issues. Paragraphs are not spaced properly and so most of the text runs together. While you can go to a specific verse or search after installing the search index, it's hard to sort through text when it's all jumbled up.

Pocket Sword is a decent Bible app, but it falls short in a number of ways that other apps with similar functions do not. The formatting issue makes it hard to read, the download requirements are frustrating and time consuming, and browsing is tough. While you can save bookmarks, look up words or verses in the dictionary, and the single built-in commentary is helpful, the app could use some work.

What's new in version 1.4.8

- Updated for 64bit

- Updated for iOS 10

- Fixed search!

- Fixed Strong's Numbers search bug


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Full Specifications

GENERAL
Release
September 30, 2017
Latest update
September 30, 2017
Version
1.4.8
OPERATING SYSTEMS
Platform
iOS
Operating System
iOS 12.1.2
Additional Requirements
Compatible with: iPad2Wifi, iPad23G, iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini, iPadMini4G, iPhone5c, iPhone5s, iPadAir, iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6, iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro, iPadProCellular, iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE, iPhone7, iPhone7Plus, iPad611, iPad612, iPad71, iPad72, iPad73, iPad74
POPULARITY
Total Downloads
924
Downloads Last Week
0

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Developer's Description

PocketSword is a Bible Study app for the iPad, iPhone & iPod touch (iOS 8.0 and above) that is built upon the powerful SWORD backend developed by...
PocketSword is a Bible Study app for the iPad, iPhone & iPod touch (iOS 8.0 and above) that is built upon the powerful SWORD backend developed by the CrossWire Bible Society. Modules are available for download (offline use) within the app, with permission granted by the various copyright holders to CrossWire to distribute them for use in its apps. When you download this app, it comes with the KJV & Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible pre-installed, but you can use the downloader within PocketSword (located under the More tab) to choose which additional modules you wish to download from CrossWire and have available for offline use. MODULES. There are free modules (both Bible translations and commentaries) available in over 60 languages, including (but not limited to) : English, Greek (modern and ancient), Hebrew, German, Dutch, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese (simplified & traditional), Arabic, Afrikaans, Latin, Russian, Tagalog, Thai, Vietnamese and many more. Popular Bible translations available in the English language include: KJV, AKJV, ASV, ESV, NET, Tyndale, WEB and Young's Literal Translation. Popular Commentaries available in the English language include: Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary on the Whole Bible (as well as the "Concise" version), Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, John Wesley's Notes on the Bible, Abbot, Barnes, Geneva, Luther and more. (See http://crosswire.org/sword/modules/ for a fuller list of the modules). Dictionaries are also available within PocketSword, including Easton's Bible Dictionary and Nave's Topical Bible Dictionary. Daily Devotionals are also available (under the More tab), including Spurgeon's Morning & Evening. You can also choose to create your own modules, using the tools available from Crosswire, and install your modules directly from your computer to your iPhone. FEATURES. The SWORD backend to PocketSword is very powerful and allows for a rich experience for the end user. Currently implemented are: Built-in module downloader of modules in many different languages. Separate Bible, Commentary & Dictionary tabs for quick reference from one to the other: jump to a verse in one and it jumps to the same verse in the other. Landscape & fullscreen modes. Choose your font & font size for ease of reading. Bookmark & History (of Bible & Commentary use) support. Red Letter support & choice of reading Verse-Per-Line or using paragraphs. Night mode for easier reading in the dark. Install custom-made modules (including those with non-KJV versification, commenly called "Alternative Versification" or av11n). Searching within Bibles and Commentaries. Localisations in many languages. Copy and Paste support (of Bible verses, Commentary entries & Dictionary entries). Footnotes, cross-references & headings in modules that support them (ESV and KJV, for example). Strong's Numbers & Morphology in modules that support them. Follow us on Twitter @PocketSword.