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On 1 March 2018 2:26 AM, Troy A. Griffitts <> wrote:

> Dear team,
> You all know we've been working on Cordova bindings for SWORD for quite some 
> time now.  We now have a simple reader written in JavaScript which will run 
> unchanged on both Android and iOS.Bishop includes an InstallMgr to 
> auto-discover remote installation sources and let a user install SWORD 
> content.
> I've kept the development code name "Bishop", my favorite android (from 
> Aliens) and almost appropriate for a Bible app :)  I've also tacked on our 
> boring moniker from our Windows app, "Bishop: The SWORD Project for Android". 
>  Long name but should get more search hits.
> Basically, Bishop's UI has 2 basic modes:
>> Reader: which simply shows 1 chapter of up to 3 Bibles in parallel.
>> Verse Study: When in reader mode, as the user scrolls, one verse will always 
>> be active, when "Verse Study" is chosen from the menu, the user can then 
>> drill down into that active verse.  Verse Study has 4 tools:
>>> Word Study: shows the verse broken down word by word, showing the original 
>>> Greek or Hebrew behind each word, along with a simple definition.
>>> Commentary: shows all installed commentary for that verse.
>>> Witness Study: shows all available ancient New Testament manuscript 
>>> witnesses which attest to the current verse.
>>> Variant Study: shows all variant between the manuscript witnesses for the 
>>> current verse.
> Other features include very basic bookmarks and search.  The Android release 
> has an initial attempt at BibleSync support to send your current verse out to 
> all your friends running Bishop on the same network (thanks Karl!).
> The initial goal of Bishop was to be the thinnest client on top of the 
> bindings, as an example and thus uses no 3rd party libraries, save jQuery.  
> Now that the initial release is completed and can serve as an example, we're 
> free to improve the mobile user interface if anyone feels called to join the 
> team and give it a shot.
> Installation locations follow.  It's best to let Bishop install its basic set 
> of SWORD modules upon first run, so it has a minimal set of tools it can use 
> to operate.  It will prompt you to do this when you first launch the 
> application and it finds no modules installed.
> Android users can install the app from:
> iPhone users will need to send me their UDID for testing while we try to get 
> through the Apple Store approval process.  I haven't even tried yet as I 
> don't have much hope that it is "pretty" enough for them, but the download 
> link for the iPhone binary is here:
> The code can be had from:
> Please let us know what you think if you are a user, and offer your 
> suggestions from a usability perspective.
> If you are a developer, please offer comments and suggest features you have a 
> desire and are willing to add.
> Please give us a great rating so we show up in a search in the Play Store and 
> let others know.  I think we have some unique feature that other app don't 
> offer and I've been using Bishop as my morning reader for a while now.  The 
> default fullscreen text without clutter is pleasant.
> Christ's best for you!
> Troy
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