Several mobile challenges were presented at BibleTech:2008

Several mobile challenges were presented at BibleTech:2008

Summary: I spent the last couple of days at the BibleTech: 2008 conference here in the Seattle area that brought together geeks who love the Lord and are providing Bible tools on computers, including mobile devices. You can check out all my blog posts on the sessions I attended on my personal blog. Three of the last six sessions I attended on Saturday focused on mobility and experiences from Olive Tree Bible Software and Laridian.

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iPocketBibleI spent the last couple of days at the BibleTech: 2008 conference here in the Seattle area that brought together geeks who love the Lord and are providing Bible tools on computers, including mobile devices. You can check out all my blog posts on the sessions I attended on my personal blog. Three of the last six sessions I attended on Saturday focused on mobility and experiences from Olive Tree Bible Software and Laridian. The developer of Pocket e-Sword was also in attendance (using an OQO Model 02) and I believe he gave an impromptu session at the end of the conference, that I was unable to attend.

It was interesting to hear about all of the challenges the developers experience in relation to mobile devices with the numerous platforms, development languages, installation methodologies, user-interfaces, and more. I garnered a new appreciation for the software I purchase and use on my mobile devices and feel even better about supporting 3rd party application developers with my money.

Laridian president, Craig Rairdin, had a very interesting presentation on synchronizing user-generated content between mobile devices and PCs that solves a lot of issues with data integrity and portability. Two presentations were given by Olive Tree representatives that talked about the many challenges. All of the mobile vendors tend to agree that the mobile landscape will not converge to one or two main platforms and given my experiences in mobile tech I agree with their assessment. This will make continued development of 3rd party applications challenging for all vendors who choose to develop cross-platform or multi-platform applications and I now have a deeper understanding of these challenges.

Topic: Mobility

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  • N810 Laridian

    any discussion in regards to developing any of the readers for the Nokia 810 platform? im using Rapier now and i miss taking notes and the options Laridian or Olive Tree offers.
    Rich O
    jazbbass12
    • Sorry, doesn't look like it now

      The market for the Nokia Internet Tablet still isn't large enough for any of the Bible developers I know to focus resources on yet. I am able to use the iPocketBible solution on the N800 with some changes to the zoom levels. I saw Laridian's sync solution with the iPocketBible service on the iPhone and there were options to add Notes so I can't wait until it is released since that may allow you to insert notes on the N800/N810. Unfortunately, you will need to have an internet connection. The web-based solutions may be the best way to use some more of the advanced options until Rapier is updated with more editing support.
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
      • maybe i reach out to Rapier folks for notes option.

        yup, i tried the ipod touch version, a bit too cumbersome. i have
        Laridian on my V6700, screen is a little small. I miss my Toshiba
        high res E800.
        well, i might write to the Rapier folks to see if they are working on adding
        a notes option. Thanks Matt...
        Rich O
        jazbbass12
  • Laridian offline version

    Matt - thanks for bringing it to our attention. I had no idea such a conference even existed. I use Laridian on my AT&T 8525 PocketPC Phone, and it works very well. I often refer to the app when I'm commuting underground in the subway (in New York city) so a purely web version without an offline feature probably would not work for me (e.g. the iPhone web version by Laridian), although a web version makes sense for a multi-platform strategy. Please keep us posted on any more developments like these e.g. www.youversion.com
    williammak