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Image Gallery: Mantis Bible Study for the Apple iPhone

I previously posted reviews of two Bible study applications I have used on other smartphone platforms that moved onto the iPhone, Laridian PocketBible and Olive Tree Bible Reader, primarily because they are the programs I was most familiar with over a number of years. One thing we have discovered with the launch of the iPhone and the App Store is that there are a ton of developers creating new and exciting applications just for this platform. The most compelling of these native iPhone programs pertaining to Bible reading and study that I found so far is Mantis Bible Study. I actually discovered this a few months ago when I was looking for a program and was pleased to see it was one of the only ones with note taking support. After adding back the two apps I used in the past, I reloaded Mantis Bible Studay and actually think it may be the best of all Bible applications on the iPhone platform.
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By Matthew Miller, Contributor on
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I previously posted reviews of two Bible study applications I have used on other smartphone platforms that moved onto the iPhone, Laridian PocketBible and Olive Tree Bible Reader, primarily because they are the programs I was most familiar with over a number of years. One thing we have discovered with the launch of the iPhone and the App Store is that there are a ton of developers creating new and exciting applications just for this platform. The most compelling of these native iPhone programs pertaining to Bible reading and study that I found so far is Mantis Bible Study. I actually discovered this a few months ago when I was looking for a program and was pleased to see it was one of the only ones with note taking support. After adding back the two apps I used in the past, I reloaded Mantis Bible Studay and actually think it may be the best of all Bible applications on the iPhone platform.

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It is simple to jump between full screen and a screen with menus.

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Tapping the blue verse number gives you access to several functions.

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The first settings screen lets you control how Bible text appears.

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Several other settings let you manage Mantis Bible Study content.

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The font selector appears in typical iPhone roller format.

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More ways to manage how the program works and appears.

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Ways to clear the settings and other data to start over.

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A handy feature of Mantis Bible Study is the auto-scrolling capability. You can control the speed of the scrolling using the slider on the bottom of the display.

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There are many resources to read and study in Mantis Bible Study.

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Book downloads can be managed on this screen.

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New resources you have purchased, but not yet downloaded appear in red. You can download content for offline reading.

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One of two ways to choose a book of the Bible.

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This is another way to select books of the Bible.

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Some resources have helpful subject titles for verses in the verse selector.

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You can read more details about the toolbar from within Mantis Bible Study.

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The first time you launch bookmarks you will see instructions on how to create bookmarks.

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You can backup your notes, bookmarks, highlights, and reading log from within the program.

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The first time you create a note, specific step-by-step instructions will tell you how.

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Tapping on a blue verse number gives you various options for creating notes, bookmarks, and more.

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You can create a note in a separate screen or right within a verse you are reading.

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A very helpful feature for Bible study is the ability to compare different Bible translations.

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You can choose to email verses and when you do a verse is copied right into the email body.

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The first time you decided to conduct a search you will find specific instructions on how to do so.

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Your reading history is available within Mantis Bible Study.

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In addition to local history you can view global history in the program.

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Tips are available to show you what you can do with the shaded corner controls.

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There are tips for controls of all four corners.

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Double tapping to full screen gives you the best reading experience.

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Quick and easy buttons for interacting with verses.

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This screenshot shows the landscape mode and how it looks on your iPhone.

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Full screen viewing works well in landscape.

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The ability to create and manage folders within notes and bookmarks is quite helpful.

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Tapping on the blue verse gives you quick access to these controls.

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