BibleReader 4.x for Blackberry with media card
BibleReader 4.x in two easy steps
For beta users:
Click this link to install the newest BlackBerry Beta BibleReader directly to your device: over-the-air (OTA) install.
Important! This BibleReader is a beta version, which means users might encounter unexpected errors.
If you install a beta version, please join the BlackBerry Beta Forum to share your results with our developers.
The 4.x version of BibleReader requires that you download new Bible files to your media card. Files from the 1.x BlackBerry reader, or from other platforms, are formatted differently, and will be ignored by the BibleReader.
To install BibleReader manually (non-OTA install) click here
| Release notes
| Advanced search instructions
To install Bibles automatically from within the new BibleReader:
- To download purchased products:
- From the BibleReader menu, select Library.
- From the Library screen, select My Account from the menu.
- Enter your Olive Tree username and password if prompted.
- There will be a pause while your information is sent to the server. Then you will see a list of available purchased products that will work with your device.
- Click on one of the books in your personal library to have it download directly to your device.
To download free products:
- From the BibleReader menu, select Library.
- From the Library screen, select Book Store from the menu.
- From the Book Store list, select Free Items.
- There will be a pause while information is retrieved from the server. Then you will see a list of available free books that will work with your device.
- Click on one of the free books to have it download directly to your device.
- BlackBerry OS 4.2 (or higher) and media card are required for BibleReader 4.x.
- In BibleReader 4.03.062 or above, if you get an error regarding the media card when starting, your media card may not be turned on. From the main BlackBerry screen, select Options -> Media Card. Make sure Media Card Support and Mass Storage Mode Support are both set to On.
- You can check that your media card is working correctly by going to the Media application. Click the menu button and select Explore. Make sure Media Card is listed there.
- When you go to Library -> My Account or Library -> Book Store, if no list of books appears, your Olive Tree network setting may need to be changed.
We are still testing the automatic download. If you get an error, please report the exact message to the BlackBerry Beta forum.
- From the BibleReader main screen, select Options from the menu.
- Select BlackBerry Network -> Network Options 1.
- BibleReader defaults to using a WiFi connection. If you are accessing the network through a corporate BES network, change the setting to BES. Otherwise, choose BIS-B.
- Return to the Library, select Book Store or My Account from the menu, and a list of books should appear.
To install Bibles manually for the new BibleReader:
- From your desktop computer, go to Olive Tree for BlackBerry with Media Card to see the products currently available for BlackBerry with Media Card.
- Make sure the Current Device at the top of the screen says "BlackBerryWithStorageCard(BR 4.0)".
- Download Bibles or eBooks to your desktop, then transfer to your media card. details
Disconnect your BlackBerry from the USB cable before attempting to access your library.
If your library is blank, select Reload library from the menu.
- Visit our store to download free books.
- Log onto your account to access purchased products. No repurchase is necessary.
- Please submit any comments on the new 4.x reader to our
BlackBerry Beta forum.
- The files changed between version 4.001.0007 and 4.02.013. All library files need to be re-downloaded, and placed on the media card in /olivetree.
- We are still working on this BibleReader. Expect frequent updates, which may include upgraded Bible files.
- Changes in 4.10.152:
- Bug fix for downloading from My Account on the new server over WiFi.
- Changes in 4.10.151:
- Bug fix for accessing My Account on a new install.
- Changes in 4.10.150:
- Upgrade to handle newer resources.
- Library screen now defaults to display books on the device, rather than showing Book Store or My Account.
- New embedded file for images, such as default book cover image.
- Changes in 4.06.110:
- Bug fix for upgrading from 4.05.088. Sometimes the BibleReader would get "stuck" on the startup screen because a problem in the options file.
- Changes in 4.06.109:
- Fix for encrypted files
- Beginning of support for dictionaries (not yet turned on)
- Changes in 4.05.088:
- Speed improvements in scrolling forward, building library
- Changes in 4.05.086:
- Bug fix for search in KJV with Strong's numbers
- Added trackball option for no scrolling
Changes in 4.05.084:
- Strong's numbers enabled (KJV only)
- Option to change color of words of Jesus
- Fixed bug where download screen would hang on dropped connection
- Fixed "long table bug": in Library, My Account, color options (on some devices)
- Added message on startup if file permissions are set to Deny
Change in 4.03.068:
- Fix for multiple word search.
Changes in 4.03.062:
- Fix for search crash in ESV Study Bible
- More error checking during download of Bibles
- Error message on startup if media card is unavailable
- Message on startup if library is empty, with instructions
Changes in 4.03.057 (first production version):
- Handles Olive Tree username with spaces
- Image scrolling
- Table of Contents available on main menu
Changes in 4.03.056:
- Bug fix for Spanish search
- Bug fix when downloading an existing book
- Table of Contents menu item (products using this will be available soon)
Change in 4.03.052:
- Bug fix when downloading a Bible
Changes in 4.03.050 include:
- Access to the web store and ability to download free items
- Search bug fixed in French and German (still working on Spanish)
- Ability to cancel search
- Bug fixes
Changes in 4.03.038 include:
- Faster startup
- Access to your Personal Library from within the BibleReader
- Verse chooser and library selection work better on BB Bold
- Color options for verse numbers and footnotes
- Bug fixes
To transfer files manually to your media card:
- If you are transferring a Bible, first run the BibleReader, then use the menu to exit. This will create the directory needed for Bibles.
- Download the file directly to your desktop computer (no OTA install).
- Connect your BlackBerry to your desktop computer using the USB cable.
- Transfer the .pdb file as follows:
Without using Desktop Manager:
- Be sure you can access the memory card in Windows Explorer.
- Use Explorer to copy the .pdb files you just downloaded to BlackBerry drive that now shows up as your BlackBerry (i.e. to E:\). Copy to the directory \olivetree that was created by the BibleReader.
- Eject the BlackBerry drive using the USB device eject icon in your systray on the task bar.
Using Desktop Manager:
Disconnect your BlackBerry from the USB cable.
If the new file does not show up in the BibleReader immediately, go to the Library and select "Reload library" from the menu.
- Make sure BlackBerry Desktop Manager version 4.2, service pack 1 is installed on your desktop computer.
- Start BlackBerry Desktop Manager.
- Click on Media Manager.
- On the right side of the screen, browse to the olivetree directory created by the BibleReader.
- On the left side of the screen, browse to the .pdb files you downloaded. Select the files to transfer and click the arrow pointing right.
To use advanced search options:
Advanced Search Syntax
We don't have the Advanced search syntax documentation ready to include with the reader yet. So here is some documentation on it. Please post to the forum if you have questions or examples of things you want to search for. That will be the most helpful to explain this. You don't have to use the Advanced Syntax. You only use it when this option is set in the search options. This is very powerful and very fast search algorithm.
To use advanced search, change the "Find" option on the search screen to "Advanced search."
The search string must start with an open parenthesis and end with a close parenthesis plus the codes following it or it must be a single word. Each word may have an unlimited number of asterisks in any position. The codes following the close parenthesis are as follows:
- For an OR search, just put "o"
- For an AND search, put "a" followed by the three more values listed below:
- o/n: "o" in order to retain order, "n" in order not to require retaining order
- v/w: "v" in order to make the proximity based on verses, "w" for proximity to be based on words
- a number: the proximity in either verses or words. The proximity gives the maximum distance between the first word/expression in this set of parentheses and the last word/expression in this set of parentheses. So, for two consecutive words, one would use "w1". For three consecutive words, one would use "w2". For words in the same verse, one would use "v0".
Searches may be nested inside of searches as many times as one wishes. There is no limit on the number of words within one set of parentheses, no limit on the number of nested searches, no limit on the length of the search, and practically no limit on the number of asterisks in each word (an upper limit is employed that we don't anticipate anyone reaching--currently 100).
Here are some example searches. The quotation marks are just for seeing what is part of the searches in this list. They are not part of the search syntax.
"jesus": returns all occurrences of the exact word "jesus"
"jes*": returns all occurrences of words beginning with "jes"
"*jes*s*": returns all occurrences of words with "jes" somewhere in the word with another "s" somewhere after it in the word (e.g. "jesus", "jesse")
"(jesus christ)aow1": returns all occurrences of the exact phrase "jesus christ"
"(jesus christ)anw1": returns all occurrences of "jesus christ" or "christ jesus"
"(jesus christ)anv0": returns all occurrences of "jesus" and "christ" anywhere in the same verse in either order
"(*hover* spir*)anv3": returns all occurrences of words with "hover" somewhere in them and words beginning with "spir" somewhere within 3 verses of one another
Also, if you don't want to use the () syntax you can use quotes for exact phrase. So searching for
"son of man" Jesus
will find all verses that have the exact phrase "son of man" and Jesus somewhere in it.
You can also put newlines in your search for readability. So you may write a search like this
This search returns all occurrences of words with "hover" somewhere in them and words beginning with "spir" somewhere within 3 verses of one another and either the word "god" or the word "lord" within 200 words (regardless of how many verses that is)of both the word with "hover" and the word beginning with "spir".
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