Annotations

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Introduction

BibleReader allows you to annotate any text by adding user notes, bookmarks, and highlights to the text. Collectively, these three items are called Annotations. Annotations can be added to “Tags,” another BibleReader feature, so that selecting a Tag displays the list of all its Annotations.

This chapter explains how to use Annotations and Tags to enhance your study of the Bible.

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Tags

Tags are one of BibleReader’s most powerful and useful features. Tags allow you to create sets of chain-references that include notes, bookmarks, and highlights. Any bookmark; any highlighted word, phrase, or verse; and any note can be added to a single tag so that selecting the tag displays the list of all its annotations—the bookmarked verses, highlighted words and verses, and the notes that are tied to the tag. Thus tags allow you to create custom topical studies. Here is how this works.

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How to Create a Tag

To create a tag, tap the My Stuff briefcase icon, make sure you are on the My Stuff main page, and scroll down so that the Tags option is displayed.

Annotations: My Stuff, Tags

Tap the Tags option to display the My Tags dialog.

Annotations: Tags

At the bottom of this dialog, tap the Create New Tag button to display the Create Tag dialog.

Annotations: Tags, Create New

In the Name field of this dialog, enter a name for the tag you wish to create, for example, Marriage.

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Tap the Create button in the top right corner to create the tag. This takes you back to the My Tags dialog where you will see the new Marriage tag listed.

Annotations: Tags, Create New, Marriage

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How to Associate a Tag with a Bookmark, a Highlight, and a Note

Having created the Marriage tag, we need to associate it with a bookmark, a highlight, or a note. We will make all three associations.

How to Associate a Tag with a Bookmarked Verse

To associate the Marriage tag with a bookmarked verse, go to Genesis 2:20 (tap the Go To button to bring up the Verse Chooser, and then use Verse Chooser to go to Genesis 2:20). Touch and hold your finger on the verse number (20) for Genesis 2:20 until a gray box appears over the verse number. Lift your finger and the selection menu pops up.

Annotations: Tags, Select Verse

From that menu, select Bookmark to display the Bookmark menu. Genesis 2:20 should be displayed in the first field of this dialog and a Tags button in the bottom left corner.

Annotations: Tags, Bookmark

Tap the Tags button to display the My Tags list.

Annotations: Tags, New Tag

Tap the Marriage tag on this list to associate it with the bookmark for Genesis 2:20. (Tapping the Marriage tag displays a check mark by it.)

Annotations: Tags, New Tag

Tap the Bookmark button on the top left of the My Tags list. This returns you to the Bookmark dialog.

Annotations: Tags, Select Verse

Tap the Done button on the top to complete the link between the Marriage tag and the Genesis 2:20 bookmark.

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How to Add a Tag to a Highlighted Verse

To add the Marriage tag to a highlighted verse, use the Verse Chooser to go to Genesis 1:26. Touch and hold your finger on the verse number (26) for Genesis 1:26 until a gray box appears over the verse number. Lift your finger and the selection menu pops up.

Annotations: Tags, Select Verse

From that menu, select Highlight to display the Highlight menu.

Annotations: Tags, Highlight

Tap the yellow selection (you can use any color) to highlight the verse in yellow.

Annotations: Tags, Highlight

To associate Genesis 1:26 with the Marriage tag, tap the My Stuff briefcase icon, make sure you are on the My Stuff main page, and then select Highlights from the My Stuff menu to display the Highlighters menu.

Annotations: Tags, Highlighters Menu

Tap on the word Yellow to display the My Highlights menu.

Annotations: Tags, Highlighters Menu

You should see Genesis 1:26 listed there. Tap the blue button to the right of Genesis 1:26 to edit the highlight for this verse.

Annotations: Tags, My Highlights, Title

In the dialog that pops up, tap the Edit Tags button to display the My Tags list.

Annotations: Tags, My Tags, Edit

On that list, tap the Marriage tag. (Tapping the Marriage tag displays a check mark by it.)

Annotations: Tags, My Tags, Edit

Close out of the My Tags dialog. (You can add a highlighted word or phrase to a tag in the manner just described for adding a highlighted verse to a tag.)

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How to Add a Tag to a Note

To add the Marriage tag to a note, use the Verse Chooser to go to Genesis 3:16. Touch and hold your finger on the verse number (16) for Genesis 3:16 until a gray box appears over the verse number. Lift your finger and the selection menu pops up.

Annotations: Tags, Genesis 3:16

From that menu, select Note to display the Note dialog for Genesis 3:16.

Annotations: Tags, Genesis 3:16

Type anything into the notes area. We’ll type “The results of sin on marriage.”

Annotations: Tags, Genesis 3:16

  • On an iPhone / iPod Touch, at the top of the screen tap the Done button. Five icons appear across the bottom of the dialog. The middle one represents Tags.
  • On an iPad, at the bottom of this dialog you will see five icons; the middle one represents Tags.

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Tap the Tags icon to display the My Tags list.

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Tap the Marriage tag to associate it with the note you just created. (Tapping the Marriage tag displays a check mark by it.)

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Tap the Back button in the top of the My Tags dialog to return to the note you created for Genesis 3:16.

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Tap the Save button in the top right corner to save your note. A small Note icon appears to the left of the 16 in Genesis 3:16.

Annotations: Tags, Genesis 3:16

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How to Sort Annotations

To sort annotations for the Marriage tag, tap the My Stuff briefcase icon, make sure you are on the My Stuff main page, and then tap Tags to display the My Tags list.

Annotations: Tags, My Tags

Tap the Marriage tag to display the My Annotations list for this tag.

Annotations: Tags, My Annotations

There are three ways to sort the order in which the annotations are displayed. Tap the Date button to sort by date.

Annotations: Tags, My Annotations, Sort: Date

Tap the Title button to sort by title.

Annotations: Tags, My Annotations, Sort: Title

Tap the Verse button to sort by biblical book-chapter-verse order.

Annotations: Tags, My Annotations, Sort: Verse

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How to Use Tags in Your Bible Study

Tap the My Stuff briefcase icon, make sure you are on the My Stuff main page, and then select Tags to display the My Tags list.

Annotations: Tags, My Tags

Tap the Marriage tag to display the My Annotations list for this tag. You should see three annotations—one each for notes, highlights, and bookmarks.

Annotations: Tags, My Annotations

Each annotation is listed by verse number, and each annotation has a small icon to the left of the verse number. A Notes annotation is indicated by an icon that looks like a piece of paper with a folded bottom-right corner. A Highlight annotation is indicated by an icon that looks like a pencil. And a Bookmark annotation is indicated by a balloon-like icon. Tapping an annotation for a highlight or a bookmark takes you to that location in the Bible. Tapping an annotation for a note opens the note but does not change your location in the Bible.

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Tags and the Resource Guide

Tags also are integrated with the BR5 Resource Guide. Follow the steps in the last paragraph above to display the My Annotations list for the tag Marriage. Tap the Look up Marriage button at the bottom of list. If you have BibleReader books installed that include articles on or discussions about marriage, a list of those books will now appear.

Annotations: Tags, Articles

Tapping on any book listed in the list will display the related article.

Annotations: Tags, Articles, Specific

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Conclusion

As you continue to study the Bible and discover more about marriage, you can add what you find to the Marriage tag (by bookmarking it, by highlighting it, or by taking a note on it) so that over time, you are creating an increasingly rich set of annotations about marriage.

To learn more about working with tags, here are two videos we have created for you:

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Notes

As we saw earlier in this chapter, BibleReader makes it easy to add notes to verses.

Use the Verse Chooser to go to Romans 5:1. Touch and hold your finger on the verse number 1 until a gray box appears over the verse number. Lift your finger and the selection menu pops up.

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Tap Note to display the Note dialog for Romans 5:1.

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Tap anywhere in the lined area to display the Note Editor, and then type anything into the notes area. We’ll type “This is a great verse.”

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Tap the Done button in the top right corner to indicate you are done taking notes on this verse at this time and to close the Note Editor.

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Tap the Save button in the top right corner of the Note dialog to save the note, close the dialog, and return to the main screen.

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The Note icon now appears before verse 1 in Romans 5:1. Tap the icon to display the note.

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If you wish to add to the note, tap anywhere in the lined area to display the Note Editor, and then add more text.

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Tap the Done button to exit the Note Editor and save the note.

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Left-to-right, the five icons across the bottom of each note allow you to

  • Delete the note (Trashcan icon)
  • Add the note to Annotations (Folder icon)
  • Add the note to Tags (Tag icon)
  • Change the color of the note icon for the selected note (Paper icon)
  • Expand the note to full-screen size (Double Arrow icon)

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Browsing Notes

BibleReader allows you to browse all the notes you have taken.

To browse your notes, tap the Suitcase icon to display the My Stuff menu, and then tap the Notes option to display a list of your notes.

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Tap a note to read it.

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Bookmarks

BibleReader allows you to bookmark locations in resources. As we learned above, bookmarks can be associated with tags.

To create a bookmark, tap on any verse number to display the Toolbar.

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Tap the Bookmark option on the Toolbar to display the Bookmark dialog.

You can create a simple bookmark, you can associate a bookmark with a tag (lower left button), and you can change categories (right lower button).

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Tap the Done button to finalize the bookmark.

To display your new bookmark, tap the Suitcase icon to display the My Stuff menu, and then tap the Bookmarks option to display a list of all your bookmarks.

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Tap the blue button to the right of “Rom 5:2” to display your new bookmark.

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To delete a bookmark:

  • Tap the My Stuff briefcase icon.
  • Tap Bookmark on the My Stuff menu to display a list of the bookmarks you have created. At this point, there are two ways to delete a bookmark.
    • Swipe your finger left-to-right across the bookmark you wish to delete. This displays the red Delete button. Tap that button to proceed. You then will be asked to confirm your deletion.
    • Tap the blue button to the right of the bookmark you wish to delete. In the My Bookmarks dialog that appears, tap the Delete Bookmark button to proceed. You then will be asked to confirm your deletion.

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Highlighting

There are two types of highlights: highlighted words and phrases and highlighted verses. Highlighted words and phrases are specific to the book in which you make the highlights. For example, if you highlight created or in the beginning in Genesis 1:1 in the NIV, the highlight will appear there every time you look at this verse in the NIV but not if you look at Genesis 1:1 in the ESV, for example. Highlighted verses, however, will appear in every Bible translation you have installed. For example, if you highlight Genesis 1:1 in the NIV and then open the ESV and KJV, Genesis 1:1 will be highlighted in the ESV and KJV, as well as in the NIV.

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How to Highlight a Word or Phrase

To highlight a word, touch and hold your finger on the word you wish to highlight until the magnifying glass pops up. Lift your finger and the selection menu pops up.

Annotations: Highlights, Select Word

From that menu, select Highlight to display the Highlight: Details diaiog.

Annotations: Highlights, Select Word, Highlight

Then select a highlight color. We’ll use yellow.

Annotations: Highlights, Select Word, Highlight, Yellow

The word is highlighted in yellow.

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To highlight a phrase, touch and hold your finger on one of the words you wish to highlight until the magnifying glass pops up. Then position the grab points (blue pins) to select the phrase.

Note: To move a grab point (blue pin), touch and hold the round head of the pin, move the pin to the desired location, then release your finger.

Annotations: Highlights, Select Phrase

When you are done positioning the grab points and have removed your finger from the screen, the selection menu pops up.

Annotations: Highlights, Select Phrase

Select Highlight on the selection menu to display the Highlight: Details dialog.

Annotations: Highlights, Select Phrase

Then select a highlight color. We’ll use yellow.

Annotations: Highlights, Select Phrase, Yellow

The phrase is highlighted in yellow.

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How to Highlight a Verse

To highlight a verse, touch and hold your finger on the superscripted verse number until a gray box appears over the verse number. Lift your finger and the selection menu pops up. From that menu, select Highlight. This displays the Highlight: Details menu.

Annotations: Highlights, Select Verse

Select a highlight color. We’ll use yellow.

Annotations: Highlights, Select Verse, Highlight, Yellow

The entire verse is highlighted in yellow.

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How to Remove a Highlight

There are three ways to remove a highlight.

Please note four things:

  • The guiding principle for removing a highlight using the first method is to select the exact word, phrase, or verse reference number, just as you did when you originally created the highlight.
  • Then select Highlight from the My Stuff menu.
  • Then select Remove from the Highlight: Details dialog.
  • Important: To use this method to remove highlighting from a phrase, you must select the entire phrase and nothing more.

(1) Touch and hold your finger on the highlighted word you wish to delete or on the reference number of the verse you wish to delete until the magnifying glass (or the gray box, in the case of a verse) pops up. Lift your finger to display the selection menu.

Annotations: Highlights, Select Verse, Highlight, Yellow

From that menu select Highlight to display the Highlight: Details dialog.

Annotations: Highlights, Remove Highlighted Phrase

Tap Remove on the bottom row to remove the highlight.

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(2) Tap the My Stuff briefcase icon. Tap Highlights on the My Stuff menu to display the Highlighters menu.

Annotations: Highlights, Remove Highlighted Phrase

Tap All Highlighters to display the My Highlights list of all the highlights you have created.

Annotations: Highlights, My Highlights

Swipe your finger left-to-right across the highlight you wish to delete. This displays the red Delete button.

Annotations: Highlights, Delete Highlights

Tap the red Delete button to proceed. You then will be asked to confirm your deletion.

Annotations: Highlights, Confirm Deletion

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(3) Tap the My Stuff briefcase icon. Tap Highlights on the My Stuff menu to display the Highlighters menu.

Annotations: Highlights, Confirm Deletion

Tap All Highlighters to display the My Highlights list of all the highlights you have created.

Annotations: Highlights, My Highlights

Tap the blue button to the right of the highlight you wish to delete to display the following dialog.

Annotations: Highlights, My Highlights

In the dialog pictured above, tap the Delete Highlight button to proceed. (You may need to scroll your screen to display the Delete Highlight button.) You then will be asked to confirm your deletion.

Annotations: Highlights, Confirm Deletion

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Book Ribbons

BibleReader’s Book Ribbons are the electronic equivalent of real ribbons in print Bibles; they allow you to mark locations in the Bible so you can easily return to them by using the ribbions.

While on BibleReader’ main screen, tap the Ribbon icon in the top right corner. Notice how it changes color. Tapping the Ribbon icon places a ribbon marker at the current location.

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To go to a ribbon marker, return to BibleReader’s main screen and tap the Suitcase icon to display the My Stuff menu.

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Tap the Book Ribbons option to display all the book ribbons you have created. Tap any book ribbon to go to that location in the specified resource.

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Notice in the screen shot above how book ribbons are associated with the books you created them in. Scrolling the screen displays more book ribbons.

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To delete a book ribbon:

  • Tap the My Stuff briefcase icon.
  • Tap Book Ribbons on the My Stuff menu to display a list of the book ribbons you have created.
  • Swipe your finger left-to-right across the bookmark you wish to delete. This displays the red Delete button.
  • Tap that button to delete the book ribbon.
  • Alternatively, if you wish to remove the book ribbon at your current location, tap the Ribbon icon once so that it displays grayed-out (unselected).

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