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Bible Flashcards for Android 2.0

It’s been a while since I released Bible Flashcards version 1.0. Long enough in fact that I started getting emails asking whether I intended on updating past the 1.1.4 release.

Well I am proud to announce version 2.0 which includes a lot of requested features and a lot of bug-fixes and improvements. For this release I decided to take my time and re-factor the way various screens interacted, making them more modular and self-contained which should translate into fewer force closes. I also unleased the monkey on my app which helped me improve my code even more.

So without further ado here are the major features included in this release:

  • Ability to mark cards learned/unlearned
  • Ability to choose a random card
  • Cards now cycle so that if you are on card 1 and you attempt to go backwards, you are taken to the last card. Likewise if you are on the last card and you attempt to go forwards you are taken to the first card.
  • Menus also cycle so that if you hit the back button you will go from the active card view to the lesson chooser to the lesson set chooser and back to the card view.
  • Preferences to control settings such as card text size, whether to display learned cards, and a button to remove all learned cards from the internal database.

Some interface items had to be chopped to make room for these improvements. So if you are wondering where the next/back buttons are, they have been removed in favor of the more intuitive gesture controls. Swipe right for next card and left for previous card. Tapping the card flips it over.

I also want to give a special thanks to everyone who contacted me with words of encouragement and everyone who brought to my attention things that were broken and things that could be improved upon.

This release also includes a new lesson set, RossWords, which is being put together by  Samuel Rogers as he takes Hebrew this year. If anyone else is feeling generous  and would like to help out, feel free to contact me about a lesson set that you could help me improve upon or create as Samuel is doing.

Here are some screen shots from the new version:

And as usual, you can find Bible Flashcards in the Android Marketplace by searching for “Bible Flashcards” or by scanning the barcode below:

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Bible Flashcards for Android 1.0

Bible Flashcards is an Android application based on the data files provided by the Crosswire Bible Society‘s Flashcard application. It contains flashcards for both Greek and Hebrew along with appropriate fonts for proper display.

I’ve also included an additional lesson set titled “greekBasics” which includes flashcards for the Greek alphabet.

Here are some screenshots:

You can find Bible Flashcards in the Android app Market by entering “Bible Flashcards” or by scanning the barcode below:

Additionally, if you are interested in helping out with new lessons or if you would like to provide feedback, please feel free to email me.

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Native Sword libraries for Android

I’ve spend quite a bit of time recently figuring out the best approach for incorporating some form of Sword libraries1 into my Android application. After an unsuccessful attempt to get the pure Java implementation, JSword, to work2 I decided to see if I could, instead, use the Android Native Development Kit and wrap the C/C++ library in a Java Native Interface.

After doing some digging on the web I found out that Troy over at Crosswire had already begun a project named “bishop” whose aim was to provide a Java native interface to the sword library. Just what I was looking for!

While the process of building the library and corresponding java source files is more than what I want to get into here (though I may later on as I hopefully help contribute to the maturity of the project) I wanted to share my findings with anyone else who, like me, is interested in bringing more open-source Bible applications to the Android platform.

So without further ado; Here is a jar file and corresponding JNI library you can use in your own Android project to harness the power of Sword in your own Bible-related apps.

  1. Sword is an excellent suite of libraries for accessing a large array of Bibles and Bible-related modules stored in an open format. []
  2. The fault here was not with the JSword project per-se, the fault really lies with the limited Java environment provided by the Dalvik JVM. []

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Android Apps I use and recommend

Here’s a handy list (created by the fine folks at AppBrain) of the apps I currently use (and mostly recommend) on my Motorola Droid:

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WP-QREncoder WordPress Plugin

I managed to get an Android powered phone recently and quickly discovered the Barcode Scanner app is a common and seemingly preferred method of encoding and transmitting data in the Android community (and others as well I’m sure).

In less than a week I’ve grown to love the Android platform and I’ve already got a few ideas for some Android apps to write. But first I wanted to make sure I could post links to my apps using handy-dandy QR-encoded images easily within WordPress.

So, borrowing somewhat from the WP-Footnotes plugin I set about to create the first rendition of the WP-QREncoder plugin for WordPress.

This plugin is capable of encoding any string of text (specific use case is a URL) and is still in it’s infancy so I would appreciate any feedback you might have.

Download WP-QREncoder plugin here.

For more information (including usage) see the plugin’s permanent page here.

Oh, and here’s an example of the plugin in action:

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