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Mantis Bible Study
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.
Handy tips to help you use the program
It is simple to jump between full screen and a screen with menus.
Blue verse numbers are very important
Tapping the blue verse number gives you access to several functions.
First settings screen
The first settings screen lets you control how Bible text appears.
More reader settings
Several other settings let you manage Mantis Bible Study content.
Managing fonts and sizes
The font selector appears in typical iPhone roller format.
3rd settings screen
More ways to manage how the program works and appears.
Final settings screen
Ways to clear the settings and other data to start over.
Auto scrolling to read
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.
One year Bible view
There are many resources to read and study in Mantis Bible Study.
New resource notifications
New resources you have purchased, but not yet downloaded appear in red. You can download content for offline reading.
One of two ways to choose a book of the Bible.
Another book selector
This is another way to select books of the Bible.
Toolbar Help file
You can read more details about the toolbar from within Mantis Bible Study.
Data can be backed up
You can backup your notes, bookmarks, highlights, and reading log from within the program.
The first time you create a note, specific step-by-step instructions will tell you how.
Dynamic buttons for functions
Tapping on a blue verse number gives you various options for creating notes, bookmarks, and more.
On screen note creation
You can create a note in a separate screen or right within a verse you are reading.
A very helpful feature for Bible study is the ability to compare different Bible translations.
Emailing a verse
You can choose to email verses and when you do a verse is copied right into the email body.
The first time you decided to conduct a search you will find specific instructions on how to do so.
Viewing your history
Your reading history is available within Mantis Bible Study.
In addition to local history you can view global history in the program.
Top right corner controls
Tips are available to show you what you can do with the shaded corner controls.
Bottom right tips
There are tips for controls of all four corners.
Viewing the Bible in full screen
Double tapping to full screen gives you the best reading experience.
Quick and easy buttons for interacting with verses.
Reading in landscape with menus
This screenshot shows the landscape mode and how it looks on your iPhone.
Reading in full screen landscape
Full screen viewing works well in landscape.
Notes folder management
The ability to create and manage folders within notes and bookmarks is quite helpful.
Verse menu options
Tapping on the blue verse gives you quick access to these controls.
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