The Scriptures Reader project is intended for users that want to reader and study the Holy Scriptures (the Bible) on the PalmOS device. It includes the the reader program as well as various text modules containing Bible translations in many languages. The links below provide shortcuts to the Scriptures reader and text modules.
The Scriptures is a next generation of the popular Bible Reader. For now it is not fully functional, however. There is not search facility implemented. Moreover, you cannot add/edit notes in the program. You need to switch to Memo standard application. Please, check a feature list I plan to implement in this version of the Bible Reader. If you have some new idea, you are welcome.
1. Notes 1.1* Take notes from the standrad MemoPad application database. 1.2 Provide an easy way to associate a newly created note with the verse currently shown. 2. Search 2.1 Save search results interactively into the memo. While the search is in progress allow to browse search results, i.e. found verses. 2.2 Provide an ability to specify starting and ending books/chapters for search. 2.3 Search for exact phrase, all words, or any word; case sensitive or case insensitive. 2.5 Extensively use graffity shortcuts to navigate search results. 3. Navigation 3.1 Need bookmarks. 3.2 Import/export bookmarks from/to the MemoPad database. 3.3* Provide more convinient way to select a verse. 3.4 Western program localization should follow an appropriate book order. 3.5 When the chapter finishes go to next/previous chapter. 4. Misc 4.1 Provide select/copy facility for the Bible text. 4.2 Support several versions of Bible with an easy way to switch between them. 4.3* Add Autoscoll facility (probably, with smooth scrolling). 4.4 Add an ability to choose text font. 4.5 What about color? 4.6* Toggle the title bar (full screen text). 4.7 Embed language specific fonts in the text modules (to aviod the necessity to localize PalmOS to view/read books in various languages). 4.8? Support Sony Clie Memory Stick. 4.9? Support Handspring Flash Module. 4.10* Provide a lefthand support. 4.11 Overlap/Don't overlap a line with page up/down. 4.12 Hide/Show scrollbar.
Features marked with '*' are already implemented in the recent Scriptures version.
Most features are requested by the Bible Reader users. So, I would like to thank you, users, for your interest and your ideas.
In order to run the Scriptures Reader you also need to download and install one or
more text modules. The entire Bible text is split onto three modules (*.PDB files).
This is done, because some users don't have enough available RAM on their devices
to hold entire text. The
hebrew module contains books from Genesis
to Songs of Solomon, the
prophets module contains books from
Isaiah to Malachi, and the
greek module contains books
from Matthew to Revelation.
|Russian Synodal Bible||Russian||N/A||bible-rsb.zip||1580K|
|King James Version||English||N/A||bible-kjv.zip||1618K|
|Romanian Version||Romanian||Faragau Daniel||bible-rom.zip||1644K|
|Bible of the Statenvertaling||Dutch||Roel Knol||bible-svv.zip||1725K|
|Indonesian Translation||Indonesian||Muliawan H.||bible-ind.zip||1757K|
|Portuguese Version||Postuguese||Eider Oliveira||bible-pt.zip||2549K|
There is an alternative and preferable place where you can download text modules and/or contribute to extend a set of supported languages. This site is supported by Greg Swallow and located at http://palmreader.freewebsites.com. If you are looking for another language translations I would prefer you to refer to this site instead. However, if you have another translation you would like to read with the Bible Reader, but would not like to make it public (for some reasons) follow the instructions provided in the next section.
The easiest way to create text modules is to use sources, I have used to create RSB and KJV text modules. (I use Linux environment to develop Palm software, so be prepared to use the same environment. However, I suppose it is possible to successfully compile the sources under Windows using cygwin.) Thus, first download the bible project sources and unzip them.
make kjv in the shell command prompt to make sure you can successfully
compile existing texts. You need Java installed on your machine. Check
variable in the
Makefile to be sure it is initialized correctly. You also need
Once, you have successfully compiled KJV text modules, i.e. you havn't got any errors, you may start to prepare your text for compilation. The Bible text must be split onto separate chapters and follow these rules:
. The files are in plain text format, with line breaks
. Every chapter in a different file
. Every verse starts a new line
. No chapter or verse numbers in the file. The program recognizes them automatically.
bible-kjv.tar.gz as an example. File names must strictly
correspond names specified in the
*.list files. Once, you have prepared all
these files (their total count is 1189), move them in
text/ directory and
bible-xxx.tar.gz package containing these files under the
text/ directory (see
Makefile by adding the following code:
xxx: bible-xxx.stamp $(TEXTS) zip bible-xxx.zip readme.txt $(TEXTS) rm -rf $(TEXTS) text bible-xxx.stamp
Makefile will look like this:
... clean: rm -rf text *.stamp *.o xxx: bible-xxx.stamp $(TEXTS) zip bible-xxx.zip readme.txt $(TEXTS) rm -rf $(TEXTS) text bible-xxx.stamp rsb: bible-rsb.stamp $(TEXTS) zip bible-rsb.zip readme.txt $(TEXTS) rm -rf $(TEXTS) text bible-rsb.stamp upload-rsb: scp1 bible-rsb.zip noir.crocodile.org:/home/ftp/pub/people/york/ kjv: bible-kjv.stamp $(TEXTS) zip bible-kjv.zip readme.txt $(TEXTS) rm -rf $(TEXTS) text bible-kjv.stamp upload-kjv: scp1 bible-kjv.zip noir.crocodile.org:/home/ftp/pub/people/york/ ...
After these modifications just type
make xxx in the shell
command prompt. When the compilation processs ends, you'll get
bible-xxx.zip distribution package.
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