Fix please. 1/5
My app has stopped working ever since your last update. Can I revert to the old version? Please please please fix it.
The annoying ads have arrived. 1/5
By Camilo Ch.
Now the app is featuring ads in the main menu. Disappointing.
By A Connoisseur
Like the new update and study guides
Just Terrible - Software Support 1/5
I have purchased books from this company since I owned a blackberry. I even had a friend buy a larger iPad for the sole purpose of using this program.
I cannot recommend this brand as their software support is not only oblivious to the complaint of removing features, but further is condescending to the customer.
I appreciated the large screen to see notes AND the Bible. I own a large iPhone for that reason!
The email correspondence was so terrible I’m not sure what I will replace this software with but I will never regret it. How men of God ignore the people they serve is beyond me.
Follow Up (6.0 iPhone FAQ):
Can I lock the screen rotation?
This feature was removed with the 6.0 update to the app. There is a setting to lock the screen rotation for your iOS device. To toggle this setting, drag up from the bottom of the screen to reveal these settings, then tap the icon for the Orientation Lock.
Harper Collins publishes the Satanic Bible and the Christian NIV! 5/5
Oh yes they are very great. They make a wonderful 1985 NIV then meddle with the Bible and change it away from God’s word in the 2011 version. Harper Collins owns ZONDERVAN, and Harper Collins also publishes the Satanic Bible. Isn’t that a corruption of the heart on Zondervan’s part?
Keeps getting better! 5/5
I was afraid I wouldn't like the new interface, but it's really fresh. I've been using Olive Tree since I had a Palm Pilot and I use it all the time. Thanks to a responsive developer too.
Great bible 5/5
Easy to use. Saves where you left off. Many options. Overall great app
Quit Working 1/5
Quit working after I updated today.
Great study resource 5/5
Great study resource, lots of options and information. Beautiful interface. Thank you for updating the resource guide title bar to the same color, looks much better now.
In addition, it would be nice if when you begin scrolling, all the additional menu items would disappear similar to how they do when you tap the screen. Using the strong Bible makes tapping a little difficult at times.
It would be nice to be able to edit the txt font, boldness, highlets etc when writing down notes.
Great study tool 5/5
By Nathan Larson
Great update! This has made studying the Bible much more easier.
Olive Tree Bible App updated version 2/5
How can you be exited about this new update when it is a grievous burden to your customers?
It’s a grievous burden to force us to use your idea of “poetic” justification, and “portrait” mode only. We want to choose whether to use landscape or left, right, or poetic justification.
How can you be exited about offering a poor copy and paste function?
Please make it user-friendly again?
Latest update problem, text is cut off at top and bottom. I have enjoyed the app and its progression.
Latest version crashes 1/5
After installing latest version, the app won’t load. Just crashes every time.
Difficult to use lists of verses 3/5
I have used OliveTree for years. It has great resources to work with and I have purchased a lot of commentaries and other resources over time. As a pastor, I often want to work with lists of verses or passages, as in sermons, or devotionals, or for specific occasions and OliveTree is not at all easy to work with in that way. One would think the ability to make and rearrange lists of verses, and then to operate out of that list would not be difficult to add, but apparently it is. If you would like to have that ability, please send them a note in support so they will make it a priority.
Hate latest update 1/5
Tools I use all the time are no longer usable. Like search for words or phrases etc. absolutely useless now.
Good app. One really annoying bug. 4/5
By Just a Guy in DC
This is an excellent app for reading and studying the Bible. What is particularly useful to me is the ability to review different translations of the same passage, either in English, or another language like Spanish, German, or Latin.
There is one flaw, though, in my preferred translation that I hope can be fixed. The New American Bible, Revised Edition is one of the English versions approved by the Catholic Church, and is the one used in North American liturgies. Unfortunately, the footnotes - which are very important to making the NABRE a Catholic Study Bible, since they cover historical, cultural, and linguistic information to help understand a verse, chapter, or section - are incorrectly linked. Tapping a footnote indicator (a * or a letter) jumps to the wrong note, usually between 1 1/2 and 2 chapters away, making it very difficult to find the correct note for the verse you are reading. For this reason alone, I cannot use this app for Bible Study. If the developers read this review, please fix the footnote issue on the NABRE.
This is the absolute ULTIMATE Bible app! 5/5
This is *THE* Bible app as far as I'm concerned! Their FUNCTIONALITY of constantly, and I mean CONSTANTLY enhancing the way the huge variety of your Bible library and Christian books work seamlessly together is untouchable! So much so that I have begged my favorite Bible and Christian book publishers to work with this company to integrate their publications into their vast selection, because I truly think these guys have taken the FULLEST advantage of the power of the electronic universe (from my PDA days to my iPhone and iPad) of ANYONE working with these media.
They know what a lover of God's Word wants both studying the Bible and devotionally spending time in God's presence. Every way you want to make personal notes or mark up your Bible are there in a usable and beautiful fashion.
I've built my library over the years + have tried every imaginable Bible app. THIS one is built for LIFE, and they make improvements nearly EVERY DAY, it seems.
When I download a software update there has RARELY been a SMALL issue. These guys usually are ahead of the glitches, but if it’s not IMMEDIATELY fixed it usually IS fixed to PERFECTION within a few days! (Most commonly the fix is already available, I just may not know that for a few days.) Their customer service has ALWAYS been EXCEPTIONAL (yes, I do know what bad customer service is - these guys are AWESOME! ). They have NEVER let me down! I push all my apps to the limit. These guys deserve the absolute highest rating possible.
I LOVE these guys! Build your Bible library with THIS app! You'll fall in love with God's Word all over again!
Best Bible App 5/5
I have tried them all. And this app is by far the best bible app. It has everything you can ask for! Give it a try! You won’t regret it!
By Jack @ Mathmatics
I really enjoy the app, as far as reading the Bible. However, I can only give it 3 stars account of its handling of highlights and notes. Being forced to use a social media platform as the only means provided to highlight Biblical verses or jot down personal notes is a huge disappointment for me; especially, since I’m not a social media person. Otherwise, using this app for silent reading of the Bible during commute times on the train or any other idle moments in the day, it’s nice.
A good Bible app—but one persistent issue 2/5
By Elliott Lynn
This is a very good app that keeps getting one thing wrong in each update. The history should be accessible from the page one is reading. It used to be that way when I started using it but now one has to pull up a menu first. Whether a person is doing a study and moving back and forth between a number of passages or using this app in church as a pastor shifts between passages it is annoying that the history always involves several steps when it doesn’t need to.
Great Feature Set 3/5
I've been using this app for several years, now. Mostly I stay with it because it has a great set of features, like no other. Highlighting down to the word level, inserting notes anywhere, a split view option and a good collection of supported gestures that make it easy to navigate quickly anywhere all combine to make a really useful study tool.
The reliability issues the app has had in the past have seemed quite well cleaned up. It has been a while now since any real problems have prevented my using it. While I’m glad for this, I’m not at all happy that this latest release appears to have taken away the ability to search within an open resource, such as a second translation in “parallel view.” I used this frequently, and now will have to revert to a different app to do this. Why in heaven’s name would they take away that functionality?
This used to be such a great, minimal app, now suddenly there are huge toolbars and extra icons forced onto the main screen, and shopping cart icons everywhere plus ads. Way too chaotic now, it's so disappointing. :(
Olive Tree 5/5
By D&D Ministries
I love this Study Bible! It is so easy to write notes, look up scriptures in different versions, do cross reference, highlight and search Strong’s concordance, I even use the different daily Bible readings. I have recommended Olive Tree to many and I recommend it to you. 😃
Updates eliminate useful options 1/5
No landscape display option available anymore for iPhone users!!!!!
Wow, why ruin/delete display options preferred by so many customers! What a huge mistake Olive Tree has chosen.
Customer service is TERRIBLE! Their response to my inquiry about iPhone users can no longer use landscape display was, “You can still use the app in horizontal (landscape) view on the iPad since”
I’m deleting the Olive Tree app. and using the Blue Letter Bible app. (which is MUCH more user friendly WITH LANDSCAPE DISPLAY OPTION! 1 star because I can’t give it zero stars.
Landscape Mode Removed? 2/5
By Fire ninja 14017
I don’t understand WHY they would remove this? It’s a step backwards. Apart from this everything else seems great. Please bring landscape mode back and make not just me, but many other users happy again!
Best Bible App by Far But New Toolbar Update Has Ruined the App 1/5
By Light Beyond the Clouds
I absolutely love Olive Tree's Bible app! It's the best way to read, learn, and follow God's word across ALL digital devices. I use it across my Mac, iPhone, and iPad with everything automatically and perfectly synching.
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UPDATE NOV 2017: The new toolbar they have added has completely ruined the app for me. It serves very little to no purpose from the user's end. It should be optional or they should allow us to at least to change the color of it. It’s so annoying that I am already thinking if ditching this app and going back to my printed bible. I'm starting to lose faith in bible apps after this update. Consistency is key for users to stay loyal so jarring and unnecessary changes can lose paying customers.
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I have used a lot of other Bible apps but found myself always coming back to Olive Tree because of the many features it has and the ease of use. I'm a web designer so I'm very particular about usability and visual aesthetics and Olive Tree have done an outstanding job with the visual design of this app.
I absolutely love all the customization features you can make to the app to make reading and studying the Bible an absolute pleasure.
I often seem to bump into cool new features in the app that blow my mind as the app is entirely free.
My one request however is to remove the bug which crashes the app constantly: The app crashes when either continually scrolling through the Bible and/or when the resources window is also open. I have a iPad Air 2 so it's not a hardware issue.
Hands down, this is the BEST Bible app available for Mac and iOS users and it has greatly encouraged me to immerse myself more and more in God's word.
Thank you to Olive Tree and everyone involved with the app. God bless!
LANDSCAPE MODE 2/5
BRING BACK LANDSCAPE MODE FOR THE IPHONE!
Frustrated with 7.1.0 update 2/5
Updates should enhance experience. This one is a step backwards. I work in dual languages and like to use the app in landscape mode with the text side by side. In this version the text can not rotate as before so now the only option is one split screen on top of the other (portrait), not side by side as I need it. I am disappointed in Olive Tree. I would like to go back to the previous version.
Giant error! 2/5
This update seems to be a very nice enhancement with one giant exception - the elimination of Landscape mode! I ALWAYS used this app in landscape but now am unable to do so. It would have gotten 5 stars except for this. I find it a very poor experience on my phone in forced portrait.
Very good app 5/5
One of the missing features of the app was the parallel option, but with the last update they completed this issue. I like the reading experience and also the general UI. One thing that I would like to see is the addition of the Reina Valera 1960 version. Overall I think you have done a very good job. Keep it up.
Olive tree is great. 2/5
I asked many people before I purchased a Bible For my Apple products. I attend a conservative Bible-based church. I found that everyone I asked - lay people, staff, teachers, and the pastor - strongly recommended Olive Tree.
No more writing in my worn Bible, carefully turning the thin pages Your chosen commentaries even sync with the scripture!
I read my Bible more now as it is always with me on my iPad or iPod.
Zodhiates word study bibles 5/5
I have been using this resource for 15 years. When I starting traveling more, I added the Bibles to my phone. When I changed phone formats, I lost the downloads and was never able to recover them in a way that was easy for me. I just lost them. I have just rebought and loaded them. They are worth every dollar!
I use them in church and Bible studies. I can check facts and research words immediately without flipping pages and causing disturbances. If someone uses a Greek or Hebrew reference, I can check right away to see if their translations are contextual to the scripture.
So often, particularly in Hebrew, there are typically several choices of a word definition. I studied and speak Hebrew, although I'm not an expert. I know that many that use concordances in their study and teachings have no knowledge of the language, and I'm Berean about checking their work. I don't disdain scholarship by any means, though it's a good exercise for me to check their choices. The app from Zodhiates makes it easy.
I trust his scholarship and resources from long use. He makes me a better student if the Word.
A Long Time User 4/5
I have used this app since I bought my first smart phone; a Palm. In these many years I have seen it morph and improve. It has expanded its enhancements. Regularly they run fixes on bugs. Both my wife and I used this daily. We use it more than any other app on our iPad or iPhone. It is my go-to app for lessons and sermons. The commentaries and language helps have sequestered my paper library to the loft.
I purchased the Spurgeon Bible Study notes this last weekend. Try as I might from every angle I know the notes will not download on my iPad. The spinning diagram spins for about a minute and then announces the download has taken place. But it has not.
Here is my one request. How about another 'one year' Bible program other than the NKJV and the NLT? Can we see a few more versions set up like the NKJV? It will soon be a new year. It's a great time to consider new reading options.
My second request is that either Swahili Union Version (SUV) or the Neno Version in Swahili be inserted in your library. I would buy it straightaway.
My favorite Bible app 4/5
I love the app, and the customer service is excellent.
However, I don’t care for the new design. I was much happier with the app as it was. Why make a bunch of changes to make it more confusing? I was used to where things were, and now, I am lost. I especially do not like the adverts and notifications about sales or suggested titles in the app. I prefer the emails for that purpose. I don’t want them in the app where they distract from my studies. I open the app to read and study, not to see notifications and ads. I would like to revert back to the last version!
Great redesign 5/5
I love the way the app has been redesigned. It's beautiful and easy to use and find all the powerful Bible study features.
Latest update 2/5
I don’t understand why you did this latest update. I don’t like it. The banner with all the options cover up some of the scriptures. Can you either fix this or go back to the way it was. I had just got used to the previous version.
What happened to landscape mode? 3/5
I have an iPhone 6s Plus and it won’t go into landscape mode anymore?
A good value 4/5
By Sometime teacher
Upgrades are nice, and overall I’m happy with the app. However there is one very obvious flaw: the green bar at the top covers one full line and part of the second. So far I have not found a way to overcome this.
LOVE THIS BIBLE 4/5
11/12/17 - great new changes. Still my favorite app. Please restore the button to create a new note instead of having to go to the menu to do so.
This has always been one of my favorite bible programs. I really love the new changes. I only see one items which causes a minor distress and hopefully this can be fixed in the next update. When taking notes on the right side and the bible on the left and you go to the bible grid to select a bible, the grid is so small when it opens and you have to really scroll to get to the bible, it is somewhat frustrating. This does not happen as long as you are not taking notes.
Love this app 5/5
I have been using this app since way back in the palm pilot days. We have come a long way together over the years! It is my favorite!!! The newest update is the best yet!!!
New 7.1 Toolbar Layout 5/5
Thank you for the new toolbar layout in ver. 7.1. Olive Tree already had the best Bible app on the planet, now it got even better! The developers and staff of Olive Tree should be incredible proud of what you’ve produced. This app makes a profound difference in my understanding of God’s word, making it easier to learn and share with others.
Why now? 1/5
By Would Duck
After many years of reading the word through your app, why remove the landscape function? I don't understand.
Store is now too prominent and note switching is horrible 2/5
I have several categories and subcategories for notes. I previously was able to open a note and switch back and forth between the note and the main bible. I can easily close a note by swiping down, but I have to find the note all over again when I want to go back.
I see an advertisement for the store every time I open the menu and a shopping cart icon along the top all the time. I understand you need to make money but those advertisements take away from reading the Bible and seem to promote the wrong agenda. Remove the advertising and store icon.
A Blessing of an App 5/5
I thank God for the people who make this Bible app available and free to anyone who wants to read and study the Word. Their continued updates and improvements testify to their own love for the Lord and His people to continue enjoying His Word. Blessings!
Disappointed with 7.1.0 2/5
Who thought it was a good idea to remove landscape mode? Did they actually use this app before they decided a phone is too small for landscape mode? The fact the phone is small, IS the reason landscape mode is a must for reading. I hardly ever use landscape mode on my iPad while using OT but I use it all the time when using my phone. The verse formatting works much better in landscape mode. I’m using an iPhone 7 Plus.
The ads are also annoying now, once a user starts buying resources or has paid for one of the paid versions, please don’t continually display your ads.
Next, please allow the highlights to be opened in the study center. I want to see all my highlights on one side with the Bible open in the other side. This used to work many years ago before your last major redesign, and last I checked still works that way on the Kindle Fire.
Lastly, please also allow the search window to open in the study center. I dislike having to consistently click to open the search window and then click the next verse.
I’ve been a very longtime Olive Tree user, and I have a very extensive library, with many thousands invested with you. Please fix these issues.
I’m passionate about this because OT has been the best for so long and I want to keep loving this app. Thanks for the work you do here.
Thank you in advance for addressing these issues😀
The Best Bible App 5/5
I have used many Bible apps, I have found the Olive Tree to be my favorite and the very best I have used. It has everything I need and is sooooo easy to use. Everything I need waiting for my finger to tap. Thank you Olive tree for making it fun and easy to learn search and know the amazing Word of God.
Unnecessary update!! 1/5
I’ve always loved Olive Bible app, but the latest update seems like a solution in search of a problem. The new UI seems more complex, coupled with two new unnecessary and unsightly green bars on the top and bottom, distracting you from the main text.
I had to revert to the previous version through iTunes on my PC.
Recent update banners 3/5
I used to like this bible presentation, but this latest update has banners across the lines of scripture at top and bottom that can NOT be removed , very bad idea