Disappearing resources 2/5
Since recent update, parallel window resource has changed to chosen default Bible upon reopening. Two windows of ESV is neither helpful nor needed. Very annoying!
Don’t like it 1/5
Thank you for not deleting the old app. I see the new app works different, and frankly I don’t want to learn it. What is see is more ads that the old app. So, screw you, I’ll stick with the old app thank you.
Side to side parallel reading gone missing-WHY? 4/5
When writing this review it is in landscape mode , which is wonderful . What happened to the landscape mode reading ??! when I read in my Bible app there is no more landscape mode on my iPhone 7+ with your App , again what happened to the landscape mode ?, it made my reading enjoyable in the Bible app , now my screen is limited! the parallel screen Side to side is gone , now the parallel screen is only top to bottom, I do not care for this feature ! the app is still a great app 🤓 but the reading is forced to be limited to the readers in only one feature of parallel reading , please bring back the side to side parallel reading. thank you and enjoy the rest your day 😎😇 (my landscape mode featuring in my phone works well what other apps thank you again)
Great app that doesn’t need the internet. 5/5
Allows for resources, highlights, and notes to help bring out the scriptures.
Love the New Look! 5/5
After reading all the negative reviews, I was apprehensive about installing the latest major update. I was certain there would be ads and shopping cart icons blinking in my face on every page of the Bible! NOT SO! This is a well thought out re-design, that still allows for immersive, in depth study without distraction. In fact, it seems with the "unlock toolbar" feature, there is more real estate available for Bible text. And after a couple of days practice, I'm zipping around the new interface much faster than with the old. Great job everyone! Glad I updated.
Love this app! 5/5
I’ve been using this app as long as I’ve owned a smartphone. In church I take notes during the sermon. I love that you don’t need a WiFi connection so I can use it anywhere & at any time. I purchased the NLT for devotional use because I already have hard copies of KJV, NKJV, & NIT. I like how everything transfers from one device to another.
I’m still figuring out the upgrade, but I’m sure I’ll love it once I figure it out. I’m not the most tech savvy person out there. Thanks so much for this awesome app!
Landscape view is back for iPhone 😍🤗 5/5
Landscape view is back for iPhone 😍🤗
Awesome !!! 5/5
Best app possible. The living Word speaks for itself!!!
Love the App, but Annoyances Remain 4/5
I absolutely love this app, use it daily, and have a library of well over 100 titles purchased in it. Unfortunately, a couple of “mis-features” remain without being fixed:
1. There needs to be a way to VIEW AND SORT library items by date of purchase. Books go on sale every week, and taking advantage of the sales means a lot of impulse purchases to be viewed later. But buying several books at a time is of little use when they simply disappear into a sea of prior purchases (sorted title or author —alphabetically ONLY) without any way of knowing what are my recent purchases, knowing when any title was bought, or sorting them by date of purchase, or date of last access.
2. There is a handy text-highlighting feature that works in the main window and in the resources side-window, but NOT in the popup windows. Though existing highlights show on the popup windows, the only way to add a highlight on it is to make the popup into the main/side window, highlighting it there, and then using the history function to return to the original main/side window views. This is totally counterproductive and breaks the flow of study. The app needs to allow the user to also highlight text directly in the popup windows.
Hopefully this will get fixed soon.... God knows I’ve contacted support more than once about it and have waited on this to get fixed for a VERY long time.
If you’re reading this and will fix it, Thank you.
Kathleen J 4/5
By Resident Nana
I have completed many plans over the course of my life; this is a refresher for me. I like the fact that some of the books are repeated to seal it in my mind! Someone said, “Repetition is the mother of learning”, and that I discern is what’s happening with me.
Abnormal terminations 1/5
Please, please improve the method for removing a highlight from bible verses. I cant get rid of them...they just keep overlaying to the point the verse is unreadable. Blog instructions totally confusing since difference between highlight removal/clearing and highlight deletion, which seems to escape bloggers. For simplicity sake just put the option to clear/remove the highlight where it obviously belongs...in the Highlight window. A simple option ‘Clear Highlight’, right below all the colored highlight selection. Otherwise search to clear where??? And stop overlaying the highlighted verse...that is just so ridiculous.
iPhone: Now locking up while scrolling thru other commentaries. No improvement in quality.
Poor contrast in color presentation of app itself makes reading instructions and making selections very difficult; not in the actual presentation Windows themselves, which are customizable, but the app itself where washed colors and muted background provide little contrast. This area needs to be customizable too.
But difficulty in reading is a low priority compared to the problem of constant lockups. App just not usable.
No point purchasing additional offerings until app is stable again.
Ipad: Was Ok on vanilla Bible versions but constantly blowing off after a few minutes with Boice Commentary.
Now iPad version blows off after 1-2 minutes. Totally unstable. This app used to be great…how can this app get so bad so quickly?
20-year user, the best Bible reference app. Plus a Feature Request. 5/5
By GTD Meister
Finally got used to the new interface so I’m back tp operating friction-free.
I’m a 20-year Olive Tree Bible user, going back to days of my Palm Pilot. With Olive Tree you can take your purchased resources from platform to platform. As a consequence, I have purchased tons of stuff over the years (and got some nice freebies too!) that goes with me everywhere.
App has more features than I could list. Suffice it to say that you can customize your Bible experience just how you like.
One feature I would like is to have several passages open and accessible on the “Select Verse” bar.
10 days of parenting 1/5
By parent B
I was not able to see all the verses on my screen. It skipped verses.
Excellent for IOS 5/5
By Ray Zoller
I like the layout and available content. Very well done on both iPhone and iPad. The latest upgrade continues to be very pleasant to use.
Can’t use it anymore 1/5
I’d like to this app and I bought it. But after an iOS software upgrade it said that it was no longer compatible with my phone. So now I can’t use it anymore. That never happened with a book. Olive tree should provide us with an update for this app.
Powerful Study Tool 5/5
I use this app constantly, and I can't imagine going back to life without it. I have an expensive desktop app, but often can accomplish what I need on the fly with Olive Tree!
Very profitable 5/5
This app is very profitable for my soul. It helps me on the road, at home, and in times of ministry or leisure, to maintain my study of God's word. One of the things I like most, is that it is always on my device, no internet needed. Thanks Olive Tree, you hit a home run.
One suggestion 4/5
I can’t seem to insert a range of verses when I want to write notes on a sermon I’m hearing where several verses are the basis, but I’m limited to just one verse. I can adjust the range on my computer when log on to my account but not directly on the app. Would appreciate that ability on the app as well.
Excellent Update - Faithful Ministry 5/5
I’d like to writed a quick update. Almost everything I had issues with have been corrected in this new version (as of 3-3-18). The small pop-up windows on the iPad were addressed and many other changes which speed up and enhance the overall experience. I had become concerned as the App seemed to be heading in a more iPhone direction and many of the features mirrored on the iPad were too small or just not as quick or intuitive as it had been in times past.
One aspect I would love to see changed would be the ability in the Notes to organize subnotes manually. The sorting does not always work by name only and as my journal entry titles start by date, it only sorts based on by the first number of the date. If I try and sort by date created this also fails as I at times update the note at a later date and the app utilizes that date vs. the original. Perhaps an option to keep note dates set to oringal date created?
Another change which I would love to see revisited would be the ability to download all notes to Word or PDF. A few years ago you could sync with Evernote which was brilliant, however what I’d love to see would be the ability to download the notes you want (such as all OT personal notes, certain categories of notes such as my “Spiritual Journal” and “Sermon Notes” with the ability to sort the download by date or title, etc. This would be an invaluable tool!
Great update, Kudo’s to the Dev Team!
Excellent app, wonderful service, and a phenomenal tool for daily reading, serious study, and even preaching.
I primarily use this for my daily time with the Lord and for Study.
I have purposefully chosen Olive Tree over Logos for several reasons, the primary being the integrity of the development staff. I recently looked again at Logos with the new version 6 which came out and was grieved to see a Morman Package with a very carefully worded advertisement defining Mormanism as “non-traditional Christianity”. You cannot serve both God and Mammon.
The OT staff has helped me on numerous occasions and are a joy to work with, it is obvious they see this endeavor as a service and ministry before the Lord.
Love this app, but... 3/5
After reading fir a few minutes, my battery dropped 5%, so I probably won't be using this app much until they fix the battery drain bug.
Stunted notes 3/5
I don't know what you did to notes, but I can no longer scroll down. My keyboard on my iPad blocks what I'm typing and I can't make it scroll to give me more space to see. Then, when I reach the top of my tablet, it keeps adding text BELOW my tablet screen and have no chance of seeing what I've typed. Second, I can no longer just create a note without starting in a text. I take notes in church and am used to being able to start a new note in my created "Preaching" section. Not any more and it is so frustrating.
FIX IT- 3 yrs ago
I love this app, but for some reason it recently started crashing at random. Please fix this!!!
Eclectic Exercises in Certitude 5/5
This study skips from scripture to scripture within each assignment like the spinning of a roulette wheel; subsequently, you begin to appreciate the breadth and depth of the connections. I found myself ill prepared for the extensive reading requirements, and I still fall short on occasion; however, by refocusing my attention to complete each days assignment, I find the rewards immeasurable. I highly recommended this guide to anyone who misses spending meaningful time with God, or desires to strive for a more mature walk of faith.
Best Bible App Available 5/5
I really enjoy all this app offers. I wish it included the 1828 Dictionary, which are definitions that were closest to when the KJV Bible was translated. Those are pure definitions. The dictionary has altered definitions over the past 100+ years.
Think it's better! 5/5
Crazy updates recently . But I think this one is stable . No more crashing while reading a text :)
Thanks for bringing back landscape 🙂
Love the app before 3/5
I love the app. But buying some of the books can be very expensive. Then when all of the apps are merged into one I lose access to allot of those books.
I hope the updates will fix this issue and if so I will put my rating back to 5 stars.
But this is still my go to Bible app.
Good App 4/5
It’s a good app. It’s not as user friendly as some I’ve used. And i wish it had more options for versions of the Bible without having to pay. Otherwise I love the choices for reading plans.
Apple Watch 4/5
By Buddy Chambers
I love this app, but I noticed it’s no longer available on my Apple Watch. Is that feature gone?
Outstanding Bible study app 5/5
I have had Olive Tree for several years. I like the updates. I am especially pleased that I am able to use it in landscape mode as well as portrait. Thanks
Great Bible app 5/5
Thank you, thank you, thank you for restoring landscape mode to the app. I can again comfortably use the app in split screen mode and have two versions side by side. The app is usable again!
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.
As an additional note, the developers should change their description of the app. They clearly state in the description that one can view two versions of the Bible side by side, but that is no longer possible with this update. Side by side is far more preferable than over and under that we are now forced to use.
I so Appreciate this Bible app. Helps me focus on reading the word on different subjects. It’s better to follow a reading plan for me. I’m task oriented.
Great app. Recently stopped loading 5/5
Great app. I use it all the time on my iPad and iPhone. Recently, its been stuck on Loading on my iPhone X. I’ve force quit and restarted. Still won’t load. Works fine on my iPad Pro 10.5.
Otherwise would give 5 stars.
Very responsive to user input. 5/5
By Free app user in TX
At one point in the App’s history, the designers removed the “read in landscape” feature. I sent an email (I’m sure I wasn’t the only one) asking for this feature to be added back in...three updates later the feature was returned. I’ve always loved the App, and now I love the customer service as well! Blessings!
Chief Controller 5/5
By Delano Flying Star
Excellent app. The more I use it the more I like it.
Getting worse 1/5
Sadly every time this app is updated I lose my notes & it does not sync. It’s too much frustration to keep. Looking for another Bible app. When you search for a word just dies and does not start back up. It’s more frustrating every day and causes me to sin. I’m a pastor and will not recommend this app to my people cause I don’t want them to sin either.
Highly recommended 5/5
I can highly recommend this. The UI of this app is so fancy and clear to see and read. I love it. This app has been helping me in the class of biblical study. I think that I can use this app afterwards for my biblical life.
Great resource of spiritual information! 5/5
I have been using the app for several years. It is a fundamental part of my daily Bible study and organized worship. If you seek a comprehensive source to anchor your spiritual growth, this is the app for you.
Great Bible App 5/5
Olive Tree is my everyday Bible. I've been using it for several years now and it is the best. The available Bible versions includes most every version I've ever encountered. The app options are complete. The text display is excellent. The notes and highlighting features are well designed and I use them frequently. In addition to all of that the daily reading guides include the reading guide I've been using for many years and consider to be the best - Robert Murray McCheyne's reading guide.
Olive Tree is my go to Bible and I would recommend it to anyone. It has everything you need in an electronic Bible and has served my purposes better than any other I have used.
An update: to make the app even better, Olive Tree developed a new WordPress sharing interface that is superb! It allows one to seamlessly update their WordPress site with notes created in the Olive Tree app. Very cool and so easy to use! It has allowed me to easily archive my Bible notes on my WordPress site for the benefit of my friends and family. Olive Tree is the best Bible app around in my humble opinion. :)
Great Bible App 4/5
By The dude in Lynchburg
This app is really great for study bibles. It would be really nice if they could include the NIV full life study bible, plus if they could also make the highlights under titles a bit bigger so we can see the rest of the scripture to know what we’re looking for
Best Bible App Ever! 5/5
Every time I open this bible app, I lose myself. It’s thorough, I love the study references. The parallel view of other scriptures. It’s an abundant of rich information on God’s word. I love it. Best study bible app out there.
Great app 5/5
By holy baller
My favorite bibles app. Interface is fun and easy
Amazing Resource to learn the Word of God 5/5
This is an awesome resource to go deeper in my knowledge and understanding of the Word of God. The split window is priceless and an added bonus that separates this Bible app from the others. Parallel allows you to read two versions at the same time to compare and understand words or phrases that are sometimes difficult to grasp. Resource Guide provides insight and context behind the Word, bringing to life the mindset of that time and generation.
Would it be possible to have the Verse of the Day in your own preferred version of the Bible versus only four versions to choose from?
God Bless You!
Excellent tutorials 5/5
This my favorite bible app. It has great tutorials and study resources.
Not for serious study...no Hebrew interlinear 1/5
Does not support HEBREW interlinear! OliveTree said 4 years ago to provide better tools. Check out Accordance.
Does not read the bible to you. Check out FREE youVersion.
Bugs with today’s app update 3/5
I have loved this app for years, however today’s update has quite a few bugs to in it. I hope they are fixed soon as this is my go-to Bible since my house flooded. Please check it out and fix the bugs. Thanks!
Fabulous, Simply Fabulous! 5/5
By Li'l Boss
Great app with easy to navigate menus, split screen for detailed study, extensive content, reasonable pricing, and portability. This is a wonderful blessing and my favorite Bible study app! I highly recommend it!
Best bible reading and study app 5/5
Has a great user interface which balances reading and studying perfectly. Wonderfully thought out and implemented.
Best Bible App Period 5/5
By Letter K
Worst upgrade since Vista? 1/5
By Betrayed and Confused
OT continues to show they either don’t use or understand their program. The 7.1 release does two bad things, and one HORRIBLE one.
The two things a user does the most often — change books/translations and open/close the resource guide (now “study center”) — now take two taps to open instead of just one, and another one to get rid of the stripes. Further, instead of the Resource Guide button being right under your thumb when reading landscape (which I always do, to get two-page mode), now you have to reach all the way to the top of the screen for it. So, harder to get to, and double the taps. Every time you want to open it. Searches and bookmarks suffer the same fate — three times the taps as before.
And, horribly, the mode to keep the most-used icons on-screen to try to cut down on the taps now takes up extra space at the top and bottom of the screen. In addition, there are two ugly green stripes taking up MORE space on top and bottom, for absolutely no reason. So less text displayed. Further, unless it’s locked, it actually occludes text. Occludes text. In 2018. Windows 95, anyone?
In summary, it takes three times as many taps to do high frequency tasks, and they reduced the amount of text available on the screen. The alleged “study” program is now actively working against you as you try to study.
On top of all that, we now have ads on our menu. I don’t want to see an ad in my Bible, ever.
There’s been no increase in actual functionality in years — no user-defined reading plans, no “see a verse/passage in all available translations,” no quick lookup of a verse without having to leave your current spot, no NOT searches (Jesus AND NOT Christ), and on and on.
Why not use something else? Well, like democracy, it’s the worst thing out there, except for all the others. Changes that impede productivity when using the app are bad because we USE THE APP! But this one is bad enough I may have to rethink it.
Reply: While grey is less obnoxious, the color is ultimately irrelevant — the point is it shouldn’t be there at all; it’s taking up space for no benefit. There is no reason for any bars at all (just like 6.x); everything would fit on the top bar.
Nor does moving the Resource Guide button have anything to do with the iPhone. The button is where it’s always been on the phone, and regardless, UI can be handled differently for phone and iPad in a universal app.
These were design, not technical, decisions and they were bad ones. They’re not bad because they’re different; they’re bad because they’re openly hostile to the main premise of the app — reading and studying.
The good news is that the 6.3.3 release fix appears to fix what OT broke and didn’t test on 6.3.2. The bad news is they felt the need to say they fixed "nothing major" in the release notes. They killed every one of their Strong's bibles, as well as notes in every Bible, and it was "nothing major." This is a company that does not get it.
Powerful and affordable Bible study software 5/5
One of the best apps for studying the word of God. This app might not be as powerful as Logos, but it is affordable. Some of my favorite features:
1. The Strong’s Bibles. These Bibles with Strong’s words are reasonably priced. Tapping a word brings up a pop up with the original language word and its definitions as well as other occurrences of the word. You can view other occurrences right in the pop up.
2. The resource center. Many of the resources available on their store are linked to the resource center. A linked Bible dictionary will have automatically display the definition of, say, a cubit when reading a verse that mentions a cubit.
3. Powerful search feature allows the user to search very specific words and phrases in a specified range.
4. Items purchased on one device can be used on other devices on almost any platform.
5. Powerful reading plans that are flexible rather than the rigidity of other apps.
6. Parallel reading and split view allows you to compare passages and translations.
7. Highly customizable and in active development.
My biggest complaint: include a way to display history. When jumping around in multiple chapters and books, it would be a real time saver to have clickable history links.