There’s a new Bible app in town and it’s quite impressive. It’s called Bible360 and one could argue that it’s the coolest Bible app ever produced.
Based on Glo
If you’ve followed the evolution of Bible software packages for desktops, you’ve probably heard of Glo. It’s a Bible program for PCs and Macs that is interactive, visual, and immersive. It’s also a little on the pricey side. I tried a demo and enjoyed it but never could justify purchasing it with all the other Bible software I already own.
The biggest problem that Glo suffered from was that it launched while the iPad and other mobile devices were exploding. Who wanted to invest in software that was chained to a desktop anymore?
Well, somebody at Glo must have seen the writing on the wall and they used all that wonderful Glo material to make Bible360. That was smart. Then, they decided to give away the lite version for free, with an option to upgrade within the app. That was even smarter.
I’ve just got to say that the UI for this thing is just gorgeous. It’s feels sleek and sexy and everything just works the way it should. (Can a Bible app be sexy?)
There is an iPhone version but the app shines the brightest on the iPad incarnation.
Check out this video to get a sense of the look and feel.
First Real Study Bible App
The combination of the UI with the Bible text and all the other rich media make this app something special.
If you think of YouVersion as a reference Bible, I would call Bible360 a study Bible. It has helps and commentary available to you at all times.
One of the things I love about this app is that it integrates so well with other services. For instance, you can share verses and such with others via twitter or facebook. It connects to other social networks too.
What’s even better is that you can pull up the YouVersion community notes and resources within the app. This is huge. In this way, Bible360 no longer competes with YouVersion but adds to the community.
I never thought I’d see an app that could our beloved YouVersion a run for the money but, with it’s YouVersion integration, Bible360 just might.
What really impresses me about this app is that it truly is a platform. The Glo folks call Glo a “platform” and now I finally believe them.
They’re allowing developers to build upon this app and with that comes the potential of something truly amazing happening. If others do indeed start developing for this, then it’s going to be a game changer for sure.
Touched by a Survivor, an Angel, & Lucado
Interestingly enough, I read today that Mark Burnett of Survivor fame and his wife Roma Downey have agreed to use portions of their upcoming 10-part Bible TV series within Bible360. That’s on top of already having Max Lucado involved.
Now, if they could only get Tim Tebow to endorse it too!
The only real downside I see at this point is that it only has two translations with the lite version, KJV and NIV.
Of course, you can upgrade for $34.99 and with that you’d get NIV, NIV84, KJV, ESV and the Message. Plus, you’d also get a lot more media.
Get all the details about Bible360 and download all the incarnations here.