Wednesday, March 14, 2012

iOS 5.1 updates for Hebrew Bible, Yiddish Bible, and Biblical Hebrew apps now in App Store

The following updates address the database compatibility issue in iOS 5.1 that affected my apps:

After installing the update, you should make certain that the app isn't running in the background. If the app was running in the background when you downloaded the update, the "old" database location will still be the one that is being used. If the app is running in the background, you should do one of the following:
  1. Close the background app (double-press the home button, press and hold the icon of the app until it starts to "wiggle", press the red "-" to remove it from the background).
  2. Do a full power off and power on of the device (hold down home button and power button and slide the slider and the power back on again).
  3. Delete the app from your device and re-install it from iTunes.
Options #1 and #2 are faster and easier to do but may not work in all cases (depending on when you took the iOS 5.1 update and a number of other factors). The solution that will work in every case is #3. So, it's best to delete the app from your device and reinstall it from iTunes (after you've downloaded the latest update with iTunes). Here are step by step instructions for doing this (in these instructions, I talk about the HebrewBible app but the same approach works for the BiblicalHebrew and YiddishBible apps as well):
  1. Attach your device to the USB sync cable and start up iTunes.
  2. Click on the "Apps" icon (in the left-hand sidebar) and then click on the "Check for Updates" link (in the bottom-right of the right-hand pane of the iTunes window). Download the HebrewBible app update to your Mac/PC.
  3. Click on your device icon (in the left-hand sidebar) and then click on the "Apps" tab (at the top of the right-hand pane of the iTunes window).
  4. Scroll down through the list of apps on your device until you see the HebrewBible app. It will have a check mark next to it (showing that it is installed on the device). Remove the checkmark and click the "Sync" button (at the bottom-right of the iTunes window). This will remove the HebrewBible app from your device but will keep it in your iTunes repository.
  5. Once you have verified that the app is no longer on your device, you will reinstall it from iTunes. To do this, you repeat the above steps except, this time, you add the check mark to the HebrewBible app in iTunes. After the "Sync", the HebrewBible app will be reinstalled.
  6. Disconnect the device from iTunes and the USB sync cable.
  7. Startup the HebrewBible app. The first time it starts, there will be a delay while the startup "splash" screen is being displayed. During this first startup, the app copies some files and does some initial setup. This will only occur the first time you start the app. Don't cancel the startup - just wait until it completes.
The new versions of the apps are now available on the Apple App Store and I recommend that all current users download the upgrades (they are free upgrades for existing users of the apps). Once again, my apologies for any inconvenience this has caused.