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  1. Q. Since upgrading to 4.0.0, I can't link to the Logos app! Is there a fix?

    A. Sorry about that! And yes, there is a simple fix.  Click here for details.

  2. Q. Can you make the checkboxes bigger? When I tap the checkbox, the link often opens instead.

    A. As of version 4.0, this should no longer be an issue. If you are using an earlier version, please see below.

    The "active area" of the checkbox extends quite a bit to the left of the box itself, but it doesn't extend all the way to the right. The tiny bit on the right that isn't covered by the checkbox image is what's causing the problem. Try aiming to the left of the checkbox (you'll see that you don't even have to hit the box itself.) That way, if your aim is a bit off, you'll miss to the left, not the right, and avoid the problem area.

  3. Q. I enabled notifications in version 3.1, and I have incomplete readings, but I don't see any badges.

    A. Are you using iOS 5? If so, go the the system-level Settings app, tap 'Notifications', then tap the 'Reading Plan' row. Near the bottom of the page you'll see a row saying 'Badge App Icon'. Turn that on. While you're there, you'll see other settings you might wish to modify.

    More Information: The settings in ReadingPlan control what notifications the app sends. The settings in the system Settings app control how the notifications are displayed.   HINT: Turn everything on in one place, and control it from the other.

  4. Q. When I check a box to mark a reading complete, after a second or two, it unchecks automatically.

    A. This can happen if you're syncing two devices whose clocks have gotten out of sync. For example, suppose you mark complete the first two of four readings, on an iPad which displays the time as 7:22 am. You then try to mark the third reading complete on an iPhone, which displays the time as 7:20 am. When the iPhone syncs, it downloads the progress from 7:22 am, rather than uploading the progress from 7:20 am. The solution is to set the devices to a consistent time, or have them both set their clock automatically. ReadingPlan adjusts for time-zone differences, so unless you use one device literally within minutes of another (and one or both isn't isn't adjusting its clock automatically), this problem is unlikely to arise.

  5. Q. Can you add my favorite plan?

    A. ReadingPlan allows you to download additional plans to the application, as well as to delete, rearrange and restore the default plans. To view available plans, go to 'Settings', then 'Reading Plan', then tap 'View Available Plans'. If your favorite plan isn't listed, and is freely distributable for non-commercial use, please send a copy of (or a link to) the plan to, and I will be happy to format it for use with ReadingPlan and post it for download.

  6. Q. Can I add a custom plan, or modify an existing plan?

    A. Yes, plans are simple text files. See here for a description of the file format. See here for instructions on how to install your new or modified plan to your device.

  7. Q. Can I manage more than one reading plan at a time?

    A. Yes. ReadingPlan can track any number of plans simultaneously. To switch between them, visit "Settings" (toolbar icon on bottom right); select "Reading Plan"; select a plan from the list; and return. Your detailed progress in the selected plan will be displayed in the main screen and your percent complete in that plan will be displayed on the settings screen.

  8. Q. I'm behind in my reading plan, so the 'Mark Read To Today' button marks too much. Is there an easy way to mark what I have done, even though I'm behind?

    A. Yes. The trick is to set the iPhone's date to the date you've read through, use ReadingPlan's 'Start Date' and 'Mark Read To Today' settings to mark off what you've actually read, and then reset the iPhone's date back to today. See here for step by step instructions.

  9. Q. Can I link to the bible app on my iPhone, instead of going online?

    A. Yes, if you're using version 2.3.1 or later, and a bible app that supports it. Supported apps (as of May 2013) are: the Crossway ESV and ESV+ apps, the apps from Just1Word, Logos, Mantis, PocketSword, Tecarta, Laridian, Accordance and OliveTree. If you don't see these listed in the 'Settings | Bible Link' screen, go to that screen and press 'Restore Defaults'. (If you still don't see them, please upgrade!) Support for other bible apps will be added as those apps allow themselves to be launched by an external program, to a specified book and chapter.

    Note to Bible app developers: a custom URL scheme that supports links such as "bibleapp://John+3:16" is all that's required. See Apple URL Scheme Reference or iPhone URL schemes for more information.

  10. Q. Can I link to an online site that isn't in the default list?

    A. Sure. See the app's help file entry for "Settings | Bible Link", here, for details.

  11. Q. My favorite online site uses a different verse format than ReadingPlan. What should I do?

    A. If the site is one of those listed below, use the link format shown. If not, please email support and I'll try to make it work.
    Blue Letter Bible:
    You can, of course, use any bible translation the site supports, or omit it entirely; see the particular site for details. For instructions on how to create a new online site, see the help entry for "Settings | Bible Link", here.

  12. Q. What sites support the Deuterocanonical (a.k.a. Apocryphal) books?

    A. I don't know of any site that supports all of the Deuterocanonical books, and no two sites seems to support them under the same names! Several sites do provide at least some support, however. The site mentioned above is one, with the RSV and NRSV translations. The Oremus site (installed by default) also uses the NRSV. The Bible Gateway and Bible Resources sites (installed by default) support the Douay-Rheims translation. (To use it, change "ESV" to "DRA" in the links to those sites.)

    For instructions on how to create or modify an online site, see the help entry for "Settings | Bible Link", here.

  13. Q. What does "FAIL:" mean when I try to sync?
  14. A. If you're receiving a bare "FAIL:" message, please upgrade to version 3.0.1 -- the messages weren't intended to be so uninformative, and that's now fixed. But since you're here -- the most likely cause is that you're trying to sync two different plans with the same sync key. If you're syncing more than one plan, please verify that the keys are different. If you're don't mean to sync two different plans, make sure you've selected the correct plan before turning on syncing.   Much less likely is an error upgrading your progress file from an earlier version of ReadingPlan. In this case the simplest thing to do is to delete the plan, reinstall it, and re-enter your progress. Please contact tech support with any questions.