NueBible: A Design Centric iOS Bible App

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We’ve covered a lot of Bible apps here at ChurchMag and too often we focus heavily on the functionality built into these tools. Features like Bible reading plans, the ability to add notes, export notes, commentaries, sharing verses and so on. These are all great and we’ve seen some huge steps forward there, but sometimes I wonder if this has lead to a neglect of the design of these tools. Well NeuBible is a new (pun not intended) Bible app from a small indie development team that takes a ... Continue Reading

Terrible at Design? Canva is for You

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I’m not the best person at design in the world. Sure I can take an okay photo and I know a thing or two about okay fonts, colors and where to place text on a screen, but that’s where my skills really end. Anything beyond simple editing is a huge issue for me and I’m sure that the majority of people reading this are the same. If you’re a professional designer you may well still find this interesting (and I’d love your more informed feedback) but this isn’t aimed at you. This is for the average ... Continue Reading

New City Catechism [App Review]

New City Catechism [App Review]

New City Catechism is an attempt by The Gospel Coalition to bring the tradition of studying the catechism into the modern digital age. For those not in the know (i.e. those raised outside of church or in a non-liturgical church), a catechism is a series of questions and answers designed to help an individual or group of individuals learn basic and yet vital Christian doctrines. Here's an example: ... Continue Reading

From Legal Pad to iPad: The Evernote To-Do List

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Lists are amazing. I love lists. Whether's Letterman's Top Ten List—Dave, you will be missed—or those stupid "list-idles" that are so popular on the web, I have a deep, abiding appreciation for lists. Especially when it comes to getting things done! I've blogged a lot over the years about apps and notebooks and various things that could possibly/maybe sorta/kinda help one get their tasks organized and, more importantly, done. However, nothing has really made the different for me. I tried ... Continue Reading

Taking the Leap from Android to Apple

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It's no secret... in a world of several OS choices, all of which tickle my fancy, Android tickles it the most. Customization, administrative privileges and the second best ecosystem in all of mobility are easy to fall in love with. I am quite comfortable using any of the major four, and to be fair, when it's all said and done, I still believe it's the ecosystem that makes or breaks the OS. With regards to Apple's iOS, my initial derision has mostly shifted to grudging respect and onto straight ... Continue Reading

An #EPIC iPad Drum Solo [Video]

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Because he didn't have the money, space, and lived in an apartment and didn't want to disturb the neighbors, he didn't have a drum set. But just because you don't have drums, doesn't mean you're not a drummer. Case in point: ... Continue Reading

13 Essential iOS Apps for Pastors in 2015

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A pastor rarely has one job in a church and often has to wear many hats at different times. Sometimes it’s mentoring people, other times it’s preaching, and sometimes it’s plain old organizing members of the staff. Obviously, this can require a wide range of tools to make sure you can get everything done. Although this is not a complete list of apps, you may need something very specific, it is a good starting point. Here are 13 essential iOS apps for pastors: ... Continue Reading

A Case for Church Mobile Donations

The Case for Church Mobile Donations

This past Black Friday revealed some interesting statistics about mobile Internet use and the effects it had on the giant retailer, Walmart. Again, we see the case for church's to leverage mobile technology . At the very least, your church website needs to be mobile ready, and you should strongly consider setting up mobile donations. When it comes to a dedicated app, while I would only recommend this for larger churches, the time may come sooner than later when this will be as vital as having ... Continue Reading

Pixelmator vs Canva: Which iPad Image Editing App Is for You?

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Images are getting more and more important online. It's a point I've been making for a while, but this continues to become more true. Just like the first cars focused on functionality with a focus on looks and design later, so it is true of the Internet. First we cared about getting the data up and making it easy for people to find it. Now the way things looks matter and this is only going to get more true. As such, you need some good tools to help you design great images for both the online ... Continue Reading

What’s New with iOS 8? [Infographic]

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It feels like every time you turn around a new version of something is being released. And to make matters worse, sometimes apps and devices fail to operate well when they become impossible to update. When I was stuck on iOS 6, it was frustrating to find common apps—like Evernote—that could not be installed because their were optimized for a newer OS. It's starting to feel like our hands are getting forced—into our wallets—more and more often. Setting this soapbox aside, what exactly is new ... Continue Reading