THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANKS.
The nice folks at Immersion Digital recently asked me if I would be interested in trying, reviewing, and giving away the premium version of their Glo Bible software — an “interactive Bible” of sorts. Because I am a self-confessed geek who is always interested in trying out new programs, I quickly said yes.
What is Glo Bible?
According to the Glo Bible website, Glo is essentially an interactive Bible, providing the text of Scripture along with helpful study resources for you to use on your computer or portable device. It works on your Mac or PC, and also has apps you can install on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.
Glo Bible gives you the entire text of the Bible in several commonly used translations (such as the KJV, NIV, ESV, and the Message). It also contains a Bible Atlas, Timeline, Topical Reference, and an abundance of supporting media (photos, videos, virtual tours, and more).
Installation is a snap. Navigation is easy and “pretty.” You can access Bible reading plans or easily create your own plan. You can utilize built-in study notes, in addition to keeping track of your own notes and bookmarks. Searching and filtering are intuitive. And they recently added integration of YouVersion notes and other features.
I thought I’d walk you through my own use of Glo Bible. In our church, we’ve been studying 1 Samuel 27, so let’s start there.
As you can see, simply navigating to my chosen text presents me with several resources (study notes, maps/photos) and options (taking notes, syncing with YouVersion notes). I can also easily change my selected version, add a bookmark, or perform a search, using the tools along the top of the page. And see that nifty Glo-logo-circle type thing next to the verse I have highlighted (v.1)? If I click on that…
…it brings up additional options, including highlights, bookmarks, and accessing relevant information from Glo’s other resources. Let’s click on the media icon.
Immediately I’m shown the Scripture reference along with articles, maps, and photos that relate to the verse I’ve chosen. In general, the more verses you have selected, the more media resources you’ll be presented with. Pretty neat, and you can just keep exploring from there.
While I’ve really enjoyed exploring the features of Glo, checking out all the multimedia resources, and utilizing its many study helps, I think my favorite feature of Glo Bible is the ability to record and maintain my own notes. Not only can I access them on my laptop, but they sync up with my account so I can access them on my iPad or iPod touch as well. I can input notes in church and they’ll be on my laptop when I get home, or I can take notes during my personal Bible study, but access them during a conversation with a friend. Very handy.
I’ve been very pleased with Glo Bible software. It has my preferred translation (ESV) and as I mentioned above, I enjoy both the study resources and the ability to record, maintain, and sync my study notes. I love that I can have it on multiple devices — handy at all times! Admittedly, Glo isn’t as robust as some Bible software out there, but it still provides an easy-to-use, easy-to-navigate, resource-rich program at a reasonable price.
Try Glo for yourself
Read on to learn how you can win your own copy of the premium version of Glo Bible (a $69 value!). But in the meantime, you can easily download the Free Lite version of Glo for your Mac, PC, iPad or iPhone/iPod touch. The Lite version doesn’t have all the same resources as the premium version, but you’ll still get two Bible translations, media resources, and the ability to add notes, bookmarks, and highlights to the text — just enough for you to get familiar with Glo and see if it would be a good supplement to your personal Bible study.
Visit Glo’s download page to learn more.
Win Glo premium
And now, I’m pleased to say that one of you will win the premium version of Glo Bible. To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post. I’ll leave the giveaway open for one week, and randomly pick a winner next Friday, June 24th.