If you’re a new language learner, you know that discovering a tool to help you learn more efficiently and practically is a huge deal. Further, when you can combine learning that language with your personal Bible study and meeting preparation, you know you have a winner on your hands. The Equipd app sets its sights on doing just that.
While not a new release in the App Store, Equipd for iPhone and iPad has just received some notable features that are worth exploring.
Originally released primarily as a Bible reading and simple study app in 2012, Equipd’s power was that of comparing verses in multiple languages, all on the same page. Gradually more features were added. A News section brought streaming RSS feeds from JW.org including the ability to download EPUBS, PDF, listen to Watchtower and Awake podcasts, and enjoy Kingdom Melodies. Next came bigger and better studying tools, like scripture pop-ups, annotations, images, Bible cross references, and footnotes. Most recently, Equipd has been redesigned with a more modern user interface design. Over time, Equipd has developed into a well-rounded study tool, even for those not learning a new language.
Yet, multiple language capabilities still are at the heart of the app. Notice the Bible tab in the left hand menu on the main screen. Tap on that and you will see a well-designed scrolling scripture picker. Navigate to the scripture you want, then tap the three stacked lines in the upper left corner. A hidden panel will slide in which allows you to add additional languages for comparison. Each of your selected languages can be cached to the device for offline use by tapping the toggle. For studying purposes each version of the scripture can be copied for pasting elsewhere on your device. Play around with some of the other options here as font sizes can be adjusted and so on. Scriptures can be favorited and emailed from this Bible view. Tapping the Done button in the upper right will bring you back to the main screen.
From the main screen you will see other publication categories listed. Tapping any of these will take you to that section of JW.org, but formatted for Equipd. Magazines, books, and brochures can all be browsed and downloaded to local storage. Tapping on an publication will bring it up in full view. Similar to the Bible view, a left hand sliding panel can be activated, this time showing a table of contents. Whereas, here, a globe icon is where you will select different languages. Unlike the Bible view, while reading a publication, you will not see all languages as once. Instead Equipd employs a cool double-tap function that cleverly cycles through languages you’ve chosen. Underlining annotations have been available for a while, but notes are a recent addition to the app. Finally, Equipd has come into its own as a fully functional study tool.
Lastly, any article you’re reading can be added to your Briefcase through the three-dotted icon in the upper right. This functionality also works with articles you’ve found on wol.jw.org through Equipd’s Websites tab on the main screen. While browing online, first tap the bookmarks icon and then the three-dotted icon to add the article to your Briefcase. Back on the main screen, the Briefcase is where you’ll find all your saved articles.
I highly recommend spending some time going through all the features of Equipd for iPhone and iPad. You’ll need some time to scour all its settings and abilities. Once you do, I think you’ll find Equipd to be a must-have Bible study and language learning app. Check it out below.
Equipd is just one of our favorite iPhone and iPad apps for Jehovah’s Witnesses. We’ve collected all of our favorites here. And if you’d like to see more of our top app selections in different categories, just head on over to our Best Apps Series.
Please note that the developer may not support updates for the Equipd app in the future.
*** IMPORTANT ANNOUNCMENT ***
This app has been temporarily enabled on the App Store only to push out an important update to existing users.
You should note that support for this app could end at any time. The price has been increased to discourage purchase. Read more about this on the Support Forums here if you have questions:
New users should look for the "Equipd Bible" app instead: www.equipd.me
Equipd is a complete theocratic digital library including multiple Bible Translations, RSS and Podcast feeds, language translation tools, and a browser engine that can cache content for offline use.
*** Multiple Bible Languages and Translations ***
Read the Bible in over 100 languages, side-by-side. Compare the rendering of verses across different translations. Copy scriptures into your notes with one click. Listen to the Bible audio for many languages.
*** A Complete Library ***
Equipd provides easy access to the Watchtower and Awake magazines, Insight Volumes, Research Guide, Books, Brochures, Tracts and Yearbooks on WOL in over 150 languages. Many publications feature images and audio. Easily update a publication if the source material is changed on WOL. Quickly jump straight to the article on WOL to do more research.
*** Study Efficiently ***
The unique workflow of Equipd allows you to navigate between the Bible, study tools and publications with ease. It is optimised for use in the ministry, in personal study, or at the meetings. Use the supported gestures (such as swiping, two-finger tapping, and pinch/zoom) to get the most out of Equipd.
*** RSS and Podcast Feed Readers ***
Keep on top of the latest announcements, videos, and press releases from JW.org.
*** Language Translation Tools ***
Multiple ways to switch a Bible chapter or article you are reading between different languages. Tight integration with the iOS dictionary, with WOL.jw.org, with the Insight Volumes, and with Pleco. Those in the Chinese foreign language field get access to to auto-generated Pinyin, Zhuyin and Sidney Lau above the characters, or toggle the characters on/off.
*** Cache for Offline use ***
All text-based content and images can be saved for offline use. Read the content later, no Internet required!
*** Organise YOUR content ***
Bookmark your favourite scriptures. Save your favourite articles to the Briefcase by Topic, and group your favourite publications for quick access.
*** Annotations ***
Underline and highlight content from the publications and articles. You can add Notes right next to content it relates to, and even tell the Note to expand the text to show in the article so you can read it immediately without clicking.
There are so many other features in Equipd - I cannot list them all here. Overall I hope the hundreds of hours spent developing Equipd enables you to be "completely equipped for every good work" (2 Timothy 3:17). Especially those working hard in the foreign language field!
Equipd requires iOS 7.0 and above. Any device that can run iOS 7 can also run Equipd, although an iPad 4+ or iPhone 5+ is recommended. Fully optimised for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
If you have any questions please refer to the Equipd Support Forums: http://support.equipd.me
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Here are a couple of our other picks of the best iPhone and iPad apps for Jehovah’s Witnesses: