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iCal Files for One and Three Year Church Year Calendars—Available Now for Free

October 11th, 2013 Comments off

As per the usual, Concordia Publishing House is making the Lutheran Church Year Calendar available, in both its three year and one year series formats, available as iCal files, for free.

Visit this site to download the files you need and instructions on how to use them.

Because this is a free service, we will not provide technical support on installing the files beyond what is available on the web site. Consult your device’s user’s manuals or consult with Mr. Google on how to install them if you have any issue trying to install them.

This is the Droid You Are Looking For!! PrayNow Updated for Android 4.0 and Higher

January 18th, 2013 1 comment

PScreen Shot 2013-01-18 at 1.04.04 PMrayNow has been updated to work with Android 4.0 and higher.

If you don’t know what PrayNow is, why, it is only the most awesome daily prayer app available!

Get the Apple version here.

Get the Android version here.

 

Here are it’s features.

PrayNow is the daily prayer app that places the Scriptures at the center of daily meditation and prayer.

“Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

Daily prayer should be central to what we do as Christians. Yet it is so easy for the pressures and stresses of daily life to crowd out the time for meaningful prayer.

PrayNow is designed to meet the needs of the Christian who wishes to follow a disciplined order of daily prayer centered in the Scriptures and to use the rich resources of the church’s ancient daily orders of prayers with writings from the Church Fathers.

Pray Now provides you with the following:

Complete texts for each day:

  • A reading from the Psalms
  • An Old Testament reading
  • A New Testament reading
  • A selection from a writing by a church father
  • A hymn stanza
  • A prayer for the day

Complete orders for daily prayer:

  • Matins
  • Vespers
  • Compline
  • Features the feasts, festivals, and commemorations of the Christian Church Year
  • The full text of the Psalms is available with, or without, chant notation
  • A full collection of prayers for the days of the week and for various aspects of your life in Christ

Technical Features

  • Full texts for every day appear automatically according to the calendar
  • Dynamic calendar allows you to display text for any day
  • Choose between five different fonts
  • Fully scalable font size
  • Night reading mode
  • Bookmarking capabilities

If You Have a Galaxy Nexus or are Trying to Use Android 4.0+ ….this is why PrayNow and PastoralCare for Android Won’t Work For You

December 22nd, 2011 9 comments

The short answer is PrayNow and PastoralCare do not support 4.0+. This was a change we made during the release process to contend with early complaints from users.

The long answer: Our developer arrangement was to cover versions 2.2, 2.3.3, and 3.0, 3.1, and 3.2, the versions of the SDK that existed when we bid and began development on the project. In perspective, the Galaxy Nexus came out less than a week ago, shipping a drastic change in their OS, 4.0.

You may have read some of the headlines about Google’s “iPhone/iPad killing” OS Ice Cream Sandwich–this is version 4.0. While Google advertises this as the magic platform that will solve every ones problems–as it allows phones and tablets running Android to have the same OS finally (something iOS has had from the beginning)–from a development perspective, it is simply another slice of the pie to contend with. Note, as of Dec 1, the apps we just released support 88.21% of platforms. See below, click on the image to see the original full-size image:

 

Google advertises that all new platforms they introduce are backwards compatible; but this is really a fabrication. Hence, when we had a couple users install PrayNow on 4.0, we had one user complain that they couldn’t get the app to come up without crashing. I then attempted to load the app on the 4.0 desktop simulator and all of the UI elements were misshaped overlaying controls on text, etc., but we couldn’t reproduce the crash. My solution to the problem for the time-being was to disallow installs on Android 4.0+ until we can adequately test/fix the product for those platforms.

Hope this helps explain the situation. It’s changing everyday…

We will continue to monitor and if the usage of Android 4.0+ increases significantly, we will be supporting it. But for now, for the reasons mentioned above, we won’t.

PrayNow and PastoralCare for Android are Available Now for Download

December 21st, 2011 19 comments

I know this is going to make a lot of Android users very happy. Great news! PrayNow and PastoralCare are both now available in Android format. They are also available in iOS, via the iTunes store.

Here is the link to PrayNow Android version.

Here is the link to PastoralCare Android version.

 

 

Echoes of the Hammer: Free Apps Now Available for iOS and Android

August 31st, 2011 1 comment

Free, yes, that’s right, free….apps, for both iOS and Android.

Get the free iOS version of the Echoes of the Hammer game here.

Get the free Android version, here.