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New Opportunity to Test Family Sharing and Heritage Services Print E-mail
Written by Jim Ericson   
Friday, 28 September 2012

FamilySearch testing opportunity

A new opportunity to test online services based on common ancestry is now available. The services are designed to help Church members share information and media. No previous experience or specific expertise is required.

To participate, please complete a seven-question survey. You will then be qualified to test these new services and provide valuable feedback before the services are made generally available.

Upon completion of the survey, you will be added to our list of volunteers. You will periodically receive e-mail messages asking you to evaluate some aspect of an online experience designed for families. Examples may include uploading a photo, testing a registration process, starting a simple family tree, or completing a small survey. Each evaluation should take between 10 to 15 minutes. The frequency of requests should be less than once per week on average.

>> Volunteer to test online family sharing and heritage services.

New Calendar Video Tutorials Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Tuesday, 02 October 2012

New video tutorials are available for the calendar. These video tutorials provide three-to-five minute movies showing various tasks and concepts with the calendar. The video tutorials cover the following topics:

  • Setting Up the Calendar
  • Understanding Calendar Views
  • Subscribed Calendars and Locations
  • Syncing the Calendar
  • Creating Calendars
  • Scheduling Events
  • Sending E-mail Reminders
  • Editing Repeating Events
  • Dealing with Event Conflicts
  • Reservations Versus Events
  • Creating Reservations Calendar Video Tutorials

To view the videos, first go to the calendar by going to Click Sign In/Tools and then select Calendar. In the calendar, click the gear icon (Settings) and then click Help. In the Help, click the Videos tab.

You can also go directly to the calendar help here.

LDS Tools for IOS Temporarily Unavailable from App Store Print E-mail
Written by Justin Krebs   
Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Oct 20, 2012 Update: LDS Tools is now back in the app store. Version 2.1.1 has been released. See this post for more details about the latest release.

LDS Tools

LDS Tools 2.1 for iOS was released to the app store late last week, and shortly after releasing it, a major performance issue was identified which required us to remove LDS Tools from the app store. We have resolved the issue and LDS Tools 2.1.1 should be available in the app within the next 5 to 7 days.

Needed: Web Developers of Other Languages for Input on Native Fonts Print E-mail
Written by Aaron Barker   
Wednesday, 17 October 2012

As we continue to expand our offerings in other languages, we find that the basic "Arial, Helvetica, Sans-serif" fonts don't display well in other languages. Default sizes may be too large or too small, glyphs may display poorly (jagged edges), and so on.

When a new language becomes available (or when its offerings expand) on, we try to find the best fonts to use for that language. Unfortunately, it's not always easy to find information about the best web fonts for each language.

We usually explore existing sites in that language to see what fonts are used. However, often what we find is inconsistent. It's not clear if the fonts they use are standard best practices (like Arial, Helvetica or Verdana), poor but commonly followed practices (like Comic Sans), or custom embedded fonts. We also don't know what the font looks like to a native speaker. For example, sometimes it's not clear whether the font is serif or sans serif (or if those even exist in the language).

We would like to have contact with web developers who are native (meaning, developers who actually work in a given language) and can recommend a list of fonts for that language.

We have a lot of Asian languages coming up right now, so that is our immediate need, but any language (that isn't a Roman language) would be helpful.

If you can be of assistance in this area, or know someone who can, please let us know by adding your comments on this LDSTech Forum thread.

We may not use your services immediately. But it would be great to have resources to go to if and when we do need them.

WordPress Developer Needed for Group Photo Tagging Plugin Print E-mail
Written by Gordon Clarke   
Wednesday, 17 October 2012

The Family and Church History Departments are conducting photo and document tagging pilots in various communities (for example, Snowflake, Arizona; Family Organizations; and Census Records) to help tag historical images.

WordPress will be the software platform used for the pilot efforts. Advanced WordPress coders are needed to co-develop a plugin (or enhance an existing one) that has the following features:

  • Tag people in photos: Community users can click on faces (or other objects) in photos and type in names and other information.
  • Tag location in photo: Community users can type in a location field. Location is tied to a map (geotagging).
  • Identify the date of photo: Community users can add the date (or the approximate date) of the photo.
  • Identify the event in photo: Community users can associate an event tag with the image. Users would be able to create or use existing tags.
  • Post links: Community users can post and associate links to a photo.
  • Post story: Community users can draft a story and associate it with a photo. The editing tool would have basic text formatting options (for example, bold, italic, underline, styles, font size, bullets, indentation).
  • Search FamilySearch API: Identify persons in FamilySearch FamilyTree that match with those with photo tags.
  • Source Posting: Post to FamilySearch the source descriptions and references that match the citations.

Getting Involved

To get involved in the project, join the Ancestor Story Chain (WordPress) project by doing the following:

  1. On LDSTech, sign in with your LDS Account.
  2. Click Projects.
  3. If you haven't already completed the Profile subtab, complete it now. This subtab prompts you to agree to the Individual Contributor's License agreement, which is necessary before working on a community project.
  4. Click the Ancestor Story Chain (WordPress) project.
  5. Scroll down and click Join Project.

After you join the project, project leaders will be notified that you joined.

For questions and other information, contact Gordon Clarke at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

CDIR Upgrade Print E-mail
Written by Tim 金龙Λ̊™ Riker   
Thursday, 18 October 2012
CDIR, the LDAP interface used on and is being upgraded to a new schema. Development sites will be effected. Production sites on should not be effected.
New Book of Mormon App Available to Share with Friends Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Friday, 19 October 2012

The Book of Mormon app that was previously only available as a Windows app is now officially available on Android, Apple, Windows, Nokia Symbian, Nokia Series 40, and Java Phones (J2ME).

According to Church News and Events, "the purpose of the new Book of Mormon app is primarily to make the text and audio recordings of the Book of Mormon accessible to those of other faiths." As such, "the app is simply a digital version of the print Book of Mormon, but without footnotes or cross-references."

The app allows you to download the Book of Mormon in 32 languages. If you want to listen to the narration, you can choose audio in five main languages: English, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish. The app can also be viewed on both mobile devices and tablets.

See "Church Members Are Invited to Share New Book of Mormon App with Friends" for more information.

The following screenshots show the Android version of the Book of Mormon app.

screenshots from the Book of Mormon

To download the app, search for "Book of Mormon" in your device's application store, or go directly to the Book of Mormon app page in iTunes or Google Play. Look for this app icon:

For more information, see previous articles on the topic:

LDS Tools 2.1.1 for iOS Released to App Store Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Saturday, 20 October 2012
LDS Tools for iOS

LDS Tools 2.1.1 for iOS was released to the app store today.

Version 2.1.1 includes the following fixes and enhancements:

  • Added support for iOS 6 and iPhone 5
  • Improved performance and stability
  • Improved data (including calendar) download process
  • Added support for German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish languages
  • Added additional reports for leaders and clerks including Members With/Without Callings, Members Moved In, Temple Recommend Status, and Unit Statistics
  • Improved photo download and delete process (thumbnails are now "lazy loaded," which should create a better user experience)
  • Improved maps functionality (to accommodate the changes in iOS 6)
  • Added a new option to provide feedback
  • Updated the email address for support
  • Resolved several issues including crash on startup for some users

We will have another release in the coming weeks which will include adding support for the remaining Internet 9 languages.

LDSTech Broadcast: The Gospel Topics Explorer Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Monday, 29 October 2012

The next LDSTech broadcast, scheduled for Friday, November 2 at 12:00pm MDT, will focus on the Gospel Topics Explorer.

The Church publishes topic-based content in a multitude of locations and formats, but these topics generally stand alone, creating duplication and impeding gospel study.

The Gospel Topics Explorer is a prototype application that consolidates a variety of topic-based content published by the Church. This content can be searched using regular keywords or navigated graphically. The relationships between topics can also be explored to deepen the study experience.

Gospel Topics Explorer

The Gospel Topics Explorer is designed to address the gaps in gospel topics and form a foundation for future gospel study tools that will help users guide their personal study, prepare talks and lessons, and fulfill callings.

The broadcast on Friday will provide an overview and demonstration of the Gospel Topics Explorer prototype, with opportunities for questions and answers. You can attend the broadcast either online or in person at the Riverton Office Building. Stewart Shelline, a solutions manager in ICS, will give the broadcast.

How to Attend

To attend the LDSTech broadcast, go to the LDSTech Broadcast page during the time of the broadcast and click the Watch Now button. If you live or work near Riverton, Utah, you can also come to the Riverton Office Building (ground floor, Zion room) to watch the broadcast in person.

Each broadcast is recorded, so if you miss one, you can re-watch the recording at any time. In fact, if you arrive late to the broadcast, you can rewind the broadcast and play it from the beginning.

Asking Questions

During the broadcast, remote viewers can ask questions through Twitter. If you don’t already have a Twitter account, you can sign up for one at When you ask a question, include the hashtag #ldstech in your tweet. For more information, see Twitter and LDSTech.

Recordings of LDSTech Broadcasts Available Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Friday, 26 October 2012

If you missed one of the previous LDSTech Broadcasts, you can view recordings of the sessions on the LDSTech Broadcasts page.

LDSTech Broadcasts

The following 2012 broadcasts are available:

You can also access recordings from 2011.

Usually about 400 to 500 people watch the live broadcast. About the same number watch the recording later. Altogether, that's about 1,000 people per broadcast.

This year was the first time we made the LDSTech broadcasts a regular monthly feature. In looking at the topics, you can see we have alternated with the meetinghouse technology group.

We would like to hear your feedback about the broadcasts. Is this a feature you enjoy? Are there topics you want to see? Does the format work for you?

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