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Gospel Library App for Mac

Posted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 11:53 am
by MichaelFa
I know this has been posted before, but I'm interested if anyone knows if the tech department has any plans to bring the gospel library app to Macs. The user experience of the app vs the web isn't even close. The app is phenomenally better and it doesn't seem like it would be that hard to move it over to the Mac App Store. Anyone know if this is even a priority for them right now?

Re: Gospel Library App for Mac

Posted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 12:28 pm
by russellhltn
A desktop experience was never a plan. GL for Windows 8/10 exists because of Windows tablets. (Notice that GL for Windows 7 doesn't exist.) Even then, GL for Windows exists only because of volunteer developers. There's no church employees on the project like for iOS and Android.

So, if you want to see a Mac OS version, I'd suggest you find a group of Mac developers to write it. (Volunteers for beta testing doesn't count.)

That said, I think some have gotten GL to run on a Mac by setting up a Android emulator.

Re: Gospel Library App for Mac

Posted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:08 pm
by davefrancis
Highlighting and study mode on LDS.org frequently fails and works much better on the Gospel Library app.

Re: Gospel Library App for Mac

Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 1:42 pm
by GrasseDD
For those with Win7 and Mac, there is now an online version of GL:, at https://lds.org/languages/eng/lib.
Like scriptures.lds.org, it still requires a live internet connection. And, it lacks many of the features you get used to in the mobile apps.
However, it looks just like the app and has all the same content. Logged in, you'll see all your markings (annotation titles are missing, and I can't find bookmarks). And, most importantly for me, annotations work!
I don't know where it came from, and I never heard a word about it, and I still can't find anything about it--anywhere on lds.org nor anywhere on the web. There is no link to it in the lds.org menu. There is no other mention of it in these forums.

Re: Gospel Library App for Mac

Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 1:58 pm
by russellhltn
Since it hasn't been announced, I'd consider it "beta" at best. Perhaps even "alpha".

Edit: for starters, General Conference content doesn't seem to be loaded and I get an error trying to go back. It may not even be "alpha" but "in progress".

Re: Gospel Library App for Mac

Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 2:24 pm
by GrasseDD
russellhltn wrote:Since it hasn't been announced, I'd consider it "beta" at best. Perhaps even "alpha".

Edit: for starters, General Conference content doesn't seem to be loaded and I get an error trying to go back. It may not even be "alpha" but "in progress".


Good catch. I was able to wrestle it to give up some GC content, but it wasn't smooth or easy.
I remember now how I came across it: looking at the new history, "Saints". This page (https://history.lds.org/saints?lang=eng) has a link to the Online GL at the bottom of the page.

Re: Gospel Library App for Mac

Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 5:08 pm
by sbradshaw
The new "Gospel Library Online" language pages are considered "released" – so definitely send feedback about things that aren't working quite right – but they're not at a Gospel Library level yet in terms of features. For example, as of today you can only view annotations (not create them); and you can't view or create bookmarks.

Re: Gospel Library App for Mac

Posted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 1:55 pm
by chief733
I Want to download The Gospel Library app on my Mac Book Pro but have not been able to do it. How can I do it?

Re: Gospel Library App for Mac

Posted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 3:07 pm
by russellhltn
chief733 wrote:I Want to download The Gospel Library app on my Mac Book Pro but have not been able to do it.

There is no app for the Mac. You'd have to do something like install an Android emulator so you can run the Android version of GL.

Re: Gospel Library App for Mac

Posted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 4:09 pm
by zaneclark
I am using the link (https://lds.org/languages/eng/lib) to easily access the contents of Gospel Library on my iMac using Safari, including the General Conference.