If you haven’t seen the Bible Videos app yet, be sure to check out this new Bible Videos App Tour screencast:
The Bible Videos app was released last Christmas. In its initial release, the app had only seven videos. Recent releases include many new videos (there are now about 20), new storybooks, hotspots, and other features.
The Bible Videos app provides a rich, interactive experience. You can navigate 3D models of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, and Sychar to explore scenes from the life of Jesus Christ. When you select the city, the app zooms in and shows information and videos from the city.
Overall, the app provides an exploratory experience, not too unlike a game, that allows you to move at your own pace. There's no specific sequence to follow. By clicking blinking hotspots on the map, you can view and listen to information about that scene. When you see a door, you can click the door to move through the door.
JIRA (pronounced JEER-a) is Atlassian's project management software used by LDSTech for bug tracking, issue tracking, and task planning. LDSTech project teams use JIRA to organize and track various tasks in their projects.
Project managers create and assign topics to LDSTech members using JIRA, so understanding its role is vital if you plan to take an active part in the LDSTech community. For an introductory tutorial on using JIRA, see the Beginner's guide to JIRA wiki page.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the LDSTech 2012 Conference. Over the course of three days, there were 41 presentations and 32 projects. For a quick summary about the conference and the LDSTech effort in general, see this infographic:
Overall, 475 unique volunteers (non-employees) attended the conference. On Wednesday, 130 attended; on Thursday, 300 attended, on Friday another 300 attended. Some volunteers attended only Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, but the unique number of attendees was 475 overall.
New getting started guides for Maps, Youth, Personal Progress, Duty to God, and Store.lds.org have been added to the LDS.org getting started guides page on the wiki. The new guides are highlighted in red below.
These getting started guides provide simple, introductory information about the application on one page. There are now a total of 15 getting started guides available.
Latter-day Saint history is one of sacrifice and service in building the kingdom of God on earth. Through the early saints’ contribution of their skills, tools, and organization, the saints built temples, constructed chapels, and established vibrant communities. Skilled engineers, stone masons, designers, wood workers, architects, and other saints all worked together in a collaborative, service-based community.
LDSTech projects are a modern version of the same principle of service practiced by early Latter-day Saints.
LDSTech projects are founded on this same principle of community service. The goal of these projects is to draw upon the technical talents and skills of its members to hasten the work of the Church.
Rather than build temples, LDSTech project members focus on building software and other technical solutions. Through LDSTech projects, more than 800 people work on various technical projects. Thousands more are willing to help. The projects emphasize quality assurance, technical writing, beta testing, and development.
There's a new wiki page available -- Introduction to LDSTech projects -- that answers many introductory questions about LDSTech projects. Questions addressed include the following:
How do you communicate with members?
Why do we have LDSTech projects?
What is the purpose of LDSTech?
Who works on LDSTech projects?
What if I want to contribute service long-term?
How else can I serve?
How do I find out what volunteers in my area are serving?
A new version of LDS Maps is available. Version 3.0 of LDS Maps includes a host of new features that improve your experience in finding meetinghouses, members in your stake, and a variety of Church locations.
From LDS.org, you can access Maps by going to Tools > Maps. The direct URL for accessing Maps is http://lds.org/rcmaps.
The features included in the 3.0 release include the following:
MLS version 3.4.3 was released this week. The release includes updates to various Seminary and Institute reports, Ward/Branch and Stake/District Organization Application forms, the Bishopric Action and Interview List, Visiting Teaching Reporting, Membership Audit, and more. For details about the updates, see MLS release notes.
A new link has been added to LDS.org, Mormon.org, Newsroom and Mormon Channel, showing some of the major Church websites in one single place. The link briefly explains the purpose of each website and has quick links from each page for faster navigation. The link can be found on the top right corner of each page under "Church Websites".
When you click the link, a panel drops down showing other Church websites.
The Friend Magazine has updated its website and released it at friend.lds.org. The new site aggregates several resources for parents and teachers to help them teach the gospel to children. Some of these resources include ASL Primary Song videos, Children's Lesson Helps, Games and Activities and more. Magazine articles from 1971 until present are also available on the site, with complete PDFs of the magazine starting from 2001.