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Written by Danie Probst   
Tuesday, 17 January 2012

At LDSTech, one of our goals for 2012 is to increase awareness among community members about testing opportunities for Church software. Although many people don't realize it, LDS Account has a Subscriptions tab that has a check box for you to indicate the type of information you want to receive. One of these subscription options includes "Opportunities to beta test or develop Church software."

Thousands of people have selected this option, but so far we haven't been diligently sending e-mails to this group. This will change in 2012. We will send e-mail updates on a regular basis (probably biweekly) to all who have selected this preference. This will constitute the newsletter for LDSTech. The LDSTech newsletter may also contain links to other LDSTech articles.

To subscribe to the LDSTech newsletter (and stay updated about testing opportunities):

  1. Go to the LDS Account login page. (If you don't have an LDS Account, click Register on the login page.)
  2. Type your LDS Account user name and password in the appropriate fields and click Sign in.
  3. Click the Subscriptions tab at the top of the screen.
  4. Select the Opportunities to beta test or develop Church software check box.
  5. Click Update at the bottom of the screen.

LDS Account Subscriptions

Testers Needed for New Maps Release Print E-mail
Written by Danie Probst   
Tuesday, 17 January 2012

The Maps feature on has been updated, and the Church needs volunteers to try out the new features of the 3.0 version.

LDS Maps 3.0

The new features in 3.0 make it easier to search and navigate the maps.  Some of these new features include the following:

  • Single line search by address, city, church facility name, or unit name
  • New map layers for seminaries, announced temples, temples under renovation/construction, and tabernacles
  • Icons for LDS places (meetinghouses, temples, family search centers, etc.) and member households
  • Directions to and from locations/addresses, facilities, and member homes using public transit, biking, and walking (where supported)
  • Geo-location (“Show My Location”) based on GPS identification
  • Street View availability
  • Hi-resolution image display for Church temples
  • Integration with the calendar for local event display
  • Ability to share a map link via e-mail and social networking sites

Testing and Feedback Needed for Interactive Tablet Apps Print E-mail
Written by Danie Probst   
Saturday, 14 January 2012

The Church's Media Services team released the LDS Ensign and The Coat apps for iPad and Android tablets in December to experiment with a new platform for digital content, and now they’re looking for feedback on the LDS Ensign app in addition to future help on similar testing.

The Ensign app is an interactive digital magazine, but it is much more than just a PDF of the Ensign that you can read on your tablet. The LDS Ensign app provides audio and video features that enhance your experience with the Ensign. You can read, watch, or listen to each talk, and there are biographies of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles at the end of the issue.

LDS Ensign Tablet app

A tutorial at the beginning will tell you everything you need to know about using the app, so it should be pretty easy to download and use right away.

Testing LDS Tools 1.0.1 on BlackBerry Devices Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Friday, 16 December 2011

Update: LDS Tools for BlackBerry has been discontinued.


The BlackBerry team is close to publicly releasing LDS Tools 1.0.1 for BlackBerry, which would be the first public release with calendar features. Before the release, though, the BlackBerry team needs help with testing.

Testing an application such as LDS Tools, which includes directory and calendar information for your ward and stake, is particularly challenging given the diversity of locations, callings, and stakes across the world. Add to this the variety of BlackBerry devices, platforms, and carriers, and it’s almost impossible to test this app without leveraging the help of a worldwide community.

This 1.0.1 release includes bug fixes, improvements, and new features. As you test LDS Tools, please pay particular attention to each of these areas.

Introducing Personal Video Conferencing Print E-mail
Written by Amelia Martinez and Kurt Olsen   
Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Personal Video Conferencing

Personal Video Conferencing (PVC) is a telecommunication technology that allows for two-way video and audio transmissions. The Church provides this technology to leaders worldwide for face-to-face communications in meetings, interviews, training, and so forth without needing to travel long distances. It is especially valuable in units that are spread out over large geographic areas. 

Having a Baby and Watching General Conference Print E-mail
Written by Colter Reed   
Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Having a Baby and Watching General Conference

Earlier this year, we found out we’d get to celebrate October General Conference in a whole new way—my wife was expecting, and she was due on October 1. We joked about whether our daughter’s birth would keep me away from the Priesthood Session.

Saturday, October 1, came, and we decided to watch general conference at home. The baby showed no signs of arriving yet. We don't have cable, so we used the BYU TV app for iPad to play conference on our TV. That evening, Nicole urged me to go ahead and watch the Priesthood Session at the local chapel, which I did.

I returned home after priesthood. We then made plans to watch Sunday’s conference sessions with Nicole’s parents, where we traditionally share a nice breakfast before watching Music and the Spoken Word and the Sunday sessions of conference via BYU TV.

Our quiet evening got hectic shortly after 1 am. Our daughter, Skylar Kristine Reed, was born at 3:13am.

Updates to the Gospel Library App Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Friday, 09 December 2011

Gospel Library provides a comprehensive collection of Church material on your mobile device, including scriptures, conference addresses, magazines, manuals, and even videos. Recently the Gospel Library app for iOS has been updated with three new features:

  • Improved media playback options
  • Study Notebook integration
  • LDS Music integration

Improved Media Playback Options

You can now listen to audio narrations for English scriptures, general conference addresses, magazines, and some lesson material. You can also watch videos of general conference addresses and other material. When you’re viewing content with media playback options, a play button appears enabled in the lower-right corner of the app.

When you click the Play button for conference addresses, you’re prompted with either video or audio media options.

Media Playback Integration

We're Updating LDSTech Print E-mail
Written by Tom DeForest   
Thursday, 08 December 2011

We are planning to upgrade the LDSTech today. If you experience any problems, let us know in the comments.

Webinar on Personal Video Conferencing Print E-mail
Written by StacyAnn Allen   
Tuesday, 06 December 2011

Personal Video Conferencing Webinar

We invite you to join us this month for a webinar on Personal Video Conferencing (PVC). PVC is provided by the Church to local leaders and employees worldwide for the purpose of reducing travel while still accomplishing face-to-face communications for meetings, interviews, trainings, and other purposes.

Note: In the initial rollout of PVC, leaders based in Utah are not authorized to use PVC.

To participate in the webinar, you must register in advance by clicking one of the register links below.

Increase Your Employment Potential by Getting Involved in LDSTech Print E-mail
Written by Tom Johnson   
Tuesday, 06 December 2011

When you’re looking for a job, you’re often faced with the following challenges:

  • Gaps in employment. When you haven’t been employed for a period of years, the gap creates a problem with your resume. Employers are suspicious as to the reasons for unemployment and prefer to see an uninterrupted track record from one company to another.
  • Lack of experience. If you’re looking to move into a specific professional field, you need experience demonstrating competence in this field. Without experience, assertions about skills often have no credibility.
  • No portfolio samples. You can compensate for lack of experience or education by showcasing an impressive portfolio of work you’ve completed. But without a strong portfolio, you’re often at the mercy of your resume alone.

Involvement in the LDSTech community can help overcome these three challenges and increase your chances of finding employment. LDSTech is the community effort of the Church for IT projects. In the LDSTech community, project teams work together to develop solutions for technical problems. For example, every one of the official LDS mobile applications (Gospel Library, Mormon Channel, etc.) was developed by the LDSTech community effort.

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