Noah Bible Viewer 4 introduced support for media card, allowing Bibles to be
stored on and opened from the media card in your BlackBerry rather than the main
solves a whole bunch of problems mostly related to mis-behavior of various
applications, including Noah Bible Viewer itself, when the BlackBerry memory
becomes limited or too fragmented.
platform limitations introduce a different set of problems, namely the inability
of the built-in BlackBerry Web browser to download and store files of arbitrary
type to the media card.
As of BlackBerry OS
version 4.3 the BlackBerry Web browser can only download certain application and
multimedia file types (COD, MP3, WAV, MPEG etc.) and even those have additional
limitations; COD files, for example can only be stored in main RAM memory and
pretty much all file types have various size limitations.
Future BlackBerry releases
will sure improve the situation, but in the meantime users will have to rely on
the file transfer protocol (FTP) technology, which was built to solve exactly
the same type of problems back in the days when the desktop Web browsers were
(or later versions) must be already installed on the device; it does not
matter if they were installed wirelessly or through a desktop.
- A BlackBerry phone with installed and
formatted media card with at least 2 MB free space on it (the more the
You can check if the inserted card is recognized by the device by going to
the "Media" icon from the main launcher, then hitting the Menu button and
A new window should come up, showing 3 folders: "Up", "Media Card" and
- Noah 4 must have been run at least once on
This is needed so that it can create the appropriate folder on the media
card where the Bibles should be stored.
This folder is "/BlackBerry/BEIKS/Bibles/" and can also be created through
the Media explorer, BeFTP itself or even a desktop, but the below guide
presumes it already exists.
Getting down to business
1) Start BeFTP from
the main application launcher as illustrated below:
2) Shortly after
running the program, the registration reminder screen will show:
3) The main BeFTP screen shows up:
some BlackBerries, the installed 3rd party applications are located in a
folder called "Applications", accessible through the main application
list (not shown in image).
hit "Continue". You are granted a limited free license to use BeFTP for
downloading BEIKS products from the BEIKS website.
BEIKS Public FTP" to connect to the BEIKS file server. If you want to
download and install a Bible from another file server, you will need to
go through "Change account" first.
4) If everything is
good, you should shortly see the BEIKS server folder:
5) The "public"
folder may have one or more than one sub-folder, but you care about one
6) Repeat the
same procedure until you get to the "/Public/BlackBerry/Noah/4.0" folder
as shown below:
If BeFTP blocks or shows an error, you
will need to do some troubleshooting.
Otherwise, select and
click the "public" folder to get into it and see its contents.
click the "BlackBerry" folder to get into it and see its
||As you can
see the available Bibles are organized in folders. Let's say you want to
download the contents of the ASV_Full Bible build.
7) Select the desired
Bible's folder and click it. For ASV_Full you should get the following:
8) When you click on
a file, Noah comes up with a screen asking you to select a target folder
for the download:
Repeat the same procedure until you get to "/SDCard/BlackBerry/BEIKS/Bibles"
as shown below:
|Each Bible is
made of two files - contents and index. Both need to be transferred, one
at a time, to the card.
Select and click the first file.
This is a simple file browser similar to
the one in desktop browsers, where you can navigate the device or card
directory structure. Select and hit "SDCard".
||If you do not
see the BEIKS folder inside the BlackBerry folder, then read the
prerequisites above; you can create the folder through BeFTP's menu, but
beware as folder names are case sensitive!
10) Once in the
correct target folder, hit the BlackBerry's menu button and choose
"Download here..." :
start the download and display the transferred amount in the top
(status) line of the application.
Once ready, it
should announce it with a message.
Which technically possible, we recommend that you do
NOT work with the BlackBerry while a download is in progress.
Once the first file is successfully downloaded do not
forget to download the second as well!
BeFTP remembers the last used target folder, so you
will not need to specify it each time.
Click the ".." folder to get to the higher directory
level where the other Bibles are.
You can store all Bible files in the same
"/BlackBerry/BEIKS/BIBLES/" folder or you can organize them in
sub-folders under it...Noah will find them either way.
Where do you go from here?