Help WP7 and WP8

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Here you can get help on how to use Cross Connect on your phone.

Select one of the following menus.

It has always been intended that this program is free of charge. However, because some of the services we provide in this program cost the providers of this program money, We want to give you a chance to make a donation to help us pay for these costs.

Please support Cross-Connect:

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Video instructions

The following videos will show you how to use all the basic features of Cross Connect.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Advanced Ancient Greek and Hebrew translation features you can see in this next video. Here I explain how you need to download a bible with Strong’s numbers in order to use the translation features and show how the translations are done.  I also show the “added notes” feature where you can add your own personal notes to any verse.  Also I show the “Words of Christ in red” feature.

Many wonder how to send more then one verse at a time in an SMS or email. It is easy.
You need to click on all the verses you want within a 3 second window(time-frame). If the verses are right beside each other then it is usually no problem to do it in 3 seconds. However if the verses are spread out in the bible then you need to first put them into your history or bookmark window first and then press on them in the bookmarks window within the 3 second time-frame. If you don’t understand what I mean then you can look at the video above where I demonstrate it. Fast forward in the video to the 13:00 minutes mark.


The following is a list of all the icons you can see in Cross Connect:

This will move you to the next chapter

Moving your finger where the arrows are to the left in the title bar or to the left while grabbing the border on the right side of the screen will move you to the next chapter. However, moving your finger inside of the text area will not do anything

This will move you to the previous chapter

Moving your finger where the arrows are to the right in the title bar or to the right while grabbing the border on the left side of the screen will move you to the previous chapter. However, moving your finger inside of the text area will not do anything

This will allow you to search for a specific Book, Chapter and Verse.

This takes you to a search dialog to find all verses with a word or words you are searching for.

If you do a fast search the following rules apply:
A fast search returns verses containing all of the given words. Put a “+” in front of each word to find any one of the given words in each verse. Put a “-” in front of a word to find all of the verses that don’t have that word. Wildcards “*” and “?” can be used. In languages using symbols like chinese and japanese you must put “*” before and after each character. Use only the slow search to find “Strongs” numbers.

Example search 1:
+mary +joseph
Will get all verses containing either mary or joseph. It will return far over the maximum limit of 200.

Example search 2:
mary joseph
Will get all verses containing both mary and joseph. It will return about 7 verses.

Example search 3:
mary -joseph
Will get all verses containing mary that also don’t contain joseph. It will return about 39 verses.

Example search 4:
Will get all verses containing mary. It will return about 46 verses which makes sense. It is the sum of the number of verses found in examples 2 and 3.

Example search 5:
Find all verses containing words that are 4 letters long and start with “m” and the third letter is “r”. This will find “mary” and “more” and “mire” and “mark”

Example search 6:
Find all words of any length that start with “mar”. This will find “mary” as well as “married” .

Example search 7:
mar* -jos*
Find all verses containing words of any length that start with “mar” yet in the same verse you can’t have a word starting with “jos”.

This will make the window bigger. Sometimes nothing will happen if the window is already the maximum size it can be.

This will make the window smaller

Pressing this button will light it and it means when lit that it will synchronize with the other windows if a verse is hit in any other window

Pressing this button will disable the linking functionality. This means this window will not synchronize with the other windows if a verse is hit in any other window

This will open a window with many options for setting up that window as well as for Listening to a bible chapter and to translate what you are looking at to your system language using Google Translate. If your system language is the same as the language you are looking at then the possibility for translation will not appear in the dialog that appears.

This sends you to a new screen which will create a new window for your bibles.

This sends you to this page over the internet for help.

This will open the window for your daily reading plan

This adds the last selected verse to the bookmarks list.


You can change how your bible looks by changing some of the settings in the “Settings” menu. There are also some important internet links you can set there but normally you should never need to change any of these internet links. If you are in doubt here about what to do, you can always hit the “Default Settings” button to restore the settings to a safe and simple state.

Number of screens

The number you enter here is the number of screens you can have available for windows. Each screen is represented by a tab at the top of the each screen. Select any of the tabs and then you might be presented with an empty screen. Then hit the “add window” button to put a window onto that screen. Many people felt the previous one single screen was too small for all the windows they wanted to show. If you select 1 for the number of screens then the tabs will dissappear completely.

Here are the tabs when the number of screens selected is 3:

Show two title rows in each window

If this is true then the title row in each window will be 2 rows high. The highest row will be for buttons and the lower row will be for the title text. This is good if you have space on your screen because otherwise very little of the title text is seen because it is hidden by the buttons.

Highlight text markings

If this is true then the superscript verse markings and other special markings will always be higlighted. This is good if you want these markings to show up better.

Show the words of Jesus in red

In very few of the crosswire bibles it is possible to show every thing that Christ said in red. The only bible I am aware of that has this possibility is the “English Standard Version”. Set to true to show in red and false to show normally.

Use small verse numbers

If true then all the verse numbers will be shown as superscripts. If false they will be shown as normal texts in parenthesis.

Show note positions

If true then any notes in the bible will be marked with a letter “a to z, aa to zz” to show where you can look at the notes to this bible to see extra information about that particular verse.

Show the book name on each verse

If true then at the start of every verse you will be shown the books name, for instance; “Genesis”

Show the chapter number on each verse

If true then at the start of every verse you will be shown the chapters number.

Show the verse number on each verse

If true then at the start of every verse you will be shown the verse number

Show Strong’s numbers

If true then you will be shown the “Strongs number reference” for almost each word in the bible. You must however have a bible that has the strongs numbers included. For instance, “The King James Version (1769) with Strongs numbers and Morphology”. When you then press on this reference you will be shown another window that describes what the original word in greek or hebrew was with other additional information.

Show word morphology

If true then you will be shown the morphology for almost each word in the bible. You must however have a bible that has the morphology included. For instance, “The King James Version (1769) with Strongs numbers and Morphology”. When you then press on this reference you will be shown another window that describes what the morphology means however this extra window is unnecessary if you already know what the morphology coding means.

Show the headings

Some bibles have extra headings included. If this is true then those headings will be shown.

Start each verse on a new line

If you want each verse to be shown on its own line then set this to true. This can be very helpful for right-to-left (RTL) languages.

Show added notes by chapter

If you add your own notes to the verses, then you can set this to true to ensure that your added notes will be only shown chapter by chapter. Otherwise all your notes will be shown for all chapters in the same window. This is however automatically over-ridden if you have more then 200 notes.

Use internet dictionaries

If this is true then when you hit a “Strongs number” then you will use the “Hebrew dictionary internet link” or the “Greek dictionary internet link” to get your Strongs translation. If this is false, then you will use the internal dictionaries for Strongs numbers.

Use Highlights

If this is true then all your bibles will have the verses highlighted that you have choosen to be highlighted. This of course only has an effect if you have choosen some verses for highlighting. This is here for the case that you may not want to see all your highlighting.

Synchronize to each verse

During the “Text to speech (TTS)” it is possible to accent each verse that the computer is reading, as it is reading it. If you set this to false, there will not be verse accenting and the reading will be by chapter.

Hebrew dictionary internet link

This is the link that is called by this program each time you press on a “Strongs number” in the old testement. The “{0}” will be replaced by the strongs number you pressed.

The current default setting is:{0}

Greek dictionary internet link

This is the link that is called by this program each time you press on a “Strongs number” in the new testement. The “{0}” will be replaced by the strongs number you pressed.

The current default setting is:{0}

Custom bible download addresses

This is a link to where you can download custom (your own) bibles. We now have however a much simpler method of getting your own modules into CrossConnect. The newer method is with OneDrive.

By default this is set to CrossConnects own server which has only an example of how you can set up your server. We sometimes put there bibles that people give to us to put there. The format of this is:

  • [root of your server],
  • [where the crosswire zipped ztext bibles are relative to the root of your server. The names of these zipped files are where xxx is the name found in the config files at the top of the file],
  • [where a single tar.gz file called “mods.d.tar.gz” can be found relative to the root of your server. This file contains all the crosswire configure files referencing the bibles you have in the previous link]

The current default setting is:,/bibles/raw,

In order to make the mods.d.tar.gz file and your “zip” file, use the following instructions:
Your files must be in the zText format. That is you will have files that are called nt.bzs, nt.bzv, nt.bzz, ot.bzs, ot.bzv and ot.bzz. If you don’t have these files then you need to create them with a program called mod2zmod. You might also want to try the software It converts from/to almost any bible format.

The way you would need to do it in Windows is to first install BibleDesktop

The reason you need a bibledesktop program installed is so you can see what is going on and see what you might be doing wrong. The program mod2zmod which you will use to make the conversion to zText looks in the DEFAULT installation area for the module. So you must have the module you want to convert correctly installed in bibledesktop. If you don’t see your bible to convert in bibledesktop, then you can’t convert it.

You need to put all your modules in

C:\Users\[your user name]\AppData\Roaming\Sword

Put your conf files in

C:\Users\[your user name]\AppData\Roaming\Sword\mods.d

and your other files in their respective:

C:\Users\[your user name]\AppData\Roaming\Sword\modules\texts\rawtext\[module name]

Then you need to get the mod2zmod program from (or the latest version)

unzip all these programs to c:\temp\bible so that mod2zmod.exe is in c:\temp\bible\mod2zmod.exe

You could actually put the files anywhere but I say c:\temp\bible\ just to make it simple.

Open a command window. If you don’t know what this means, run the program “cmd”
Let’s say you have a bible module called Jerusalen

in the command window type “cd C:\Temp\bible”
in the command window type “mkdir Jerusalen”

in the command window type “mod2zmod Jerusalen Jerusalen 4 2”

You will see lots of text running by and after a few minutes your bible is converted and is in the directory C:\Temp\bible\Jerusalen.

Now you have created either 3 or 6 files with names nt.bzs,nt.bzv,nt.bzz,ot.bzs,ot.bzv,ot.bzz

Now you need to fix the “jerusalen.conf” file. Open the file with a text editor and change the row in the conf file from




and change




and please add the row


for english or


for spanish, or the proper 2 digit code for the language, into your conf file. it is important for CrossConnect.
You should also have


However sourceType osis might be wrong. If the text shows up strange on the screen then this SourceType=OSIS might need to be removed. Also, if the
texts are strange on the screen, you might try changing encoding to Encoding=Latin-1

Now all of these new files you created needs to be made into a zip file. How you make this
zip file is extreamly important. It must have a specific structure. In our case above it will look like the following


Note that the name of the file jerusalen.conf is spelled with lower case letters instead of being the module name Jerusalen.conf.

You should now have a file called with the above structure and files. Put this file in onto your server in the “raw” directory.

Now you need to make a mods.d.tar.gz file which contains ALL your “conf” files. To make this file you will need a free tool call 7-Zip.

make a directory called mods.d and put all your “conf” files in it. Right click on your mods.d directory and select “7-Zip->Add to archive” and choose the archive format “tar”.
This will create a file called mods.d.tar . Now right click on the file mods.d.tar and select “7-Zip->Add to archive” and choose the archive format “gzip”.
Now you have the final file called mods.d.tar.gz. This you need to put onto your server in the “biblelist” directory

Talking bible internet link

This is the link that is called by this program each time you press on the “speaker” icon to listen to the bible. The “{0}” will be replaced by the absolute chapter number from zero to 1188 where zero is Genesis 1:1 and 1188 is Revelations 22:21. The “{1}” will be replaced by your currently selected language’s 2 character ISO name.

The current default setting is: bibles/talking/getabsolutechapter.php?chapternum={0}&language={1}

What is returned by this web-page is an xml file listing all the available recordings for that chapter with the given language on top of the list.

Highlight name 1-6

This is simply a name for your highlight color that you will only see in the screen to set a highlight onto a verse.

Copy bookmarks, highlights and notes to the clipboard

When you hit this button then all your bookmarks, highlights and notes will be copied to the clipboard. You can then go to some other application and paste these notes into that application. For instance if you want to move your settings to another phone or computer then paste this into an email and send it to that computer. On that computer then you can copy that text to the clipboard and then use the button mentioned below.

Import bookmarks, highlights and notes after you paste the clipboard into the box below

Read the text above this. When you have gotten a text containing all the bookmarks, highlights and notes then paste the text into the box below this button. Then hit this button to import the text. Note that this will only work if you have a correctly formated xml text.

Default settings

Hit this button to get the suggested values of all the settings on this page.

OneDrive/SkyDrive Backup and Restore

CrossConnect can now communicate with OneDrive (Formerly know as SkyDrive). All settings/bibles/etc can be put onto your OneDrive and then you can restore those settings to any device. This can be accessed in the menu at the bottom of the screen.  You can even restore from a Tablet to a Phone and vice-verse.  This also has several other benifits:

  1. You can have different setups for example one for study and one for leisure. To do this, simply backup your “Window setup” under different names. Then restore the one you want.
  2. For very advanced users, they can manipulate/Add/remove bibles now on all devices. Previously they were forced to have their own website to download private bibles/commentaries/books from. Now you can add these in the OneDrive and then restore to your device.

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164 thoughts on “Help WP7 and WP8

  1. I am incredibly blessed by your app, especially because I am in seminary and need the original languages. I do have a problem, though. Didn’t have this problem on WP7, but now that I’m on a Nokia 928, I have it: the Open Scriptures Morphological Hebrew (the only one with vowel pointings) has random box characters in the middle of words. Is this a font issue? It does this on both the WP7 and WP8 versions of the app on my 928.

    • Yes, it is a font problem. You can change the font in the Themes. You should be able to find a font in the themes that shows these characters correctly

  2. I love it, helps me lot to study & teach, I will not forget you all in my prayers. Glory to Lord, thanks to every one

  3. Please check the following verse:
    Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,
    -Colossians 3:12 – esv

    I believe there is a small error. “compassion” should read as ‘compassionate hearts’.

  4. LOVELY programme. One BIG problem though,
    Every update looses all the downloaded resource, and you have to redownload one at a time, a REAL pain. Please fix this Nikua Lumua 520, Wp8 with Nokia Black updateO/S

    • Hi, thanks for the compliments and the complaint. Just this last update was a really major update and most people have the Windows Phone 7 version of Cross-Connect and this version is a Windows Phone 8 ONLY version. So I would guess that the move from a WP7 program to a WP8 program would require a complete erasing of the bibles. But just so you know, in my code I always try to “migrate” bibles from version to version so that you don’t need to reload the bibles. However Windows Phone somehow decides itself if it will allow migration or not.

  5. First I’ll say I love cross connect, after the last up date I have lost the copy functionality. I select the verse to copy and when I select copy from the app menu the app closes. Thank you in advance for help with this issue.

    • This is really strange because when I test on my phone with the same program, it works. Can you please test this further with other bibles and in other situations to perhaps see if you can determine why it works for me and not for you???

    • Hi Matthew, You need to remove CrossConnect from your phone and then re-add it again. That will fix all these problems.

    • Please try something for me. Delete all the history. There is a menu item that does that. That might fix this problem. Please let me know if it fixes it for you.

  6. Clear history, did not work first time?
    I also use send message and send mail, that worked, and then the copy function work. It’s working now thanks, but there is something wrong, because when you get into program it go to select Bible, but after ‘escape’ it works fine.

    • Then I know you can fix it by simply removing/deleting Cross-Connect from your phone and then re-adding it again. It seems there is something in the saved settings that is crashing the start-up part of the program. Then I am sure it will work properly.

  7. I have Orthodox variants of the Bible in .bblx, .doc,.txt, .pdf but I don’t know how to use them in your application.
    Thank you in advance. Lord help us.

    • Hello Alexandru,
      You need to read Custom Bible Download Address. There it explains the process. I just want to add that it is very difficult so only try it if you are very good with computers. If you want I might be able to help you on some of the bibles. The part that people find the most difficult is setting up your own server. But if you are able to create the bibles in the correct format then I can put them on my server if you send them to me at . Good luck. Let me know how it works for you.

      • I hope to make some electronic texts of Orthodox Bible fixed in protestant numbering, but also in ‎orthodox numbering with anaghinoscomene books. I need to know if is any app. in android, iOS ‎and windows phone 8 which can read all the books, including anaghinoscomene, and what are ‎their names.‎
        Thank you in advance,‎

  8. Since the last update when the following books of the bible are selected, I am taken to various chapters in Exodus & Genesis.

    The books are: Jude, 3 John, 2 John, Philemon and Obadiah.

    • Sorry but the updating process had problems in the last release. To solve this you need to uninstall CrossConnect and reinstall it again. That will fix all these types of problems.

      • Ooops. Now I found the problem. Thank you so much for finding this bug. I have now fixed it and submitted the update to Microsoft. It will take them up to a week to release this update to fix this problem.

  9. Brothers,

    the them in my Lumia is always black. I changed it to my prefered color. But each time, it become black after closing the app. Somebody have the answer ?

    Many thanks

  10. Bendiciones por esta excelente aplicación de la Biblia que Dios les siga dando la conocimiento y sabiduría en todo lo que hacen. Quisiera saber o que alguien me diga como tener los comentarios bíblicos en español en esta aplicación gracias

    • Sorry, there are no bible commentaries in Spanish available right now.

      Lo sentimos, no hay comentarios de la Biblia en español disponible en estos momentos.

  11. Gracias por su hermosa aplicación es de mucha bendición para mis estudios bíblicos ojala pronto tengan comentarios bíblicos en español saludos y que Dios les siga dando más sabiduría en lo que hacen para bendición de muchos y Dios les recompensará en sus vidas

      • Something which is almost as good as commentaries is “notes”. Check all the spanish bibles to see if one has “notes”. If you don’t find one I suggest you download the “English Standard Version” bible and then open a “note” window on that bible. It has many references on each verse which can be understood in any language. You can click on the references. I also suggest that you then go to the “settings” and turn on that you see the note positions.

        Algo que es casi tan bueno como comentarios es de “notas”. Revise todas las Biblias en español para ver si uno tiene “notas”. Si usted no encuentra uno le sugiero que descargar el “English Standard Version” biblia y luego abrir una “nota” de la ventana en esa biblia. Tiene muchas referencias en cada verso que se puede entender en cualquier idioma. Puedes hacer clic en las referencias. También sugiero que usted luego ir a “Configuración” y activa la que ves las posiciones de la nota.

  12. Disculpa que tenga errores lo que escribo lo que pasa que cuando lo envió algunas letras no entiendo pero cambia de idioma me podría decir porque

  13. Just installed latest update & app went to start of bible instead of last bookmark.
    Love your app. Thanks for providing it.

  14. You provided an update which seemed to
    correct bookmark issue but when I tried
    to put in a bookmark this morning, it
    wouldn’t save it. When I open CrossConnect
    it again starts at the beginning of the
    Thanks in advance for fixing this

    • Could you please try removing CrossConnect from your device and then reinstalling it. I cannot repeat this error. Then please write back here to tell if it fixed your problem. Thank you.

  15. I have installed the king james version with strongs and morphology but when i press on the strong number nothing happens
    My phone is a nokia 520 with windows8 am i doing something wrong

    • Thank you for reporting this problem. This is a very important functionality and now when I test I am getting a similar problem but I get a blank screen… I will fix this immediately..

      • Now it is fixed. I have submitted the new version to Microsoft and they will probably be able to release it in about 24 hours

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