ArtScroll Digital Talmud

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Monday night (February 27, 2012), at  the Mesorah Dinner that celebrated  the  siyyum of  the  Schottenstein  Hebrew  Talmud  and some other projects, Artscroll  has announced  a digital  edition of  the  Artscroll  Talmud.
 
This new Talmud app, B”H, will be available before  the  next  Daf  Yomi cycle begins in August.

RustyBrick*, well know for its iSiddur, Mishna Torah and other Jewish Apps,  are responsible for designing and developing the application software for mobile devices including the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

ArtScroll Schottenstein Talmud is just a first edition to the “ArtScroll Digital Library”.  From there they will go into Talmud Yerushalmi, Midrash, Mishna, Chumasz, Sefer HaChinuch…

Almost two years ago on its blog  Artscroll wrote about  ebooks: “ This is clearly an evolving market.  We are working to produce all of our books in digital format.  But one thing we do know for sure – as of today there are 120,000,000 devices in the world that will support the reading of the first round of  ArtScroll ebooks – and there will be more to come. (…) The Talmud is too complex for the iBooks format and will need a custom application in order to present it properly. When we are finished we will have a completed hyper-linked presentation of the talmud. This is an extremely complex project and we are currently laying the groundwork for it.

The ArtScroll Schottenstein Digital Talmud has a big potential. Take a look at some of  the great features:

  • Page Syncing
  • Place Tracking
  • Extra Hand
  • Page Fusion
  • Hybrid Page
  • Floating Translation
  • Quick Scroll
  • Integrated Notes
  • Page Mapping
  • Color Coding
  • Show It To Me
  • Find It For Me
  • Advanced Search
  • Daf Yomi Map
  • Daf Yomi Calendar
  • Automatic Delivery
  • Monthly Subscriptions
  • Resizable Text
  • Notes
  • iPhone, iPad Support

Below is preview of the new ArtScroll Talmud App. The video demonstrates over 20 of the new features that will be available in Version 1.0 by July 2012.
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It will not be the first digital Talmud, and even not the first Talmud app for Apple’ devices.  Until now I’ve  always  recommended  iTalmud  created by Crowded Road (check out our Talmud section for more).

Of course we have to wait and see what it will actually be, but  by combining  Artscroll’s  mastery of design  and content with RustyBrick technical prowess, this application has a chance to revolutionize how the Jewish world learns and studies the Talmud.

UPDATE: ArtScroll Digital Library app is now available for download in the Apple iTunes App Store. (read more here.)

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RustyBrick is a New York Web service firm specializing in customized online technology that helps companies decrease costs and increase sales. RustyBrick designs premier iPhone & mobile applications for the Jewish market. They also work with clients such as MTV, Harper HarperCollins, Comedy Central, Harvard University and many more.
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