iBirkat

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by David Sigal, from appstudioThis app came about from my realization that when people go to Shul to daven, they almost never pull out an electronic device. Back 8-9 years ago I remember seeing people trying to daven in a shul from their Palm Pilots and that looked very unnatural.  Pocket PC screens were dim,  not multitouch,  low resolution and one had to tap on a button almost every second to scroll the text.  Besides, there are ample amounts of siddurim in a shul, and most people still prefer to read from a physical Siddur.

Now with over 200 thousand apps on the iTunes App Store we were surprised not to find a single dedicated Birkat Hamazon app that I could use as a bencher. Mind you there are a few apps that have a text of Birkat Hamazon in them, but before iBirkat was released we haven’t seen a single app that focuses solely on benching. So I got myself a few Jewish apps, among them iPhone Siddur app, but the only time I found myself opening this app was to read Birkat HaMazon. After a few dozen times of opening said app and navigating to the bencher I realized there is a need in the market for a clean, convenient and quick access to the text of beching, and this is how iBirkat was born.

Designing this app we had a few things we wanted to accomplish and so far this is what we have achieved:

1. Currently this is the only bencher app that is on the market, that means that other apps that have Birkat Hamazon text in them are not focused on Birkat Hamazon, but rather include it along with other texts and features (no need in navigating through an entire Siddur).
2. Our app is free and has no ads in it, it is intended as public service app
3. iBirkat has elegant scroll view as opposed to static page views and our app takes advantage of the accelerometer and adjusts the text to the adequate screen position.
4. Birkat Hamazon text is available in iBirkat in most commonly used nussachim (Ari, Eidut Hamizrah, Sefard and Ashkenaz) which are easily accessible from main menu via a picker.
5. Overall pleasant design and ease of use

The app has been through two updates already, and we are working on producing a version for both the iPad and the new high definition iPhone 4 screen.

Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

Category: Lifestyle
Released: June 03, 2010
Publisher: Jonathan Caras
Price: Free (get app)

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