RustyBrick, Davka join on iPhone/iPad app
RustyBrick, a developer of Jewish-themed apps for the iPhone, joined with Judaic and Hebrew-language software vendor Davka Corp. on a version of the Mishneh Torah, the code of Jewish law by Moses Maimonides.
From the RustyBrick blog:
Users can browse the fourteen volumes of the Mishneh Torah on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, and study the texts, search the texts with the program’s Hebrew search function, and bookmark and email selections for future reference. The program is a Universal App, and is optimized to run on all iPhone OS devices. The Mishneh Torah for Phone and iPad gives unprecedented portability to this classic work, and is an ideal study tool for both formal classroom instruction as well as for on-the-go study by rabbis, scholars, and all students of Jewish law.
The cost is $14.99.
I own a number of RustyBrick apps, such as Shabbat, Sefirat HaOmer, Megillas Esther and Tanach. Shabbat offers essential local time information for Licht and Havdalah in a clear manner. You can save locations, which you must enter. It doesn’t grab GPS location, however.
Some of the RustyBrick apps are aimed at the Hebrew-language market, rather than at the HSL market (Hebrew as a second language). Tanach, Megillas Esther and the Sefirat HaOmer Omer-counting app (among others I am sure) are all in Hebrew with no English translation.
I currently find Vaniv Kalsky’s $3.99 Tanach For All iPhone/iPad app the best value in iPhone/iPad Tanach apps. It also has the best features for both Hebrew and English speakers.
Tanach For All offers both Hebrew and English translation and navigation. It also offers English and Hebrew or Onkelus and Hebrew in parallel or line by line, which is very helpful. And users can turn cantillation marks on and off.