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How to use SBL BibLit on an iPad

Screenshot of Pages on iPad using SBL BibLitWait, wait, I know what you’re thinking: “You can’t add fonts to an iPad!” Well, that’s what I thought, too, until I learned about AnyFont, an amazing iOS utility app by Florian Schimanke. AnyFont does just what the name implies: it allows you to import any font (well, any TrueType or OpenType font) onto your iOS device and use it in iWork apps, Office apps, or any other app that uses the iOS font chooser. Of course, the first font I tried to install in this fashion was SBL BibLit, and it works like a charm in Pages. Even vowel points line up properly.

Now, to actually type those vowel points, you’ll need either an external keyboard (which will follow the Hebrew layout native to the Mac OS) or a software solution like the Davka Nikud on-screen keyboard (which is effective, but slow, since you have to switch character sets (not keyboards) each time you want to type a vowel point. You can also copy and paste pointed text from Accordance or Olive Tree’s Bible app (which, after many years of being called “Bible Reader,” has gone through a perplexing number of name changes in the last few years). I don’t currently know of any way to type cantillation (trop) marks on the iPad. Accordance seems to strip the cantillation marks when you copy text, but Olive Tree’s Bible app preserves them, so that option exists if you need the marks in your iOS word processor.

But this talk about vowel points digresses from the main point: AnyFont enables you to use SBL BibLit and other third-party fonts on iOS. And to me, that’s a very big deal and a very good thing.

Typing Hebrew vowels on iPad: the options expand

Back in December of 2011, before the Great Higgaion Reboot of May 2012, I wrote glowingly about an iOS app called Unicode Maps, by Žiga Kranjec. Unicode Maps still exists as a free iPhone app, but has been superseded by Žiga’s Unicode Pad, which costs only $1.99. Unicode Pad provides easier access to the entire Unicode spectrum. If you have either app and you’d like to type in Hebrew, but you don’t want to go to the trouble of setting up your own keyboard, you can use mine. Just download the linked file, e-mail it to yourself, check your e-mail on your iPad, try to open the attachment, and go from there.

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