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Universalis on older iPads and iPhones: an update

Posted by universalis on 6 May 2020

In the middle of April Apple installed defective software behind the scenes in their App Store. The consequence was that when we updated the Universalis app on Saturday 18 April, Apple made the app unusable on older iPhones and iPads and then installed the unusable app onto those devices anyway, so that everyone lost access to Universalis. Unfortunately Apple’s devices are well engineered and long-lasting, so quite a few of you were affected.

Your actual loss of service was very brief because we arranged for everyone who was affected to get what they needed by going through Catholic Calendar instead. But that was obviously only a temporary fix.

Working with Apple, we have found a way round the problem. The version of Universalis published in the App Store on Monday 11 May will work on older iPads and iPhones.

  • If you have deleted the Universalis app from your device, go into the App Store app, search for “Universalis”, and re-install it.
  • If you still have the Universalis app on your device then the App Store will probably give you the latest version automatically. But you can also do it yourself, which may make it happen sooner. Apple’s instructions for updating manually are here.

What devices were affected

Any device running iOS 8, 9, or 10. Specifically, these are:

iPhone: 4, 4S, 5, 5C.
iPod Touch: “5th generation” only.
iPad: iPad 2, “3rd generation”, and “4th generation”.
iPad Mini: “1st generation” only.
iPad Air: unaffected.
iPad Pro: unaffected.

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Android bug: Universalis 2.98

Posted by universalis on 4 May 2020

Version 2.98 of Universalis (and Catholic Calendar) which was uploaded late on Saturday has a bug which affects the display. We do apologize. This bug crept in at the last moment after testing.

A new version, version 2.99, has been in the Google Play Store and the Amazon Appstore since Monday 4 May. The stores have already sent the new version to most of you automatically.

For those of you who have not received an update automatically, you can check for updates manually as well: see this blog entry for instructions.

 

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A new instructional video: Pages and Dates

Posted by universalis on 24 February 2020

Here is the second in our series of videos to help you get started with Universalis. It takes you through choosing which page you want to display, which date you want to see, and the choice of local calendars.

You can watch this video on You Tube – iPhone versioniPad versionAndroid version.

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A new instructional video (Android)

Posted by universalis on 6 February 2020

We have created a short video to help you get started with the Universalis app on Android. It takes you through choosing the text size, the colour scheme (dark or light), and so on.

You can watch this video on You Tube – here is the link.

We plan to make more of these videos in the future, so stay tuned!

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Christmas presents

Posted by universalis on 17 December 2019

The two safest kinds of present to give at Christmas are the kind that lasts no time at all (it gets eaten or drunk, so you don’t have to keep on being grateful for it) and the kind that lasts for ever – such as Universalis. Universalis is a present that will be with the recipient for life, through the pious times and the pagan ones, through the dry seasons and the fruitful ones.

This year we also have our new “New Every Day 2020” e-book. It has its own web page, but you can also read more about it below.

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Advanced Debugging on iOS

Posted by universalis on 16 October 2019

Very, very rarely, a problem comes up where we need the Universalis app to report precisely what it is doing at every instant, and also to report every detail of its configuration.

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How to send a Contact Us message

Posted by universalis on 16 October 2019

All the Universalis apps and programs now have a command called “Contact Us”. This is a good way of getting in touch with us, because it creates an email which automatically contains a lot of useful information – such as which version you are using, what calendar and language settings you have, and what page you are looking at.

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How to record the screen on the iPhone or iPad

Posted by universalis on 14 October 2019

Sometimes it is easiest to explain things by sending a video of what you are seeing on your screen.

Apple have instructions, but they are a bit elliptical, so here is a longer version.

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St Patrick in Ireland 2019

Posted by universalis on 13 March 2019

The rules say that when a Solemnity (such as that of St Patrick in Ireland) falls on an important Sunday, such as one of the Sundays in Lent, it is celebrated on the Monday instead.

The Irish bishops have asked the Vatican if they can not apply the rule this year, and the Vatican has agreed. Accordingly the Solemnity of St Patrick will be celebrated in Ireland on Sunday the 17th of March, in place of the 2nd Sunday in Lent.

Universalis has just been updated to include this change. If you are in Ireland and haven’t received an update by Friday, you may want to update yourself “by hand”. Here are the instructions.

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The two-year cycle of the Office of Readings

Posted by universalis on 6 March 2019

When the liturgy was extensively revised in 1970, one of the themes was the inclusion of a far wider range of biblical readings. At Mass, this meant a three-year cycle of Sunday readings and a two-year cycle of weekday readings. In the Office of Readings in the Liturgy of the Hours this meant a two-year cycle, both of Scripture readings and of the patristic Second Readings which accompany them.

The two-year cycle covers the whole of salvation history and uses practically every book of the Bible – not avoiding tricky passages which need thorough reading and meditation and aren’t suitable for the “listen fast or it’s gone” nature of the readings at Mass. It is also carefully designed to be out of step with the Mass readings, so that if you hear a passage read at Mass then it won’t appear in the Office of Readings for a year (or at worst, for a few months).

This masterpiece is lovingly described in §§147 to 152 of the General Instruction on the Liturgy of the Hours. But if you look in the actual printed books – it isn’t there. In its place is a one-year cycle of readings, covering half the material.

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