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November 2020 newsletter

Posted by universalis on 18 November 2020

This is the time of year to be thinking about books. Advent is round the corner, so if you get the annual or semi-annual e-books for the Amazon Kindle or some other e-book reader, now is the time to be getting the next one. Christmas is round the corner, so if you enjoyed last year’s “New Every Day” e-book, or gave it as a present to a friend, now is the time to do something about that.

But before getting on to these I would like to focus on the other “book thing”, because it is new this year. The Daily Books feature was added to the iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) and Windows versions of Universalis a couple of months ago, and now it has come to Android as well. We were a little anxious about it to start with, as with all new features – was this a genuine benefit to everyone, or just a fun thing to program? – but we were reassured by the many emails of appreciation and gratitude. So if you haven’t tried it yet, do.

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October 2020 newsletter

Posted by universalis on 9 October 2020

Today is a day to felicitate our readers in England and Wales. Saint John Henry Newman was canonised a year ago, and this year, for the first time, he is celebrated as a Feast in the English and Welsh calendars. Our apps and programs have been updated accordingly.

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How to read the Divine Office in Malagasy

Posted by universalis on 27 August 2020

Here are instructions for getting Universalis and reading it in Malagasy. I apologise for this post being in English, but it is best to use the language one knows best!

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July 2020 newsletter

Posted by universalis on 21 July 2020

As this strange time grinds on there seems to be less and less that one can actually say about it. But it is encouraging to hear that Universalis is still being a help and a support. People are reading more, and many of them are listening more, as well. It is good to be able to help.

There is one big new feature this month. It is rather speculative. Perhaps it will fall into the category of “How could we ever have done without it?”, perhaps into the category of “Whatever is the point of it?”. Perhaps it will end up half way between these extremes, as most features do. In any case, if you are using Universalis on iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch or Windows, do give it a quick look.

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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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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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