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Malagasy on iPhone/iPad

Posted by universalis on 3 September 2020

Here are instructions for getting Universalis on the iPhone and iPad and reading it in Malagasy.

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Clever uses of QR codes

Posted by universalis on 22 June 2020

In the latest newsletter we announced the appearance of QR codes which would take one straight to the relevant page on the Universalis web site. We suggested a few uses, and you can read about how to create them here.

Since then, our readers have suggested splendid uses for the codes: uses we had never thought of. So here they are.

  • In a YouTube video – a priest streaming a live Mass is putting the QR code on the screen at the time the readings started, so that anyone listening to the readings can use the code to see the Mass Readings page in Universalis.
  • At the welcome desk – a church in Slovenia which regularly has tourists coming to Mass is going to put a QR code at the desk, so that any visitor can point his phone camera at the code, and be able to follow the readings during Mass.

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Praying the Rosary

Posted by universalis on 22 March 2020

The Rosary is part of all the Universalis apps, both for Android and for iOS. You will find it among the other pages in the “Hours” menu.

If you are blind, then here are some instructions for getting into Universalis using VoiceOver on the iPhone or iPad, and for getting to the Rosary page. We are very grateful to a Universalis and VoiceOver user, Adrienne Chalmers, who recorded them for us!

There is also a Play button at the bottom left of the screen of the Rosary page, which will play you the audio of the Rosary being said by the pupils and community at Downside Abbey and School. We are asking Adrienne to see how accessible that audio is for blind users.


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Buying Universalis in Nigeria

Posted by universalis on 2 March 2020

Quite a few people in Nigeria have difficulty buying Universalis, whether from one of the app vendors (Apple, Amazon, or Google Play) or directly from us in the form of a registration code. This is down to the policies of the vendors, or, in the case of the registration code, the policies of our credit card processor, WorldPay. We cannot do anything about it directly.

However, if you are in Nigeria and you are having a problem, there is another way round.

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Easter 2019 newsletter

Posted by universalis on 23 April 2019

Happy Easter!

He is truly risen! May the grace and blessings of Easter be with you all and remain in you.

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Interview at Pray Tell

Posted by universalis on 25 March 2019

The Pray Tell blog describes itself as:

A blog that gives practical wisdom about prayer, sacraments, and the community of the faithful – in short, worship. Created especially for pastors, liturgists, musicians, and scholars, Pray Tell is informal, conversational, even humorous, but also – we hope – always well-informed and intellectually grounded.

It has just published a two-part interview by Father Neil Xavier O’Donoghue, which you may find interesting:

  1. An unlikely liturgist.
  2. An interview with Martin Kochanski, Founder of Universalis Publishing.

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Apple News news

Posted by universalis on 3 February 2016

The Apple News app is part of iOS 9. It can aggregate news feeds from many different publishers.

Universalis is now one of those publishers.

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How texts evolve

Posted by universalis on 14 December 2014

In normal times, the way a text survives is by someone copying it out before the manuscript falls to bits and is lost. Of course errors happen, and it is then the job of scholars to collate the existing texts and work out what the original was.

Rather a good example of this has just come up, so I thought I would post it here.

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“The dog ate my email”

Posted by universalis on 22 October 2014

Every week or so, a user of our daily email service contacts us to say that an email has not arrived.

Very occasionally this is because they have cancelled the service by replying to one of the emails (or sometimes their email system has done it for them, for instance because they are away on holiday). If this happens to you, you can easily restart the emails – using the web site if you used the web site to set them up, or, if you set them up using an app, by using the app.

Much more often, nothing has been cancelled, and the daily emails have been sent and accepted correctly. This is what this post is about.

The post, and dogs

When you take out a subscription to a magazine, the publisher may talk about delivering the magazine to you every week or month, but this is not true. They do not. They deliver the magazine to your letter-box.

Whether this results in you receiving the magazine depends on your dog. Some dogs will treat things coming through the letter-box as a threat, and chew them to shreds.

In which case the magazine has been delivered to your address, but not to you – and there is nothing the publisher can do. They can’t control your dog.

Your emails, and dogs

We talk about sending you emails, but of course we don’t really. We send emails to your email address. We send emails to the computer which (according to the Internet) is designated as the mail server for your email address. (For example, if you have an email address @gmail.com, the computer will have a romantic and memorable name such as gmail-smtp-in.l.google.com).

The computer to which we have sent the email confirms to our mail server that our email has been (a) received and (b) accepted for delivery to you. (In the case of @gmail.com, Google’s computer says “OK 1416625904 j9ti19004277wjf.10 - gsmtp“, with every received email getting a unique code number). The postal analogy would be the postman hearing the thud as the magazine hits your doormat.

But there is still the dog.

One of the things you pay your email service provider for is not to deliver certain emails to you, often because it decides that they are spam.

If your email service provider decides to chew up an email we send you instead of letting you have it, there is nothing we can do. It is entirely between your email service provider and you. You are the boss, and if they are chewing your incoming emails and losing them, you have to tell them to stop. No one else can.

If you ask us “what happened to my emails?” we’ll happily look up our logs and quote the acknowledgement code that your email service provider gave us. It may help them to discover what they did with an email you wanted, and learn to behave better in the future.

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Changing the colour of the rubrics in Word – II

Posted by universalis on 5 October 2012

The last post described how to change the colour of the rubrics in Word.

Here is a much less intellectual way of changing the colour of the rubrics. I find it rather more fiddly, because of Word’s awkward user interface for searching and replacing. All the same, it provides a general answer to the question “How do I change the colour of all text that is not black?”. The basic technique will also work in word processors other than Word.

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