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Laser317 - Nice app, but has a glitch **FIXED
*** Update ***
Messaged developer Dean, and he walked me through how to do a no-cost “delete and re-download.” Works fine, glitch was during the first download and not the app itself.
Dean responded quickly, professionally, and even did a follow-up to be sure I was happy. Well done, and I AM happy with the app now!
I recently downloaded this app, and it seems to be everything I wanted. But sometimes when you select a sentence or passage to highlight, when you actually hit Highlight, sometimes it works, but sometimes it DELETES the selection!
April of the Desert - Excellent Design, User-Friendly, Comprehensive!
Well-thought design with sobriety calculator and quick, easy, access to the every day Big Book components you’ll need for meeting readings, shares, prayers and more. You can quickly access topics like The Promises, so you’re expertly ‘on topic’ if you don’t have passages memorized. I also love the ability to zoom from the screen. I highly recommend this app for your sobriety toolbox!
Douglashd - Please add page numbers which correspond to page numbers in Big Book
Please add page numbers which correspond to page numbers in Big Book so we can keep up with Big Book study’s in meetings. It wouldn’t me necessary to keep them is the same order as the book as long as we could search text by page numbers .
Thanks ;in advance.
Wareaglewalt - Fantastic app
Great search feature. One thing though since it's a one day at a time program, maybe consider listing number of days sober first in the opening splash screen instead of years. But I do understand the progression from years to hours. Keep up the good work.
Posterboards - Page numbers
It would be extremely helpful if the table of contents listed at the minimum the starting page numbers of each chapter. The alternative is to guess which chapter I think has a specific page and go in and out of eChchapter until I find the chapter which contains the page I’m looking for. It is frustrating to have to go through this process all the time. I have gone back to my paper B.B. frequently instead of using the app.
Hanaleidragon - Easy and convenient!
I have all these apps and I found this one was the easiest to navigate! Always love the sobriety calculator. Easy to use, if you are in a book study and forgot your book, its all there on the phone.
TBG 2 - Great App
Sobriety counter changes your sobriety date by mistake when you change time zones. That would be my only complaint. I use the App daily and love it.
1 ol' Possum - Up to date?
I’ve been checking my app for the last few days for my seven year anniversary and every time I check it doesn’t seem like the hours are moving at all, it finally did jump them one more day but doesn’t look like it’s working right
GregsiPhone - Not working in IOS 12, NOW FIXED
This App has been a favorite of mine for over 10 years. This beautiful software was nonfunctional in iOS 12.
IOS 12.1 fixed it. Thanks.
Magnum1727 - The best recovery app on the App Store!
I'm so grateful for finding this app! Hands down the best and easiest to use! The 12 steps, 12 traditions, prayers and personal stories are a nice bonus to have on the go too!
MrWangpr - Great app, but one request
Love the app, but would love Dr. Paul’s story from the third edition (page 449). He talks about acceptance. Would love to read that daily on the app. Thank you for your service!
GECLHO77 - Great app...
App is nicely laid out and organized. Like the note feature but is there a way to sync between ipad and iphone?
AlicattacliA - Perfect
Simple, easy to use, all the basic literature you need... and BEST of all THEY DON’T ASK FOR EMAIL or other personal info!!!
Houstonfly - True Companion
Today I celebrate 4 years sober and this app has been with me since Day 1! What a gift.
Mrskennyprice - Disappointed!
The app photo shows content from the 12&12 but it's only the big book. I already had a big book app and it was free. Wish I could get my money back.
Kai with the reviews - Question
Why isn’t my chance to live in the personal storys
Blakity Blake - BlakityBlake
I have had this app for all of my 8 1/2 years of sobriety. I upgraded my iPhone to the iPhone X two weeks ago and now I’m told that I have to rebuy the app. It just doesn’t seem right. Why must I repurchase an app I’ve already paid for just because I got a new telephone?
mariatfitz - 12 step AA companion
Useful basic app. I was super pumped when I found it and told my program friends with iphones right away. Thanks for your hard work Dean. Just a few questions/suggestions. I understand the copyright laws limit the content but where is the preface and the forward to the second edition? The basic text is included but the book is incomplete without those chapters. Bookmark feature would be much more useful if multiple bookmarks could be added, viewed, named and chosen from a list. Font should have feature to change default (size) used in program. Highlighting would be a nice frill feature. I don't know what adding these features requires, I am only an app user. I'm a little concerned about the money thing, since we always need to be protective of the welfare of the group. I'll trust the issue has been reviewed by "the elders".
Xzxxxzxzb670 - So disappointed
I lost all my info on this app. I couldn’t open the app so I off loaded it to reinstall and none of my information for the past 8 years is there! I am so disappointed and discouraged!
himynameisshane - Needs update
Pretty nice app but it unfortunately does not have the 4th edition of the Big Book
Delaware Teacher - I Love This App!
I only use this app with my Big Book!
mindfulknit - Useful app
Good to track years in the program
rtqueenb - Where can you INCREASE THE FONT......
l8yhwk - Absolute crap
Brie Lawson - Thank you!! Wonderful work!
This app is by far the most useful app I've ever down loaded! I was so excited when I came across it. I can't believe that any person in recovery would even consider giving this a bad review. If people would take the time to read what the devoloper states about the copyright laws then they would know that the traditions and steps (12x12) are not allowed to be reproduced and only the material from the first and second edition is allowed to be used in publications like these because the copy right has expired on them.
Take a second and have some gratitude that someone made this app available to anyone with the ability to download it and that the price is only $2.99, which is considerably cheaper than what I spent to buy my small soft covered edition of the Big Book to keep in my purse, which has print so small that I can barely read.
I'm looking foward to future updates and other applications from Dean Huff. Great job!!
JimMooreATL - Thanks for the update!
I didn't realize how much I depended on this app till I crashed on me! I really appreciate the work that went into this and I look forward to improvements coming down the road. In early sobriety I've run into many other aa's that use it and I recommend it to others that don't have it yet.
Wishlist: I would like to see the ability to annotate the text with my notes, having them visible either highlighted or italicized. I would also like to see the ability to highlight sections of the text. The way the notes work now is kind of cumbersome and not very intuitive. Is there a way to enable the multitasking feature instead of opening the app each time with the splash screen, or even to have ability to disable the splash screen to open right back up to the previous page you were viewing?
Overall- great app. Highly reccomended
Goinkle - Great app
Update: Thanks for restoring the old calculator. The home sceen shot on the app store is now out of date - showing the way it looks now might help with those who were frustrated by the calculator change.
This is an excellent Big Book app. I wish our GSO would catch up with technology and provide current and complete versions of approved literature on mobile devices. As long as they don't, I greatly appreciate efforts of people like Dean to give us as much as they can responsibly and legally; and, this app does it simply and very, very well. I particularly like the search feature and the separate sections providing quick navigation to the 12 steps, prayers and promises associated with each step, and the preamble (this last is handy when somebody forgets to bring the secretary binder to a meeting). Hmmm, highlighting? Is that new?
beatfreq - Almost Perfect
Awesome start. I use this every morning. I have also bought a few of the ibook versions, which miss the boat completely, since the pages don't line up with the printed version. (duh?) This app really needs the rest of the pages of the current text, so one can follow along with someone reading in a meeting, right? Seems like without that you still have to carry a printed Bigbook, and that defeats the whole purpose of this app. I'd gladly pay more money to have the rest of the book, 'cause now I get a resentment every time somebody starts reading from the back of a later edition. (jk)
...Looking forward to a finished version
Aqsan - Updated review
Update: thank you VERY much for putting back the old sobriety calculator. It means a lot to all of us and please I beg you never to change it again it doesn't need fixing the color the look it's all perfect! Thank you so much for this wonderful app and now I can post it on facebook because it's pretty!!! :)
Old review was 1 star
Calculator Now looks very ugly like some weird cartoon diary. The app looks tragic. Put it back the way that it was! 29 people have complained about the CALCULATOR how many have said they love it? Was such a nice app. Who complained about the old design inspiring the change that no one likes?I will no longer recommend anyone wasting their time or money it's turned into a total joke of an app. Rate this app what it deserves.
JDDudley - Amazing! Thank you for putting the work into this.
Every feature is beautifully implemented and very useful. Landscape book reading is great, sobriety calculator is awesome, and central office contacts are incredibly useful and linked perfectly to Safari, Mail, and Phone.
I was considering writing a program like this over the summer, but never got around to it. So $2.99 sure beats the hours I would have put into my little project! It would be very nice to have page numbers, especially when people refer to a specific page in a meeting or something. But I can't even think about a good way to implement that, so I can't mark you down any stars for that.
And please add in the other appendices, or at least the Traditions appendix!
James 10011 - iPhone I crashes with this App, even with iTunes Updated
I realize you don't have a large "Quality Management" division but would have hoped that by updating to the latest version of this otherwise helpful app I wouldn't find my day count--and all other content for that matter--wiped out. When I touch the screen to open this app after accepting the 'upgrade,' the opening screen (displaying apprently celestial visions of clouds) appears for about 2.5 seconds before the app crashes back to the home screen. It's hell!
someone wrote below (many thanks) that by upgrading to the latest version of iTunes and synching iTunes with the iPhone, the problem can be eliminated, but this has not worked for me using my 'original version' iPhone. Can anyone suggest how to solve this vexing problem?
I DO like the app a lot--when it works. Thanks for your detailed response how to solve the problem!
LilMrsBB - Great App!
Thank you thank you!! There is no reason to mess this perfect app up with the 12x12 or especially the 24 book. This is and has been the main book for many years now. Mine still works fine even with the 3.0
If people want those other apps, they should look unto it. If it ain't broke, don't fix it!! This was a superb idea and is perfect for meetings.. I'm a thumper myself and I don't think the other things hold a candle to this precious piece of God's sweet grace.. If you add contacts for areas and intergroups and hotlines, that would be great! But it already has a bunch. I travel for business and I've found bunches of meetings all over!
God bless the service God has instilled in your heart. It's great to be a recovered alcoholic..
Ponce87 - Love it
I recently purchased this app because I am so used to having a big book on my phone. Even after almost 8 years sober I still forget to bring my book to meetings! Thank you Dean for putting this together. It's much better then the previous one I had on my old phone. Words where missing out of it and so far this version has been flawless. Purchasing this app is like Tradition 8 for me '...but our service centers may employ special workers.' new age form of special workers and service centers. Plus the fact I can copy and send paragraphs to my girls is awesome! I love how the meditations come from the book as well. This is how I got sober! I will enjoy this app and easy references so thank you!
2nd generation friend of bills - One app at a time
This app is great!! I love to have the big book wherever I go without having to carry a huge purse. Now I have most of it in my phone! Thank you soo much to the developers. Also to the handy sobriety calc, I have 1,001 days sober today :) which is pretty awesome to SEE. My mom'll have 15 years in january and shes amazed how the word of AA can be literally always at your fingertips. I'm truly never alone, whether in traffic or waiting at the post office, I always hAve plenty of time for my "bible". My only request is can we get page 449? Acceptance is my favorite story. Thank you again soo much for this app. It is truly amazing. I'm sure Bill is smiling down on you.
nexus6man - Good app
At first I had a problem buying this app considering that this is the one way A.A. makes any money to be able to spread the message. After correspondence with the apps author and World Services. I have decided to purchase it.
I have to say that the author has created one Hell of a useful app!!
This is a great tool especially working with sponsees that have questions or arguments, as we new AA'ers are apt to do. It is also nice to have all of the central services phone numbers and addresses.
Many thanks and kudo's to the author!
Keep it up and I hope to see some updates to this highly useful app.
As to others with some of the requests... Remember our primary purpose is to help the alcoholic that still suffers. Other apps would technically need to be written concerning issues unrelated to alcohol. Lots of us in A.A. have had experience with other substances, which are different programs...
As to stories... I'm pretty sure those have different guidelines. And none can be used from 3rd or 4th Editions
robesm - Great app!
I can't tell you how much I love this tool. I think it's wonderful to have access to all this at the push of a button. To the folks with negative feedback... GROW UP? Do the right thing and correct it so the people thinking about buying aren't swayed by silly rantings, it speaks volumes about the quality of your sobriety to slam something for a glitch. He might have done it on purpose though so he could have people yell at him... Or maybe he can't fix it because he is so wealthy he's retired now after selling all of these.
God bless us all we really need the help and thank you for the great tool it helps!
Dimitridraegon - Sobriety calculator
I bought this app for being able to highlight the big book and the sobriety calculator. I also like the ability to write notes. My daughter pointed out that there is not a time in the calculator. I know a few people that know the time of day (1532 hrs for example, yes I was in the military) that the had their last drink. I am not trying to say adding time to the calculator is necessary, but it would be useful for those that might want a more precise recovery calculation. I know I would use it.
SomeDudeWhoKnowsBill - Thank you Dean!!! :)
I must say that I was very grateful to see that the app was updated. I work grave shift and finding a 1 by the update icon really made my day; even if it was 3AM. When I updated I was very pleased to find all of my old data was still there. A simple showing of the sobriety counter lifted my spirits in ways that are hard to put into words!! Dean you are the man!!! People, please make sure your device is running iOS4, and that you have the latest version of iTunes installed. Performing these simple actions BEFORE updating the 12 Step Companion will make you a very happy person!!!
DickGraysonNightwing - this USED to be GREAT
man! i completely understand the challenges of being a developer, but to rebuild something from the ground up and NOT pull the sobriety calculator information into the updated app is BAD DESIGN! the calculator, for MANY, is probably the #1 feature of this app and not only do you have to re enter that information at first launch of the app, it DOES NOT REMEMBER the data you just entered. so every time you open the app, you have to reenter your sobriety start date. RIDICULOUS! luckily, i have mine written down in my ical and i remember that date in my head. this should have been rigorously tested before being available for the public mr Huff!
PLEASE fix this ASAP! i know soooooo many people who use this app! it was a great app prior to the update!
we support you!!! :)
Beckysan - A program necessity!
Love this app! I love having this at my finger tips to be able to take out when I need it. I love my BB too... But I can't always break it out when I want/need to. The ONLY thing I can point out that would need to be an improvement or fix is that: I went to look something up by a page number the other day...but it doesn't work. There is an option to click to go to a page but when I type it in it says page cannot be found (because there are no page numbers!)
If that could be remedied...that would be awesome!!!
hamiltonjf - Fantastic
I downloaded as soon as a friend told me about this app and I was hooked. And, this was before the update that included the Drs. Opinion, stories, etc. I thought the price was perfect as was everything that was included in v1.0.
My one complaint is not with the app but with the early, hyper critical reviews. The price? Give me a break--it is less than a drink or 2 cups of coffee. Missing some parts of the BB? Be thankful for the ease of having the first 164 pages and be grateful that someone took the time to even develop the app.
Again, thanks for developing this app. I and many others thank you.
ZeroPsych - Great and helpful app!
I believe that this app is awesome; it has been very helpful to me. As for update 1.8.0, yes it had it's bugs but as addicts we should not put all our pennies in one bag; if the app is not working for you then contact a sponsor anyway; don't blame the app, or the creator, for any slips that you have....take responsibility, make ammends, and move on. If this is the only thing that is keeping you sober, it might be necessary to revisit your program...remember, meetings, meetings, meetings....nowhere in there is the idea of app----although it is helpful it can't be the cornerstone of our program.
jmedvm - Another Comment
I am still very grateful for this app. Personally, I miss the originall AA type logo. I had it on my main screen and more then a few people asked me what it was. I am not a prostelitizer, nor am I always feeling "proud" of going to a 12 step meeting. But, when my Higher Power puts someone in my path that asks, I feel compelled to take the time to pass along my story and offer help OR a phone number. Recently I had the opportunity while traveling to use your App to give two people in one week their home AA contact number. Thank You!
Division squared - If agree with AA's methods it is great
I bought this app because I had been suffering from alcoholism for the past two years and woke up one morning with the will to stop. I did not know anything about AA but thought this would help. I am an atheist and personally take offense in being told I need to accept a higher power to stop. If you are okay with the religous aspects of AA then this app is for you. I do read some of the stories and use the sobriety calculator to chart my progress. Overall this is a well constructed app. If you are religous or don't mind being preached to then you will like this app. I am and always will ne an atheist and I have to say that the good portions of this app outweigh the bad.
Neves7j7 - I love what is there, missing some things.
The 12&12 would be great on here but the one thing that makes this app useless in my AA meetings is that it is only 1st and 2nd edition. My meetings use the 4th edition..... Why is this not the latest edition. It would be great If this app had everything needed for AA meetings. Steps, big book etc..... The app is awesome. So easy to navigate and I love all the content that is there, but it is missing some of the most important things. If this had the 4th edition then it will be used much more often in AA meetings. It would expose this app to thousands of potential buys who would also want this app. But right now I have to explain that this app doesn't have the 12 steps nor the 4th edition....
Jimboxx1234 - A primary resource
The search features are powerful. The ability to enter a single word or phrase, and find all instances of, is immensely helpful in my studies.
This is the second edition, not the current fourth edition. The differences are minor and so subtle you may not recognize them. There has been extreme reticence over the years on the part of the active sober members of Alcoholics Anonymous to change anything in the Big Book ... "IF IT WORKS, DON'T FIX IT" ... All changes made have been minor in nature, and reflecting the growth of the Fellowship.
BmerBill - update with page numbers, AA preamble, twelve traditions, and Freedom From Bondage story
This is not a complete application without the page numbers! it's like buying a book without page numbers! Chairpeople are constantly referring to the page numbers in the literature during a meeting. So why not include as part of App?
Also include the AA preamble and 12 traditions so a spontaneous meeting can be conducted without having printed literature. Also if possible add the Twelve By Twelve to the App. Great idea but needs to be completed. And please include The Freedom from Bondage Story. I believe the lady who wrote Freedom from Bondage was one of the original members of AA in Chicago.
Sweet hunnie pantz - Great application
This app is very good and handy. I don't think anyone ever claimed or intended it to be a replacement for a book, he even mentions that you should buy a real copy. You're paying for the time he put to organize the information and make it readily and conveniently available in an app. Nowhere does he state he wrote any of this information. And if you really have a problem with this, just don't buy it and leave it alone. "Keep your side of the street clean." :)
eal111222333 - Very useful and polished
This excellent app provides your sobriety count with one tap and features the Big Book in searchable form with the ability to add notes. The contacts section will be useful for those who travel. If I had to register a complaint, it would be the load time, but that isn't enough to detract from the five star rating. This app is well worth the price. The new additions like adding page numbers and new icon are icing on the cake.
mstar* - Thank you
Thanks for the update. App works great and all my info restored. This is a fabulous app and i use it everyday. I wish people would stop complaining; things happen, especially in the IT world. I highly recommend this app to anyone in recovery and also to those who aren't as the Big Book is a great read for anyone who desires to improve their life. Thanks again, you must have worked hard to get the fix thru Apple so quickly.
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Sinner-Girl - Would love to bookmark
Great app - would love to see the addition of bookmarks and especially the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions. Please consider! As for the guy accusing you of making money off AA, I disagree. We all cannot walk around with a Big Book in our hand. The BB is not free and the expense and time put into this affordable app is well worth it. I appreciate the discreetness! So, to the man busy taking Dean's inventory, might I suggest you spend a little more time reading that hard-covered Big Book you are waving in other people's faces?
daisy.faithfuu - Love it! Best 12 Step App
This is a wonderful app! The Capitol of Washington, Olympia, is not listed as a city to select in the contacts section, but otherwise I love it.
One suggestion that I would appreciate would be to allow the note view to be expanded on the screen. I also agree with everyone that has said they would like the ability to adjust the font size, personally I like it, but I can really see how that would be helpful to others.
ElectroFan3000 - Great App...expand contacts?
Awesome app. I had seen people at meetings with this thing open trying to find a quote on a page or following along as someone was reading. Haven't had a real chance to put the Contacts section to use, but great to know that it is there as I have some upcoming trips.
1. How about adding some contacts for other cities across the globe? Current version only has contacts for USA. Would be very comforting to have that contact info at my finger tips and know that I have no excuse to find a meeting or contact central office wherever I am in the world...
2. And what about copy/paste functionality in the Big Book section? Would be great to be able to copy and paste quotes directly out of there to Notes or wherever else...
anonymousinpaloalto - Missing Crucial Foreward and Dr's Opinion
This is a great idea and handy tool but it is missing perhaps the MOST important parts of the book. This is a tool I want to use with newcomers, but I can't because it is missing the Foreward to the First Addition and the Dr's Opinion. The Foreward to the 1st Addition contextualizes the entire program and lays out the true promise of the program. The Dr's opinion describes the phenomenon of craving. Without these two key parts the app is incomplete. It is a bit like removing the Vitamin C and the Vitamin B from a multivitamin. (not a great analogy but good enough. I hope the app writer will go ahead and include the stuff before Dr. Bob's Nightmare soon.
Paulette J - Thank you for this APP
I love having my Big Book with me at all times, so I really appreciate this APP. Its such a helpful tool. I use it daily. The search features are awesome! So thank you, Dean, for creating an APP that helps me with my sobriety in a big way. This APP is a class act. I would love it if you could include a feature that shows a picture of the actual chip you are holding, if that is possible? Hint hint... :) God bless you.
jayr061609 - Works perfect with iOS4
I, too, had problems when I first ran the 1.8 update. Then, I updated the OS on my iPod Touch to the newest version and the application worked flawlessly. Just like my recovery, this app required me to take action! Sitting around criticizing, condemning and complaining about it not working wasn't changing anything. I had to do my part. Today I thank my Higher Power for the willingness to take action.
Jammer032898 - The latest are the greatest (updated review for 2.2)
Thanks Dean for listening to all if us! I was hoping the calculator would go back to the original, and I'm super happy I was able to keep my notes. This is a great app, and I use it almost every meeting to help me find a specific passage, in conjunction w/ my BB Workshop, and general daily use. This is by far 1 of the smoothest 12 step apps I have. Please keep up the great work!
RedHedd - I use this every day!
Please add a feature so we can increase the font size for us older-timers with long-term sobriety eyes ;) Also when I touch the screen after I've seen my day count, please put back the feature where it goes to the last page in the BB I was reading the last time I used the app. I don't need to switch from my date count to the configure my date count window. Thank you again for keeping this current!
Silverback 1 - Progress not perfection
What a Great App and with the new update the complete Big Book. As a person who travels it would be helpfull if I could add and change meeting locations in the contact area so the next time I am in the same area I don't have to start all over again with address phone numbers and GPS location.
I am so looking forward to the 12 and 12 to add to my collections.
This application is well worth it for the beginner and old timer.
Super Feather - A great reference tool
Hopefully whoever gets this app has already read the book. If you are familiar with the Big Book then this is a great tool to refer back to. It has search available, the ability to highlight, and the ability to make notes. The extra 12 step prayers is a nice addition. I also like that the opening screen is a sobriety calculator. It's a nice reminder that this thing works.
Momma&Oliver - Love it - Remove Alcoholics Anonymous from ICON please!
I'm not sure why they put it back into the icon tho. It blows my anonymity when folks check out my iPod. Hope you can go back and change it to the older icon (the second icon). Aside from that, this is a great handy resource. A Big Book in your pocket at all times! Thanks so much for doing this. Now, can you do other literature too? Or Al-Anon literature? Please!?
SIR RIB N Bmore - Powerful, Helpful, Awesome Tool!!
I have been using this app daily for the past few weeks. I am not an alcoholic, but a food addict. The ability to simply pull out your phone and have The Big Book available!! To be able to hi-light portions, search, journal, find meetings.....just amazing. Thank You Higher Power for giving the developer such skill and knowledge to help us all.
"Together We Get Better"
Fitz951 - Dr. Addict Alcoholic - Acceptance Was The Answer
One of the MOST QUOTED STORIES in a meeting, Acceptance Was the Answer ( Dr. Addict Alcoholic) is not included in the personal stories. Perhaps you could do an app update to include it. I carry my iPad to meetings and rely on it for my Big Book.
Also, when will the 12x12 be one of your apps?
Since writing that review, your app will not allow text resizing on my phone or iPad. It has now become useless.
KMMXRACER - Needs revision update!
This is a very well put together and useful app. But if I'm not mistaken this is only the 2nd addition of the big book. The current version being give out in AA meetings is the 4th addition. I would love to keep using this app but I hate having to refer back to my actual big book to make sure I am getting the most up to date text. I would definitely give this a 5 star review if the Dev were to update the text.
Also a bookmarking feature would be nice so I could bookmark multiple pages for study purpose.
Michael California - Awsome !!!
This is a great app i love the fact that i basiclly have the big book with me all times now and it counts up your soberity time the only thing that could be added to this or another app could be created is where it has a meeting scedule section where you can find a meeting when you need one or just want to go to one but thank you for creating this app
Thumper90inFl - Anonymous Not Ashamed
The original title of this app was fine the way it was. Even after 17+ years I liked the visual reminder that the 12 steps are the companion that allows me to live a sober joyous life. Anomymity is suggested at the level of press, radio and films not personal electronic devices. If someone sees the app on my iPod, perhaps that person's Higher Power is in control and it was meant to happen for a reason.
Aloysius50 - Good start
Would be better with page numbers and "page flip" like Classics reader. So much in Big Book discussions refers to page numbers. Nice to have a reminder of my sobriety on my touch. Look forward to updates. Thanks for the app.
Update - great revision, changed to 4 stars. Just needs page numbers to be perfect. Thank you Dean
2/20 this update makes it a 5! Thank you Dean
droe1 - Good Start
Good start, Needs page numbers ! Also the ability to add bookmarks and to view in landscape mode. Need to add the rest of the big book. The description is misleading when it said the big book not just the first section.
New review : Update is great changed to 5 stars, Great job!!!!! One thing still need page numbers (a lot of people quote page numbers)
Need to read - Best app I have
This app has several glitches and flaws-the text sizing that's been mentioned, for one, and, more aggrevating, there's no way to edit notes or go back to finish notes you've started.
If those were fixed I could definitely give this 5 stars. It guarntees I read the big book every day, with no pressure and whenever I have downtime, unlike the hardback gathering dust on my nightstand. Very glad to have it!
Fnbored - No need to fuss over sober calc
I've never used the sober calculator because it takes away from the idea that all I have is today. I can not rely on all my counted time. What we have is a daily reprieve. I am thankful to be sober TODAY, as well as the time I have. And I don't need to keep track of it down to the second. I'm also thankful for the developer of this app for providing it and trying their best to improve it.
texasyaya - Page number addition OUTSTANDING
I love this app and use it in many meetings. The addition of the page numbers makes it very useful. I love when someone in a meeting quotes a page and I can go right to it. even if I do not read it then I can go back later. I also love the countdown. Page flip would be nice but scrolling is quick and easy. Thank you.
ThunderCall - grateful for this app
there are a few apps that are a part of my daily life, and even fewer are part of my daily spiritual life. twelve steps companion is one of them. i now have instant access to the big book wherever i go, without carrying the book around. plus with the latest update, the prayers and promises are helping me to get into the text like never before. this app is a fabulous tool for recovery. i've used it to find a meeting in another city, searched the text for certain words, and much more. i've always been a huge fan of what lies beyond the first 164 pages-the personal stories-and this app has them. thanks to the developer of this app. it has helped me so much!
copperhead214 - Delighted
Okay, my serenity and sobriety aren't contingent on this app, but I will admit to checking the app store obsessively while waiting for the crash fix. I'll keep saying that 7th step prayer (conveniently extracted for me in the prayers section of this app). It's working fine for me now (3rd gen. iPod touch, 32 gig, iOS 4) and I'm delighted to have it back.
I'd love to be able to organize the notes, but even so, 5 stars.
PurePainting - Gmen
What's the problem? I don't understand where the outrage is coming from in some of these reviews. I've had the App for more than 5yrs and still in love with it, upgrades and all. Very convenient and I feel it's easy to use and navigate. If having issues with sobriety calc. Try inputting your year first, then go ahead and input month and day. Peace people.
j.solo - Patience is a virtue... & this time it payed off!
Alcoholics are sure a whiny bunch, but I must admit I was getting pretty annoyed that this app had failed. Thank you for the update. Now I can resume judging those who would quote the book inaccurately during a meeting... and continue to set a poor example for the new guys by playing with my phone during a meeting! ;)
E.MADare - Serious 12 Step tools.
Must have for serious recovery. You could have used your programming talents to make another silly game or shopping app, instead you have provided a much needed tool for those seeking spiritual recovery. I tip my hat to you for doing something for good. Thank you. I encourage you to keep on with whatever drove you to complete this project!
dancrask - Simple, helpful.
This app is as advertised. It's simple and useful, and equips me with the big book for meetings and reading time. I have 2 suggestions to improve it: 1. Use in-app purchases to buy literature from other 12 Step programs. 2. Create a widget or notification alert for sobriety calculator. I'd like to pull down the notifications center on my iPhone and quickly see how long I've been sober.
Magic4Us - ⑤ Star App
As a member and having this on my iPad, it makes it so easy to work with others. Just having this makes is a 5 star app!
Request? Can you add a dictionary for the most common words used in the writings? I am sure you know the one I am talking about. I had to buy them from the COAA.
A SPecial Thank you to the makers of the app, A Touch of Magic .
MDFender - Great app! I'm looking forward to your next update!
Thank you for putting this app together. As someone who uses the big book as a "go to" from time to time, it's so nice having it right on my phone. I'm really looking forward to being able to jump directly to a certain page (as they correspond to the 4th edition).
dight34 - Not that much of a companion
Just a note to those who want to download this app - you can't get the 3rd or 4th edition of the text, just the 1st and 2nd. The problem there is if you want to follow in a big book meeting...you'll be reading outdated text. Additionally, you can't get access to the 12 and 12...my favorite text of all. Finally, there aren't any page numbers. I can't count the times people/sponsors have asked me to reference a specific page and paragraph. It's difficult to do that on this program.
57yr Old Pop! - Want More!
I love this app it's better than having to carry the Big Book around with you all the time, BUT I WANT MORE! How about adding the 12x12 to the line up with cross referencing or just adding the 12x12. Progress, Progress and more Progress. This App deserves 5 Stars but I'm only going to give it 4 till I GET WHAT I WANT! Oh yeah you guys should have a link so we can contact you directly without writing a review.
AA young timer - Pages get stuck when scrolling down.
I love this app. Update needed. Pages get stuck when scrolling. Numbers are needed. I understand the copyright issue and yes you have the right to make money off of the program. I guess! I hope you donate tons on the 7th. LOL general service is making an effort to start working on an app. Hope you make yourself available. In the meantime get real with yourself and look deep inside. Remember you have to give it away to keep it. It's not about the 3 bucks. It's that your on the take.
Luke in SF - Recovery MUST!
This app is the best app ever for anyone in recovery. In case of emergency I can look up phone numbers for central office anywhere in the US, I can read the book, and I can even read other personal stories to keep engaged in recovery. Its the perfect meeting on the go. I would love to see meeting schedules be added to the app, which I hear is in the works!!! AMAZING!
jammd - 5-star app, STILL.
Okay, Dean, get ready for a deluge of "amends" that should come to you. You did the next right thing, and supplied as you promised. Shame on those who were so ugly to you! Are they REALLY in the program? They need to pray more and call their sponsors more often. Patience and serenity are their own rewards. Thanks for your app and diligent hosting. The new update works great.
Mmmartin33 - Good app but 2nd edition instead of 4th
Great app. Good searching. Jump to page. Includes all 164 pages and some stories. But not current. Needs to be updated to 4th edition. Also need to be able to jump to pages including the stories like pg 417 for acceptance once updated to 4th Ed. Notes are gear too. Please change sobriety counter to do years months and days instead of 4.33 years Do 4 years 4 months 12 days.
Would recommend to all recovering AA.
ewill1 - Would Like To See More.
I'm Eric and I am an alcoholic and grateful for this application. I never have an excuse not to read my literature because my phone was surgically connected to my right hand. I would like to see two things: the 12x12 added to the app, and integration with one of the many meeting locator GPS maps. Thank you.
cheesymusic - Good app. Dislike your unauthorized "principles"
Nobody should add to the Big Book. You have a section at the end called Principles. You took the steps and put one word as the meaning of each. Bill W. didn't write that--who did? The first step represents Defeat. Newcomers Beware. That list is somebody's idea to do that. There are principles all through
The book. Have fun digging for principles.
KjLo - Handy!
I think I'm going to enjoy having the BB at my fingertips. I love that I can cut and paste the prayers into the note section.
I would like to give it 5 stars but in the note section my 5th note has a delete symbol on it covering the title of the note. It turns back n forth but that's it. Doesn't actually delete anything.
And I would love to be able to add my AA friends that I meet at conventions to the appropriate city, state contact section. Also need to add Kodiak to Alaska section.
BobKeathley - Dean Huff Needs to Work A 4th Step
The developer of this app is constantly bashing the competitive App One Day At A Time. He has complained many times to Apple. He constantly reviews it with negative feedback. He needs to work a 4th Step!
Dean's app is a good app, the One Day At A Time is better in many ways and cheaper. I own both apps. Both had some crashes when Apple transitioned to 4.0 and iPad, but both apps are very stable now. I prefer the ability to keep track of all my Friends Sobriety in One Day At A Time.
Anne Onimus - AA
The contact information for my local area (Bowling Green, KY) is wrong, both location and phone number. Since I have read this complaint in other reviews, I would suggest that this part of the app be fixed right away. I don't have a problem paying $2.99 for the convenience of having the big book and contact information in a neat package, but I expect the information to be current and correct.
3:15DeltaWed - Twelve Steps - Excellent Start
This app is an excellent start. Well done, although the fertile subject matter leaves much room for improvement. No dings on what is there, but other than the earlier comments about the Doctor's Opinion and Appendix II, pagination is a must because that is the "verse and chapter" most AAers use to cite quotes.
This is great and well worth the cost.
LoRoK - Thanks for the update.
Finally, after several months this app is updated to work on OS3. Please don't take so long on the next one, I love using this app.
And to everyone asking for 12 & 12 and more recent stories, please understand that due to copyright Dean cannot include these. Stop asking for it!
Destroywhatdestroysyou - Awsome start
As a newcommer this is an excellent way to keep a big book by my side. I do Agree that the rest of the book should be added but 5 stars for what you gave us this far. As a younger person to the program it's nice to have a way to read that is more discret than a big blue book.
yorky44 - Pocket Serenity
At first I was angry but thinking about the peace of mind this app gave me knowing I could read recovery stories anywhere, reference anywhere calmed me. Does this app break a tradition? After 28 years one day at a time I am powerless over people, places and things. I have free will and can make choices. I choose this app.
Hat-in-the-Ring SkyDog - A Must, this App
This app is spiritually and aesthetically pleasing. It was important to me that the sobriety counter counted in days; it also includes years, months or hours if you prefer. There's not a disappointing thing about this lovely app. Do yourself a favor: buy it. Worth every one of those 299 pennies! Keep the Faith, Stay the Path.
Bigbearz9 - Great app, second edition, searchable
I have this app on BOTH my iPad and my iPhone for one fee.
I use the search feature on key words all the time.
I have the fourth edition in a leather cover (the cover is 23 years old) that I carry to every meeting along with a device with this app.
I have used the CONTACTS function as I travel to both call other central offices and to directly connect to their web pages to find out of town meetings.
Also the app is updated regularly both for IOS changes and changes to contact info.
I recommend this app to all my young friends.
Fullyweighted - Really
For the last person!! He may or may not be a member! You spend the time to program it! Its his living. Why not support him! If you can afford a phone that needs apps??? I dont think 3 bucks is going to break you. Sounds like you need to re-work a few steps!
el Guano Hermano - 12 Steps AA Companion
It was better before,as far as I can see...the Sobriety Clock worked better...everyone likes the hours...it said something like "years,months,days,hours",it was easier better more intuitive... the layout and function was JUST BETTER...why fix what is not broken? Also,the earlier version was easier to SEE,somehow...that new light creme blue color...is harder to see,and somehow cheesy...And of course,I wish the App included the 12x12 book,in it's entirety ....(the old version did not either) Peter C...
vectorbabe - Who ever redesigned the 2.0 update must have been stoned
The old version showed the year, months, days, and hours with decimal values.
Sometimes, especially for the first few days of sobriety, it is important to see the hours. But the update to 2.0 threw that away.
Next, the decimal specifics for years are gone. I was at 1.4 years. I was looking forward to getting to 1.5. Now I'm only at 1. I feel like I've gone backwards.
And the new design has made it almost impossible to read the tiny type for the values of sobriety.
Notes, which seem to be the big deal news for the update, are fine.
But who in Higher Power's name thought the new layout of the Sobriety screen was good???
The icon for the app, however, is very pleasant. The design did a nice job for that.
If I could undo this update I would.
Ray Dragon - A Great Tool in My Daily Sobriety
I discovered this app several months ago (to find out later every iPhone user in my homegroup already knew about, and lived, it!), and it is a great tool, among many, in my daily sobriety. I commend the author, and am grateful he is as concerned about a fix as the rest of us. A Five Star app, indeed.
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