An Interesting Challenge

Posted by on July 31, 2008 in Blog/Article Watch | 1 comment

A story in the Logos Bible Software Blog caught my attention today. LaRosa Johnson, an employee of WORDsearch set on a 30-day “journey” -challenge, he calls it- that consisted in using Logos exclusively for a whole month (as opposed to using WORDsearch at work and at home), and see what effect that would have be on his own personal devotions and Bible study. The series of posts (that you can find here in reverse chronological order) make for some really interesting reading.

What I find peculiar about all this is that he not only had WORDsearch as his primary Bible software, but in fact he works for the company. Nevertheless, I think he did a pretty good job at conveying the pros and cons he found along the way as he compared a program that was new to him to another one he had been using for about eight years. You can almost feel his pain and joy, his frustrations and his successes, the way his outlook and needs change over time, as he is exposed to different tools and a different workflow.

I will let you read his own conclusions. Mine is (well, one of them, at least) that there is no such thing in Bible software as a “one fits all” package. It’s like a suit. We all have different needs, tastes and sizes, and there’s got to be different kinds so that we can find the one that really makes us feel most comfortable.

Incidentally, I don’t necessarily endorse his opinions, and this little exercise could have been carried out with other Bible software products. What I do appreciate is the courage he showed to even take up the challenge in the first place.

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  1. …there is no such thing in Bible software as a “one fits all” package.
    It’s like a suit. We all have different needs, tastes and sizes…

    That’s very much the Sword Project perspective: Sword is a common software base on top of which to build any UI someone wants. The differences in desired user experience and workflow lead to very different ideas about window layout and tool availability and behavior. The need for cross-platform compatibility adds to this, in that the expectations of any Windows program are rather different from Linux or MacOS.

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