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Bible Software Review to go offline soon

After more than twelve years online, Bible Software Review is closing shop. I have reached a point where I can no longer afford the time, energy and money that needs to be put into it. I will continue to be involved in Bible software, but will not be maintaining the site anymore. Maybe somebody else will do it, in which case the reviews, interviews and so on would continue to be available. If anyone is interested in the domain “” and/or its contents, please contact me.

It’s been a great ride, and I want to thank everyone that has made BSR possible, particularly its faithful readers and contributors. It is time for me to move on to other things. There is always a 2.0 version awaiting somewhere.

Thank you all!

Rubén Gómez

Dear visitors…

Thank you all for your continued support of BSR. Had it not been for your visits, I would have given up any hope of keeping it alive. I know you haven’t heard from me for a rather long time, and I apologize for that. There’s a lot going on in the world of Bible software, but I simply can’t keep up. Let me remind you, however, that I do update my twitter account.

I have been (and still am) very busy with professional projects. I have also recently finished tagging a classic Spanish Bible (Reina-Valera 1909) with Strong’s numbers. This is a public domain text, and so I’ve felt free to work on it on and off to ensure that everybody will have access to this Bible and the original languages that underlie it. The text should be available soon, as I am currently offering it to different Bible software developers for use with their software. I hope it proves useful.

Thanks again for visiting! I hope you find something helpful and interesting among the many sections of this blog and website. As always, make yourself at home.

BSR News Update

I apologize for the rather long blogging hiatus. My professional work load is such right now that I do not foresee any noticeable changes in the coming months. I’m simply too busy and have to meet various deadlines. As I’m sure you will understand, that takes priority over any other activities on the side (including BSR). So, don’t count on any new major review anytime soon, although I may be able to blog occasionally. I’ll also try to tweet about what’s new as time permits.

Fortunately, there are some fine people whom you can turn to for news and updates on Bible software programs. Mark’s blog is always worth checking, and Kevin Purcell keeps abreast of the latest developments.

These are exciting times for Bible software, despite the current economic crisis. The recent launch of the iPad has opened up yet another study platform that looks very promising. I plan on getting one myself (it’s not available yet here in Europe), and hope to share my experience with you in due course. Perhaps I will even end up posting some mini-reviews or videos. Who knows?

I’m sorry I haven’t got better news for you at this point. My efforts to have other people join BSR and share the amount of work a site like this entails have not been successful. I’m not giving up just yet, but expect to see me more off than on, at least during what’s left of 2010.

Take care!

Trip to Israel

As of tomorrow I’ll be officially on “vacation,” away from my computers. This means that no updates will take place for the next ten days or so either here or at the website. Also, no comments will be approved until I get back. Thanks!

I’m traveling to Israel and might be able to post short updates on Tweeter or Facebook from my Pocket PC for my friends and followers.

Accordance Podcasts

Accordance Bible Software is making available free podcasts from the iTunes Store. If you have iTunes installed on your computer, you can search for “Lighting the Lamp” and download the episode you want or subscribe to future podcasts. Alternatively, you can go directly to the podcast by clicking this link.

These podcasts will revisit the topics covered in the former webinars and add many more subjects in due course.

The different episodes are an excellent way to become acquainted with the many features offered by this sofware, and suitable for both current and potential users.

Update (June 26): Those with no access to iTunes can download the podcasts here.

In Case You Wonder

As you may have noticed, I haven’t blogged much in the last few days. The reason is quite simple: I want to finish some pending reviews. I am currently keeping busy with a review of Accordance and another one of WORDsearch. After that I should be reviewing PC Study Bible and BibleWorks. These are major projects, and take quite a lot of time and energy.

There are other things on my plate, like a few articles on some great tools, more reviews of BibleTime and GnomeSword, ScriptureDirect, Online Bible, BibleSpeak, etc., as well as implementing some new features for the site/blog which aren’t quite ready for prime time yet. Hopefully you will find quite a bit of new material here during 2009, God willing. In the meantime, make yourself at home and consider becoming an active part of BSR by commenting, participating in the forums or sending feedback. Thanks!

Leaving on a Jet Plane

Yes, friends, I’ll be out of town until Sunday, God willing. This means that there will be no new posts in the next few days, and that I will not be able to check my email or approve comments or new forum registrations until next week. So, please be patient. It’s not that I’ll be somewhere out in the woods or anything like that. But the whole point is to keep away from any computer during the whole weekend.

Be good and feel free to look around to your heart’s content. There is a lot of material already available. Hope you enjoy it!

BSR Forums Keep Improving

I have added a new video embedding feature to the forums. This way, registered users can illustrate their points by linking to a video hosted in any of the most popular sites currently available online, o even record their own videos, tutorials or whatever and link to them (embed them) in the forum. Thus, it is now very easy to start a video forum thread. Why not register and give it a try? Don’t expect other to start one, head over to the forums and introduce yourself, show us how you use your Bible software or demonstrate some useful feature you’ve discovered. And if you have any questions, feel free to ask away and surely there will be knowledgeable people around who will be able to lend you a hand or, at the very least, they’ll try…