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Blogging Hiatus

There are many circumstances in life that can make blogging very difficult, or even right out impossible. I’m about to face one of them, since I’m going to be out of town for a few days and will leave my blogging machine behind… I’ll see you in a week’s time or so.

Rushing Software Out the Door

I thought I might be the only one who felt this way, but happily I’m not alone. I don’t think Dorian J. Burnette had Bible software in mind when he wrote it, but I certainly do.

I’m not a bussiness-minded person, so I can never speak from a company’s point of view. But speaking from a user’s point of view, to buy half-baked, buggy software is very frustrating, to say the least. Maybe development cycles should take longer, I don’t know, but generally speaking, time devoted to proof-reading, beta testing and various other quality-control mechanisms is clearly insufficient, judging by the results. I know this from first-hand experience as a translator, beta tester and user.

On “Heavenly Bible Software” for the Mac

I think I may have forgotten to point to this article due to the fact that I was too busy working on the new BSR website. Anyway, take a look if you haven’t read it yet.

Notice the closing paragraph, where it says, “SvenOnTech hopes to have a review off one of the three talked about above (or all of them) within the coming months. So stay tuned for that if you’re still looking.” The three programs referred to are Accordance, MacSword, and QuickVerse Mac.

Chances are…it’s in the FAQs!

Every now and again I am asked about things which are clearly answered in the FAQs of BSR. This seems to suggest that most visitors don’t read Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) — just as most users don’t read manuals. But is there anything one can do about this situation? I’m not sure. I guess we must keep reminding people that the FAQ section is there. Besides that, there is another useful and quite often underused feature, you should familiarize yourself with, i.e., the Search box. If you can’t find something in the FAQs, give the web’s Search feature a go. You’ll be surprised to see that even the most minute details are indexed for you. And if you cannot find an answer to your question after all, I’ll make sure it is added to the FAQs for the benefit of future users.

Unofficial BibleWorks Weblog

Two noted users of BibleWorks, Jim Darlack and Michael Hanel, have started a new blog. Its stated purpose is to “create a central location for user-created databases and highlight different ways of using BibleWorks.”

I think it’s a great idea, though I still would very much like to see an “official” BibleWorks blog too! My only beef is that the current white text against a black background is very hard on my eyes. But perhaps it’s only me… 😉

Donations and Publicity

As indicated in the FAQ section, Bible Software Review is now accepting donations and paid advertisements.

It was suggested to me that this would be a nice feature to have. So, If you want to show your appreciation for the service BSR is trying to offer, there is a new PayPal Donate button on the main page. This is my first experience with PayPal, so I hope everything works okay. Let me know if you find any problems with it — even if you don’t donate 😉 I have also decided to provide space for Bible software companies to publicize their products and/or services. If you want to advertise with us, please fill this contact form.

Finally, you may have noticed some affiliate program banners. This is another way you can help BSR at no extra cost. If you click on any of the banners and decide you want to buy a given product, the company in question will pay us a small commission based on the amount of your purchase.

As you can see, there are a number of practical things you can do to support the site now. Future enhacements to the website, new content, more regular updates, and a few other things are dependent on this kind of financial support. So please help as you are able. Thank you very much indeed!

Logos Bible Widget

Logos has made available a free BibleWidget for users of Mac OS X Tiger. It is based on the KJV, and can be used for simple text searches, by entering (or cutting and pasting) the book followed by the chapter and then the verse number (no ranges).

If you want to try it, here’s what you have to do: download it, unzip it, drop the widget inside your user’s Library/Widgets folder, and you’re ready to go!

Hyper-Concordance Update

Sean Boisen’s excellent New Testament Hyper-Concordance (see original blog entry here) has been updated to version 1.2.

This is how he explains some of the enhacements:

  • The new release uses the English Standard Version text, thanks to the generosity of the folks at Crossway Bibles. In my opinion, this is the best contemporary English translation for study purposes, and i’m really happy to be able to offer it here.
  • I’ve added tabbed navigation to make it easier to find terms of interest, and cleaned up the displays.
  • There’s a new feature that displays terms according to their frequency: you can turn it off if you like, but i find it helpful in navigating a long list of terms.

Note that the old version, based on the RSV, can still be found here, but it is not longer being actively developed.