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Logos for Mac: First Impressions

While attending ETS — that is, the 60th Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society held last week in Providence, Rhode Island –, Rod Decker got hold of the Logos for Mac DVD (Scholar’s Gold edition). He’s shared his experience after playing around with it for a couple of hours. It is not a review as such, but it is an interesting read coming from a seasoned Mac and Accordance user.

Preview of BibleWorks 8

Michael Hanel is posting a series of articles on the (unofficial) BibleWorks Blog about some of the new features available in BW8, which is going to ship in mid-to-late December. Under the general title of Things to Love in BibleWorks 8, Michael, who has been beta-testing the new release, offers some insights on what has been updated or added to version 8. These are the first, second, third, fourth , fifth, sixth, and seventh installments in the series. More will follow in the coming days, so if you want to be in the loop, you may want to check it out.

BibleWorks 8

BibleWorks announces the release of version 8 of its biblical exegesis and research software (see full press release).

Some of the new program features include comprehensive analysis tabs in the Analysis Window, phrase matching tool and related verses tool, new formatting for exporting text, cross-reference window, an alternate set of Greek NT diagrams, external resources manager and English Bible text-to-speech. But this is only the tip of the iceberg. Check out this page for a more complete list of new features and databases, or this one for a full list of the newly added content. You may also want to download this PDF brochure to learn more about BibleWorks 8.

To What End Bible Software?

I have always said that Bible software is not an end in itself. What really matters is what you do with it. So I am always on the look out for examples of practical applications. Today I found a nice one here. When I first read Rodney J. Decker’s question over at the Accordance Forums, little did I know what he was up to. Now I know, and I like it. It is always good to see people using Bible programs to carry on daily tasks, but also to do research and apply them to things that may not be immediately obvious.

P.S. The title of this entry was inspired by Gordon Fee’s To What End Exegesis?, which happens to be on the shelf in front of my desk.

ScriptureDirect Update

The Windows and Mac versions of ScriptureDirect have been updated. According to the developer of the program,

The main new features are the ability to use the scroll wheel and to resize the window (new for Windows). The resizing function should make it easier for users to use other software next to SD or to browse other translations on the internet and compare them to the Greek/English transliteral translation that we provide.

The update can be downloaded from within the program itself (orange globe icon located on the start screen).