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Accordance 9

A brand new version of Accordance Bible Software has just been released. You can read the official announcement and a general description of what’s new in version 9.

Personally, I am very excited about the greatly enhanced Search All window and the new syntactical databases. The latter ones will eventually comprise the whole Hebrew Bible and Greek New Testament, but the initial release includes only Genesis and John.

The main change to the UI, apart from the minor ones, is the ability to work with different zones within workspaces. This should make one’s workflow a lot easier and avoid clutter.

Logos 4 Mac

After a long time in beta, Logos 4 Mac was finally released October 1, 2010. There is a product tour that does a good job at introducing the application, particularly for new users, and a good collection of video tutorials.

If you are acquainted with the Windows version, Logos 4 Mac, while not yet on feature parity with its older brother, is basically the same. This is one step forward in the company’s aim to go multi-platform. You should keep in mind, though, that L4 Mac only runs on newer Intel machines with Mac OS X 10.5 or higher.

I like the convenience of the automated reports and, above all, commend Logos for the implementation of the reverse interlinears. Let’s hope that the development team manages to optimize it for speed, because it is currently a very slow application.

Videos are the in thing

LaRosa Johnson, lead book developer for WORDSearch Bible Software, is posting a series of videos on Advanced Bible Study with WORDSearch 9. The first two installments are already available.

James M. Tucker, of Biblical Exegesis & Interpretation is producing some videos on Syntax searches in Accordance and Logos. You may want to check out his YouTube channel, or watch his Syntax comparison on vimeo.

Have you ever wondered how a BibleWorks training seminar looked like? Watch this presentation by Jim Barr.

e-Sword 9.7.2

This popular freeware Bible software has been updated to version 9.7.2. According to the official Update Changes list, the main enhancements are as follows:

The editors have been broken out into their own view and are no longer located in the Commentary view. Also, a new Journal Notes editor has been added to the Editor view to join the Study Notes and Topic Notes!

You can now Search the Bibles and other modules using Regular Expressions (REGEX). While a bit complicated for typical use, this functionality adds powerful searching capabilities when that might be needed.

Inline notes and cross-references are now possible in Bible modules.

This is a widely used application, but in my opinion it is lagging behind other freeware Bible programs.

theWord 3.2

A new version of this excellent piece of Bible software has been recently released. theWord 3.2 includes a number of new features (see change-log), but the most exciting one, from the point of view of the UI, is the Welcome Screen that allows users to build their own layout and tweak some basic preferences by following a few very simple steps.

Anyone looking for a good free Bible app for Windows should consider getting this program. I am sold to it!