BSR Update Archives

February 11, 2004

Updating Website

Now that the hardware part seems to have been taken care of, things will gradually get back to normal (I hope!).

Today we start a new section with interviews with key people from the Bible software industry. I have sent them a survey, and the first replies are already coming in. Ivan Jurik is the first of what will hopefully be a rather long list. More should be posted in the next few days. There is now a handy "What's new" area where all updates will be duly recorded. I'm glad things are taking shape, and would remind you that I am open to your suggestions.

Giuseppe Regalzi, a correspondent from Italy, has brought to my attention that the site doesn't display very well at all at 800 x 600. I promise I will revisit this issue as soon as I can, but for the time being my plate is too full. If there is a real demand for it, I'll do my best to care for those visitors who use lower resolutions. I wouldn't want anyone to miss the opportunity to join us! Meanwhile, I have set the blog to use slightly smaller font sizes. This should help some of you.

February 12, 2004

Another Interview Posted

Things are developing rather nicely. It's a sunny bright day, and I've just posted an interview with Michael Bushell. I should have at least another one ready tomorrow. It's interesting to see how each individual approaches the same questionnaire in a different way. Hope you'll find this section both informative and enlightening.

February 13, 2004

Fancy Another Interview?

As I had anticipated, there is now another interview available. Today is David Lang who shares with us some of his insights. Incidentally, OakTree Software has just |

February 19, 2004

Review with Sidenotes

I have posted a review* of a previous version of Accordance Bible Software. A full review of the latest version will be forthcoming. I am making this review available for the following reasons:

1. To whet your appetite ;-)
2. To allow you to compare it with the newer review (coming soon...)
3. To test the sidenotes as recently discussed by Stephen C. Carlson of Hypotyposeis.

Let me know what you think about this annotation technique.

* [Ed.] This link pointed to the previous version available at BSR. The new link, of course, uses a completely different system for displaying notes.

February 20, 2004

Review of Bibloi 8.0?

Torrey Seland expresses his hope that either me or somebody else will get round to reviewing the latest version of Bibloi (formerly known as Bible Windows) from Silver Mountain Software. I will gladly take up the challenge if/when my upgrade arrives. If my mind serves me right, Bible Windows was the first program of its kind to offer Internet links to different sites of interest for Bible scholars and classicists from inside the application itself. This feature is now becoming available in other software packages. A step in the right direction, as I see it.

[Ed.] The review is now available.

February 25, 2004

New Interview Posted

Today is John Baima, owner of Silver Mountain Software, who kindly answers our questions about Bible Software. Remember that the flagship of this company is now known as Bibloi.

March 6, 2004

New Interview

I have just posted a new interview with Bob Pritchett, president of Logos Bible Software. I hope you find this section of the website both informative and estimulating. Incidentally, if you think you should have received a copy of this survey but you haven't yet, or feel you would like to participate, please let me know. I may have overlooked your name by mistake.

March 10, 2004

Interview Posted

Larry Pierce, creator of Online Bible, has answered our survey. Here are his thoughts. Enjoy!

In case you want to read a little bit more about him, a 1995 interview is posted here (mirrored in this site), and there is yet another one here about other aspects of his work.

March 30, 2004

New Stuff

I have posted new reviews of MacSword and iLumina. There is also an About Us section available. Enjoy!

April 5, 2004


An early "alpha" version of the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) for the website and weblog has been posted.

May 19, 2004

New Interview

I have posted an interview with Brandon Staggs, author of SwordSearcher.

Some new links have been added to the User Groups and Third-Party Reviews pages. You can keep up with the changes if you check out the What's New section on a regular basis. Oh, and I have added webcounters to all the pages. This way I'll know exactly how many of you drop by.

July 28, 2004

Book Preface Posted

I have decided to post a translated version of the Preface to the Spanish edition of my book A Practical Guide to Bible Software.

I hold the copyright to the book, so I might make other sections available online in due course. To be honest, I haven't made my mind up yet as to whether I'll try to publish it in English or, failing that, post some parts of it online. Either case, it would be a massive task, which would require lots of time (something I'm very short of!). I love writing, and enjoy translating, but I simply hate to translate myself. I really do. Although, come to think of it, it wouldn't be exactly a translation. It would be more like an updated, revised and - for the most part - rewritten kind of book. Make sense?

Anyway, the original Spanish book was published by CLIE back in 2000 as part of the "Seminary Collection", a series of books written for biblical and theological students. The preface was done by the two principals of the United Evangelical Seminary of Theology in Madrid (Spain). I thought it would be nice to give you a little hint of the original work's intent. Hope you enjoy it!

October 12, 2004

New Article Posted!

Today is a bank holiday here in Spain, and I've managed to finish and post a new article entitled Advantages of Bible Software: Louw-Nida's Lexicon as a Test Case. I hope you find it interesting, and I will very much value your feedback.

I have also streamlined the main menu a bit. I've decided to mark with an asterisk (*) those sections of the website currently unavailable, so that nobody thinks the links are dead or something like that. As I've stated before (and it's been on the FAQ section of BSR for quite some time), these menu items are placeholders. The stuff will be posted as it becomes available, but it is a lot of work, and it takes time...

Update (October 18): As a result of the feedback, I have added a couple of explanatory sidenotes to the article. Hopefully, the Case Study section is much clearer now.

October 16, 2004

Review of Bible+

I have posted a new review of Palm Bible+. I want to thank the author, Holger Szesnat, for his valuable contribution to Bible Software Review.

This is the first in a series of reviews of different Palm and PocketPC products. Let me repeat, once again, that your feedback and suggestions are always appreciated.

November 19, 2004

Review of SwordSearcher

Another full review has been posted today. More are under way... Check out what's new, or go directly to the review.

November 23, 2004

Bible Software With You

I'm pleased to announce that another review has been posted today. Bible With You and Bible Concordance With You are two of the great applications for Palm and Pocket PC put out by GMPSoft.

I hope you'll enjoy reading the review as much as I have enjoyed using the programs on my PDA. There's only a problem. I still feel somewhat embarassed when I think about taking my handheld to church. I guess I'll overcome it... It's such a blessing!

November 25, 2004

Maintenance Update

The Companies and User Groups sections of Bible Software Review have been updated. If you have any links that you think should be added, please send them along. The main menu has also been streamlined. There should be less asterisks in the next few weeks :-)

December 9, 2004

SESB Review

After quite a bit of work, a review of the Stuttgart Electronic Study Bible has been posted today. I do hope you like it. It's good stuff, and most certainly not for the faint-hearted.

December 29, 2004

Interview Added

I have posted an interview with Craig Rairdin, President of Laridian. The interviews section of BSR has proved to be a very popular one, so I hope you'll enjoy this new addition.

December 31, 2004

PocketBible Review

I didn't want to finish 2004 without posting a new review of one of the most popular Bible software programs for handheld devices. You can now read a review of PocketBible and see for yourselves what it has to offer.

January 22, 2005

Link to BibleWorks Review

I have added a new link to a recent review of BibleWorks 6 (with thanks to John Kendall for the heads-up) written by Mois├ęs Silva, and published in the Fall 2004 edition of the Westminster Theological Journal (Vol. 66, No. 2). Good read by a well-known scholar.

April 4, 2005

Links Update

I have updated the reviews and the users sections of BSR. Please let me know if you find any oversights or come across other links that you feel should be added to the list. Thank you!

April 16, 2005

New Article Posted

A couple of months ago, the editor of Religious Product News, a magazine that reaches 30,000 US churches each month, asked me to write a short article on Bible software. I ended up with a general and brief overview of the advantages of using Bible software for studying, teaching, and preaching, coupled with some advice on the key elements that should be kept in mind at the time of purchasing one particular software package.

It is not a deep and comprehensive article, but some of you may find it helpful, so I have posted it here.

UPDATE (April 28): The online edition of Religious Product News now includes the article, which is available in PDF format.

April 30, 2005

BibleLink Review

I have posted a new review of BibleLink. This program can work on any Wintel system as well as on a handheld device (Palm or Pocket PC), and offers some interesting features. Check it out.

May 26, 2005

Review of Zondervan Bible Study Library

I have posted a new review of Zondervan Bible Study Library: Scholar's Edition, powered by Pradis. I am not aware of other relevant online reviews of this particular product, so I hope you find this one both interesting and helpful. As always, feel free to share your opinions and/or questions.

Incidentally, the FAQ section of BSR has also been updated.

UPDATE (May 28): Actually, the only review of Zondervan's Scholar's Library I could find online is this one, dating back to November 2003.

June 13, 2005

Updated Review of MacSword

I have added a new updated review of MacSword 1.2, which supplements the one previously available on version 1.0.

David Lang has also posted a review over at CMUG. Good timing!

August 2, 2005

Third-Party Articles Posted

I have added two new articles to the Reviews section: The Bible as a Resource for Translation Software, and a review of Online Bible Millennium Edition 1.11, both written by Jeff Allen. For those interested, a French version of these articles can be found on this page. Enjoy!

August 20, 2005

QuickVerse Mac Review

I have just posted a new review of QuickVerse Mac. Hope you enjoy reading it.

I had mixed feelings writing the review, and I think this shows. I realize that other reviewers have expressed similar thoughts. So it seems to be a general thing. I've already mentioned that Mac users are a tough crowd to please, haven't I? Well, there is your proof.

September 14, 2005

New Interview Posted

An interview with Drew Haninger, president of Olive Tree Bible Software, has been added to the interviews section of BSR.

September 19, 2005

Yet Another Interview

An interview with Britt Dennison, lead developer at Zondervan has been posted for your reading pleasure.

October 10, 2005

e-Sword Review

I have posted a review of e-Sword for Windows submitted by Holger Szesnat. Holger has already contributed to Bible Software Review in the past, and I appreciate his insights. Thank you!

November 10, 2005

Bibloi Review

I have uploaded a new review of Bibloi, and updated the FAQ section of BSR. Enjoy!

November 11, 2005

New Article

John Fidel gives us a fresh insight on the whole issue of the future of Bible Software in this article. I hope you find it interesting and thought-provoking. Feel free to leave any comments right here.

December 3, 2005

Updated Bible+ Review

Holger Szesnat has kindly updated his review of Bible+, which now covers version 3.20. Thanks, Holger!

April 20, 2006

BiblePro Review

A new review is available. I have also updated the links in the Companies, Retailers and User Groups sections.

July 5, 2006

New Interview

I have posted an interview with Michael N. Jackson, co-founder of Due Diligence Software, makers of The Workman's Study Bible.

July 7, 2006

Interview Posted

Another interview has been added to the popular Interviews section of BSR. Our interviewee this time is Costas Stergiou, the man behind In The Beginning Was The Word.

December 26, 2006

New Article Available

Looking Through The Window At Accordance is the title of a new article authored by John Fidel. In it, he reviews some of the main issues he has found while using Accordance Bible Software under emulation on a PC. Highly recommended reading!

December 29, 2006

New Comparative Overview Posted

John Fidel has contributed a comparative overview of the three major commercial programs, i.e., Accordance, BibleWorks and Libronix. His insights are always welcome, and I'm very pleased to have him write for Bible Software Review. Enjoy!

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