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February 17, 2004

Microsoft Strikes Again!

I've recently learned of the problems Silver Mountain Software has been going through as a result of Microsoft's pressure, er... I mean concerns. You can read all about it here. John Baima has just announced that the new Bible Windows update is now known as Bibloi 8.0. Apart from other improvements, the main new feature is the ability to import texts into the program. Users will now be able to import texts in a number of formats, including "Online Bible translations, Beta Code texts, plain text files, and texts from the Unbound Bible Project".

February 27, 2004

New Release of LDLS

The RC (release candidate) version of the new Libronix Digital Library System 2.1 is available for downloading. Full details of what's new can be found here. General performance improvements and bug fixes aside, there is a new power tool called "Fuzzy Search", which means you can type a string of words and the search engine will attempt to predict which terms are relevant (quite handy when you can't remember the exact phrase, or when you are unsure about the spelling), even though the exact terms searched for may not appear at all in the text. Worthy of mention is also the Compare Pericopes report, which allows you to compare sets of pericopes from different Bible versions.

March 4, 2004

MacSword 1.0 is Out

Version 1 of MacSword (The Holy Bible for Mac OS X) is available for downloading. MacSword is a free and open source application based on the SWORD Project. This is a Mac OS X-only application. For other platforms, check out the website of the Crosswire Bible Society.

April 1, 2004

FlashCards by CrossWire Bible Society

This was posted yesterday by Troy A. Griffitts to B-Greek:

Greetings,

My apologies for the only ancillary subject, but we try our best to keep you scholars/profs/students stocked with good free tools.

http://crosswire.org/~scribe/FlashCards.zip

Here's a first rev of a small new project: FlashCards. It seemed like an item in demand... So, here it is with the editor. It's only a rudimentary implementation, but it's basically functional for a first release. Uses the text control and Input Methods we wrote for the Leningradensis work (Project eL) a while back. Included are a few Greek lessons.

It has the ability to assign a font to a lesson. This feature is not tested really well. I'd love to hear the feedback of how it works with auxiliary fonts. I think Hebrew will still be shifted left in the editor, but should go RtoL automatically.

Just unzip it to a folder somewhere and double-click on either Flash.jar or FlashEditor.jar (for the lesson editor). You might need to copy any custom font .ttf file you'd like to try out to the FlashCards folder.

If it doesn't run when you double click, you probably don't have Java on your box. Go to: http://java.com and click "Get It Now!" (upper-right). Then go back and try double-clicking the .jar again.

Let me know if it's useful or if you have ideas. We're hoping to have a PocketPC and maybe Palm package ready for testing soon.

April 9, 2004

TLG/PHI Workplace 10

Silver Mountain Software announces the availability of the latest version of TLG/PHI Workplace programs. These applications are designed to view and search the Thesaurus Linguae Graecae (TLG) and Packard Humanities Index (PHI) CD-ROMs. Libronix support and Regular Expression Searches are among the various improvements included in this new version. There is even an update contest: those users who send in examples of useful regular expressions will become elligible for a free update if their searches are considered to be the best. More details can be found at the website.

May 4, 2004

Something to Whet your Appetite

After a few delays, the much talked-about Stuttgart Electronic Study Bible (SESB) seems to be approaching its launch date. I would not normally comment on something that hasn't been released yet, but this is an exception to the rule ;-)

We'll have ample opportunity to talk about SESB, but suffice it to say here that this is the first product that will ship with the full standard critical apparati for both BHS and NA27. At last! Now, if we could only have UBS4's critical apparatus...

UPDATE (May 5): If you want to read about SESB in German, click here. If you are wandering why we should be excited to have an electronic edition of the critical apparatus (or even what kind of animal that is), you may want to read a little bit on the subject. This Logos page gives some basic and clear information. Although it talks about another project (Tischendorf's 8th edition of the Greek NT), the gist of the article holds true for any kind of critical apparatus. For more detailed information you can check out the Critical Editions of the New Testament.

UPDATE (May 14): There is now an updated Logos page with more info on the critical apparati. Note that different spellings are used for the plural form of apparatus.

May 7, 2004

Program to Project Bible Verses

This just arrived from the Biblesoftware Yahoo Group:

BiblePresenter is a small program that allows you to project Bible verses, e.g. in your community via a projector. It can load and present multiple Bible editions, as long as those are available in Zefania-XML format. These Bibles are not part of this distribution and they need to be downloaded separately from the Zefania Sourceforge Homepage. The BiblePresenter user interface can be configured to be German or English. However, Bibles of any language can be displayed!

Sounds useful and it's free.

August 26, 2004

Libronix Personal Book Builder

Logos has launched a self-publishing tool called Personal Book Builder. There are two editions: for private use and standard. It allows users to create Libronix compatible books that integrate seamlessly with the Libronix Digital Library System.

It is meant as a non-commercial tool, and some restrictions apply. For more info, check out the links above. You can also find the PBB Tutorial here.

August 28, 2004

AccordIt 2.0

Version 2 of AccordIt, a text processing utility intended for use with Accordance Bible Software has been released. It now runs natively in OS X (but there are also versions for 68K Macs/PCs with Mac emulator, as well as for OS 9), and can access texts formatted for Accordance 6.x. This utility allows users to:

- display verses from any Bible installed in Accordance
- edit the text using Accordance fonts and text capabilities
- copy and paste text into a word processor
- save text as a text file or RTF file
- import documents with LaserHebrew or LaserGreek, and convert those fonts to Accordance fonts.

AccordIt can be downloaded here, and the updated AccordIt Guide is found here.

November 2, 2004

WORDsearch 7

A major upgrade was released a few days ago, and all the information can be found here, including an interactive tour. Not only have many new features been added to WORDsearch 7, but the whole user interface has taken on a web-browser approach, which will be very familiar to those who have used Bible Explorer before. If the way versions are numbered is usually an indication of the importance of the upgrade, this one's got to be really noticeable, since they've jumped from 5 to 7!

November 5, 2004

Tablet PC Bible

Over at Biblical Theology, Jim West points to this article from the The Nashville Business Journal, where it is reported that Nelson Bibles is developing a New King James Version Bible for the Tablet PC market. A somewhat enlarged report can be found at TCMnet.com News. You can also read the press release here.

Tablet PCs are a "blend" between laptops and PDAs, with pen-input, light form-factors, and handwriting and speech recognition. Moreover, it is very much an emergent market. Some people are really enthusiastic about it (see, for example, these blog entries from Michael Hyatt's weblog [Michael is President and Chief Operating Officer of Thomas Nelson Publishers]: Why I Bought a TabletPC, Eight Things You Can Do in a Meeting with a TabletPC - you'll have to draw your own application to the kind of tasks you perform regularly -, or TabletPCs in the Bible).

The New King James Version (NKJV) will be available for download on December 1 at TabletBible.com, and you can get a preview of what it will look like by checking out this screenshot from the already available Young's Literal Translation. Note that for these free Bibles to work you need to use either GoBinder 2005 or PlanPlus for Windows XP. If any of you are already using a Tablet PC with any Bible text, it would be great to hear about your experience with it!

Update (December 31): According to TabletBible.com, the announced NKJV will be officially launched on Friday, January 7, 2005.

November 26, 2004

iLumina Gold Parents & Teachers Ed.

The innovative product iLumina Gold, already reviewed by David Lang, is now available in an enlarged Parents & Teachers edition, in DVD format. You can see a comparison of the three different incarnations here. This new edition, compatible with Mac and Windows, includes a new My Lessons module, which makes it particularly suitable for homeschooling, among other possible uses. Current users of iLumina Gold can upgrade for a modest fee.

March 18, 2005

PocketBible for WM-based Smartphones

Laridian has launched a new product for Windows Mobile Smartphones. You can read the full story here. More information on the Bible versions available (fifteen, so far) and program features can be found on the newly redesigned website. There is a demo version of the program, and current users of PocketBible qualify for a special discount. Unfortunately, I do not have the right phone to run it on :-(

May 17, 2005

BookBuilder

Laridian has just released a brand new product that enables users to create books for PocketBible, DailyReader, and MyBible 4. There are three different versions of BookBuilder, one for Pocket PC, one for Palm OS, and the professional edition. Knowledge of HTML is necessary to do the tagging, although some of the more tedious tasks can be automated.

The ability to write personal notes is a given in any good Bible program, but some users do want to go one step further and build their own Bibles and reference works. I firmly believe that some type of authoring/self-publishing tool is a value-added feature that many people are interested in. This has been the trend in Bible software for desktop systems, and I suppose we'll see pretty much the same happen in the PDA world too. Quite honestly, I think this is the way to go. So, we should all congratulate ourselves when tools like this one are made available.

August 9, 2005

Accordance Library 6 Collections

Contributed by guest blogger Ken Ristau

OakTree Software, Inc. 498 Palm Springs
Drive, Suite 100, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701, 2001. http://www.accordancebible.com. (877) 339-5855.

Accordance Library, available at Introductory, Standard, and Premier Levels, is intended for use primarily by lay users with no knowledge of Greek and Hebrew. Most of the modules in these levels are based on public domain texts and available online for free at numerous Bible websites. OakTree, however, adds value to these texts by correcting them, adding mark-up and hyperlinks, and integrating them into a superior bible software program.

Introductory Level. The Introductory Level is a great value; the core program and the parallel databases are alone worth the low cost of $69. The most important research modules at this level are the KJV Bible with Strong's numbers as well as Strong's Hebrew and Greek
Dictionaries, the KJV Dictionary, and Wigram's Hebrew Verb Parsings. These essential primary texts and tools are complemented by several additional reference tools and devotional titles; users can also choose one $30 Bible. I recommend users select a modern Bible, preferably the
NAB, NIV, NJB, or NRSV.

At this price range, the collection, which includes traditional favourites such as Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary and Easton's Bible Dictionary, is quite generous. There are also several useful tools that collect and organize Scripture references: Nave's Topical Bible, Exhaustive Cross-References, Bible Outlines, Classic Bible Passages, Daily Bible Readings, and the Parables and Miracles of Jesus. These tools make it easy to locate Scripture passages and prepare Bible studies. I would, however, like to see the Revised Common Lectionary made available at this level as well as some of the modules of the Accordance Catholic Collection CD-ROM. These additions would correct the Protestant, non-liturgical bias in the collection.

Standard Level. The Standard Level is also a great value at $169. It includes everything in the Introductory Level and adds twenty-five modules. The centrepiece of this level is the NAS95 Group, which includes the modern NAS translation (1995) keyed to Strong's numbers, NAS Notes, and NAS Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries. This group is a contemporary counterpart to the KJV research modules in the Introductory Level. At this level, users can choose two $30 Bibles. Again, I would recommend users choose from the NAB, NIV, NJB, and/or NRSV Bibles.

The Standard Level has improved considerably with the addition of the Bishop and Douay-Rheims Bibles, Smith's Bible Dictionary, Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary, Barnes Notes on the New Testament, Vincent's Word Studies on the New Testament, and Berkhof's Introduction to the New Testament.

OakTree has also added a short essay by Adam Clarke on the Wesleyan doctrine of Entire Sanctification; in my opinion, OakTree should not develop tools such as this one as they add little value to the collection and users can easily import them from the Internet as user tools. In fact, it is misleading to advertise this short essay as a module as many potential users are likely to assume it is a significant resource. Clavis Biblica, also by Adam Clarke, would have been a more substantial and preferred addition to this level. Perhaps, if Clavis Biblica is added in the future, the essay on Entire Sanctification could be turned into an appendix of that work.

The new additions to the Standard Level are complemented by older modules in this level, such as Luther's commentary on Galatians, the JFB Commentary of the Whole Bible, Webster's Revised Unabridged 1913 Dictionary and various other Bibles, reference tools, and devotional classics. On the whole, the improved Standard Level is worth the upgrade from the Introductory Level. There is a strong New Testament bias, however, in this level. I would like to see that offset in future releases with the addition of Barnes Notes on the Old Testament and Keil's Introduction to the Old Testament.

Premier Level. From the Premier Level, I only received review copies of two modules: the Greek New Testament Textus Receptus and Thayer's Lexicon. These resources are both keyed to Strong's Numbers, making them very useful complements to the KJV and NAS Groups. I highly recommend both resources, especially for users accustomed to using Strong's Numbers to work in the original languages. Of course, these two new resources only whet the appetite for more. I hope OakTree will add Strong's Numbers to a Hebrew Old Testament text and the Brown-Driver-Briggs Abridged Lexicon; and perhaps also add them to a Septuagint module and the LEH Lexicon. This will make all the major original language texts of the Bible accessible to all users.

Without a review copy, I will reserve my comments on the rest of the Premier Level, except to suggest some additional modules:

  • City of God by St. Augustine
  • The Confessions of St. Augustine
  • The Bible History Old Testament by Alfred Edersheim
  • The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah by Alfred Edersheim
  • Beyond Words by Frederick Buechner
  • The Sermons of Charles Spurgeon
  • Selected Works of Soren Kierkegaard

In addition to these new modules, I recommend that OakTree split the Selected Works of John and Charles Wesley into two separate modules: the Hymns of Charles Wesley and the Sermons of John Wesley. I also recommend that Accordance remove the St. Patrick of Ireland module from this level. Just like Clarke's Entire Sanctification, it is misleading in my opinion to offer this module; it is too small and adds very limited value to this level.

Final Thoughts. As an aspiring scholar, these sorts of standard, public domain text collections irritate me. Knowing that Bible Software companies are simply responding to the demand, it makes me shudder that so many Christians, especially pastors, would rather refer to Matthew Henry, Adam Clarke, or Albert Barnes than even reformation scholars such as Martin Luther, John Calvin, Huldrich Zwingli, and John Knox (of which only the former two are represented in these collections)--never mind referring to Karl Barth or contemporary theologians and homiliticians. Sadly, this is the state of Christian education in North America. Still, because Accordance actually puts the Bible front and center with its interface and search and amplify features, I, at least, take solace in knowing that those who buy one of the Accordance Library Collections will have, despite some of its resources, a program that can enable and facilitate a greater engagement with Scripture. In short, the Accordance Library 6 Collections are good value packaged with a premier Bible Software program and I can recommend them.

For those interested in learning more about the Accordance software engine, I have a thorough, newly updated review of Accordance 6 on my website. For those interested in a collection of books for Accordance that in general reflect better (still conservative) scholarship, please refer to my previous blog entry on the Essential IVP Reference Collection.

August 11, 2005

iPocketBible

For all you iPod fanatics out there, Laridian has announced the release of the new iPocketBible New Living Translation. This product allows users to actually read and listlen to the complete New Living Translation. Looks really cool. Now I just need the iPod :-)

October 7, 2005

Recent Updates and Releases

I want to give you a general update on some of the version upgrades and new content releases that have taken place over the last few weeks (if you find any glaring omissions, let me know and I'll try to add them to the list):

Accordance 6.8 -
Faster Quartz drawing of smooth text.
Improved copying of pictures.
Support for Speech in the Parsing and Table windows.
Additional keyboard shortcuts for editing text and moving the 3D map.
Upgraded Accordance Widget.

e-Sword 7.7.7 -
A new Scripture Memory tool.
The Commentary verse notes can be browsed using the new toolbar buttons.
Maximized views are maintained at next start-up.
Ctrl+Shift+C will copy the currently selected Bible verses using the formatting defined in the Copy Verses dialog.

Galaxie Software has released the Theological Journal Library vol. 8, which includes the following Journals:
Bibliotheca Sacra (2004)
Trinity Journal (2003)
Master's Seminary Journal (2002)
Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (2004)
Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (2004)
Journal of the Grace Evangelical Society (2004)
Journal of Ministry and Theology (2004)
Reformation and Revival (2004)
Detroit Baptist Seminary Journal (2004)
Emmaus Journal (2004)
Westminster Theological Journal (1938-1948, 2004)
Bible and Spade (1972-1983) - 12 more years of back issues
Christian Apologetics Journal (1998-2000) - New Journal
Reformed Baptist Theological Review (2003) - New Journal
Faith and Mission (1984-1995) - New Journal

GMPSoft (Software With You) has released the Greek New Testament, 4th Revised Edition by the German Bible Society and the OakTree GNT Morphology that includes the lexical form and parsing information for each Greek word in the UBS4/Nestle27 Greek text, along with a brief English definition.

Laridian put out some new modules for both My Bible and PocketBible. I'm referring to Today's New International Version, the New Bible Commentary: 21st Century Edition, the New Bible Dictionary, the New Dictionary of Theology, and the New Dictionary of Biblical Theology.

Logos Bible Software has released quite a few new titles too: Holladay's A Concise Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament, The New International Greek Testament Commentary (12 Volumes), The Works of Philo: Greek Text with Morphology, Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture CD-ROM, Volume 1, Critical Review of Books in Religion (1988-1998), and The Earlier Epistles of St. Paul.

MacSword 2.1.1 -
Better module popups for Tiger
Improved service function
Faster progressive Bible display
Zoom preference settings
Module editing fixes
Fixes some searching issues
Spanish localisation

OliveTree Bible Software has released the Amplified Bible, and The Complete Word Study Bible set.

QuickVerse 2006-
New Search Features (including Enhanced Word Form Search, Thesaurus Search, and Phrase Search)
New Reading Plan Features (New Reading Plans, Morning and Evening, and Parallel Bible)
New Interface Features (Enhanced Look/Feel, QuickVerse Advanced InfoWindow, QuickVerse History, Verse Selection, New Notes, Custom Bible Views)
Ability to Create Personal Books (Unlimited Books, Unlimited Topics, Organize it Your Way, Synchronize Your Books within QuickVerse, Create Hyperlinks)

November 16, 2005

Accordance 6.9

OakTree Software has released version 6.9 of Accordance. The two most important new features of this upgrade are the support for Sylvanus Uncial font (for the display of Codex Bezae - see further below) and new Hebrew tags to support BHS Westminster Morphology 4.4.

New CD-ROMs are also available: Scholar's Collection 6.9, Die Mac Studienbibel CD-ROM (Stuttgart Original Language Collection), and Eerdmans Reference CD-ROM (including 8 Pillar New Testament Commentaries). More detailed information about these products can be found here.

One of the brand new modules included in Scholar's Collection 6.9 (and there are plenty of them!) is a morphologically tagged edition of Codex Bezae. This is an electronic edition of Codex Bezae Cantabrigiensis (Greek column only), edited by Frederick H. Scrivener and published by Deighton, Bell and Co., Cambridge, England, in 1864, with morphological tagging done by Rex A. Koivisto (Multnomah Bible College, Portland, Oregon USA). This is a sneak preview of this important codex (which includes the Gospels and most of Acts) for readers of this blog.

Other new academic modules worth mentioning here are the Apocryphal Gospels (The Greek Apocryphal Gospels, including Latin sections and an English translation, with morphological tagging of the Greek text), Pseudepigrapha (A new translation from the Greek by Craig Evans), Josephus Tagged Greek (Includes the full text of Antiquites, Jewish War, Life, and Apion in Greek. Fully parsed and lemmatized by Aletti and Gieniusz), Philo Tagged Greek (All the extant Greek texts of Philo prepared, lemmatized, and initially tagged grammatically by The Norwegian Philo Concordance Project, extensively revised for Accordance), Philo English (Complete works translated by C.D. Yonge), and Introducing Biblical Hebrew (Hebrew Grammar by Allen P. Ross, for first year studies).

Bible With You Goes Greek

When I reviewed GMPSoft's Software With You, I noted that only the Greek text of the New Testament was available. This is no longer so, I am pleased to say. There is now a Bible Bundle (Greek UBS4) for Pocket PC and Palm OS which includes the GNT with OakTree's lexical and grammatical tagging (i.e., the same found in Accordance for Macintosh). The morphological information and English glosses appear in a pop-up window by tapping on any Greek word. The current version of Bible With You, however, does not allow yet for searching the Greek text. Once that (useful) feature is implemented, I will try to update the original review.

December 16, 2005

Noah Bible Study Viewer with NIV

Laridian has partnered with BEIKS to offer the New International Version of the Bible to users of BlackBerry devices running Noah Bible Study Viewer, which already includes the KJV and other public domain Bibles. More info on this product, its features and system requirements can be found here.

January 5, 2006

iLumina for Handheld Devices

Olive Tree Bible Software has announced the availabitiy of the mobile version of iLumina for both Palm OS and Pocket PC. This excellent multimedia Bible software can now be installed on handhelds. Pretty cool!

January 25, 2006

BibleWorks 7 Has Arrived

BibleWorks is taking preorders for the latest version of its Bible software package, which should be shipping in a matter of days (late January). You can find all the information about new features and contents here. There is also a video introduction available.

All I can say is that I am looking forward to reviewing this new version as soon as I can lay my hands on it.

February 4, 2006

Accordance Atlas Version 2

OakTree Software announces that version 2 of its excellent Accordance Bible Atlas is available.

Here's the list of the new additions:

*High resolution backgrounds: 10 times the resolution in the areas of greatest interest which now lets you zoom in to see the shapes of hills and valleys such as the hills around Jerusalem, instead of square pixels.
* Larger area which now covers more of Italy, Greece, Egypt, and the Persian Gulf. * Modern boundaries of all the states in the region, and major modern cities.
* Addtional sites, routes, and regions.
* New pre-defined layers showing every available route and region.
* Two new topographical backgrounds.

For a short article on how to use the Atlas for Bible study, see here.

April 26, 2006

PocketBible 3

Laridian has just released PocketBible 3.

Some of the new features included in this version are:

Color highlighting - mark the text of any Bible or book with 16 colors, underlining and strike-through. List the verses you have highlighted, all at once or by color.
Continuous synchronization - Bibles, commentaries and other verse-based reference books always stay on the same verse.
Categorized Book Chooser - your PocketBible books are now divided into Bibles, Commentaries, Dictionaries, Devotionals and Other to make it easier for you to find and select the book you want.
Context-sensitive tap-and-hold menus - a faster, more convenient way to copy, highlight, search, add notes, set bookmarks, change books and more.
Find your notes - two new ways to locate verses where you've attached a note: search by any word or phrase or list all your notes.
New Verse Chooser - choose book, then chapter, then verse from a list. Sort books in alphabetical or biblical order.
Continuous text - no more page/chapter breaks.
Gesture-based navigation - tap the top of the screen to scroll up one line, tap the bottom to scroll down one line; tap left to go back one page, tap right to go to the next page.
DailyReader features have been combined into PocketBible 3 - Now you can track your progress through Bible reading plans and devotional books (available separately) right in PocketBible. And instantly reschedule if you fall behind.
Open more than two books at once
Windows Mobile 5 softkey support

A demo version of the product is available, and the upgrade costs $10.00. All PocketBible Bibles, reference books and DailyReader books have been updated to support the new features of PocketBible 3, and current users of PocketBible do not need to repurchase their books.

Incidentally, Memorize! for Pocket PC has also been updated to version 1.5, which adds the ability to import from the new Bibles and support for the Windows Mobile 5 softkeys.

May 1, 2006

Logos Bible Software 3

The new revision of Logos Bible Software is out. Enhancements are too numerous to jot them down here, so your best bet is to check out this page.

I must confess that I'm looking forward particularly to the new Syntax Search feature (i.e., the ability to search syntactically tagged Greek and Hebrew texts for words, phrases, clauses, and so on). You can expect to see a full review here at BSR in due course.

May 24, 2006

Accordance 7

The new version of Accordance Bible Software has just been released. You can read all about its new and enhanced features here.

Update: I thought I was going to be the first in announcing it, but I now see that Ken beat me to it :-)

June 13, 2006

QuickVerse Mac Gold Box Edition

There is a new QuickVerse Mac product available. This God Box Edition includes a substantial increase in the amount of titles offered (see full list here -- Thanks to Michael Z. for the heads-up!), but still no original language texts.

QuickVerse Mac, which has already been reviewed here at BSR, is now a universal binary program, compatible with the newer Intel Macs with Core Duo processors.

June 20, 2006

The Workman's Study Bible 1.2

Due Diligence Software has just released version 1.2 of their Workman's Study Bible. For those familiar with it, some of the new features implemented in this version are the Bible browser, color highlighting, improved statistics, multiple language command line, and greatly expanded searches (punctuation, Strong's numbers, proximity and wildcard searches are now possible).

If you don't know much about this shareware program, you should have the opportunity of reading an interview with one of its developers, as well as a full review, shortly.

June 23, 2006

QuickVerse Mobile 2007

QuickVerse just announced the availability of their new QuickVerse Mobile 2007 for Pocket PC devices. As usual, there are three different editions to choose from: Standard, Deluxe and Platinum. New features include:

  • Prayer Journal: Now track all of your prayers and prayer requests on your PDA – inside QuickVerse! Add detailed descriptive prayer requests, categories, and dates. The Prayer Journal Answer section allows entry for answered prayers, the date, and description. Keep track of your prayer requests and answers on-the-go with QuickVerse!
  • QuickVerse Pictures: Over 250 brilliant high-resolution color Holy Land photos – each is fully captioned and indexed!
  • Word Pronunciations: Over 500 word pronunciations. Hear those difficult Biblical references to insure you know the proper pronunciation!
  • Audio Passages: Over 100 Bible passages! Now hear your favorite Bible passages read aloud on your Windows Mobile Pocket PC or Palm.
  • Universal Bible Highlights: Bible verse highlighting is now universal! Save countless hours of work transferring Bible highlights from one Bible translation to another. Highlight any verse in King James and the Highlight (position and color) is available in the New Living Translation! Highlight any verse in any Bible translation, now it’s available in every Bible translation!
  • Universal Bible Bookmarks: Bible bookmarks are now universal! Save countless hours of work transferring Bible Bookmarks from one Bible translation to another. Mark any verse in King James and the Bookmark (position, category, note text) is available in the New Living Translation! Mark any verse in any Bible translation, now it’s available in every Bible translation!
  • 25 Additional Reading Plans: 25 new daily Bible reading plans! QuickVerse Mobile now comes with over 125 pre-configured reading plans with options including translation selection, reading days, multiple reading segments, duration, and a progress calendar!

July 14, 2006

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!

August 31, 2006

QuickVerse 2007

The latest version of QuicVerse for Windows is now available. New content has been added, but the most important thing seems to be its new features and enhancements. Among them are the ability to save and recall searches, web dictionary support, integrated PDF, Web pages and RSS, the ability to create user books, new reading plans, and enhancements to the Parallel Verse View and synchronization.

Accordance New Library Releases

The updated Scholar's 7, Library 7, Bible Unlock and Bible Reference CD-ROMs have just been released. They include quite a bit of new content (as much as 37 new titles), available in a variety of levels.

More info is available at the official Accordance blog.

September 19, 2006

The NeXt Bible Project

Bible.org has made available a pre-release version of the NeXt Bible web study toolkit, based on the NET Bible. A very nice and helpful web-based Bible research and study tool.

In their own words, "the 'NeXt Bible' project is the next generation of the NET Bible study toolkit and interface for anyone wanting to use the NET Bible in their study of God's word. Here, you can learn, explore, and even participate in building the future!! Help us to help you -- to provide you not only the NET Bible and Trustworthy Bible Study Resources -- but to provide you with innovative Bible study interfaces and tools."

You can read all about it here. This page explains how to use the NeXt Bible. The final release version is expected to be up before the end of the year. Do check it out!

November 13, 2006

SwordSearcher 5

SwordSearcher version 5 is out. This is a major new release, with quite a number of improvements. A 30-day evaluation version of the program can be downloaded here, while the new user manual (PDF file) can also be downloaded from this url.

Brandon Staggs has also made available a new tool that allows advanced users to build modules for use with SwordSearcher. It is called Forge, and it is being released as reeware.

As usual, the official press release can be found in the appropriate section of the Bible Software Review Forum.

January 10, 2007

New Olive Tree Collections

Olive Tree has just released a new series of Bible Study Collections for Palm OS and Pocket PC devices. They are powered by BibleReader, and are fully compatible with previous products from Olive Tree. Current users can upgrade at discounted prices.

February 16, 2007

Grammatical Highlight in Bible Software With You

GMPSoft has released Bible Software With You version 7.23

This new version includes some major enhancements that will be specially appreciated by Greek students.

GMPSoft now offers the standard Greek text of UBS4 with the morphological database developed by OakTree Software (makers of Accordance Bible Software). This is all part of the new Bible Bundle (Greek UBS4). Note that the Greek text is not searchable yet, but all the parsing and lexical information, as well as the English glosses for each NT word are available as a hyperlink.

One recent highlighting feature includes the ability to have all/any grammatical information appear with a different highlight color, background color or underline style whenever the UBS4 text is displayed. A detailed flash demo can be found here.

Version 7 is offered as a free update for users who already own a previous version of the program. It is particularly recommended for those who need to have a morphological version of the GNT on their PDA, but there are other enhancements in the area of bookmarking/highlighting that greatly improve the general value of a very nicely designed product.

I have updated my previous review with some comments on the new features.

March 21, 2007

PC Study Bible 5 Now Available

Biblesoft has announced the release of PC Study Bible 5. This version includes a lot of new content and features. There is a full chart comparing the contents of the newly released libraries.

Of particular interest to many readers of Bible Software Review will be the Professional Reference Library.

May 7, 2007

Accordance 7.2

OakTree has done it again: a point-one update that smacks of a new release packed with great new features.

Here is the official announcement posted to the Accordance Forums:

The latest update to the Accordance application is now available for download. In addition to minor bug fixes and enhancements, Accordance 7.2 offers the following major new features:

* User Bible Import: You can now import your own custom Bible modules into Accordance from a text file!
* Horizontal Resource Palette: You can now choose to orient the Resource palette horizontally rather than vertically.
* Prior and Next Buttons in the Search window: As you navigate to different passages using the Go To Box, or by following a hypertext link, you can now use the Prior and Next buttons to retrace your steps.
* Larger Text Access Buttons: The verse, chapter, and book buttons are now larger, more colorful, and easier to hit with the mouse.
* Highlight Printing: You can now print any color highlighting you've done, as well as the Compare Texts highlighting.
* Polytonic Greek Keyboard Option: Those who are used to entering Greek with the Polytonic Greek keyboard can now customize Accordance to enter Greek using that keyboard layout.
* Custom Tag Arrangement: You can now customize the order in which grammatical tags appear in the Instant Details Box and Parsing window. If you prefer "nominative masculine singular" to "masculine singular nominative," re-order the tags however you like!

In addition to these major features, Accordance 7.2 includes a host of minor improvements. This latest update includes so much, in fact, that we could easily charge for it; but it is free to all users of version 7.0 or above!

Even more new features are listed here. Please download the installer/updater here.

In an upcoming review we'll see just how important these enhancements are. Meanwhile, the official press release can be found at the Announcements section of the Bible Software Review Forum.

August 22, 2007

PocketBible for Windows

As a follow-up to my previous entry, I can now announce that PocketBible for Windows is already available. See full press release here.

Synchronization of notes, bookmarks and highlights between the desktop edition and the different mobile versions (PocketBible for Pocket PC/Smartphone and MyBible for Palm OS) will be possible shortly, as soon as the PDA-based programs are updated.

September 17, 2007

iPocketBible for iPhone and iPod Touch

Those blessed souls who own an iPhone and/or an iPod Touch will want to check out this new release from Laridian.

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