Rick Meyers, author of e-Sword, has kindly agreed to answer a few questions in the wake of the release of e-Sword HD for iPad. He’s extremely busy at the moment, so I doubly appreciate his willingness to make himself available to us. What follows is an unedited version of our “conversation.”
Bible Software Review: What led you to create an iOS version of e-Sword and why is it only available for iPads?
Mobile/Tablet O/S Share
Market Share of iOS 63.5%
Market Share of Android 21.0%
Market Share of Java ME 9.3%
Market Share of BlackBerry 1.8%
BSR: I can hear the voice of many Android users asking themselves, We’ll we ever see an Android version of e-Sword?
RM: MySword is pretty good and has access to all of the many user group modules.
BSR: I know quite a few people who get confused with names like e-Sword, MySword and The Sword Project. Is there any relationship between e-Sword and the other two?
RM: You forgot SwordSearcher Only our relationship we share in Christ!
BSR: e-Sword has a very large and active user base. In fact, one of its great strengths is the impressive amount of user modules available in every conceivable language. How is all this going to fit with the current “official-modules-only” approach of e-Sword HD?
RM: Version 1.0 cannot have everything! I am currently working with Josh Bond and others to integrate the massive user group module library.
BSR: Given the fact that e-Sword has traditionally been considered freeware, how did you come to the conclusion that you were going to charge $4.99 for the iPad app? Is this a change in your philosophy as a Bible software developer?
RM: e-Sword is still free, so no change there. Everyone who begged me to create an iPad app said they would pay for it. So I made the large investment in development costs to create the app, thus I am holding them to their word
BSR: Since Bible Software Review has a certain academic edge to it, could we expect to see any Greek and Hebrew resources soon? What about the ability to search Greek and Hebrew?
RM: I already have Greek texts working quite nicely, but there is even more that I wanted to do with the texts so I chose to hold off until the next update.
Thank you very much!