Published: December 13th, 2008
Over at Fostertribe, Jerry announces the completion of his round of Bible software reviews. What started as an overview of free and inexpensive applications became a series of 13 reviews of different packages and ended up with 3 more (already reported here) and now the remaining 4 (La Parola, Alkitab Bible Study, SwordBible and Bible Analyzer). All in all, quite a lot of work.
I’ve had some people ask me whether Jerry’s reviews are related in any way to BSR. The short answer is “No.” Despite the potentially misleading title of the page where his reviews are hosted (“Bible Software Review”), there is no relation whatsoever. I simply link to his reviews because I feel they can be of interest to readers of this site and weblog, but linking does not mean full endorsement. He has a different kind of readership in mind and – very important point – he only reviews Windows programs.
Obviously there is some overlap in our reviews, but you will soon find out that we aim at different things, and that our opinions differ on certain issues and ratings. Nevertheless, I appreciate his insights and think they are quite helpful. Anyone who takes upon themselves the task of reviewing Bible software has my respect. I know all too well what a difficult, challenging, and often thankless task this is!
Published: November 28th, 2008
There is now a new section available for reviewing shareware Bible programs. The first review I have posted deals with a little known gem: Workman’s Study Bible.
If you feel comfortable using a command line and keeping your fingers on the keyboard most of the time, appreciate a minimalist approach to user interfaces, and like a really powerful search engine, you will love this program.
Published: November 24th, 2008
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.
Published: November 22nd, 2008
I have just posted a new review of Bible Analyzer 3.5, a great freeware application for Windows and Linux users. It is a program I enjoy using, and it has great potential. I hope Tim Morton continues to improve it.
If you like it, please consider ordering the CD-ROM at the dirt-cheap price of $18 + $3 shipping.
Published: November 19th, 2008
Jerry Foster has updated his Bible software reviews with the addition of three more programs, PocketBible for Windows, PC Study Bible, and BibleSpeak. I think you will find them interesting.
Published: November 18th, 2008
World of Apple carries a very extensive review of Accordance 8. Its author, Dee Dee Warren, does a very thorough job, and if you leave a comment you can win a free Library 8 Introductory Level package (priced at $99), which isn’t bad at all.
It’s good to see other people writing comprehensive reviews. Now, who said my reviews were long…?
Published: November 17th, 2008
Mark Vitalis Hoffman (more commonly known online as MGVH), has posted an analysis of the mapping resources found in the new QuickVerse 2009. The review focuses particularly on the new integration between QV’s maps and Google Maps. I recommend you check it out.
Published: September 29th, 2008
Lee Eclov writes a short side-by-side review of five Windows Bible software programs (i.e, PC Study Bible Version 5: Professional Reference Library, BibleWorks 7, Logos Bible Software 3: Scholar’s Library: Gold, Quickverse 2008: Platinum Edition and The Teacher’s and Pastor’s Library 6.0 for Windows — Pradis). Take a look!
Published: September 29th, 2008
Mark Vitalis Hoffman has posted the first installment of a Review of Accordance 8 on a PC. He has not covered Accordance as such yet (except for some preliminary installation issues), but he makes some comments on the installation and setup of the emulator Basilisk II.
There is one very important point I feel I should make up front. I have always thought that running Accordance under emulation is always better than not running it at all, but if is unfair to Accordance for the simple reason that the emulator is far from perfect.
Mac users can choose between different commercial and freeware emulators that allow them to run the latest versions of Windows or Linux at basically native speed. The user experience is the same, and applications can be used just as they would on a PC box. Unfortunately, this is not the case with Mac emulators on the Windows side. Basilisk II is probably the best emulator available, but it pales in comparison with running a real Mac computer. To put things into perspective, running Accordance 8 under emulation would be roughly equivalent to trying to run Logos or BibleWorks under Windows 3.1. In other words, you can run Logos or BibleWorks on a Mac as your production machine and you won’t be missing anything. But when you run Accordance on a PC you are missing out. It is not Accordance’s fault, it’s the emulator’s, and that’s why I said at the beginning that is wasn’t really fair.
By all means, do try Accordance on a PC under emulation if you want to, but keep in mind that Basilisk II has a number of limitations, and it does not run Mac OS X. The documentation provided by OakTree software is very clear and thorough, but it is often the case (as Mark tells us) that you need to reinstall the emulator in order to get it just about right. This requires some effort and patience, and by the time you reach that point you may feel a bit frustrated (again, nothing to do with Accordance). That’s why I always recommend running the program on a real Mac.
I look forward to what Mark has to say about Accordance, but sadly (for PC-only users, that is) what he has already experienced with the emulator shows that Windows and Linux virtualization on a MacIntel is light-years away from Mac virtualization on a PC. So please keep that in mind.
Published: September 25th, 2008
Olive Tree‘s BibleReader for the iPhone and iPod Touch has been reviewed at the Touch Rundown blog (via OliveTreeBible). It’s great to have Olive Tree on Twitter, BTW!