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Re: Bible Searching Program
« Reply #15 on: December 24, 2004, 04:37:55 AM »
Just got SwordSearcher two days ago ...
Wow, its great ...
Worth the $40

Just the fact that Tony Warren uses it, you can add notes, and it comes with excellent commentaries like Burket and Jamieson-Fausset-Brown is good enough for me. And after reading of all the features including instant Greek definitions, I'm ordering Swordsearcher myself. I don't think the price is excessive at all.

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Re: Bible Searching Program
« Reply #16 on: February 05, 2005, 03:45:19 PM »
I'm looking for suggestions for good modules to download for the E-Sword Bible Study program.

What are some good Bibles, Commentaries, Dictionaries and Lexicons  you like and don't like - and maybe why.

Whcih do you use most often?

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Re: Bible Searching Program
« Reply #17 on: February 06, 2005, 03:14:06 AM »
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What are some good Bibles, Commentaries, Dictionaries and Lexicons  you like and don't like - and maybe why.

While I have everything available in English, I use the KJV+ (Strong's Concordance), LITV, MKJV, ALT, and YLT Bibles.

Commentaries are sometimes helpful, I look at JFB, Matthew Henry, Adam Clarke, Albert Barnes, PNT, and Gill.

More helpful are Vincent's Word Studies (VWS), Treasury of Scripture Knowledge (TSK), and Robertson's Word Studies.

As Dictionaries go, I use Vine's, Easton, Hitchcock, Nave's Topical, Smith's, Thayer, and Torrey's and a few others, Vine's getting the most usage.

I also use the Online Bible and have been since it was just a DOS program. 

The real strength of these programs are the ability to do searches and compare the English, Greek, or Hebrew words and Strong's numbering to investigate related verses and words quickly. Comparing verses seems to comprise about 90% of its usefulness and the other 10% is reading the commentaries and word helps.

If you only had the KJV+ Bible, Vines, VWS, TSK, and Clarke or Gill to download, you'd be doing pretty well.

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Re: Bible Searching Program
« Reply #18 on: February 06, 2005, 05:22:18 AM »
John,

Thank you very much! That was very helpful!

How about the Scofield? Do you ever use it for anything at all?

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Re: Bible Searching Program
« Reply #19 on: February 07, 2005, 09:35:40 AM »
John ,

As an afterthought, why do you like Vine's dictionary over the others? I find Vine's to be biased toward dispensationalism - or at least Pre-mil.

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Re: Bible Searching Program
« Reply #20 on: March 05, 2005, 05:16:00 AM »

Hi everyone. I'm torn between getting e-sword and swordsearcher. Which one do you think that I should get? I'm a beginner in this and don't really know the ins and outs of it. Thanks for your assistance.

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Re: Bible Searching Program
« Reply #21 on: March 05, 2005, 12:19:53 PM »
I use e-sword for 7 years. I have no problem with it. 

Why not you try both and play with them for a while before you can decide to keep one of them. 

Both programs have its own advantages and disadvantages, depending on perference.

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Re: Bible Searching Program
« Reply #22 on: March 05, 2005, 01:55:32 PM »

Hi everyone. I'm torn between getting e-sword and swordsearcher. Which one do you think that I should get? I'm a beginner in this and don't really know the ins and outs of it. Thanks for your assistance.

Joanne,
  It all depends. If you are short on funds, get E-sword. You can't beat the price because it's free and it's servicable. On the other hand, I guess you know the old saying that you get what you pay for? Because of the mechanics, e-sword is hard on your hard drive. So if you can afford a few dollars, I would recommend that you get Swordsearcher instead. I've used both and there is no comparrison for search quality, options, speed, ease of database and support. It has all the bells and whistles of programs costing hundreds.

As a personal note, I also I don't like the layout of E-sword, and it's esthetics leave a lot to be desired. It's very unprofessional looking. But there is little wrong with it functionally, so if that's the best you can do, it will be fine.

Try them both and see what I mean. Swordsearcher is a much more professional program.

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Re: Bible Searching Program
« Reply #23 on: March 12, 2005, 04:31:40 AM »

Hi everyone. I'm torn between getting e-sword and swordsearcher. Which one do you think that I should get? I'm a beginner in this and don't really know the ins and outs of it. Thanks for your assistance.


It sounds like there are two camps here. Those who use E-sword, and those who use Swordsearcher. They both seem to be good programs. I fall into the Swordsearcher camp because it's a better program, quicker, stable on different platforms, and I'm use to using it.

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Re: Bible Searching Program
« Reply #24 on: April 09, 2005, 11:13:56 AM »
Are there any Bible search programs and tools for the Mac?

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Re: Bible Searching Program
« Reply #25 on: April 09, 2005, 12:57:30 PM »
Are there any Bible search programs and tools for the Mac?


My advice would be to put your Apple on Ebay.com and use the money to get a real computer that is compatible with the new tech and popular software  ;)

But I know how you apple users are loyal to a fault and swear by them, so the next best thing is

QuickVerse Mac

http://www.quickverse.com/shopfiles/product_details.asp?ID=41168

At $100.00 to start it's not cheap, but is the most intuitive and Mac-embracing Bible study software on the market.

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Re: Bible Searching Program
« Reply #26 on: September 05, 2005, 12:04:03 PM »
I'm afraid that the Mac version of QuickVerse (White Box version for $50) just released is pretty stinky. It has at least one big bug.

The biggest annoyance is that the verse search feature  just does not work properly, often giving completely wrong results, type in a verse or series of verses and the results are often not the verses searched for.

There are no font choices, just one type of font.

Tech support is nonexistent I have sent several support requests to them over past few weeks, and all I get back are form emails acknowledging that I sent a request and they will get back to me. Well, they never get back to me.

Will possible future updates fix QuickVerse for Mac?  Who knows.

I also do not recommend the famous Accordance, it is too expensive, and I find its interface unfriendly. It's modular approach is annoying & help run up your expenses.

I recommend the free MacSword. Although also modular, it is drag and drop simplicity.

http://www.macsword.com/

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Re: Bible Searching Program
« Reply #27 on: January 01, 2006, 02:51:16 PM »
They have updated QuickVerse for Mac and the update works much better. Searching seems to work normally now.

It is now worth considering for Mac users. I think the black box version is too expensive, the white box version is around $50 and has more than enough. Actually, you only really need the KJV anyway in my opinion. Only serious gripe is lack of font choices.

For best freeware program, get MacSword.

If you want more features than MacSword , then QuickVerse for Mac (white or black box version) seems ok now.

P.S. I think Accordance is too expensive & frankly I find QuickVerse easier to use than Accordance.

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Re: Bible Searching Program
« Reply #28 on: March 25, 2006, 05:10:13 PM »
To all my fellow users of the "Best Bible Study and Search Program" barr-none, SwordSearcher!

There is a new Update for the Swordsearcher program that significantly improves memory management and the performance of the program. Especially on older computers like mine. And of course, as usual it's a free download. Just log on the website and download the update and run it.

 For those of you who don't have the program yet, I recommend that you try out the shareware version. It has everything, the CD is outstanding and Brandon is constantly improving the program. Not to mention the most courteous and best bible believing Christian programming it in Brandon Staggs. Can you believe it, he actually answers mail ;)

Lots of new commentaries have been added.

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Re: Bible Searching Program
« Reply #29 on: November 13, 2006, 09:26:43 AM »
New version of the best Bible seraching program ever has been released!

SwordSearcher Bible Software Version 5.0 Released

SwordSearcher 5.0 is a major new version. Significant
improvements to the program, user interface, and the library have
been made in this release.

If you have a SwordSearcher 4 Deluxe CD-ROM, you can get the new
5.0 Deluxe CD-ROM at a significant discount.  See
http://www.swordsearcher.com/upgrade.html for details.

New customers can order here:
http://www.swordsearcher.com/order.html

A complete list of additions and improvements can be viewed here:
http://www.swordsearcher.com/revhist.html

Questions about upgrading from version 4 to version 5? See:
http://www.swordsearcher.com/upgrade-faq.html

Here are a few of the additions and changes:

* Added John Gill's Exposition of the Bible commentary.
* Added Chronologies and Harmonies book module.
* Added Clarence Larkin's commentary on Daniel and Revelation.

* User interface improvements:

  New docking system allows user to completely customize
  configuration of the display panels. Three pre-set layouts are
  defined, and the user may enable layout customization to move
  panels in any desired configuration, including floating a panel
  off of the main display window.
 
  Now supports multiple Verse Lists and Library Search Result
  panels. By default, new searches open new panels, allowing
  simultaneous view of different searches.
 
  Added Quick Bible Search box to main toolbar. Also, when using
  the Quick Bible Search toolbar, if one word is entered and not
  found in the active Bible, SwordSearcher will present
  alternatives. For example, typing "savior" into the Quick Bible
  Search toolbar with the KJV active will offer to search for
  "saviour" instead (the correct spelling of the word in the
  KJV).

* Search system improvements:

  Added "English Stemming" search option to find all forms of a
  word.
 
  Added "Fuzzy Matching" search option to find words that are
  close matches, such as colour = color.

  Added complete support for boolean expression searches and
  modifier tokens to apply specific search options, such as case
  sensitivity or fuzzy matching, to specific words in a search.
 
* Library improvements:

  Commentary and book modules support all new search functions
  described above.
 
  Entire library is now pre-indexed to support fast searching of
  any or all commentary and book modules. The "Full Reference
  Search" function from 4.8 has been replaced with a "Full
  Library Search" function. Library search results are loaded in
  a results panel similarly to Verse Lists.

* General improvements and changes:

  Various updates and changes to support Windows Vista.

  Completely revised help file and manual.

  There have been numerous performance enhancements and minor bug
  fixes not listed here.

* Forge for SwordSearcher is now available. Forge is a free
  module-build tool for creating SwordSearcher modules without
  using SwordSearcher's internal user editor.

Version 5 of SwordSearcher implements significant improvements to
the user interface and searching functions of the software, with
refinements based on rigorous testing by a group of Bible
students, pastors, and teachers.  We're confident these
improvements to SwordSearcher will greatly increase its value to
you as a Bible study tool.

-Brandon Staggs
http://www.swordsearcher.com

Brandon Staggs
PO Box 140478
Broken Arrow, OK 74014
United States


 


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