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An Update on the BibleWorks 9 and Mac Announcement

The folk at BW9 write (in clarification of yesterday’s announcement)

We’ve just been informed of license restrictions that force us to amend yesterday’s email announcement.

If you obtain the BW9 Mac Public Preview through our webstore by 10/15/2012, there will be no fee for it. After that date users will have to pay a nominal fee of $6 to obtain the BW9 Mac Public Preview. This is due to license restrictions that we did not understand before the initial announcement was made. We will absorb the nominal fee for users who obtain the Mac Public Preview by 10/15/2012. This does not affect Mac users running BibleWorks outside of the Mac Public Preview.

To implement all of this, we’ll have to offer the Mac Public Preview through our webstore. It should appear there by early next week. If you already downloaded the Mac Public Preview check the Mac info page early next week for updated instructions on how to get your free activation code for the Mac Public Preview.

We’re sorry for this inconvenience. It’s important to us that we keep our word (Psa. 15:4). We’re very excited about this opportunity to provide our Mac users with another way to run BibleWorks at a low cost.

If you purchased any BibleWorks product as a result of yesterday’s announcement and this arrangement is not acceptable to you, please contact us, and we will refund your order.

Thanks for bearing with us and for your support for our work. May we all be used to fill the earth with the knowledge of the Lord.

The BibleWorks Team

So, Mac devils, take note.

BibleWorks on a Mac

Jim Barr writes

BibleWorks is announcing today that users can download a FREE installer that allows Mac users to run BibleWorks on their machines. I thought you might want to post this on your website/blog. NO VM software required! NO Windows license needed! If you have the latest BW9 DVDs (rev 3), there is no additional cost to run the native version of BibleWorks 9 on a Mac. Registered users with earlier BW9 versions can purchase replacement rev.3 DVDs for $25.

This will give users the following three options:
OPTION #1 — Running the Native version of BibleWorks on a Mac
OPTION #2 — Running BibleWorks on a Mac in a Virtual Machine
OPTION #3 — Running BibleWorks on a Mac using Boot Camp

To assist our users we launched several web pages detailing each option. They include screenshots, videos and other information to allow users to see which option works best for them.

Please go to http://www.bibleworks.com/content/mac.html

I’m happy to pass along word, as I’m sure many others are as well.

BibleWorks 9 On the Tablet PC

Doubtless others will mention this too but the folk at BibleWorks have got edition 9 working in a tablet PC edition.  You can watch a demo video –

That’s pretty cool really.

A Nice Video Explaining Good Reasons to Upgrade to BibleWorks 9

Featuring that Jim Barr kid.  Nicely done indeed-

As I’ve said before, and still maintain as practice- when I do exegesis I start with BibleWorks and then turn to Logos for a good chunk of secondary literature. Then, just so you know (because I’m sure you’re curious) I use the resources in E-Sword and finally all the print stuff I have in my library that’s relevant for the passage under consideration.

BibleWorks 9 is exceedingly useful.

The Bibleworks 20th Anniversary Winners Have Been Announced

And they don’t include Joel or myself.  But that’s probably because our diddy’s were horrible.  Check out the winners and runners-up (and congrats to the contestants who managed to outwit, outlast, and out-maneuver the rest).

Thanks, Logos and BibleWorks

I try to be an ethical person.  As ethical as I can be anyway.  So I don’t use pirated stuff and I only buy software from legitimate sources and I always try to be very careful about software licenses and their proper implementation.

So, having loaded BibleWorks 9 and Logos 4 on the new desktop machine I was about to uninstall them from the laptop (because most software only permits installation on one computer).  But I decided to search the respective forums and have discovered, to my delight, that both allow installation on multiple computers so long as the user is one person.  Since I’m one person and no one else uses my computers, I think that applies!

So thanks, to both of you, for allowing the installation and operation of your tools on more than one machine.  I appreciate it.

The New Machine is Up to Date, Fully Armed, and Fully Equipped

I’ve spent this morning (when I wasn’t cleaning the house or piddling around at Starbucks) uploading modules for BibleWorks 9 and installing fonts from Tyndale Tech and adding in foreign language keyboards.

The machine is up to date, fully armed, and fully equipped (except for Luther’s Complete Works which is on an old Libronix disk and I have no clue how to add it in without messing everything up in Logos 4- and that, after the process I’ve already endured, I’m not willing to do).

Here’s a photo of the new equipment, which is very, very fast and very very nice.

I know this will sound strange but what I especially like is the 8 in 1 card slot and the wheel-less mouse.  Somehow or other the mouse just knows, via some sort of light beam, where my hand is taking the cursor.  It’s magic!

BibleWorks 9 at SBL

You can, if you attend, enter to win a copy of BW 9. Believe you me, you’ll want to.  Here’s their flyer-

BibleWorks 9 Problem

Okie dokie here’s the scoop-  I’ve been trying, in vain, to get BW9 to display all of the occurrences of the Hebrew word  עַלְמָ֗ה, in the OT but to no avail.

I highlight the word as required and select ‘search phrase’- and here’s the result:

So, looking at the ‘search results display’ I discover that it’s apparently looking not in the OT but in the Hebrew New Testament.  So I try in vain to change the ‘search results display’ but the help file is no help.

Huh?  I intentionally de-selected the Hebrew New Testament to make sure that it wasn’t looking there and here’s the result-


Any suggestions, you BW9 people?  How can I search the OT when I want to search the OT and not have some unwanted version included, clouding the results?

Download Adolf Deismann’s ‘Bible Studies’

Now here’s a good one!  Again, for use in BibleWorks 9.

… Adolf Deissmann’s famous book Bible Studies. Deissmann, of course, is famous in being part of the “new era” of New Testament Greek study which drew upon discoveries of papyri and inscriptions in order to better understand New Testament Greek in light of the overall historical and cultural landscape of the Greek language.

In order to get modules to work, be sure to do the following:
Step 1. Download the file as found on this page.
Step 2. Unzip the file into your databases subfolder of BibleWorks
Step 3. Right click on the CHM file (it’ll look like all other HTML help icons), go to Properties and make sure the box for Block is unchecked. (If you’re using Windows 7, the Properties box will be a bit different. Press the button that says Unblock. (see Jim West’s blog).
Step 4. Start up BibleWorks and the module is available either through the Menu system (under Resources) or in the Analysis tabs.

Western Seminary Is Giving It Away

It being a copy of BibleWorks 9. You should enter. You’ve got nothing to lose and something useful to gain.

(And no, before you ask, the Seminary wasn’t named after me. Though it should have been).

West-urn became West-ern became Western.

Connect with us on Facebook/Twitter to enter to win Bibleworks 9! Western Seminary will be giving away one free copy of Bibleworks 9! How do you enter? Simple. (1) If you are on Facebook connect to us here. (2) If you are on Twitter follow us here. If you are connected to us through one or both of these already then you’re already entered! The contest will end the morning of October 14th and we will choose one winner that afternoon. This contest is not open to the staff or faculty of Western Seminary. … Read More

via The Western Seminary Blog

I Need Some Help With Logos 4

I need to know how to:

1- Set the default setting to two panes.  Whenever I open up to a passage I have way more than two and I want to know how to set it to two panels and I want to decide what’s in those two panels when they open.


2- Search phrases.  In Bibleworks 9 searching a phrase is simple- I just highlight it, right click, and ‘search phrase’.  To this point I haven’t found that on Logos 4.

If you know how to do these things or know of a help page describing the steps, I’d appreciate it.  (Frankly searching for particular help on specifics like these on the Logos site is pretty time consuming and the search phrase I am using must not be computer lingo-ish enough).

Logos 4: My Recommendation to Logos Software

Yesterday Cliff mentioned the impending availability of the Duke Papyri collection from Logos, for free.  I signed right up, having Logos 3 and having used it for a long time.

Alas, I learned later on that Logos 4.3 is required for using the new, free resource.   Dismayed, I shared with Cliff via Twitter that such was the case.

He replied that I could in fact download the ‘core’ of Logos 4.3 for free, which I did (though it took most of the night- it’s a 1.5 gigabyte file and I’m on simple DSL).

It auto-installed once it was downloaded and when I checked it this morning I was really pleasantly surprised and pleased.  It’s a vast, vast improvement over Logos 3.  Night and day, actually.

 The welcome screen

the exegetical screen

I’m so impressed that I’m going to buy the upgrade package.  And here’s my recommendation to Logos:

1- Prominently display the link to the Logos 4 core download on the home page under something like ‘try it out before you buy it’.  If everyone else is as happy with it as I am I’m fairly sure they will have considerably more purchases.

2- Publicize the free download on the Logos blog and elsewhere.  Trying to find it on the Logos site isn’t the simplest thing and frankly I never would have known about it if Cliff hadn’t told me on the Twitter.  Get the word out.  Literally.

As I mentioned in a recent review of BibleWorks 9, it’s my go to resource for exegetical work in terms of biblical studies software.  As I also mentioned, the strength of Logos is its huge collection of secondary literature.  I still think that’s true.  But Logos 4 is much better for exegesis than Logos 3.  And that’s a certainty.

Combined, the resources for exegesis in BibleWorks 9 and the (mainly) secondary resources available in Logos 4 ‘have it all’.

I guess what I’m saying is, you probably need both.  Skip lunch at McDonalds for a couple of months and get both.

Having Fits and Going Insane: Installing User Modules for BibleWorks 9 in Windows 7

Here’s the tale:

1- I downloaded a number of the cool user modules available for BibleWorks.  They’ve got some awesome free stuff.

2- I’ve followed the instructions for installation.

3-  Step 3 was a little confusing:

Step 3. Right click on the CHM file (it’ll look like all other HTML help icons), go to Properties and make sure the box for Block is unchecked.

4- Here’s a screenshot

5- So clicking on properties brings up this:

In Windows 7 there is no box to check or uncheck.  Rather, there’s a box to click and then one has to click ‘apply’ on the bottom right.  If one looks for a box with or without a checkmark in it one may well end in despair and insanity.

Other users of BibleWorks using Windows 7 may want to take note.  Just FYI.

BibleWorks 9: Maps

Too much cannot be said of the map modules BW9 contains.  First, there are a number that users can choose from:

The images and remarks below are all based on the BibleWorks map module.  First, then, this powerful map-set contains tons of information.  Images can be selected from a wide variety of perspectives (note the box in the upper right) :

Scrolling down the list of choices, users can select locations mentioned in all of the biblical books.  I selected for this example the places mentioned in Matthew:

If you enlarge the image you can see the sites at a distance.  Zooming in (note the top bar towards the left) the sites become even more visible:

Adding John in to the mix along with Mark and Luke, it becomes quite evident that John is far more ‘geographically concerned’ than the Synoptics, referencing numerous places which the Synoptics do not.

Another brilliant aspect of the utility is the ability to identify sites by archaeological era.  Note the selection box again on the right and the sites selected from that period.

One can also zoom in to any site one wishes and a pop up box indicates latitude, longitude, variant spellings for the site name, and Hebrew and Arabic names.  So I chose to zoom in on Gath (in honor of Aren) :

And all that merely from the BibleWorks map module.  The others are also loaded with data.  The person researching the Bible needs such tools.  That they are conveniently located in this package makes it even more useful and valuable.

Are the maps perfect?  No.  The resolution deteriorates the further one zooms in.  But that’s to be expected.  This isn’t Google Earth and it doesn’t have street view.  Perhaps in the future it will, when PC’s have millions of gigabytes of storage space.

BibleWorks 9: Lexicons and Grammars

Another very useful aspect of the program is its inclusion of major lexica and grammars for both Hebrew and Greek (and Aramaic of course).  Enlarge the image below to see a list of the Hebrew Grammars-

When you go to any particular text in the Old Testament and click on it, the resources panel on the right fills up with lexical and grammatical (as well as exegetical) materials.

However at this point a difficulty arises.  If users click on Genesis 1:1, for example, the materials appear as indicated.  Clicking on v2, though, results in no change in the panel on the right.  In order to effect change, so that the resources available for the new verse appear, one has to click on any tab in the panel and then go back to the first tab titled ‘summary’.  Then the new verses’ resources engage.

There may be another way to get the resources for the new verse one’s working to show up in the right panel, but I don’t know what it might be.

Clicking on any item in the right panel opens up that resource. So here, for instance, is the entry on ‘earth’ in Brown-Driver-Briggs:

And here’s Holladay’s entry on ‘Elohim’:

J-M’s grammar – when selected- takes users directly to the relevant page discussing the verse at hand:

Users can, as well, access these lexica and grammars apart from their connection to specific passages making it possible to read through them or utilize them for wider research purposes.

Though I’ve focused on the Hebrew grammars and lexica, there are Greek as well:

All quite useful.  BW9 includes so many useful tools.

There are weaknesses, though, as I’ve indicated above.  And doubtless there are resources which some will want included and there are resources which others would like left out.  But on the whole, the ‘editors’ (or compilers or programmers or whatever they’re called) have done a really brilliant job of selecting many of the top notch resources which, ‘sold separately’, would be very expensive indeed (if even available at all).

BibleWorks 9: Versions

Another very, very useful piece of the program is the huge selection of versions.  A whole range of Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic, and Latin texts are available but there are even more of many other major and minor languages.

Given my own preferences, I’m going to highlight the German versions:

You counted them right, there are 12 different German editions.  Including the best of the lot, the Zurich Bible!

These versions are accompanied by notes as well so that users aren’t simply given the bare text.  This is fantastically useful.

The program is a veritable wonderland of exegetical treasures.  To be sure, many of these materials are also found in BW8.  But the additional materials (and especially the text critical tools) make upgrading (or purchasing outright) more than sensible.

This is the ‘pearl of great price’ which, a man finding, goes and sells everything in his house so he can acquire it.

BibleWorks 9: Searching

The brilliance of the program is most plainly evidenced, I think, in its search capacity.

Simply highlight a phrase (in any language- it works for all the installed bible editions) and on the left panel a listing of every occurrence of that phrase in the opened text.  This is particularly useful if you’re curious about the use of a certain phrase or word in a particular author.  How does Paul use μη γενοιτο?  That’s easily discovered and the search takes a mere fraction of a second to complete.

Further, if your work takes you to the Aramaic version of the Old Testament, you can discover the frequency and form of the Divine Name (and anything else that you may wonder about).

Hover your mouse over the word you want to learn and the definition pops up, along with important information concerning its forms and functions.  This allows readers to learn a lot of vocabulary and a lot of forms and to either acquire great competence in the languages or sharpen their skills in them.

Finally, when you’re reading along in poetic texts like Job where lots of words are unfamiliar (because seldom used in the entire Bible) a simple hover will divulge lexical information for those unusual words.  You can, again, search phrases simply by highlighting and right clicking.

BW 9 is a remarkable, powerful, useful, and simple program for searching words, phrases, meanings, and all those things which make exegesis possible.  Switching between versions is similarly simple and there are a LOT of versions (both ancient and modern).

Searching texts for a whole range of purposes has never been simpler.

BibleWorks 9: And Yet, Something’s Missing

In BibleWorks 8 users could download and install a copy of the SBL Greek New Testament.  That edition isn’t however, available in the new BibleWorks 9 software.

click to enlarge

I don’t know if it will be made available for download for BW9, and I also don’t know if the BW8 version would work if I downloaded it.  I may well give it a try (and hope that it doesn’t muck anything up).

BibleWorks 9: Installation

BW 9 arrived as promised today and before it did an email with unlocking codes also arrived.   Along with the materials unlocked with the installation of the program the additional codes allow me to access a number of recent English translations of the Bible along with the numerous included in the base installation.

Installation was itself quite an easy process.  First, however, users are advised to uninstall any previous version of BibleWorks which may be on their machine.

Once the installation starts running, unlocking codes are required.  At this point it seems prudent to unlock all of the materials for which you have codes so that the process of unlocking doesn’t have to be repeated.  I entered the main code and the biblical versions codes and the 3 disks all loaded in about 15 minutes.

Once setup is accomplished a restart is necessary and the user’s guide also advises a check for any updates to the software online.

All in all, the process is simple and even the least experienced computer user can manage it without any issues arising (and if they do, the user’s guide is a great help).

I’ll play around inside the program and offer a review in numerous parts in due course.  Stay tuned.