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WORDsearch 9 Added to Comparison Chart

Posted: Monday, December 21, 2009 (4:00 pm), by John W Gillis


5 WORDsearch Versions

I updated my WORDsearch versions comparison matrix last night to include the current release of the new WORDsearch 9. Hopefully, this will requiring further update very soon, as there are a couple of significant bugs in version 9.0.1.88 that I sure hope are cleared up quickly.

WORDsearch 9 Released: Initial Impressions

Posted: Wednesday, December 9, 2009 (2:07 am), by John W Gillis


WORDsearch 9 was released Monday, roughly two years after the release of version 8. This is the third release of WORDsearch developed on the Bible Explorer platform for CROSS eBooks. Long-time WORDsearch users who have been waiting for a return of the search results management genius of the old Ref List will not find what they’re looking for, but some significant improvements have been made to version 8 nonetheless.

The biggest improvement, by far, was a complete reworking of the window syncing mechanism. In the two previous iterations of WS, as in Bible Explorer, each window (for books organized on a book-chapter-verse structure, such as Bibles, commentaries, outlines, etc) had a sync button, which could be turned on or off by the user – a general preference setting would determine which state the window originally opened in. Every book which was synced would cause all other synced books to follow along with it as it changed context.

In WS9, there are now four distinct sync groups to which any sync-capable window can be sg01 assigned, meaning that certain windows can be synced to each other, while other windows can be synced together in a different context. This multi sync-group functionality would be familiar to users of Logos. However, WORDsearch also introduced an optional driver/slave mode, similar to how Pradis managed its sync groups – but WS9 allows the user to manage the driver status directly from each window, instead of launching a dialog box. With a driver window defined in a sync group, only the driver window will cause the other windows synced to it to change context – the slave windows can be moved around in without affecting any other windows, and will then re-sync to the driver window when the driver window changes context.

Also new is the ability to designate a Bible window as an xref target window (again, familiar to Logos users). This is a major improvement over the unpredictability of WS8 when clicking links, and is made even more useful when the target window is joined to a sync group.

Another long-overdue improvement in WORDsearch is support for a NOT operator in search strings, which is entered as ANDNOT.

sdiag01 Searching, in general, has become a bit friendlier, because of several subtle changes to the Search dialog interface that make it easier to find and select books to search. The Search box finally supports the ability to type <> delimiters, which allows the user to use one or more Strong’s numbers in the main search string (as opposed to using the special "Strong’s #" search dialog, which will only accept a single number).

Also new are options to automatically include plurals of English nouns, and various forms of English verbs. A new Spelling Helper applet on the search dialog box can help eliminate bogus searches due to spelling errors, as well as generating lists of available words in the selected resources. These extra helps are not quite as robust as the similar features in QuickVerse, but they should prove to be useful.

WS9 introduces the concept of the Carousel, which allows the user to define a set of frequently-used books of particular types (Bibles, commentaries, and dictionaries, roughly speaking), which will always be available to "flip" to from a similar window type, with a single mouse-click or keystroke. As you flip from favorite to favorite using the Carousel, the contents of the books will attempt to sync to the preceding favorite, though it’s hard to do that consistently with dictionary-type books.

In prior versions of the WS Verse List, the entire text area was "hot" for triggering sync events, and any time you clicked on a verse or passage in a Verse List, every window with syncing turned on would move to the verse you’d selected in the VL. In WS9, only the reference itself is "hot" for syncing; you can select the text of a verse without triggering a window sync. Furthermore, VLs now have Sync buttons, meaning syncing can be turned off altogether, or a specific sync group can be chosen. Clicking a "hot" area (ref) in a VL that is un-synced will drive a "target Bible" window to display the verse in the context of the translation defined by the VL ref link, making it easy to find the range of the passage you may want to expand your verse result into.

The Cross Reference Explorer (XRE) has been markedly improved from it’s initial iteration in WS8. There is now a Cancel button to kill unintended searches. Multiple hits for a reference within a single page/section are now collapsed into a single entry in the search results, with a (#) indicating how many hits are available on the page. The tree control for results has also been improved to require less mouse-clicking to get to your results.

XRE search hits in books (not user docs, unfortunately) are now highlighted in the content pane WS9 Cross Reference Explorer(making the tool MUCH more useful), and the content pane now automatically scrolls so that the first hit is visible – usually.

Bible Notes are also now searchable by the XRE – functionality that was always selectable in WS8, but never worked. This is a great way to create your own inverse cross-reference resource.

One of the key capabilities lost in the transition from WS7 to WS8 two years ago was the ability to create links in documents to sections of books. This capability has returned in WS9, and it is extremely simple to do – unlike the multi-step process involving bookmarks in WS7. WS9 also provides a simple interface for creating links to Biblical passages within documents and Bible Notes using plain text for the link (as opposed to Biblical references, which continue to automatically generate links to Biblical passages).

Fans of Inductive Bible Study – among others – will appreciate the new ability to assign labels to any or all of the dozen highlighting colors available, though I believe highlighting would be far more useful for Bible study if it were supported within Verse Lists. Another nice touch in WS9 is that highlighting can be applied now as either traditional highlighting, or as colored underlining.

The Instant Verse Study tool can now be populated using a Collection, and the Copy button now makes it very clear that content is only being copied to the clipboard, requiring the user to paste it wherever he wants to use it. Collections are much easier to use in this version, and a Manage Collections window has been provided. A Library Manager tool allows the user to hide unwanted books, and the SmartLink scripture popups will no longer position themselves so low on screen they cut off text.

On the downside – and avoiding complaining about what the program doesn’t do – several significant problems either persist, or were introduced with this release.

[Update: the problem described in this paragraph has been fixed in a maintenance release.] Searching MyDocuments for text – one of the potential deal-makers that could set this program in a class by itself among its competitors in this respect – has gone from blowing up whenever it encounters a malformed HTML file, to blowing up whenever it encounters a PDF file that is not an HTML file. Needless to say, no PDF file is an HTML file, and if you’re like most people these days, and you have PDF files (which WS has supported since WS8 as library resources), then document searching is utterly broken for you. The original problem goes back at least to WS7 – probably to the earliest versions of Bible Explorer – and the function is rendered worse than useless at this point. Search will not even return results from CROSS books if there is a PDF file in the search path.

[Update: the problem described in this paragraph has been fixed in a maintenance release.] Similarly to the initial release of WS8, support for Personal Notes for non-Bible books has vanished from this release. When WS8 was released, even the icon for Notes was gone from the windows, but it is still there in WS9 – it just doesn’t do anything. It remains to be seen whether they will make a comeback in WS9, like they did in WS8, but there was a hue and cry two years ago when they disappeared, and I can’t imagine the user response will be any different this time around.

I’m finding changes to the Search Results display a bit hard to adapt to (I’ve been using WS9 in beta sr901 for several months). There’s more of a tree structure now, and there is a pronounced focus on how results are distributed among the books of the Bible. That’s all terrific in theory, but there is no way to segregate results from multiple translations – they are treated independently within the results for each book of the Bible, but I sorely miss being able to scroll through the full results of each queried translation independently. I also miss the hit numbering, which has disappeared from the left-hand column. I understand what they were trying to do, and I’d like to see them refine it, but this screen looks more like a rough draft than a finished piece of work.

Welcoming webEdit

Posted: Wednesday, September 2, 2009 (11:08 pm), by John W Gillis


So, it’s back to school time. I remember July being a blur of Russian and English, but I have no idea what happened to August. I suspended my own school work during the month so I could circle back to some earlier material in my Principles of Biblical Studies course that I felt I had glossed over too lightly, and I managed to get outlines generated of the five books of the Pentateuch, but I didn’t get much further than that, and I’m now staring at a new month, and need to get back on-track with the lessons, so I can complete the course on time.

I was using some of the great resources available in WORDsearch to help me put those outlines together, and I got a little frustrated (not for the first time) with the limitations of the internal word processor (WYSIWYG HTML editor, really), in combination with the drawbacks of using an external word processor in conjunction with the Bible Study program, and I started getting itchy to find something that would work better than either of those two options.

So, I started hunting (again, not for the first time) for a stand-alone WYSIWYG HTML editor that would offer a little more functionality than the internal WORDsearch wp – primarily a ‘view source’ mode, though other GUI-based layout tools would also be useful. Yet again, I was not able to find anything that worked for me (though I’ve since begun looking seriously into amaryllissoftware’s Selida), so I instead started looking into building a web-based tool that I could run from my website, which I could then access and use from within WORDsearch by utilizing the internal IE-based browser! I spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out how to get one working effectively, and while it’s still far from ready-for-primetime, I was able to use my little webEdit tool to build my outline for Deuteronomy this week.

If I’d be willing to set my sights low, I could be done with the project quickly, but I keep coming up with additional functionality that I want to roll into it. I’m tempted to open up the app to the public (specifically, to the WORDsearch user community), but I would have to incorporate authentication so I could implement security. That’s the only way I could allow people to upload pictures to include in their docs. Another option would be to develop a version that users could host on their own computers running under Microsoft’s built-in http server service, but I’m using PHP to do a lot of the backend stuff, so folks would need to install PHP on their computers as well, and I haven’t had a lot of luck getting PHP to run properly under Windows with IIS – maybe it was just me. I need to get this behind me soon, though…

WORDSearch Releases HCSB Reverse-Interlinear

Posted: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 (11:15 pm), by John W Gillis


HCSB Reverse Interlinear from WORDSearchWORDSearch released a reverse-interlinear based on the HCSB last week, further extending their original language capabilities with this translation. I wish I liked the HCSB better as a translation, because I really like WORDSearch as a study environment, and this looks like a very useful tool.

As far as I know, this is only the 3rd interlinear commercially released in a “reversed” format, which orders the text according to the translation rather than the manuscript, making it easier for novices, in particular, to work with the interlinear text. It joins the two very popular reverse-interlinears released by Logos a couple years ago (the ESV, and the NT of the NRSV). The Logos tools, however, are only available as part of base packages (although they’re included in almost all of them now, which I don’t think was the case before – I could be wrong). The WORDSearch HCSB reverse-interlinear is available as a stand-alone purchase, and is very nicely “upgrade” priced for those who own the standard WORDSearch Greek and/or Hebrew interlinears. The list price does seem quite pricey for those who don’t qualify for an “upgrade,” however, though it’s pretty common to have some “sale” or another going on.

WORDsearch Versions Comparison Updated

Posted: Saturday, December 27, 2008 (5:26 pm), by John W Gillis


Versions

I’ve updated my WORDsearch Versions Comparison page to account for the new Interlinear viewing capabilities in WS8, as well as to do some general cleanup.

HCSB 2nd Edition Released by WORDsearch (with Strong’s coding!)

Posted: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 (9:33 pm), by John W Gillis


WORDsearch yesterday released a revised version of the Holman Christian Standard Bible for use on their Bible Study platforms. This is a free update for existing HCSB license holders, and replaces the previous version on their download server.

This is a hugely improved study resource, as the text is now tagged with Strong’s numbers, providing easy access to the meanings of underlying Greek or Hebrew words using the Strong’s Dictionary, or other compatible lexicons. The HCSB joins the KJV and NASB (and an interlinear) as Strong’s-tagged English translations available on WORDsearch’s CROSS platform. It is, to the best of my knowledge, the only Strong’s-tagged edition of the HCSB on the market. I’m not crazy about the HCSB, but I’m delighted to have another tagged Bible to work with – this is a big step in the right direction.

Another pleasant surprise is the large number of cross references that have been included with this text – far  more than had been available previously. Currently, these are only accessible by expanding footnotes within the Biblical text in a standard Bible window, but hopefully they will also be made available in a stand-alone xref window, as was the case with the previous edition of the HCSB in CROSS.

Finally, this is not just an apparatus upgrade. This release also appears to include a significant revision of the translation, which has been said to be in the works for some time, planned for a 2009 release. This was a very quiet revision release, as I can find no references to it on any Holman/Lifeway web site. It’s entirely possible that WORDsearch got an advance copy of the updated text to work with, and that a widely available updated text will soon be announced by the copyright holder. There is no indication from the WORDsearch side that the “update” actually includes a significant revision of the Biblical text, but it surely does.

At the risk of throwing cold water on this, it should be pointed out that since this updated HCSB will replace (overwrite) the original version, it may make for some confusion for WORDsearch and/or Bible Explorer users who preach from the HCSB, since their electronic study text will differ significantly from their hard copies. It might have been nice to be able to keep both editions available (like the NASB versions), at least until people can replace their hard copies.

Below, I’ve provided a table comparing changes in Ephesians from the original edition (left column) to this 2008 update just published in CROSS (right column). Looking just at Ephesians, I found that 46 out of the 155 verses in the book have changes in this revision – some of them non-trivial. That’s not counting an additional handful of verses with only punctuation changes or a conjunction added/dropped.


2003 HCSB

2008 HCSB

Ephesians 1:1 (HCSB)
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by God’s will: To the saints and believers in Christ Jesus at Ephesus.

Ephesians 1:1 (HCSB)
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by God’s will: To the faithful •saints in Christ Jesus at Ephesus.,

Ephesians 1:7 (HCSB)
7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace

Ephesians 1:7 (HCSB)
7 We have •redemption in Him through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace

Ephesians 1:11 (HCSB)
11 In Him we were also made His inheritance, predestined according to the purpose of the One who works out everything in agreement with the decision of His will,

Ephesians 1:11 (HCSB)
11 We have also received an inheritance in Him, predestined according to the purpose of the One who works out everything in agreement with the decision of His will,

Ephesians 1:13 (HCSB)
13 In Him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation—in Him when you believed—were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 1:13 (HCSB)
13 When you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and when you believed in Him, you were also sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 1:18 (HCSB)
18 [I pray] that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the glorious riches of His inheritance among the saints,

Ephesians 1:18 (HCSB)
18 ?I pray? that the perception of your mind may be enlightened so you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the glorious riches of His inheritance among the saints,

Ephesians 2:2 (HCSB)
2 in which you previously walked according to this worldly age, according to the ruler of the atmospheric domain, the spirit now working in the disobedient.

Ephesians 2:2 (HCSB)
2 in which you previously •walked according to the ways of this world, according to the ruler who exercises authority over the lower heavens,, the spirit now working in the disobedient.

Ephesians 2:4 (HCSB)
4 But God, who is abundant in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us,

Ephesians 2:4 (HCSB)
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us,

Ephesians 2:5 (HCSB)
5 made us alive with the Messiah even though we were dead in trespasses. By grace you are saved!

Ephesians 2:5 (HCSB)
5 made us alive with the •Messiah even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace!

Ephesians 2:6 (HCSB)
6 He also raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavens, in Christ Jesus,

Ephesians 2:6 (HCSB)

6 Together with Christ Jesus He also raised us up and seated us in the heavens,

Ephesians 2:7 (HCSB)
7 so that in the coming ages He might display the immeasurable riches of His grace in [His] kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 2:7 (HCSB)
7 so that in the coming ages He might display the immeasurable riches of His grace through ?His? kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 2:8 (HCSB)
8 For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift—

Ephesians 2:8 (HCSB)
8 For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift—

Ephesians 2:11 (HCSB)
11 So then, remember that at one time you were Gentiles in the flesh—called “the uncircumcised” by those called “the circumcised,” done by hand in the flesh.

Ephesians 2:11 (HCSB)
11 So then, remember that at one time you were Gentiles in the flesh—called “the uncircumcised” by those called “the circumcised,” ?which is done? in the flesh by human hands.

Ephesians 2:12 (HCSB)
12 At that time you were without the Messiah, excluded from the citizenship of Israel, and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, with no hope and without God in the world.

Ephesians 2:12 (HCSB)
12 At that time you were without the Messiah, excluded from the citizenship of Israel, and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.

Ephesians 2:15 (HCSB)
15 He did away with the law of the commandments in regulations, so that He might create in Himself one new man from the two, resulting in peace.

Ephesians 2:15 (HCSB)
15 He made of no effect the law consisting of commands and expressed in regulations, so that He might create in Himself one new man from the two, resulting in peace.

Ephesians 2:17 (HCSB)
17 When [Christ] came, He proclaimed the good news of peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.

Ephesians 2:17 (HCSB)
17 When ?the Messiah? came, He proclaimed the good news of peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.

Ephesians 2:21 (HCSB)
21 The whole building is being fitted together in Him and is growing into a holy sanctuary in the Lord,

Ephesians 2:21 (HCSB)
21 The whole building, being put together by Him, grows into a holy sanctuary in the Lord.

Ephesians 2:22 (HCSB)
22 in whom you also are being built together for God’s dwelling in the Spirit.

Ephesians 2:22 (HCSB)
22 You also are being built together for God’s dwelling in the Spirit.

Ephesians 3:10 (HCSB)
10 This is so that God’s multi-faceted wisdom may now be made known through the church to the rulers and authorities in the heavens.

Ephesians 3:10 (HCSB)
10 This is so God’s multi-faceted wisdom may now be made known through the church to the rulers and authorities in the heavens.

Ephesians 3:11 (HCSB)
11 This is according to the purpose of the ages, which He made in the Messiah, Jesus our Lord,

Ephesians 3:11 (HCSB)
11 This is according to His eternal purpose accomplished in the Messiah, Jesus our Lord.

Ephesians 3:12 (HCSB)
12 in whom we have boldness, access, and confidence through faith in Him.

Ephesians 3:12 (HCSB)
12 In Him we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him.

Ephesians 3:14 (HCSB)
14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father

Ephesians 3:14 (HCSB)
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father

Ephesians 3:16 (HCSB)
16 [I pray] that He may grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man,

Ephesians 3:16 (HCSB)
16 ?I pray? that He may grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power in the inner man through His Spirit,

Ephesians 3:18 (HCSB)
18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth [of God’s love],

Ephesians 3:18 (HCSB)
18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth ?of God’s love?,

Ephesians 3:20 (HCSB)
20 Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think—according to the power that works in you—

Ephesians 3:20 (HCSB)
20 Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us—

Ephesians 4:10 (HCSB)
10 The One who descended is the same as the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.

Ephesians 4:10 (HCSB)
10 The One who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.

Ephesians 4:21 (HCSB)
21 assuming you heard Him and were taught by Him, because the truth is in Jesus:

Ephesians 4:21 (HCSB)
21 assuming you heard about Him and were taught by Him, because the truth is in Jesus.

Ephesians 4:22 (HCSB)
22 you took off your former way of life, the old man that is corrupted by deceitful desires;

Ephesians 4:22 (HCSB)
22 You took off, your former way of life, the old self, that is corrupted by deceitful desires;

Ephesians 4:24 (HCSB)
24 you put on the new man, the one created according to God’s [likeness] in righteousness and purity of the truth.

Ephesians 4:24 (HCSB)
24 you put on, the new self, the one created according to God’s ?likeness? in righteousness and purity of the truth.

Ephesians 4:29 (HCSB)
29 No rotten talk should come from your mouth, but only what is good for the building up of someone in need, in order to give grace to those who hear.

Ephesians 4:29 (HCSB)
29 No foul language is to come from your mouth, but only what is good for building up someone in need, so that it gives grace to those who hear.

Ephesians 4:30 (HCSB)
30 And don’t grieve God’s Holy Spirit, who sealed you for the day of redemption.

Ephesians 4:30 (HCSB)
30 And don’t grieve God’s Holy Spirit. You were sealed by Him for the day of •redemption.

Ephesians 4:31 (HCSB)
31 All bitterness, anger and wrath, insult and slander must be removed from you, along with all wickedness.

Ephesians 4:31 (HCSB)
31 All bitterness, anger and wrath, shouting and slander must be removed from you, along with all malice.

Ephesians 5:5 (HCSB)
5 For know and recognize this: no sexually immoral or impure or greedy person, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of the Messiah and of God.

Ephesians 5:5 (HCSB)
5 For know and recognize this: Every sexually immoral or impure or greedy person, who is an idolater, does not have an inheritance in the kingdom of the Messiah and of God.

Ephesians 5:6 (HCSB)
6 Let no one deceive you with empty arguments, for because of these things God’s wrath is coming on the disobedient.

Ephesians 5:6 (HCSB)
6 Let no one deceive you with empty arguments, for God’s wrath is coming on the disobedient because of these things.

Ephesians 5:18 (HCSB)
18 And don’t get drunk with wine, which [leads to] reckless actions, but be filled with the Spirit:

Ephesians 5:18 (HCSB)
18 And don’t get drunk with wine, which ?leads to? reckless actions, but be filled by the Spirit:

Ephesians 5:19 (HCSB)
19 speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music to the Lord in your heart,

Ephesians 5:19 (HCSB)
19 speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music from your heart to the Lord,

Ephesians 5:23 (HCSB)
23 for the husband is head of the wife as also Christ is head of the church. He is the Savior of the body.

Ephesians 5:23 (HCSB)
23 for the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of the body.

Ephesians 5:24 (HCSB)
24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so wives should [submit] to their husbands in everything.

Ephesians 5:24 (HCSB)
24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so wives are to ?submit? to their husbands in everything.

Ephesians 5:25 (HCSB)
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as also Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her,

Ephesians 5:25 (HCSB)
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her

Ephesians 5:26 (HCSB)
26 to make her holy, cleansing her in the washing of water by the word.

Ephesians 5:26 (HCSB)
26 to make her holy, cleansing her with the washing of water by the word.

Ephesians 5:27 (HCSB)
27 He did this to present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but holy and blameless.

Ephesians 5:27 (HCSB)
27 He did this to present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or anything like that, but holy and blameless.

Ephesians 5:28 (HCSB)
28 In the same way, husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.

Ephesians 5:28 (HCSB)
28 In the same way, husbands are to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.

Ephesians 6:7 (HCSB)
7 Render service with a good attitude, as to the Lord and not to men,

Ephesians 6:7 (HCSB)
7 Serve with a good attitude, as to the Lord and not to men,

Ephesians 6:9 (HCSB)
9 And masters, treat them the same way, without threatening them, because you know that both their and your Master is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with Him.

Ephesians 6:9 (HCSB)
9 And masters, treat your slaves the same way, without threatening them, because you know that both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with Him.

Ephesians 6:16 (HCSB)
16 In every situation take the shield of faith, and with it you will be able to extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one.

Ephesians 6:16 (HCSB)
16 In every situation take the shield of faith, and with it you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

Ephesians 6:18 (HCSB)
18 With every prayer and request, pray at all times in the Spirit, and stay alert in this, with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints.

Ephesians 6:18 (HCSB)
18 Pray at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request, and stay alert in this with all perseverance and intercession for all the •saints.

Ephesians 6:21 (HCSB)
21 Tychicus, our dearly loved brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will tell you everything so that you also may know how I am and what I’m doing.

Ephesians 6:21 (HCSB)
21 Tychicus, our dearly loved brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will tell you all the news about me so that you may be informed.


ESV Study Bible for WORDsearch Released

Posted: Wednesday, December 3, 2008 (10:29 pm), by John W Gillis


WORDsearch released the ESV Study Bible in CROSS format today, for use with either their WORDsearch products, or their free Bible Study program, Bible Explorer 4. This should be a hot-ticket item, as the paper-bound ESV Study Bible has been very well received since its release, which was less than two months ago. I find it surprising – and encouraging – that the work is being made available in ebook versions so soon after initial publication.

WORDsearch looks to be the first electronic publisher to get the ESV Study Bible out the door. The work is currently being discounted to $33.33 on the WORDsearch website. The list price shows up at $49.95, which seems a bit steep, but you never know how the licensing costs are working behind the scenes.

I haven’t had the chance to check this out yet (I’ll be happy to report back when I have), but I presume that, unlike the paperbound editions,  this book will consist of the study notes, articles, maps, and cross references, but not the ESV text itself. Of course, it will have the ability to sync with the ESV – or any other translation, or even other books of study notes, or commentaries. For some reason, I thought the ESV itself was “free in BE” on their website, but it looks like a $29.95 purchase on-line. However, I believe you can pick it up for $9.95 if you use the “get more Bibles” interface in InstaVerse, which suggests to me that you could also get it for that price by calling WORDsearch sales.

[Update: I see today (Dec 5th) that Biblesoft has the ESV Study Notes available for PC Study Bible as well. The pricing, both list and discount, is essentially identical to WORDsearch. JWG]

[Update2: (Dec 18th) I saw today that Oak Tree Software now has the ESV Study Notes available for Accordance. The pricing, at $40, splits the difference between the list and “sale” prices of the other two vendors, though it’s not clear to me if the Accordance price is introductory or not. One big advantage to implementing these study notes on the Accordance platform would be that they have the ESV available in an edition with Strong’s tags, which would seemingly make for a much richer study experience with these notes. JWG]

Closing Out October…

Posted: Friday, October 31, 2008 (11:58 pm), by John W Gillis


So, October draws to a close. It’s been a very quiet month on maybetoday.org. I wish I could say that I’ve accomplished a lot here or there, but the truth is I’ve been quite run down this month. I did spend a chunk of time mapping out some ideas for how WORDsearch might be improved moving forward, but it’s hard to think of anything else significant I’ve managed to do in my free time this month.

I will confess to watching much of the Red Sox’ attempts to progress through the baseball playoffs, which certainly cut into my time to accomplish any work after-hours. I think the late hours of these games, driven by MLB’s desire to maximize cross-country viewership for the sake of advertising rates, seriously compromised my ability to function mentally during those weeks when I was watching, and I’m only now beginning to catch up.

My body is so very different than it was before I had the heart attack – I don’t know if that’s a function of changes in my body itself, or of the effects of the medications I’m on now, or some combination, but it’s impossible at this point for me to deny that I simply cannot withstand the same kind of bodily stress that was such a chronic part of my routine existence just a couple of years ago. If I die young, it will not be from lack of understanding of what’s been killing me, but rather from a lack of resolve to deal with it prudentially. Lord have mercy.

WORDsearch Versions Comparison Published

Posted: Sunday, August 31, 2008 (11:48 pm), by John W Gillis


At long last, I’ve completed and published a chart comparing the functional differences between the current WORDsearch 8 version, the previous major release (WORDsearch 7), so-called classic WORDsearch (WORDsearch 5), and the current version of WORDsearch’s free Bible Explorer 4 application.

I originally intended it as a tool to help people trying to decide whether to upgrade to WORDsearch 8 from either WORDsearch 7 or Bible Explorer, but the addition of a column comparing the functionality of classic WORDsearch adds an interesting wrinkle to the equation.

See the page here.

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