SwordSearcher 7.1

Seems like I have really settled in on an annual major update cycle for SwordSearcher.

Version 7.1 is done now.

Here’s a quick summary. New features include:

  • A highly flexible and intelligent Bible Reading Schedule System
  • Passage Analysis Tool
  • Faster library tab access
  • User module editor enhancements (direct paste image support, etc)
  • More copy style options

Three new library modules:

More info here.

Alexander Scourby in Bible Software

Alexander Scourby is as-yet unmatched in his skillful narration of the King James Bible. The best MP3 set available is from AMG Publishers.  If you don’t have it, get it — it’s only $12.

The new SwordSearcher 6.1 supports integrating Alexander Scourby’s Bible narration right into the software. I made a video demonstrating this.

The Scourby recordings are quite old, so the quality isn’t exactly “digital master.” But they are still very easy to listen to. The AMG CD set (containing MP3 files) is the best quality you’re going to find. There is a more recently “re-mastered” MP3 set of the recordings, but the remastering is ham-fisted and clunky, so I don’t recommend anything other than the AMG CD set.  And again, it’s cheap!

But if you’re looking for an alternative to Scourby, Max McLean did an excellent job reading the Bible too. And you can integrate that into SwordSearcher as well!

Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

SwordSearcher 6.1 Released; adds audio Bible support

Today I released version 6.1 of my Bible software, SwordSearcher.

New to this version is tight integration of audio Bibles. You can import your MP3 Bible so that it’s playable in the Bible panel (with scrolling text), and if you’re using the excellent AMG Publisher’s Scourby Narration, you’ll have verse-level playback (not just chapter-based), individual verse highlighting during playback, and you can also play verse lists. More info on audio Bible support here.

Also, as usual, there are a bunch of new library resources, including the often-requested Bullinger Companion Bible Notes and Appendixes.

Perhaps the most important library update, however, is the newly Expanded Treasury of Scripture Knowledge. A lot of work went into this “completion” of the TSK. Check out the link for details.

More information on the new version is available here and here.