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Navigation tip: Back History in Panels

A customer asks via email: “How can I go back to a verse I was viewing in the Bible panel before I clicked another one?”

Each of the SwordSearcher reading panels (Bible, Book, and Commentary) has a pair of navigation buttons for navigating back and forward through your view history. Separating the navigation history by panel type means that you can navigate independently in each type of library resource.

Also, as shown in the image below, if you right-click a back or forward button, a history of your locations will appear, from which you can select. This example shows my back history list in the Bible panel:

Image of Bible panel back menu

Back menu in Bible panel

The navigation back menu is updated each time you explicitly set the location for a panel, such as by clicking a Bible verse link or typing the reference into the main search bar. The forward history is updated each time you use the back menu, in case you want to return to what you were viewing before using the back menu.

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Version 7.2 Hotfix 4 available

A small, free “hotfix” update is available for SwordSearcher 7.2. This update includes the fixes from the previous hotfix updates, so there is no need to install the previous hotfixes if you haven’t already done so.

This update is recommended for all SwordSearcher 7.2 users.

Open SwordSearcher 7, click the Help menu, and select “Check for updates.” Click the link in the page that loads to download the update and install it. That’s all.​

After running the update, your SwordSearcher version will be 7.2.1.6.

If you are running a version older than 7.2, please go to the Upgrade FAQ page instead.


What is a hotfix?

A hotfix is a small update that fixes specific bugs found after the software was released.

What is fixed in this update?

This free bug fix update addresses the following issues that were discovered after 7.2 was released:

  • Fixed a condition where corrupt module file data on the hard drive could prevent SwordSearcher from starting.

Included from the previous hotfix updates:

  • Fixed bug that could cause SwordSearcher to crash when saving a user module entry.
  • Fixed up/down keys not scrolling text on some systems.
  • Fixed rare crash bugs relating to live spell checking in editor.
  • A few subtle corrections to rendering borders in some windows.
  • Fixed condition where program could freeze when deleting user module.
  • Fixed incorrect daily reading time division for custom reading plans based on daily time desired with certain types of reading segments.
  • Fixed some rare potential crash bugs.

How do I get the Hotfix?

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Open SwordSearcher 7, click the Help menu, and select “Check for updates.” Click the link in the page that loads to download the update and install it. That’s all.​

After installing the update, your version number will read 7.2.1.6.

Again, This hotfix update is for users of 7.2 only. Thank you!

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Tips for Using SwordSearcher with Multiple Monitors

I am often asked how SwordSearcher can be used with multiple monitors. The most common question is whether or not the individual panels can be moved to separate monitors.

Yes!

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SwordSearcher’s layout system is very powerful and highly configurable.

The secret is to enable layout customization on the View menu (or on the layout toolbar drop-down menu). Doing that will put your SwordSearcher layout into a true power-user mode, where you can move the panels around your screen, change where they are docked, and even put panels on different monitors. Then, you can use the save layout function to save your new layout to make it easy to go right back to it any time.

The Customizing the Layout Video demonstrates the details. Take a look!

If you are really adventurous, you may want to experiment with an advanced feature called “auto hide,” which will slide panels off to the edge when you are not using them. It’s disabled by default, and I only recommend this for advanced users. You can read how to use it in the help file here. Have fun!

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Version 7.2 Hotfix 3 available

A small, free “hotfix” update is available for SwordSearcher 7.2. This is the third hotfix for version 7.2 and addresses a bug that could cause SwordSearcher to crash when saving a user entry. This update includes the fixes from Hotfix 1 and 2, so there is no need to install the previous hotfix if you haven’t already done so.

This update is recommended for all SwordSearcher 7.2 users.

Open SwordSearcher 7, click the Help menu, and select “Check for updates.” Click the link in the page that loads to download the update and install it. That’s all.​

After running the update, your SwordSearcher version will be 7.2.1.4.

If you are running a version older than 7.2, please go to the Upgrade FAQ page instead.


What is a hotfix?

A hotfix is a small update that fixes specific bugs found after the software was released.

What is fixed in this update?

This free bug fix update addresses the following issues that were discovered after 7.2 was released:

  • Fixed bug that could cause SwordSearcher to crash when saving a user module entry.

Included from Hotfix 2:

  • Fixed up/down keys not scrolling text on some systems.
  • Fixed rare crash bugs relating to live spell checking in editor.
  • A few subtle corrections to rendering borders in some windows.
  • Fixed some other rare potential crash bugs.

Included from the previous Hotfix 1:

  • Fixed condition where program could freeze when deleting user module.
  • Fixed incorrect daily reading time division for custom reading plans based on daily time desired with certain types of reading segments.
  • Fixed some rare potential crash bugs.

How do I get the Hotfix?

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Open SwordSearcher 7, click the Help menu, and select “Check for updates.” Click the link in the page that loads to download the update and install it. That’s all.​

After installing the update, your version number will read 7.2.1.4.

Again, This hotfix update is for users of 7.2 only. Thank you!

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Version 7.2 Hotfix 2 available

A small, free “hotfix” update is available for SwordSearcher 7.2. This is the second hotfix for version 7.2 and addresses a few more minor problems that have been reported recently. This update includes the fixes from Hotfix 1, so there is no need to install the previous hotfix if you haven’t already done so.

This update is recommended for all SwordSearcher 7.2 users.

Open SwordSearcher 7, click the Help menu, and select “Check for updates.” Click the link in the page that loads to download the update and install it. That’s all.​

After running the update, your SwordSearcher version will be 7.2.1.3.

If you are running a version older than 7.2, please go to the Upgrade FAQ page instead.


What is a hotfix?

A hotfix is a small update that fixes specific bugs found after the software was released.

What is fixed in this update?

This free bug fix update addresses the following issues that were discovered after 7.2 was released:

  • Fixed up/down keys not scrolling text on some systems.
  • Fixed rare crash bugs relating to live spell checking in editor.
  • A few subtle corrections to rendering borders in some windows.
  • Fixed some other rare potential crash bugs.

Included from the previous Hotfix 1:

  • Fixed condition where program could freeze when deleting user module.
  • Fixed incorrect daily reading time division for custom reading plans based on daily time desired with certain types of reading segments.
  • Fixed some rare potential crash bugs.

How do I get the Hotfix?

2015-05-01_14-17-50

Open SwordSearcher 7, click the Help menu, and select “Check for updates.” Click the link in the page that loads to download the update and install it. That’s all.​

After installing the update, your version number will read 7.2.1.3.

Again, This hotfix update is for users of 7.2 only. Thank you!

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SwordSearcher works on Windows 10

A few days ago, Microsoft began rolling out free Windows 10 upgrades to the public. I’ve received several emails asking if SwordSearcher works on Windows 10.

Yes!

A screen shot of SwordSearcher 7.2 running on Windows 10

SwordSearcher 7.2 running on Windows 10

The current version of SwordSearcher (7.2) has been tested on preview releases of Windows 10 over the course of the last several months, and tested with the final public release as well. There are no known problems using SwordSearcher 7.2 on Windows 10. So if you want to upgrade to Windows 10 and just want to be sure that SwordSearcher will continue to function, there’s nothing to worry about. If you do an in-place upgrade and keep your apps and settings, SwordSearcher will continue to “just work,” your settings will stay the same, and any user books and commentaries you have will still be there.

Please note that only the current release of SwordSearcher is supported on Windows 10.  Previous versions may not be completely compatible. If you are not sure what version of SwordSearcher you have, or want to know how to upgrade, please open SwordSearcher, go to the Help menu, and select “Check for Updates.” Or head on over to the Upgrade FAQ.

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Using the Find Related Verses tool (video)

Cross-referencing is the most powerful and reliable method of understanding verses, because it allows the Bible to speak for itself.

SwordSearcher contains many tools to enable comparison of Scripture with Scripture.

One of these is the Find Related Verses tool. This video demonstrates how you can use this feature to develop your own cross-references on any passage.

Watch the video here.

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Version 7.2 Hotfix 1 available

A small, free “hotfix” update is available for SwordSearcher 7.2.

This update is recommended for all SwordSearcher 7.2 users.

Open SwordSearcher 7, click the Help menu, and select “Check for updates.” Click the link in the page that loads to download the update and install it. That’s all.​

After running the update, your SwordSearcher version will be 7.2.1.2.

If you are running a version older than 7.2, please go to the Upgrade FAQ page instead.

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Video quick-tip: How to search for punctuation in the Bible

SwordSearcher supports powerful search “tokens” including Boolean operators like the exclamation point (to find a verse that does NOT have the word), and the wildcard character question mark.

So then, how do you search for actual punctuation characters using SwordSearcher, since those characters have a special meaning to the search engine?  It’s easy. This video demonstrates how to use the “character string search” function to search for punctuation or any other exact sequence of characters in the Bible.

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Do you use Webroot and have trouble with copy and paste?

Occasionally I will get a support question from a customer who is unable to use the Windows clipboard with SwordSearcher or is unable to copy-and-paste their download information from their purchase email.

After many hours spent, both by me and by my customers, the “root” of the problem has been discovered: Webroot Identity Shield.  Apparently, one of their methods of securing a system is to disable the Windows clipboard for “unknown” applications. This questionable measure would not be such a problem except that absolutely no indication whatsoever is given that Webroot has disabled basic Windows functionality on your behalf, so you are left wondering why nothing happens when you press CTRL+V. Indeed, many customers of Webroot have literally spent hours and hours trying to figure this out.

The authorization code that you are sent when you purchase the download delivery of SwordSearcher is best copied, not typed.  If you are using Webroot and you are unable to get the paste feature to work in the setup downloader, you may need to temporarily disable Webroot Identity Shield.

And once SwordSearcher is installed, you will also need to add SwordSearcher as a known/allowed application in order to prevent Webroot from interfering with the Windows clipboard functions of the software.

I am sorry for this inconvenience, but I have absolutely no control over this.

Know that you are not alone. Other Webroot users have wasted countless hours trying to diagnose this problem, as this poor guy did. As you can see here, this is a fairly common issue among Webroot users, and is not limited to SwordSearcher.

This post on the Webroot forum might be helpful in changing your settings.

So far, only users of Webroot seem to have to deal with this problem. I have not yet seen other anti-virus programs interfere with basic Windows clipboard functionality.

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