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New video quick-tip: Expand to Chapter in Commentary Panel.

Sometimes you will want to be able to “read through” a chapter of commentary text continuously. This video demonstrates using the “Expand to Chapter” feature of the Commentary Panel in SwordSearcher, which loads all of the commentary entries from a chapter at one time. Watch the video here.

This is an enhancement in the new version 7.2 release.

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SwordSearcher 7.2 Released

I am pleased to be able to announce the release of SwordSearcher version 7.2.

If you’re already a SwordSearcher user you can read upgrade details here.

Here’s a details list of what’s new in 7.2 (since 7.1). The complete revision history is also available here.

Library Additions:

  • Williams’ Exhaustive Concordance of Bible Numbers [book: jgwNumbers]
    Teach Us To Number. Every number mentioned in Scripture, from zero, through fractions, to infinity; all organized in a thorough concordance and easy to reference. By J. G. Williams, Copyright 2012.
  • James Ussher’s Annals of the World [book: juAnnals]
    A Bible-honoring history of the world, from the creation of man through 73 AD, organized by year.
  • F. W. Grant’s Bible Notes (commentary from the Numerical Bible) [commentary: FWGrant]
    Expository Notes from the Numerical Bible.

New features and improvements:

  • Speed improvements:
    • Significant speed improvements on main search bar suggestion list population.
    • Significant speed improvements to any phrase searches in library (any module type). This extends to any functions that rely on phrase matching (such as some of the StudyClick pop-up hint windows, etc).
    • Speed improvements to library search result panel text loads with previews taken from very large entries.
    • Book or Commentary quick-search can be aborted.
    • Faster loading of panels from global “go to verse” setting, etc.
  • Improvements to Commentary panel:
    • In-panel expanded view of multiple entries:
      • New “expand to chapter” toolbar button in the commentary panel automatically shows all entries from the chapter. This is an easy way to read though commentary text on a whole chapter.
      • Manual entry of verse ranges in the commentary panel entry selector is also possible (up to a full chapter can be shown).
      • Highlighted module tabs in commentary panel work with expanded multi-view as well, and switching between commentary tabs maintains the current verse range.
      • For official (Deluxe Edition Library) commentary modules, multi-entry view is optimized to remove “see comment on, commentary continues on, etc” placeholders.
    • Improvements to commentary entry selector and drop-down list scroll position, especially when viewing an empty entry in the commentary panel.
    • Commentary entry title list honors custom abbreviations.
  • Verse reference tag display (and copy/export) improvements:
    • “Psalm” is used instead of “Psalms” unless it is a reference to the title of the entire book.
    • Reference tags omit chapter number (1) for books with only one chapter (Jude, etc).
  • New copy/export formatting options:
    • Added Superscript number option to copy/export formatting styles i, j, k, and l.
    • Added “All Italics” option to copy/export formatting; forces the entire output to be in italics.
  • Additional MP3 Bible support and improvements:
    • Added support for Hendrickson Scourby DVD and CD audio file names AND verse-level synchronized playback. See help file for details on linking MP3 Bibles in SwordSearcher. You can purchase this MP3 Bible on Amazon or from Hendrickson.
    • __MACOSX folder filled with duplicate file names is ignored now. It’s no longer necessary to manually remove those superfluous folders before linking the audio files in SwordSearcher.
    • (If you have previously linked an MP3 Bible in SwordSearcher you do not need to worry, nothing will change for you.)
    • Better choice of scrolling/highlighting method (File, Configure Bible Audio).
  • Reading plan/schedule improvements:
    • Added option to deactivate a reading plan (removes it from the daily reading schedule but does not delete the plan or progress.) Deactivated plans can be reactivated or rescheduled.
    • Added support for importing reading plan template from a plain text file (daily readings per line) (Advanced users.)
      • You can create a highly custom plan manually in a text file by putting each day’s reading (verse references) on a line.
      • This text file can be imported as a SwordSearcher reading plan. Select Devotional, Add New Reading Plan, then click the Import Template from File and change the file type to “Daily Reading Per Line Text Files (*.txt)” and open your file.
      • Coverage of the plan will be reported so you can verify that the list of days were correctly interpreted.
      • Reading plan templates can be saved as a day-per-line text file.
      • A reading plan can now be saved as a template even if it is not a template.
  • Additional Preferences and Settings options (File menu):
    • Text Display Options, Additional Bible Panel Settings: “Bible column spacing,” for users who want less or more white space in the Bible panel.
    • Fonts and Colors: “Underline Links” preference option. Un-check this to turn off the underline which is applied to links by default.
  • Added count of chapters containing matches to Bible Search Result Info and Stats information list.
  • Bible margin edit commentary links show preview (if any).
  • Library search result preview shows “edit” link next to title of editable module entries.
  • Editor improvements:
    • Added strikethrough formatting option.
    • Send Link to Editor function restores and focuses the editor.
    • Insert Verse Link dialog more flexible with input recognition.
    • Insert Link to Entry dialog has better entry selector; works as book and commentary panel entry selectors do.
  • Added two additional filtering options in module set editor:
    • Show only modules currently in the selected module set
    • Show only modules currently not in the selected module set
  • Improvements to the verse reference recognition system.
  • Searching for “usward, youward” etc in a Bible module will automatically match the intended hyphenated compound words (“us-ward, you-ward,” etc.).
  • Opening a clone panel with ctrl-click opens the panel at mouse position instead of over “parent” panel when not in auto-dock mode for clone panels.
  • Added Verse List right-click menu option to open verse in clone panel.
  • Many visual improvements. (Smoother text panel scrolls, loading, some minor style changes, flickering of some list boxes fix, etc.)
  • Reduced memory impact of a full-library search.
  • Added “edit” to URL protocol. (Advanced users; see help file section on URL Protocol for details.)

Fixes:

  • Reading plan manager fixes.
  • Fixed small menu lines on high-DPI systems.
  • Fixes related to full library search result display updates after user module edits.
  • Fixed synchronized MP3 audio playback scrolling not working properly on some systems.
  • Fixed design mode editor preventing audio pause/resume with Ctrl+Space.
  • Fixed text panel scroll positions not restoring properly at startup.
  • Various stability and other minor fixes.
  • Minor updates to KJV, KJVSL, SRV, SRVSL, RVG, SGreek, SHebrew, SME, and Easton modules.
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Analyzing verses from a Bible search

Here’s a somewhat obscure but interesting and often useful feature of SwordSearcher.

The Passage Analysis feature (added in version 7.1) gives you lots of details about sections of the Bible, such as a book or group of books. (See this detailed video for details.) Information includes a full list of words ranked by frequency of “uniqueness” to the passage, word count, versification metrics (number of chapters, most verses in a chapter, most words in a verse, etc), and more. The Passage Analysis tool is normally opened from the Search menu.

However, what’s not obvious is that the Passage Analysis tool can also be invoked based on a verse list. This option means that you can analyze verses from a search result. (In fact, you can do this with any verse list, including ones loaded from the Scan Text for Verse References tool or from Book and Commentary Panels.)

For example, do a search for the word scripture, and you will get a verse list result like this:

Search results for a Bible search

Search results for a Bible search

To “analyze” just the verses from this search, right-click in the verse list panel and select “Analyze All Verses” from the “Passage Analysis” menu item:

Right-click menu for verse list, Passage Analysis, Analyze all Verses.

Right-click menu for verse list, Passage Analysis, Analyze all Verses.

This will open the Passage Analysis tool and analyze all of the verses from the search results. This is what it looks like:

Passage Analysis of all verses in the Bible with the word "Scripture"

Passage Analysis of all verses in the Bible with the word “Scripture”

This can be quite interesting. For example, take a look at the “Most Unique” ranked word list. Scripture is the first word in the list, because that’s the word we searched for, so every verse in the Bible appears here. But right below that we can see that the words foreknew, foreseeing, noted, and private only appear in verses that also have the word Scripture. Now this may or may not carry some significance, but the only way to find out is to start studying.

Again, be sure to watch the video demonstrating the use of the Passage Analysis tool to see if this could be useful with any of your own Bible search results!

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Different Bible text display modes

In its default configuration, the SwordSearcher Bible panel shows text in a columnar format along with a “study margin” for fast access to verse-based material within the chapter.

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Sometimes you will want to quiet things down a bit. For example, during devotional reading it can be advantageous to switch off the margin area to devote more visual space to the Bible text, or change to paragraph format for a different reading flow.

There are two helpful toolbar icons in the Bible panel that can be used to change the display format with one click. There is a button for margin toggle and one for paragraph mode toggle, as you can see in this screen shot:

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Copying Bible Verses into Word Documents (updated video with new content)

Version 7.1 includes improvements to the configuration options for formatting verse text when copying verses to the Windows clipboard for pasting into other applications. A prior video showed some quick tips on using the copy features in SwordSearcher.  I’ve updated this video to reflect the improved options in 7.1 and also cover more copy & paste scenarios.

Watch the video here.

  • Copying selected verse text into a word processor or email.
  • Using the copy verse widget.
  • Changing the verse tags and other formatting options of the copied verses.
  • Verse auto-paste.
  • Copying verse text from links in books and commentaries.

 

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Biblical Passage Analysis (New Video)

I’ve posted a new video demonstrating the Passage Analysis tool in SwordSearcher, a new feature added in version 7.1.

Watch the video to see how it works.  The Passage Analysis tool can be invoked from the main Search menu, or, you can right-click a verse in the Bible or Verse List panels and select it from the pop-up menu.

Analysis Details Provided:

The list of details depends on the passage being analyzed, and will include several or all of the following:

Canonical verse numbers: This is the range of “global” verse numbers analyzed, where 1 is Genesis 1:1 and 31,102 is Revelation 22:21. To learn the global verse number for a particular verse, type the verse into the Passage box to analyze just that verse.

Scope Contains: Lists the total count of books, total count of chapters, and total count of verses in the passage. Also lists the total number of words. In Romans through Philemon in the KJV, there are 43,490 total words and 3156 unique words. In this context, “unique words” means the number of words in the passage without counting multiple uses of each word.

Read-aloud time: The estimated reading time for the passage. This figure is based on Alexander Scourby’s narration of the King James Bible, and is a good gauge of the time required to read verses in a natural, narrative manner. Most people will read silently in less time than this figure.

Versification: breaks down the passage listing most and fewest chapters in a book, most and fewest verses in a book, most and fewest verses in a chapter, with links to the text.

Words: breaks down the passage listing most and fewest words in a book, chapter, and verse, with links to the text.

Click See Complete Word List to view an exhaustive list of all of the words in the passage, which can be sorted alphabetically, by frequency, or by “Passage Uniqueness” (see below).

Top Words: lists the most common words in the passage. For English texts, common words such as “the” and “a” are excluded from the Top Words list.

Most Unique: lists the most “unique” words relative to the rest of the Bible. Words that appear only in the analyzed passage will score 100%, with the score diminishing as words are more often found in other passages.

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SwordSearcher 7.1 Released

I’m happy to announce that SwordSearcher 7.1 is now available!

If you’re already a SwordSearcher user you can read upgrade details here.

Here’s a summary of what’s new in 7.1. A complete revision history is available here.

Library Additions:

New feature highlights:

  • Reading Schedule VideoA highly flexible and intelligent Bible Reading Schedule System. SwordSearcher can help you stay in the Scriptures daily with standard and custom reading plans. The reading schedule functions of SwordSearcher prominently feature estimated reading times and use them for calculating plans. This is far more useful than dividing readings only by verses or chapters. Custom reading plans can include any segments of Scripture needed. Plans can be created based on calendar period desired, or based on how much time you want to spend reading each day.
  • The new Passage Analysis Tool shows details about a selected portion or portions of the Bible. Among the interesting details provided are complete word lists and “most unique” word lists, so you can see which words appear more predominantly in any given area of the Bible compared to other areas.
  • Even faster and more convenient access to library modules with new library tab drop-down selection menus.
  • Several user module editor enhancements, including built-in support for pasting images directly into user notes and topics.
  • Lots more.
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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. And I’d like to take a moment to say that I am thankful for everyone who has supported SwordSearcher in the last 18+ years! It’s been wonderful being blessed so much by God to be able to do this for a living. SwordSearcher is how I feed my family, and I am thankful for all of you for being a part of it!

Psalms 26:7 That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.

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Version 7.0 Hotfix 2 available

A small, free “hotfix” update is available for SwordSearcher 7.0. This is Hotfix #2.

This update is recommended for all SwordSearcher 7.0 users, and is also strongly suggested for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 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.​

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Word Clouds for the Bible: tutorial video

I’ve posted a new video tutorial on using the Bible Word Cloud Generator in SwordSearcher. This is a tool that was added in version 7.

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