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Bible Audio Support
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SwordSearcher supports integration of an audio Bible. With Bible audio support, you can play narrations of the Bible with familiar audio controls in the Bible panel.
SwordSearcher does not include an audio Bible, but instead, supports "linking" MP3 Bible file sets available from various sources. To enable Bible audio in SwordSearcher, you must obtain the audio files and link them in SwordSearcher with the easy-to-use Configure Bible Audio window.
StudyLamp Software LLC does not publish an audio Bible. Audio files are not included with SwordSearcher. SwordSearcher supports the integrated playback of audio files on the user's computer only.
For the best audio integration, it is recommended that you purchase the Audio Bible MP3 CD-ROM set, narrated by Alexander Scourby™, published by AMG Publishers. Use the link above to purchase from Amazon.com, or find the product at a local reseller using the exact ISBN listed above. (At the time of this writing, the cost of this audio Bible is less than $15 US.)
StudyLamp Software LLC is not affiliated with AMG Publishers or Litchfield Associates. "Alexander Scourby" is a trademark of Litchfield Associates Ltd.
Why use this specific audio Bible?
SwordSearcher supports verse-level synchronized playback of the AMG KJV Bible audio files. This means that you can have the Bible panel highlight and scroll individual verses as the narration plays, and you can play verse lists aloud from a Bible search. Only the AMG Publishers product listed above supports this level of integration in SwordSearcher.
What will I need to do?
Once you purchase the CD-ROM set, you need to copy all of the files from each disc to your computer. Using Windows Explorer, create a folder on your hard drive and give it a name like "AMG Scourby MP3s" and copy all of the contents from each disc from the CD-ROM set to this folder. Follow the instructions listed below for setting up audio in SwordSearcher.
While we highly recommend the MP3 audio Bible above, SwordSearcher supports several other MP3 audio Bibles. In order to link an audio Bible in SwordSearcher, there must be one file per chapter of the Bible, in MP3, WMA, or WAV format. The following audio Bibles have been tested and are known to work in SwordSearcher:
The above MP3 Bibles are known to work in SwordSearcher. Other file sets may also work, as long as they contain one chapter per file and the file names contain recognizable scripture references. Because SwordSearcher only plays the audio from the files, it does not matter what Bible version is used in the audio, and the audio can be played regardless of which Bible text is active or visible in SwordSearcher.
StudyLamp Software LLC is not affiliated with any of the companies publishing the audio files mentioned above.
If you have not already done so, copy all of the files for your audio Bible into a folder on your hard drive. It's okay if this folder contains sub-folders (such as a folder for the Old Testament and one for the New Testament, or one folder per disc, etc). If you have purchased and downloaded an audio Bible from the Internet, the files should already be on your hard drive, and you just need to locate them. (Please consult the installation instructions that came with your audio Bible purchase if you do not already have the files installed.)
In SwordSearcher, on the File menu, select Configure Bible Audio.
In the window that appears, click Link Audio Files, and select the folder containing the MP3, WAV, or WMA files. Again, it is okay if the files are broken up into sub-folders. Select the folder containing all of the files or sub-folders. For example, I have copied all six discs of the AMG KJV audio Bible to my hard drive into a folder called "AMG Scourby MP3s" and choose that folder:
Sample showing how to link audio files.
Click OK and SwordSearcher will scan the files to integrate them into the Bible panel.
If you are using the AMG Publishers' KJV audio Bible (as mentioned above), SwordSearcher will offer verse-level synchronization and playback. If you are using a different audio file set, you will have chapter-level playback only. This verse-level support simply means that you can play back individual verses and have verses highlighted during audio playback.
The Configure Bible Audio dialog offers several options:
Link Audio Files is explained above and can be used at any time to set up audio file links. If you ever move the files to a new location or decide to use a different audio Bible, you will need to click this to re-link the audio in SwordSearcher.
Verify Audio File Links can be used to make sure all of the audio files are still correctly linked in SwordSearcher. If any files have been moved, this will report which ones are missing.
Remove Audio Links deletes the audio file links in SwordSearcher, as if you had never configured Bible audio. It does not delete files.
Include a play button next to each verse: If you are using the AMG Publishers' KJV audio Bible (see links at the beginning of this section), you can have a "play" button (which looks like a speaker cone) next to each verse to begin playback at that verse. See Verse Widgets.
Highlight verses during playback; Automatically scroll Bible panel during chapter playback: These options only apply if you are using the AMG Publishers' KJV audio Bible, and control how the Bible and Verse List panels appear during audio playback.
Automatically scroll to estimated verse position during chapter playback: If you are using an audio Bible file set other than the AMG Publishers' KJV audio Bible, this option will estimate the position in the chapter during playback and scroll the Bible panel.
When chapter playback is complete, automatically play next chapter: if this option is selected, playback will be continuous through the whole Bible until you stop playback. When the end of the chapter is reached, the next chapter will be loaded and played automatically.
Once you have set up Bible audio support, the Bible panel will add a media control bar:
Sample Bible panel showing media control bar
The Play Audio Verse Widget (see Verse Widgets) only appears if you are using the AMG Publishers' KJV audio Bible (which supports individual verse playback). Clicking this verse widget starts playback at the specific verse and continues through the chapter. Shift+Clicking the widget plays back that verse only. Clicking the verse widget of an actively-playing verse stops playback.
The media control bar (bottom of panel) works like a typical audio player. If you are using the AMG Publishers' KJV audio Bible, the skip buttons will move back/forward one verse. For other Bible audio file sets, the skip buttons will move approximately by verse. Clicking on the playback progress bar will jump to that location in the audio.
You can use the keyboard Pause button or Ctrl+Space to toggle playback as well. (The Pause button is usually located above the Insert key but may not be included on compact keyboards.)
It does not matter which Bible version you are reading, or from which version your audio is narrated. The Bible panel will always show the media controls, and they will always operate, regardless of the active Bible version or the version used in the audio.
While audio is playing, all other features of SwordSearcher are fully functional. You can perform searches, view and edit commentaries and books, etc. Playback is also available in cloned Bible panels. Tip: Open a clone Bible panel on the chapter you want to study. Begin playback in the clone panel. When you want to stop for a moment to search out a topic, pause playback and perform your searches or read your cross-references. When you're ready to continue listening, resume playback from the cloned Bible panel or by pressing Ctrl+Space.
The Bible panel right-click pop-up menu also includes playback commands. If you are using the AMG Publishers' KJV audio Bible, these additional commands appear as follows:
Sample audio playback menu items from the Bible panel (with verse-level support)
If you are using a different audio file set (which does not support individual verse playback), the additional menu commands appear as follows:
Sample audio playback menu items from the Bible panel (without verse-level support)
The main difference in menu options is that for audio file sets without individual-verse playback support, SwordSearcher can estimate the position of a verse in the chapter audio to begin playback at that verse. Usually, estimated playback will begin a little bit before the selected verse. For the best results, the AMG Publishers' KJV audio Bible is recommended.
If you are using the AMG Publishers' KJV audio Bible, Verse List panels also include playback controls. You can play aloud complete verse lists just as you can play back a chapter of the Bible.