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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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.

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.

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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SwordSearcher Modules Repository has moved

The old SSModules web site, containing free downloadable library material for SwordSearcher, as been merged with the new SwordSearcher Forums. See the new module repository here.

There are plenty of extra books you can download and add to SwordSearcher. Plus, you can vote for your favorite modules (including ones included with SwordSearcher). SwordSearcher users who have created books can even upload their modules to share.

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Version 7.0 hotfix 1 available

A minor, free update for SwordSearcher 7.0 users has been posted today.

A “hotfix” is a small update released to fix very specific bugs after the DVD-ROM was already replicated.

This is for 7.0 users only.  You can check to see if this update is applicable to you by going to the Help menu in SwordSearcher and selecting check for updates. If you need the update, it will let you know and you can download it for free.

Daily Bible and Prayer 2.3 (free)

Daily Bible and Prayer 2.3 was released today.

This new version of DBAP adds integration for SwordSearcher. If you have SwordSearcher 5.3 or later installed, Daily Bible and Prayer can open verses inside of SwordSearcher for extended study.

This handy SwordSearcher integration is only available if SwordSearcher is also installed on your computer. This makes it easy to use Daily Bible and Prayer to create reading plans and read the text without distractions, and also gives you the power to begin an deep study on any verse instantly in SwordSearcher.

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