Updated video: Making your own books and commentaries

SwordSearcher has long offered the ability to create your own content in the library. This functionality has steadily been improved with new features and tools. Version 8.2, released last week, improves the editor by live-linking verse references as you type. Up until 8.2, verse references were only linked when the entry was saved. This worked well, but now you can make changes and additions and verify that the references are correct before saving the entry. This and other changes over the years prompted me to update (well, completely re-do) the tutorial video on user modules which you can now watch here.

New video quick-tip: Custom Search Ranges

Normally, a whole-Bible search will find what you are looking for in a snap.

But sometimes, you’ll want to narrow things down a bit.

This video shows how you can use the Search Bible window to specify any arbitrary portion of Scripture as your search range, so you can limit the search results to any section or sections of the Bible you choose.

Watch the video here.

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.



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!

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.

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.

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.