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Thursday, November 1st, 2007

It’s been a long time between posts! This is not completely by choice, but due to the nature of the academic cycle and being so busy! I have also noticed with other blogs on my blogroll that after a while many of them stop being nearly so active because blogs actually are a lot of work to keep up. Even more so with this one because it entails a lot of work before anything can even be posted. However, since things have been so quiet here lately, let me remind you of other helpful things.

First of all, BibleWorks has recently released A Practical Grammar for Classical Hebrew by Jacob Weingreen, available as a module add-on. BibleWorks’ version costs $49, while I see the Amazon price for the print book is $53, so for a little less than the real book you get all the usual features of a digital module in BibleWorks. While I learned Hebrew using a different grammar, my professor did highly recommend Weingreen’s grammar and when I had the chance to buy a used copy at a local bookstore (why they had a copy of a Hebrew grammar floating around sure beats me), I jumped at it and I can say that it is a very nice beginning level grammar. Definitely not in the league of Waltke-O’Connor or Joüon-Muraoka, but helpful nevertheless for those who like grammars.

Second, BibleWorks has recently started a section on their website for classroom tips. So far there are seven tips up and more expected to be added later. These are the sort of things Jim and I have hoped to have on this blog as well, but we have not been very successful at implementing this. Also, related to this, if you haven’t added Mark Hoffman’s blog called Biblical Studies and Technological Tools, please do so now. Mark has also helped fill a gap as he rather routinely highlights specific uses not only of BibleWorks, but also Logos software and often compares and contrasts the two, noting strengths and weaknesses of both pieces of software.

Third, BibleWorks has a sale going on until Nov. 30 for users of older BW versions. If you’re not yet living in BW7, now is as good a time as any to sign on. Buy now and put it under the Christmas tree for later :) The sale has caused some on the BW forums to speculate whether this means BW8’s release is imminent, but BW staff has assured customers that this is a special treat for users to upgrade and not a way to cop people out of money only to find out that a new release is just weeks away. So if the burning question in your heart is when is BW8 going to be released, the answer is: not for a while. However, when it is released, you can be sure there will be lots of new features, bells and whistles that make you drool.

Fourth, a question for the readers. As I have worked to provide a lot of classical Greek text resources, I am wondering how you find them helpful or whether you do at all. How do you use them? What else would you like to see added? Etc.?

Linking to the Libronix BDAG, EDNT, and TDNT also.

Saturday, August 11th, 2007

In the previous post on linking to the LSJ, I forgot to note that you can also link to BDAG, EDNT and TDNT using a similar set up.

To do this, you would have to replace the last set of numbers with the
appropriate code.

libronixdls:macro|name=TextKeyLink|text=<dummy>|lang=el|scheme=beta|res=LLS:46.30.25

Replace the red text given in the code box above with the appropriate red text below:

46.30.18 (for BDAG)
46.10.26 (for EDNT)
46.10.16 (for TDNT)

You would have to make a new entry in the ELM for each dictionary.

Now, to find the appropriate code in Libronix yourself is easy. Open up the resource you wish to link to, and then either click Alt+Ctrl+C, or go to the “Favorites” menu and select “Copy Location to Clipboard.” Then paste the text into MSWord or a text editor. For instance, the link to the “New American Standard Hebrew-Aramaic and Greek Dictionaries” is:

libronixdls:jump%7Cpos%3DLLS-AOL%253A153%253CTITLE%253E.0.0%7Cres%3DLLS%253A46.10.12

Now you can see a bunch of gobbledygook* in the link above (% signs followed by letters & numbers instead of dashes & slashes, spaces, etc.). A little trick to get rid of the gobbledygook is to paste the text into the “Hex Value” field of this ASCII converter and click the “Decode Hex to ASCII” button. You may have to copy and paste the resultant code (that appears in the “ASCII Text” field) back into the “Hex Value” field a second time and click the “Decode Hex to ASCII” button yet again to get it to display the code without the gobbelty-gook. When you’re all done, the resultant link will look like this:

libronixdls:jump|pos=LLS-AOL:153<TITLE>.0.0|res=LLS:46.10.12

The last part of the link above (in red) represents the “name” of the resource in Libronix to which you are building the link. Note that the same numbers are available at the end of the link before you got rid of the gobbledygook.

For a very helpful explanation of how the links work in general (and how to link Scripture references as well) read the documentation on the Logos site.

* gobbledygook (ˈgä-bəl-dē-ˌgu̇k, -ˌgük) = terminus technicus for code found “under the hood” of the snazzy programs installed on your computer.

Linking to the LSJ in Libronix

Friday, August 10th, 2007

A BW user recently asked on the forum how to link BibleWorks to Logos’ version of the LSJ. I posted a response on the forum, but I figured it would be good to post on the blog as well.

The first step is to open up the ELM (External Links Manager). Do this by either clicking proper button:

…or go to the “Resources” menu item and select “Edit external links”:

This will open up the ELM:

Click the “New” button.

Select options and enter information as shown in the screen shot above [note fields in the red boxes]. Copy the following line of code into “Web page, file to run or executable to run” field.

libronixdls:macro|name=TextKeyLink|text=<dummy>|lang=el|scheme=beta|res=LLS:46.30.25

Another option is to open your ShellExec.txt file. This file is found in your c:\program files\bibleworks 7\init directory. At the very bottom of the text, paste the following code.

//// External Link #24//[Liddell-Scott-Jones (Logos)]Operation = OpenDirectory = NULLFile = libronixdls:macro|name=TextKeyLink|text=<dummy>|lang=el|scheme=beta|res=LLS:46.30.25Parameters = NULLMenuLocation = Browse Window GreekTextType = Greek TextMapToVersion = NULLLookup = LemmaMenuText = Liddell-Scott-Jones (Logos)Enabled = 1

You will probably have to renumber the “External Link #” (second line, in green). Make sure this is a unique number sequential to the number of the previous external link.

Save the file.

You should be able to right-click a word in a Greek text, select the “Liddell-Scott-Jones (Logos)” option, and open up to the correct entry in the LSJ in Libronix.

Note that this “right click” will only work in versions that have a corresponding morphological version (e.g., BGT & BGM, PHI & PHM, etc.).

For more information about linking to Libronix, see the Logos documents: Linking to Libronix books from other applications and Web Linking to Libronix.

It should be noted that both Libronix and BibleWorks have their own electronic versions of the LSJ. One marked difference between the two is that the Libronix version integrates all of the supplemental corrections and entries with the main entries. BibleWorks keeps the supplemental material separate. While this blog has obvious loyalties, I commend Logos for opening up their program to links from external applications. This certainly helps those who don’t have the money to shell out for both versions (not that anyone would)!