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User Lexicon Revisited - See it in Action!

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Sorry, I am still way behind in touting new features of BibleWorks 10. This is was somewhat expected, unfortunately. But, in my last post, I did talk about the cool feature of the User Lexicon in BibleWorks 10. Already one of my favorite BibleWorks users, Pasquale, has put together a few packages that show glimpses into how versatile the User Lexicon can be in BibleWorks 10.

Since Pasquale is Italian, the first download is an Italian-Greek lexicon.

Instructions: Download the following file and unzip it to the BibleWorks 10\UserLex\ folder. Already in that folder there should be a folder called \default\ the ItalianUserLex files that you will unzip should be parallel to this \default\ folder, not put into the \default\ folder itself as a subfolder. Once you have done that, restart BibleWorks 10. In the Resources Window you can activate this UserLexicon by selection the Options menu in the UserLex tab and then Change user lexicon folder. Select the ItalianUserLex folder and you will be good to go. Whenever you mouse over a Greek word in the Browse Window, the UserLex tab will be populated with the Italian lexicon entry.

DOWNLOAD! - Italian-Greek lexicon

The second two downloads are perhaps more interesting for English-speaking users. They are the Nave’s Topical Bible and Smith’s Bible Dictionary. Both work with English Bible versions.

DOWNLOAD! - Nave’s Topical Bible UserLex
DOWNLOAD! - Smith’s Bible Dictionary UserLex

Maybe none of these three downloads is exactly your particular interest, but all three together show just how the UserLexicon in BibleWorks 10 can be used to do some pretty exciting things!

BibleWorks 10 - User Lexicon

Monday, April 20th, 2015

One of the great things about books (real paper ones), is that you can take notes in the margins, highlight things, circle important ideas, etc. Although there are various ways to replicate this digitally, I’ve always thought that when it comes to lexicons, there was something even more powerful that could be done. What if I want to combine information from multiple lexica into one resource? I could always add a note in BDAG, that says, “see Kittel here,” but then I still need to flip back and forth from one book to the next.

BibleWorks 10’s answer to this is the creation of a user lexicon. With the user lexicon, users can create their own lexica, taking information from various sources and putting it all together in one place. So for instance, if you like some things that are from Danker’s Concise Greek-English Lexicon, but there was also a good note you wanted from BDAG or some other lexicon. You could now copy those sections that you want and put them all in an entry that you create and manage for any given word or lemma.

For pastors and scholars who do word studies, this is an easy way to keep track of all that work that you’ve done and keep it in one place, so you don’t always have to go looking around for that one word study you did back in Seminary.

Or maybe you hear a good sermon or read a good journal article on a particular word. Previously you could perhaps make note of this in BibleWorks in a user note at a given chapter or verse in the Bible, but what if the thought pertained more to a word itself. By using the user lexicon, you can quickly find this information which you might otherwise not think about because it’s buried in a chapter note in some other book of the Bible.

BibleWorks 10 - Color Customization

Monday, April 20th, 2015

One new feature in BibleWorks 10 is the ability to do much more customization with the color scheme used in BibleWorks. So for instance, you can control the title bar and column backgrounds as well as menu and window text colors.

On the one hand, this is a minor new feature (but don’t tell that to the programmers, who probably spent weeks making this possible and then even more time ironing out the wrinkles) that doesn’t affect the content of BibleWorks, but it is a nice little bump to the program that allows user to make colors fresh and make the program fit your overall aesthetic. BibleWorks 10 comes loaded with several different color schemes, so that you do not need to be a color genius to find something that works for you. You can start with a new color scheme and slowly change and adapt it if there are some colors you don’t like.

In addition to the colors that come packaged in BibleWorks 10, some of the beta-testers also made their own color schemes and were willing to share them with me so that I could pass them along to you. So if you’ve tried all the color schemes in BibleWorks and you’re still looking for one that’s just you, maybe you can give some of these extra ones to try. You can also check out the BibleWorks forums, as users there may share some of their own personal color schemes too!

DOWNLOAD More Color Schemes! - To use the colors, unzip the file to the \init\ subfolder of BibleWorks 10. When you restart BibleWorks 10, these new color schemes will be found listed along with the ones that initially came with BibleWorks 10 [Color schemes provided by Michael Tan & Mark Hoffman].

BibleWorks 10 has arrived!

Monday, April 20th, 2015

For those of you have found word of this either through Facebook, the BibleWorks web page or the BibleWorks Forums, BibleWorks 10 has made its grand entrance TODAY!

I’ve been lucky enough to have spent a good amount of time working with BW10 as a beta tester, so I thought I would try to give you all some idea of what’s going on in BW10, as I have with other versions. The posts may not be as thorough as other releases, unfortunately. This has less to do with my enthusiasm and more to do with my life circumstances (we’re expecting baby #2 very soon and I still have a lot to do in my “real life”!). But stay tuned for the good stuff coming very soon!

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