PC Bible Software - a request

From: Jonathan Ryder (jpr1001@cam.ac.uk)
Date: Tue Nov 17 1998 - 09:24:57 EST

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Dear BGreekers,
<p>With Christmas approaching, I'm hoping to acquire Bible Software to
help me in my study (academic and personal) of the Bible in its 'original'
languages. Given the contributors to this list are all computer uses of
sorts and are concerned with the Greek Bible (if not Hebrew) I was wondering
if I could ask for comments/opinions on the different packages available
from the users of the list, or pointers in the direction of up-to-date
reviews/comparisons on the web. As far as I can see there is no comparison
of features/usability etc. of the most recent versions around. I know this
isn't a Greek grammar question but please see the next paragraph.
<p>Given the nature of the request, I would be happy (indeed prefer) to
have messages sent <b>off-list</b>. I would then also be happy to post
a summary of opinions/comments for others who would be interested (new
and old bgreekers alike).
<p>I'm principally concerned with comments on the following packages in
the versions, which seem to me to be the main players in the field at the
moment: BibleWorks (Hermeneutika), BibleWindows (Silver Mountain) and Logos
Scholars package (= Deluxe + Greek core + Hebrew core) available on sale
as of now (Nov. 98). If you're favourite tool isn't included above and
you think it deserves a mention please don't hesitate
<p>Most useful would be comparisons of the above by anyone who has used
all three or two of three. Comments in any or all of the areas listed below
would be useful:
<p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; What the package offers
versions, texts, searching (extent/complexity of), lexicons, on-screen
parsing etc.
<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Usability
layout, multi-window views and scrolling, porting to word-processors, speed
<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Value for money (easiest
to assess if you've used all three)
<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Usefulness for work in the
original language
<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Potential for upgrade
<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Advantages
<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Disadvantages
e.g. anything you wished the package had
<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; etc. etc.
<p>This list is actually quite brief, so please feel free to add anything
you think important - as much detail as necessary to help me make a choice.
<p>Thanks in advance for your time and help.
<p>Jonathan Ryder
<p>PS Mac users can gloat but don't need to send me details of their software.</html>


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