BibleWorks 8 is definitely growing on me. Much of the awkwardness is gone, and my skills are growing. But I had to actually read one of the instructions — but just one.
The program bugs seems to have cleared with a couple of program updates — and I keep getting new free stuff. I just got Philo of Alexandria in the latest download! Very cool.
I’ve been working on the Holy Spirit study — soon to hit the internet! — and the software has helped me search in Hebrew for ru’ach (spirit, Spirit, breath, wind). And I’ve figured out how to do Boolean searches (spirit OR prophe* OR seer*) and how to limit the search to just a book. It’s easy once you learn the command codes — which means I had to read one of the instructions. (This is so, you know, MS-DOS. But sometimes I miss MS-DOS. So elemental.)
The searching features are very powerful — very similar to what lawyers can do in WestLaw or what many people do in Lexis/Nexis. For example, you can search for “faith” within 5 verses of “love” within 5 verses of “hope.” And many of Paul’s uses of that triad span multiple verses. Very cool.
I actually found a very useful citation in the Book of Jubilees — my first Pseudepigrapha (Pseudepigraphum?). I was so proud of myself! (And I know this is going to make me insufferable beyond words.)
Oh … and I figured out how to get rid of the translations I don’t use. I just can’t think of reason I’ll ever never the Vietnamese translation. So by deleting it, I pick up hard disk space and speed program loading.
And I found a set of cross references that actually compiles several sets of cross references and breaks them down into common cross references and less common cross references. Which is great, because my old Quickverse for Windows 95 had some nice cross-references, which I was missing.
And I’ve figured out that I can have several search sessions going on at once in separate tabs. Very easy. Very helpful when you’re working on multiple series at the same time.
So I’ve finally gotten to where I don’t use any of the other tools on my computer or the internet — free or otherwise — and don’t miss what I used to have (hardly at all). It’s not the most intuitive program, but it’s got some serious power. And one day — you can count on it — I’m going to read all the instructions. I am. Just like I’m going to read the manual for the car I bought 18 months ago.