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Adelphos
10-06-2009, 05:07 PM
I am pleased to announce the BOSS, or the Lamb Lion Net Bible Organizer Study Suite, for use with BibleWorks.


BIBLE ORGANIZER STUDY SUITE can be freely downloaded HERE (http://www.lamblion.net/Links/links.htm)


Bible Organizer Study Suite (BOSS) is a FREEWARE program, but REGISTRATION is MANDATORY if you wish to realize the full potential of Bible Organizer Study Suite. In order to register your copy of BOSS, click on the following email address -- boss@lamblion.net -- with the word "Registration" in the subject box.

WARNING: There will be no exceptions to the following standards for registration. To wit: Register by sending a valid personal name and a valid email address to the email link given above. Company, group, ministry or other corporate names will NOT be accepted. Only VALID PERSONAL NAMES and VALID EMAIL ADDRESSES will be accepted. Your names and email addresses will be kept entirely confidential and will never be used for any purpose other than for registering this product. Period.


When sending your name for Registration, send it EXACTLY as you want it to appear in the BOSS program dialog Registration box.


Bible Organizer Study Suite (BOSS) extends the already enormous capabilities of BibleWorks by gathering and organizing BibleWorks' Verse List Manager (VLM) and Word List Manager (WLM)files into Categories. This provides a powerful tool for exegesis, sermon preparation, and numerous other protocols for studying God's written Word.


Although BOSS has some compelling features, some of which may be similar to those of the VLM and WLM, nevertheless BOSS is not meant to duplicate the functionality of the BibleWorks VLM or the WLM. Rather, BOSS extends the functionality of BibleWorks by expanding the organizational capabilities of results obtained from using the powerful VLM and WLM features in BibleWorks. This is, in fact, the very purpose of BOSS.


As you can see, there are four tabs representing four main applications. The menus are context sensitive, which means the menus for tab 1 will have different content than the the menus for the other three tabs, and so forth, so don't be afraid to check out the Help file in each tab interface.


http://lamblion.net/image_dump/overview1.jpg


http://lamblion.net/image_dump/overview2.jpg


http://lamblion.net/image_dump/overview3.jpg


http://lamblion.net/image_dump/overview4.jpg


It is imperative that you engage the very short Tutorial, which can be accessed from the Help menu of Bible Organizer Study Suite. Working through the short Tutorial will teach you in five minutes all of the fundamental features of Verse List Organizer and Word List Organizer and will give you a firm foundation for quickly making the most of this program. Three tutorial files are included. These are --


1. vlo_angels.vls
2. vlo_demons.vls
3. vlo_special_angels.vls


Move these files to your ASE folder before beginning the tutorial. These files, created from within the BibleWorks VLM, have only a sampling of verses and were created strictly for the purpose of this Tutorial. They should not be considered necessarily accurate or comprehensive. Again, these three files should be placed in your ASE folder prior to participating in the Tutorial.


NOTE 1: There are currently some limitations to the WLM (IEL) files, in that all morphological versions are currently displayed in the English font. Some people will actually like this, others certainly will not. However, there are plans to make this optional in a future update, which is to say, in a future update there are plans to display the morphological versions both ways so that the user has the option. Along with this, there will also be an option to display the numbers right next to the word as it is currently done in the WLM in BibleWorks, but I think you will find the current method in BOSS is quite nice once you understand how it works. It will pay off if you check the Help file under IEL File Information and VLS File Information.


NOTE 2:If you really want to get the most out of Verse List Organizer, you should also make sure that -- from within BibleWorks -- you go to the View menu and then make sure that the "Receive References (ParaText)" item is CHECKED. This enables you to double-click on verses in Verse List Organizer and have them instantly appear in BibleWorks.


NOTE 3: when you start Bible Organizer Study Suite for the first time, a dialog box will appear before the main Bible Organizer Study Suite screen does. This dialog box asks you to navigate to your BibleWorks ASE folder, which is typically "c:\Program Files\BibleWorks 8\ASE"


Bible Organizer Study Suite records this information so that you only have to do this once. Of course, there are also options for changing this folder and for setting the location of other folders once you are in Bible Organizer Study Suite. See the "Configuration" topic in the Help file for details.


It is also recommended - though not at all necessary - that you create a VLO and a WLO folder in the same spot, for example, "c:\Program Files\BibleWorks 8\VLO" and "c:\Program Files\BibleWorks 8\WLO"


Should you decide to create these folders, you can do so from within the "Configuration" menu of Bible Organizer Study Suite so that Bible Organizer Study Suite will automatically know where to find your files. If you create this folder outside of Bible Organizer Study Suite, you can simply navigate to that folder from the "Configuration" menu. Either way, you must let Bible Organizer Study Suite know where this folder is, otherwise your VLO an WLO files will be stored in the default installation folder.


Verse List Organizer files have a .VLO extension, while BibleWorks Verse List Manager files have a .VLS extension. Likewise, Word List Organizer have .WLO extension, while BibleWorks WLM files have a .IEL extension.f you choose not to create a VLO or WLO folder, Bible Organizer Study Suite will store its VLO and WLO files inthe same folder in which Bible Organizer Study Suite itself is stored, which is by default "c:\Program Files\Bible Organizer Study Suite\".


The installation program does not engage or affect your system files or other critical files in any way. The installation program merely creates a folder and stores the Bible Organizer Study Suite files in that folder, along with the "readme" and three tutorial VLS files. The default folder for the installation is, as noted above, "c:\Program Files\Bible Organizer Study Suite\"

Finally, if you want to ensure that you have the latest version of Bible Organizer Study Suite, keep monitoring the above link where you first downloaded Bible Organizer Study Suite, as I will keep a running documentation of updates and fixes there. You can also find a link to this site from the "Window" menu of Bible Organizer Study Suite.

Well, that's about it. I hope you find the program useful.

In Christ Jesus (who is Lord of all, and who alone is worthy)

Scott Jones

Michael Hanel
10-06-2009, 06:33 PM
Thanks, this looks very interesting.

If you don't want to answer this, that's fine, but what's the deal with your registration policy? I mean you already know my name and email address, so I don't care if you have it for registration purposes, but it just seems a little odd to me that you want all that for everyone using it.

Adelphos
10-06-2009, 06:43 PM
Thanks, this looks very interesting.

If you don't want to answer this, that's fine, but what's the deal with your registration policy? I mean you already know my name and email address, so I don't care if you have it for registration purposes, but it just seems a little odd to me that you want all that for everyone using it.

Don't mind answering it. I didn't know which email you wanted me to use, or exactly how you want your name to appear, so I'm eagerly awaiting your email. :rolleyes:

Registration has much to do with piracy and copyright. That may sound trite since it's a free program, but nowadays this protection is required should the program ever be misused.

Just for clarity, there will NEVER be a cost for BOSS as long as I own it, no matter how many upgrades and improvements I make to it.

BigJayOneill
10-06-2009, 11:03 PM
Looks good; does it work inside BibleWorks?

Adelphos
10-07-2009, 11:08 AM
Looks good; does it work inside BibleWorks?

You can double-click on verses from within the VLO component and have them communicated to BibleWorks. In the WLO, you have four word boxes with some extra features, and the four boxes gives you a geometric capability far above just two boxes, i.e., quite a few more permutations.

I have actually made good use of the four word boxes to enlighten me in a number of ways that I had heretofore not been aware of.

Adelphos
10-07-2009, 12:26 PM
I've added a file to the Install package named "aleph_vavcon.iel" which should be placed in your ASE folder. This will prevent multiple warning messages when you start BOSS in case you have never created a .IEL file.

Gilbert Salinas
10-07-2009, 05:43 PM
Thank you for a VALUABLE help!!!!

Gilbert Salinas :)

MGVH
10-08-2009, 01:46 PM
Thanks, Adelphos.
Does BOSS replace your VLO? I see that both are available on your site...

Adelphos
10-08-2009, 01:51 PM
Thanks, Adelphos.
Does BOSS replace your VLO? I see that both are available on your site...

Yes, VLO is there merely for those who have it and still want to use only that. However, all future VLO updates will occur within BOSS, so VLO as a stand-alone is more or less obsolete at this point.

There should be some improvements to BOSS in the near future, especially with respect to the WLO component. I think, especiallly for someone like yourself, that you will find the four boxes in the WLO Muti-Pane Global Viewer will add a great deal of flexibility to various words studies, as four boxes increases geometrically your ability to manipulate word studies.

Adelphos
10-08-2009, 05:00 PM
For those of you who have registered and used BOSS, I would appreciate any feedback on how you like the BOSS word/number scheme as compared with the WLM word/number scheme in BibleWorks, i.e., if you like the numbers separate, as they now are in BOSS, or if you like them right next to the word, as they now are in the WLM in BibleWorks.

I will probably make them both an option in the future, but I also have a few other things in mind, so any feedback you'd care to offer on this would be appreciated.

Please keep in mind the copying scheme as well, i.e., that in BOSS you can copy only the words or both the words and numbers, depending on your selection.

So again, any thoughts, feel free to share them.

Jim Wert
10-10-2009, 01:54 PM
Scott,

I have just met your BOSS, and like it.
A few negative comments:

1) Verse lists display with a box immediately following each verse (the sort of box you get when the font can't handle a character).
I get the the same box as the first character in the Category Notes pane (both WLO and VLO). I can delete it in the Category Notes pane, but it comes back the very next day (actually, the very next time I save it).
I can live with it of course, but it ain't pretty.

2) Them Icon buttons - take a tip from BW and have button tips come up when you hover. On my screen I can't really make out the icon pictures, and I kicked myself out of BOSS unintentionally. I've come to realize that you are a bells and whistles kind of guy, but to have two buttons on a window that do exactly the same thing (and most people know what microsoft's X in the upper right hand corner does) strikes me as over-redundant. (I approve of redundancy between menus and buttons.)

3) I like the counts separate from the words in the WLO.
I don't like that they scroll separately. If I scroll one of them, I expect to look at the other one and see the correct information. Yes, when I click on a word, the correct number is highlighted, but I still don't like it. And it gets confusing when you have a number of words highlighted.

These things having been said, BOSS is a great thing, worth infinitely more than it costs.

--Jim

Adelphos
10-10-2009, 02:09 PM
1) Verse lists display with a box immediately following each verse (the sort of box you get when the font can't handle a character).

I've never had this from anyone else, nor have I ever seen it on my other computers, or other computers from screenshots from other users. I'll check into it and see if I can find anything, but since you're the first to note this, it might very well be something specific to your system. I'll see what I can find though.


2) Them Icon buttons - take a tip from BW and have button tips come up when you hover. On my screen I can't really make out the icon pictures, and I kicked myself out of BOSS unintentionally.

There's only four icon buttons, and they all work the same, always, and they are always in the same place, always. I think this one you'll just have to get used to. :rolleyes:


3) I like the counts separate from the words in the WLO. I don't like that they scroll separately. If I scroll one of them, I expect to look at the other one and see the correct information. Yes, when I click on a word, the correct number is highlighted, but I still don't like it. And it gets confusing when you have a number of words highlighted.

These things having been said, BOSS is a great thing, worth infinitely more than it costs.

I have a lot of work to do on the IEL files, such as make the option to have them the way BW has them, and a few other things. But scrolling I probably won't deal with since it's simply a matter of clicking on a word or number and have that immediately come into view.

However, once I make the option so that the numbers can appear right next to the word as they do in BW, that should solve those concerns anyway. Plus, I intend to make the option so that it can be toggled quickly, i.e., with a single click of the mouse or keystroke so the views can be changed back and forth at will. I think this will give the user the best of both worlds.

Thanks for the feedback.

Adelphos
10-10-2009, 05:18 PM
Jim,

Just to clarify why the scrolling issue won't work, take at look at the following...

http://lamblion.net/image_dump/boss_example_1.jpg

As you can see, every number beneath the selected numbers above have no corresponding word in view in the word box to left, for there is no one-to-one correspondence in the Hebrew and Greek fonts, so even if I automatically synched the scrolling, it would not work.

That's why I have it so that selecting/deselecting a word/number will automatically scroll the other into view and select it.

This is also why I plan to make it an option so it will work classic BW style as well as classic BOSS style. -:)

Personally, I like the words and numbers separated, but the option hopefully will give us the best of both worlds.

MWMiles
11-22-2009, 09:28 PM
Hi Scott,

Your BOSS tool looks to be very nice. I plan on giving it a twirl after I get some loose ends hemmed up here.

May I ask what programming software you used to create this masterpiece?

Thanks,
Mike

Adelphos
11-22-2009, 10:04 PM
May I ask what programming software you used to create this masterpiece?

I used Visual Studio 2008 and I wrote it in C/C++, straight Win32 API.

I've still got some improvements to make, but I haven't had any time since I released it to implement them yet. Probably won't be implemented till after the new year.

MWMiles
11-22-2009, 10:12 PM
I used Visual Studio 2008 and I wrote it in C/C++, straight Win32 API.

Ahhhh. Good man!! I don't care much for the .NET stuff myself.

If you ever are of the mind the share the source code, I'd like to see it. I have VS2005 here and have been playing with assembler under Linux of late.

Adelphos
11-22-2009, 10:21 PM
If you ever are of the mind the share the source code, I'd like to see it. I have VS2005 here and have been playing with assembler under Linux of late.

I probably won't be sharing the source code for awhile. If I ever get to the point of giving up programming completely, I'll probably turn it all over to BibleWorks and let them do with it whatever they want.

I only program as a hobby, and I wrote BOSS primarily because I really needed the VLO and WLO modules to organize all of my VLS and IEL files. And I have found the program extremely helpful in that respect. The multi-pane global viewers have been revealing in ways that I never found in BW because of the extra boxes for words and verses.

In any case, there may come a time in the not too distant future when I have to give it up completely due to other constraints, so if and when that time comes, I'll make an announcement.