Yet another request for the printed manual
I think I was polled as well. Anyway, I have always been studying the manuals very closely. I was quite good at using WordPerfect for many years - I authored some macros that my colleagues still use. I also think that I am among those who know most about BW7 at the Lutheran School of Theology in Aarhus. I doubt that this would have been the case, had I not had the manual of version 3 through 6. In fact, I have several bible software programs, but the one thing I miss in all cases is the printed manual.
Originally Posted by MBushell
I must also say that I miss a BW7 manual very much. I need it for details and for the overview that a printed book gives.
Perhaps I did not read the commercials closely enough, but I was in fact quite surprised, yes, disappointed when I discovered that there was no manual.
I must admit that I think BW7 is a good upgrade. In my view, however, Bibleworks should not have dropped the manual, but instead made it even better. The study guides are good. However, BW is a program that demands that you understand the nature of the data, if you want to use it for serious work. It is just as important to be able to evaluate the data, its original sources etc., as it is to be able to operate the program itself. The former may be more difficult, however.
I know that my students do not use the manual as much as I would like them to, but I still think that a manual is important if you really want to master a program, not at least a program like Bibleworks.
Finally, I like the printed manual because it is much quicker to use than the videos. Help files are good for concrete information such as morphological codes (they should also be in the manual, of course), but, in my opinion, a printed manual is better.
In summary: I hope that the printed manual will be added as soon as possible.
Don't misunderstand me: I am a long-term BW user and I am happy about that, but I really miss the manual.
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I use PDFCreator. It's a great, reliable PDF "printer," and it is free under GNU GPL.
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For Me Manual Not Really A Necessity
For me the manual is not a real necessity. I have been using Bible Works since version 4. I used the manual only once or twice, for learning how to use the ASE and doing Command Line searches. I learned how to use the program by using it and reading the forms. With Version 6 & 7 I used the video tutorials.
Logos does not come with a printed manual either and there online help section is growing and in my opinion not as good as Bible Works.
Bible Works staff keep up the good work and may we always remember that your motto is "To the glory of God."
"In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all other things, charity." IMO a BW7 manual belongs in the later heading.