Christian software doesn't have to be as good of quality as what the world puts out.
Haha! The 1 vote "Christian software doesn't have to be as good of quality as what the world puts out." is actually mine and I am being a bit sarcastic.
I too was surprised by the quality of icons, considering that price of the software.
For many years I've been enjoying FREE e-Sword, and I'd say, that I wouldn't criticize ANYTHING in their program, since it is FREE. I respect the effort and I thank God that there are still people, willing to do non-profit things.
This software is NOT non-profit. And, in fact, there are plenty other things in the world, that are done by Christians or for Christians and yet at the same time are done for PROFIT.
One way to sell, is to make it look nice, decent, not cheapy-cheap, etc.
The worst way to sell is to charge a lot, then say: "Oh, but it is Christian!" and give you cheap-looking stuff. I don't but it. I'd say, if it is SOOOO Christian that you cannot handle constructive customer suggestions, then stop treating us as customers and give us software for free, as to brothers and sisters in Christ! Then we, as brothers and sisters in Christ, will gladly accept your charity and will stop criticizing anything you do for the Glory of the Lord.
Or is the text in the software is what we pay for it and your "quality" icons are a separate "charity" toward your customer? Is it how we to understand this?
If any of you do not see or understand that the icons are not good, I can explain why they are not good:
1) they are "pixelated"
2) the corners of the icons do not have a clean cut (white or other color background is showing)
3) some icons are truly much smaller then they appear in the program (hence the pixelation) - that shows that different icons were pulled into the program from different sources, e.g. someone just scrambles-rambles and "collected" this collection of icons
4) it is all especially pathetic, considering that there are MANY sites that provide absolutely FREE icons of amazing quality and not mismatched.
Someone, building this program, showed a real lack of care and a great deal of laziness and this is why some people who go to work EVERYDAY to earn this few hundreds of dollars find it especially offensive to pay such money to those who do not care to even come up with edible icons.
I happen to be in that category of offended by such lack of care, considering the price of software.
God is ALWAYS right... EVEN when He said: "Men look at the outward appearance"
...The problem is that the philosophy here is: "You concentrate on the text and use this program in the dark of the night and all by yourself, so that no one else looks at your screen!" And I have a problem with it. Some people actually use "Christian" tools not just for their own self-bettering, at their own leisure and so no one sees the screen. If I had a friend at my home and I wanted to open up a program and show "from the Bible" the differences between their native translation (Russian) the Bible we all use (English translation) and what God actually said in the Original Texts, it would be pretty hard to do so and I would be pretty self-conscious.
Originally Posted by ISalzman
Say no matter what, but even God Himself said that He looks in the heart but the man looks at the outwardly appearance, did He pay attention to this very difference so that we, who are supposed to be "fishers of men" just alltogether conveniently dismiss it?
Just like we do not go to church with a "beautiful" heart, but dresses like slobs, because it would be a "bad testimony" why would we advocate dressing a program beautiful "at core" with an ugly attire (its icons and interface)?
Well, admittedly, some Christians DO actually go to church, looking like slobs and SHAME on SUCH!!! You turn people away from Christ before they can recognize your inward beauty.
The ICONS are Christ's, and they are ugly! And as far as I am concerned it is a BAD testimony - why do you all "protect" and "shield" it???
I certainly PAY attention to the texts - the Bible says: Do everything as unto the Lord!
If it is a MINISTRY than the program should be FREE, since it is NOT FREE - it is for profit and a BUSINESS. BibleWorks is a business and not just a LABOR OF LOVE, do not try to portray things like what they are not.
It is NOT A BAD things to have a BUSINESS and to sell Christian stuff, but when you do - you need to respect customer wishes and not justify lame icons by saying "it is a labor of love" - ESPECIALLY if it IS, icons need to be better.
Yes, icons are not ALL of the program, there are many aspects to software development: content, programming, functionality, interface... This thread is discussion ONE of the aspects (interface) where the software is lacking and needs improvement. I can only agree to what's obvious and support the thread and hope to see improvement.
It is not the point at all that there's MORE to the program. The MORE to the program is being discussed in other threads.
In fact, I MYSELF found glitches in another aspect of software (functionality) and I had posted my comment on here: http://www.bibleworks.com/forums/sho...rom-BibleWorks
That shows and proves that I see MORE in the programs than just icons. But I also see icons and I want to close my eyes. However, I can't use the program with my eyes closed....