That function is not really the same. In BW5, you got a drop-down menu where you SAW a full list of the contexts used in the session, and could select among them. Granted, the back and forward buttons above the command line in BW9 are better than nothing, but they are only linear, and don't give you a list to choose from. So if you have a great memory for exactly what path you took, fine. If not, then not so fine. Especially, if you're looking at a LOT of verses.
Originally Posted by Mark Eddy
I'll go now and look at my BW8, to see if it suffered the same fate. I never used BW8 much, so maybe the context is there. Look: I own three full copies, plus version 4 (version 5 was an upgrade, I think). So I'm not trying to knock BW. I don't even want to live, without BW. Seriously. But were I a scholar or even a pastor (wrong gender, lol), I'd really want to be able to quickly cycle through many verses being compared, while analyzing the text. It's an important feature.
Have you tried using the "Verse History" or "Word History" lists? There are icons for each of these. If you open these, you can see the last 100 verses you searched and the last 100 words you searched. If you just scroll between verses, these are not recorded, but searched verses are.
Originally Posted by brainout
Yes, I sometimes use them. But as you just said, they don't track your looking up verses, but only your searches. You already have those wonderful tabs at left, for the searches. But as you go through the verses in each tab, the verse history and word history list don't track all that. Thank you!
Originally Posted by Mark Eddy
You can turn off the verse and version markers in Options Flags. Or, you can size them to be small. So I don't notice them when in Browse Window, though frankly I've no need for the paragraph feature, as I don't use translations except for searching. Sorry I can't be more helpful!
Originally Posted by DavidR
My replies are in Green, interspersed in the text.
I'll just bypass your comment on the videos. I've been using BW since version 4.
Originally Posted by Mark Eddy
More relevant are these three problems which hopefully BW10 will address:
1. Windows has its own colors for selected text; in BW5, these colors were passed on to BW, but in versions 8 and 9, the unreadable SLATE BLUE of the old Adobe programs, is the default highlight text which you can't undo. Granted, now there's the complicated COLORIZE function, but it's not as quick and easy as just allowing the user's own Select Text colors for Windows, pass through to BW.
2. This problem is compounded, by another default in the X-refs tab, which forces selected text to be WHITE. Here, the Windows Select Text default for the HIGHLIGHT is passed onto BW, but not the TEXT COLOR in Windows. So, if you use light highlight but dark text in Windows, you cannot read the selected verse in X-refs, as it forces the text to be white.
Click here for attached screenshot , showing the highlight problem. It matters a lot, if you're trying to show something to a colleague and you are recording the screen live.
3. The X-refs no longer operate like they did in BW5, where your Auto-info window would show in multi-version mode if your Browse Window was also in that mode. This was a handy feature, for you could easily click on a Cross-reference verse, and the versions would all show (i.e., you could see the Hebrew/Greek text, if you set up your Browse Window Favorites that way). So in BW8-9 you have many more steps to go through, to see a particular verse in X-refs, display fully for comparison.
The #3 might be hard to restore in BW10, but #1 and #2 should be easy. That, and restoring the BW4 ability to take apart the modules instead of forcing them all to occupy one window, would be the most helpful changes in the interface. I say all this because people buy BibleWorks based on my videos, and I end up using BW5 for the video recordings, instead of 8 and 9, which are frankly too hard to use. The last person who bought BW based on my videos complained about the difficulty, and wants me to do videos showing how to do the same things, in BW9. But what can I say? What I can do in BW5 onscreen, can't be done in later versions. Ergo my wishlist, above.
The items I marked in Green, you can already do. Creating your own database and linking it within BW is a bit complicated, but there is help on it within BW. The Help on SEARCH will answer how you do searching, and yes you can use wildcards. Although the program's own instructions won't be in Italian, you can do these searches and dictionaries IN the Italian versions. That's one way I remember Italian, by loading up the Italian versions and then searching on some ENGLISH Bible, then displaying the Italian versions. :) Best way to learn another language (and people have done it this way for centuries), is by learning Bible in a given language: for, you already know the verses in your own language version.
Originally Posted by pasquale
make it easier to use
I would suggest:
- a search interface that is easier to navigate - the current option of a single line with 3 clickable buttons and various options none of which are that obvious is confusing to the average user.
- having a "global reset" button would be helpful (we have a networked version in a library) .... this means if students get really stuck they can close a session and open a new one with everything reset to some defaults I have chosen. But the closing and startup can be time consuming. If the student could just reset to defaults that would help.
- having an ezyproxy verified internet version
First, we're getting close to two [oops, I mean THREE] years since BibleWorks 9 was released, so I'm hoping that it's too late for my input! That said, I would love to see BW include arcing or bracketing (see www.biblearc.com). Second, now that there is a better Mac platform, I'd like to see an iPad version (doesn't need full functionality!), which could be used remotely when away from the internet or my Mac.
I don't know where things are at on this, but, at the risk of hearing David Rensberger sigh loudly... :)
This is something I've been meaning to suggest for some time. I would love to see the reverse search of the Lexicons tweaked some. As it is now, if you want to look for the Greek equivalents of an English word in, say, the Middle Liddel or the BDAG, you have to do it one word at a time (for those who might not be aware of this feature, you can access it by clicking on "Lexicons" => "Edit" => "search").
It would be very helpful to have all a summary of all the entries appear at the same time. There are Internet sites and other programs that do this, but it would be appreciable for BW10 to add this feature!
I wanted to paste in a couple of images. For some reason, I can't seem to do it. But here is a link that gives an example of this:
What are thoughts on this?
P.S.: Sorry for the "a" in the title. It was supposed to be: "No end to suggestions..."
Oh, I gave up sighing over this a long time ago, Donald! I'm just glad I'm not one of the ones who have to work through this thread looking for suggestions that might be adopted.
In fact, this is a good idea. I've done my share of LSJ searching for English definitions, which can sometimes be vexing if the English word you're looking for commonly shows up in definitions unrelated to its own main meaning. I'll have to remember to use Perseus for this purpose!