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    Wink BW 7- The teaser

    Mike sent an email to the beta testers today- Beta testing is done, the muzzle is off the testers, and we're free to talk about it. I assume that meant on-line too, which is great, cause I can't say enough good about it.

    According to Mike's last email, the files for BW 7 have gone to the cd-producer, and it should be available soon. They'll make an official anouncement next week.

    It's got some major changes that take a little getting used to. I complained at first, but over the two months or so of beta testing, I have grudgingly come around to realizing that they were right to make them. I think it's great!

    My favorite new stuff-
    1) The new notes/editor is everything you've dreamed of. Keep chapter AND verse notes simultaneously. Make pop-up scripture references and hyperlinks to the web, or other files or programs. Insert pictures. Type in Unicode.

    2) Grammars! There are a bunch of new grammatical resources for Aramaic, Hebrew, and Greek. Some are standard (like Metzger's textual commentary on the Greek New Testament) and others are new modules (like Blass and Degrunner's NT Grammar).

    3) Every reference in the grammars, lexicons, etc., is a pop-up now, and you can customize two sets of Bibles to pop-up when you mouse over the reference (ie. I can mouse over and pop up the WTT, NRS, and KJV, or hold shift, mouse over and pop up WTT, LXT, TAR, etc.) This makes the lexicons very powerful. Great stuff.

    4) Tabs- The command center now has 12 tabs on it, each one maintining its own search, verse, and version history. Forget new results windows. This is much much better.

    5)External links- You can edit the right-click menus and send information out of the program. This means I now have a two-click process to open commentaries to a particular verse in other programs. I have a two-click process to look up a KJV word in Webster's 1828 and the Oxford English dictionary on-line.

    There's tons of other new stuff. New databases, new tools, new functionality, ease of use.

    In short, it's great and it's virtually here.
    Begin drooling now
    Last edited by Ben Spackman; 01-21-2006 at 08:16 PM.
    Ben

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    Default Wow!

    I have heard of "letting the cat out of the bag," but this is more like letting Aslan loose! (I couldn't help the Aslan connection I just finished reading The Last Battle to my kids tonight!).

    I had the priviledge of being one ofthe Beta Testers as well and all I can say is ! Oh my, this is going to be awesome!

    There will be much more to say in the near future.

    I think the guys @ BW will have 7.0 stuff out of the website early next week, keep checking.

    They will have nice PDF listing all the stuff along with several Flash demo videos.

    A new era has begun!
    Joe Fleener

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    I would list things in it, but I think people will be shocked at how much new stuff there is in BW7 (how's that for cruel?). Actually, you might want to get out a paper and pencil. I think there might be more new in BW7 than was previously in the program before.

    Oh did I mention Philo? Of course you knew that was coming already
    Greek diagrams of the NT? Man, the list will go on. Stay tuned for next week
    Michael Hanel
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    Just when I was convincing myself that I probably wouldn't have to bother upgrading this time round !

    I was kinda hoping that BW7 wasn't going to be any major step forward over BW6...

    ...looks like the credit card is in for another hammering

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    Thumbs up

    Sounds like the BW crew has outdone themselves - again. I won't be passing this up.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Spackman
    It's got some major changes that take a little getting used to. I complained at first, but over the two months or so of beta testing, I have grudgingly come around to realizing that they were right to make them. I think it's great!
    Ben, It's all good. If it took a Beta-Tester two months, It'll probably take this old dog two years; but I'm up for learning some new tricks.

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    How about the issue of converting existing user-generated comments, notes, from the Constant Crasher version to the new improved version?
    Dan Phillips
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    Thumbs up BW7 editor works like buttah

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Phillips
    How about the issue of converting existing user-generated comments, notes, from the Constant Crasher version to the new improved version?
    Shouldn't be a problem. I stopped using the editor in BW6 because it was so unreliable. The BW7 editor not only has auto-save, but I've not once had it crash on me and I've been doing all the things I used it to do in BW6 plus more. I love it. Not only that you can convert the Greek into Unicode making your notes much more transferrable than before. All in all, BW7 does a great job to take a step forward. Not everything is Unicode yet because not all computers are yet good with dealing w Unicode, but for those who want to use it, the steps are there.

    For instance. I just finished reading book one of Plato's republic. I used the editor to keep notes as I was reading it. I have 43 pages of notes and not once did I have a crash happen while notating. This included functions like copying from Mozilla's FireFox and Copying from the LSJ dictionary in BW as well as old fashioned typing. The proof is in the pudding they say.

    Really my only complaint now is that I need another monitor because BW7 has so much info at your finger tips and you want access to it always at once you may find you'll be upgrading to a bigger monitor with BW as well just to get the most for your money And the BW folks have worked really really hard to integrate all of the material (grammars, lexicons, etc.). Did I mention the ability to do cross-searching in Greek between Philo, Josephus, and the Greek NT? That either was not in BW6 or very difficult to construct. Now it's just a click (ok, so it might be two).
    Last edited by Michael Hanel; 01-22-2006 at 02:27 PM.
    Michael Hanel
    PhD candidate Classics Univ. of Cincinnati
    MDiv Concordia Seminary
    MA Classics Washington University
    Unofficial BibleWorks Blog
    LibraryThing!

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    Question

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Hanel
    Shouldn't be a problem. I stopped using the editor in BW6 because it was so unreliable.
    Thanks. So, you didn't convert any existing notes? I know many (myself included) are concerned as to how our existing notes will be converted/transferred into the New, Improved editor. You don't know,then?

    Howbowchoo, Joe the Fleener?
    Dan Phillips
    Books:Web presence:
    tfo+[]l;w> hw"hy> tr:AT-ta, vArd>li Abb'l. !ykihe ar"z>[, yKi

    s `jP'(v.miW qxo laer"f.yIB. dMel;l.W

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    Default Converting Notes

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Phillips
    Thanks. So, you didn't convert any existing notes? I know many (myself included) are concerned as to how our existing notes will be converted/transferred into the New, Improved editor. You don't know,then?

    Howbowchoo, Joe the Fleener?
    Hi Dan,

    Yes I converted Notes from BW 6.0 along with several waves of testing various note formats. I never found a problem.

    For as long as I can remember the notes in BibleWorks have simply been RTF files with a .bww extension.

    This is still the case. The notes are still RTF files, but the functions in the BW editor have been vastly upgraded and improved to take advantage of all the functionality within the RTF format.

    This being the case there is no problem reading/converting old BW notes since they are still the same format.

    Hope that makes sense.
    Joe Fleener

    jfleener@digitalexegesis.com
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    Blog: http://emethaletheia.blogspot.com/

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    any idea the price to upgrade from 6.0 to 7.0?

    alan

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