I am looking to streamline my Bibleworks some and have a couple questions that others may be able to answer.
(1) Searching. When I double click a word it pops up a new window with the search. Likewise if I right click and search on lemma it opens a new window as well. I would prefer that in both cases it is appended to the commandline.
(2) Writing Hebrew/Greek. In BW5 and before I could write in Hebrew & Greek in the Editor window using the Bibleworks Keyboard. For some reason, in version 7, whenever I type with the BW Keyboard my data ends up on the commandline (even when I click, sometimes repeatedly, in the editor window).
(3) Hyperlinks. When I link to an RTF created in BW I would prefer it opened up in BW or, in the least, a new BW Editor window. Right now it opens in Word. (A side note: hyperlinks took a few moments to figure out; after I browsed to a file I wanted to link to BW wouldn't clear out the previous entry data and so my links wouldn't work. Ugh! So lesson to others, clear your lines out first.)
(4) Screen Layout. While I like the flexibility BW7 offers (currently using 3 column format; search on left, Bibles in the middle, editor/word analysis on the right) I do miss having the editor and Word Analysis separated. Is there a way to move the Word Analysis/Resource Summary tabs to being below the Bible panel and the user notes/editor on the right?
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(5) Idea: Various Note Types. BW7 allows you to modify tabs on the status bar (Tools > Options > Option Flags > Main Window Status Bar Configuration), notably Verse Notes and Chapter Notes. It would be quite neat if BW allowed you to create different verse note types (categories) and either have unique tabs for such or tabs on the status bar. Why? I am finding that I break up my notes into 4 sections: Textual Notes, Translation Notes, Study Notes, and References. Yes, I can manually break up each file with some dashes and 'titles'. I know Tabor's TEB and the NET Bible make a distinction in note types and from seeing some people's screenshots they do seem to break them up manually as well.
Which leads me to...
(6) Idea: Taxonomy aka categories, tagging, labels&filters, etc. I have been beating this idea around for a while and while BW's current system is nice (user verse notes; a separate editor tab where you can file documents in whatever folder structure for organization that fits your fancy; a file searching tool to find your content) as a Web 2.0 geek I am wondering if there is a better way of doing this. I think Taxonomy may a longterm solution for data management.
In a nutshell you are tagging your content with relevant terms to the content. For example, lets say I am reading Walter Kaiser's, "The Messiah in the Old Testament" and I want to make a reference note directing my attention to his discussion of Isaiah 9:6. How this would work in practice would be
(a) create a new document and place whatever content I want in it. In this case as it is a reminder to reference a resource I would simply put something akin to:
*Kaiser, Walter (p.154, "The Messiah in the Old Testament")(b) The next step would be to place some tags on the file in a "Taxonomy" pane. For this example I would use tags like:
*Reference noteWhy do this?
*The Messiah in the Old Testament
*Messiah, Divinity, Hebrew Bible
The power comes with filtering options. You course browse your "tags" just like you would browse files; where the real power comes in is filters. e.g. I want to filter all my taxonomy tags that related to Isaiah 9:6. The results may look something like:
*Hegg, Tim (p.10, Messiah in the Tanakh)For those of us who read a lot of books and want to keep track of who said what, on what topic, and where this would be great. Going deeper, you could use AND/OR/NOT filters to weed through and filter your searches. e.g.
*Kaiser, Walter (p.154, The Messiah in the Old Testament)
*Van Groningen, Gerard (p. 777, Messianic Revelation in the Old Testament)
*Joshua's notes // el gibbor
*Joshua's notes // Lxx in Isaiah 9:6
*Joshua's notes // Messianic prophecies not quoted in the New Testament
Could produce all my documents where I have analysed the use of words that have covenantal overtones and the like.
Of course the user would have to provide the tags (and be given the option to disable them altogether). But I am finding I need a better way to keep track of my notes. I am currently looking at NeoMem and EverNote and similar note taking/catagorizing software. Of course I would like to keep my notes "in house" because the BW editor is nice, but more importantly it is tied nicely to each passage in the Bible.
So, cannot I do the same basic thing with Bibleworks? Yes... but at the cost of time. e.g. Lets say I am reading Kaiser's book mentioned above and enter all my notes digitaly into a file. Now instead of entering the data once and adding "tags" to the data I need to do the reverse: create files on those topics and paste the content in them.
Currently I am looking at going with a compromise: make my document with notes from my books, create a folder specifically for "Book Notes" and have a file for each book. I will then list my notes with my own "tags" and *hope* using the "find in files" tools in BW/Windows/3rd party will be robust enough to find what I am looking for. This should work fine for looking for something very specific and less common ... of course filtering won't work to narrow down notes (AND/OR/NOT) and the issue that you will be searching all the notes in a file may lead to wide of a net. I could save my notes as individual text files... egads!
Basically I am looking for a good way to catalogue data culled from reading material that I want quick access to in the future for use in homiletic and academic study. It is great to re-read books at times, but sometimes you just want a reference on a topic you foggily remember (or want to survey all the material you have tagged for a specific topic). BW is my main tool and to incorporate this sort of functionality into BW's would be very cool... although BW is already very cool
Btw, I found the suggestion for an outlining tool to be a very good one. A general outlining tool (like Word uses) as well as an Exegetical Guide/Checklist would be pretty spiffy!