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    Talking Can someone please convince this BibleWorks 5 user that he needs to upgrade to 6.0?

    That is, convince me of course.

    What made your choice to upgrade to 6.0?

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    Default upgrade to bw6

    I upgraded to 6 because it had some features that I wanted and I could afford to. At this point I will wait for 7 to come out and see what is available. I am very happy (Content) (for the most part) with 6 and don't think I need to upgrade for my demands/use of the program. On the other hand I am contemplating buying a new piece of machinery for my business because the old machine is getting wornout, and I'd like to have a replacement on hand before it breaks, not be faced with down time, and it just isn't accurate enough for my work. I am weighing the cost and have just about decided the cost is justifiable. I think only I can make that decision.

    May God grant you contentment or/and the means to justify an upgrade if the NEED is there.

    In Christ,

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    When is 7 supposed to be out? I've been working with several KJVOists so the "comparing versions/Bibles" tool is helpful.

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    Join Date
    May 2004

    Smile What do you use BW for?

    To help you think through the upgrade issues, it is really best to start with
    the question: Why do you use BW?

    If you prepare studies of the Bible for preaching or teaching or for classes in
    school, then you may be trained in the process of exegesis. If that's the case
    then you will be delighted to see Diagramming and Flashcard functions are now part of BW6.0 and they were not in 5.0. Those alone are worth the price.

    If you have other reasons for using BW, then it's probably best to compare your needs with the new features list and then decide based on what you see.

    Hope that helps!

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    Below is taken from BW 6 online help. This will give you somewhat of an idea.

    What's New in BibleWorks 6.0

    This release of BibleWorks contains a number of new databases and program features designed to make the program more useful and easier to use. There is something for everyone, from advanced to novice user. We have always been aware that exegetical software tools can be a mixed blessing. If not used wisely they can actually decrease rather than increase language proficiency. That is why some seminary curricula even forbid the use of such tools in the first year of language study. With that in mind we are offering in this release several new tools and databases aimed at those who want to develop proficiency in the original languages.

    Here is a partial list of the most important changes and additions:

    Add-on Databases and Bible Versions

    We have struggled as a company to decide how best to respond to the module-frenzy that seems to have possessed the Bible-software marketplace. BibleWorks has purposely tried to stay out of the fray because we do not think it is in the best interests of our users to encourage them to purchase a multitude of external modules. In the absence of real publishing standards we feel such purchases to be risky at best. We don't know of anyone who is planning on leaving a large electronic library to their children. And yet electronic book prices are typically equal to or higher than print prices. We urge caution to all of our users and recommend that most of their library funds be spent on traditional print books. We do however realize that there are some tools that exegetes use on a daily basis and which would therefore benefit from being available in electronic form. We will begin to provide our users with as many of these as possible over the next few months. We will try to do it in a way that maximizes value to our users and minimizes long-term risk. We do however encourage users to buy the print editions first.

    The current list of add-on modules available as of the time this manual was printed is listed below (all but the first two are new to version 6.0). For pricing and a more recent listing see

    Locked Databases and Bible Versions

    The following locked modules are all now available from BibleWorks. The databases are shipped on the standard base-module CD but require that an unlock code be purchased before they can be utilized. All modules except the QSM, BDAG and HALOT modules are in standard HTML Help format and are integrated with BibleWorks via hypertext links and Java Script extensions. QSM, BDAG and HALOT are in a proprietary format, which maximizes speed and permits tighter integration with BibleWorks. All have Scripture indexes integrated with BibleWorks.

    1. BDAG - Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, Third Edition, Copyright 2000 by The University of Chicago Press (locked - requires an unlock code which must be purchased separately). This is the standard Greek New Testament Lexicon and is essential for serious New Testament exegetical work.
    2. HALOT - The Hebrew & Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament, Copyright 1994-2000 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands. All rights reserved (locked - requires an unlock code which must be purchased separately). This is the standard Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon and is essential for serious Old Testament exegetical work.
    3. QSM - The Qumran Sectarian Manuscripts (with morphological tags) 1999, 2000, 2001 Martin G. Abegg, Jr. The QSM contains all of the non-biblical manuscripts from what are commonly known as the Dead Sea Scrolls. These texts -- described at the time of their discovery as the most important archaeological discovery of all time (W. F. Albright) -- have thankfully lived up to their "press." They have afforded a window into the world as it was in the two centuries before that advent of Christianity. In short they provide the New Testament with a much clearer context than was known before their discovery.
    4. ESNT - Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics - Exegetical Syntax of the New Testament by Daniel Wallce 2003 by Dr. Daniel Wallace. This volume has become the standard contemporary intermediate Greek grammar and is widely used in seminaries throughout the English-speaking world. The BibleWorks edition has all the indices in the printed edition, as well as completely redone graphics.
    5. FBHG - Beginning Hebrew Grammar by Dr. Mark Futato 2003 by Eisenbrauns. This is a new user- and teacher-friendly first year Hebrew grammar that is certain to become a seminary standard. It has a rich set of examples and exercises complete with a full answer key. BibleWorks 6.0 comes with a Basic Hebrew Grammar tutorial (not locked), also by Dr. Futato, which provides a good starting-place for people who want to begin their study of the language on their own. It has been used with great success at Reformed Theological Seminary as a two-week intensive course aimed at providing enough competence in Hebrew to permit knowledgeable use of tools like BibleWorks. The full grammar provides an ideal follow-up to this tutorial.
    6. IBHS - Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax by Bruce K. Waltke and M. O'Connor 1990 by Eisenbrauns. This is without doubt the standard contemporary intermediate Hebrew Grammar. The BibleWorks edition has all the indices in the printed edition. It is an excellent follow-up text to the Futato full grammar.
    New Databases and Bible Versions

    The following new databases are included on the BibleWorks base-module CD and do not require the purchase of an unlock code.

    1. Basic Hebrew Grammar by Mark Futato 2003 by Mark Futato. This basic Hebrew tutorial has been used with great success at Reformed Theological Seminary as part of an intensive two-week introduction to the language. It is designed to give enough knowledge of the language to permit intelligent use of tools like BibleWorks. It includes over a thousand sound files to help you learn how to pronounce Hebrew correctly. The tutorial includes lessons on how to apply your newly developed knowledge of Hebrew to the use of BibleWorks. It also provides a useful bridge to use of the Futato full grammar, which is available as a separate add-on module.
    2. Moods and Tenses of New Testament Greek by Ernest De Witt Burton. Though published in 1900 this is still one of the best and most succinct introductions to the complex subject of Greek moods and tenses.
    3. Gesenius' Hebrew Grammar, edited and enlarged by K. Kautsch, tr. by A.E. Cowley. The BibleWorks edition is based on the 1910 Oxford edition. Though published almost a century ago this is still a standard Hebrew reference grammar. No student of Biblical Hebrew should be without it.
    4. The Peshitta- The Aramaic New Testament (Peshitta) used in BibleWorks is based on the traditional Western text. It is accompanied by the James Murdock English Translation (1852).
    5. The Targumim - the Targum (Aramaic Old Testament) databases included in this version of BibleWorks are provided by Dr. Steve Kaufman and the Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon project at Hebrew Union College. The Targumim are parsed and lemmatized and tied to entries in the CAL Lexicon. This is an ongoing project, which will be updated periodically as the work continues. The databases are 2003 by the Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon Project, 3101 Clifton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45220.
    6. The Works of Flavius Josephus - This addition includes the complete works of Josephus, fully parsed and lemmatized, as well as the 1828 Whiston English Translation. The Greek text is based on the 1890 Niese edition. The morphological tagging is the result of collaboration between Dr. Jean-Noel Aletti and Dr. A. Gieniusz of the Pontifical Biblical Institute, and Michael Bushell of BibleWorks. Work on the project will continue over the next year. It is in a useable state but final proofing will take a few more months. The importance of Josephus for New Testament studies is recognized universally.
    7. The Constantinus Tischendorf Apparatus - This contains the complete text of NOVUM TESTAMENTUM GRAECE, editio octava critica maior, Vol. 1, 1869; Vol. 2, 1872 Leipzig: Giesecke and Devrient Vol. 3, Prolegomena, Edited by Caspar Rene' Gregory. Leipzig: Hinrichs, 1894. The electronic text metadata version is 2003 by Clint Yale.
    8. The Bishops' New Testament- The source for this electronic edition is taken from a scanned 1595 Bishops Bible. The Bishops' Bible was one of several Bibles produced during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. The first edition was completed in 1568. There were at least 19 edition printed between the years 1568 and 1606. The Bishops' Bible was the Bible that the A.V. translators were exhorted to follow as closely as possible. The text was entered by Mark Langley
    9. The Tyndale New Testament (1534) - The scholars have regarded the 1534 edition as Tyndale's definitive version of the New Testament, though in 1535, he did issue another edition. The 1534 edition remains his crowning work.
    10. WTS Groves-Wheeler Old Testament Hebrew Morphology Version 4.0 - This edition contains numerous error corrections. BibleWorks now displays complete tag information, including editorial comments.
    11. Matthew Henry- This database includes the full Matthew Henry commentary on the Bible. This is certainly outside the BibleWorks focus but we were able to add the text with minimal work and include it without charge for those who are interested.
    New Program Features and Enhancements

    1. Color Filters - You can now set the color and text attributes of selected text in the Results Window. You colorize text simply by selecting the text and choosing the desired colors and text attributes. Or you can import the hit information from BibleWorks searches and use them to colorize text. This provides you with total flexibility in color and attribute filtering. You can create as many color files as you want for each Bible version and turn them all on and off individually.
    2. Comparing Bible Texts - Using this new option you can tell BibleWorks to compare multiple versions in the Results Window and display the differences in colors of your choice. You can configure multiple sets of versions to compare in this way. It's the easiest way to compare different English translations, or different Greek texts. You can see instantly if the critical Greek text is different from one of the Majority texts.
    3. Sentence Diagramming- BibleWorks now contains a sophisticated and flexible diagramming module. You can import text from BibleWorks or a text file and construct diagrams using a simple but powerful graphical user interface. Example files are included to illustrate uses for all of the diagramming objects. Diagramming was never easier. This module arrives at a good time because more and more seminaries are including diagramming in their language courses.
    4. Flashcards - This new option permits you to construct vocabulary flashcards to assist you in learning Greek and Hebrew vocabulary. A complete database of flashcards for the entire Hebrew Old and Greek New Testaments is included, but changing the definitions can be done with the click of a mouse. Complete support for voice recording is included for teachers who want to provide students with their own pronunciation files. The flashcard utility also contains a feature, which allows users to find "example verses" which contain a specified number of vocabulary words and a specified maximum number of non-vocabulary words. This should be very useful for teachers looking for classroom examples.
    5. BibleWorks Cloning- With the click of a mouse you can open a new copy of BibleWorks. All Command Center settings, word lists, hit highlighting, and verse settings are transferred. Cloned copies use their own initialization file so you can configure the clones the way you want. This feature allows you to digress along a different path and return to exactly the same starting point with minimal hassle.
    6. Word Tips - This option displays simple definitions and parsing information in a floating window above each Hebrew Old Testament or Greek New Testament word as you pass the mouse cursor over the word. Users accustomed to previous versions of BibleWorks can think of it as a micro-auto-info-window. This is a wonderful learning tool for students.
    7. Painless Morphology Codes- As you type morphology codes in the Command Center or ASE a list of morphology tips opens as you type showing you the available code options. In fact, you are not permitted to type an incorrect code! Entering morphology codes was never easier.
    8. Lexical and Grammatical Help - When you right click on a Greek or Hebrew word in the Results Window there is a new option available which displays a listing of lexical and grammatical help available for that word. The listing includes a summary of lexical entries available as well as links to existing grammars based on the morphology of the selected word.
    9. Editable Outlines- By popular request you can now edit the Bible outline that appears with Bible text in the Results Window. You can create your own outlines or modify existing ones and select from available outlines with a couple of mouse clicks.
    10. New Fonts - This release of BibleWorks will include new versions of our Greek and Hebrew fonts. These fonts incorporate a workaround for a bug in Internet Explorer, WordPad, HTML Help, and Outlook that inserts unwanted spaces when automatic-backspacing diacritics are used. As far as we know there is no other font set available with this workaround. What this means is BibleWorks information can be shared literally with anyone who uses Windows or Mac OSX.

      You will discover more new features as you explore BibleWorks 6.0. As always we are eager to hear from users regarding the need for new features and capabilities. All of the features which we have added in this version are there because users have requested them. So do not be shy. Let us know what you think about the new features and let us know what else you need to "rightly divide the Word of truth."

    Mark Langley
    Sovereign Grace Baptist Church of Topeka, KS

    But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

    to. de. r`h/ma Kuri,ou me,nei eivj to.n aivw/na tou/to de, evsti to. r`h/ma to. euvaggelisqe.n eivj u`ma/j

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