e-Sword X: Bible Study Extreme
By Rick Meyers
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e-Sword® — the world's most popular PC Bible study software is now available on the world's most advanced desktop operating system! e-Sword X is feature rich and user friendly. As your Biblical library grows you will appreciate the intuitive layout and synchronization of resources. e-Sword X is so easy to use you may never need to click on the Help menu!
EVERYTHING NEEDED to study the Bible in an enjoyable and enriching manner. All Bibles, commentaries, dictionaries, … everything is just a click away!
POWERFUL SEARCHES that are simple to use. Enter as many words you want to search for and select the settings. You can even search on Strong numbers!
INTEGRATED EDITOR for creating your own study notes, even with images. Rich text notes are "linked" to the Bible for easy viewing as popover tooltips!
PARALLEL BIBLE of your own design for comparing passages.
STRONG'S DEFINITIONS are just a click away and presented in a popover tooltip.
SCRIPTURE REFERENCES too are just a click away and presented in a popover tooltip.
COMPARE BIBLES quickly to see how the different versions translate a verse.
LOCATION MAPS pin-point Biblical places on live modern maps to help bring the narrative to life!
READING PLANS designed to help you grow in your knowledge of the Bible.
No Internet connection is required to use e-Sword X.
e-Sword X initially installs with the King James Bible and the King James with Strong's numbers study Bible, the Strong's Lexicon, Smith's Bible dictionary, F. B. Meyer devotional commentary, and the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge cross references. There are over one hundred additional Bibles, commentaries, dictionaries, lexicons, reference books and devotionals that you can download and add to your library absolutely free!
Also available are some "locked" resources which must be purchased from their publisher. These are copyright and licensing requirements which are unavoidable.
Please note that e-Sword X is an *ENGLISH* release (but does include Spanish UI localization.) There are dozens of non-English Bibles available, but all other content is in English.
The perfect app on the perfect platform. What are you waiting for? Download e-Sword X today and get to studying the Bible!
What's New in Version 3.2
* You can now search through all your notes in the Editors. Right-click (Control+click) on a word or selected phrase and choose "Search" from the popup menu to do so.
* You can quickly add a Study Note to any Bible verse with a right-click (Control+click) on the verse's reference link and choosing "Note" from the popup menu.
* You can now quickly replace any Scripture reference in the Editor with the complete Scripture text. To do so, select the reference and press Command+Shift+J, or select "Format, Expand Reference" from the e-Sword X menu. The formatting applied to the Scripture text is set through the "Copy Verses" dialog.
* The "Lookup Reference" search field on the main toolbar now displays the active verse at all times.
Works Excellently, But The Design and Layout Could Be Better!
Let me start off by saying that, overall, I really like your program. It took a little getting used to (last time I used E-Sword was on Windows, and it looked very different), but now I keep it side by side my word processor when I’m referencing Bible material. It really is a great resource, especially the commentary by F.B. Meyer on each book/chapter. However, I take small issue with the design and layout… it’s pretty messy. I’m not saying that your program must strive to win an award in design excellence or anything like that, but the style of it is very OS X Leopard. That’s small potatoes compared to the layout though, which is sometimes boggling to me. Perhaps I’m not experienced enough yet, but there doesn’t seem to be any way to go back or forward in the Bible, it must all be typed into the small bar in the top left. I do appreciate that you allow different types of layouts in the menu bar. Also, I find the sheer amount of “bars” confusing still… trying to memorize which one do this or that is difficult, especially creating different study notes. It could use some touching-up, is all.
It feels wrong to nitpick a program that brings the Holy Bible to my desktop, but I only offer criticisms that could make the program easier to use… maybe make it more accessible to new users? Nevertheless, I wil continue to use it in conjunction with my real Bible. Thank you for bringing your program to Mac! God bless!
The best tool I’ve found, and not just because it is free...
I only give ratings of 5 if the apps are nearly perfect. This one has so much to offer…it is the app I am trying to consolidate all my study tools into after several years of sampling apps on my laptop and iPad. Other reviewers have likely already covered the pros. I have only 1 issue with it: navigation to all the tools available is not so intuitive, even though I’ve been using the Windows version for probably 10-15 years. Sometimes the thing I’m looking for is in the next layer down from the icons and entry boxes on the main page…and I’m just not picking up those locations very quickly. It is the developer’s conundrum of functionality/ease versus screen clutter. I will say that when I get stumped, I’ve contacted the developer (Rick) and he is amazingly fast at responding with the solution. DON’T HESITATE TO GET THIS APP! The only suggestion I have for improvement in future versions is to be able to sync my personal topics and study notes between my Mac and iPad, without needing iCloud.
Amazing Bible Study Tool
A friend recommended this app to me and I’m glad he did. I have used it close to six years now and have thoroughly enjoyed using it. I almost use it exclusively for my studies because of all the features (e.g., cross referencing, history, parallels, lexicon and commentarties to name a few). With SO many resources embedded, I can easily find information without having to exit the app, which also saves me times. In addition to having access to numerous free resources, the availability to purchase paid resources that interface seamlessly into the app (e.g., the Amplified Bible) is a real plus. The seven flexible view options are especially useful. For example, sometimes I just want the bible and dictionary displayed or bible and the bible, the commentary and editor. The app has worked flawlessly on both my ipad as well as my Macbook Pro, and even with iOS upgrades.
I HIGHLY recommend this app to everyone, especially though who want/need references immediately at their fingertips!. A must have app.