[sword-devel] New front page CrossWire

Daniel Owens dhowens at pmbx.net
Tue Dec 2 03:29:59 MST 2008

I think Ben is right. With a few exceptions (mostly mentioned below), BPBible meets or exceeds most options available for Windows users. BibleCS will never touch the localization potential in BPBible 0.4+ because of the utf8 capability in BPBible, so I agree it needs to be on the main page.


-----Original Message-----
From: "Ben Morgan" <benpmorgan at gmail.com>
To: "SWORD Developers' Collaboration Forum" <sword-devel at crosswire.org>
Sent: 12/2/08 5:44 AM
Subject: Re: [sword-devel] New front page CrossWire

On Tue, Dec 2, 2008 at 6:52 AM, Peter von Kaehne <refdoc at gmx.net> wrote:

> > I would agree with DM that in-development stuff shouldn't be on the
> > front page yet. If the developers don't feel their work is up to version
> > 1.0 status, I don't think we should be directing traffic there yet.
> > BPBible is the only one I spot in this situation.
> I thought about this - reasons I thought I include it were a) the status
> of BpBible in portable apps - which is a very important site for many
> windows users b) the fact that it is a stable and nice application
> irrespective of the low version number. Considering what kind of garbage
> sometimes carries a 1.0 (none of us - just general) I thought 0.3.1 is a
> nice understatement. But anyway, consensus shall rule.

This is why I started BPBible at 0.1, not 1.0. However, I consider that
0.3.1 is perfectly usable. 0.4 (which I will try to release tonight -
Matthew found a few problems in the prerelease of it, which have been
fixed...) adds quite a few new features. Jon has certainly been wanting this
on the frontpage - thanks for doing this, Peter. Personally I think that the
0.4 of BPBible > 1.5.11 of BibleCS (for what I want it for - and most other
users would as well).

The things which are currently lacking from BPBible are that are seen in
(some) other SWORD apps:
1) good editor support
2) Support for RtoL languages.
3) InstallManager
It is likely that a switch to XULRunner would make 1) and 2) easy. 3) just
needs implementing, but I haven't decided how best to present this
information to the user.

Counterbalancing this, however, there are a few features that only BPBible
has in the SWORD world. I think that BPBible is likely to be the most direct
competitor to e-Sword, especially when the three points above are covered.

God Bless,
Multitudes, multitudes,
   in the valley of decision!
For the day of the LORD is near
   in the valley of decision.

Giôên 3:14 (ESV)

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