[sword-devel] MacSword 1.8.1

David Trotz dtrotzjr at crosswire.org
Tue Dec 16 03:40:59 MST 2008

I can't wait to install this on my mac later today. I will keep you 
posted on my findings. Thanks for putting your time into this, its great 
to see MacSword alive again.

Manfred Bergmann wrote:
> Hi.
> After half a year of work on the next major release of MacSword I 
> would like to release still an early alpha version to the public.
> All version numbers lower than 2.0 are considered alpha versions.
> The following things are implemented and are considered working except 
> many, many minor issues:
> - workspace host window which enables tabs for all major views (Bible 
> (Combi view), Commentary, Dictionary, Genbook)
> - single host window which can hold only one view of the above 
> mentioned (tabs can be detached from workspace host and opened in 
> single space host)
> - combi view that can display bible views in parallel (as many as fit 
> on the screen)
> - combi view also can host commentaries (and later dictionaries and 
> genbooks)
> - all views that display module data/text are based on NSTextView 
> instead of WebKit. NSTextView and the text processing system of Cocoa 
> allows much more posibilities for text editing and processing than 
> WebKit. The drawback is that the HTML data has to be converted to 
> something which NSTextView can display (internally) which costs some 
> time. But displaying 4-5 books at a time should be fast enough.
> - all parallel bible and commentary views in combi view are 
> synchronized. This means that while scrolling a bible or commentary 
> text all other views are synchronizing itself to the currently visible 
> verse. ATM the views are synchronized to the verse displayed at the 
> top line. More functionality is planned for the future here.
> - HUD preview window which shows cross-refs, refs, notes, strongs 
> (more will come)
> - indexed search based on Apple's SearchKit
> - background indexer which automatically indexes all modules types.
> - in view search through NSTextView's Find panel
> - automatic application updater based on Sparkle open source Cocoa 
> framework
> - module installer
> - bookmarks manager
> - session saving and loading (though the session is currently saved in 
> /tmp which will be deleted after restart)
> There are also many, many things missing that will hopefully be 
> implemented next year:
> - a wizzard for the first run which guides the user to get some 
> modules in
> - localization
> - personal commentary editing
> - improvements on the UI in terms of context menus, images, improving 
> overall ease of use
> - removing all the rough edges
> - display options, fonts, colours
> - search options (range search and such, maybe a wizzard for creating 
> a query statement)
> - interconnection between the data and all the views
> - daily devotions
> - word statistics
> - timeline view
> The application will not be made available at SourceForge yet.
> For everyone interested in testing and giving feedback please have a 
> look at some screenshots or download the application.
> The application will only work on Mac OSX 10.5.
> It is possible to use MacSword 1.4 (and below) and MacSword 2 in 
> parallel. None of your data should get lost but backups of your 
> bookmarks and other files would not hurt.
> Screenshots:
> http://idisk.mac.com/manfred.bergmann-Public/Bibles.png
> http://idisk.mac.com/manfred.bergmann-Public/Genbook.png
> http://idisk.mac.com/manfred.bergmann-Public/IndexedSearch.png
> Application:
> http://idisk.mac.com/manfred.bergmann-Public/MacSword-1.8.1.app.zip
> Any help for example for finding appropriate images actually for all 
> parts of the application, finding bugs or giving opinions are very 
> welcome.
> Regards,
> Manfred
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