[sword-devel] MacSword 1.8.1

David Overcash funnylookinhat at gmail.com
Tue Dec 16 12:46:31 MST 2008

My mac is currently in the shop, but as soon as it comes back I'll go ahead
and install and test for you.  I'm very excited!! This release has certainly
been a long time coming.


On Tue, Dec 16, 2008 at 3:40 AM, David Trotz <dtrotzjr at crosswire.org> wrote:

> Manfred,
> 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.
> --
> David
> 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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