[sword-devel] Making Bible DVDs from OSIS source text

David Haslam d.haslam at ukonline.co.uk
Thu Sep 3 12:21:36 MST 2009

I have been sent an early demo sample (containing only the text of 2 John, in
a Cyrillic scripted language) which can be viewed using Windows Media Player
(also worked on Power DVD and Windows Media Center).  Not authorised to
distribute the demo yet.

It looks very promising!

-- David

David Haslam wrote:
> This news should be of interest to CrossWire people.  I have permission to
> share it.
> Our friend John Austin has developed software to make a Bible DVD from
> OSIS source text.
> The DVD Bible creator is an Open Source program that installs as a Firefox
> extension in Linux. 
> From an OSIS file and some UI (and custom menus if desired) a completed
> Bible DVD is created.
>>> The DVD begins with a menu where you can choose a Bible book and
>>> chapter. After you choose a book and chapter, it shows a nicely readable
>>> book-like representation of that text on the TV screen. At the bottom of
>>> the screen are navigation buttons for flipping pages in the text or
>>> viewing footnotes (or reading the glossary or other study materials if
>>> they are available). If an audio reading or dramatization of the
>>> Scripture exists, it will seamlessly play that as it displays the
>>> corresponding text, and the displayed text will follow along with the
>>> audio reading (sort of like an automated slide show).
> It doesn't use any SWORD Project code, but it uses Firefox and lots of
> Linux DVD utils.
> Source code not yet posted online (it's not quite ready yet, etc), 
> but I am in regular contact with him, so this should soon be practical.
> Please pray for the success and spiritual impact of this project, 
> especially as it begins to be used in the region where John is working.
> -- David

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