Power BibleCD by Phil Lindner

Last Page Update: Jan 2006
Manufacturer:
Phil Linder, Online Publishing Inc.
Title: Power Bible CD
Version/Date: 4.6 Current Jan 2006
Contact: WebPage: www.powerbible.com
Description:   Power BibleCD is a well done All-In-One package. The demonstration version 3.9 shows off the features well, and the CD ROM is fairly well populated with references. In the latest versions, the ability to create verse notes and topical lesson notes have brought Power BibleCD into competition with the other packages. At only $19, Power BibleCD makes a good value if the included modules meet your needs. 

Comments: This review was performed using the Demo version of PowerBible, which is at version 3.9, and I updated the engine with the v4.6 patch. 

Screen Capture (click to view):

1. User Interface:

Desktop:

Power BibleCD features a multi-window interface in which you can arrange windows to appear how you like them. The desktop is saved when you exit the program, and upon restarting, you can elect to restore it, or start with the default desktop. There are no capabilities to save layouts for different uses or users.

BibleCD provides horizontal, vertical, and cascade tiling of windows, and also features an autotile feature. Autotile will automatically resize windows to use the maximum screen space when another window is closed or added, and is very handy when you begin to use multiple windows.

The use of multilple windows allows you to open one or more Bibles and a commentary at the same time, for example, and view them side by side. Window syncrhonization is provided so that when the Bible view is scrolled, the commentary or parallel Bible version will scroll at the same time.

Alternately, BibleCD offers a unique "single window" view. In one window, you can toggle the display of cross references, commentary links, footnotes, and an interlinear representation. You can also compare bible versions, which allows each verse to be followed by a verse in an alternate translation. You can also view a commentary that follows each verse. This can get quite complicated to view! With all these options turned on, Matthew Chapter 1, Verse 1 appears as the following:

1 ¶ The book of the generation of Jesus Christ , the son of David , the son of Abraham . (KJV)
Ge 12:3; 22:18; Ps 132:11; Isa 11:1; Jer 23:5; Mt 22:24,42; Lu 3:23; Joh 7:42; Ac 2:30; 13:23; Ro 1:3; Ga 3:16
MHCC
Edit MyNotes
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary:
** Matthew, surnamed Levi, before his conversion was...

Opening Books, Appearance, and Navigation

Bibles and other references are opened by going to the appropriate menu and selecting the version you want to open. Each resource will open in its own window. You can change the contents of an open window by clicking on the module title in the sub-window toolbar. A menu will appear with alternate modules available in the different categories, such as Topics, Commentaries, Hebrew and Greek Lexicons, and Dictionaries. The Bible window allows you to select other versions, versions to compare, or which commentary to view in the single window.

Fonts can be adjusted through the preferences menu for all windows, but not on a window by window basis.

There are no options to display the Words of Christ in red.

There are no options to view the Bible text in a paragraph format.

Power BibleCD can display footnotes, cross-references, commentaries, and an interlinear text all in the same Bible view window. Each of these features can be toggled on or off.

You are able to compare Bible versions either within a single Bible View window, or by synchronizing multiple translations in separate windows. The compare tool at the top of the Bible view allows you to select an alternate translation. The verses will alternate between translations so you can easily see the verses side by side.

Bible text is loaded on a chapter basis. You can scroll through the chapters using the scroll bar or cursor keys. At the bottom of each chapter is a hyperlink to take you to the next chapter, or you can use the CTRL key with the PageUp/Down keys. Back and Forward tools at the top of the Bible view window let you quickly retrace your steps. You can also directly enter a verse reference in the toolbar window; abbreviations do not have to be exact.

Help:

Basic help is provided with graphical screen shots where needed.

2. Module Linking and Management:

As mentioned above, the Bible display can be toggled to show an Interlinear view (Greek or Hebrew), Cross References, Footnotes, or Commentary links.

Each Interlinear word in the KJV can be clicked on to bring up a Strong's Greek or Hebrew definition from the dictionary. The dictionary supports hyperlinks to view similar words. For example, selecting in Matthew 1:1 brings up Strong's number 1078. Hyperlinks are included to go to Greek 1074 (genea), and there is also a link to search for Strong's 1078 in the KJV Bible.

Alternately, if you hold the cursor over the Greek/Hebrew word in the Bible view, a tooltip window will pop up with the definition.

Each cross reference can be selected and that scripture reference will be jumped to in either a new or the current window, depending on the option selected. Alternately, the cursor can be held over a verse reference and a tooltip window will pop up displaying the text of the referenced verse.

Commentary links, such as MHCC, can be clicked and the appropriate commentary will open in another window. You can click "Edit MyNotes" to create your own verse notes (if already present, a hyperlink for "MyNotes" will also appear). Finally, the text of the currently selected commentary for that verse will appear.

There are no links from the Bible text to the other dictionaries, such as Easton's. Thus, if you want to look up a word from the NKJV, you have to open the Dictonary you want to use, and look that word up much like you would with a paper dictionary.

Bible and Commentary windows can be "rotated" to view other versions that are loaded. For example, you can toggle between the KJV and other versions in the Bible view.

3. Modules: Power BibleCD is an "All In One" package and uses its own proprietary module format. You can create your own verse notes and topical lesson studies. The CD ROM features the following modules (among others, see the website for the latest):

Bibles: KJV w/Greek & Hebrew Interlinear text; NKJV, MKJV, NIV ($20 unlock), NASB & 1995 update ($20), NRSV ($5), ASV, BBE, etc.
Commentaries: Adam Clarke's, Barnes NT, Family Bible Notes, 1599 Geneva Notes, Wesley's, Matthew Henry's, People's NT, etc. 
Dictionaries: Easton's, Smith's American Tract Society, Strong's Greek & Hebrew Lexicon
Topical References: Thompson, Everday Life References, Spurgeon M&E Readings, Nave's Topics, 2770 Sermon Topics, Torrey's Topics, Quotations, Bagster's Daily Light

4. Search:

In the search dialog, you first select the Bible version you want to search. Next, you enter the word or words you wish to search for. You can use wildcards except in phrase searches. You then select to search ALL the words, ANY of the words, or the exact PHRASE. You can toggle to search footnotes or not. You can also set the range to search in. You can search on Strong's numbers, as well.

There is no proximity search. There is no case matching. Large searches provide you the opportunity to refine the search, truncate the search at 200 results, or display the results anyway.

Searching can only be performed in the Bible text. However, there is also a Reference Index tool that allows you to input a word, and an index of all Dictionary and Topic modules will be listed.

PowerBible passed the eat AND meat search test. The search found 37 verses in the KJV containing both the words eat and meat, though there is supposed to be only 35. Upon examination, one additional verse was Genesis 40:17, and the other was Psalms 59:15. It turns out that both of the footnotes for these verses include the other searched word. 

Search Results:

Search results are placed in a new Verse List dual pane window. The left column displays the found verse references with checkboxes. The right window pane displays the found verses. The tools in the Verse List (obtained by right clicking the mouse) allow you to delete selected verses from the list, copy verses to the clipboard or lesson editor, view verses in alternate Bible versions, and so forth.

You can use the right mouse button to open a selected verse in a Bible view display.

5. Editing Features:

Bookmarks are not supported in Power BibleCD.

Power BibleCD does not provide the abiltiy to highlight or otherwise mark text as in a Rainbow Bible.

The copy features allow you to copy entire sections or selected text to the clipboard. You can also copy directly into the Lesson editor, and you can append items to the clipboard as well.

You can print verses using the Print Range utility. You can also print window contents.

Power BibleCD provides both Topical notes (known as Lessons), and verse notes capability. You can create more than one set of each type of note as well. The editors are basic, and the verse notes editor provides a tool for inserting verse hyperlinks. Verse notes can be synchronized with the Bible view, and verses that have personal notes will be indicated as such by an appropriate hyperlink if the show commentary option is on.

6. Multimedia Support: No graphical or audio features were noted.

7. Greek/Hebrew Tools: Power BibleCD provides an interlinear Greek/Hebrew view in the KJV, as well as Strong's Greek and Hebrew dictionaries.

8. Cost:

Power BibleCD $19.00 
There are occassional specials, such as of this writing Phil was offering a buy one get one free deal.

A downloadable DEMO (currently V3.9) is available. You can also patch the demo with the latest update, though you must change the default directory when installing the update. The patch only updates the engine, and does not provide any additional modules.


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