QuickVerse by Findex Corp.

Last Page Update: Jan 2006
Manufacturer
: Findex Inc.
Title: QuickVerse 2006
Version/Date: V10.0.1 (Current Jan 2006)
Contact:  http://www.quickverse.com
Description: QuickVerse has been around since the days of DOS, although ownership has passed hands quite a bit. Currently, QuickVerse is owned by Findex Corp., who runs a Parsons Church Division. Since this last takeover, Quickverse does seem to have gained new life, and versions went quickly from V8 to the current V10. QuickVerse uses the STEP module format, so there are hundreds of library books available. The software is mature and full featured.

Quickverse also has PDA versions of their software.

Update: QuickVerse currently offers a download of their "Starter" engine along with the KJV Bible and a couple other modules. You can also load other Quickverse modules form versions 5-10 using the separate manager tool. This "Starter" version seems to have a lot fewer functions on the menu bar than the last Version 7 Quickverse that I tried. Since I'm not clear if the "Starter" version is the same as the full fledged version, I'll only provide a basic overview in this review.

Screen Capture: (click on picture to open)  Quickverse

1. User Interface:

Desktop

QuickVerse uses a mutli-window interface, allowing as many open windows as you desire. Windows can be sized and arranged as needed. There are functions to tile windows horizontally, vertically, or cascaded, but there is no "smart window" capability to automaticlly fill the screen when new windows are opened or windows are closed.

Opening Books, Appearance, and Navigation

To open a book, the left side of the screen has a Library listing of all available and unlockable books. You select the category of book you want, and click on a a book to open it. 

Most books have a table of contents (TOC) that sits on the left of the screen, and are indexed by verses (Bibles) or words (dictionaries). You can use the indexing to quickly find a verse or word in that reference. This TOC window can be toggled on and off via a toolbar icon. Each chapter is navigated using the scroll bar or arrow keys. New chapters can be gone to using the TOC window or the Next/Previous Section toolbar selection.

The window appearance can be adjusted in several ways. You can adjust the font size for the tree views, and there is a global font size adjustment. There does not appear to be a way to adjust fonts for individual windows. Words of Christ in red is supported by some Bible modules.

Bibles are loaded by Chapter, and appear in paragraph format. There did not seem to be an option to view in a verse by verse format.

Footnotes are provided in Bible text through the use of clickable circles that mark a footnote. Click one of these and a small pop up window will display the footnote.

Strong's Numbers are supported in the Strong's Exhaustive Concordance module, which displays the KJV Bible with Strong's numbers. Clicking a Strong's Number in this module will look up the definition in the Strong's Hebrew and Greek Dictionary.

Cross-References within the Bible text do not seem to be supported, though cross reference modules are available.

2. Module Linking and management

Windows can be synchronized so that, for example, Matthew Henry's Commentary will continually show the corresponding commentary for the currently viewed Bible passage.

You can look up words in the Bible View from the right mouse menu using the QuickDefine option.

QuickDefine: point to a word, select QuickDefine from the right mouse menu. A small box appears with the definition from either Holman or Easton's Bible Dictionary.

Other modules may have hyperlinks to Bible references. Simply click the hyperlink to view the reference in the Bible view window.

There does not seem to be any "rotate" capability in QuickVerse that allows me to quickly view alternate references in a similar category. That is, if I am viewing a verse in the KJV, I cannot "rotate" to the NIV. If I am viewing the Matthew Henry Commentary on Luke Chapter 2, I cannot "rotate" to another commentary. However, if I have opened these resources, I can quickly jump between them.

3. Modules:

QuickVerse has generally been at the forefront of the STEP module format. There are hundreds of STEP modules available, and the latest version QuickVerse reader should generally be compatible with them all. QuickVerse is available in several different packages, and each provides a pretty good module per dollar ratio.

4. Search:

The Text Search Dialog lets you do the following:

Select which books to search: current book, all open books, all books, or you can select from the library list of all books.
Search the article text or titles?
What do you want to find (enter word, words, or phrase)
Select the language (English, Greek, Hebrew, French, etc.)
You can select from an Operator List (AND, OR, NOT, XOR, Wildcards, parenthesis)
If the book to be searched has a Word List, you can open the word list tool to select known words in that resource.
You can select a range from a limited set of predefined ranges (All, OT, NT, Gospels, etc.)
You can make the search case sensitive
You can select to search all word endings (this could also be done with wildcards)
In Bible searches, a proximity can be set of a single verse or an entire chapter.

QuickVerse passed the eat and meat test (see Evaluation Criteria), finding 35 matching articles in the KJV text.

Search Results:

The search results appear in a new, two paned window that takes up the whole screen. The left pane contains a tree view of all found verses that contain the searched articles. If multiple books were searched, the found entries for those books are shown here as well. A single click on an entry brings up the context in the right window. A double click on an entry opens the Bible View window to that selection. You can go back to the search window to check on other verses.

While you can copy and paste the found verses using Enhanced Copy, there didn't seem to be any way to save the search results list, especially if all you wanted are the verse references. Thus, QuickVerse doesn't seem to support "verse lists".

You can, however, leave the Window open to refer back to later, and you can recall previous searches using the rotate capability.

Other Searches

Quicksearch lets you perform a search on the currently selected word. It quickly searches all open modules, and provides the results as above. Quicksearch is available from the menu or from the right mouse menu.

QuickVerse provides an Analytical Greek Search, but I was not able to test it as I had no modules containing the underlying Greek grammatical structure built into the STEP format. According to the Help, however, the Analytical Greek Search allows you to enter a word as a Greek Lemma, enter a Greek inflection, use Friberg tags (can pick from a list), find within paragraph, sentence, or verse, use a word list, enter exact Diacritical Marks, and match word order.

QuickVerse does not support global Topical searches, although several topical reference modules are available.

QuickVerse does provide a Bible Verse Reference search in the "verse search" tool. A Bible verse is entered, and you select to search all books, open books, or a specific book to search. All found references to the entered verse are listed in a tree format results window. You can then select a reference and the appropriate module will open to that selection.

5. Editing Features.

An unlimited number of bookmarks is supported. You select bookmarks through the toolbar in the Bible view window. 

You can highlight selected text in a variety of colors, much like with a highlighting pen. 

The copy and paste features are well done. The Enhanced Copy features allow you to specify how references will be copied, such as citations included with each verse or passage or never, what order, whether translation information should be inlcuded, and so forth.

Printing from all modules is supported, along with enhanced printing options.

QuickVerse has a nice Notes utility, that supports Bible book, chapter, or verse notes, notes on any other module, topical notes, and general notes. All the notes are managed using a tree view notes tool.

While the Bible text does not seem to indicate that a note is available, the notes window can be opened and synchronized with the Bible view so that notes can be viewed. Verse and Topical indexes are automatically created as new notes are generated, helping to navigate your notes.

There is also a find utility for finding specific text within your notes.

6. Greek and Hebrew Tools:

QuickVerse provides sophisticated search tools for studying the grammatical structure of the Greek language in which the New Testament originally was written. Information in the electronic book allows you to search not only the actual text but the nuances of word usage and context, including specific parts of speech and the variations of case, gender, and other attributes. You need to purchase Greek language modules for these features.

The standard packages include Strong's Concordance and Strong's Greek and Hebrew dictionaries for performing lookups using Strong's numbers.

7. Graphics and Audio:

QuickVerse includes Parson's Bible Atlas, which contains well done graphics and text about Biblical times. There is also an audio module available, New Unger's Talking Bible Dictionary, that will prounounce words for you.

8. Cost and support:

See webpage for package details.

QV2006 Starter $9.95 or Free Download (about 29Megs; KJV, Matthew Henry's Concise, Nave's Topical, Spurgeon's M&E)
QV2006 Essentials: $49.95
QV2006 Standard: $99.95
QV2006 Expanded $199.95
QV2006 Deluxe: 299.99
QV2006 Platinum $799.95


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