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#40346 E-Sword verses The Word programs easy to use

Posted by DoctorDaveT on 01 February 2021 - 09:41 AM in e-Sword Questions & Answers

Hey, Jim,


Here's my opinion (which is worth exactly what you've just paid to read it...). In a comparison between e-Sword and theWord Bible Software:

  • Both have similar (not identical, but similar) libraries available, both free and premium. I would not make the decision as to which software to learn based on free resources. Both have an overwhelming amount of free, evangelical, resources to access.
  • Resource material for TW ("theWord") is easier to access from within the program than eS ("e-Sword"). This is because TW has built in download capability for Josh's resources here at BibleSupport and my resources at www.DoctorDaveT.com, as well as all of the official resources. eS only includes its official modules as download options.
  • eS is simpler to use than TW. If you're looking for one Bible window, one dictionary window, and one commentary window, then eS is probably your software of choice.
  • TW has more "customizibility" than eS. Two Bible windows? Yep. Two commentary windows? Yep. Eight windows with three Bibles, one dictionary, three commentaries and a regular old book? Yep. If the ability to customize your screen is important, than TW is your choice.
  • If your focus is solely on the English language, eS may be right for you.
  • If you want to do any original language work, TW offers better Greek/Hebrew functionality.

I'm an independent Baptist pastor, and here is what I tell my folks who are interested in Bible software. If you're comfortable with your computer and your Bible, then use TW. If you're uncomfortable with your computer, or just want to read the Bible and use a commentary, use eS.


Seriously, in your condition, I would highly recommend you use eSword. By the way - praise the Lord you're coming back from your health history. And if you ever feel limited with the way eSword works, then maybe it might be time to take a look at theWord.

#38831 How do I make a pdf into a refx?

Posted by DoctorDaveT on 25 September 2020 - 05:13 PM in Tutorials

Hey, Ghoti,


There are two free software tools you'll want to familiarize yourself with to convert .pdfs to .refx files.


1. The first is Calibre, and is available here. This is an all-inclusive ebook management system. You'll want to download and learn how to convert .pdf files to .rtf files. CAUTION: There are two different kind of .pdf files; for simplicity sake, they are 1) graphically oriented, and 2) textually oriented. (If it looks like a picture of a text, it probably is a picture, and is graphically oriented). The graphically oriented files will not convert to .rtf using Calibre. If you want to convert graphically oriented .pdf files, you're going to need commercial ("pay $$$") software.


2. The second is ToolTip Tool NT (colloquially called T4), which is housed here at this website and is basically a wordprocessor for Esword module making.


T4 is moderately easy to learn; just take an hour or so to read the manual and practice a little. If you're computer savy, you'll pick it up quick. If not, post help questions here at the forum.


One more comment: if you convert modules that are public domain, please remember to post them here for sharing. :)


My experience is that is the tricky part is getting the .pdf to .rtf; and that means learning Calibre.

#38514 e-Sword STEP Reader

Posted by DoctorDaveT on 27 July 2020 - 09:21 AM in e-Sword Questions & Answers

Hello, eSword Fans,


I have not upgraded to eSword 12. I still have 11.0.6 installed. I really only use it for module building because I use another free software package for my Bible study and "sermonation."


While recently building some new modules, I thought about upgrading to eSword 12, and wondered what the differences were. According to this short article by Bill Huff, the STEP reader was rebuilt for eS12. I'm wondering what the upgrades are.


If you are a STEP reader user, could you post your thoughts (pros and cons) about the STEP reader upgrade that is part of eSword 12?



#38458 Thompson Chain Reference

Posted by DoctorDaveT on 16 July 2020 - 05:08 PM in e-Sword Questions & Answers

I've got a Thompson Chain Reference available as a dictionary module at my website here. They're in alphabetical order, so just scroll down. By the way, if y'all haven't stopped by to see the "What's New" in a while, I have a few new modules available. Click here for "What's New."

#38437 Displaying dictionary topics causes temporary freeze

Posted by DoctorDaveT on 10 July 2020 - 08:09 AM in e-Sword Questions & Answers

Many of us love our free stuff, so we load up. But when we load up on dictionaries, we really slow our performance down. Years ago I wrote this:


Make it sing by not making it sync. The easiest step you can take to improving eSword speed & performance is to turn off the synchronizing feature of your dictionaries. On the dictionary tool bar, look for the “Synchronize...” button (it looks like three links of a chain). If you’ll depress that button, you’ll not only “unsync” all of the dictionaries, you’ll have taken the simplest step possible to accelerate your eSword performance.


With the dictionary “sync” button inactive, eSword will no longer utilize massive amounts of system resources every time you click your mouse on a word. True, eSword will no longer immediately move to the dictionary entry; but when you want to find a word in the dictionary, you can just temporarily reselect the sync button.


ALSO: Make sure you deselect the “Dictionary Topics” button (CTRL-t). Don’t be nervous about your dictionary topic window disappearing; all you’ll have to do is hit “CTRL-t” again (or click the obvious button) and it reappears. These two simple steps (deselecting the dictionary “sync” & “topics” buttons) are the easiest steps you can take for eSword performance acceleration.


To see the entire blog post, click here.

#38392 mysword now uses ...

Posted by DoctorDaveT on 01 July 2020 - 10:52 AM in e-Sword Modules / Resources

Hey, Tj,


Interesting post. Do you use e-Sword, MySword on the PC emulated with Android emulator, or something else when you're sitting down to study your Bible?

#38377 mysword now uses ...

Posted by DoctorDaveT on 28 June 2020 - 04:54 AM in e-Sword Modules / Resources

Hey, Josh,


In order for MyS version 11.1 to work, the device has to have Android version 5.0 ("Lollipop") or higher. According to this wikipedia article, Lollipop was introduced in the summer of 2014. My phone is at least 24 months old (it might be 36 - I can't remember which June I bought it in), and I have version 7.0. I would guess that the majority of the users here are using 5.0 or higher.


In your site analytics, can you tell what version of Android software is being used?

#38372 mysword now uses ...

Posted by DoctorDaveT on 25 June 2020 - 06:18 PM in e-Sword Modules / Resources

I've written a blog post about all of this, for those who might be so inclined to read it. You can go to this page, scroll down, and click the blog link.

#38347 mysword now uses ...

Posted by DoctorDaveT on 18 June 2020 - 05:26 AM in e-Sword Modules / Resources

From the official MySword website -


A new version of MySword for Android v.11.1 has been released. MySword 11.1's major features are  support for non-encrypted ESword, MyBible, The Word and USFM bibles and modules; and other improvements and bugfixes.


This is great news. Thanks, Exscentric, for bringing this to our attention.