According to the official e-Sword chronology, as of 2016, twenty-five MILLION downloads of e-Sword had occurred throughout the world. Also according to the chronology, e-Sword and its associated costs are Rick's sole source of income as well as his personal burden.
If every down-loader simply contributed one dollar a year to the effort, Rick would both be able to cover the expenses associated with this ministry and be a bloody millionaire besides.
I encourage every e-Sword user to make a contribution that God's Word would continue to be spread throughout this sinful, broken world.
1. I have a .bbl file downloaded in 2005 that somehow got stored as a PDF. Sho 'nuff. Adobe cannot recognize a .bbl file and nothing good happens when I try to open the file. So, what to do about that?
2. Once I recover that sucker, is there an available utility to convert .bbl to .bblx and .cmt to .cmtx?
I should specify that I am referring to a PC running Win 10 and E-Sword 11.2.2.
I have used E-Sword since about 2005 and have found it a valuable resource. I use it at least daily both on my PC and on my iPhone. I have occasionally found it desirable to contact Rick with various questions. I think he got righteously tired of my contacting him directly and last week invited me to join BibleSupport.
I have found this to be another valuable resource. I just spent approximately one hour with Jon (JPG) and he was an incredible help in resolving my issues.
BTW, if you're one of those who use E-Sword or any of its variants, I encourage you to contribute to the E-Sword effort. Sadly, only a small percentage of E-Sword users financially thank Rick and his associates for their wonderful efforts in spreading the Word.
If you have been blessed by this great resource, make a contribution. Considering the cost of other Bible study apps, a voluntary contribution to E-Sword is a downright bargain and might help someone else come to faith through the proclamation of the Word.
Lonnie, IF you purchased NIV '84 from E-Sword before the publisher put out NIV 2011, Rick tells me you should be able to get it again by requesting your number from E-Sword although I must admit I have been unsuccessful in doing this. I *thought* I had successfully reinstalled NIV 84 which I purchased in 2005 but when I go to NIV in E-Sword all I get is the PC "inclusive" nouns and pronouns.
Like you, I would like to fix this and be assured that I have the Biblical version of the NIV and not the politically correct version. God spoke to men because Eve sinned first and we followed hence we miserable men were made the head of the woman to teach us not to follow others into sin. I say this not to denigrate women, I love them -- one in particular for now 55 years -- but to acknowledge what I feel is God's intent.
As an alternative in my published devotions I frequently use the MKJV, also available for E-Sword.
To all of you, Rick has made a tremendous tool available to the world for free! I encourage you to contribute ANY amount to support his efforts. God will bless his efforts regardless but, if you have been blessed by his product, show your thankfulness in a tangible way.