Read the Bible - version 5
Software for reading and studying the Bible
Official site readthebible.sourceforge.net
8 April 2010New version 5 alpha 19. See Versions.
1 April 2010Another site that publishes software news has noticed and published information about "PC Bible" - softoxi.com.
17 February 2010 Check out: Versions.
4 February 2010 Minor improvements have been added that is no worth mentioning. All changes can be see in the repository with the original code.
The main purpose of Read the Bible 5 is to add more to the existing freeware software for reading and studying the Bible:
- Cross-platform (for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux).
- Present as many Bulgarian translations of the Bible as possible.
- Show every translation of the Bible in such a way that is as close to the original as possible - with all specific elements for each translation: titles of the books, the same chapter and verse numeration, all available footnotes and so on
- Quick search for words and phrases.
- Display in separate windows separate or synchronized parts from different translations of the Bible.
- Redirect to other software that the user can also use.
- User-friendly interface that makes this software extremely easy to use.
Read the Bible 5 is a successor of "CD Bible - version 4.3", but presents totally new implementation that builds upon the ideas and files from previous versions.
You can see which Bible translations are included at these screenshots.
Read the Bible 5 is a cross-platform open-source software distributed under the (GPL) license, coded in C++ using Qt - a high-quality and powerful library that has also been used to produce other Bible software, for example CrossBgBible, Bulgarian Linux Bible, BibleTime).
If you would like to download the software go directly to the section Download.
The project team is open to volunteers so that we can achieve our goal - to create software that is user-friendly, cross-platform, unique with its features to study, quote and display the Bible.
At the time of writing this, the following people have participated in this project:
Vanyo Georgiev - author of Read the Bible 3.4, programmer and site administrator vanyog.com;
Teodor Bahchevanov - graphic designer, author of the logo and icon;
Peter Chervenkov - text typing;
Deyan Pavlov - translation in English.
If you wish to take part in the work, read how to Contribute".
All published versions so far are "alpha", meaning they are in development process and not finished. Yet they are totally usable and stable to a large degree. Features corresponding to those of version 4.3 will be added in the future. Along with that, and even with higher priority, new features are being developed that will make the software even more comfortable to use, for example it will be able to download on its own all needed Bible translations, to update itself automatically and so on.
Until all features of 4.3 are implemented in version 5 you can use both version at the same time, at least on Windows XP. For that purpose an item has been added to the menu of version 5 ("Windows - Version 4.3"). You can use both versions, at least under Windows XP, until all features of version 4.3 are added in version 5. For that purpose there is a menu item that was added in version 5, in menu "Windows" there is a command "Version 4.3", it will open version 4.3 and if it is not installed, then 4.3 can be automatically downloaded and installed. Thus, it is not necessary anymore to go through the complicated way of installing modules in version 4.3, one after another. Version 4.3 will use the translations that are downloaded by version 5.0. The rest of the modules of version 4.3 (dictionaries and illustrations), that are not yet added to version 5.0, will have to be downloaded and installed manually from the page of modules download.
Everyone who can contribute to the project is welcome to do so.
You don't have to be a software engineer. What is important is that you should have desire to support the development of a good product that will benefit many other people. Even a spelling error noticed is appreciated.
Read the Bible 5 is registered in the site of open-source software sourceforge.net and the best way to assist this project is to use the instruments for joined work that this site offers. It is necessary to register and then you can:
- Inform about noticed bug in the software;
- suggest an idea about new function or improvement;
- ask or answer questions in the help forum;
- share impressions and ideas in the general forum;
- read and edit MediaWiki;
- write mails to the mail-lists;
- make donation;
If you don't want to register, you can still contact directly Vanyo Georgiev at vanyog.com and ask him questions.
In order to speed up the implementation of new ideas and suggestions it is important that more developers join us to help for:
- Producing binary packets for different operation systems.
- Writing of help manuals for unexperienced users.
Download and installation
If you already have installed "Read the Bible 5" click menu "Help" - "Check for updates" and follow the instructions you will see there. If the update is not successful for some reason, then download and make fresh installation.
If this is the first time you install "Read the Bible 5", then download the file Bible-v5.1.1-win.zip and extract it into a separate directory.
Double-click on the Bible.exe file to start the program.
Mac OS X
If you already have installed "Read the Bible 5" (alpha version or later), click menu "Help" - "Check for updates" and follow the instructions you will see there. If the update is not successful for some reason, then download and make fresh installation.
If this is the first time you install "Read the Bible 5", then download the file Bible-v5.1.1-mac.zip.
Double-click this file to extract it and then double-click the newly created directory to open it.
Double-click on the Bible.app file to start the program.
We don't have yet executable files for Linux. We need someone that can do this. It is necessary to compile the source code. See also the next section "For programmers".
In order to compile "Read the Bible 5" from source code you will have to have Qt LGPL. Download it from http://qt.nokia.com/downloads.
The latest release of the source code of "Read the Bible 5" can be found in the repository http://readthebible.svn.sourceforge.net/viewvc/readthebible.
To compile the program, depending on the OS, open: Command Prompt (for Windows), Terminal (for Mac OS X) or Console (for Linux) and enter command build.bat (for Windows) or ./build.sh (for Mac OS X or Linux).
If you decide to view or change the source code, it's good to keep this in mind:
The file encoding is UTF-8.
The purpose of some of the files is:
In the directory named "update" you will find the initial code of a small add-on that is executed after every new download and update from the Internet. This program extracts the downloaded .zip archive and then restarts the "Read the Bible 5".
build.bat and build.sh - make compilation (.bat file for Windows, and .sh file for Mac and Linux).
cpr.bat - make new directory "rel" and copy there the .exe file, as well as some others;
cps.bat - make new directory "src" and copy there the source code files;
cpm.sh and cps.sh - same as cpr.bat and cps.bat, but for Mac;
mac.sh - prepares for distribution the executable packet for Mac. When this script is executed, the directory that contains Qt must be renamed to /usr/local/Trollteck/Qt.4.6.0- (with dash at the end).
You can download from here archives with various Bible translations can be downloaded from here.
5.0 alpha 19 - working version, just the source code was uploaded to the repository.
- New function "File" - "Open folder with program" was added for facilitation because during develpment it is often necessary to open the directory and edit its files .
- New funciton "Help" - "File "readme"". Here you'll find the latest news about the program and that's why I thought it was good to have quick access to it, too.
- Setting "Language" - will allow easy change of interface language instead of using just the system default language.
5.0 alpha 18 - 17 February 2010
This was version alpha 17 but for Mac OS.
5.0 alpha 17 - 17 February 2010
- Chapter 3 of 2 Peter from the Orthodox Bible now can be opened.
- Software was compiled with Qt 4.6.2.
5.0 alpha 17 - 4 January 2010
- Random verse function was added.
- Additions were made to the help file.
5.0 alpha 17 - 31 December 2009
- The source code of version alpha 17 was uploaded to sourceforge.net. Executable files will be added later.
- Added was function to re-download the Bible translation that is opened and used.
- Added option for settings for a proxy server.
- Added was a button to search in specific books from the translation that is open.
- Version 4.6.0 of Qt was used.
5.0 alpha 16 - 9 December 2009
- Option to open and edit styles file.
- Updates for Windows Vista and Windows 7.
- Shortcut keys for font increase Alt+= and decrease Alt+- .
- Help instructions that can be opened by pressing F1.
- Version 4.5.3 of Qt was used.
- mac version was compiled on Snow Leopard Mac OS X 10.6.2.
5.0 alpha 15 - 4 August 2009
- Change background colors and font colors in main windows.
- Export in .txt format".
- Some other minor improvements.
5.0 alpha 14 - 23 July 2009
- Version 4.5.2 of Qt was used.
- New icon and logo.
5.0 alpha 13 6 - March 2009
- Bug-fixes in the correlation of simultaneous display of verses that have different numeration in different translations.
- Search function was improved - now you can search for more than just a single word separated with a space.
5.0 alpha 12 - 24 February 2009
- Simple search - show all verses that contain a specific word.
- Improvement of co-work with version 4.3, if it has been installed before version 5. Now version 5 will use the translations of 4.3 without the need to download them again.
- A WiX project was made and was used to make installation .msi file.
5.0 alpha 11 - 10 February 2009
- Change font from the settings panel.
- Automatically download and install version 4.3 upon trying to open it from the menu "Windows" - "Version 4.3" (only for Windows).
5.0 alpha 10 - 23 January 2009
- Tests were made for compilation and work of the software in two Linux distributions: Slackware and Ubuntu.
- Minor interface improvements.
- Better update functionality.
5.0 alpha 9 - 6 January 2009
- From the menu "Windows" now you can open the software CrossBgBible, if it is installed on the same computer.
- History was added - go back and forth in the history of opened verses.
- Version for Mac OS X was made with Qt 4.4.3.
- Fixes for the update function for Mac.
- Minor fixes.
Changes in past years can be seen in the "History".
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