In this post, I’ll cover two features that I have come to appreciate and look forward to using more. They are the Search Window Tabs and the Forms Tab as indicated in this picture below. But first, I should mention that since my last post I have moved back to using a Mac, so these examples will be done with BW10 for Mac, essentially the same software and features but ported over and running via Wine for OSx.
The Search Window Tabs allow you to switch between them while keeping your content of the search results, Browse Window and Resources opened and available where you have them. In the example above, I had switched from Tab #1 to Tab #2 and created a new search for ζωὴ so that I would not lose my place from the previous search.
The results of the new search are given down the left column as usual, where I can then select the verses I’m interested in investigating further. Each time I click on one of the search result verses, the Browse Window that I have open to the right of it repopulates with that selection in the three Bible versions (or any combination you want) that I have chosen to display. In this case, the ESV (English), BGT (Greek) and WTT (Hebrew) .
If I want to keep the results of my search and research open, I can leave it by simply clicking back to Tab #1 where I was looking at θεοῦ previously and had performed a search from the Forms Tab. See picture below.
I can also start a new “workspace” at Tab #3 or #4 and so on, while leaving all my previous work open and ready to return. And I can rename the Tabs whatever I like, to be more descriptive or contextually relevant. So the Search Window Tabs are like individual workspaces, all within one BibleWorks session. Of course, you can also create various sessions dedicated to different things, such as a sermon series you are studying for, a certain book of the Bible or a class you are teaching. But you can only open one actual “session” at a time. So this Search Window Tabs feature is an exciting and simple but very practical capability that takes a different approach to Bible Software UIs.
Next let’s look at the Forms Tab, one of my favorites of BW10 and a real treat for those studying the original languages as a student or even as a teacher. I recall while teaching Greek last semester at Bible College, there were times when I simply did not know all the forms a word might have in the Greek New Testament, or those that it didn’t have. The simplest way I have seen to ascertain this information is right here in BW10. Hover over a word while the Forms Tab (the third column to the right as I have it set here) is open, and it will give you every occurrence of that word in all its forms with morphology and number of occurrences. I love this feature!
These examples are all in Greek for convenience, but the same holds true for Hebrew as well. See the picture below where I hover over οἶνος and get all its available forms in both the Old and New Testaments.
From here, if I decide I want to look at those occurrences of οἶνος in the Genitive form, I simply click on the Genitive form as revealed in the Forms Tab column and BW10 will run a new search to show me every verse where οἶνος is in the Genitive form. That makes it extremely convenient and a very logical layout as far as a UI is concerned.
So that’s it. Those are two of the features I like a lot and hopefully this post gives you an idea of how you can use them. I’ll wrap this up here and keep it short. I’ll do my best to get the next post out a little sooner.