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Eloquent is a free and open-source application for research and study of the Bible. It is developed specifically for Mac computers running Mac OS X.

Eloquent allows you to read and browse many different bibles translations in different languages from Hebrew to Albanian. As well as reading devotionals, commentaries, dictionaries and lexicons, it also supports searching and advanced features such as services so that you can access the Bible in any program.

And because Eloquent is based on the Sword project, it is compatible with a growing collection of over 200 texts available in over 50 languages.

What's New

Version 2.4.8:
  • Fixed bug where footnotes were not displayed on some modules
  • Update to sword engine (latest svn)

Requirements

  • OS X 10.7 or later

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Mikofox Member IconReview+29
Mikofox
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Overall I'm glad this exists, but one problem I had suggested to fix years ago is still there in the latest version.
It still does not let one pre-select the Highlighted Text Color for a Bookmark or remember the color choice for it.
In the main Preference Pane there should be a checkbox and selector for Bookmark Text Color or the Bookmark Edit Pane should remember the settings
As is, one needs to check the Highlight box and select the color each time the Bookmark Edit pane opens.
I don't know if this is too complicated, but maybe check how some Firefox Highlighting plugs handle this so elegantly.

There is also a problem that I can't bookmark at all, unless I click each verse to open in a separate window, which is not the case in v.2.2.12.

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Version 2.4.8
Mikofox
+0

Disregard last paragraph, appears to work now.

SpamSurfer Member IconReview+9
SpamSurfer
+4

Make no mistake. Read your Bible. Know your Bible.

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Version 2.4.5
Negritude Member IconComment+1082
Negritude
+1

Version 2.3.5 for 10.5/10.6/PPC is still available:

http://www.eloquent-bible-study.eu/download/

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Version 2.4.1
Big-Mac-XXL Member IconComment+263
Big-Mac-XXL
+4

Who is making decisions in programming of this software? It's really going downhill! The new name "Eloquent" instead of the nice old MacSword is plain ugly and without any biblical meaning. The new icon of the program is extremely ugly. Version 2.3.5 is still massively bug ridden, extremely slow even if you only have the standard KJV bible installed and nothing else. Try search! Unbelievable slooow, even when it grabs the power of both CPU cores shortly before the beach ball of death comes.

In comparison to MacSword 1.4.4 which I still use Eloquent 2.3.5 is pure junk. MacSword 1.4.4 is very fast even with dozens of bibles and commentaries installed. Search is very quick. Sometimes it crashes, but it's a nice program. I'm not gonna try Eloquent anymore, it's a dead end with no future. If MacSword 1.4.4 stops working I will move on to another bible software.

Be warned! Instead of Eloquent load the old MacSword 1.4.4 from their website. It still runs on OSX 10.6 (and should on Lion)!

BTW: MacUpdate should update to the new icon of Eloquent!

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Version 2.3.5
Software By Mabe (Developer)
+2

I don't like the icon either. But no one else did step forward and offered his experise to create one.
After all this is a community driven project.
Is seems the only thing you can do is complain. That's not helpful at all.

Big-Mac-XXL
+4

Nobody needs to step forward to create a new icon. MacSword had a beautiful blue icon. Then it was uglyfied by turning it brown. And now it's looking like garbage. Sorry, but you simply need to adopt the blue icon again ... and the old name MacSword ... and the old codebase.

I love to use MacSword 1.4.4 especially because it is ultra-fast! Eloquent is eloquently sloooooow (besides from very buggy and very crashy and very unergonomic in use). I have no time to wait for useless software on my fast MacBook. There is simply no performance anymore, Eloquent is dead.

I will never understand why a perfectly good project like MacSword 1.4.4 was killed and replaced by a terrible program performance-wise.

(Developer, don't answer my post, I want to forget all new versions above MacSword 1.4.4 which is the gold standard in free Mac Bible software and will be for a long future.)

Schmelding
+1

I agree with Big-Mac...I think the old MacSword name should be restored. I thought "Eloquent" was some kind of plug-in for preachers to use as a teleprompter for MacSword when I first saw it.

Software By Mabe (Developer)
+3

The problem with "MacSword" is that Apple won't allow such a name for an app in the App Store and eventually it is planed to put it into the App Store.

Software By Mabe (Developer)
+2

I'd we willing to change the name.
If you want to participate in finding one go to our forum and give your suggestions.
Thanks.

Negritude Member IconComment+1082
Negritude
+0

FYI, "MacSword" has been renamed to "Eloquent".

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Version 2.2.12-1776
Mac007
+1

They have indeed renamed it but I prefer the MacSword label and will continue to use it.

Big-Mac-XXL Member IconReview+263
Big-Mac-XXL
+2

This might be a bit harsh, but MacSword 2 simply doesn't work. The GUI is totally unintuitive, illogical and very hard to use. Nothing works like expected. The Search function doesn't work at all. The program crashes all the time (hangs with beach ball). Parallel views of bibles is not synchronous. Scrolling sucks. This program is not even an Alpha release. Totally useless. And it is totally slow on a Intel Duocore with 2,4 Ghz (MacSword 1 is light-speed fast).

Developer: Scrap MacSword 2 and restart working on MacSword 1 again. I am using MacSword 1.4.4 and I'm very happy with that great software!

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Version 2.2.12-1776
Big-Mac-XXL
+1

I forgot to mention the crazy modules system that needs a video to explain how it works. HUUUH?

Software By Mabe (Developer)
+1

That's very harsh indeed, especially because for the majority of people (including me) MacSword2 is working as expected, very stable and fast. It has a lot of features that MacSword 1 is lacking.
Before submitting zero stars which it definitely doesn't deserve you should contact us to make it work for you as well.
If you are used to MacSword 1 I admit there is a certain learning curve in terms of how-it-works because MacSword 2 simple is totally different. That however doesn't mean it is not intuitive.

Big-Mac-XXL
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OK, after installing an updated module today I wanted to give MacSword 2 another chance. I had open "Schlachter 1951 Module" together with "Adam Clarke Commentary". Now I opened the "KJV 1769 Module" besides Schlachter. The book I was reading was 1st Timothy. Now I double-clicked the book "Psalms" in the right column. Immediately the "beachball" appeared. For minutes the beachball was running. The OSX application killer said MacSword 2 isn't reacting. After a long while Psalms were finally opened. The same action on MacSword 1 goes instantly in a snap. Every time.

Software By Mabe (Developer)
+1

MacSword 2 has a completely different and more expensive rendering mechanism but with higher potential and options for future additions.
You should avoid to open whole books or book ranges which you can't read all at once anyway. Instead open chapters or, a chapter range basis or via a entered reference.

Manfred Bergmann
+1

The screencast for the module installer is not because installing modules is very complicated. It's just for documentation because we don't much documentation elsewhere. And there are just certain things you'll better know and do which we would not like to do automatically, for example refreshing the module repository.
Actually screencasts is a common way to show people how things work. I find this very frequently.

Timmyb Member IconComment+176
Timmyb
+0

What is the difference between this sourceforge project and the version available from www.macsword.com?

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Version 2.2.10-1712
Manfred Bergmann (Developer)
+0

There is no difference only that the sourceforge project is the development base and updated more frequently.

Phaleron Member IconComment+97
Phaleron
+1

I have two problems with the latest version:

1. Multiple ref string entries into the search-field do not produce the respective text in the window. The page remains blank.

2. Bookmarks with multiple refs, which are given a title and saved show up in the sidebar often without the title. To get the title shown, the bookmarks must be dragged out and back inside their folder.

Both the above occur intermittently.

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Version 2.2.7-1654
Phaleron
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Here are a couple more issues:

3. Bookmark folders are occasionally turned into bookmarks.

4. In field input with long ref strings some of the refs are omitted, eg. Mt 3:16,17 returns only Mt 3:16

Manfred Bergmann (Developer)
+1

Hi.
I could only reproduce a problem when adding a bookmark where, as you said, the title is not taken.
Anyhow, would you please be so kind to file a bug report in our bug tracker:
http://www.crosswire.org/bugs/

Regards, Manfred

Phaleron
+1

Sure, I will do that sometime today.

Regarding the ref search-string, I think I found that what causes the problem is related to entry format. Below are 2 examples, the second works correctly, the first omits Ro 8:15-17 and 2Co 13:14 :

Mt 28:19 Ro 8:9,14-17 2Co 13:14 1Pe 1:2 Jude 1:20,21

Mt 28:19, Ro 8:9,14-17, 2Co 13:14, 1Pe 1:2, Jude 1:20,21

This first method is legitimate, and it would be nice if it worked without the need for commas.

Manfred Bergmann (Developer)
+0

Well, regarding this MacSword relies on the SWORD engine which parses and delivers the results. I'd rather not make any pre-parsing or changes to the reference entry.
Manfred

ColemanH Member IconComment+69
ColemanH
+1

Until today I had been one of those annoying, smug Mac users who had never experienced a crash and/or hang. And then I updated to MacSword 2.2.5. Don't get me wrong, my iMac is certain it has died and entered into heaven with 2.2.5, so beautifully does it do its job (finally Greek with accents!). My MacBook Air, however, will not run this application. It launches once, then quits - "unexpectedly". I have followed the usual advice; I have deleted all kinds of files and things; I have effected clean installs, etc. As a PhD student in theology, I am at a loss, and am considering sack-cloth and ashes as final recourse - though I reserve any hint of optimism, alas . . .

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Version 2.2.5-1490
Manfred Bergmann (Developer)
+1

Hello. I've added a wiki entry:
https://www.crosswire.org/wiki/Frontends:MacSword#What_do_I_do_if_there_are_problems.2Fcrashes

Hope this helps.

ColemanH
+0

Unfortunately, the advice on the Wiki page was to no avail.

Manfred Bergmann (Developer)
+1

I've discovered a problem when run in 64-bit mode.
Switch to 32-bit mode ("right-click->Information->Open in 32-bit mode" on icon in Finder) and trash your session. I'll try to find the issue.
Thanks

ColemanH
+0

With appreciative thanks to Mr. Bergmann, the problem has been solved. It turns out to have been an issue running in 64 bit mode.

Navigantium
+0

How did you activate the greek accent functionality? I've been trying for months to have greek accents!

ColemanH
+0

Greek accents are only available in some modules - or so it seems to me. Try "2T Greek" at the Xiphos install source in the module installer. Then go to "Mod Options" in the MacSword window, and select "show Greek accents". Voilà. The "2" in "2TGreek" stands for Testament, since the module contains also the Septuagint (Greek Old Testament). Hope this helps.

Navigantium
+0

How did you activate the greek accent functionality? I've been trying for months to have greek accents!

ColemanH
+0

See my response above your question.

Navigantium
+0

Oops! I must have pressed the 'Post Review' button twice. :P

ColemanH
+0

Errare humanum est . . .

Manfred Bergmann (Developer)
+0

That's correct. The "Mod options" menu item will only be enabled if the module actually supports Greek accents or other options.
Manfred

Baannongdong-Kap Member IconComment+25
Baannongdong-Kap
+2

I agree with BigMacMissionary. I have tried again and again to use MacSword 2 and can't get it "put together", but have continued to use MacSword 1.4.4 instead. I have several Macs from PPC 10.4.11 to Intel 10.6.4.

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Version 2.2.4-1426
Manfred Bergmann (Developer)
+3

Problem is that without further information about why it is not working I can't fix anything.
Please subscribe for the users forum or the mailing list or just write me a private mail with crash reports so that I can get a clue of what the problem is.


Manfred

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Date 05 Aug 2013
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