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LiveWorship is a powerful church presentation software. It puts the power of enhanced worship presentation in your hands. LiveWorship's graphical interface is simple, yet powerful. It's as easy as drag, drop and Worship! It's non-linear control uses slide thumbnail images that display with one click. A powerful database keeps all of your song lyrics, backgrounds, Bible translations, video, and music at the touch of your fingertips.

LiveWorship allows church volunteers to build presentations in minutes. You can edit presentations "on-the-fly" so you never have to interrupt your presentation to add slides, change slides, more...

What's New

Version 1.3.85:
  • Improved DVD Playback for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and 10.6 Snow Leopard
  • Various Bug Fixes
  • Known Issues: DVD playback in Vista & Win7 not supported, PowerPoint Import only supports Office 2003 (Win) and not supported on Intel Macs

Requirements

  • 1GHz G4 CPU or better recommended
  • QuickTime 7
  • Motion backgrounds require 1.66 GHz G4 minimum (2 GHz Dual G5 or 1.83 GHz Core Duo recommended)
  • Presenting to Screen 2 requires:Dual display support and a second display (projector or monitor)
  • NOTE: Processor requirements based on second screen resolution set to 800x600

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revrev Member IconReview+0
revrev
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We went with LiveWorship for the cross platform abilities... however, it does not perform well on Windows 8. According to their website, they recommend people use this program with XP because of known bugs on Vista and Windows 7. That's how out of date it is. The positive side is that it is easy to use and learn and even my computer illiterate parishoners are able to operate it. As long as you don't want too much creative control over your presentstion, its a great program. If I had to do it over again I would go with EasyWorship even though its not Mac compatible.

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Version 1.3.85
Bedouin Member IconComment+95
Bedouin
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PowerPoint style applications are great for individuals who have nothing substantial to say, but want to give a pretty presentation.

Seems great for church.

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Version 1.3.85
Doug S. Member IconComment+197
Doug S.
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Out of curiousity, how is this better than something like Keynote, which is part of iWork for only $79?

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Version 1.3.64b
alancookie (Developer)
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Keynote is an excellent replacement for PowerPoint on the Mac. LiveWorship has some advantages over using either of these for worship including a built-in database to manage all of your songs, text items, background images and video clips. You can place text over video (including live video from an external source), cue a DVD clip or drag and drop verses from the built in-Bible module (NIV, The Message, NLT, NKJV and others come included with the license; NCV, NASB, ESV, Spanish NVI, Spanish RV95 and others are also available).

LiveWorship allows editing of slides "on the fly" and makes it easy to select slides to present while working with a worship band (both PowerPoint and Keynote are designed around linear presentations). On the toolbar, you have icons to bail to black, bail to a logo slide or just remove the text and leave the background image/video until you select another slide to display. Alerts can be placed on the screen which stay there until removed even as you cue other slides. Songs can be easily imported from CCLI's SongSelect service or other sources and the copyright information can automatically be displayed along with the lyrics.

Designed to take advantage of a dual screen (your primary monitor and an attached projector) setup where you can be selecting and editing slides on your primary monitor while displaying the slides on the second screen. You can use Keynote or PowerPoint along side LiveWorship so that it's a seamless transition between the two applications on the second screen.

One license allows you to install and edit on multiple computers within an organization (Macs and Windows) as long as you are only projecting from one computer at a time.

motukarara Member IconReview+2
motukarara
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Our church had been using an old near-death pc with powerpoint for displaying hymns and visuals during the sermons. It was so painfully slow and unreliable that I decided I'd buy the church a new machine and software.

I did a shootout with every "worship application" I could find, both pc and mac. The criteria we used was a combination of reliability, media playing capabilities, ease-of-use for barely-trained volunteers and the ability for a more savvy operator to "improvise" during the service and create speaker support on the fly.

At the end of the shootout i took 5 of the best apps up to the various volunteers and sat each one down and tried working them through how the various applications worked. In each case the favorite application was propresenter (mac only) with liveworship in second place. Both use a similar "slide layout" view where you can just poke what you want to see on screen and it dissolves up.

In the end, propresenter won out because it has built-in bibles, the ability to switch to a live video via firewire (albeit slightly delayed. Its a cheap stopgap replacement for a switcher though) and a separate organization for sermons, announcements and songs. The mac version performed faster than the pc version, so I bought the church a core 2 duo imac.

Its a tough call for me. Liveworship has worked out for us, and most of the volunteers have gotten comfortable with it. The built-in-powerpoint-support doesnt exist for the intel build, so we end up running all guest powerpoints (and man do people love making ugly powerpoint presentations) with keynote.

However, while liveworship has the bigger feature set and buzzwords, there are some issues. Managing your backgrounds and movies requires a lot of time. You have to right click on each image individually and choose delete then confirm it. If you do bother importing a powerpoint as an image sequence, you have to manually delete each of the slides (and each slide build) manually or they clog up your image library.

The layout options are rudimentary, but honestly, that just keeps the screen from getting too muddied with volunteers doing the layouts.

To keep parity between the pc and mac version, all the extra formats that mac quicktime can play via plugins (wmv, flv, etc) are disabled. I find this extremelly frustrating. I can see why they'd want to keep the file formats cross compatible, but since merging bits of liveworship presentations between multiple machines is absurdly complex and frustrating, I would MUCH rather them make it so that you get a warning on importing and saving, (but allow you to use the files anyways). I suggested that on the liveworship forum and the suggestion was seemingly ignored.

Merging lw files between machines is so convoluted that nobody in our church is willing to create presentations on machines other than the one used on sundays. As a result, the extremely generous licensing plan for liveworship is... well, at least for us, its pointless aside from people learning the software on their own time.

Our church had over 400 hymns in powerpoint that nobody was wanting to re-enter. I ended up using the liveworship powerpoint conversion utility, (which seems to rely on you having powerpoint on the machine using it) and was able to convert all 400 hymns with minimal effort. We are still going through and tweaking layouts and fonts and backgrounds for each, but having the song there in the first place makes this a simple task, which only has to be done once per song.

I'm giving lw 4 stars. Its not perfect. There are some frustrating limitations and the software has been in a perpetual state of beta since I purchased it. However, despite the negative points about the software, I am convinced I bought the right package for our church. Its not the easiest to use, or the most powerful, or the most feature packed, or the most stable, or the most compatible, but it was the most balanced of all those variables, offering all the features we needed with an interface that was simple to learn and with the power there for the people willing to spend enough time to figure out how to use it.

If I was buying for my own use, I would totally buy propresenter. Buying for a small church with multiple helpers? I'm convinced liveworship is the best option.

If you are seriously considering worship software, I encourage you to download demos of Liveworship (mac & pc) propresenter (mac only), easyworship (pc only), songshow+ (pc only) and mediashout (pc only). A side by side comparison is infinitely better than all the words I can write.

Hope that helped!

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Version 1.3.63b
M.Luther
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I appreciate your detailed review. Thanks!

Eject Media Member IconComment+0
Eject Media
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I'd actually like to give this a try before I purchase, all it says when I open it is "Media library could not be located" and then it says it needs to shut down.

How do you expect to make sales of this by having a trail version that can't find the essential files? I am a mediashout fan myself, but I am always interested in new developments in this area. I will check back later.

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Version 1.2b4
alancookie (Developer)
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"EDITOR NOTES
Version 1.2b4 requires that you download version 1.1 also before installing."

The update alone will not function. You will need to download the v1.1 full install (comes with the media library) and drop this updated application into the LiveWorship folder.

Also, this beta requires QuickTime 7 which can be downloaded for free at www.quicktime.com

Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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The last comment needs to stick with a review and not anti-christian, mone- equals-God, bigot-bias.

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Version 1.1
Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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Anti-Christian? Oh, I don't think so. Just anti-
HYPOCRISY!

Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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Just another example of Religion=$$$$$$$$$.
Mammon rules!

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Version 1.1
Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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Mammon?

Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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mammon:

noun

1: wealth regarded as an evil influence
2: (New Testament) a personification of wealth and avarice as an evil spirit; "ye cannot serve God and Mammon"

Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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Hmmm. I notice that this software($299!!!) is in the "Business" category. Church IS Big Business.
Yessss!

Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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Yeah no kidding. Right along with all of those bible programs that also ask for $. You'd think that someone creating said programs for religious purposes would make it FREEWARE, but no. It's "give us money we evangelise and that makes us god". I don't even think you can find a freeware bible search program on macupdate, besides perhaps the widget, which really sucks if you don't know the exact passage you're looking for (which includes if you just want to read through it).

Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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I'm confused with how a software company that developed something for a church presentation has to do with mammon/money or religion. Aren't they selling a product? Money would be a more up-to-date translation for mammon. I guess if you wanted to sound smart, you could use mammon, but you would be using a dated word.

g8tgod
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RE: a freeware Bible program. I believe there are several, but the one I've used for years is Online Bible for the Mac; I'm currently using the beta for OS X.

Yeah, there are modules that you can buy (mostly additional translations which have a copyright), but the program and over a dozen Bible versions are available for free, not to mention a number of additional (if older) references. Take a look athttp://tinyurl.com/s46dh

Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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As a user of the old defunct SundayPlus, this is a breath of fresh air. Our community's worship includes things such as sound and light, and this program helps us integrate visual and audible art to the praise of God. Thanks.

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Version 1.1
Tobin Rogers Member IconComment+0
Tobin Rogers
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Trust me. I know that this software is valuable. Many churches around the world are using more and more graphics in their churches. And why not? Yes, a sermon should capture the attention without the graphics, but the fact that an image or two could spark up a sermon that much more, that's great. Many people, including myself, are visual and graphics do wonders for them.

I know that this software is a great idea because I am the VP of Operations for GoodSalt.com. We license religous imagery for churches and religious organizations around the world. One of our main products is projection images. Requests and purchases come in constantly for these. Sure, this is a bit of a sales pitch, but it is also meant to help some understand that there is a large need for LiveWorship type products.

Thanks LiveWorship. I'll be reviewing your product in detail now.

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Version 1.1
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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We use just really simple projected presentations before worship every week... it loops through all the events and class info... and they are good for song lyrics for worship and for notes and details to help out with the sermons... If THAT helps with what this kind of software can be helpful for!

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Version 1.1
Tobin Rogers
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Trust me. I know that this software is valuable. Many churches around the world are using more and more graphics in their churches. And why not? Yes, a sermon should capture the attention without the graphics, but the fact that an image or two could spark up a sermon that much more, that's great. Many people, including myself, are visual and graphics do wonders for them.

I know that this software is a great idea because I am the VP of Operations for GoodSalt.com. We license religous imagery for churches and religious organizations around the world. One of our main products is projection images. Requests and purchases come in constantly for these. Sure, this is a bit of a sales pitch, but it is also meant to help some understand that there is a large need for LiveWorship type products.

Thanks LiveWorship. I'll be reviewing your product in detail now.

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Date 20 May 2011
Platform OS X / Intel 32
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