Eloquent
Eloquent
2.6.3

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Eloquent free download for Mac

Eloquent

2.6.3
17 June 2018

Research and study the Bible.

Overview

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 in Eloquent

Version 2.6.3:
  • Keep the search bar visible when the Eloquent is made narrow
  • Crashes on some books
  • Update Sparkle to latest version

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Pokidoki
15 December 2009

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I was very surprised that a religious tool is named "Sword". Is that the way christians want to evangelize? I hope not, that had been too often the case.
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Version 2.0.7-290
tomlaoshi
04 October 2017
Really really good Bible app - I prefer it to Logos. Manfred is a good guy - he seems a little serious, but he's a good guy. I asked him about "MacSword" which is my go-to Bible app, and he was quick to point out that Eloquent is just as good, and that conversation brought me back to the app. I also discovered the ability to copy and paste text into the user module for a customized commentary. I copy and paste my epub NAC, chapters of Isaiah here and there depending on what I'm working on, and it keeps track of it verse by verse. Something that's hard to find in other Sword project apps. Does anyone know where to find MacSword online anymore? Or if it's being kept up? Just kidding, Manfred!
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Version 2.4.10
tkbourke
08 February 2016
Hi Manfred, Can you help me with Strong's Hebrew Numbers that no longer work. I deleted something else, then lost the function. I tried to remove and redownload the whole app again, but it appears to remember me and when I check to update the module, it tells me I have it, so cannot reinstall it. I tired removing and reloading it, but nothing seems to work.
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Version 2.4.10
Mikofox
11 January 2014
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
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Mikofox
Mikofox
11 January 2014
Disregard last paragraph, appears to work now.
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SpamSurfer
01 January 2013
Make no mistake. Read your Bible. Know your Bible.
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Version 2.4.5
SickTeddyBear
02 September 2011
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
03 August 2011
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
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Manfred-Bergmann
Manfred-Bergmann
07 August 2011
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.
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Big-Mac-XXL
Big-Mac-XXL
07 August 2011
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.)
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schmelding
schmelding
10 August 2011
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.
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Software By Mabe
Software By Mabe
10 August 2011
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.
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Software By Mabe
Software By Mabe
10 August 2011
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.
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SickTeddyBear
24 February 2011
FYI, "MacSword" has been renamed to "Eloquent".
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Version 2.2.12-1776
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Mac007
Mac007
28 June 2011
They have indeed renamed it but I prefer the MacSword label and will continue to use it.
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Big-Mac-XXL
08 December 2010
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
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Big-Mac-XXL
Big-Mac-XXL
08 December 2010
I forgot to mention the crazy modules system that needs a video to explain how it works. HUUUH?
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Manfred-Bergmann
Manfred-Bergmann
02 January 2011
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.
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Big-Mac-XXL
Big-Mac-XXL
03 January 2011
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.
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Manfred-Bergmann
Manfred-Bergmann
04 January 2011
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.
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Manfred-Bergmann
Manfred-Bergmann
05 January 2011
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.
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Timmyb
15 November 2010
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
1 answer(s)
Manfred-Bergmann
Manfred-Bergmann
21 November 2010
There is no difference only that the sourceforge project is the development base and updated more frequently.
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Version 2.2.11-1740
Phaleron
08 August 2010
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
4 answer(s)
Phaleron
Phaleron
08 August 2010
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
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Version 2.2.7-1654
Manfred-Bergmann
Manfred-Bergmann
08 August 2010
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
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Version 2.2.7-1654
Phaleron
Phaleron
09 August 2010
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.
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Version 2.2.7-1654
Manfred-Bergmann
Manfred-Bergmann
09 August 2010
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
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Version 2.2.7-1654