Xiphos (formerly known as GnomeSword) is a Bible study software written for Linux, UNIX, and Windows under the GNOME toolkit, offering a rich and featureful environment for reading, study, and research using modules from The SWORD Project and elsewhere. It is open-source software, and available free-of-charge to all.
Here are some key features of "Xiphos":
· Show each version in a separate tab, or create tabs just to hold images, maps, or to read books. Tabs are remembered each time you re-open Xiphos, and you can even save a particular set of tabs and open them at a later time.
Built-in module manager:
· Install, remove, archive, and index modules with the module manager. You can install modules from a variety of sources, including the Crosswire and Xiphos repositories. Video Help Online Help.
Fast indexed search:
· Once you have created an index with the module manager, you can do extremely fast (almost instantaneous) searches over entire books. Search features include searching for Strong's numbers, wildcard search, specified range search (eg, Old Testament), and many more.
· With Xiphos, you aren't just limited to searching Bibles. Commentaries, dictionaries, and all other modules are searchable. In addition, you can search multiple books at the same time. You can set up sets of books that you can later use in your searches. Read more.
Map and Image support:
· Xiphos has great map and image support. Images are resized automatically to fit in the space allotted them. If you need to see an image full size, you can click on it to open it in an external viewer. Like many other things in Xiphos, the resizing is completely optional. If you don't like it, simply go to Edit->Preferences and turn off the option.Editing Preferences
· With the mozembed rendering engine, Xiphos arranges text with the Strongs Numbers and morphology directly below each word, rather than following the word as many programs do. This creates a clean, easy-to-read interface.
· With the Festival speech engine installed (we package it by default on Windows), Xiphos will read aloud the text to you. You can have it read every verse as you change verses, or you can select a region of text for it to read. This can be nice for those with hearing difficulties, or those who simply want to have the Bible or some other book read to them while they are doing something else.
· We have translations of the interface in 11 different languages. We have particularly good support for Right to Left languages such as Hebrew, Arabic, and Farsi. If your language is available, we'd be glad to have your assistance in translating the interface into your language. It is a small commitment of time, and will be beneficial to many other people around the world.
User-created modules (journals, prayer lists, commentaries):
· Xiphos allows you to create your own modules in the form of prayer lists, journals, and commentaries. You can keep these for your personal use or share them with friends.
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· Today's release is for intermediate bugfixes and small features. We are still working toward several major features' completion for 3.2, but slow summer schedules have left us needing to present these smaller issues to the public.
· The Help->Chat interface had to change, because policy equilibrium broke down between Freenode, where our #xiphos channel exists, and the folks who run mibbit, the previous browser chat interface. Now we use Freenode's own.
· Per-verse user annotations ("inline marking"). Along with the personal commentary plus journals and prayer lists, we now offer a smaller, more immediate form of personalized markup. In dead-tree Bibles, many people use a yellow highlighter to mark verses, writing marginal notes to themselves. Xiphos now offers this as "Annotate Verse" on the right-click context menu. Ask to annotate, and a dialog for the current verse opens, offering a text box in which to type a note to oneself. Finish by clicking "Mark." Remove an annotation by selecting "Unmark" instead. When an annotation is visible in the current chapter, it is displayed in reverse emphasis colorization (default, navy blue on yellow) and the beginning of the verse gains a marker *u, after the fashion of footnote *n and cross-reference *x. Mouse-hover on this new marker and the previewer shows your personal annotation. When marking, delete the module name in the dialog to make the annotation apply to any Bible module.
· There is a new geography interface through BibleMap.org: Mouse-select any place name, right-click, select Lookup Selection -> Browse in BibleMap.org. Your browser will open a new window to obtain a Google Maps-driven display of that place.
· Module manager now can do automatic repository discovery from the "known repositories" list maintained at CrossWire. At the moment, the 4 entries there duplicate the 4 hard-coded names previously known to Xiphos, though the official names change somewhat. In the module manager, on the Sources page, there is now a button labeled Load Standard, which updates your list of sources from the official content. It does not remove any, but it will replace any that have exactly the same name with their updated information. It will be necessary to remove any old-name versions manually, because Xiphos cannot detect that they are duplicates.
· An ancient module manager bug was fixed, where closing the mod.mgr via the title bar "X" decoration would leave the mod.mgr unable to re-open until after a restart.
· An equally ancient difficulty with the general book window (that alternates with commentary) not being filled when first viewed was finally fixed.
· A workaround is in place regarding a failure of the logic for removing a module list from Advanced Search. Also, other logic for creation of module lists and range lists has been updated.
· The verse navbar now has normal relief on book/chapter/verse.
· A failure to redisplay properly after loading a tab set is fixed.
· Freakish European keyboard Ctrl +/- should now work.
· Some fixes were applied to journal/prayerlist editing.
· If the sidebar is detached, it now gets a title bar name.
· Bugfixes to the logic which preserves tab names as they are added or deleted.
· New Slovak translation.
· Strong's markup is now handled in pre-verse headers.
· Ctrl-F4 will delete a tab.
· Some general resource management fixes have been made: Window size causing trouble with 2-verse context; lack of any genbooks making Xiphos unable to remember on what Bible verse it should start; redisplay faults in several circumstances.