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Release of LibSword 1.7

Posted 7:50AM on Saturday, December 21, 2013 by Refdoc

Many thanks to the many contributors : Sword 1.7 was released in early October 2013. What is new in 1.7? Many new versifications and locale, large scale refactoring and standardisation of many methods and the addition of filters for standard compliant XHTML output are probably the most important improvements. Improved output in various formats, handling of bibliographic data and addition of new transports to the install manager are other changes. We will from now on maintain both a maintenance branch for 1.7 and a development branch for new features.

Follow The SWORD Project on Twitter

Posted 7:29PM on Tuesday, December 29, 2009 by Osk

The SWORD Project now has a presence on Twitter. Follow us to keep abreast of new releases: @TheSWORDProject.

Volunteers for New Testament Manuscript Images Indexing

Posted 2:55PM on Saturday, July 11, 2009 by scribe

Are you interested in ancient manuscripts of the NT? Do you have the skills it takes to recognize what Greek text is on a manuscript page? Are you looking for a wonderful project where you can volunteer your time for a very worthwhile cause? If YES to all of the above, please read on.

CSNTM is an organization with a goal to photograph and make freely available images of all important NT manuscripts. Their website is here:

CrossWire has been working on a basic manuscript indexing tool that will help volunteers help CSNTM index all of their images. If you would like to help out and don't mind running a VERY early beta of our indexing tool, please follow these instructions:

1) Register an account on our community site at:

2) After verifying your account and logging in, click on the [Projects] tab, join the CSNTM MSS project, and then click the project link.

3) You will be presented with a status page showing for which documents CSNTM has images. Click the _View Info_ link to see the information CSNTM has for a particular document. Sometimes they will have a PDF already containing Scriptural coverage of their images for a document-- these only require transfer of information from the PDF to the index tool. You might want to find a document with a small number of images, to start. When you've decided on a document you are ready to index, click the _Claim Responsibility_ link.

4) A new document will be created in your personal library for the CSNTM document you've chosen. Fill in any meta information-- much of this can be obtained from the CSNTM information about this document-- and click [Save].

5) Hit the [Load All Images At This URL] button and be patient while the images are slurped down and thumbnails are built.

6) Do some research on your document online, and also using your Nestle-Aland GNT appendix. Click on the first thumbnail to popup the image viewer, zoom in, and using your research and your keen Greek skills, determine and enter the Biblical coverage of this page, e.g., Rom.1.1-3.19. Be sure to hit the [Save] button for this image, and then move on to the next.

7) If you decide NOT to complete work on your document, please DELETE the document from your personal library, which will mark the document as available, once again, for another volunteer to claim.

The CSNTM guys are doing a wonderful work to collect these images and make them freely available. This indexing project will provide the means to manipulate these images usefully from our software and for other projects, and will provide the world with easily accessible evidence attesting to the reliability of the New Testament. I am really excited about this project and about collaborating together with you all and CSNTM on this work! May God make use of these efforts to draw people to Himself. PLEASE ENJOY YOURSELF AND SPREAD THE WORD TO WHOMEVER YOU FEEL MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN HELPING OUT.

SWORD 1.5.11 Released

Posted 6:32PM on Saturday, May 24, 2008 by Osk

The newest revision of The SWORD Project is now available.

End users should check their favorite frontends for updates soon. Developers, download the source code here:

Have a look at the ChangeLog.

RSS News Feed

Posted 7:30AM on Tuesday, April 1, 2008 by Osk

CrossWire is happy to announce the immediate availability of an RSS news feed, compatible with all of the most popular news readers like Google Reader and the readers built into popular browsers like Firefox, IE7, and Opera. You can use thew new feeds to stay informed about the latest updates to CrossWire releases. You should find a link to the RSS feed in the left menu panel.

(If you aren't familiar with RSS, you can read a semi-technical explanation at Wikipedia OR you would watch this explanation of RSS in Plain English over at YouTube.)

Module Library

Portuguese Capuchine Bible translation released

Posted 3:45PM on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 by refdoc

Today we released 2 modules (NT and complete Bible) of the Capuchine Bible in Portuguese. The Capuchine Bible is a modern Portuguese translation. You can read more about the text here.

The Lexham English Bible

Posted 2:01AM on Thursday, March 25, 2010 by Osk

We are happy to announce the immediate availability of the Lexham English Bible. This new English translation is provided by Logos Bible Software. One of the LEB's nicest features is the clear identification of idioms in the Bible, along with their literal meanings. For more information about the LEB and how it can enrich your Bible study, see

Talar du svenska?

Posted 6:19PM on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 by Osk

The SWORD Project is happy to announce three new works for our Swedish-speaking users. Firstly, Svenska Folkbibeln has graciously made its modern translation available.

Additionally, we are now offering the glossary to the well-respected 1917 Swedish Bible and portions of the historically significant Karl XII:s Bibel of 1703. The latter is part of an ongoing project to digitize Karl XII:s Bibel. See its website for details and to offer your assistance.

Grab the new modules via your favorite front end's module installer or from their download pages:

New Vietnamese Bibles and Commentary

Posted 12:24AM on Monday, February 16, 2009 by Osk

Two new Bibles and a commentary are available for our Vietnamese-speaking users:

Four new books

Posted 11:34PM on Sunday, January 25, 2009 by Osk

CrossWire is happy to announce the immediate availability of four new books:

  • Concord: Book of Concord (Triglot Concordia): The Symbolical Books of the Ev. Lutheran Church
  • LawGospel:Walther's Law and Gospel
  • Passion:Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ
  • Imitation:Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis

Many thanks go to the volunteers who produce and submit content such as this.

NET Bible Available

Posted 11:18AM on Monday, October 23, 2006 by scribe

We are pleased to announce that has produced a SWORD module of their NET Bible and is offering both a free version with limited notes, and a for-pay version with their complete note set.

These modules are distributed directly from You can find instructions to add these modules to your SWORD library by visiting the SWORD NET Bible page.

To find out more about the NET Bible, visit the NET Bible page.

User Software

BibleTime 2.10.1 released!

Posted 8:11AM on Saturday, July 5, 2014 by Jaak Ristioja

The BibleTime team is proud to announce the immediate availability of BibleTime version 2.10.1, which is the first bugfix release in the stable 2.10 series of BibleTime, based on Sword 1.7. For more details see the full release announcement which can be found on

Xiphos 3.1.6 released

Posted 2:44AM on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 by refdoc

This release is for compatibility with the recent Sword release, a number of small features, and many bug fixes.

And Bible updated

Posted 1:35PM on Thursday, March 21, 2013 by refdoc

Version 1.8.0 offers:
  • Split screen functionality:
    enable in Settings, linked or not, can minimize the second screen, adjustable screen sizes, see demonstration video at
  • Support for Samsung multi-window
  • Can limit Search to current Bible book
  • Bug fixes

BPBible 0.5.1 released

Posted 7:21PM on Sunday, February 12, 2012 by Jon Morgan

BPBible 0.5.1 has been released. This is principally a bug-fix release. It can be downloaded here.

See here for more details of the changes included.

PocketSword for iPad

Posted 5:53PM on Thursday, September 8, 2011 by Nic Carter

PocketSword v1.4.1 has been released today with the following additions:
  • iPad version!
  • addition of multitasking support, so you can continue downloading your modules while the app isn't the active app
  • addition of modules with alternative versification (Apocrypha, Synodal, etc.)
  • more fonts for displaying more Asian language scripts
  • minor improvements and bug fixes
  • added Thai, German & Portuguese localisations

MacSword renamed to Eloquent, release of version 2.3

Posted 8:29AM on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 by Peter von Kaehne

Renamed MacSword to Eloquent Various bug fixes, several improvements to the module installer and fullscreen view

Alkitab Bible Study 2.6.1 released

Posted 1:10AM on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 by KIYUT

We just released Alkitab Bible Study 2.6.1. An open source and free desktop Bible study software. It supports parallel view, commentaries, dictionaries, lexicons, daily devotions, with powerful search capability.

For full details and downloads, please check the Alkitab Bible Study website.

FireBible 1.1 Released

Posted 3:47AM on Monday, October 19, 2009 by Brian Fernandes

New features in FireBible 1.1 include support for Strong's words, Greek word morphology and the ability to manage your modules and fonts from within FireBible. More details about this release are available here or go directly to the FireBible website A few instructional videos can be found here: