The SWORD Project
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The SWORD Project is the CrossWire Bible Society's free Bible software project. Its purpose is to create cross-platform open source tools—covered by the GNU General Public License—that allow programmers and Bible societies to write new Bible software more quickly and easily.
- 1 Overview
- 2 Bible study front end applications
- 3 Reviews
- 4 See also
- 5 References
- 6 External links
The core of The SWORD Project is a cross-platform library written in C++, providing access, search functions and other utilities to a growing collection of over 200 texts in over 50 languages. Any software based on their API can use this collection.
JSword is a separate implementation, written in Java, which reproduces most of the API features of the C++ API and supports most SWORD data content.
The project is one of the primary implementers of and contributors to the Open Scripture Information Standard (OSIS), a standardized XML language for the encoding of scripture. The software is also capable of utilizing certain resources encoded in using the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) format and maintains deprecated support for Theological Markup Language (ThML) and General Bible Format (GBF).
Bible study front end applications
A variety of front ends based on The SWORD Project are available:
And Bible, based on JSword, is an Android application.
Alkitab Bible Study
Alkitab Bible Study, based on JSword, is a multiplatform application with binaries available for Windows, Linux, and OS X. It has been described as "an improved Windows front-end for JSword".
The Bible Tool
The Bible Tool is a web front end to SWORD. One instance of the tool is hosted at CrossWire's own site.
BibleDesktop is built on JSword featuring binaries for Windows (98SE and later), OS X, and Linux (and other Unix-like OSes).
BibleTime is a C++ SWORD front end using the Qt GUI toolkit, with binaries for Linux, Windows, FreeBSD, and OS X.
BPBible is a SWORD front end written in Python, which supports Linux and Windows. A notable feature is that a PortableApps version of BPBible is available.
The SWORD Project for Windows
The SWORD Project for Windows (known internally as BibleCS) is a Windows application built in C++Builder.
Xiphos (formerly GnomeSword) is a C++ SWORD front end using GTK+, with binaries available for Linux, UNIX, and Windows (2000 and later). It has been described as "a top of the line Bible study program."
xulsword is a XUL-based front end for Windows and Linux. Portable versions of the application, intended to be run from a USB stick, are also available.
Additional front ends to SWORD exist to support a number of legacy and niche platforms, including:
- Bible Software Review, Review of MacSword version 1.2, June 13, 2005.
- Foster Tribe SwordBible Review  November 25, 2008
- Michael Hansen, Studying the Bible for Free, Stimulus, Volume 12 Number 3, August 2004, page 33 - 38
- Biblical software
- Go Bible – a free Bible viewer for the Java ME platform
- Palm Bible Plus – a free Bible viewer for Palm OS
- Al Fasoldt (2004-04-11). "Religion Meets Computer Revolution". The Post-Standard (Syracuse, New York). Retrieved 2008-03-17.
- "Bible Software Review". Retrieved 2008-12-24.
- "The Bible Tool". Retrieved 2014-01-04.
- "Bible Desktop 1.0 Released". Linux News. 2006-01-10. Retrieved 2008-03-17.
-  PocketSword
- David A. Utter (2006-09-13). "Linux: The Flash and the Fish". WebProNews. Retrieved 2008-03-17.
-  diatheke
-  SwordReader
-  Rapier
- Fairchild, Mary. "Top 10 Bible Software Programs". About.com. Retrieved 2 January 2014.