BPBible Portable 0.3.1 Released

Chris Morgan's picture
Submitted by Chris Morgan on October 1, 2008 - 2:23am

BPBible logoBPBible Portable 0.3.1 has been released. It's a Bible study tool packaged with a PortableApps.com Launcher as a portable app, so you can take your Bibles with you on the go. It has all the same great features as BPBible including support Bibles, commentaries, dictionaries, Gospel harmonies and more, but there's nothing to install. It's packaged in PortableApps.com Format so it can easily integrate with the PortableApps.com Suite. And it's open source and completely free.

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BPBible Portable ScreenshotBPBible Portable is a free, open source Bible study package for your computer. It makes it so that you can read the Bible, view commentaries, look at dictionaries, examine Gospel harmonies, search Bibles, and lots more. With BPBible Portable, you can now study religious matter wherever you are, without needing to carry heavy books. Learn more about BPBible...

PortableApps.com Installer / PortableApps.com Format

BPBible Portable is packaged in a PortableApps.com Installer so it will automatically detect an existing PortableApps.com installation when your drive is plugged in. It supports upgrades by installing right over an existing copy, preserving all settings. And it's in PortableApps.com Format, so it automatically works with the PortableApps.com Suite including the Menu and Backup Utility.


BPBible Portable is available for immediate download from the BPBible Portable homepage. Get it today!

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John T. Haller's picture

Thanks for your work on this, Chris.

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John T. Haller's picture

I'd like to mention that we're actively seeking other religious text/software to round out our Religious Education sub-section of the Apps directory.

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Wow! I'm amazed (in a good away) that this application made it to the PortableApps world. Thank you.

I too am interested in seeing other Bible software packages since the underlying SWORD Project structure does not currently seem to have the technical ability to include the books of the Deuterocanon and Apocrypha: http://www.crosswire.org/wiki/index.php/EnduserFAQ#Where_are_the_deutero...

Please don't get me wrong, it's so easy to get into a flame war here and that is not my intent. I like the ability of having my Bible study software on my flash drive but I would like to have access to a version of the Bible that my particular church uses.

Thank you again

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horusofoz's picture

Also additional texts such as Islamic, Hebrew, Buddhist, Hindu, Zoroastrian, etc would certainly be appreciated.

Thanks again for this.

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Is there any support forums established yet? I had a look and did not find any. Currently it does not launch at all passed the splashscreen. I get the error that Flexible Bible Study has stopped working and "a problem caused the program to stop working correctly..." All other apps launches fine.

Congrats Chris!

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It works as it should on Windows XP, Server 2003 and Vista. It does NOT work on Server 2008 though. (I use Server 2008 all blinged up, as my PC at work)

I can not install this on my flash drive without administrator rights. I have been able to with all the other apps. Thanks for producing Bible software though! What versions of the Bible are on the drive?

John Bentley's picture

It has the WEB and KJV (if you checked the optional components). WEB is similar to most other modern translations.

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Works fine on Windows 2000 Professional. I see that WEB and KJV come pre-installed, but a few other translations, including other languages, are available from the SWORD website.

What's the point in this when you can get all this online anyway?

Is there any kind of control as to what is included into Portable Apps or is it just a free for all?

ZachHudock's picture

Not everyone has full time internet access. One may need to access a Bible passage, not have internet access at the time, and not have the particular version of the Bible available.

Of course there's control as to what is included into PortableApps.com official applications list. They are useful, open-source applications, that have been well tested in the development forums, and possibly were requested directly numerous times (or indirectly, by asking for an app to perform a certain function).

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In addition to Zach's comment, there is very strong control as to which applications make the cut. John Haller is quite strict in terms of making sure we do not have duplicates of application types, ensuring the app is constantly updated, making sure the software is more 'top end' if you will, and various other things.

I don't understand how you could possibly think that it's just a 'free for all'.

You can usually download them for offline viewing too.

I'd have thought there would be much more pressing applications to get out there than some software for reading a specific set of documents. I'd not even have put this type of thing into consideration.

But then, being British, I'm not as fanatic about religious as Americans.

I do however think it's an odd choice of software to bundle.

You guys seem to like it, so what do I care? Smile

John T. Haller's picture

It's not bundled with the Suite. It's available as an individual app.

I knew there would be folks with issues around it when I accepted it for inclusion. That's why I wanted to ensure it was presented in an educational fashion and to encourage the submission of other software designed for other religious texts. But there had been multiple requests for similar software from a good number of users over the past couple years and we have a motivated, solid developer who was interested in getting it done, so I let him. He's not taking time away from other apps... merely working on something he wanted to do.

That's the way open source works. People have an itch (something they want for themselves) and they scratch it (make it for themselves) and then put it out for others hoping it helps them out, too.

Please don't assume that this means it was more important than another app or that this site in any way supports any religion (or no religion) over any other.

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Kevin Porter's picture

Great job, Chris. I've been looking forward to this for a while now, and I'm glad you could get this official. Thanks for finding the app, too. Smile

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Great job, Chris! Keep up the fantastic work. Wink And congrats.

It looks good so far, but I'm still checking it out, many thanks Smile

bubazoo's picture

yeah, it just makes me mad that I can't get New International Version. Granted, I know NIV is copyrighted, but they should let you get it for BPBible supported format, for a nominal fee. Thats the only thing I don't like about this program, there are no translations available that are copyrighted. it sucks.

(ok, sorry, didn't know links weren't allowed in sigs, it does not say in the rules, so thanks for informing me.)

benpmorgan's picture

Yes, it is a little sad.
I haven't contacted them about it (I probably should sometime), but I know others have. I believe it costs $10,000 plus $10 a license (in US dollars).

There are a few copyrighted translations available: ESV and GodsWord are two well known ones.

I love finding new apps out there.

I don't see this as being "pro-", just as another app that some of us will be interesting, attractive, or useful. I have seen beauty is well written little apps, such as a zip-code translator that ran in DOS a million years ago. It was amazingly complete, blazingly fast, and just plain fun to play with (sad to say).

I'm looking forward to additional translations, and/or apochrypha.

Now we need an app to add speed and storage space to USB sticks. Maybe if we roll the bits into little balls, they'd move faster.

I was hoping to get a Bible study software for my PortableApps. What an answered prayer!