Hello everyone. I really want to have an electronic bible on my portable hard drive, so every time I go to someone place, I still can read my bible. In my opinion, E-sword is the best electronic bible. You can check it out in http://www.e-sword.net/index.html. How if we develop the portable E-sword?
Thanks before to John T haller.
Unfortauntely, I don't think e-Sword is open source. However, there's already been multiple requests for e-Sword Portable you may want to look through to find a solution, I believe there was a portable beta version in there, however, and not official.
I don't really know if it's similar at all, but there is the open source JSword which has been requested just a couple times and may be a more likely candidate being open source as it provides more flexibility (and we get free hosting on open source apps, too).
Oh, here after some looking around I found the SWORDProject Portable, you may want to try that out too although I haven't myself.
Hope I've helped a bit. Welcome to the forums and in future please try to search the forums (top right) before posting a questions as it'll probably be quicker for you anyways.
Thank you Patrick Patience. I thought E sword is a really new and hot topic, that's why I didn't take a look in search box. Please forgive my ignorance and clumsiness. Anyway, thank you for your advice. I have download the JSword.
You are the way, the truth, and the life
It happens. If you get a chance report back and let me know how JSword worked out.
I don't think an official e-Sword Portable will be coming anytime soon, so ready my first comment for some solutions.
The Berean Bible study freeware (aka BerBible) is a small, easy-to-use application that works fine on a USB thumb-drive. There are a variety of self-contained starter-kit's (including app, complete Bible module with OT/NT, and documentation) that range in size from 1.1mb to 1.9mb.
The ESV (English Standard Version c2001 from Good News Publishing) and NKJV (New King James Version c1982 from Thomas Nelson, Inc.) are available as free downloads.
BerBible was designed to be an easy download and work well for missionaries in the 3rd world with sloooooow modems and obsolete, donated computers. It is about 10x to 50x faster than e-Sword.
Versions for the PPC and Palm are available ... also free, easy to use, and very fast.
Disclaimer: I am the developer of BerBible. It used to be open-source, but changed to closed-source in order to be more acceptable to publishers of modern Bible translations such as Thomas Nelson, Inc. and their NKJV. Also, it is sola scriptura with no commentaries and very limited resources.
Is there No way to make even launcher?
In The Beginning Was The Word? I have that on a 2GB drive and it runs quite nicely. It is Bible Study software and the guy has version 3 in the works...which looks better than ever! Here is the website: http://www.theword.gr/en/
Wasnt there already a Sword app in the beta tests?
I downloaded the SwordProject Portable. It worked ok, but now it appears the SwordProject site and indeed all the crosswire foundation site is gone.
Do someone here knows what happened?. Are there other alternatives?
H. Alexander Guillen G.
Oh well, I think people should host their open source on a more public place like Google Code or Sourceforge.
New version is out and is incompatible with that available Launcher
Can anybody make Launcher for it?
I love esword
True, eSword is not open source, and having bought and tried many commercial and free Bible reading packages, I agree it is the best available. Ironically, I liked it enough that I donated some money to Rick Meyers (significantly more than I have ever paid for any commercial product because I believe it is worth more), and heard nothing back when I sent an email asking if it would be possible to have a portable version.
So the (white hat) hacker spirit in me came out, and I figured out how to make it invisible, though not truly portable in my case. My technique could probably be used as a mechanism to fairly easily make it portable, but would still require administrator rights to be able to register ocx files and unregister/remove them at program termination.
I have detailed notes on each of the steps I took, but I don't want to simply post them here in case and violate any rules or case any ethics concerns. Maybe John would be interested in seeing my steps, but I'm not sure Rick Meyers would be happy at us circumventing his installation procedures, then again, it is (arguably) harmless unless you specifically have company policy that prohibits you from installing non approved apps such as e-Sword on a company computer.
Reading a little further, in a page on guidelines for requesting portable apps I see:
"It is illegal to modify and redistribute commercial, or closed source software. We do not support or tolerate that around here."
So I guess it is a good thing I did not post any details, I don't want to violate any rules or anything or get anyone mad at me.
I believe that applies to "redistributing" (such as forum posting) the actual "modified" (by making it portable) version of a commercial / closed-source application. Meaning, you modify the program yourself and post that modified program here. From what I've gathered from this forum and their stance towards closed-source software, is that you can post instructions. At that point it is up to the individual to go and take the steps necessary to "modify" it.
That is just my observation as I lurk through these forums. A more official answer might be useful.
Maybe contact the author again. Explain him what a portable app is and show him what you cam up with. Or maybe try to get him to make the app portable by itself.