e‑Sword X

the Sword of the LORD
with an electronic edge

Getting Started

Some commonly used tasks as illustrated below:

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User Preferences

You may want to adjust the display settings, such as Font Family and Font Size, so select "e-Sword X, Preferences" from the e-Sword X menu to accomplish that.

Downloading Modules

You will want to download some modules to study with, so select "File, Resources, Download" (Command+D) from the e-Sword X menu to do so.

The "locked" modules (indicated by [image]) must be purchased from their publisher. The publisher will then provide the "product key" for installation. Modules previously purchased for use with any of the other e-Sword apps are also available for use in e-Sword X at no additional cost. When installing locked modules you will be prompted for your credentials (email and product key) to verify your license for the module. If you do not have that information, just click on the "Recover Product Key" button on the dialog that prompts for this information.

General Use Tips

All of the content views interact with you in the same way so we will focus primarily on the Bible view, but remember what works in this view will work in the others as well.

Gestures

The content of the view will scroll up/down, so scroll accordingly.

Swipe left with 1 finger on the magic mouse (or two fingers on the trackpad) to move to the next content. Swipe right with 1 finger on the magic mouse (or two fingers on the trackpad) to move to the previous content. What constitutes "content" is specific to each view.

With the Bible view in either Bible or Parallel modes content means "chapter", while in the Compare mode content means "verse", in the Harmony mode content means "section".

With the Commentary view in Book, Chapter, and Verse modes content means the comments of that type.

With both the Dictionary and Lexicon views content means "definition".

Click (or tap on the trackpad) on "links" to see popover tooltips, or perform various actions depending upon the view and context.

Right-click (or two-finger tap on the trackpad) to display the pop-up menu. The pop-up menu changes based upon the selection and view.

Tooltips

Throughout the resources you will encounter Scripture reference links, as well as Strong's number links. Simply clicking on these links will display a popover tooltip of that information:

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Scripture tooltips will display in the currently selected Bible in the Bible view. Strong's tooltips will display in the currently selected Lexicon in the Lexicon view.

At the top of each tooltip is a link to take you to that location if you desire. Simply click the link and you are there!

Navigating the Bible

All of the content views interact with you in the same way so we will focus primarily on the Bible view, but remember what works in this view will work in the others as well.

Go to a Bible Verse

Basic navigation is accomplished from the main toolbar's "Reference" search field (Command+L will activate that field), or the Bible Navigator button next to it:

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The Reference search field will accept many forms of Bible book abbreviations and chapter/verse notations. Some examples are:

2 Corinthians 5:17

2 Cor. 5:17

2Co 5.17 (Notice that the "dot" character can be used in place of the "colon" in separating the chapter from the verse, thus simplifying typing the entry.)

After navigating to a Bible verse you will notice that its background is highlighted with a pale blue coloring. This highlighting denotes that verse as the "active" Bible verse, and synchronizes the Commentary view with it.

To make a different verse the "active" verse within the current chapter, just click on that verse's reference link.

Searching for a Word or Phrase

You can quickly search for a word or phrase by right-clicking on a word (extend the selection as needed) and choosing the "Search..." menu item from the pop-up menu.

You can also click on the "Search" segment to enter the search terms manually into the "Search Words" field. To refine how the search is performed adjust the search settings as described below:

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Search Type

All Words will perform a Boolean "AND" search, thus all of the words entered into the Search field will need to be found for a result to be returned.

Any Words will perform a Boolean "OR" search, thus any of the words entered into the Search field can be found for a result to be returned.

Phrase will perform an exact phrase search on the words entered into the Search field.

Search Range

Bible will perform the search throughout the entire Bible.

OT will limit the search to only the Old Testament.

NT will limit the search to only the New Testament.

Book will limit the search to only the current Bible book. This choice name will change as the active Bible book changes.

Case-sensitive

Turn this option ON to match the exact spelling of the search terms. For example, a search for LORD would only return results for "LORD", and ignore "Lord" and "lord".

Partial Match

Turn this option ON to match words that contain even a part of each word specified in the search terms. For example, a search for love would return results for "love" as well as "loved", "loves", "lovely", "beloved", etc.

Using the Editors

The editors are full-featured, auto save, and will save you a lot of time developing your Bible studies, lessons, or sermons! Most menu items have hotkeys (Command+R will toggle the display of the editor's "ruler".) Right-clicking the mouse gets you to a lot of functionality as well.

Topic

The Topic Notes editor is typically the most used editor as this is specifically designed for the creation of Bible studies, lessons, sermons, or whatever else you wish to write.

To set up the Topic Notes editor for writing notes on a particular subject, click the "New Topic" button: [image].

To edit an existing Topic Note, just select it from the Topic Notes combo box.

To edit an existing Topic Note's "title", hold down the "Option" key and click the "New Topic" button.

To completely delete an existing Topic Note, first select all of the note's contents (Command+A), next press the Delete key, then "Save" the changes (Command+S).

Study

The Study Notes editor is used for creating your own personal commentary on the Bible. This is where you will write down your discoveries pertaining to a particular Bible verse.

To set up the Study Notes editor for writing notes on a particular Bible verse, first you must make it the "active" Bible verse, then click the "Synchronize Notes" button: [image]. This will create a new entry in the database, or select it from the database if you already have notes on it.

You can also quickly add a Study Note to any Bible verse with a right-click (Control+click) on the verse's reference link and choosing "Note" from the popup menu.

To edit an existing Study Note, just select it from the Study Notes combo box.

When you Save changes to the note (Command+S) you will see a "Note" icon in the Bible view after the verse's reference link: [image]. You can click on this icon to see your notes in a popover tooltip!

To completely delete an existing Study Note, first select all of the note's contents (Command+A), next press the Delete key, then "Save" the changes (Command+S).

Journal

The Journal Notes editor is used for creating your own personal diary.

By default the Journal Notes editor will be set up for writing notes on the current date. To set up the Journal Notes editor for writing notes on a particular date, click the "Calendar Date" button: [image]. This will create a new entry in the database, or select it from the database if you already have notes on it.

To edit an existing Journal Note, just select it from the Journal Notes combo box.

To completely delete an existing Journal Note, first select all of the note's contents (Command+A), next press the Delete key, then "Save" the changes (Command+S).

Release Notes

Version 4.0

Numerous usability and performance enhancements, in addition to bug fixes. Such improvements include direct access to the Bible Search settings, and complete implementation of the Share functionality.

New feature for tagging your favorite Bible verses with your own unique labels.

Direct import of third-party e-Sword resources.

Version 3.2

You can now search through all your notes in the Editors. Right-click (Control+click) on a word or selected phrase and choose "Search" from the popup menu to do so.

You can quickly add a Study Note to any Bible verse with a right-click (Control+click) on the verse's reference link and choosing "Note" from the popup menu.

You can now quickly replace any Scripture reference in the Editor with the complete Scripture text. To do so, select the reference and press Command+Shift+J, or select "Format, Expand Reference" from the e-Sword X menu. The formatting applied to the Scripture text is set through the "Copy Verses" dialog.

The "Lookup Reference" search field on the main toolbar now displays the active verse at all times.

Version 3.0

Bible highlighting has been expanded from complete verse highlighting to now include highlighting any portion of a verse! Verse highlighting still applies to every Bible, while word highlighting is Bible specific.

The "Define" popup menu item has now been expanded to include a submenu of all installed dictionaries that have definitions for the selected term if the currently active dictionary does not have a definition.

Bible "Compare" and "History" now include translation links to load the verse into the Bible view in the specified translation!

The Commentary view can now be unlinked from the active Bible verse so you can visit other Bible references without the comments changing as well.

Full-screen mode now supported!

Version 2.5

Editors now support popup tooltips for Scripture references and Strong's numbers! Links are automatically converted for content pasted from Bibles, commentaries, etc. Also, Command+J will convert selected Scripture reference or Strong's number into a popup tooltip.

Screen layout configuration is now saved between sessions.

New Dictionary Index dialog to locate specific topics.

Bible Navigator now includes pericope (section headings) for selection.

Parallel Bible header floats above text at all times to assist in identifying columns.

SermonAudio.com sermon listings can now be sorted by speaker, date, etc. Just click on column header to do so.

Version 2.0

New Super Search feature! Quickly search your entire library.

New SermonAudio.com feature! Listen to sermons on any passage of the Bible from SermonAudio.com's library of almost one million sermons from conservative churches worldwide.

New window layout manager on main toolbar.

New information indicator for quickly identifying which resources have relevant content.

New Airdrop feature for easily sharing your user files with your other devices.

New Import features for adding custom resources and user files.

Version 1.1

Initial release.