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MacSword is an open source Study Bible software that uses The SWORD Project. It was made for Mac OS X.

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  • Supports multiple bible versions
  • Parallel view (up to five versions)
  • Commentaries, Dictionaries, General Books
  • Footnotes, Text notes, Cross References
  • Strongs Hebrew/Greek numbers
  • Morphological Analysis codes
  • Headings and other text formatting (Words of Christ in red)
  • Search function
  • Non-Latin script (Hebrew, Greek, etc)
  • Different Bible translations
  • Commentaries
  • Dictionaries
  • Development is ongoing on both SWORD libs and MacSword, so check back every so often.

Installation notes

MacSword downloads from SourceForge for version 1.3.1b1 and above (see links below) is the application only. You can drop the application (once unzipped) anywhere on you hard disk.

Module installation

Manually installing modules

The download of MacSword application does not include any modules (bibles, dictionaries, etc.). You need to download them manually from the Crosswire website. For MacSword special modules (.swd) are available which have to be placed into the folder (if the folder does not exist, please create it first):

/Users/<username>/Library/Application Support/Sword

In MacSword under Preferences->Module you need to point the Modules location folder to be the folder mentioned above and then restart. For MacSword version 1.3.1b2 and above this location is preset and it does not need to be changed. Just place your downloaded modules in the above mentioned folder.

MacSword 2 does not have this setting in preferences. This path is the only pre-defined module path in MacSword 2.

Using the automatic module installer

Since MacSword version 1.4 a remote module installer is available for your convenience. It is accessible right below the "Preferences" menu item in the main menu bar of the application. The principal workflow is that you have at least one "install source" which are displayed on the left side. Each install source can have available modules which can be installed. On the first start of MacSword the default install source ("CrossWire") is automatically created for you. However you still need to refresh the install source.

Refreshing install sources: After Install sources have been created or added they need to be refreshed first. The refresh action downloads available module descriptions onto your hard disk. Also, if you want to update the install source to recognise updated modules, refresh it. After it has been refreshed and you click on it, all available modules are displayed in the table view on the right.

Marking modules for installation: Search the module(s) you want to install and select the "Install" task in the "Task" column of the table. The "Task" column rows contain a popup menu which shows available tasks for the chosen module. Alternatively do right-click the module and select "Install". If you made your selection, choose "Process Tasks" from the toolbar. This will download and install your selected modules.

Marking modules for removal: Modules that are install and have the "Installed" status can be removed. This works similar as for installing modules, you just use the "Remove" task. After you marked all modules for removal, choose "Process Tasks" from the toolbar.

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