@DannyBoy Re: What translations do you all use? - I haven’t had any issues with the Authorized Version. (In a way, it’s like the ‘Original’ open-source of all books for me. LOL) BA has modules available for purchase, and I loaded up on several of them, but honestly, just having the ability to search for terms, phrases, or pull up a definition or search for the hebrew or greek instances of a word has just been a blast for me.
BA has some interesting features I’ve not seen before, especially for an open-source app. Some of my favorite have been:
-Bible Tree - It lists all the places a word is found, but you can peruse the list based on ‘context’ by selecting the previous or next word in a phrase. Ever had that nagging memory that ‘I know it talks about this sort of thing, but I can’t remember where that verse was or how it goes?’ Bible Tree feature works great for quickly narrowing down a passage.
- Word Cloud - It is simple to make a quick ‘WordCloud’ study of a chapter(s) or passages of Scripture. The more times a word is used, the larger the word appears in a word cloud. Doing this on Psalm 119 was a super fun experiment!
- Modules - There are some great modules both for free and for sale. There is one for Places of the Bible that simply cross-links information and mentions of places in the Bible. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I find myself using this. The Exhaustive List of Bible People is another module I reference quite a bit. (When I say purchase, these things run typically from $3-$5ish.) Some of the works I’ve seen offered can be found on Archive.org to read for free, but often, just having the module in my software library and having the ability to quickly search for terms is worth it to me.
- Tim Morton - Probably my favorite feature of BA is being able to actually contact the program’s author. Tim’s graciously answered questions, concerns, and even a fair bit of troubleshooting. If you’ve ever had to contact commercial business for filing bugs or complaints, you’ll appreciate the simplicity of a forum comment or a quick email.
Cons - its a continued work in progress. The layout and workflow probably won’t be a biggie for anyone used to Bible Software over the years, but to a newbie, it can look cluttered and overwhelming… kinda Windows 3.1-era. But it grows on you quickly.
Pros - Open-source, powerful, native, and its been a blast to watch it mature as a commercial-grade product offered for free from a passionate and talented programmer. And… the majority of it is written in Python!